Eagles Set on Nestiing in Turtle Bay Location

Urban Eagle Sightings

From the Record Searchlight On-Line

By Dylan Darling
Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Two days after the beginnings of a new nest was pulled from a cottonwood near Turtle Bay, a pair of bald eagles were back in the branches near their old home apparently trying to figure out what to do next.

On Saturday morning, one of the eagles even swooped at the three-foot black plastic cone wired into their nest late last month. The cone was placed in an attempt by the state Department of Transportation to push the eagles to nest elsewhere before work starts on the Dana to Downtown project this summer.

"I don't know if it was trying to land on it or attack it," said Brad Dupre, a Shasta Lake man who caught the scene with his camera.

He said he had been out looking for wildlife to photograph when he spotted the eagles.

The pair of eagles, which have been darlings of downtown Redding since they first built a nest near where Highway 44 crosses the Sacramento River in 2005, successfully raised eaglets in 2006 and last summer, said Craig Martz, an environmental scientist with the state Department of Fish and Game.

Even with the cone and Thursday's removal of sticks placed in a cottonwood 10 feet from the coned nest, the eagles seem to be staying close, he said.

"It sounds like they are pretty set on this location," Martz said.

Biologists will continue to monitor the eagles and any more nest starts will be taken down, he said. A new nest, built by workers on contract with Caltrans under DFG's guidance, awaits them 3 miles downstream.

Martz said he saw a pair of eagles perched in a tree near the alternative nest. He believes it is the pair from Turtle Bay.

"I've known they've seen it, but they are pretty imprinted on the Turtle Bay site at this point," Martz said.

Reference Link: http://www.redding.com/news/2007/dec/18/raptors-set-on-nesting/

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