One nest, two parents and four eaglets
Friday, July 29 2011 @ 04:00 PM EDT
Contributed by: JudyB
RICHMOND -- One very full nest on Swan Island contains Maine's first-ever documented occurrence of four eaglets in a single nest.
The eaglets born to a pair of bald eagles that have nested on the island since 2008 are believed to be only the fourth documented case of four eaglets in a single nest in the United States, according to wildlife biologists from the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
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This photo released by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife shows four bald eaglets in a single nest on Swan Island in the Kennebec River near Richmond, Maine. It is the first documented case of four eaglets in the same nest in the state's history. (Photo by Joe Bailey, Swan Island Wildlife Management Area.)
[Personal note from JudyB - I find it quite amazing that I've been following Sue Erickson's reports on the four eaglets at the Clark Fork River Bald Eagle Nest all season - and am just discovering that there's a nest with four eaglets a mile or so from my house! I've checked with the biologist on the island, and they have all fledged and he says it's unlikely that visitors will see more than one or two - but I am going to try to schedule a visit (it's a wildlife management area, and you need to make reservations). I'll add an update if I learn more!]