Two American bald eagles die in nest on Honeymoon Island

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By Matt McKinney, Times Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 1:11pm

Honeymoon Island Eaglets

The young bald eagles seen here April 20 in their treetop Honeymoon Island nest were found dead.

 DUNEDIN — Douglas Yarbrough peered through his binoculars Monday and saw stillness.

In a treetop nest, a 2-month-old American bald eagle hung its head, perched beside the body of its dead sibling.

The eagles hatched at Honeymoon Island State Park in March. But by Tuesday, both were dead.  "That nest was one of the most popular sites in the whole area," said Yarbrough, a longtime bird watcher from Palm Harbor. "This shouldn't be happening."

Researchers must conduct a necropsy before they can determine a cause of death, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Kevin Baxter.  "These birds were healthy and flapping around a few days ago. It doesn't make any sense," said Barb Walker, a conservation advocate with the Clearwater Audubon Society.

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