It has been hard this year watching the North Fort Myers eagle cam. Ever since the two babies got old enough to be left alone in the nest, the older eaglet has often exhibited what really looks like bullying behavior ... pecking and 'bonking' the younger one, who has been mostly passive. And the bigger one gets more attention and more food. It's not fun to watch. We all have a tendency to ascribe human emotions and characteristics to the birds we love... and we really really would like this behavior to stop.
But we are not in charge of the eagles (or of much else really).
These behaviors didn't happen on the nest last year (there were two eaglets then too) and nobody seems to know why it is happening this time. But whether we understand or not, the eagles just keep living their lives and (we must assume) doing what eagles are supposed to do.
Some people who watch the eagle cam had such a hard time with all this that the nest watch operators have been forced to print reminders that it is illegal to interfere in any way with bald eagles. (People were actually suggesting removing the baby from the nest and other even crazier suggestions.)
We have to trust Mother Nature But we can't help hoping and sending good thoughts for both eaglets.
(Thank you to Michelle for Nature Notes and to Stewart for Wild Bird Wednesday).