The remaining eaglet on the North Fort Myers nest seems to be doing well. We visited the nest this (foggy) morning. One of the parents delivered a fish to the nest and then watched for a while.
The baby can eat unassisted now, but sometimes is still fed by the parents.
At 62 days, the baby is learning. He hops onto the edge of the nest, helps the parents move sticks around the nest and exercises its wings in preparation for learning to fly. The parents leave it alone in the nest for long periods of time, but deliver food frequently.
As usual, the nearby snags and trees held their share of other birds. Doves, woodpeckers, and the usual starlings. The eagles leave them alone. And after watching the nest camera one day recently I think I figured out why. Bird meals have to be defeathered....Both parents were in the nest, apparently teaching the baby how to do that. Because it is important that the young eagle learns how to eat anything (and everything). But fish are much easier!
FOR: WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY. Thank you Stewart.