|Date||Time||Which Adult or eaglet||Event||Description of Event||Recorded by|
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|3/28/2020||1:15 PM||Parent/WE5 & WE6||Prey Delivery/Arrival||Our newly fledged beauty has yet to return. No doubt s/he’s out enjoying her/his new found freedom. A parent arrives with some prey at 1:15 pm. S/he moves up to a branch and quickly flies away as eaglet #2 begins to self-feed. S/he eats just a bit before her sibling returns to the nest tree. How wonderful to see him/her back so soon. It’s a somewhat clumsy landing but that’s to be expected at first. S/he lands on a branch and makes her/his way down to the nest where both enjoy a bite to eat. Welcome home fledgling #1. Congratulations on your first flight!||earlybird_AEF|
|3/28/2020||8:47 AM||WE5 & WE6||*Official* Eaglet #1 has Fledged!||*Official* WE5 and WE6 appear to be growing more and more confident as they venture higher and higher on the branches. Eaglet #1 gets exceptionally brave this morning as s/he goes out on the end of a branch at 8:26 am. S/he flaps her/his wings as if s/he’s about to take off. Will s/he do it? Not just yet. Our beauty pirouettes around on the branch and flies back down in the nest. Just a practice run but beautiful to see nonetheless. S/he’s back and forth, up and down on the branches, wings flapping with the wind as she goes. We can feel the excitement in the air. Something wondrous is about to happen. S/he flies high on the branch once again and out to the edge. Our lovely eaglet looks strong and sure as she flaps her wings and gazes all around. Will s/he take the final leap? S/he does at 8:47 am! What a glorious sight to see. Fly beauty fly! The sky is yours to take.||earlybird_AEF|
|3/25/2020||12:25 PM||WE5 & WE6||*Official* Eaglet #2 has Branched!||*Official* It’s a windy day at the Welaka nest. A perfect day for two very special eaglets to practice some wing flapping. Our first brancher has been getting more and more confident and moving higher and higher on the branches. It’s a breathtaking sight to see eaglet #1’s wings spread wide as s/he ascends up the tree. Eaglet #2 enjoys some time dancing in the wind at 12:22 pm while her/his sibling perches on a branch. Flap, flap, flap go the wings, jump, jump, jump go the feet when all of a sudden eaglet #2 is up on a branch. We have another brancher at 12:25 pm! What a glorious sight watching her/him extend those magnificent wings and gracefully fly back down to the nest at 12:31 pm. Congratulations to both of our eaglets! The sky’s the limit now.||earlybird_AEF|
|3/18/2020||10:30 AM||WE5 & WE6||* Official* Eaglet # 1 has Branched!||*Official*. It’s a lovely day at the Welaka nest with temperatures in the eighties and sunny conditions. Our lovely eaglets WE5 and WE6 seem to be enjoying themselves as one of them jumps up and down flapping his/her magnificent wings. The other one, not to be outdone, flaps his/her wings and jumps up and down too. It almost looks like they may be playing “Follow the leader” as youngsters do near and far. These two appear to be best buddies as they trot back and forth in the nest, one carrying something in his/her beak. We watch in wonder at their boundless energy as their wings continue to flap. We watch in wonder as one of them makes his/her way up on a branch for the first time. Yes, at 10:30 am one of them branched! How amazing is that. So cute to see the other one give his/her sibling a few pecks. “Get down here now or I’m going to tell Mom!” Lol Don’t worry young one. It won’t be too long before you’re right up there alongside of your sibling.||earlybird_AEF|
|3/18/2020||10:00 AM||Mom & Dad/WE5 & WE6||Welcome to the Premiere of the Welaka Event Log!||Welcome to the premiere of the Welaka Event Log. What a thrill to be able peek in at this nest and share this sweet family with all of you. This is an established Bald Eagle pair who have nested here at the Welaka Fish Hatchery for the past three years with four successful fledglings. This will be their fourth season here and they already have two adorable youngsters, WE5 and WE6. We may only be able to see them from afar but they’ve been a joy to watch. So cute to see the two of them peering over the edge of the nest this morning, looking out at all the sights in the Welaka National Fish Hatchery. There’s an abundance of wildlife here for them to watch, including some lovely deer that we’ve already observed on our cam. We’ve even be able to catch some wood storks and egrets fishing for some tasty treats to eat. There have been some lovely fly-bys by the parents and some lovely wingercizing from W5 and W6 in the nest. We hope to document each and every milestone as they happen and would like nothing better than to share it with all of you. So, grab your favorite beverage, pull up a comfy chair and join us on this very special journey.||earlybird_AEF|