FLASH– March 3: Spring Migration is in full swing. Be sure to check out the Key West radar loop images in BADBIRDZ2– they show very large flocks coming north from Cuba. (Also, note link to RSS feed in column at the left.)
Photo of “Paige” and Lynda White, of Audubon of Florida, during Friday evening’s presentation at Silver Lakes Middle School, courtesy of Marty Jones (c) 2009, used with permission:
The chicks made some “peeping” sounds, probably aware that an adult was approaching with food:
We arrived at the nest at about 8:45 EDT, and found three other photographers and observers already there. They said the chicks had been fed at about 8:00 AM. We waited until 10:30, when one adult flew in from the rear of the nest unnoticed by the 12 or so people that were watching at the time.
The older chick begged to be fed:
The adult proceeded to feed the fish to the young birds. The older eaglet, who was seven weeks old this weekend, ate first. Initially, the smaller one looked on, but after its sibling had eaten several large chunks, the adult began feeding it.
The smaller chick may now be seen, almost underneath the parent, who alternated between feeding each chick:
Nest watcher Trisha provided this report of her observations on Saturday, March 7: