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Where shall we raise the kids? Nesting

At this location you will be able to see a bald eagle nest.  Located just across the pond from this location you can see the nest high in a tree. 

Bald Eagles are monogamous and the same pair will bread year after year.  Birds usually lay 1-3 eggs and both the male and female will take turns incubating the eggs.  Because the eggs are laid in the winter it is important that the parents not leave them unattended or they could lose them to the cold.  Even during a winter snow storm the eagle will not abandon their eggs.

Video: Bald Eagle Parents Get Buried by Snow While Incubating Eggs

They are impressive builders and make one of the largest nests in the bird kingdom.  Nest are usually 5 to 6 feet in diameter and 2 to 4 feet tall.  Both male and female birds work to make the nest that consists of sticks and is lined with softer material such as grass, moss and corn stalks.  Pairs will use the same nest year after year adding to it each year.  The result can be a massive nest that can weigh more than a car (over two tons).  

Pictures are from a nest located at the northern end of Tuttle Creek Lake.