I had my own experience with this recently in real life. I have traveled the roads in my area for years. And to my defense I have not traveled all of the roads to which I am about to tell you. I met a man searching for a roseate spoonbill doing this and after we started talking it became obvious to me that he loved birds as much as I do. I asked him if he would take me to see the eagles nests in the area because I never had seen one. They start at five feet in diameter and eagles use the same nests for a lifetime provided the weather cooperates. If a storm damages their nest, they will rebuild in the same area because eagles are territorial and need about a 1-2 mile diameter for their space. The nests are called aeries. They are built in the part of trees where the branches start to branch off from the trunk. They are cone shaped and quite large.
To recognize our national bird, the American Eagle and its home within our country was patriotic and the pride I felt was beyond description. Now when they return next month I will be able to spot them easier. And perhaps catch a glimpse of their babies. I know the feeling of raising young children and young adults with pride. My son has a middle name Aries. The same sound as aeries. And it is my wish for him that he will do like the eagles do. 1) Mate for life. 2) At the age of forty, be able to have the same strength that eagles do to tear off THEIR OWN TALONS to be able to life another forty years or die and 3) Fly as high as an eagle.
note: The first pair of Eagles have returned to their nest before the Sept 1st expected arrival date: They returned August 24th. Here they are:
|Female Bald Eagle (slightly larger)|
|Male Bald Eagle (slightly smaller) |