[Tweeters] Fate of eagle nests - West Seattle and beyond

Tucker, Trileigh TRI at seattleu.edu
Wed Nov 20 14:17:16 PST 2013

Hi Tweets,

Someone (a non-birder) just told me that the long-standing Bald Eagle nest near Salty's is no longer there. Any corroboration of this? (Sorry, haven't been over there in a while.) If so, has anyone looked for nest remnants below?

The eagle nest that was used for several years in Lincoln Park simply disappeared between the July 17 2012 fledging of the resident eaglet, and the following winter. I was traveling extensively during that time and so was not regularly observing that nest. However, I could find no agglomeration of sticks in the tree, nor any sign of a stick-pile at the base of the tree, nor a new nest in the park or environs.

Have eagles been documented moving sticks from an old nest to a new one? This seems eminently plausible since it's a ready source of sticks of the right dimensions. However, a brief search did not turn up mention of this. Thanks for any insights.

Good birding,

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Trileigh Tucker, PhD
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
Seattle University
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