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

Gary Smith gsmith at smithandstark.com
Wed Nov 20 21:31:16 PST 2013

Trileigh, hi,

I noticed in the first week of October that the nest was gone. No clue as
to why. I haven't tramped around the base, so I couldn't say whether there
are remnants below.

The last two days there has been a single adult perched near where the nest
used to be. In my drive-by's I didn't detect evidence of rebuilding.

A question back to your question: aren't all the local eagles gone from
~July to October or November? And even so, that seemed like a big nest -
some ten years or so worth of building - so would it be likely that even
some very ambitious eagles could dismantle the entire thing? (Maybe that's
not really what you're asking.)

Would love to hear from some eagle experts.


Gary T. Smith

Alki Point

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

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

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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