Hi All, many of you probably observed the white object that was visible in the nest for about the past week. It is no longer visible as of about 11:00 am this morning. I think this is a great chance to point out that many different items, natural and unnatural, find their way into eagles nest. In visits to nearly 200 eagle nests in Maine, New Hampshire, and New York BRI scientists have observed unnatural 'trash' in roughly half the nests. The wide variety of items found range from paper wrappers to fish hooks and line to pieces of plastic. The item that was brought to the nest on October 8th appears to be very lightweight as it waffled int he wind. I could only guess at what it could be. However, it is notable that the eagle spent quite a bit of time 'working' the object and appeared to tear it to smaller pieces so it is possible that it was a prey item of some type. It would be interesting to hear about anything specific that you all see that might help us figure out what this item was. I recommend watching the video at the address that GG posted for a good look at the object and the eagle manipulating it.
All the best,
Patrick KeenanBioDiversity Research Institute