You know the saying – “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”
Well, I say, “When in Rome, be on the lookout for Bald Eagles!”
Of course, I’m talking about Rome, Georgia and the eagles that reside at Berry College.
One of my Christmas gifts this year was an overnight stay at the Jewel Cottage on Berry’s campus, which I took advantage of this past weekend. I received the same gift for my birthday last fall, and loved it so much that I begged for a return trip! Now, it is a permanent item on my gift list! Anyway, I arrived at the college early Saturday morning, and headed straight to the eagle’s nest viewing area. I was delighted to discover that the Mom was in the nest, busily tearing apart a Coot for her not so little eaglets. The bright morning sun and the “Do not pass beyond this point” sign made it hard to get clear photos, but I was simply thrilled to see them at all.
I was joined by a small gathering of people, and judging by the size of their lenses (which I hereby confess to a wee bit of camera coveting) I was the only amateur in the group. I was also the only one who couldn’t contain my “oohing” and “aahing.”
After awhile, Mom left the nest and perched on a nearby branch. She stayed close enough to guard her young ones, but far enough away to have a “Mommy moment.”
In case you would like a bit of background, this is the third year that this Eagle pair has nested and raised young ones at this site. These two eaglets, named B4 and B5, hatched in mid-February and will probably take their first flight in two to four weeks. I haven’t told Berry yet, but I am going to come up with some better names for these birds!
In the evening hours (happily tired from a long day hiking with my daughter) I returned to say goodnight to the eaglets before retiring to my cottage. The little ones, alone in the nest, were alert and active.
They alternated between wing-flapping sibling sparring and anxiously awaiting Mom and Dad’s return.
Seeing the Bald Eagles was only one of the weekend’s highlights. Stop by tomorrow for a second post – “When in Rome…Say Hey To The Horses!
And if you want to see the Berry Eagles live (for as long as the nest is still occupied) check out their website: http://www.berry.edu/eaglecam/