Photo of the Day: Bald Eagle’s Nest – With an Eagle In It

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During our daily excursion around the Old Mission Peninsula yesterday, we happened across a Bald Eagle’s nest, and to our delight, spotted a Bald Eagle’s head popping up from the nest. Wonder how many eggs are in there, or if perhaps there are baby eagles in there now.

I’ve known about this nest forever, but don’t recall ever seeing an actual eagle in the nest in all of my 59 (almost 60!) years of living on the OMP. We were even more thrilled to see the eagle’s mate perched on a tree a short distance away.

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According to this National Geographic page, it’s believed that Bald Eagles mate for life. Their nest is one of the biggest in the bird world and can weigh up to a ton! I’m trying to determine the possible weight of this nest and don’t have a clue.

It’s always a delight to see Bald Eagles flying around the Old Mission Peninsula, especially knowing they were once on the endangered species list just a few decades ago.

A few more photos of the pair we saw yesterday… the mate seemed to be keeping watch, ready to threaten anyone who ventured near the nest. Yeah, we didn’t stay long. And no worries, I used my long lens, so we were quite a ways away from the nest.

Bald Eagle's Nest on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Bald Eagle’s Nest on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Bald Eagle on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Bald Eagle on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
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  1. Omg, wonderful news! And if you want to see more go to the Hancock Wildlife Foundation website ( You can link to webcams from all over the country and the world. One of the very best is the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam. You won’t believe your eyes. Just go to…you’ll see one of the best eagle couples and their young eaglets. This has been an unusual record-breaking season for Harriet and M-15. Let me know what you think!

  2. Where in the north end can this be found? We drove up to the Lighthouse in hopes of seeing it. Thank you, Jennifer Tobias

  3. Thank you Jane for the photos of the eagles.
    We have been watching them for the past few days. My 6 year old Isaiah was so happy you Had taken these photos of the Eagles.
    Thank you.


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