Wildlife in & around Mt. Upton

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  1. Bill
    May 17, 2012 @ 16:56:42

    Visiting with Benny & June & a few other suprises…..
    So I went to visit my babies today. They were both pretty chill. I did happen to catch June feeding the babies….. and my goodnes have those 2 babies GROWN!!! What a precious moment I got to witness today. I also have a great shot of Benny…. he looks like he’s saying Grace!! I also added a few other suprises….. The other bird looks to be a curious hawk. He didn’t flly too aweful low, so it was tough getting great shots of him, but he sure was pretty! Hope you enjoy & I’ll be getting more very soon.
    By: Sher Fitch Ackley


  2. Bill
    May 17, 2012 @ 18:38:50

    Sher Fitch Ackley
    Here are some interesting Eagle Facts….

    Bald Eagles are not really bald. Their head is actually covered with white feathers. The white feathers on their head comes when they are 5 or 6 years old. Baby eagles are partially covered with down, but when they leave the nest, they have dark feathers all over. The female can be one third larger than the male. They have wide long wings that help them stay in the air. A Bald Eagles wing span is normally 8 feet.

    Usually they live near the sea. They only live in trees 75 feet or higher. Bald Eagles add to their nest over and over. Sometimes it can take a pair of eagles as long as six weeks to build their nest for the first time. The eyrie is the large nest made of sticks and lined with twigs and green grass. The heaviest nest ever found is 1 ton. (That’s 2000 pounds!)

    They mate for life. The female may lay from one to three eggs and raises one brood (group) a year. If these eggs are destroyed the female may lay more eggs. It takes four weeks for an eagle egg to hatch. Eaglets grow slowly and need a large amount of food.

    No North American bird grows faster than an eagle chick. At 6 weeks old, a healthy chick should weigh between 8 and 9 pounds.
    One to three eggs are laid in early spring. Eagle eggs are plain white and close in size to a goose egg.

    The female incubates the eggs for approximately 35 days.

    The male shares in incubating the eggs or brings food to his mate. There is almost always at least one adult on the nest for the first two weeks.

    Eaglets are never left unattended for long. Though they may not be on the nest proper, the adults are never far away.

    Bald Eagles normally eat fish. Sometimes they will eat snakes and smaller birds. They have long sharp beaks and curved talons to help hold prey. They can fly with 8 pounds of food. Bald Eagles help man by catching rodents and rabbits that destroy grain fields.

    Eagles have great eyesight that helps them see for one to one and a half miles away. (Thus the term eagles eye) They can dive at 100 miles per hour. Their eyesight and diving ability help them catch food.

    Bald Eagles are the national symbol of the United States


  3. Bill
    Jun 20, 2012 @ 21:46:05

    Thanks to Sher Fitch Ackley for most of the eagle photos.


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