Berry College’s bald eagle couple first appeared on the main
campus in the spring of 2012. Since that time, they have continued to nest in
the top of a tall pine tree situated between the main entrance and the parking
lot of the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center. They successfully
produced two eaglets (B1 and B2) in early 2013 and one eaglet (B3) in early
2014 and two eaglets (B4 and B5) in 2015. All of these eaglets successfully
It is believed that the bald eagles remain in the area
during the summer months and do not migrate as there is plentiful food
available from lakes, the Berry quarry and the nearby Oostanaula River. They have
occasionally been sighted at or near the nest during the summer, probably to ensure
that other animals know it is occupied.
A second nest was documented in early 2014 on
the Mountain Campus in a remote and inaccessible area. The area is closed to
the public. Three eaglets were produced in 2014 (BMC1, BMC2, BMC3) and they
successfully fledged. The nest was not active in 2015.
The eagles were first spotted on the main campus in March
2012 by a Berry student who reported their presence to his professor. It was an
unusual time for eagles to nest and there has been speculation that they may
have had a nest elsewhere possibly lost to a storm.
Eagles have been reported in the vicinity of the campus for
the past few years, but this is the first documented nest in the modern history
of Floyd County. The eagles were seen carrying sticks to build their nest, but,
to the disappointment of many, they nested too late to produce offspring. By
April they were gone.
During the summer, the college set up an
approach camera in the parking lot, and in the fall of 2012, the eagles
returned and began demonstrating nesting behavior. In late December or early
January eggs were produced. Two eaglets became visible in a few weeks. They
successfully fledged in the spring.
The college added a camera to the tree (Camera 1) for direct
viewing into the nest. The eagle couple once again returned to the nest in late
September and began “nestorations” in preparation for the season. On January
14, 2014, the first egg was laid, followed by a second egg on January 17. On
February 22, one of the eggs hatched and the other egg was seen as non-viable.
The eaglet that hatched, B3, fledged on May 22.
During the 2013-14 season, the college set up a
Berry Eagles Facebook page, and the eagles captured national and international
attention from viewers and media outlets. Millions of viewers watched the
added a third camera (Camera 2) to the nest tree, and the eagles returned to
the nest in September, right on schedule. They once again refurbished the nest
and exhibited appropriate mating activity. Two eaglets (B4 and B5) hatched in February and
successfully fledged in May. Bald eagles mate for life, and we are hopeful that
we will enjoy their presence at Berry for many years to come.
Please check the Berry College Eagles Facebook page and the “update” section on this
page for on-going news about our eagles. Bald eagles mate for life, and we are
hopeful that we will enjoy their presence at Berry for many years to come.
Berry Eagles FAQ
Power has donated a truck and manpower to install our nest camera.
Female bringing in a fish to the nest to feed her fledglings (5/13/13)
Female feeding one of her eaglets (2013)
Female brings a branch from a nearby tree for nest additions (2013)
Female surveying an area near the nest while sitting on one of her favorite perching branches (2013)
Female doing a "fly by" checking on the nest (2013)
Female perched in a tree near the nest (2013)
Female flying near the nest (1/19/14)
Male (right) and female (left) perched on one of their favorite branches
near the nest in the late afternoon under a half moon (1/8/14)
Male (right) female (left) perched on one of their favorite branches near the nest in the late afternoon (1/8/14)
Female taking a stretch as the male surveys the sky (1/18/14)
Male hovering over the nest as he checks on his mate (1/20/14)
Juvenile flies toward the nest while vocalizing as food was brought in by one of the parents (2013)
Female bringing in a small branch to add to the nest while the male is sitting on the nest incubating the eggs (1/27/14)
Female hunting at a nearby lake (1/30/14)
Male perched in a tree near the nest (1/27/14)
Male bringing in grass to soften the nest (1/31/14)
Juvenile flying near the nest (4/30/13)
Juvenile coming in for a landing at the nest tree (4/30/13)
Female flying from the nest as the male flies in (2/9/14)
Female flying as the male watches in the nest (2/9/14)
Female perched in a tree near the nest (2/16/14)
Female flies from the nest watched by B1 and B2 (2013)
Male (left) female (right) in a tree near the nest (2/16/14)
Male (left) female (right) on a limb near the nest (11/29/13)
The Berry Eagles perched on a tree behind Hermann Hall (1/8/14)
Georgia Power working with Berry College to install a nest camera for the Berry College Eagles