Eagle Update, October 31, 2014
Both bald eagles are spending more time in the nest, and they are bringing in sticks and pine straw to refurbish it. The eagles have also been seen in the Garden Lakes area of Rome hunting coots which have arrived on their annual migration. In short, the eagles are on schedule with all of their activities and preparing well for the upcoming nesting season.
Eagle Update, September 12, 2014
As you know, both of our eagles were seen in the nest last night. It's a very exciting time as we continue preparations for the upcoming nesting season.
Update: our new camera is not quite ready for prime time. We have had some issues with it and are continuing to work with experts to fix them. We will post when it is ready for public viewing. We will be moving the approach cam next week; this includes installing a new camera and moving the view so that it is a little higher.
We welcome you to the 2014-15 season. Thank you for watching and thank you for being part of an incredible opportunity!
In September 2013, our bald eagle couple returned to the Berry College campus and to their nest in a tall pine tree situated between the main entrance and the parking lot of the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center.
The couple spent several months repairing and adding to the nest and catching fish and coots in the nearby Berry quarry, Oostanaula River and Garden Lakes. An egg was produced on January 14, 2014, followed by a second egg on January 17. An eaglet chick hatched on Saturday, February 22, from one of the two eggs laid in January. But the other egg is not viable and has been buried in the nest.
Feeds for live streaming cameras are featured on this page. This is the only live, streaming video camera of a bald eagle nest in Georgia.
Berry College’s original bald eagle parents began making the nest in March 2012, an unusual time for nest-building in the life-cycle of eagles.
Eagles have been reported in the vicinity of the campus for the past two to three 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 had nested too late to produce offspring. By April they were gone.
In October 2012, the eagles returned to the nest, and two eggs were laid in December. Both eggs hatched by January 2013, and both eaglets fledged (flew) during the last week of April. Eaglet 1 flew on April 22 and Eaglet 2 flew on April 28.
During the 2013 season, there were documented sightings on campus of the original pair, their two eaglets and at least four juvenile eagles.
Please check the Berry College Eagles Facebook page for regular updates this year. Bald eagles mate for life, and we are hopeful that we will enjoy their presence at Berry for many years to come.
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--- Georgia Power donated a truck and manpower to install a small camera with a direct view of the nest. The camera was donated by Sony and the wireless transmission and equipment were donated by Fluid Mesh Networks.
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 an nest camera for the Berry College Eagles
Georgia Power working with Berry College to install a nest camera for the Berry College Eagles