Berry Eagle
Frequently Asked Questions

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Berry nest: The nest is located on the main campus adjacent to the parking lot of the Steven Cage Athletic and Recreation Center (The Cage), near the main entrance and is available for viewing. The Cage Center is home to sporting events, concerts and other activities. Apparently our eagles like to be part of the action!

Gender: The male eagle is smaller and has a sleek white head. The female eagle is larger with a head of ruffled white feathers. 

Injury: The female eagle returned to the nest in 2013 with an injured left leg/foot. We do not know how it happened and it does not hamper her although she will show evidence of her injury for the rest of her life.

Night View: Berry is pleased to provide live video feeds of the bald eagle nesting area. The nest cameras use infrared at night that is not visible to the eagles. It may look like you are seeing a light, but you are not. The tree looks completely dark at night.

Camera/Tech support: For more info about the types of cameras and technical issues click on “nest cam information” beneath the live feed on the page.

Sound: The second nest camera has sound. The sound will not be on all the time and will be used mainly when the eagles are nesting.

Names: Berry has chosen not to name the eagles because they are wild creatures and we do not want to personalize them. The 2013 eaglets were B1 and B2, the 2014 eaglet was B3, the 2015 eaglets were B4 and B5, the 2016 eaglets were B6 and B7 and the 2017 eaglets were B8 and B9. 

Egg stats: In 2013, two eggs hatched (B1 and B2.) B1 fledged on April 22 and B2 fledged on April 28.

In 2014, two eggs were laid, but only one (B3) hatched on Feb. 22. The incubation period is 33-37 days. B3 fledged on May 22, 2014.

In 2015, eggs were laid on Jan. 6 and 9 with hatching on Feb. 13 and 15. B4 fledged on May 10, 2014, and B5 fledged on May 12, 2015.

In 2016, eggs were laid Jan. 7 and 10 and hatched Feb. 14 and 15. B6 and B7 fledged May 8 and 9, 2016. 

In 2017, eggs were laid Jan. 3 and 7 and hatched Feb. 11 and 13.  B8 and B9 fledged on May 5, 2017 and May 10, 2017.

In 2018, eggs were laid Jan. 3 and 6 and hatched Feb. 12 and 13. On Feb. 22, 2018, one of the eaglets wandered over to the edge of the nest and fell out of the 100-foot-tall pine tree. It did not survive the fall.

Stadium. Before the eagles arrived, Berry College officials had planned to build a stadium in the area. Once the eagles arrived, the stadium site was moved to the south.  In May 2014, Berry officials announced that the stadium would be relocated even further south out of respect for the eagles and their habitat.

Diet: Our eagles enjoy eating fish, coot (waterfowl) and squirrel. The nest is conveniently located near the Oostanaula River, the Berry Quarry and Garden Lakes in Rome, Ga.

Parent duties: When one parent is not visible, it is hunting and perching in nearby trees to watch for intruders.

Owl attack: The mother eagle was attacked in the nest on Feb. 18, 2014, by a Great Horned Owl, but did not appear to be injured. The video was shown nationwide as she defended her unhatched eggs. Berry is home to many Great Horned Owls.

Temperature: Bald eagles survive in much colder places than Georgia such as Alaska. Our national bird is tough!

Help: If an eaglet falls out of the nest or any of the eagles become injured, college officials are required to contact authorities regarding the federal rules for handling bald eagles. No personnel are permitted in the restricted area during nesting season. Any intervention or care for eagles will be determined by federal authorizes.

Eagle Etiquette

(via the Decorah Eagles web site)

  • For those of you visiting nests, remember, bald eagles are protected by Federal law in the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Protection Treaty. 
  • Don't honk, play loud music, shout or make any other loud noises.
  • Do not feed the eagles in any way. This includes leaving food on the ground. These birds are wild animals and should not become dependent on humans
  • Keep the area free from litter. Pick up after yourself and take your trash with you.
  • If an eagle is on the ground, do not approach it. Also, when it flies away, do not attempt to follow it.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings. If the eagle is near a road, check for traffic before moving. Your safety is important.
  • Take your binoculars and/or camera with you whenever visiting a nest. That equipment will afford you the best view.
  • If others are watching with you, demonstrate eagle friendly actions by your own behavior. Be courteous to both the humans and wildlife.