Sunday, March 14, 2010
There's nothing that brings the people out like a bald eagle, and these two birds are doing just that at Highbanks Metropark. We here in landlocked central Ohio have been gaining more eagles and nests over the years, but they are still quite a rare sight. And now, there is a nest about two miles north of our home, high above the Olentangy River in a sycamore tree. I might also add that this nest is over a section of the river that is an officially dedicated State Scenic River, and a part of the Ed Hutchins State Nature Preserve. It is protection efforts like these that allow eagles to find a home at highbanks away from the hustle and bustle of a rapidly developing southern Delaware county.
If you go to see the eagles nest, bring your binoculars. The birds are about 350 yards from the overlook deck. If you're there on the weekend, most likely a metroparks volunteer will have a spotting scope aimed right at the nest. Be prepared to walk about a mile and a quarter back to the overlook deck, which is located at the extreme southern end of the park. Here's a great map- you just have to get yourself to the overlook deck.
Friends, keep your fingers crossed, and hope for a successful hatch.
In their May electronic newsletter, Metroparks is reporting that two eaglets were confirmed at the Highbanks Nest. Yes! A successful hatch! Since the leaves are out now, the nest is NO LONGER VIEWABLE from the platform- the overlook deck that I mentioned above. Volunteers have stopped staffing this area. This doesn't mean, however, that the adult eagles can't be observed flying high above the park.
In great other news, metroparks has also confirmed the presence of one eaglet in a nest at Three Creeks Metropark. This nest is not viewable from a public area.
Cheers and Happy Eagle watching,