Lady Independence & Sir Hatcher Have Built a New Nest!
February 28th, 2017
A few years ago, an eagle that hatched in the nest of Independence and Franklin was spotted not far from the Hack Tower where she first fledged – all grown up and positively identified by the number on her leg band. She was accompanied by her mate, and they were given the names of “Lady Independence” and “Sir Hatcher” in honor of her mother, “Independence,” and in memory of wildlife conservationist (and dear friend to the AEF) Bob Hatcher.
Although the pair struggled with their first attempts at nest building, their engineering skills improved, with the result being a much sturdier nest built in 2013, which was the home of several nestlings that successfully fledged in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
In 2015, the AEF placed a long-distance camera looking up at the nest. The cam was about 400-600 feet away from the nest, and although we couldn’t see inside the nest bowl as we do with many other nests, we enjoyed watching the parents come and go, and later seeing the eaglets make their first fledges.
In 2016, it was the intention of the AEF to actually install a camera over the nest so viewers could finally watch the intimate daily lives of this eagle family. In September, while the eagles were away, the AEF spent a solid week installing a new HD camera and microphones above and around the nest. However, there wouldn’t be power installed at the site before December.
In January, AEF representative and APEX Electric Inc. made a trip to the nest site to complete the Internet installation (which would connect the cams to the Internet). While at the site, the team saw an eagle soaring above. However, something didn’t seem quite right.
Rather than landing in the nest with the camera over it, the eagle landed in another unnoticed nest about 500-600 feet away.
To everyone’s surprise, it was confirmed that Lady and Sir had abandoned their old nest and built a new one.
Although the AEF cannot disturb this active nest, we plan to install another long-range camera about 400-600 feet from the new nest for monitoring purposes, and then, after the eagles leave the area this summer, we plan to install a camera over the new nest.
The other camera will remain in the old nest tree for the time being.