About Romeo & Juliet
~ Northeast Florida Wild Bald Eagle Nest
How old are Romeo and Juliet?
It is unknown, but because Bald Eagles do not reach sexual maturity until 5 years, and this pair has been documented since 2008, you can assume they were at least 5 years old at that point. By 2017, we estimate they would be at least 15 years old – and they might be older!
Where do Romeo and Juliet go in the off season?
We have no idea where they go because they are not tracked or banded.
How can you tell Romeo and Juliet apart?
When they are beside each other, Juliet is larger. Romeo’s nares (nostrils) are oval and more defined than Juliet’s, whose nares are somewhat curved. In the image, Juliet is on the left; Romeo on the right. Romeo has some ‘speckles’ in the iris of his eye—seen in close view affected by lighting whereas Juliet’s irises are clear. Romeo has a dark streak in his tail feathers, but Juliet’s tail feathers are completely white.
How many eggs does Juliet lay?
She has laid 2 eggs each year since 2008, with the exception of only 1 in 2009-2010 season.
How many successful fledges have there been since this pair has been observed?
17 from 2008 through 2017.
Do Romeo and Juliet return to the same nest each year?
What do they eat?
Mainly fish, but also small mammals and shore birds. They sometimes bring in road kill to the nest, such as a deer leg. View a complete menu during the 2015-2016 season.
What other birds or animals have visited the nest or nest tree during nesting season?
- Barred Owl
- Red Shouldered Hawk
- Peregrine Falcon, Vultures
- Juvenile and Adult Bald Eagles
- Great Blue Heron