Golden Eagle Nests
What materials do Golden Eagles use to build their nests?
One to three months before egg laying begins, Golden Eagle pairs build nests using materials available to them. The outer shell is built with sticks, and lined with grasses and plants from the area. They might even bring in antlers or man made material while constructing the nest. They will often bring in aromatic leaves to freshen up the nest, or to possibly keep bugs away.
Do Golden Eagles Return to the same nest year after year?
A Golden Eagle pair will come back to the same nest year after year, enhancing and strengthening it each year. Sometimes a Golden Eagle pair will alternate between two nests, swapping out from one year to the next.
How large are Golden Eagle Nests
The nests of Golden Eagles are very large, and average between 5 – 6′ across and 2′ high. The largest Golden Eagle nest on record was 20 feet tall and 8 1/2 feet wide.
Where do Golden Eagles Build their nests?
Because Golden Eagles are found in so many continents, where they nest depends on where they live. Their nests can be in trees, but they can also be on the ground, on cliffs or steep escarpments, or they can take over a human-made structure such as a windmill, observation tower, nesting platform, and electrical transmission towers and repurpose it for a nest.
Golden Eagle Cam
Located several miles east of Sisters, Oregon, a cliff-side nest of Golden Eagles is being streamed. As of April 2016, it is the only known Golden Eagle Cam. Live feed from the cam, as well as lots of information about the cam and the history of the eagles can be viewed at their website during nesting season between February and June at www.goldeneaglecam.com. A recent article (March 2016) about the cam can be accessed here.