Back in 2007, a nice pair of young bald eagles moved into town. Since then, they managed to raise a pair of young, lost a nest with two eggs and last year the only baby died before flying.
This year, they returned, expanded their nest and mated. Unfortunately, if any eggs were laid, they do not appear to have been viable. The female never went broody and stayed on the nest and there were no young. Last year, the Punta Gorda Historical Society held a photo contest as a fundraiser because there were so many photographers about.
With the lack of a consistent presence at the nest, the crowds have been a lot less this year. We have had reports of a juvenile eagle around the nest and another pair so, there are clearly more eagles around the area. If the original pair of babies survived, they should be coming up to breeding age next year.
We’ll just have to keep our eyes out.