I can’t believe it, but I have grown attached to Mary and Jimbo, the two juvenile Bald Eagles I have been monitoring online through our live stream camera.
I remember the very moment in mid-February when the first egg was laid. I was eating lunch in Boulder, Colorado, and Liberty was displaying what I interpreted as odd behavior. Minutes later she sat up to reposition herself, which gave me a glimpse of her precious egg.
In late March, our “Easter eggs” began to hatch, and we met two adorable eaglets named Mary and Jimbo. I watched for weeks as they fought over food, and many viewers voiced their concerns over the smaller of the two. They eventually learned that there would always be more food and began to get along. At 11 weeks after hatching, these siblings took their first flight out of the nest. Folks from around the world were worried after they left the first few days! Now, at 13 weeks, they have come back to the nest and branches within the camera’s view to perch and enjoy a meal or two.
It is tough to think that we may only have four more weeks to observe Mary and Jimbo on the webcam before they begin to move further away. The juveniles will stay in the general area for the next few weeks, but by the end of the summer Justice and Liberty will no longer help them hunt and may even chase them away from their area. Bald Eagles travel long distances for food their first four years, and have a 50% mortality rate their first year out of the nest.
I hope Mary and Jimbo thrive once they really leave, and they someday return to build their nests here in DC. I am very proud of the work Earth Conservation Corps has done to have Bald Eagles nesting in DC again after a 50-year absence.