It was November when I spotted this pair of bald eagles together for the first time. In December, I realized that they were nesting. The hatching probably happened in January, completely hidden from those of us on the ground. I saw the chicks for the first time in February, and watched their fuzzy little heads sticking up more and more over the nest in March. In the beginning of April, they all of a sudden looked like full-grown hawks. And now, my baby birds are leaving the nest. Today I saw both of them sitting on the tree where I met their parents.
I also saw something pretty awesome yesterday morning. One of the eaglets was on the "daddy tree," and while I was watching took off on a short flight around the clump of trees. In another few weeks, after they've learned to hunt and their wings get accustomed to longer flights, they'll leave the nest and never return. Adults re-use the same nests fairly often, so maybe we'll get to do it all over again next year. I hope so - I'm already lamenting the empty nest!