Wenatchee’s Initial Infant Bald Eagle in 30 Years Flies More than the Horan Nature Reserve
pictures and write-up by Julanne Burts
What is believed to be the 1st infant bald eagle fledged in Wenatchee in more than 30 years took flight the week of June 24. From a nest positioned just off the Horan Nature Trail, higher up in a cottonwood tree, the young bird started flight coaching earlier in June by working out its wings and hopping about the nest to develop muscle tissues and coordination. Due to the fact hatching sometime in April, the young bird has grown from a song bird sized ball of fluff to a close to adult size bird. Its estimated wingspan now exceeds six feet. Though a small wobbly in flight, the bird is soaring above the Horan Nature Reserve studying to land in nearby trees ahead of returning to its nest. The parents will continue to help their offspring for about two months, delivering meals and teaching hunting capabilities.
Following that, the juvenile eagle will probably choose out new territory. Some young eagles settle up to 800 miles away from their birth nest. More than the subsequent 5 years the young eagle will continue to create its strength and capabilities. When it molts in the fifth year of life, it will show the distinctive white head and tail of an adult bald eagle. Till then, the feathers will be a mottled black with a handful of random white feathers.
Eagles mate for life and the parents will probably return to the very same nest this fall to increase the structure and continue breeding. Congratulations to the proud parents and the city’s newest raptor.
Julanne Burts was born in Wenatchee in 1959 and began photographing eagles a couple of years ago. She says she nevertheless has substantially to study about the craft.