Thursday
Feb182016

Taylor Taken To The Ground!

I happened to be at the nest area. I waned to see if I could spot the intruder. Did I ever! I spotted Taylor just soaring around and then all of the sudden another took after him in a chase. Taylor and this eagle flew around for some time. I spotted another eagle, presumably female, with a dark band on the end of the tail feathers. We have seen one like this before. Blair took after that eagle. Not long after, Taylor came diving into the nest and was calling loudly, and the intruder came in with Taylor as the target. Both eagles went cart wheeling off the nest and to the ground. I figured they would just get up and fly away. After several minutes of waiting I drove up to the nest tree and saw them locked on the ground with the intruder on top of Taylor! He definitely had the upper hand, and Taylor was in deep trouble. In the end, the eagles flew off.

 

After I backed up the road, I could see them perched downstream side by side. I assumed it was Blair & Taylor reunited. They flew off and across the highway northeast. I drove over there to see if I could spot anything. There was one eagle perched, and I have no idea which it was. I am sure the intruder isn't far off and it could be him. It could have been Taylor for all I know.

 

 

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Reader Comments (7)

THankyou for saving Taylor!!

February 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSally FAre

Thank you for going to where they were and making enough noise so they were more interested in what was coming than in what they were doing at the moment, forcing them to want to get out of there and so letting go. I hope they are both well. One of them seemed to be flying low, but perhaps that's just because of the takeoff position which was full of limbs and tree stumps. Thanks for checking up on them... also thanks for the video footage that we never would have seen otherwise.

February 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterShirley Bartlett

Thank you for going to where they were and making enough noise so they were more interested in what was coming than in what they were doing at the moment, forcing them to want to get out of there and so letting go. I hope they are both well. One of them seemed to be flying low, but perhaps that's just because of the takeoff position which was full of limbs and tree stumps. Thanks for checking up on them... also thanks for the video footage that we never would have seen otherwise.

February 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterShirley Bartlett

Could this be Larry?

February 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDesiree D.

This is not Larry. Notice the lighter feathers when you get a chance in the upper part of the back below the nape(neckline). Larry does not have those.

February 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEagles4kids

Taylor attack on 2-28-2016: This nest looks very familiar to me but can't place it. What area are Blair and Taylor nesting in. I am getting behind, my eagles are laying eggs and eggs are hatching and I can't the URL or Penn. Eagles Nest by the lake. Thank you for saving Taylor, they have built a beautiful nest.

February 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKaty Harmon

Katy, what we can tell you is that Blair & Taylor's nest is in Western WI.

February 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEagles4kids

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