In September 2013, our bald eagle couple returned to the Berry College campus and to their nest in a tall pine tree situated between the main entrance and the parking lot of the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center.
The couple spent several months repairing and adding to the nest and catching fish and coots in the nearby Berry quarry, Oostanaula River and Garden Lakes. An egg was produced on January 14, 2014, followed by a second egg on January 17. An eaglet chick hatched on Saturday, February 22, from one of the two eggs laid in January. But the other egg is not viable and has been buried in the nest.
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Berry College’s original bald eagle parents began making the nest in March 2012, an unusual time for nest-building in the life-cycle of eagles.
Eagles have been reported in the vicinity of the campus for the past two to three years, but this is the first documented nest in the modern history of Floyd County. The eagles were seen carrying sticks to build their nest, but to the disappointment of many, they had nested too late to produce offspring. By April they were gone.
In October 2012, the eagles returned to the nest, and two eggs were laid in December. Both eggs hatched by January 2013, and both eaglets fledged (flew) during the last week of April. Eaglet 1 flew on April 22 and Eaglet 2 flew on April 28.
During the 2013 season, there were documented sightings on campus of the original pair, their two eaglets and at least four juvenile eagles.
Please check the Berry College Eagles Facebook page for regular updates this year. Bald eagles mate for life, and we are hopeful that we will enjoy their presence at Berry for many years to come.
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Georgia Power donated a truck and manpower to install a small camera with a direct view of the nest. The camera was donated by Sony and the wireless transmission and equipment were donated by Fluid Mesh Networks.