bald eagle on nest in virginia


More info: Between the 2021 and 2022 nesting seasons, two cameras were installed in the Dulles Greenway Wetlands by a partnership of the Dulles Greenway, American Eagle Foundation, HDOnTap, and Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for the purpose of monitoring the bald eagle nest.

The bald eagle is one of the largest raptors found in Virginia, with a wingspan of up to 8 feet. The female is larger than the male and can weigh up to 14 pounds. The large size and white head and tail feathers of an adult bald eagle and the bright yellow, hooked bill make the bird very distinguishable and easy to recognize.

Bald eagle pairs mate for life. They build huge stick nests in the tops of sturdy trees and enlarge the nests year after year with some becoming more than 6 feet across and 3 feet deep. Breeding usually begins in November but can last until July. The female lays 2-3 eggs. Although the female does most of the incubating, the male sometimes helps. Both parents care for the young for the first three months.