Saturday, April 9, we hurried out right before dark to check on the eaglets. The day before had been really windy and we'd taken some friends out to check, but the chicks stayed mostly hunkered down, with one parent watching closely from a nearby tree. Eventually, one eaglet sat up, but untill the very end of the short time that we watched, the other didn't appear. I was almost wondering if we'd imagined that it had, with the boat rocking so much from the wind, so was anxious to check and be sure that both are still in the nest and thriving.
As we pulled up Saturday evening to get the nest in sight, there seemed to be no activity. Two Black Vultures were sitting oddly on an adjacent tree, a little higher up. That was worrisome. For the very fist time, no mature adult could be seen. After a few minutes, one eaglet got up to stretch, with the second one following. Both sat and peered over the edge for a while, intermittantly stretching. Won't be long now before they'll be testing those wings!