A local biologist said this past week he believes the eggs of a pair of bald eagles nesting at Lake Shawnee have hatched, based on the behavior of the adult eagles.
“That indicates that the eaglets have hatched, and this is about the right length of time for them to have done so,” said Mike McLaughlin, communications and public information supervisor for the Shawnee County Parks and Rec.
The adult bald eagles built a new nest at the lake after their original nest, which was estimated to weigh between 300 and 400 pounds, fell last October.
Watkins, a retired biologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said those passing by likely would soon be able to see the eaglets in their nest.
“Usually you can catch a glimpse of the eaglets when they are around 10 days old,” Watkins said. “It usually occurs when they are being feed. Keep in mind at this age they are like human babies — all they do is eat, sleep and poop. At 3 to 4 weeks old, they will be up and pretty active. They will fledge or fly from the nest for the first time when they are 70 to 80 days old.”
The eagles began nesting at the lake in December 2015, marking the first time in recent memory that area birdwatchers have seen bald eagles at the man-made lake.