Medina Journal-Register — Things have been really winding down with the migratory waterfowl. Our local Canada geese are starting to nest and there were a bunch of Northern Shoveler ducks that I was photographing last week that disappeared Friday. There are still a bunch of Ring-necked ducks in the area though.
Roaming around the “swamp” I noticed that the Northern Harriers seem to be pairing up and there has been quite a bit of wood duck activity around my nesting boxes at home. In another month the humming birds will be back!
As mentioned in my last column we have a very unique situation with one of our Bald Eagle nests. There is one immature eagle (a 3 year old) helping a pair of adults at a nest. I have been keeping my eye on this nest for some time in hopes of seeing a successful hatch. This “Three-some” nest situation is very, very rare and did happen at the Montezuma NWR for a number of years and now it is happening here!
Last week I spent the day with one of our retired DEC eagle experts, Mike Allen, and his feeling is that one of our “Three-some” maybe be a Montezuma bird that was raised from that “three-some” nest there and thus is use to that type of situation.
This past week my observations indicated that the eggs were pipping (beginning the hatching process) but I saw no sign that they had actually hatched. This last Sunday morning as I sat in my vehicle watching the nest with my spotting scope I saw the incubating eagle get up and begin tearing bits of meat from a animal or fish body and feeding the young. They have hatched! Over the period of an hour the two adults and the three year old immature were seen feeding the young.