Male eagle at Norfolk Botanical Garden is with female #4 of the season

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by Joe Flanagan

WVEC.com

Posted on March 21, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 21 at 7:01 PM

NORFOLK -- Eaglecam is an ever-changing story.

After losing his partner of nearly 10 years, the male eagle is seeing more than one female this season. Since September, three females have been seen in the nest.

"Number four came up later in March, so we have now had four different first-year breeding females with this male. And it's been documented on the WVEC webcam first time ever," said research biologist Reese Lukei.

So this male has fathered some 20 chicks and is in his prime according to Reese. But so far, there are no eggs in the nest and that makes garden officials a little antsy.

"I am just sort of taking a wait and see attitude. I know Reese says as we get late in the season, it is getting more and more less likely but there is so much happening. There is still a lot to watch even if we don't get eggs," said Perry Mathewes, educator at Norfolk Botanical Garden.

In years past, there had been eggs at this time of year.

"Usually in Virginia, the breeding period is at the end of March. But it is possible to go into early April," added Lukei.

The four females that have been showing up at the nest are young and fertile and first-year breeding females, so says Luke. "It's not unusual for a first-year breeding female to be not quite ready and not produce, so we're just going to have to wait and see," he concluded.

 

 

 

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