This past week my husband and I went to Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio in search of eagles! Two fledglings hatched on 24 March 2020 and we were determined to catch a glimpse so we headed out with cameras in tow!
Carillon Historical Park is a 65-acre park and museum that contains historic buildings and exhibits centered on Dayton’s history from 1796 to the present. The fledglings were born to Orv and Willa, a pair-bonded eagle couple that reside at the park and built their nest over Wright Hall which houses the original 1905 Wright Flyer III. The eaglets are named Prop and Rudder (so named to celebrate Dayton’s aviation roots, of course!). Previous eaglets born to the proud eagle parents were named Soar and Flyer (2018) and Aero and Prairie (2019).
Although we were not able to get an up-close shot, we were able to spot one of the fledglings soaring above the Great Miami River. Its movements looked graceful and absolutely effortless (see image above).
Unlike their parents, young eaglets have mostly brown heads and tails and their brown wings and bodies are said to be mottled with white to varying degrees (we were not close enough to verify this). Young birds will not develop the iconic white head and tail until they are about five years old.
I look forward to heading back out to the area to see if we can spot Mr. and Mrs. in the future and I hope this pair continues to thrive for many years to come.
Image credit: Laura Y. Ceville @BirdHouseLove