Jack ‘s Off!

Jack Bald Eagle Takes Flight

So, Jack ‘s off–taking flight on Earth Day in the afternoon.

I think the Discovery Center told him that the focus on Earth Day was more important than taking flight on my birthday (aka bird-day) and he buckled under the “for the greater good” pressure.

Because seriously, what a tie in. Earth Day + Bald Eagle Recovery + 1st eaglet to be documented in the San Bernardino Mountains taking flight on April 22nd?

All I can say is that those marketing people better be on it!

Of course, today was the first time in some time that I didn’t get out on the deck in my robe during the early morning hours to gaze through the scope.

Then of course I went down to the neighbors to help them train their delinquent dog–a promise I made some time back.

When I finally pulled out the scope–I found both the nest and branch empty.

I was a bit concerned but it confirmed my suspicions of yesterday.

You see, both parents were close by, sitting one above the other and looking like they expected him to take the leap.

Nothing much was happening and, since I put in my “please fly on my birthday” wish, I certainly didn’t expect it to happen today.

My hope is that the adults will reveal his location when they do the evening feeding.

He was sighted flapping around the hillside by some locals.

I tried scoping down at the park, over on Grout Bay, near the creek and then around my grotto–to no avail.

The camouflage works wonder but I do hope he finds a perch later since the coyote den is pretty darn close to where he was seen.

I imagine his historic flight wore him out and so he had to rest up before he tries a few more times.

If you haven’t been getting the updates over on the Fawnskin Flyer Facebook page–go “like” the page now so you don’t miss out any more!

And, of course–Happy Earth Day!

4-23-2012 Update: GG spotted Jack at 6:45pm high on the top of a tree, he glided off while I was watching–and if a bird could look determined–he certainly did! Then, at 8:15am I was out with the scope and lucked out by seeing the adult take Jack breakfast. They were high on the ridge, hidden to the southwest of the nesting site. Now he needs to learn to hunt so it should be interesting if I can keep finding them!

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6 Responses to “Jack ‘s Off!

  • 1
    April 22nd, 2012 17:47

    gg wow a super picture. send picture to audabond and the la times. coll birds and blums. the may pay you. good luck on keeping track of jack. fitz..

  • 2
    April 22nd, 2012 20:43

    Hope that Jack got up on a branch before dark!! Thanks for the training today!

  • 3
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    April 23rd, 2012 08:42

    Thanks–it is a commercially licensed photo, I didn’t snap that one!

  • 4
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    April 23rd, 2012 08:43

    Yep, he did. I spotted him about 6:45pm and got to see him glide. Then on Monday at 8:15am and adult lead me right to him. They were feeding on the ridge to the left of the big multiple branched snag.

  • 5
    Sally Sherlock
    April 23rd, 2012 10:33

    You have a good “eagle eye”…keep up the good work. I’m interested in hearing all about it. I keep wondering if Jack/Jackie, will return to rest in the nest or if the parents will lay another egg in it.

  • 6
    Barb Roberts
    April 27th, 2012 18:06

    Thanks so much for all the up to date’s on “Jack”. He was named after my father so I am especially interested in his everyday goings on! I so appreciate & enjoy the postings. Thanks again so much!!