This Bald Eagle nest is only about one mile from our second home in North Aurora, Illinois. The nest tree is on private land, located in the middle of the athletic field parking lot on the campus of Mooseheart Child City and School. The marked parking spaces go right up to the trunk of the tree. This seems not to have bothered the eagles, as they have returned to the same nest for a second breeding season. This year there are three eaglets. The oldest appears to be about 4-5 weeks old.
Coincidentally, as is the case with the Pembroke Pines nest which was the first active nest recorded in Broward County, this nest is the first known active nest in Kane County. Last year the pair relocated from their first nest, on the Mooseheart campus about a half mile away. That nest, first occupied i 2009, was destroyed in a wind storm. Happily both eaglets were successfully rehabilitated and released to the wild.
It is such a thrill to have these two "pioneer" nests so close to each of our homes.