UPDATE. This blog has been updated to correct the name of the eaglet that hatched from Sky to Ahote.
If you didn’t know about the fledge at the West End Bald Eagle nest of Thunder and Akecheta in the Channel Islands but, you knew the nest and the chicks – which chick would you have voted to fledge first? Most people would say Kana’kini because she has been doing so much hovering.
However, this evening at 17:07:49 the third hatch, Ahote, fledged! It was brilliant. He hovered and out he went!!!!!!!! Surprised everyone.
It was just stunningly beautiful for a first flight.
Congratulations to Thunder and Akecheta and to Ahote – your life as a fledgling and a juvenile just began.
Thank you to Explore.org and the Institute for Wildlife Studies for their streaming cam where I took my screen captures.
I went to the UK as a Commonwealth Scholar in 1990 and received my PhD from the University of Leicester in 1993. After three decades of university teaching, I retired to devote my time to the study of raptor behaviour. I am particularly interested in Ospreys and am working on a long term project on third hatch survival and siblicide in these raptors. My blog is a result of a fascination with my local wildlife and the desire to encourage others to love and care for birds! I live on the Canadian Prairies and prior to the pandemic travelled a lot. I am questioning the use of aviation fuel at the moment as we all strive to help our planet. My early research was in politics and art including British public statues exported to Southeast Asia and Vietnam Resistors that contributed much to Canadian ceramics. Books and articles were published on those subjects over a period of 3 decades. Now I am working on books for children so they can learn about the challenges our raptors face.
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Mary Ann, thanks for letting us know that Sky fledged! Wow! I scrolled back and watched it – just amazing. Hopefully he had a safe landing nearby – and hopefully he’ll come back to the nest soon, so we can see he’s okay. Always exciting, these fledges! 🦅
Oh, my pleasure. I hope he landed safely!
Thanks Mary Ann! That is a surprise indeed! Good luck to him and hope he returns soon to eat at their nest! Best of luck to you Sky!❤️🦅
Fingers crossed!!!!!! It was a really nice flight, Linda and a surprise!