Little Bit 17’s nest collapses! (with video)

21 June 2022

Things happen when you least expect them, too. We had just settled in to the reassurance that Little Bit 17 was going to fledge and were anxiously watching for ND15 and ND16 to fledge with Little Bit at home alone for awhile.

I have caught it on video.

Today at 15:43:25 a large chunk of the nest fell off the ND-LEEF tree. It caused ND15 to fledge.

Little Bit 17 is home alone looking down from the nest to the ground.

At 17:65:17 Mum flies in with a Raccoon. Brave Little Bit 17 comes down to eat at 17:58:42. It must have been very reassuring to have Mum feeding him.

Dad flies in with a salmon at 18:58. Two parents on the nest testing its integrity. ND comes down quickly when there is fish on the menu! Little Bit got to it first! It is not the time to fight over food kids!

What an afternoon. Little Bit 17 is on the nest eating the raccoon after losing the fish to 16. 16 is back up on the branch. Lindsay Grossman who is part of the Environmental Change Initiative is on the ground. She has located ND15 in another tree. The nest will be monitored closely for any change in the situation!

Take a breath. Little Bit is so brave. He might well be the only one that sleeps on the nest tonight with 16 only coming down the branch for food. That works for me! The parents are aware of the situation. So smart for them to bring food and test out the rest of that nest. Dad is going to be rebuilding soon!

Thank you for joining me. Thank you to ND-LEEF for their streaming cam where I took my screen captures and video clips. Take care everyone.


  1. Linda Kontol says:

    Oh no! I’m so thankful they are all
    Thanks Mary Ann for this update!

    1. So very lucky that the three are as old as they are and that the parents were on top of this – testing the nest by bringing food and getting two of them back down to eat. A miracle for sure.

      1. Linda Kontol says:

        It sure is a miracle and very smart parents. Yes So glad they are as old as they are too! Hopefully if won’t any more of the nest fall down with any of them on it. 🙏
        Thanks for this update!
        Take care Mary Ann

      2. Little Bit is right where he can hop on a big branch – very smart eaglet if anything happens. 16 is up on the branch and 15 was found. Yes, it is a miracle. The parents and the staff were amazing. Not a second time lag! Parents must have gone fishing the minute it happened!

  2. Linda Kontol says:

    Thanks for this video covering Mary Ann!
    I pray the rest of the nest doesn’t fall
    Down and any of them get hurt .🙏
    I have read of several nests falling this season. Keep safe ND17 and family.
    I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you again soon Mary Ann. Thank you!

    1. You are very welcome. The remaining portion of the nest appears to be held up by 3 good strong branches. Little Bit ate all of the raccoon by himself – and this might be one of those blessings in disguise. He will get to eat up. 16 is nervous being on the nest and 15 needs food. I am sure the parents will take food or it will return to nest. But the are is too small – I think??? – for all on it now. I am grateful to the people who were on the ground immediately!!!!!! Perfect response. Wish more were like them. We really do need emergency numbers with those cams.

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