April 21, 2015 - 12:52 PM
(CNSNews.com) – For the first time in more than a century, a pair of bald eagles has been spotted building a nest on the southern shore of Staten Island in New York City, the Audubon Society announced last week.
The local birding community has named the new city residents “Vito” and “Merica”.
The last time eagles were seen nesting within New York’s city limits was 1914, the same year the passenger pigeon went extinct.
“The eagles are engaging in brooding behavior typical of nesting birds incubating their eggs,” said Todd Winston, communications manager of NYC Audubon, which noted that eagles built a “practice nest” last year at the site, which belongs to the Department of Environmental Conservation.
Male and female eagles mate for life. Both parents incubate the eggs and tend the young eaglets until they are ready to fly on their own.