As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday 22 April 2015

After 100 Year Absence, Bald Eagles Return to Big Apple

April 21, 2015 - 12:52 PM

( – 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.

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