Tuesday, June 12, 2012

More on those eagles

It took awhile, but major media has caught on to a story we reported here in March about the return of the eagles to the nest at Broadmoor.  Montlake resident and nature photographer Larry Hubbell posted some dramatic photos of the eagle family on his blog, Union Bay Watch, earlier this month, a story which was later picked up by the Montlaker blog and then by KING-TV last week (see the video here).  The Seattle Times followed suit with a front-page photo and the story of the eagles this morning.

Hubbell was at first reluctant to disclose the location of the eagles' nest on his website, apparently fearing that the intrusion of gawkers might disturb the birds.  When we quizzed him last week, however, he confirmed that his eagles he pictured at Union Bay Watch were indeed the Broadmoor eagles.  Now the world knows the story.

It's possible to view the nest without entering Broadmoor.  It can be seen from a vantage point in Canterbury as well, apparently, as from the Foster Island side. Hubbell's website, by the way, today documents a potential threat to the fledgling eagles: crows.  He has also posted some new videos to the site.

[Thanks to Larry Hubbell for permission to post these additional photos and to Montlaker for connecting us with Larry.]


  1. I've noticed one or more eagle, likely our locals based in a tree on the B'moor golf course,* cruising around 43rd & E. Lynn St. by Mad. Pk. N. ("Swingset Park").

    Perhaps the eagles are cruising above the crow's nest in the park's beautiful "half-moon" garden, whose beautiful plants were donated by the estate of the late woman, I believe, whose family use to own a home across the street from the park (the house was moved and renovated during the last decade to another Puget Sound location).

    And waterfowl are scoping out the renovated Madison Park North (or is it N. Mad. Pk.?). A gray heron or two have flown around the park every day several times; I don't recall such interest by heron towards Swingset Park the past few years.

    A few geese families have also approached the work-in-progress with their young several times every day, especially where the new sea kayak launch area is located (YEA!).

    So while a lot of us are looking forward to the completion of the park, the birds have a "beak start."

    I'm a tad worried the eagle is scouting for the little dogs who have their group game of chase at the park's southern end. But that's why "dog parents" like myself need to have their "canine kids" in check and away from the little children playing around the swingset area.

    * Or perhaps the juvenile eagle I've seen in past seasons at the top of an evergreen at the corner of 43rd Ave. E. & E. McGilvra St. (I didn't think the juvi was the male eagle killed on the SR520 floating bridge last year.

  2. I hear the eagles calling to one another when I'm out walking in Broadmoor. They need extra food this time of year to feed their babies. My little gray and white kitty has been missing for 5 days and I'm wondering if she became a eagle snack. If anyone has seen her, please let the guys at the front gate know! Catherine


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