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Bald Eagle Hatchling in Anthony Chabot Regional Park

A bald eagle pair that built a new nest in March in a restricted area of Anthony Chabot Regional Park has successfully hatched a chick, according to Wildlife Program Manager Doug Bell.

"We are very excited to see a successful hatching by this young, sub-adult female bald eagle. Park staff and volunteers have been monitoring the nest and the eaglet from an observation point on Columbine Trail below Lost Ridge group camp in Anthony Chabot Regional Park. The eagles can also be observed from  Bass Cove in Lake Chabot or from a boat on the lake.

"We ask that eagle-watchers stay on the trail and use the observation point we have marked. The nest is pretty well hidden a good distance from the trail and the water, and getting any closer by going off the trail or entering the restricted area is not permitted and will not improve visibility at all," said Bell.

Violators who enter restricted areas of the park will be cited.

Eagles have been observed in past years flying over and around Lake Chabot, however this year we saw them building a nest in early March. We estimated they began incubation about March 17, and after a 33-day incubation period, the egg hatched around April 22. The eaglet could be flying by the 4th of July, according to Bell.

Bald eagles are not listed as endangered or threatened by the U.S FWS, however they are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. They are still listed as State Endangered in California.

Anthony Chabot Regional Park is located east of Oakland and north of Castro Valley at 9999 Redwood Road. Lake Chabot Regional Park, located at 17600 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley, CA, offers boat rentals, and other recreational facilities.

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco. The system comprises 112,000+ acres in 65 parks including over 1,200 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature study.

Video by Mary Malec

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