A bald eagle pair that built a nest last year in a restricted area of Anthony Chabot Regional Park has returned, built a new nest, and has one or more newly hatched chicks, according to Wildlife Program Manager Doug Bell. Park staff and volunteers have been monitoring the nest since March.
The nest is in a restricted area of the park, visible with a scope or binoculars across the lake, in Lake Chabot Regional Park, from West Shore Trail at Alder Point or from a boat on the lake. From the dam you can see the adult bald eagles flying to and from the nest.
"We are very excited to see a second successful hatching by this young female bald eagle,” said Bell. "The nest this year is still in a restricted area, but it can be seen from more easily accessible locations. We ask that eagle-watchers stay on the trail and use the observation points we recommend, and remind boaters that landing on shore in the restricted area is not allowed.”
Entering the restricted area in neighboring Anthony Chabot Regional Park is not permitted and will not improve visibility at all, because the eagles are nesting in a dense eucalyptus grove. Violators who enter restricted areas of the parks will be cited. Photos and videos of the bald eagles, courtesy of Mary Malec.
Bald eagles have been observed in past years flying over and around Lake Chabot, and in February 2012 we saw them building a nest for the first time. The juvenile bald eagle that hatched last year was seen in the area through the summer and fall after fledging.
We estimated the adult pair began incubation this year in mid-March. Incubation lasts approximately 33 days. We first observed a very young eaglet in the nest on April 24. We do not yet know if there is more than one eaglet in the nest, as the adults are still sitting tight on the nest to brood. If all goes well, we may expect fledging in early July, so there will be plenty of time for the public to view the eagles’ nesting progress at Lake Chabot from the recommended observation points, according to Bell.
Bald eagles are not listed as endangered or threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, however they are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. They are still listed as State Endangered in California.
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 114,000+ acres in 65 parks including over 1,200 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature study.
The male is on the nest and the female flies by at 12.5 seconds You can hear her calling at the start of the video.
The male is feeding a hatchling.
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