Walborn Reservoir Eagle Report
August 28, 2013-- An established pair of eagles has been observed again at Walborn Reservoir. The pair has bonded with continued activity around the nest site. The new female is on the left and the original male with the brighter white head is on the right. Early evening seems to be best time to see them.
May 10, 2013-- For six of the last seven years, the eagles at Walborn Reservoir have produced chicks—a total of 13 eaglets. Unfortunately, in 2013 a new female eagle appeared. There is no way to know what happened to her predecessor, but no eggs were produced at this nest this spring. Consequently, the eagles’ visitation to the nest is sporadic and unpredictable. While you may be lucky enough to see one of them flying around Walborn or Deer Creek Reservoirs, their flight range can be quite large.
In 2013 you are welcome to come to the viewing deck off Marlboro Ave., but there is no way to guarantee that you will see the eagles. If the new pair returns in 2014 and produces an egg, Stark Parks will establish opportunities for viewing the nest with a viewing scope and park staff or volunteers.
In 1979 there were only four Eagle pairs in Ohio. The exact number now is uncertain, but the count was well over 300 nests at the end of 2012. There were 321 known eaglets hatched in Ohio in 2012 from 210 nests that were being monitored. For information on Ohio’s monitoring program, visit the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resource’s Division of Wildlife.
The eaglets at Walborn Reservoir have never been banded by ODNR for safety reasons: the tree on which the nest sits has been struck by lightning several times and may not be stable enough to withstand the weight of humans. It was determined that it was more important to preserve the nest and its babies than it was to band any birds that matured.
Want to learn more about Eagles? www.baldeagleinfo.com
Stark Parks reminds visitors that laws protecting eagles define how close you can get to a nest; do not walk any closer than the wooden Observation Deck that is provided at 13600 Marlboro Avenue NE, Alliance, north of Allen Drive.