The marked parking spaces go right up to the trunk of the tree. This seems not to have bothered the eagles, as they have returned to the same nest for a second breeding season. This year there are three eaglets. The oldest appears to be about 4-5 weeks old.
Coincidentally, as is the case with the Pembroke Pines nest which was the first active nest recorded in Broward County (Florida), this nest is the first known active nest in Kane County (Illinois).
Last year the pair relocated from their first nest, also on the Mooseheart campus about a half mile away. That nest, first occupied in 2009, was destroyed in a wind storm in 2012. Happily both eaglets were successfully rehabilitated and released to the wild.
It is such a thrill to have these two "pioneer" nests so close to each of our homes.
The tree is leaning quite a bit. The Field House and stadium bleachers are at the far end of the parking lot. The adult is perched in the tree to the far right and can be seen in the enlarged view (click on photo).
Here is a better view of the adult standing guard at the nest.
The nest tree is about 1/3 of the way from the left margin of the photo below. The athletic field is to the right. Click on the photo for a larger view. You can see the nest with the adult standing guard.
The Fox River runs along just to the east of this property. Here the oldest eaglet eyes its parent.
All three eaglets are visible in this photo. The oldest is noticeably larger and more active.
The parent bird flew away for about 45 minutes, and then took a perch between me and the nest tree.
2010 was the second year the pair nested here.
In 2012, following this article, the nest was destroyed in a storm and the two eaglets were grounded and found to be malnourished.
Story and video about recovery of the grounded nestlings, construction of an artificial nest (which failed) and their eventual rehabilitation and successful release.
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