CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A dead tree holding a bald eagle nest in Barr Lake State Park in Northern Colorado (CPW) recently fell down, resulting in the death of two eaglets, Parks and Wildlife officials tweeted on Monday.
Officials say they got a report of the downed tree on Monday, and when staff went to check it out, they discovered the nest had been destroyed and two eggs were underwater. The eaglets did not survive.
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According to the CPW Twitter thread the nests can be seven to eight feet across and are usually found in tall trees high above the ground.
Bald eagles often choose dead limbs in tall trees, possibly because their view is not obstructed by foliage, officials said, adding nests are often found near water. Female bald eagles lay one to three eggs, which take about 35 days to hatch. Both the male and female work together to keep the eggs warm.
Park staff went on to say that they retrieved the basket to the nest, which was originally put up in 1986, and will work to put it back up later this summer when a viable tree is found.