At 7:00 p.m. Minnesota time, after a day of being alone in the nest, baby eaglet Harmon was finally joined by his parents. First, Dad arrived, sat on the edge of the nest for a couple of minutes, then began feeding Harmon pieces of fish head left in the nest by the Raptor Rescue folks who returned the eaglet home Sunday afternoon.
About a minute and a half later, Mom arrived, took two fish heads from Dad, and began feeding the baby herself. Now that both parents have fed the eaglet, rebonding with him, so to speak, our troubles seem to be over.
I was starting to get worried that he had been abandoned because he was by himself in the nest for more than 24 hours. Minnesota Bound and the Raptor Center were closely monitoring the nest, but it would have been heartbreaking for him to have to be removed from the nest yet again, spend another night with humans, and then be fostered into another eagle nest. The poor little guy has been through enough. Nobody deserved a break more than him.
Here’s the video of Harmon’s Dad and Mom coming home and feeding him. My heart is full. Now we can all watch him grow up in this gorgeous nest in the treetops. I look forward to every moment because, like thousands of others, I have fallen madly in love with Harmon.
The Minnesota Bound folks write: “We just witnessed the most amazing moment. Tears are flowing everywhere. For the last half hour we’ve been monitoring and watching Mom and Dad move closer. Broadband, Raptor Center and MN Bound crews are quite emotional over this most amazing homecoming……… Way to go Harmon!”
At this moment 122,000 people are watching this nest and sharing in this joy.
As the solar-powered batteries faded and the nest cam switched off shortly after 9:00 p.m. Minnesota time, Mom and Harmon were snuggled together in the nest. Sweet eagle dreams.