2 dads, 1 mom: Bald eagles raising 3 young in rare single nest and you can watch
Any idea how the second male knew the first male was a bad father and just decided to swoop in?
Awesome - thanks for sharing!
And Tango Makes Four???
This kinda thing must make exploding heads out of some of the anti gay marriage evangelicals out there. And featuring the patriotic symbol of 'Murrica, to boot.
Best wishes and lots of fish to the happy family. Mazel tov.
Why, did the two male eagles get married?
Yes. The prior female disappeared and the two males remained at the nest. The current female showed up and took up parenting with the two males in residence.
Eagles don’t get “married” in the sense people do, but it’s clear the two males were buddies and living together prior to the current female’s arrival. Given that outside of raising chicks eagles, like most raptors, live pretty solitary lives that probably qualifies as “mated” in most peoples’ views.
Seems their server is having storage trouble. Need to visit the refuge’s channel to get the current live feed.
I saw it mentioned on the national news last night, but I had already seen it here first! SDMB beats the news again. I like when that happens.
I’m not quite sure what I’m watching is live, but I’m still enjoying it. Eagle nests seem to be a lot flatter than the nests of smaller birds.
I like hearing the train whistles in the distance. My DH’s mom lived about an hour directly south of that area and not too far from the train tracks. I spent a lot of time there so the whistles are quite familiar! They bring back good memories.
Thank you,** Skywatcher**.
That article says both the male eagles are mating with the female. So, I still don’t see why anti gay marriage evangelicals’ heads would be exploding. Seems like a reverse “Three’s Company” scenario to me, with the added bonus that both the males get to “mate” with the female.
Cuz marriage to those folks is “one woman, one man” and a menage a trois is frowned upon?
Q: eagles typically lay 2 eggs. Is there a good chance of each male fathering one of them?
Didn’t finish my train of thought with that question, sorry. I’m familiar with how unlikely the 2nd, younger hatchling is to survive in most cases; many birds of prey have “an heir & a spare” with a younger chick in place should something happen to the 1st egg.
In cases like this with more genetic variations (half siblings instead of full) I wondered if that increased the 2nd chick’s odds of survival for any reason.