Feb 01 at 9:17am

The new year begins with baby eaglet in Hughes Landing

by Lorrie Parise

Starting the new year with American pride, a new baby eaglet was hatched the second week of January in Hughes Landing, the 66-acre mixed-use development on Lake Woodlands. Since 2000, eagles have made their home in Hughes Landing, the Bear Branch Reservoir and East Shore.

Eagles are very loyal to their nest and to their food source which is usually around lakes or water,” said Fred LeBlanc, Senior Environmental Manager for The Woodlands Development Company. "Eagles are very faithful to an area, so it is reasonable to assume that the eagle pair we see now at Lake Woodlands is either the same pair that started in the year 2000 or a succession of that pair resulting from mortality to one of the pair and re-mating by the other.”

Nests are about eight to nine feet in diameter. Eagles typically have two nests. The current pair of eagles are building a second nest in Hughes Landing, but have not finished as they are concentrating on taking care of the baby.  The eaglet eats several times a day and for the most part, on demand, according to LeBlanc.

Here are some other fun facts about the eaglets:

·       As of December 2016, The Woodlands has been home to 35 eaglets.

·       The new baby makes 36!

·       About seven eaglets have been hatched in Hughes Landing.

·       An eaglet matures at five-years old.

·       Eaglets typically start to fly around 12 weeks.

 


 

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Eagles are very loyal to their nest and to their food source which is usually around lakes or water. -Fred LeBlanc, Senior Environmental Manager for The Woodlands Development Company.

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