Berry College’s bald eagle couple first appeared on the main campus in the spring of 2012. Since that time, they have continued to nest in the top of a tall pine tree situated between the main entrance and the parking lot of the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center. They successfully
produced two eaglets (B1 and B2) in early 2013 and one eaglet (B3) in early 2014. All of these eaglets successfully fledged.
It is believed that the bald eagles remain in the area during the summer months and do not migrate as there is plentiful food available from lakes, the Berry quarry and the nearby Oostanaula River. They have occasionally been sighted at or near the nest during the summer, probably to
ensure that other animals know it is occupied.
A second nest was documented in early 2014 on the Mountain Campus in a remote and inaccessible area. The area is closed to the public. Three eaglets were produced (BMC1, BMC2, BMC3) and they successfully fledged.
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The eagles were first spotted on the main campus in March 2012 by a Berry student who reported their presence to his professor. It was an unusual time for eagles to nest and there has been speculation that they may have had a nest elsewhere possibly lost to a storm.
Eagles have been reported in the vicinity of the campus for the past two to three years, but this is the first documented nest in the modern history of Floyd County. The eagles were seen carrying sticks to build their nest, but to the disappointment of many, they had nested too late to
produce offspring. By April they were gone.
During the summer, the college set up an approach camera in the parking lot, and in the fall of 2012, the eagles returned and began demonstrating nesting behavior—adding sticks and pine straw to the existing nest. In late December or early January eggs were produced. Two eaglets became
visible in a few weeks. They successfully fledged in the spring on April 22 and April 28.
During the 2013 season, there were documented sightings on campus of the original pair, their two eaglets and at least four juvenile eagles.
The college added a camera to the tree (next cam 1) for direct viewing into the nest. The eagle couple once again returned to the nest in late September and began “nestorations” in preparation for the season. On January 14, 2014, the first egg was laid, followed by a second egg on January
17. On February 22, one of the eggs hatched and the other egg was seen as non-viable. The eaglet that hatched, B3, fledged on May 22.
During the 2013-14 season, the college set up a Berry Eagles Facebook page, and the eagles captured national and international attention from viewers and media outlets. Millions of viewers watched the eagles daily.
Berry added a third camera (nest cam 2) to the nest tree, and the eagles returned to the nest in September, right on schedule. They once again refurbished the nest and exhibited appropriate mating activity. The first egg was laid on January 6 and the second egg was laid on January 9. We
expect to see eaglets hatch between February 10 and February 15.
Please check the Berry College Eagles Facebook page and the “update” section on this page for on-going news about our eagles. Bald eagles mate for life, and we are hopeful that we will
enjoy their presence at Berry for many years to come.
Berry Eagles FAQ
For two years now, Georgia Power has donated a truck and
manpower to install cameras with a direct view of the nest. The newest nest
camera (nest cam 2) with sound is a Sony SNC-CH280 and was purchased through
donations to the Eagle Fund. The older Sony SNC-CH180 camera (nest cam 1) was
donated by Sony for last year’s mating season.
Female bringing in a fish to the nest to feed her fledglings (5/13/13)
Female feeding one of her eaglets (2013)
Female brings a branch from a nearby tree for nest additions (2013)
Female surveying an area near the nest while sitting on one of her favorite perching branches (2013)
Female doing a "fly by" checking on the nest (2013)
Female perched in a tree near the nest (2013)
Female flying near the nest (1/19/14)
Male (right) and female (left) perched on one of their favorite branches
near the nest in the late afternoon under a half moon (1/8/14)
Male (right) female (left) perched on one of their favorite branches near the nest in the late afternoon (1/8/14)
Female taking a stretch as the male surveys the sky (1/18/14)
Male hovering over the nest as he checks on his mate (1/20/14)
Juvenile flies toward the nest while vocalizing as food was brought in by one of the parents (2013)
Female bringing in a small branch to add to the nest while the male is sitting on the nest incubating the eggs (1/27/14)
Female hunting at a nearby lake (1/30/14)
Male perched in a tree near the nest (1/27/14)
Male bringing in grass to soften the nest (1/31/14)
Juvenile flying near the nest (4/30/13)
Juvenile coming in for a landing at the nest tree (4/30/13)
Female flying from the nest as the male flies in (2/9/14)
Female flying as the male watches in the nest (2/9/14)
Female perched in a tree near the nest (2/16/14)
Female flies from the nest watched by B1 and B2 (2013)
Male (left) female (right) in a tree near the nest (2/16/14)
Male (left) female (right) on a limb near the nest (11/29/13)
The Berry Eagles perched on a tree behind Hermann Hall (1/8/14)
Georgia Power working with Berry College to install an nest camera for the Berry College Eagles
Georgia Power working with Berry College to install a nest camera for the Berry College Eagles