HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — There is a new male Bald Eagle this season who will be joining the female at the Duke Farms nest for 2024.
This is the first new male to arrive at the nest since 2000.
Duke Farms’s Eagle Cam, which offers a 24/7 live stream channel for viewers all over the world, had previously been following one male Bald Eagle since the nature preserve in Hillsborough banded him in 2000 along with his female partners.
That male Bald Eagle, who is 23 years old and is an NJ banded bird (A59), went missing in June 2023. Read More: Missing Bald Eagle? Concerns Rising Over Duke Farms Male
The new male was first spotted in August 2023. He appears to be working together and bonding with the current female, according to Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ.
The new Bald Eagle pair is now getting ready for the nesting season in New Jersey.
“The Duke Farms pair have been working on the nest, which is looking in good shape. They have been seen at the nest in the early mornings and late afternoons,” said the Foundation.
For 2023, the first Bald Eagle egg was laid on Jan. 20. There were two eggs laid in total for that season.
However, this may not be the same timeline this season.
“There is a new male in the pair so we’ll see if they follow the same egg-laying timeline this season,” said the Foundation.
This is the nest’s 19th season. The nest has been around since 2004.
Bird enthusiasts can still catch a glimpse of all of the eagle parents’ activities live, 24 hours a day at dukefarms.org/eaglecam.
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