Taking a Close Look
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The young eagle's natural instincts make it suspicious of human visitors to the nest. Did you notice how it uses its beak and wings to show it isn't happy? It is warning the intruder that it will put up a fight if necessary! Did you notice the view in the background? You can only see the tops of the trees.
The bald eagle in the picture is still quite young. In fact it is still living in the nest! Because this eaglet doesn't fly yet it stays put while a band is attached to each leg.

It is June in New York state and time for eagle biologists to visit the nest sites. They want to know how many nestlings hatched and survived. The juveniles in the nest are banded before they fledge, or leave the nest. The eaglets are banded with both a federal and a state band. Each bird gets a unique number. That number along with the eagle's age, sex, and hatching location are recorded. When an eagle dies or is injured and is found wearing a band, biologists study the age, how far the bird was away from it's hatching location and numerous other things.



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