Two adult eagles still inhabit Lake Hemet • Idyllwild Town Crier
The final bald eagle tally for the 2017-2018 season took place on Saturday March 10. Despite the bad weather, the five observers from Lake Hemet spotted two nesting adult bald eagles.
The remaining four count sites recorded six adults, three juveniles and two chicks in the nest at Big Bear Lake.
These chicks are almost a month old and are around 1 foot tall. Over the next six weeks, they will reach full size and begin their first training flights, according to Zach Behrens, public information manager for the San Bernardino National Forest.
But it’s possible the Lake Hemet couple will become parents again, according to Ann Bowers, a biologist for the San Jacinto Ranger District.
Both adults have probably resided at Lake Hemet since 2015. “They had strong nesting. [and] incubation behavior by changing and resettling quickly on the nest, so they’re probably incubating eggs, ”Bowers said. “This pair tends to be ‘late flowering.’ Their nesting behavior and success has lagged behind Big Bear Eagles for the past two years.”
More than 150 people came to the five sites early Saturday morning on a rainy and foggy day to help spot and count Southern California eagles.