West Chesterfield/Brattleboro Nest


April 13, 2019:

The first bald eagle I ever saw in Vermont was A over P, a male bald eagle banded in 2010 in Plainfield, NH. I see him there often BUT his nest is NOT in Brattleboro. There was a nest in Dummerston, Vermont that fell in 2016/2017. No one was sure where or if they rebuilt a nest. The pair from this nest can often be seen at the Retreat Meadows in Brattleboro, which is why I added Brattleboro on the title of this page. New Hampshire Audubon made a wonderful discovery last summer, and determined their nest is now in West Chesterfield, New Hampshire. Part of my bird bucket list for the summer of 2019 is to be able to view the nest and/or their eaglets this year. The female is not banded, so we have limited information on her. I feel a great connection with this particular bald eagle, and enjoy photographing him most of all. He’s been very tolerant and has allowed me to get some really wonderful shots of him and his mate.

Banded Bald Eagle on branch

Another photo of banded bald eagle Black band A over P. This was taken at the Retreat Meadows in Brattleboro in May of 2018 from my kayak. You can see the black band on his leg if you look closely.

April 17, 2019:

I’m not sure what to make of what I saw today. A over P was in his

Female mate of A over P being very vocal at the Retreat Meadows in Brattleboro. April 17, 2019

favorite sycamore tree when I saw him from the kayak. He stayed about 10 minutes and then left. About an hour later I saw him again in the same tree. A few minutes later his mate flew into the tree next to him. The female was very vocal. They spent about 10 minutes together before A over P flew off again. I was concerned seeing them both at the same time because it means the nest wasn’t being watched. Maybe the eggs have hatched? It might explain seeing both of them together for a few

A over P Preening
A over P preening while hanging out at the Retreat Meadows in Brattleboro. April 17, 2019.

minutes. I have confirmation from Audubon that they were seen incubating. I have been contacted by NH Audubon to see if I would like to go out with their senior biologist to their nest. I’m hoping we are able to coordinate a time. I would absolutely love to see their nest! These photos were taken from the kayak at the Retreat Meadows in Brattleboro while they were together, but on opposite trees. I didn’t see either of them fishing, but there was lots of chatter and preening happening. It was a beautiful day for photos.

May 2020

So, it seems the new nest is in a spot we can’t get to or see. That’s a huge bummer, but I will use this page to post when and where I see him or them. The following are a few photos from the last year..

Above is from March 2020. A/P decided to do some ice fishing.

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This was May 5, 2020. He was near the Meadows as usual, but in a completely different tree on the other side of the road. You can clearly see his leg band. It was great to see him!