Eaglet looks unimpressed with late arrival

State-owned forestry company Latvian State Forests (LVM) has reported the discovery of a very small and bemused-looking eaglet in one of the nests LVM keeps under observation.

LVM environmental expert, ornithologist Uģis Bergmanis said during monitoring of eagles in the Murmastiene area, an unusually small eagle (even for the 'Small Eagle' species as it is known in Latvian, Lesser Spotted Eagle in English) – was found in one of the nests.

The young eaglet hatched around July 7 and is expected to fly out of the nest only at the beginning of September, shortly before the start of the migration to wintering grounds in Africa.

Usually, eagles lay eggs in late April and early May, with hatching of young eaglets occuring from early June to mid-June, with young eaglets leaving the nests in early August. This pair of eagles has started nesting about a month later, accounting for the late arrival of junior.

Monitoring of six nests in the area will continue until the Fall. Every year, life in Latvia's eagle nests provides a rich source of drama, gossip and voyeurism that is more compelling than most soap operas. You can watch live pictures from various different nests at the website of the Latvian Nature Fund: https://ldf.lv/lv/tiesraide.

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