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Bald eagles return to nest on new Leesburg cam

The new high-definition camera is over a bald eagles' nest at the Wetlands in Leesburg, Virginia.
Credit: Jeff Mauritzen

LEESBURG, Va. — Attention wildlife fans! You can now livestream a bald eagles' nest in Leesburg, Va. 

The Dulles Greenway partnered with the American Eagle Foundation, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and HDOnTap to install a high-definition camera over a nest at the Wetlands in Leesburg. The camera overlooks a pair of bald eagles and will provide unprecedented, high-definition insight into the movements of the bald eagles. The bald eagles just returned to the nest o begin the nesting process, according to Greenway officials.

TRIP II, which owns the Greenway, installed the camera in September.

“We are excited to offer our local community the opportunity to experience the beauty of the Wetland’s majestic bald eagles,” said TRIP II CEO Renée N. Hamilton in a release. “The Dulles Greenway is dedicated to actively caring for our local community and environment through our key sustainability initiatives, including the protection and support of the Wetlands and its wildlife.”

The Dulles Greenway Wetlands, a 149-acre preserve in Leesburg has been home to two American bald eagles since 2005.

According to the National Eagle Center, bald eagles have nest site fidelity and will use a productive nest year after year, adding one to two feet of new material each year. Starting in the middle of October, both the male and the female eagle began adding to the nest together. The pair uses interwoven sticks to add to the nest structure and arrange them within the nest. The interior is usually lined with grass, corn stalks, and other material. The bowl is usually filled with soft materials including moss, which may serve as an insect repellent, and the downy feathers from adults.

“It has been very exciting watching the bald eagles build their impressive nest to prepare for the egg laying and incubation period,” said Terry Hoffman. “We look forward to welcoming eaglets in Spring 2022 and we are thrilled to share this experience with our local community. We encourage viewers to join the live-stream and speak with our eagle camera volunteers via the chat function on our website.”

The livestream camera is now available for viewers on the Dulles Greenway's website here.

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