Eagle’s Nest Appears at Metcalf Wildlife Refuge
An eagle's nest has appeared in the trees along the roadway through the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. The bald eagles have been setting up their housekeeping high in a tree and it looks like they're preparing to stay. Eagles can be seen year-round in the Bitterroot Valley.
The nest is called an aerie and is usually built in the tallest trees in the area, is usually near water and, if the birds keep using it, is built up each year and can become one of the largest nests that any bird builds. The Bald Eagle has been the U.S. national emblem since 1782 and has held a special place in Native American culture, too.
The nest at the Metcalf is near another popular place for large birds. In nearby trees, you will see numerous nests of Blue Herons, which have established a successful rookery at the wildlife reserve.
However, we're not so sure the herons are happy about the eagles in the neighborhood. A nearby heron recently was keeping an eye on the new neighbors.