DEEP monitors bald eagle site in Milford, asks people to stay away

A storm this week destroyed a bald eagle nest in Milford, according to a Connecticut Bald Eagle Sightings Facebook posting Feb. 25, and DEEP officials continue to monitor the site.

A later post by the Connecticut Fish and Wildlife Service says the eagles are already rebuilding the nest, and urges people to stay away from the site.

“The DEEP Wildlife Division is sad to report that the intense storms that rolled through the state [earlier this week] destroyed a bald eagle nest in Milford,” the Feb. 25 posting on the Bald Eagle Sightings Facebook page states. “The adults were actively incubating one egg and many of the local residents who helped us monitor and protect the nest reported that the adults were actively circling the area around their former nest tree most of the morning.”

The posting states that a DEEP EnCon Officer visited the site and confirmed that the nest had been blown from the tree in the high winds and the egg did not survive the fall.

“While unfortunate, this event is not uncommon for birds whose nests can weigh hundreds of pounds and which are often more than 70 feet above the ground,” according to the Facebook posting.

“There is hope for the Milford adults,” the posting continues. “The nesting season is still relatively early and as an experienced and successful pair, the eagles may attempt to re-nest. It isn’t uncommon for eagles to begin assembling a new nest in the same general area after an active nest is lost.”

The posting notes that people can help by avoiding the area.

“With the help of local residents, we will be watching the area closely over the next several days,” the posting concludes.

The Fish and Wildlife posting from Friday states, "The pair has been observed mating by DEEP volunteers and they have already been seen carrying sticks around — great signs for a possible re-nest. It is very critical for everyone to give them space and avoid the area where the eagles are being observed to maximize the chance that the eagles will settle down and start building a new nest. Right now, the birds are extremely sensitive to disturbance, so the public’s help is needed to turn this sad story into one with a happy ending."