On Sunday, I skipped a run and opted to go hiking at Highbanks instead with Scott, our friend Bob, and his boys. We hiked the trail that took us out to the observation deck. Despite the fact that we did have snow recently, we’ve also had lots of rain and warmer weather. I fully expected the trails to be a total muddy mess and dressed accordingly. Old running pants and old running shoes.
What I didn’t expect was that there would still be snow and ice covering the trails. Whoops!
Had I known this I would have worn my YakTrax as well because the trails were really slick and you had to be careful when going up and down the hills. I also would have doubled up on socks because my feet ended up getting soaked making me cold. I would have liked to hike some more but sadly I was too chilly.
We were on our way to visit the eagle’s nest that you could see from the observation deck. Two bald eagles have been living there at least for a year but it could be longer. I was having trouble tracking down information. Last year from what I could find, they did have two babies.
Eagles mate for life and now is the peak time for when they would be incubating eggs if they have them. Both parents take turns incubating the eggs. Apparently eagles used to be really common in Ohio and are currently making their way back.
We hiked out hoping to get a view of them. I’ve never seen eagles before!
The nest is pretty substantial in size. Enough that from the observation deck you can see the dark mass nestled in the tree top. I spoke with another couple that was there and they told me that the eagles had been switching positions in the nest all morning. Roughly changing shifts about every 15 to 20 minutes. Because of that, they believed there may be some eggs in the nest. That behavior and the fact that this would be normal egg incubation season, it’s a high probability that there are some babies waiting to be born soon.
We waited and watched but didn’t get to see any eagles that day. Next time we go, we are bringing some nice binocs for sure to get a closer look.
Ohio Metro Parks will be creating a live cam for the eagles later this year. They will announce the cam on their website.
The best part about the day though was that we got some sun!
We had a lovely day and then Scott whisked me away and treated me to breakfast.
Have you ever seen eagles before (at a zoo doesn’t count!)? Do you ever go hiking?