Aero, one of the eaglets at Carillon Historical Park, took its first flight Wednesday. PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM WELLER

Aero and Prairie, young Carillon Park bald eagles, are flying

Both of Orv and Willa’s babies have stretched their wings and are flying around Carillon Historical Park.

Jim Weller reports that he and other eagle watchers took a “collective sigh” when Prairie, the younger sibling, was  recently spotted after being out of sight for a week.

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Jim Weller, founder of Eastwood Eagle Watchers, photographed 96-day-old Prairie. The fledging eagle and its sibling, Aero, are now flying in Carillon Historical Park. PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM WELLER

“We know that young fledgling eagles are often escorted from public view by their parents so the novice can hone their flying skills in solitude,” Weller said via e-mail. “ Prairie's flying skills are not nearly as developed as the three-day older Aero, but Prairie looks able, although a bit timid.”

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Jim Weller, founder of Eastwood Eagle Watchers, photographed 96-day-old Prairie. The fledging eagle and its sibling, Aero, are now flying in Carillon Historical Park. PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM WELLER

** ORIGINAL STORY (June 26, 2019): One of Orv and Willa’s offspring left the nest for its first flight this morning. 

The eaglet, now classified a juvenile since the flight, was missing from the nest when Jim Weller, the founder of Eastwood Eagle Watchers and other enthusiasts entered Carillon Historical Park earlier today. 

Aero and Prairie, photographed in June 24,2019 by Jim Weller, the founder of Eastwood Eagle watchers, in their nest at Carillon Historical Park. One of the eaglets, believed to be Aero, took its first flight Wednesday June 26. The sibling is expected to follow at any time. PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM WELLER

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They searched the bushes and trees and around noon saw it fly in and land in a tree about 60 to 70 feet from the nest, “close enough to laugh at his sibling,” Weller said. 

Willa laid eggs in the spring of this year and two eaglets, named Aero and Prairie, hatched in April.  Aero is the juvenile eagle that took flight, according to Weller. 

 

“We’re all excited,” Weller said. “Already he is flying better than Flyer.” 

Flyer was Orv and Willa’s eaglet that tragically died last year when it flew into a delivery truck on I-75 five-days after it fledged from the nest.

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Aero’s sibling, Prairie, is expected to fledge Thursday or Friday. Orv and Willa are still feeding the duo making the next couple weeks a perfect time visit the park and watch the bald eagle family up close.

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