According to F & W, the nest you're referring to has been visited by eagles,
but not actually used. Ospreys have also been at this site in the past. It
would be fabulous if everyone stayed ON THE ROAD to observe them!
From: Maeve Kim
Sent: Sunday, March 20, 2016 4:21 PM
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Subject: [VTBIRD] nesting GHOW and BAEA
Thereís a big nest visible from the Brilyea access to Dead Creek WMA thatís
been used for many years by Great Horned Owls in the winter/spring and
Red-tailed Hawks later in the year. Right now, thereís an owl in residence.
The nest is easily seen through a scope and is in a place where people canít
get close enough to disturb the birds. Pull into Brilyea and park at the
first pull-off on the left. Train your scope on the trees across the water.
Thereís a slight dip in the line made by the tops of the trees. The nest is
about 1/3 of the way down a large tree slightly left of that dip. (The tree
is a white pine, I think - but my optics, eyes and mind are always focused
on the nest and I donít think Iíve ever actually noticed the tree.)
The second nesting bird I enjoyed today might not be so lucky about being
disturbed. Thereís a huge messy Bald Eagle nest on Hawkins Road in
Ferrisburgh, just a little before the slang. When I went by, there were four
parked cars and two more just pulling away. Six people were out of their
cars with cameras and big lenses, and two had walked as close to the eagle
as they could possibly get without actually renting a truck with a
cherry-picker and getting up to the level of the nest. - The nest looks big
and not brand-new, though, so maybe the birds have nested there before and
are able to tolerate intrusive humans.