Some of you driving west on Sylvania Avenue in Sylvania Township, near Centennial Road, may have noticed a cluster of something in the trees.
Resident Brian McCann, who is a Sylvania Planning Commission member, sent a photo to me last week, showing a bald eagle’s nest.
A couple of weeks ago, when he and his son Connor, 13, were on the road and noticed the nest, just east of Centennial Road, situated in a group of trees near Ten Mile Creek.
“A couple of days later, my son and I were driving down Centennial during clear blue skies. The bald eagles were up in the trees. They are majestic. Unbelievable,” he said about the pair's stately presence.
I did some digging, and apparently many people have spotted the two sacred-winged birds around Sylvania Township lately, including township fire officials. The nest is near Fire Station No. 4.
Erika Buri, interim director for Olander Park, said the birds were feeding and drinking at Lake Olander during the months of October and November.
“They chase the geese and the ducks around. They hang around water because they eat a lot of fish, so that is why they tend to nest near water,” she said. She once saw the birds of prey eating a goose carcass.
Ms. Buri and I bundled up this week and took a walk to check out the birds' home, made of sticks. The home could grow as large as a small Volkswagen car, she said.
We found it, and although it looks small in the the photo above (see the large dot in the tree left), taken from more than 800 feet away, it is much larger in life. Ms. Buri said the nest will grow, as this is just its first year.
“They are a couple,” she said. This time of year is the birds' mating season.
“Birds of prey breed a month or two before the small mammals (mice, squirrels, chipmunks) are born. The birds are fledglings by the time the small mammals are birthed,” she said.