A pair of bald eagles named Liberty and Spirit have moved their nest to the Redding, Calif., club, away from a rustic spot along the Sacramento River where their daily activities were documented through streaming video. According to the club, tee blocks on the No. 5 hole were moved to reduce the likelihood that golfers would hit the birds with a ball.
A famous pair of bald eagles have relocated to Riverview Golf & Country Club in Redding, Calif., the Redding-based Record Spotlight reported.
The eagles are setting up residence overlooking the fairway on the No. 5 hole at the club after spending nearly 10 years in a more rustic location in trees along the Sacramento River. But during the holidays, Friends of the Redding Eagles noticed the birds had stopped preparing their nest for egg laying, the Spotlight reported.
They had instead spotted the eagles, Liberty and Spirit, working on nests in two different areas before committing to the Riverview G&CC location. Riverview officials have welcomed the eagles, and have even taken measures to protect them. General Manager Randy Jensen said the tee blocks on the No. 5 hole were moved to reduce the likelihood that golfers would hit the birds with a ball, the Spotlight reported.
“It’s kind of a quirky phenomenon for us,” Jensen said. And the birds also don’t seem to mind the golfers. “It doesn’t seem to distract them,” Jensen said.
Unlike their previous nest, though, the activity in the nest will not be scrutinized as closely. The eagles have been caught on video and streamed onto the Internet for many years at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park website, turtlebay.org.
This past summer the Friends of the Redding Eagles raised some $5,000 to upgrade video equipment that included audio. The camera, mounted in the tree above the nest, could be operated remotely, enabling the user to aim the camera lens to different parts of the nest. However, shortly after the camera was installed in October, eagle fans discovered the birds were working on alternate nests, the Spotlight reported.
Terri Lhuillier, who has been watching the eagles for more than seven years, said the birds are expected to lay eggs in early February, with typically one or two hatching in March. Another pair of eagles, perhaps one of Liberty’s offspring, may take over the old nest, she said.
“We hope that this is the natural progression of things as the population of bald eagles increases in the Redding area,” Lhuillier said in a Facebook post.