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Bald Eagle at Work in Bryan Park

Andy Thompson

February 4, 2015 12:13pm

Maybe you know about the pair of bald eagles that has nested in Windsor Farms and now on Williams Island for over a decade. Virginia and James, as the Times-Dispatch readers named them (the T-D set up a cam above the nest three years ago), seem to be doing fine. Local photographer and friend of the program Chris Johnson saw them just the other day when he was flying his drone above Williams Island.

eagleOther eagles have attempted to nest on Cooper’s Island near the Nickel Bridge in recent years, but they never produced viable offspring.

Now, it looks like another nesting attempt is being made in city limits, and — surprise! — it’s not on the James River. Reader Denise Wade sent me this picture just the other day. She took it in Bryan Park on Upper Youngs Pond. She added that the bird appears to be working on a nest adjacent to the pond.

I’m heading to the park today to check it out and hopefully get some pictures. It’s still early in the nest-building/chick-making season, but how cool would it be if Richmond is soon home to two bald eagle nests? If you happen to live near Bryan Park and see the eagle at work, shoot me an email (andy@richmondoutside.com) and let me know what you saw.

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?