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Bald Eagles on Squam Lake

Squam Eagle with band by RIck LibbeyBald Eagles first nested on Squam Lake in 2003. They initially built a nest on the top of a pine on Little Loon Island, but moved to a new nest on Long Island in 2014. New Hampshire has a growing population of nesting bald Eagles. In 2016, 56 territorial pairs were monitored in the state, 42 of those pairs laid eggs and total of 51 chicks fledged from New Hampshire nests in 2016, including three at Squam Lake.

Squam Lake Bald Eagle Nesting Success:

  • 2003 - 1 chick fledged
  • 2004 - 1 chick fledged
  • Squam Eagle up close view of band by Rick Libbey2005 - 2 chicks fledged
  • 2006 - 2 chicks fledged
  • 2007 - Pair used alternate nest on Long Island, failed with eggs or small chicks
  • 2008 - 2 chicks fledged
  • 2009 - 2 chicks fledged
  • 2010 - 2 chicks fledged
  • 2011 - 3 chicks fledged
  • 2012 - 3 chicks fledged
  • 2013 - Nest failed due to severe ice storm in late April
  • 2014 - 3 chicks fledged
  • 2015 - Nest failed
  • 2016 - 3 chicks fledged

Male Bald Eagle on Squam Lake by Rick LibbeyThe breeding female of our pair was banded as a nestling on May 28, 1999 at Little Quabbin Island, Quabbin Reservoir, Massachusetts. She has nested here every year since 2003. Her original mate bred with her from 2003 until 2013. He too was banded at  nest at Quabbin Reservoir on June 4, 1997. In 2014 a new unbanded male took over the territory and mated with the old female. Although checking for leg bands requires luck and excellent close views with good optics, we believe our old female and her new mate are with us again this year.

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