Nature can be more dramatic than a soap opera.
It was a wicked affair to rival any plotline on Days of Our Lives: the couple settles in their wonderful home to start their family, the other "chick" shows up, attempts to murder her competition, drives her away, and steals her paramour in the process.
The Standley Lake eagle drama was quite the storyline that only Mother Nature could write, and it continues this year.
Female eagle F420 made her move last year to drive out the female of a fairly longstanding eagle pair who was well-known to nest at Standley Lake. She succeeded and took over a nest with two viable eggs. One hatched but didn't survive.
This type of drama isn't entirely unheard of in the eagle world. Females who are not paired off have been known to usurp a nest and take over in their search for a breeding partner.
But, F420 and the eagle male have remained together, and in an exciting development, they are expecting! F420 laid her first egg in late February and just laid her second egg on March 2! Check out the video here:
Eagles in Colorado tend to lay their eggs around late February and March. If all goes well, they will hatch in late March to early April. The young will stay in the nest until they fledge (develop wings), which happens in June.
Unfortunately, not all eggs hatch for a variety of reasons. But, in a good season, eaglets will be emerging soon from this pair. You can keep up with their progress on the City of Westminster's live cam here and the Standley Lake Regional Park Facebook page.
Also, you can visit the eagles and see them in person! According to the Standley Lake Regional Park, this is about the only time of the year you are guaranteed to see the eagles. They are in the northwest corner of the park, in a protected area. You can view them from our eagle blind (binoculars recommended, if you have them!), or you can view them from the dog park fence line.
Have you visited the eagle pair? Any viewing tips? Let us know in the comments.