The North County Outlook:
Breeding bald eagles often construct alternate nests in trees within a mile of the original. In Snohomish County, a pair of eagles seemed especially fond of the cottonwood housing their original nest, because they built their second nest in the same tree, 20 feet above the first.
“They haven’t laid eggs in the new nest yet,” said Robbie Hutton, fish and wildlife technician for the Stillaguamish Tribe, spotting the pair of eagles sitting side by side atop a nearby conifer. “But it looks like they might soon.”
The tribe is mapping eagle nests within the Stillaguamish watershed, noting which are active. Hutton expects that during a future visit, she will see the eagles on the double-decker nest incubating their eggs.