Crawford Park District 2401 SR 598 Crestline, Oh 44827 419-683-9000
Bald Eagle Nest Falls (8/25/2012)
Of the three Bald Eagle nests in Crawford County, the very first one has unfortunately fallen down. Located in the northwest part of the county on Woodside Road, the Wiloughby Nest, as it was known, was very productive in its decade-plus existence. Eric Rothhaar, who lives across the road from the nest, said that the nest was successful every year except one. “The American Sycamore the nest was located in had been dead…and I knew it was only a matter of time before it would topple”, said Josh Dyer, Naturalist with the Crawford Park District. Dyer and Rothhaar visited the nest remnants and found evidence of what Bald Eagles eat. Raccoon, Ground Hog, squirrel, and fish skulls, along with other bones, were found in abundance. “I’ll keep these in the CPD skull collection and use them in our programming”, noted Dyer. Bald Eagles may remain near the site of a former nest, providing that food and water availability, disturbance, and mates do not change. A very stout American Sycamore is growing next to the former and will hopefully provide a suitable nest location.
Chrisha Dyer and Eric Rothhaar investigate the remnants of Crawford County’s first Bald Eagle nest, which recently collapsed.