A couple of bald eagles came back home to Seagoville only to find their nest had relocated while they were gone for the summer. The birds initially built their home on a transmission tower that was dangerously close to high-voltage electricity.
So their nest was moved 1,200 feet away from where they originally built their home after multiple organizations worked together to make the move possible.
“Falcon Steel donated a transmission tower that’s a replica of where they were,” said Oncor spokesman Justin Ozuna. “And over the summer we moved one of the transmission arms so that the eagles have a safe place and a safe habitat for not only this year but for many years to come.”
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When the eagles returned, Ozuna said they initially kept going back to their old nest location, dropping sticks there and trying to rebuild. He said it took them awhile to realize their nest was just a few wing flaps away.
“We’re excited that they’ve taken to their new nest and they’ll be there for many years to come,” said Ozuna.
The John Bunker Sands Wetland Center installed a solar powered camera on the new tower, allowing eagle enthusiasts to watch out for their arrival.
“I saw one standing on this tower, and I was at a meeting and it was just amazing. It was like your kids coming home for Christmas,” said the center’s director, John DeFillipo. “It is a living breathing example of what the human species can do to help protect wildlife.”
Tim Cooper, a first-time visitor at the wetland center, saw the bald eagles for the first time in Texas.
“They're definitely getting special treatment,” he said. “It's kind of puzzling that you're putting up a metal tower for an animal to come live in.”
Volunteer Kathy Nance said her home computer is constantly turned onto the live feed from the nest. “All of us feel like they're our eagles. I've been watching them for like two years, and they are kind of like our children. And we hope they're doing OK,” she said.
DeFillipo hoped to use the live feed camera to monitor the eagles while educating visitors about protected wildlife.
To view the live video stream, visit the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center website.