Squam Lake Bald Eagle Nesting Success:
2003 -- 1 chick fledged
2004 -- 1 chick fledged
2005 -- 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
In 2010, photographer Rick Libbey obtained stunning photographs of both the adults at the Squam nest which allowed us to confirm the identityof both birds based on their uniquely num
bered leg bands. The male has a gold band on his left leg inscribed with W86 and a silver band on the right. He was banded as a chick in a nest at Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts on June 4, 1997. He was previously confirmed breeding at this nest on Squam in 2003, 2005, and 2008.
The female has been known to be banded (also with gold/left, silver/right) but until 2010 we have never been able to get more than "WA" from the band. One of Rick's images taken May 27, 2010 confirmed that the band on the female is WA8. This eagle was banded as a nestling on May 28, 1999 at Little Quabbin Island, Quabbin Reservoir, Massachusetts.