It is possible and maybe even probable that the eaglet could survive a fall from the nest at this point. However just like a human learning to walk or ride a bike confidence is critical. At some point the internal switch will be thrown. It will go from "I think I can" to that crystal clear knowledge, "I Can Fly!"
For all the differences between humans and eagles what's most amazing is the things we have in common.
At a time when he could not see both eaglets in the nest Doug saw an immature eagle fly by. He thought for a moment, Could it be one of the eaglets? What do you think?
Both of the current Broadmoor eaglets still have mostly dark heads and beaks, but they are beginning the branching process.
This is the process of hopping/flying from the nest to nearby branches.
Even at this distance above the nest every move was a short "hop" from one branch up to the next. Still it is obvious this is the last step in the process of learning to fly. There is nearly no where else left to go.
More to follow.
Odds and Ends:
The eaglets appear to watch a jet pass by with great interest in the idea of flying. See at:
This is what used to be called a Rufous-Sided Towhee. It was spotted in the Arboretum this week.
The western version of the RST is now called the Spotted Towhee to distinguish it from the eastern version of the RST.