A Blizzard Covered Up An Eagle's Nest, So Here's How The Mama Protected Her Eggs
The past few weeks of snowstorms along the East Coast have caused many bald eagles to take precautionary measures. These two eagle parents, named Liberty and Freedom, have been taking turns keeping their eggs warm, despite frigid temperatures. The cold may look to be affecting these eagles, but they are actually warm under their wings. This is because their feathers are intentionally fluffed up for insulation. The development of a "brood patch," an area of bare skin on the underside of the wing, is also a significant factor. It's abundance of blood cells not only helps keep the adult eagles warm, but allows them to transfer heat quickly from themselves to their eggs.