Dozens flock to see pair of nesting bald eagles in Mercer County

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Dozens of New Jersey bird enthusiasts braved breezy conditions Friday for a chance to see a pair of bald eagles that are nesting in Mercer County.

Friday was the first day of what county and park officials hope will be a regular event – tours that allow New Jerseyans a chance to see the eagles up close.

“New Jersey was down to one nesting pair of bald eagles in the state. Now we’re up to 204 nesting breeding pairs,” says Mercer County Park naturalist Christy Athmejvar.

The nests of New Jersey’s bald eagle population have previously been kept a secret to protect them. But officials say that the nest in Mercer County is perfect for viewing because there is a lake as a barrier. This allows a new opportunity for New Jerseyans to see the birds.

Along with the nesting pair, there are also four or five baby eagles, which are still young enough that they do not have white heads.

The free eagle events are a partnership between Mercer County Parks Commission, the Conserve Wildlife Foundation, PSE&G and the Wildlife Center Friends. It will run weekly through May. More information can be found at the Mercer County website.

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