Eaglets Thrive Despite Bridge Work
Webcam could offer live feed of parents’ home by next winter.
Photo by Greg Barnette / Record Searchlight
Look out world, here come Conehead and Freedom.
Two bald eaglets who have grown up above a busy bridge construction site in downtown Redding could soon leave the nest.
“They’ve gone through the construction really well,” said Tom Balkow, senior environmental planner in the state Department of Transportation’s Redding office.
And next winter, a Webcam should provide people around the world with a live look at Redding’s now locally famous eagles, Patriot and Liberty, the eaglets’ parents.
The construction started in April and will continue for the next three years. Fearing that the work would cause too much commotion and interfere with Patriot’s and Liberty’s nesting instincts, Caltrans officials had workers wire a plastic cone to the nest in November. But the 3-foot-wide black cone wasn’t enough to persuade the eagles to select a new nesting spot.
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