Via Dayton Com:
A baby bald eagle that hatched at the end of April at Carillon Historical Park took its first flight this week.
Jim Weller, the founder of Eastwood Eagle watchers, has been keeping an eye on the bald eagle family since January and witnessed the first flight of the eaglet dubbed, Flyer.
“It happened in a split second,” said Weller. “I said ‘there she goes, there she goes.’”
A gust of wind eased Flyer from her nest at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday as she was “wingercizing,” hopping up and down in her nest to gain strength.
“She tried to grab the branch of a nearby tree, but the small branch gave way under her weight and she was forced to release it,” Weller said. “She then made a large semicircular left turn as she lost altitude.”
Flyer landed on the ground and Weller stayed after the park closed to make sure she was safe.
“The Glen Helen Raptor Center suggested that I watch for mom and dad to care for her and just after six, mom arrived and perched on a tree near where Flyer had secluded herself,” Weller said. “Knowing that mom was there, I then left the park giving mom and eaglet space without human presence.”
Baby Flyer’s parents, Orv and Willa, built a nest in January directly above Wright Hall, home to the original 1905 Wright Flyer III, the world’s first practical airplane. The location the pair chose for their nest at the park is a rare chance for the public to watch bald eagles up close.
For 70 years, bald eagles were absent in Dayton. The last-known nest was abandoned in 1938, Weller said. It wasn’t until 2008 when a pair later named Cindy and Jim appeared near Eastwood MetroPark.
Weller believes there is a good chance Flyer is the granddaughter of the pair. Cindy was electrocuted and died in 2016.
As Flyer took the first flight, “I thought to myself, Cindy would be proud to see her granddaughter flying off like that,” Weller said.