Nesting bald eagle trio

Nesting bald eagle trio in 2019. Photo courtesy of Stewards of Upper Mississippi River Refuge.



ILLINOIS ( – A trio of bald eagles along the Mississippi River is seeing parenting success.

Valor I, Valor II and Starr are described by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as a breeding group of bald eagles that live along the river in Illinois.

The original group, which included Valor I, Valor II and nesting female Hope, formed in 2013. After Hope was killed by another eagle in March 2017, Starr joined the males as the nesting female.

In mid-February 2018, Starr laid two eggs with the support of Valor I and Valor II but only one of the eaglets successfully fledged. Last year, she laid three eggs that all successfully fledged. This year, Starr laid her first egg on Valentine’s Day and two more followed within a few days.

The group takes turn incubating the eggs.

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