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Redwood eaglets ready to leave nest

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    This screenshot taken from a live YouTube feed shows eaglets Lincoln, Washington and Jefferson at Redwood Elementary in Avon Lake.



AVON LAKE — Classes have ended for Avon Lake Schools, and Redwood Elementary soon will have another group of young ones graduate: the eaglets nesting on the property.

The elementary school held its annual naming contest for the eagles hatched this spring. The eaglets were named Lincoln, Washington, and Jefferson — after U.S. presidents.

The eagles began building a nest in 2014, and students have kept a close eye on the majestic birds of prey ever since.

Principal T.J. Ebert has been the main person keeping an eye on the eagles each year and has gotten familiar with their development patterns.

Since they hatched in the beginning of April, Ebert said the eaglets probably will leave by late July to early August.

“It’s kind of cool to see their development and to try and flap their wings to try to leave the nest,” he said.

Ebert said the eaglets soon will be taking their first steps from the nest as their parents try to coax them out. They do this, Ebert said, by using food they usually feed the eaglets, holding it on a nearby tree to have them start flying short distances.

Ebert recently announced he is leaving Avon Lake to work closer to his family, but he assured residents that the eagles will be in good hands after his departure.

Those interested in watching a YouTube live feed of the nest can go to

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton.

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