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For a while this spring, it looked like a pair of bald eagles might raise a family in my Turnagain neighborhood, an exciting possibility. The eagles spent weeks building an impressively large nest, hauling branches and placing them atop a spruce tree just a few backyards away from my home.

Word spread quickly, and people began visiting my street and a nearby alley to watch the eagles. But it wasn’t long after they had settled in that the eagles abandoned their nest. Word had also spread to other avian species, which didn’t take kindly to the eagles moving in. Magpies and gulls especially harassed the eagles, raising a racket and dive-bombing the nest, which may have been too open to the sky above, too vulnerable to detection and harassment.

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