[CT Birds] FYI - Eagle nest in Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven

Roy Harvey rmharvey at snet.net
Fri Mar 3 13:08:01 EST 2017

Kathy Van Der Aue was having problems posting this to the list so I took the liberty of doing it for her.

Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT

Please take note of this and respect the eagles.  Thanks!

Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, Connecticut
Visit my Blog at http://naturaliststable.wordpress.com

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From: Hess, Brian <Brian.Hess at ct.gov>
Date: Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 9:41 AM
Subject: FYI - Eagle nest in Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven

Hi all,

I wanted to put a situation on your radar in case you hear it bouncing around the birding community.

You’ll recall that last year, eagles built a nest on top of a monk parakeet nest in West River Memorial Park  at the corner of Frontage Road and Ella T. Grasso Boulevard in New Haven.

Since last fall, the pair have been working on a new nest to the south in Evergreen Cemetery, and as of last week, it appears that they are incubating eggs.

The cemetery staff has been generally receptive to the eagles and the associated attention, but to preclude any eagle watcher / mourner conflict, I have asked people watching the eagles to remain on the west side of Ella T. Grasso Blvd, at the city-owned soccer fields and to not enter the cemetery. I have attached the email I sent out to the regulars at the nest site.

I acknowledge that this is restrictive, but my goal is to avoid conflict, foster a good relationship with the cemetery staff, and do all possible to ensure a successful first year for the birds. All of this can be revisited in the future, but I want to be conservative for this breeding cycle.

Most of the eagle watchers have been cooperative, but of course, there has been some resistance to staying further away.

Feel free to refer people to me if they want to discuss the situation further.

Thanks in advance,


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From: "Hess, Brian" <Brian.Hess at ct.gov>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:30:25 +0000
Subject: Evergreen Cemetery Nest - Etiquette

Hi all,

As I'm sure you are aware, our New Haven pair seems to have settled down on the nest in Evergreen Cemetery and have likely begun incubating eggs.  ​If all goes well, this could be a productive nest for many years to come, so becoming good neighbors to both the eagles and to the cemetery will pay off far into the future.

To start this good relationship, from now on, please view the birds from the soccer fields on the west side of Route 10, and do not use the cemetery property for eagle viewing.

Martin is working to coordinate unlocking the soccer field lot before dawn, but if that lot is locked or occupied by a game, please park on Boston Post Road (Route 1) in the lot across from Dunkin' Donuts.

Flying drones on the soccer field side of Route 10 will not interfere with the eagles, but drones on the cemetery side of the street will encroach the buffer that will be a disturbance to the birds.

The proprietors of the cemetery have been graciously allowing access, but as the nest draws more attention, setting up a viewing station across the street will preclude activities that violate the decorum of a cemetery and head-off any conflict.​​ 

A respectful and self-policing eagle community will keep avian and human residents of the area happy and provide a great example to those who will inevitably discover a passion for eagles over the coming years.

I have informed the cemetery staff and our Environmental Conservation officers of the situation and of my hope that we can set up a great viewing spot that will work for all parties for the foreseeable future. Please contact me if you have any questions, and forward this message to those who watch the New Haven eagles. 

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


Brian Hess, Wildlife Biologist
Wildlife Division
Bureau of Natural Resources
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Sessions Woods WMA, P.O. Box 1550, Burlington, CT 06013-1550
P: 860.424.3208 | E: Brian.Hess at CT.gov


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