Wild bald eagle parents nest near Oregon Zoo: 'They've made themselves right at home'

Wild bald eagle perched above the Oregon Zoo. © Oregon Zoo / photo by Michael Durham.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Zoo has some new feathered residents who have moved into the grounds voluntarily.

A family of bald eagles has made a nest in a tall Douglas fir.

Visitors started seeing them perched in the trees of the zoo’s Great Northwest area over the last few weeks. They've also been seen tending to their offspring and diving into one of the pools in the elephant exhibit.

Zoo officials say the birds will likely hang around into the summer, or until their young are ready to fend for themselves.

“They’ve made themselves right at home here,” said Travis Koons, who oversees the zoo’s bird population. “These new arrivals have been very vocal and they can definitely see the three birds in our Eagle Canyon habitat.”

Koons said the Eagle Canyon residents are rescued birds with injuries that prevent them from surviving in the wild.

Below is a video of the visiting bald eagles from the Oregon Zoo:

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