Liberty and Justice, D.C.’s Beloved Bald Eagle Couple, Have Reconciled!
Finally, some good news for the feathered First Couple.
Romance, rumors of infidelity, loss, despair, and now hope. The drama that’s been unfolding 110 feet above Washington D.C. since last month continues, only this time, it’s good news for the country’s favorite bald eagle couple.
For those of you who haven’t been following the high-flying saga of Liberty and Justice, in February, after 14 years of seemingly blissful monogamy, the feathered First Couple unexpectedly split shortly after laying their first eggs of the season.
Adding to the drama is the fact that the female Liberty appeared to waste no time replacing Justice. A new male bald eagle named “Aaron Burrd” swooped in almost immediately following Justice’s mysterious departure, ruffling plenty of feathers among the devoted fans of Earth Conservation Corps’ popular live-stream nest cam.
Another devastating blow came in late February, when the stress of Justice’s disappearance and an onslaught of eager young suitors caused Liberty to abandon the nest they shared, rendering the eggs within unviable.
But that’s not where this story ends. After a more than two-week absence, on February 23, Justice reappeared to reclaim his place. Unfortunately, Liberty was away from the nest with a new beau, and when she returned the next day, she didn’t seem especially happy to see him. Eventually the couple reconciled, and last week Tommy Lawrence, managing director of the Earth Conservation Corps, told the Associated Press that after rekindling their relationship Liberty and Justice had mated. Now, eagle-watchers are left with a new question: is Liberty still fertile this late in the season?
“It’s been a roller-coaster ride,” Lawrence said. “People kind of take ownership of the eagles and really become invested in their well-being.”
A roller-coaster ride is right. Despite reconciling with Liberty, Justice has continued his mysterious disappearances, sometimes leaving their nest for as many as five days at a time.
“We don’t know where he keeps going,” Lawrence told the AP. “Our minds go to ‘Does he have a second nest somewhere?’”
If that’s the case, Lawrence says the joke’s on Justice. Female bald eagles are loyal, first and foremost, to their nest.
“The female will give up her mate before she gives up her nest,” he said. “Liberty basically has the keys to the house, and she decides who she lets in.”
We’re crossing our fingers this beautiful couple can make it work!