Perrone and her husband, Ron, co-director of Three Rivers Avian Center, returned to observe the nest early Monday, and again saw only one eagle on the nest.
On Tuesday, the Perrones placed fish freshly electro-shocked from Bluestone Lake by Division of Natural Resources personnel at a site a short distance from the nest, as the nesting eagle looked on.
"Normally, she tends to stay extremely close to her eggs," Perrone said, "but we're hoping she'll get hungry enough to take a short break and get some food."
With one half of the nesting pair missing, "the chances of not having the eggs hatch or losing the chicks is now pretty high," she said. Male bald eagles spell their partners on nesting duty and bring food to the site.
"If we're lucky enough to have the eggs hatch -- and we're within a few days of the expected hatching date -- the plan is to have food available to her a short distance from the nest."
The nesting pair of bald eagles, known as Whitey and Streaky by their human observers, were first spotted at the nesting site by Pipestem Resort State Park naturalist Jim Phillips. Whitey was the male, and Streaky the female.
While Perrone termed the Amtrak train's collision with the eagle a tragedy, "it's also an accident, and accidents happen," she said.
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