Juvenile bald eagles are often confused with golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos). Where the two species coexist, the bald eagle is distinguished by a lack of feathers on its lower legs and a whitish lining on the forward part of its wings.
Bald eagles often use and rebuild the same nest each
year. Nest trees are usually close to the water, allow for
a clear view of the surrounding area, and often provide
sparse cover above the nest. Nest building begins in April
and both the male and female gather nest material, In late
April, two (sometimes three) dull white or creamy yellow
eggs are laid several days apart. Incubation lasts about
35 days. When the young hatch, sibling rivalry is common
and the weaker, usually younger, chick is killed or
starved. The surviving young leave the nest after about 75
days and do not attain adult plumage and breed for about 4
or 5 years. After the breeding season, bald eagles
congregate where food is plentiful and they may continue
to roost near the nest tree.