Tag Archives: Nest predation

Can mice destroy bald eagle eggs?

03/13/19: A mouse under Mom Decorah's tail

Eeeek – mice! We’re getting asked whether mice could or did destroy eggs in our eagle nests. Our answer? A guarded “No”. In North America, researchers have found limited predation by mice in the nests of smaller birds, and none in the nests of birds of prey or larger birds. Researchers have been looking at nest predation for a long time. How do nest location, weather, landscape, habitat fragmentation, and predator-prey/predator-predator relationships impact predation rates? Can nest predation be reduced?