Laying eggs at the Old Dutch

Jason Werling
Mar 23, 2010


Most people go to Gerold's Old Dutch Tavern for a beer or on a night like tonight, Thursday, a hamburger with some random topping like guacamole or applesauce. I go there for two reasons, eagles and volleyball. And the occasional liquid refreshment.

Today I was there to watch the activity behind the bar and it wasn't Larry serving drinks or putting up another Ohio State University bumper sticker. Outside behind the bar the eagles were apparently changing shifts on the nest and that can only mean one thing or up to three things. Eggs.

Larry Gerold, owner of the tavern said he thinks the eagles have started another family today or sometime yesterday. Larry said after tonight, burger night, he would be setting up a camera in the bar to keep an eye on the nest and so that patrons can also keep an eye on the nest until the eaglet or eaglets are hatched.

Here are a couple pics from today at the Old Dutch eagle nest.

Also, if you are interested in the eagle nests around Erie County, there is a program this Sunday hosted by Erie Metroparks called the Bald Eagles of Erie County Car Pool Trip. It is from 2-4 p.m. and reservations can be made here.

Oh, and one last note, Happy Birthday to one-year-old Benjamin Baker. As you can see by the last picture I posted he is celebrating his first birthday. I'm not really sure who Ben is, but I parked in the driveway next to his birthday wish to take some of the eagle photos. The least I could do is say "Happy Birthday."

Register photo/JASON WERLING Both the eagles at the Old Dutch nest were at the popular nest on Perkins Avenue on Thursday afternoon.

Register photo/JASON WERLING One of the Old Dutch eagles preens itself at the popular nest on Perkins Avenue on Thursday afternoon.

Register photo/JASON WERLING One of the eagles flies off to an adjacent tree on Thursday afternoon.

Register photo/JASON WERLING Birthday wishes for Benjamin Baker near the Old Dutch on Perkins Avenue.



Larry Gerold should look into setting up a site to webcast the camera view of the eagles' nest. I bet it could make the Old Dutch known around the world and real popular with bird watchers near and far. I know I would enjoy watching the nest. I think there have been similar webcams airing peregrine falcons nesting on tall city buildings.


Great idea reader, I second that!