The eagle owls which use the Saint Pietersberg in Maastricht as a breeding ground, have two chicks. They
are about a month old, according to expert Marjon Savelsberg of the Natural Monuments.
Yearly between two and four chicks are hatched.
The chicks are up high in a nest. "Father and mother eagle owl provide enough food for the chicks, which
grow fast," says Savelsberg. The chicks' feathers are already developed in such a manner that they keep
them warm. When they are about ten weeks old, they jump out of the nest and learn to fly. "Even after
leaving the nest, they continue to be fed for a long time by both parent birds and learn to hunt for
themselves. In the autumn they leave their quarry to look for their own place, their own territory," says
Eagle owls disappeared from the Netherlands at the end of the nineteenth century, but have been back
since 1997. From that moment on, eagle owls breed on the St. Pietersberg. That was the first place in the
country they returned to.
Do not disturb.
The animals can be admired with binoculars from the bird viewing spot on the Van Schaikweg or from the
Luikerweg. The Natural Monuments advises people to stay on the paths and to keep dogs a leashed so as
not to disturb the birds.
On May 27, 2021, Ruud and Ineke visited the Enci quarry in Maastricht (Lage Kanaaldijk 115, near “Chalet
D’n Observant.”) The cement factory “Enci” has been closed now and the city council intends to turn the
quarry into a nature reserve. To read more about the making of the quarry, please check under “Maastricht
city walks” or click HERE. We wanted to see the progress, and to our big surprise we also spotted one of
the eagle owls!! We have a very good zoom function on our pocket camera!! It was high above us, in one of
15 May 2021. The Limburger. Photo credits: The Limburger.
Eagle owls on the St. Pietersberg (Saint Peter’s mountain).