KENAI -- One of Alaska's most famous eagle nests will no longer be home to fledglings.
The nest at Eagle Rock -- a Kenai River landmark to thousands of fishermen -- blew down last week when strong winds knocked over the tall cottonwood tree it sat in longer than anyone can remember.
Kenai River fishing guide Shella Webster said a fishing client pointed out what's left of the broken nest tree.
A search of the ground at the base of the 10-foot tall stump did not turn up any trace of the eagle nest, however.
Webster speculated that high tides of about 24 feet may have washed away all of the nest materials.
A wildlife biologist from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge said bald eagles do not retrieve any materials from a fallen nest, but rather abandon the nest and move on, often to another nest they may have used in the area in past years.
"This is probably the best time of year for a nest to fall, because there would not be any young fledglings in it," said biologist Liz Jozwiak.