No matter the location, the inherent nature of an American Bald Eagle remains the same. When it comes to bringing in nesting materials to the nesting sight, one of the most common (dried grass) is used to not only create a soft bed for the eggs, it also does the same for the parents to lie on as they incubate them. The entire family uses this circular design as their "family room" of sorts during the early stages of the hatchlings growth. As the hatchlings get larger, the area becomes too crowded, and they move about to other parts of the nest for more "leg" room, so to speak. About three months after hatching, the young are about the same size as their parents and are ready to fledge. It will take approximately 5 years before they develop the distinctive white head and tail feathers, which are a sign of a mature adult American Bald Eagle.