Near Wilson Bridge,

The Eaglets Have Landed

* George and Martha Wilson, residents of the Wilson Bridge area, are pleased to announce the arrival of three babies. The little ones arrived April 7 and are named . . .

Well, that's where you come in. The babies have no names, and the folks who are building the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge would like your help in naming them.

But first, a little information: Parents George and Martha are a pair of bald eagles, our nation's symbol. They were first spotted near the bridge in 1998 and have since raised more than a dozen eaglets in one of three nests they've built along the Potomac.

Many people are surprised to learn that Martha and George seem to like their noisy neighborhood. Their latest nest is about 75 feet from the work zone; about 200,000 vehicles pass by each day!

The parents share baby care. Before the eaglets hatched, Martha stayed with the eggs overnight, and George took the day shift. In a few weeks, the eaglets will be able to fly and find their own food. In the fall, Mom and Dad will kick them out.

If you have good names for this trio, go to the Web site wilsonbridge.com and click on "Enter to Win the Eaglet Naming Contest." A winner will get a tour of the bridge construction!

Proud papa George near Wilson Bridge.