Thursday, May 25, 2006

Bald Eagle Researchers in Maine

I want to give all of you a brief history of three folks responsible for eagle research and management in Maine since the late 1960's. Frank Gramlich was the man who encouraged many of us to work with eagles in the early days. Frank just passed away last month. He was a WW II vet and returned to the University of Maine (UM) for his BS and MS degrees in Wildlife Management. He then worked for the USFWS in animal damage control for his entire career. He had a passion for birds of prey and you could always find a menagerie of birds in various stages of repair in his barn. He began the first systematic areial survey of bald eagles in Maine in the late 60's with the federal pilot, Bill Snow, and also established a voluntary landowner agreement to help protect nesting sites. In addition, he initiated the egg transplant program and later the transplant of young eaglets into unsucessful nests in Maine. He and I became friends in 1970 and he encouraged me to seek funding for a graduate student (Charlie) to study the status of Maine eagles. In early 1980, Frank and I were expert witnesses for the USFWS against a proposed oil refinery in eastern Maine, the location of the last vestige of eagles at that time in the northeast. In Boston, Frank was ruthlessly examined by a team of lawyers for six hours and had significant medical problems because of that event. The EPA judge was later removed for his conduct of the hearing, but Frank never recovered his health. Frank was our mentor for more than 30 years.

Charlie Todd was that new gradute student fresh from the University of Richmond who was assigned the job of determining the population status, nesting chronology and status, food habits, summer and winter distribution and everything else about Maine eagles! Truly a monumental task and worthy of a PhD but Charlie just wanted a MS degree. State and federal biologists, volunteers, UM honors students, technicians and many more all pitched in to make his a classic study. It was at a time when our population and nesting success was at rock bottom and Charlie pulled it all together for us and charted a path for recovery. At that time every eagle was priceless and we went to extreems to return every injured bird back to the wild. The picture below of Charlie holding an immature eagle illustrates this. We taught one legged eagles how to forage, rebuilt wings, with the help of local falconers, using feathers from dead eagles, repaired broken bones and then returned all of these birds to the wild. Bart, a male eagle with a lost wing, went into every classroom in Washington and Hancock Counties, as part of an education program. Perhaps the toughest job Charlie had was conducting a winter survey of eagles along the entire coast of Maine, thousands of miles of flying. We wanted to know if there were particular concentration areas that needed special protection. It was long and very dangerous work, and we had two pilots on board at all times. Flying at a few hundred feet, following the coastline around islands and pennisulas, was flying at its very worst. We hired several technicians who made it from Bangor to Ellsworth before we had to land and call a car to pick them up! On the other hand, we finally found Tim Stone, who would sit in the back of the plane and eat onion and liverworst sandwiches and be in heaven! Charlie went on to join the nongame and endangered species group of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW), where he resides today. No one knows Maine eagles better than Charlie and he is unquestionably one of the top eagle biologists in the country. We are fortunate to have him directing our state program. Since he is still up flying I can sneak these comments onto the Blog without his editing!!

Mark McCollough came to UM from Penn State. He completed a MS studying shorebird migration in eastern Maine and then joined me on a PhD project looking at the population dynamics, particularly survivorship, of eagles. As we obtained more contaminent data on eagles and their eggs, it became obvious that we could not influence nesting success in the near term, except to reduce disturbance at nest sites. DDE was slowly working itself out of the system and it was only a matter of time before its influence would decline (as we have already seen). On the other hand, we had some of the highest PCB and mecury (Hg) levels in the country. PCB's are banned and should decline slowly but Hg is still coming in by air from the large power and industrial centers in the midwest. Hg accumulates in fish. Our inland nesting birds feed more on fish than our coastal birds, thus Hg is more of a problem on inland lakes. EPA and others have been reluctant to impose tighter restrictions on air emmisions thus our problem continues. Better air quality from the midwest is crucial to better human and wildlife health in the northeast. But back to Mark. We knew that most of our immature eagles left Maine in the fall and returned in subsequent years. They were accumulating contaminents that influenced their future breeding success. What if we could provide ample clean food to our young birds and keep them here in Maine? This should improve their survival and improve breeding success in the long run. So Mark established several feeding stations along the coast where we delivered 100,000's of pounds of clean food over a series of years. Mark ran the show; collecting beaver, deer, moose, cow, horse, chicken, etc carcases, butchering and distributing them. Stories abound like losing a truck load of chickens on the main street of Ellsworth but Mark held firm. To see how effective the feeding program was Mark built observation blinds at the sites. All winter long he'd crawl into these before dawn,wrap up in a sleeding bag, and observe birds with high power telescopes. Immediately he realized he could read the band numbers on the legs of the eagles. We had been banding all of the nestlings in Maine for several years so he was able to get a handle on who was out there. To facilitate this we added specially numbered band tags and an additional band on the other leg. We did this for several years and Mark was able to read these numbers easily. To Mark's surprise and our joy we found that the youngsters were remaining in Maine and surviving at a much higher rate than we had anticipated. Mark was able to show that this was a key factor in initiating our population recovery. At the feeding station Mark was able to read the band numbers of eagles from Cape Briton Island, Chesapeake Bay and as far away as Saskatchewan! Eagles were mixing over large geographic regions, an important genetic consideration. Mark went on to join Charlie in the endangered species/nongame group of MDIFW and recently joined the USFWS as an endangered species biologist here in Maine. We couldn't ask for a better pair of biologists looking after our endangered species.

185 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Questions - do eagles only mate once a year? Have you considered making a continuous tape for sale to the public?

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

What a wonderful inspiring and humorous story!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Of course you have left your own exploits pretty much out of it, but maybe Charlie or Mark will tell us more about you!!

Among other things, this shows the influence of one dedicated teacher in the right place at the right time. Not every professor is that interested in field work. I'm sure that both you and Prof. Gramlich made a difference because you WERE. I got a real kick out of the story of Gramlich's barn with the recovering raptors in it, and the patched up birds you sent back out into the field! There is NOTHING more entertaining than good "war stories" like this!! :-)

I had the good fortune of meeting Bart more than once when I worked for the Legislature. I must have met Charlie, too -- I didn't realize until today that he was Bart's handler. Bart drew an appreciative crowd wherever he went, and is the first bald eagle I saw up close and personal!

I know your students have also gone to other states and are working with endangered and threatened species there, as well as in Maine. Thank you for teaching and inspiring them all. And for your wonderful blog entry!

MORE, MORE, MORE!!!

1:38 PM  
Blogger TNTalker said...

Thank you for allowing us to watch the eagles and their young. It's so awesome to see and something I never would have had the opportunity to do if it weren't for your hard work and research!!!

I love how sharing this type of information benefits those of us who aren't in the field of study but want to know.

TT

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Bucky Owen said...

5/25 I meant to add on the Blog that Mark McCollough is an accomplished artist. In fact, both the Maine Loon license plate and the Chickadee plate are his design. He and Charlie are co-authors of a Maine Endangered Species book available on the DIFW home page for $10. In it Mark has painted all of Maine's endangered species as a collage. The poster is also available separately; it is a collectors item. Revenues from the purchase of a loon plate go directly to support Maine State Parks and nongame species, including bald eagles. Thirteen dollars of the plate fee are tax deductable.

Eagles mate only once a year. They are busy preparing to and raising young for 8-9 months of the year. We are in the fifth month already!

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These seven comments got posted to the "old" blog entry, so I am pasting them here to be sure everyone sees them. I think it's because when we wrote them, we were clicking on the word "comments" at the end of that blog. There will evidently always be some of that when a new blog is posted. (Can you tell I'm a retired librarian?)

Anonymous said...
Thurs the 25th
8:00 AM

Just got a look at the two eaglet sitting side by side, up on the side of the nest so you could see both of them clearly ... not fighting or moving around ... looking out over the edge of the nest. I was surprised to see how much larger "Big" was than "Little".

Has anyone else noticed this? I thought they were getting to be about the same size, but all of a sudden this morning there seemed to be a huge difference.

5:14 AM

Anonymous said...
I know of an eagle nest on a local Maine river that I kayak on. I usually paddle by it once a week and I've gotten some great photos of the eagles. One of the favorite perches of the adults is at least 20 feet away from the nest. During nesting season there seems to be at least one there all the time. I'm sure that is the case with the eagle cam nest. Just because the adults are out of site of the camera doesn't mean they are not nearby.
For anyone concerned that I'm disturbing the eagles that I photograph, I'm usually not in the area for more than five minutes and there is other boat traffic on the river that they've become accustomed to.

5:37 AM

Anonymous said...
Thanks for the postings regarding the parents' absence from the nest of late. The eaglets are growing every day and sometimes I do a double-take thinking I'm seeing one of the parents!

Other good news today from Washington, DC -- "The bald eagles, which have nested near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge since the late 1990s, were wrenched apart in April when Martha was rudely attacked by another eagle. After healing, Martha was released May 6 in Delaware, 90 miles away. She was spotted this week back with her mate in her old neighborhood on the Potomac's Maryland shore."

These creatures are absolutely phenomenal!! Tending to manic eating machines, warding off predators, and flying all the way home!

5:44 AM

Anonymous said...
(Silver in VA) Yesterday I advised that I would try to find some links to articles about the Wilson Bridge Project eagles and how they survive with all the construction around them. It appears that over the past 3-4 years the eagles (named Martha and George) have produced 2-3 eaglets per year in the midst of all the construction. I was hoping to a provide a link to good news story about how the eagle has adapted.

However, this year, while sitting on the nest, Martha was attacked by another female eagle. She was rescued and taken to a rehabilitation center in Delaware. George tried to save the remaining eaglet but abandoned the nest after a very rainy, cold weekend. I have provided the link below to several weblog entries posted by John on ADC Birding Blog. The good news is that Martha was recently released back to the nest and she and George were seen sitting together on a branch.

http://technorati.com/tag/Wilson%20Bridge

6:18 AM

Anonymous said...
5/24 - 10:20 am

The other eagle cam I mentioned is:
infotechbusinesssystmes.com/wildlife/default.asp (Eagle Eye Cam). I just saw the eaglets awake and they looked like they had been fed recently. So even though I haven't seen the parents, they are obviously taking good care of their babies. As are our eagle couple here.

For those of you who may have been following George and Martha who have nested by the Wilson Bridge (Wash. DC) for years -- Martha got the worst of a fight with an eagle trying to take over George and her nest several weeks ago. George and Martha have been reunited, but unfortunately those chicks that had just hatched after the fight are lost. Don't know what happened to the hussy.

7:32 AM

Sue said...
How old do the eaglets have to be before they can tell what sex they are?
This has been so much fun watching
from Hooksett, NH.
Thanks

7:52 AM

Bucky Owen said...
5/25 1400 Checked several times yesterday and today but saw no feeding, but both chicks are growing very fast so food appears to be no problem. At 0430 yesterday I could hear one eagle calling nearby and at 2030 the female joined the chicks to brood them over night. The chicks are so large it is doubtful any predator would attack them but I bet the female is not far away most of the time. Both adults are foraging as the chicks require considerable food. Note that feathers are beginning to appear, especially on the older chick. You can see blood (growing) quills on the wings which will become primary flight feathers. It will get hot up there in the nest and I watched one chick panting this AM. The nest is on the salt water and i've seen numerous gulls flying by. Jane E. is right; we will see an extended period of exercise (weeks) before any attempts at flying is made.

11:23 AM

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When do they start trying to fly??

Suzette I found the blogs, THANKS!!

4:34 PM  
Anonymous PatK said...

Thursday, 4:45pm ET

Wow!! I just received the link for this website/EagleCam yesterday from NWF. I'm so impressed. Thank you to ALL who have made it possible for us observers to be a part of this truly special opportunity. I have been trying to read past postings, etc to catch up on the goings on. I agree with other posters that it can be addictive watching these adorable youngster eaglets and their devoted parents!! Although I do try to keep my watch time to a limit so as others can watch too.

Earlier I observed both eaglets up and around carefully walking around spreading and arching their wings back. One of them was even flapping them (practice / exercise?). Then just a little while ago they were playing together with something (a twig or bone perhaps?). They were kind of passing it back and forth like a game of tug of war.

Thanks again for making this possible. It is truly wonderful to be able to observe this.

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:15 PDT For those of you that have asked, both parents flew in, checked the nest and flew off.

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Jane E. said...

The first of ours usually flies about the middle of July. The second one flies later. Sometimes a lot later, sometimes not much later.

Charlie says "ours" are about a week younger than the eagle cam ones. So the eagle cam eaglets might fly (really leave the nest) the first week in July.

There are individual variations to this. A bold eaglet like "BIG" will probably take off right on time. But I have seen eaglets that took a lot of coaxing on the parents part. There are even "flying demonstrations" with the parent sitting on the limb beside them, giving them a little talking to, then flying off, looking over the shoulder and calling to the eaglet to follow. And again. And again. (I think this was the eaglet that fell out of the nest and had to climb a tree to get back in it! He was NOT interested in flying!)

They actually have personality differences, too. "Little" usually sits back and waits and watches for his turn to do ANY thing. He might get bolder when "Big" is gone, but then again, he might think about it and watch and wait for a long time before he flies.

They will be flapping around and jumping up and down in the nest and on the nearby limbs for pretty much all of June. And hopefully not falling out.

Professor Owen, is it a straight drop out of that nest to the water or is there dry land under there? And are there other trees around that they can fly up into if they get grounded?

Gotta go. They might be coming to band "ours" today!! :-) We now have three nests in Winslow, two on this stretch of the river!

7:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friday May 26th

Today...Mostly cloudy. Isolated showers this morning...Then scattered showers this afternoon. Highs in the lower 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Tonight...Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows around 50. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

High Tides: 11:11 AM and 11:19 PM

Low Tides: 4:57 AM and 5:04 PM

a Hazardous Weather Outlook is up

SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE REGION TODAY AND TONIGHT...A FEW WITH BRIEF HEAVY DOWNPOURS.

7:47 AM  
Anonymous Redetta said...

Two big eaglets looking around their world. I haven't seen parents for some days now. Checking in at times they aren't around.
Phoenix, 6:18 a.m.

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw a parent feeding both babies earlier this morning. I am sorry I can't pinpoint the time ~ maybe 8:30-ish? They are getting so big that at first I thought there were two adults there! I would be interested in an estimate of the comparative heights and weights of the babies and parents at this point. Thanks again for all you do!!
Watching in Hancock County, Maine

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good morning, fellow eagle-watchers! I live in south Louisiana, and we regularly watch a nest of bald eagles by boat in the Lake Verret area. I noticed that the juveniles in our nest are way bigger than the ones here, as big as the mature eagles. Could they be last years' juveniles, or do they hatch earlier because of our climate?

Thanks, to anyone who may know!

We vacationed in Maine last year, and it was fabulous! I enjoy watching the eagles here, as much as the Maine scenery- I can imagine the pine smell in the cool air!

11:13 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

8:50 PDT....beautiful shot this AM so peaceful. Wondering....what is the size of the eaglets now? Would they be the equivalent of a Pekin duck?

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This 05/26 at 11:25 and just so you all know Mama bird just came in and fed the two babies. She always makes the little one beg!! She didn't stay long and was very quick so that I couldn't see what she brought. Bev

11:57 AM  
Blogger Suzette said...

12:20pm May 26
I watched a feeding at 11:30am big brut at first while the younger eaglet sat to the side but he didn't sit idle for long he moved over to the left more and then he got feed he is much smarter then the big brut is ...I am glad you found the blogs Donna because I love to read them to keep updated on what everyone is observing...thanks so much to the biologists for all there hard work!!! it is so wonderful to be able to watch the eagles life so much better than a reality show.....

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:10 PDT Mother flew in with a fish and this was the most disturbing feeding I have watched. She fed #1 everything and #2 got nothing. The few times #2 tried, #1 pushed her away. #2 sat with her head lowered throughout the feeding, even though she was close to it. After all food gone #2 looked around for scraps and couldn't find any. She started trying to eat the bark off the limb. If she doesn't push more I'm concerned for her survival.

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Jane E. said...

3:08 PM May 26th

An adult is on the eagle cam nest, and both eaglets are eating.

We banded "ours" today. We have two in the nest.
I want to tell you more about it, but will have to do it later.

We had three eggs in our nest, but only two eaglets NOW. One is huge -- much bigger than the other one, and very aggressive. Unfortunately (or not) I can imagine where that third egg went.

Just talked to a friend from VT and they lost one eaglet from their nest, too.

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

Very sad news. Vermont lost it's only eaglet. But it isn't unsual for nesting eagles to fail on the first try. I think they will come back next year to the nest.

Chick in Vermont's Bald Eagle Nest Dies
05.25.2006, 12:17 AM

The first pair of bald eagles known to have hatched young in Vermont in 60 years has lost its only chick, state wildlife officials said Wednesday.

A raccoon or the inexperience of the parents were blamed for the death.

"Whether or not the raccoon killed the chick or if it was just scavenging on the carcass is unknown," said Wildlife Biologist Forrest Hammond, who discovered the eaten eaglet at the base of the tree along the Connecticut River in southern Vermont.

http://www.forbes.com/home/feeds/ap/2006/05/25/ap2772110.html

Apparently a racoon was involved. I can't imagine a racoon eating an eaglet, but evidently they do.

No doubt now that they know where the nest is, biologists will put a predator guard on the tree trunk. A raccon killed eaglet(s) at our nest once and caused the eagles to abandon the nest, They nested elsewhere for two or three years - nearby. Eagles often have "alternate nests", proably due to events like this.

Eventually they came back to the same tree -- and the biologists put up a predator guard, so the same thing wouldn't happen again. They have been successful again there for several years.

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Nancy in VA said...

It's 6pm and it looks like BIG wants to fly by 7pm. Keeps trying the wings.(Friday) LITTLE just stays low in the nest with an occasional flap or two. This is the best new hobby I've ever tried! Thanks to all!

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

Louisiana --

I THINK it's simply that your eaglets are older than ours. Ours will also be as big or bigger than the parents when they leave the nest. You'll know yours are older if they fly pretty soon. Ours won't fly for another month or six weeks.

Eagles here probably nest later than they would in Louisiana. They don't want to have to try to feed hungry eaglets until there are plenty of fish available. There is still ice on most central and northern Maine rivers and lakes well into April. The ice usually goes out here around April 12th and the eaglets usually hatch out around the 20th!

I think I've read that southern eagles are slightly smaller than northern ones. So yours may not remain larger than ours.

I hope the biologists will comment on this.

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today...Patchy fog this morning. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers...Then partial clearing late. Highs 66 to 71...Except around 60 across the outer islands. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Tonight...Partly cloudy in the evening...Then clearing. Lows in the upper 40s. Northwest winds around 5 mph.

High Tide 12: 02 PM

NOAA "special weather statement"

... PATCHY DENSE FOG CAPABLE OF LOWERING VISIBILITY TO A QUARTER MILE OR LESS ACROSS PORTIONS OF DOWNEAST MAINE EARLY THIS MORNING...ESPECIALLY ALONG THE COAST. ... THE FOG SHOULD BEGIN LIFTING BY 9 AM EDT AS WINDS BECOME NORTHWEST AND TEMPERATURES BEGIN TO RISE....

6:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:00 PDT Once again mother flew in with a fish and #1 got fed while #2 sat back and cried for food. Mother ignored her and only fed #1 and flew away. #2 picked around for scraps and her crop was flat telling me she didn't get fed earlier. Is mother trying to make her more agressive or is this just nature's "survival of the fittest?" Perhaps eagles should only lay one egg.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

FIRST "THANK YOU" TO ALL WHO HAS MADE THIS EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE... THE EAGLETS SEEM AMAZED WITH THEIR SURROUNDINGS: PLANES, BOATS, DOGS, PEOPLE IN THE BOATS…

SATURDAY, MAY 27, 1:10 PM

I LOGGED IN TO CATCH MOM DELIVERING A FISH. DAD SOON LANDED AND BEGAN TO FEED THE KIDS. WELL, ONE OF THEM AT LEAST.

MY HEART IS BLEEDING FOR THE YOUNGEST EAGLET. HE DID NOT GET ONE MORSEL FROM THE CATCH (IN READING, IT APPEARS THIS HAPPENS FREQUENTLY), NOR DID HE TRY. HE DID MANAGE A NIBBLE AT DADS FOOT THOUGH BEFORE HE LEFT ALL THE WHILE CRYING.

ARE BOTH THE EAGLETS OUT OF DANGER REGARDING FOOD INTAKE? ANY INTERVENTION CONSIDERED? OR DOES MOTHER NATURE TAKE HER COURSE?

I FEAR EACH LOGON THAT I WILL SEE THE YOUNGER ONE PASSING A SLOW DEATH, WHICH I PERSONALLY CANNOT WITNESS, OR WORSE, BECOMING A MEAL OR GONE.

PRAYING FOR THIS LITTLE FAMILY,
CHELLE
WEIRTON, WV

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday May 28th

Today...Mostly sunny. Highs 73 to 78...Except around 70 across the outer islands. Northwest winds around 5 mph...Becoming southwest this afternoon.

Tonight...Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

6:40 AM  
Anonymous Jane E. said...

Sunday May 28th
6:39 AM

I happened to be checking the video because the other one was obviously "stuck" and I saw this drama unfold.

The one on the nest, I assume the female, was screaming and screaming and screaming. Then I heard the mate answer, and some eaglet screaming (I think), too. Suddenly he appeared, flying in from right in front of the camera, and I couldn't see what he had in his talons.

He dropped it into the nest and the female immediately spread her wings over it and started screeching at him again. He hopped to the branch right over the nest and she quieted down. He wasn't there a minute before he flew off to at least a greater distance, if not to get more food!!

As soon as he flew off, but not one minute sooner, she folded up her wings, balled up her talons and began getting in position to feed the young. Both eaglets began eating immediately, and bullie did not bother "little" ... the female stuck her head in between them and picked up stuff to feed them, and "little" grabbed the first bite.

My time was up and I had to get off the video.

I gather this might have been the first feeding of the morning as she was desperate to feed the young.
It's late for the first feedig. I saw my eagle fly down the river close over the water looking for a fish at least 45 minutes ago and the sun was bright.

High tide is 6 AM today. I'm developing a theory that it's harder for them to get food at high tide. From experience I know there are gulls and other birds all over the beach at mid and low tide, but the sea birds aren't so nearby, are they, at high tide? Hancock County blogger, would you help me out here? I'm going by what I see at York Beach where I spend a lot of time.

6:51 AM  
Blogger Suzette said...

7:30am May-28
I missed the adult eagle fly in(I think it was Dad) but I observed him feeding the eaglets he didn't stay long but both eaglets have full crops so they ate good at some point today.....the eaglets are getting along so well now I have not observed any fighting in quite awhile....the younger eaglet is not shy anymore he goes right for the food during the feedings and gets his fair share.....the older eaglet definitly had a growth spurt in the past week I have my still screen up all the time and have had to keep going over to my computer to check because I thought it is one of the adults!!! The younger eaglet was laying down alot the past week but I think this was because he didn't have as many feathers as his older sibling and the heat got to him more...because the older eaglet was up flapping wings,had more energy and was just more alert to his surroundings the older eaglet really wants to fly and be part of the action with the other birds while the younger eaglet is very content where he is right now....

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both eaglets appear to be snoozing, no parent visible. Looks like a calm weather day so far. Here in Phoenix another warm one!
Sunday, 5:46 am

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read the post about racccons probably being responsible for killing the eaglets in Vermont. Their solution to the problem for any future attacks was to install a predator guard around the base of the tree. Does anyone know if the biologists or the land owner have placed a similar one to the tree where the eaglecam eagles have their nest? I hate the thought of a predator climbing into their nest. Also ...if one of the eaglets were to fall from the nest and could not climb back up on their own, would a biologist intervene and assist it, or would they observe without any interaction?

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday, Memrial Day

Today...Mostly cloudy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Tonight...Mostly cloudy with scattered showers in the evening... Then mostly clear after midnight. Lows in the lower 50s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.


High tides: 12:53 AM and 1:39 PM

Low tides: 7:23 AM and 7:27 PM

5:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Memorial Day
7:09 AM

Both eaglets are eating, side by side (still cam) and one parent is beside them on the nest, keeping a careful eye on their eating haibits, but not interfering, not feeding them. I THINK it's the dad, although I haven't learned to tell them apart.

Earlier I looked at them, maybe around six AM, and the two eaglets were side by side at the edge of the nest looking out ... watching for someone to bring food.

They seem to get along with one another just fine now, as long as there's no adult and no food around!! That's a GOOD thing about the adult staying a little further away.

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Memorial Day

About our theory that the Mom is the dominant eagle in this pair ... and our observations that she doesn't care whether or not "Little" gets any food, when she's doing the feedings ... but Dad does, and he's careful to be sure "Little" get some.

Maybe Dad, the submissive one, "knows" how it feels to be bullied in the nest as an eaglet, and left without food to go hungry until the next prey is brought in. Maybe because he remembers, he's careful to be sure "Little" gets something to eat.

Do eagles remember things like that and think about them? What is an eagle's thought process like? Do they think or is it all instinct?

7:23 AM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

Monday May 29th

Looking at the eaglets' tails, and how short and stubby they are, you can tell that they aren't ready for flight. I got my 5 year old grandson a book about eagles ("Soaring with the Wind") which goes into the mechanics of flight, and compares their wings and tails to those on a plane, aerodynamically. I think it says they use their tail feathers for stopping and steering.

When the biologists were here to band the eaglets and take blood samples, they measured their tail feathers and their wing feathers. That must be an indicator of their age and/or developmental stage.

Apparently these little guys wouldn't be able to steer if they left the nest now, even if they could stay airborne. I suppose that the wing feathers aren't long enough yet for that job, either.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

5/29/06 Monday 7:45 am
Feeding time. Big received most of the meal. Little had only a few bites & grabed one big piece.
Presently big is fast asleep & little is just sitting looking towards the water. Mom is on the branch.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

8:50AM PDT Dad arrived with fish...."Big" got 90% of the feeding. "Little" grabbed a big piece and moved away with it but did not ingest it. Dad finally spied the piece and tore it up eating some himself and giving the rest to "Big". Dad flew off ...."Little" needs more!

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yesterday (Sunday) at 4:45pm PDT mother flew in with a fish. As usual #1 pushed #2 away and got all the food being picked out by mom. #2 was desparate for food and kept trying to get some but #1 just pecked at her and pushed her away. Mother didn't intervene. Finally, #2 walked around to the other side of Mother, grabbed the fish and pulled it to the other side of the nest and tried to eat it but couldn't pull the flesh off. Mother came around and started feeding #2 so she finally got part of a meal. #1 allowed this for a short time but then pushed back in and finished off what was left. This is a good life lesson for #2, she has to be agressive to survive. Both eagles were panting in the sun most of the day. Its a good thing they are in Maine, our weather here (the Mojave desert) runs over 100 most days of the summer and I don't see how they would survive. We have to feed ravens!

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

Monday May 29th

This is about helping to band "our" eaglets. If you're not all that interested, you may want to skip this long essay!! :-)

By the way, the lead biologist, the one who climbed the pine tree and got the eaglets into the canvas duffle bag, was from BRI. I think his assistant on the ground who did the banding, blood-drawing and measuring was from BRI too.

When the duffle bag was let down to him, the assistant carefully unhitched the bag, and got the eaglet out -- a well thought out procedure!! He reached in the bag, found and held the talons. I put a towel over the eaglet's head as soon as I could see it. Then I carefully pulled the duffle bag down around the eaglet's feet and the assistant picked him up. There was a blanket ready on the ground, where he laid the eaglet down on his back.

One of my jobs during the banding/examination was to keep the towel over the eaglet's head with one hand so he couldn't reach over and peck us. Also, the assistant turned the legs and talons over to me -- I gently held BOTH feet/talons in the other hand, so the eaglet couldn't thrash his legs and/or scratch us. Last, but not least, I gently held my arm (the one that held the towel) against a wing, just enough so the eaglet couldn't flap his wings while the blood was being drawn, etc. They draw blood from a large vein or artery that runs along the main bone (I guess you call it a bone) that runs from his body out to the tip of his wing. By the way, an eaglets feet are HOT. That surprised me. I thought they probably didn't have much circulation!

My job doesn't sound too challenging, but it IS! Try half-sitting, half-lying on the ground in that position, for half an hour, near the woods, during "black fly season"!! The whole time various species of ants and bugs were crawling down my neck, up my back, in the cuffs of my long sleeved shirt and into my ears!! (I don't like to use bug stuff around the eaglets, but I did use "Skin so Soft". I looked like a greased pig when I got done! But a VERY HAPPY greased pig! BOY, do I LOVE it getting that close to those birds!)

The whole process, from climbing the tree to putting the last eaglet back in the nest takes about three hours. When it's done you really have an appreciation for what biologists do in the field. And how much they care about these birds.

I felt kind of foolish cooing to the eaglet and telling him it would be all right -- so at first I restrained my grandmotherly instincts. But Interestingly enough, the assistant said he has found that it does help to calm them. The first, smaller, eaglet had an incredible racing heart beat when he first came out of the duffle bag, but calmed down almost completely with a few minutes "rest". The second, larger eaglet didn't seem to have a racing heart, but he was "panting" the whole time, and it was hard to calm him down. (it wasn't all that hot and we weren't in the sun) We had to make a fold in the towel like a funnel and be sure he got some extra air. He looked for any opportunity to peck, kick or flap his wings. I'm pretty sure eagles must have adrenaline, or something comparable!!

He sure reminded me of "bully" or "big". As I said before, thanks to the eagle cam, I know for sure why the third egg didn't survive in that nest! (There WERE three eggs to begin with)

He was HUGE. I'd say he was about 22 inches from the top of his head to the bottom of his feet, but they didn't take that measurement, and that's my personal very rough guess. (They don't weigh them, either. They measure their feet, their talons and their beak, as well as the feathers I mentioned. Evidently that tells them enough) He was bigger than the biggest barnyard hen, but not as big as a barnyard goose. I don't know what a peking duck looks like. I'd say he was already bigger than the mallards around here.

There was a big difference between eaglet number one and eaglet number two. When one of them, probably the big one, was flapping on the nest I actually thought for a minute he was one of the adults ... his wing spread looked almost as big as one of theirs.

WV and XZ are their Maine "ids". They also have another band on the other foot with a much longer number that comes from USFWS.

Sorry if I have written too much. My kids accuse me of telling them way more than they need to know!

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:00 PDT It appears someone just dropped some food in the nest and, as expected, #1 grabbed it and ate it all while #2 just skulked in the corner of the nest. Periodically #1 stared at her as if to say, "Don't even think about it" which she didn't. When he was through #2 checked around the nest for scraps but there weren't any so it appears she goes hungry again.

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jane ~ As someone living on MDI (which is in Hancock County) it seems as if the seagulls are around ALL the time! I have never taken note of whether they are around more at certain tides. Perhaps there is someone who spends time on the water who could answer that question.

As far as the health of the two eaglets ~ looking at how they are both growing (like weeds!) it would seem to me that they are both getting enough to eat.

I saw one of them doing "wing exercises" yesterday. VERY funny. The wings look as if they are altogether too long for the body ~ kind of like adolescent puppies! They just look incredibly clumsy right now. Makes you wonder how they manage to become such majestic creatures!!
Watching in Hancock COunty, Maine

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Jack on the NY/CT border said...

Have been checking from time to time over the past week and finally have seen a feeding.
Not sure which parent it was, but this seemed not much different than most of you have observed before.
"Big" had position on "Little" and as the adult would tear off a piece "Big" would snatch it right out of the beak.
"Little" did manage two smaller pieces out of the 9 or 10 I saw before the adult left and I logged off.
All this occured about 8:22 PM.

Good Stuff !!

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuesday May 30th

Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

High tide: 2:27 PM

Low tides: 8:10 AM and 8:15 PM

6:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

QUESTIONS:

is there a predator guard on the nest tree?

Are they still in danger from predators?

Does the tree lean out over the water or is there dry land or nearby trees for an eaglet to crash land in without hitting water?

How old do they have to be before you can tell what sex they are?


ARE BOTH THE EAGLETS OUT OF DANGER REGARDING FOOD INTAKE? ANY INTERVENTION CONSIDERED? OR DOES MOTHER NATURE TAKE HER COURSE?

Do you think it's harder for them to get food at high tide?

Why do you think the smaller eaglet was rather lethargic and lying around a lot for a week or so, and do you think he's getting enough food?

6:49 AM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

5/30/06 Tuesday 8:20am
Saw the Female feeding Big, during this feeding the male flew in & started to feed little at the same time. Looks like all got fed well.
Now they are fast asleep.
Over the weekend I saw the chicks frequently exercising their wings.
This morning I saw a big fishing boat go by slowly.
The chicks are sure growing up fast.
Love the view from NH

9:46 AM  
Blogger Everglades Eyes said...

I'm worried about the Little One. I am in awe that I can observe nature this way, but he doesn't seem to get enough to eat. He seems lonely to me...

9:54 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

1:40PM EDT - 5-30-06
I caught the 2 eaglets doing a mini-fight at 12:45pm today. #2 seemed to instigate it, they were just nesting. About that time a large red/white boat went past. Just now at 1:39PM another boat, like the first, went by and I could see a crane on top. Presume this is a fishing or lobster boat? I know as much about boats as I do eagles, huh?

Both eagles seem to be very close in size now and the feathers are filling out nicely.

Thanks again for this enrichment.

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

05/30/06 I have been watching all morning and part of the pm seems like the fishing boats are trolling by, there have been two diffrent ones, It doesn't bother the babies, but Papa wasn't happy about it this am.......little one does well and Pap feeds him much better than female does. He likes to beg from the older one too...there wing span has grown this weekend. Bev

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree...

lesser eaglet has been pecked off to the side by the other during today's morning and afternoon feedings, which has resulted in litle to no food

although you can here it cry for food, it still goes hungry

this second eaglet will not survive much longer if this continues

unfortunate

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/30- 4:46 EDT
Was fortunate to witness a feeding this afternoon. Guess my timing has been off the last week or two. Big Bully was dominating the session, although the Dad (from past postings I assume it's Dad) is offering some to Little One. Little One became semi-assertive for a while and Big Bully backed off. (My encouraging cheer must have helped some.) Now it's back and forth but Little One is getting some food. Must be a big meal. Since Little One is growing I shouldn't be too concerned -- but like other bloggers, I just can't help it! If my older sibling killed my younger sibling right in front of my eyes I don't think I'd be too combative. But ya' gotta' eat! Would the experts care to share if this sibling rivalry continues until they both leave the nest? -- from Wash, DC

4:51 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Tuesday, May 30, 2006, 4:35 PM EST

Kudos to "LiTtLe" :) Feeding time, and he actually is getting his share of the afternoon snack. Perhaps it is because BiG is actually on the other side of the talons this time. I missed the parent landing so do not know what's on the menu.

Cannot thank you folks enough for letting me enjoy such a wonderful part of life!

You have to love those banana yellow feet :) My guess (in fun) is they are size 6 by now...

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, VA - 5/30/06 - 4:50 pm

Eaglets are being fed (probably by dad since he is making sure they are both getting food). Big (although I am having trouble telling them apart by size -- which is a good sign)kept grabbing food from the parent as he was trying to feed, but little and Dad turned away to feed.

Jane, I appreciate all your information. When you say our eaglets, are you referring to Big and Little on our cam here, or to eaglets in your home area?

4:58 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

1:30 PDT I think it was mom who arrived with a large piece of food. Big immediately positioned himself and got the first feeding but then mom turned to her left where Little was and he began to eat. Both eaglets were so satisfied that they moved off, plopped down and watched mom finish off whatever she had brought. This is the first time I observed both chicks really get "stuffed" with some leftovers for mom to clean up.

5:08 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

5:45PM EDT - 5-30-06
One of those boats came back, heading opposite direction (south to north) about 2:54pm today. The eagles played pass the straw and then lied their heads back down.

Up the lazy water on a ....(sing a-long).

Still haven't seen food being delivered.

5:51 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

7:26PM EDT - 5-30-06
Just looked at both eaglets and no adults visual, however, the crops were full. No lack of food for these two.

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WEDNESDAY May 31st

Today...Mostly cloudy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms this morning. Becoming humid this afternoon. Highs in the lower 60s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Tonight...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Low tides: 8:10 AM and 8:15 PM

High tide: 3:15 PM

4:24 AM  
Blogger Everglades Eyes said...

One parent (mom?) was feeding Big when I logged in around 6:20 a.m. Then, she began calling, calling... and very shortly, the other parent (dad?) arrived. There was an exchange between parents and then dad does what dads do, and he moved to a branch out of the nest, but still within view of the camera. Hallelujia! Little was getting fed when I got kicked off!

6:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i sense the same here

lesser eaglet received little to no food during yesterdays morning and afternoon feedings

and this morning, no matter how much it cried, was ignored by the parent

even when it picked at scraps lying in the bottom of the nest, the parent came over and took that away

unfortunate...but thats natures way

6:49 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Wednesday, May 31, 6:15 AM EST

Logged on and caught breakfast:) Fish and more fish! Mom fed the kids. LiTtLe has the survival instincts for sure, as he breaks off his own food and tries to hold in talon and tear off bites, all the while trying to balance the upper body. BiG sits for the free stuff. Mom called and dad flew in with the remains of a fish too. She grabbed it from him and covered it with her wings.? She ate a little of this one. Large feeding, but LiTtle wasted precious time trying to feed himself, and refused to let mom break up the piece he had!

Still praying for this beautiful little family.

BIG "THANKS" to all who share this!

7:00 AM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

Weds May 31st
8:45 AM

I just saw Big "lift his body" off the nest when he flapped his wings!! He's pretty powerful. It's lucky for him he was in the middle of the nest when he did it.

I THINK the biologists MIGHT intervene if he went overboard at this age. I sure hope they answer that question.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

5/31/06 Wed. 9:20am [est]
Just loged on & adult eagle feeding
chick. I believe this is check No. 2
This may be male eagle feeding the chick. I can not tell them apart.
Other chick resting like it was already fed. That is why I believe now this is chick 2.
During the feeding a fishing boat past twice.
Chicks sure are growing up before our eyes.
To all you chick watchrers, have a good day.
Love this view.
Doris

9:52 AM  
Blogger Sylvie Gauron said...

i am also worried about the little one. not moving as it should, not eating and seems to be getting weak. at this age, is it feasable to rescue it to ensure that it lives?

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

Wednesday

Sorry. When I say "our" eaglets, I mean the ones up back of my house.

I forgot to tell you guys (or maybe I did) we now have three eagle nests in Winslow, two on the river where I live, the Sebasticook, and one just past the mouth of the Sebasticook, on the Kennebec River. One didn't have any eaglets this year -- it was their first try, and that's not uncommon.

I like to think that the younger newer pairs are "our" grown up offspring!!

The biologist said they found two or maybe three nests in Maine so far that had three surviving eaglets in them, so not ALL third eaglets get killed off.

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

REPEATING THE QUESTIONS TO KEEP THEM WHERE BIOLOGISTS WILL EASILY SEE THEM


is there a predator guard on the nest tree?

Are they still in danger from predators?

Does the tree lean out over the water or is there dry land or nearby trees for an eaglet to crash land in without hitting water?

How old do they have to be before you can tell what sex they are?


ARE BOTH THE EAGLETS OUT OF DANGER REGARDING FOOD INTAKE? ANY INTERVENTION CONSIDERED? OR DOES MOTHER NATURE TAKE HER COURSE?

Do you think it's harder for them to get food at high tide?

Why do you think the smaller eaglet was rather lethargic and lying around a lot for a week or so, and do you think he's getting enough food?


Would the experts care to share if this sibling rivalry continues until they both leave the nest?

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm hearing all kinds of noise around the nest today– the beep-beep-beep of big machinery backing up, a chain saw(!), pounding... this has been going on for hours. I thought people couldn't build around an eagles nest. Can any one go over there and see what's happening? I'm worried.

3:40 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Wednesday, May 31, 3:30 PM EST

Big and Little are fast asleep... Perhaps I missed a feeding? No complaints! I've been fortunate to catch several meals :)

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5-31-06 4:29 p.m

I was wondering, where it seems that the father tends to care for (little) and the mother tends to care for (big), could it be because "little" might a female and "big" might be a male and the mother eagle knows this, therefor as they say, to many hens in the hen house isn't a good idea...?

Sue-Waterville.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Everglades Eyes said...

6:16 PM Wednesday
Parent feeding BOTH babies! Big waddled to the near-to-the-camera side of the nest, turned around, lifted his tail and pooped right at the camera! I've seen it all now! Eagles have bathroom habits! All this time watching these guys, and that's a new one for me!
I'm so happy to see LitTle eating!

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Redetta said...

Arizona desert gal 3:30pm my time,
An adult came in and fed both eaglets..the first I've witnessed this in weeks! The larger one was fed first, appeared to be an animal with fur. The smaller eaglet was on the opposite side of nest for awhile and then moved in closer. Adult finished with Big One and then fed the smaller one and finished up with Big and then a little more with smaller. Big laid down in the nest first. The adult is still on the outer branch overlooking the water.

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

Weds. May 31st

I've been thinking about the way the mother eagle feeds just Big, whenever she's doing the feeding.

This can't be in the best interest of the species. The third eaglet may be dispensible. But if the whole idea of successful breeding behaviour is to ensure that the genes of the parent are passed on, the second eaglet CAN'T be dispensible.

Since eaglets have about a fifty fifty chance of survival in the first year, the best strategy would be to raise two eaglets, so one would survive to carry it's genes on to the next generation.

Or maybe, as Bucky Owen said, all they have to do is replace themselves, over their entire breeding life.

Raising two eaglets and feeding just one of them well, though, seems like a big waste of energy. And eagles do NOT waste energy. They don't fly any more than they have to, and they glide all they can when flying. They sit and perch a lot (when not nesting)

I wish we could observe other pairs of eagles up close and see whether they have the feeding patterns of this mother eagle. It could be that she's just not a very "bright" eagle. Have any of you bloggers that watch other eagle cams noticed any patterns of feeding behaviour there?

Do you biologists know whether this business of feeding one eaglet exclusively until he collapses of gluttony, before you feed the other is "normal" or "typical"?

I'm going to bet that it isn't.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 7:15 PM EST

The luck I have catching these little eaglets eating... appeared I tuned in at the end of feed time. Looked like the kids were feeding themselves, and parent was leaving nest. Perhaps leftovers, but I do not know what was on the menu.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 8:00 PM EST

Kids are resting. So nice they have each other, even though they do not share very well :( -unlike the little one alone on Santa Cruz Island.

Thank you, Thank you...

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/data/forecasts/MEZ029.php?warnzone=mez029&warncounty=mec009

I'm not going to post the weather here now that things are fairly normal and the eaglets are older. You can go to the site above, to get NOAA's coastal Hancock County forecast, and conditions.

************************************

Today...Mostly cloudy with scattered showers this morning...Then showers and scattered thunderstorms this afternoon. Patchy fog this morning. Highs in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.

Tonight...Cloudy. Showers likely in the evening...Then a chance of showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph...Becoming northeast after midnight. Chance of rain 70 percent.

*******************************

Every day from now until Monday is either rain or showers and Monday is partly cloudy. There's another Hazardous Weather Outlook -- could be brief gusty winds today but expected to stay below the "severe criteria"

6:24 AM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

Thurs June 1st
7:05 AM

When I first looked at the still cam, a mature was sitting on the nest eating and the eaglets both had their heads down, looked like they were sleeping.

This I couldn't BELIEVE, so i turned to the video cam. Sure enough, the mature ate a whole bunch of stuff out of the nest, kind of tidied up all around the area, and the eaglets kept their heads down.

The minute the mature left the nest, both eaglets heads popped up.

I must have missed the feeding, and come in at the end of it. Hopefully both eaglets are stuffed full of food.

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, VA - 6/1/06 - 3:10pm

Eaglets are awake and waiting for parents and food. Little is rearranging twigs -- so cute!

In answer to the question re other eagle cams, I have also been watching the Hancock Eagles (this is the cam that replaced the one where the eagles eggs did not hatch) so I don't know if they had three to start, but they have two eaglets and their relationship seems very similar to the one on this cam and the parents seems to feed the same way. When number 2 shows a little assertiveness he/she usually gets fed. But I have noticed the parent looking towards the #2 eaglet to give it food and therefore encouraging it to step forward.

3:19 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Thursday, June 1, 2006, 3:25 PM EST

Well our eaglets are up, and either enjoying a little breeze or awaiting a mid-afternoon snack.

I definitely hear both male and female human voices and they sound pretty close. However, neither of "our kids" appears bothered by them.

I noticed a small white spot on LiTtLe's head. Did BiG miss the edge of the nest on his last poop, or maybe the wind was blowing...? ? Either way, they are the most beautiful eaglets in my world :) ~Thanks :)

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW!! Just saw a very impressive display of an eaglet's wings. No doubt, Big who's showing who's boss. How far they both have come from fluffly grey chicks to winged brown kids. Thanks to all who provide us with this incredible window into another world. THANKS SO MUCH!!!

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:00pm Oh my...I was just watching the young ones and they were both flapping their wings and hitting each other with them and pecking at each other. Wow are their wings getting big. Looks like the little one is not going to take any guff from the big one. Is this fighting normal?

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Pat K said...

Thursday, June 1st 5:35 ET

I was just curious if anyone had noticed some kind of pattern to feeding times. I haven't been lucky enough to observe them eating for the past week. I've only observed this once and it was on my first day (beginners luck!!). Anyhow... any info would be appreciated.

Looks like its been raining quite a bit today. One of the eaglets (I think BiG??) was flapplng his wings alot while it was raining... like he was trying to dry off a bit. The other one is just laying down with head buried. They both look like "Enough already!!". Rain, rain go away... :-)

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

About that boat with a crane on it:

If the boat has a crane on the BACK of it, and the crane is pretty good sized, in relation to the cabin, the boat is probably a "dragger" which "drags" for scallops. Or some kind of a fishing boat that uses a net -- the "crane" hauls or winds the net full of fish in to the boat.

The "crane" on a lobster boat is small, on one side of the boat. Its used to "haul" the lobster traps up out of the water, holding them out so it doesn't bang the boat, then swinging them aboard where they can be handled by the crew.

A lobster boat is a lot smaller than a "dragger". Most lobster boats are white. Draggers and other fishing boats usually aren't.

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been watching off and on all day and have not seen one feeding. I started at 9 am PDT. Both eaglets have been looking around all day hoping to be fed. They didn't much like the rain and it is now almost 5 pm PDT and still no sign of either parent. Hope they get something soon.

7:54 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

6-01-06 23:51EDT

Thanks for the information:

"About that boat with a crane on it:
If the boat has a crane on the BACK of it..."

That's what it looked like. Wow - I've got my boots now, so I'm ready to board the boat Captain!

I still hear the rain, but we humans need to remember this is very normal all birds.

Yes, there's a "feel sorry" for the wet feathers in my mind as well.

11:55 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

6/02/2006
12:03AM - EDT


I have a question that the good folks at Northeast Utilities suggest I post over here.

Over the past several days the female Eagle was being attacked during morning feedings of her 2 eaglets.
They look like crows/blackbirds, and would swoop down and even land on her back. Continual dive-bombing her.

I never noticed them directly attacking the eaglets. These birds would cling/land on branches and the livecam pole. You could
see their shadows. At least 2, possibly more intruders.

For the past 2 days, I notice the mother is in the nest for long hours and she’s quite vocal (although there’s no
sound on that site). She’ll also duck or make an attempt to flap her wings and appear to “go after” the intruder.

Could I get a learned opinion here please? I’ve not seen the adult male for the past couple of days either, but then, I’ve not been watching all the time.

You can note by the “Picture Gallery” – last 48 most current pictures, that show she is there during most of the snapshots.

I'm aware blackbirds will attack if something/someone, anywhere in the world, who are too close to their nests. They always lay in wait in my backyard for me to let my dog out in the mornings.

Thanks you any and all.

12:12 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

I watched from 4PM PDT to 5PM PDT and altho one parent showed up, I never saw the eaglets fed. They were very restless and their crops were flat. I think that they went to bed very hungry tonight.

2:18 AM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

Friday June 2nd

This is in response to the person who is worried because she didn't see a feeding Thursday.

More and more, now, the adults are going to drop off food and get out of the way as fast as they can, leaving the eaglets to cope. In a little over a month they will "fledge" and they not only have to be able to find prey and recognize it and catch it, they have know how to tear it apart so they can eat it.

I also think the eaglets are so darned aggressive about food that the parents may want to get out of there in a hurry for that reason! They will drop the food and sit very near by to observe the eaglets, and to keep any other large birds from stealing the food.

Once when the river here was very low due to dam repairs, I saw the adult and the eaglet eating together on the muddy river bottom soon after fledging. The mature eagle, even though it was a parent, established domination very clearly and made the eaglet hang back, just like "Big" does with "Little". When an adult wants to eat, it eats FIRST.

The thing I saw yesterday, with the adult apparently cleaning up the remains of a meal and the eaglets keeping their heads down, seemed to be something along that line.

They have to learn that in eagle society, adults RULE. And the biggest and strongest RULES. I think "Little" already knows this, but "Big" has a lot to learn!! (and I would enjoy seeing him learn it)

6:11 AM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

Friday morning June 2d

About the black birds --

Around here the crows and/or ravens have a nest in the woods between the eagle nest and the river where the eagles "forage". If an eagle flies over their nest they follow it, attack it, do everything BUT sit on it's back. That I never saw. Even little sparrows and swallows fly after the eagles screaming and attacking!! It's amazing.

Our eagles ignore all of them, while in flight and simply go where they're going without a backward glance! However I notice that they swing out around the crows home area, and approach the river from either side of it!!

Lots of times I see crows apparently chasing eagles across the field in back of the house, even when the eagles aren't going over the crows nest.

Around here, when you hear the crows screaming, you look up because you know an eagle is coming, and you want to see the eagle!!

That said, I have NEVER seen a crow anywhere NEAR the eagle's nest, and I doubt VERY much if they would try it. I have read that in flight an eagle can't turn in as small a space as a smaller bird can, so it's futile to chase them in the air. Maybe if the eagle is sitting in the tree, he can't get moving as fast as a smaller bird can, either.

If by any chance that female eagle brought home baby crow for lunch, you can be that those crows are going to attack her and make her life miserable FOR EVER.

I don't think they can hurt the eaglets, if the eaglets are anywhere near the size of ours, or the eagle cam eaglets.
The female may be staying at the nest to protect the eaglets, though. That would be my guess.

Biologists, help out here.

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Silver in VA. In case anyone is interested, the Richmond eaglets are close to fledging. According to the biologist the eagles are "branching" which is a natural lead-up to fledging from the nest. There are three at that nest and one has been flying away and coming back all morning. The other two are sitting back and watching. I guess Bully and Little will be ready around the first of July?

Link to Richmond site:
http://www.wvec.com/cams/eagle1.html

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 2, 2006 3:03pm

At 2:37pm this afternoon I logged on and dad was in the nest, in the midst of a feeding. Looks like it was fish of some sort - seemed big and flat - like flounder, or maybe a ray. Looked as if Big was the only one being fed... and Little was turned in the opposite direction.

Soon I heard screeching off screen, dad responded with a screech, and mom flew in. Dad then flew off, and mom took over the feeding. One of the eaglets positioned himself on the far side of the nest, on the other side of mom from where the other was positioned - so mom was separating the two. The one who positioned himself on the far side was quite assertive in trying to get food (it was hard to tell which eaglet was which at that point)... and the one on the nearside was as well... so both seemed to get fed equally at that point. I didn't watch for the whole feeding, but they were eating well when I closed the live feed! This is the first time i've seen both adults at the nest at the same time in a while.

MB in Cumberland County

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Silver from VA. Witnessed a very interesting feeding this afternoon (3:00 EST). Adult was in the middle and had deposited something in the nest. All were eating. Bully on left, Little on right. When Bully had eaten all the food on the left, he tried to butt his way in on the right. Adult and Little would not let him. Adult was trying to break food down and Bully took the whole thing right out of adult's mouth and took to other side of the nest. Adult tried to take it back but Bully wouldn't let it. Adult went back to breaking down smaller pieces for Little.

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Bucky Owen said...

June 2nd: 2:30
Just watched an extended feeding session; first I've seen in several days. The male brought in a fish and fed both chicks, although the larger one received more food. After about 15 minutes the female arrived and took over the feeding. One chick was on each side of her and both received ample food. Just at dusk and at dawn I've observed the female next to the nest and there was a lot of vocalizations. I believe that she remains at the nest over night. To answer some of the questions possed above:
1. The nest was built right next to a house and the birds appear very tollerant of human activity. This may not be true of other pairs especially if the house is built next to an established nest. That is why we have restrictions on new acivity near these nests.
2. There is a stern dragger working the area just beyond the nest; I've seen it several times as well as a lobster boat.
3. No way to tell the sex of the youngsters unless we could get weights as well as beak and tarsus measurements at fledging. Even then there is overlap between the sexes.
4. Most of the time during early to mid nestling period the youngsters eat and sleep, maximizing the energy going into growth. In fact, much of last week I rarly saw the smaller chick. The larger nestling is spending much more time now alert on the edge of the nest, exercising it's wings and moving around. I saw him out on the branch early this AM. The smaller chick is still spending a lot of time resting but it is also beginning to exercise it's wings and appears more effective in getting food.
5. There is no predator guard on the nest tree. We believe nest predation is rare and we have 100's of nest trees in the state, many very remote. If we documented persistent racoon predation occuring at a particular nest site we would consider a guard. Many of our nests are on off shore islands where there are no ground predators. This is the reason sea birds like eiders, gulls, puffins etc. nest there.
6. There are adjacent trees for a fledgling to fly to and no indication that many fledglings crash to the ground. Several years ago we did have a nestling blown out of an island nest and the adults continued to feed it on the ground. It fledged successfully.
7. Hard to say if feeding is easier at high or low tides. These eagles feed a lot on other birds such as eiders, gulls cormorants and great blue herons. Tide shouldn't affect this feeding. They also feed on anadromous fish runs such as alewife and blue-back herring. An fish stranded by an outgoing tide would be easy picking but I've watched ospreys feeding very successfully on an incoming tide over an erxtended mud or sand flat.
8. Finally, the sibling rivalry will probably persist until one bird fledges, but my feeling is that its impact is declining. I've watched the nestlings mutual preening and rubbing bills together. They seem to be more tollerant of each other.

Thanks for the questions; we'll try to respond to as many as possible.

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

06/02/06........Have been watching the past 3-4 mos. and it amazes me just how intriguing these animals are. Papa still looks out for Little one and he has fed them twice today. I am glad because when he does Little One eats hearty. In fact I snapped a few pics for my journal as from what it looked like Papa put Big in his place at the 2:45 feeding. It was priceless and I almost cheered. I have to miss them on the weekend as no computer at home but sure do adore these babies and I miss the adults too. I haven't seen any boats for two days now. Must be trolling different area. Have a good weekend and look out for our babies. Bev

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Jane E. said...

Friday June 2d

What do you know, in searching for other information for another purpose, I came across an article in the Journal of Wildlife Management that says coastal eagles DO have more success fishing at low tide!! It has nothing to do with shore birds, though, it's that the fish are more concentrated in tidal pools and narrower channels at low tide.

That may be why sometimes long periods go by, even early in the morning, when the adults don't bring any fish to the nest... and why they both have to be gone at the same time. I guess they have an added problem that inland eagles don't have. When it's extreme high tide at the crack of dawn, that's the most difficult time.

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fri., 6/2 4pm (eastern) -- Have seen two feedings in the last two or three hours. Must be a good hunting day up in Hancock County. These babies aren't going to starve. Big is getting the lion's share. I see that Little's crop is not flat, but seems hungry. Oh yeah, there goes Little into the food line. Little has taken away a big piece and is tackling it on its own. Hurray!!!

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 2 - 3:57PM EST

Mom left after the last feeding I mentioned this afternoon - eaglets were sleeping, until Big got up and started flapping. Little got up immediately and started a tussle with Big - but was very brief, and Little quickly stood there with her head down, frooze that way for at least a minute.

3:52- Dad returns with yet ANOTHER fish - again it looks like flounder, or more likely, a small ray (looks like it's the "catch of the day!). Mom flew in immediately after, and as usual, dad flew off to let mom do the feeding.

Big jumped in right away to get fed, while Little stands on the ocean side edge of the nest, looking out at the ocean, not even trying to get fed. She looks over at mom and Big occassionally, and when I last looked, started slowly inching closer to mom (but still not trying to get any food).

Just took another quick peek, and Little sure doesn't seem to be getting fed - but then again, she doesn't seem to be trying. On the other hand, Big is getting fed REALLY well. Little DID manage to snag a big piece of fish, and then took it aside to trying break it apart to eat it. She's now spent quite a bit of time on that one big bit, and still hadn't managed to eat it. I have to hand it to her for trying different strategies, but I'm not sure they're working all that well for her.

I think Little got fed pretty well at the feeding an hour or so ago though, so I think she's being fed enough. She's certainly growing, even if she's not as big as Big.

Just a little house-keeping note/request - reminder to everyone to please put the time and date on their posts - and time zones (I know I've forgotten to put time zone my past few notes - so I'll try harder too!). Thanks a bunch!

MB in Cumberland County, Maine

4:14 PM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

6/2/06 Friday 4:50pm [est]
I watched big get fed, Little was in the back round, Little eventualy got aagressive & grabed a big piece of food & ran behind Big to eat it. It did manage to get some of it down. Finally Mom fed Little, then went over & picked up the big piece little had grabbed earlier, she ate most of it & little got a little piece. I do not think Little got enough to eat because it kept chirping for more but mom flew off. Now the Little is looking towards the water.
Doris

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the smaller eagle receiving as much food as the other--it appears lethargic.

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

QUESTIONS:

is there a predator guard on the nest tree?

Are they still in danger from predators?

Does the tree lean out over the water or is there dry land or nearby trees for an eaglet to crash land in without hitting water?

How old do they have to be before you can tell what sex they are?


ARE BOTH THE EAGLETS OUT OF DANGER REGARDING FOOD INTAKE? ANY INTERVENTION CONSIDERED? OR DOES MOTHER NATURE TAKE HER COURSE?

Why do you think the smaller eaglet was rather lethargic and lying around a lot for a week or so, and do you think he's getting enough food?

IF an eaglet falls out of the tree will there be an "intervention"?

I was wondering, where it seems that the father tends to care for (little) and the mother tends to care for (big), could it be because "little" might a female and "big" might be a male and the mother eagle knows this, therefor as they say, to many hens in the hen house isn't a good idea...?

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, VA - 7:30pm

About 4pm I saw Mom and Dad fly in -- Dad (I think) almost immediately few off. They did not bring new food in but there was some from before. The parent ate mostly, but gave some to kids. As the parents were arriving one of the eaglets (I think it was Little) gave a greeting. Big immediately grabbed food from the parent. I was not able to watch continuously, so maybe someone else can fill in.

Thank you all for writing in this space and keeping us all up to date on what is happening with "our" eaglets. And thank you very much to the people who have made this possible.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

4:15 PDT...much better restaurant service! Dad arrived with fish and the kids dined....Little grabbing a huge piece and then unsuccessfully swallowing it. Dad plodded over and retrieved the piece which was quickly snatched away by "you know who." Dad left for a bit... then returned with another tidbit but Mom flew in screeching her head off ....Dad took his leave and left her to deal with the food and kids. Following his repast, Big flapped his wings and hopped all around before settling down next to Little...both well satisfied tonight.

7:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:23 PM ET
I just saw something very interesting. The 2 eaglets were together on the left side of the nest where they usually feed. Big was standing up digging around in the bottom of the nest, possibly looking for food scraps. Little was laying down. Big would stand up much like the adults do when they have food in their beak to feed the eaglets. But Big's beak was empty. Little reacted as though Big were an adult with food in its beak and grabbed at the beak like when he is being fed. Big tolerated it 3 or 4 times and then pecked Little aggressively and flapped his wings vigorously. Little crouched with his head down in the nest in submission and Big calmed down. It almost looked as if Little thought Big was an adult until Big set him straight.

8:45 PM  
Blogger Suzette said...

June-2 8:25pm
I watched a feeding at 2:30pm DAD brought what looked like some kind of animal with fur DAD feed LITTLE for a few minutes then MOM flew in and took over she started by feeding BIG but LITTLE was not having any of that he got on the other side of mom the OUTSIDE of the nest I thought he was going to fall out....LITTLE cried the entire time I think he was very hungry he was very aggresive and before the feeding there crops were pretty flat....I think they went to bed hungry last night I saw a adult fly in around 8pm but with no food and the eaglets were hungry then so I am not sure what time they got to eat this morning......but I know they were happy to see food at 2:30pm .....then I saw dad come back around 4ish with more food this time it looked like a fish mom flew in again and took over I saw the adults fly in two more times but not sure if they had more food it is now 8:40pm and no adults home yet but the eaglets have been playing with each other they are content........

8:46 PM  
Blogger Suzette said...

I haven't seen the eagles drop the food yet MOM is still feeding them from what I have observed......

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

June 3rd 9:55 AM

2 wet eaglets have been standing in the nest.

Now a parent is there, looking out to the distance, and a fish is in the bottom of the nest.

Later (my having left the room and returned) the also drenched looking adult is now in the nest facing in and appears to be eating. One eaglet appears to be facing in the same direction as the adult, and might be getting fed. The other eaglet is looking away. No doubt it's Little. I think he ripped off a few bites for himself, though, at the start of this when the adult dropped the fish and left it there, looking out to sea.

It was funny, as once in a while the adult looked back in at them, over his shoulder, as if to see how they were doing and whether they were able to tear into the fish.

I think this is Dad, just because he seems to observe how the feeding is going and help the eaglets with it.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Sat, June 3, 2006, 10:05 AM EST

Extremely windy at the home front -not to mention the white caps on the ocean. Mom and dad's beautiful white heads look like they've been hunting in the mud.

Parent feeding the kids facing the ocean. BiG on one side, LiTtle on the other. Both ate well. Parent left, and parent #2 came in with snack. LiTtle snagged a large piece for himself once again and turned and ate slowly. BiG ate the free stuff. I want to believe LiTtLe will be able to take care of himself one day!

Our kids are looking toward the ocean, as if they are ready for lunch already! ~Thank you again for this magnificent opportunity.

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

June 3rd 9:55 AM EDT

2 wet eaglets have been standing in the nest.

Now a parent is there, looking out in the distance, and a fish is in the bottom of the nest. I think he or she is giving the eaglets a chance to tear at it themselves, and they both seem to be tryiing. I think I saw Little with food in his beak. It was funny, as once in a while the adult looked back at them, over his "shoulder", as if to see how they were doing and whether they were able to tear into the fish. Then he looked out to sea again.

Later (I left the room and returned) an adult (also drenched) is now in the nest and appears to be eating. I don't know if the first one was the male, and flew off, leaving the feeding to the female, or not.

One eaglet appears to be facing in the same direction as the adult, and might be getting fed. The other eaglet is facing in the opposite direction entirely and making no effort for food. No doubt it's Little. I think he ripped off a few bites for himself, though, at the start of this when the adult dropped the fish and left it there for a while. Big was more interested in pecking the fish than he was in pecking Little, at that time. As soon as Little can tear the prey apart, maybe he'll do better.

It disturbed me that he gave up and looked the other way, instead of wiggling in on the other side of the adult. But if it's the female, maybe he knows it's useless.

Maybe when he's more assertive, it's when the father is there.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

We are so blessed to see "our kids" grow thus far.

In case you are interested in just how much love the Bald Eagle commands, the folks that lost their kids...put together a most wonderful tribute to the Hornsby Island Bald Eagles.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19JFycEDWeg

11:04 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

9AM PDT....I sure hope they don't flap their wings today. Those winds will blow them off the nest! Unhappy campers!

11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was very interested to read of Jane's experience. How did you get to do that Jane? I looked you up in the phone book as I was going to call you but couldn't find an Edwards in Winslow. Oh well, I enjoy reading your comments as well as everyone elses. We have a nest here in Oakland with eaglets. I have seen two although a neighbor on the lake said there were 3. He said they were tagged last week but I missed it. Is there anywhere we can find out the numbers that were observed when Fish and Wildlife flew over?
We have a couple of sea planes that land and take off on the lake and last week one got too close to the nest and the adults went crazy. If it happens again I will get some numbers and report it. Thanks again for all the hard work everyone. Anxiously waiting for the loons to nest!!!

12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mew name for chick #1 Miss Piggy

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

Saturday June 3rd

The reason I got to go along on the banding is that the biologists park here and walk across our land to get to the nest; they call and ask permission, let us know they're coming, etc. Almost all our land is within the eagles' essential habitat circle, so we work very closely with the Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and Charlie Todd, to look after the eagles' best interests. We have landowner guidelines from the Dept to follow concerning activities near the nest, etc. (the house was built in about 1838 so it was here when the eagles moved in ... I think eagles were also here in the past)

I suppose normally it's the landowners, or those living within the habitat circle, who get involved, if anyone does. The biologists told me that usually they don't actually see landowners at all but do the work on their own, after they get the necessary permissions to be on the land. Most nests are out in more remote areas, further away from farms and homes.

As I understand it, not every eaglet is banded and tested. There is a study going on, a sampling, that involves blood testing of eaglets in some areas around the state. These eaglets are banded at the same time they are tested, since they're being handled anyway. I think "ours" have only been banded and tested two, maybe three years.

I don't know whether there's a place online where you can find out your eaglets' banding numbers, but one of the biologists doing the blog would know. I'll be interested to see the answer!!

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6-3 1:30 PDT Our poor eaglets are getting bathed again but it is better than the bald eagle in Santa Cruz who's nest is above high trees and it has no shade. The poor thing is panting all day. He appears to be about the same age as ours but also looks lonely. Google to "View Nesting Birds" and go to the bald eagle sites. 'Ours' here is still best!

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6-3 1:45 PDT Both adults just flew in and dad dropped food by the nest and flew off. Mom fed them and Hurrah! little got the most! Little was sitting closest to the food and got most of it before big pushed in and got some. Little's crop is full and big's isn't. Since the female of the species is larger than the male does this mean big is female and little is male? Or is little smaller because he hasn't had as much food as big? And, if this is so, will little catch up later when big fledges or will he always be smaller? What a far cry from the Santa Cruz bald eagle that is alone in the nest. There is so much food there that he has too many choices.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:40pm MDT 6/3
Both eaglets fed. Both parents present when I first connected. One flew away immediately. Lil very aggressive. Big got his share, gradually edging Lil aside. Parent now gone. It is wonderful watching from Colorado. We are sending warm weather to dry those eaglets out!

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6-3 3:15 PDT Send some of that rain our way, it is 103 here and we could use it. Dan flew in with another fish and once again little got most of it. (Believe the adults are reading our blogs.) When she had enough she moved away and #1 ate a little but it is obvious they are both full. Their craws are bulging. Little acted as if she had something stuck in her throat; kept walking around with her mouth wide open and a slight gag reflex. Finally got it down but didn't want any more food. Dad happily ate what was left and flew away.

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:30 ct:One of the adults -Maybe mom because it was actively feeding the chicks- just left the nest, I also saw a feeding about 9:30 am CT. I've noticed the submissive chick does wait to solicit food from the adult until the other chick stops reaching for food or moves away. Loving this adventure from Oklahoma City.

6:39 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Sat, 06/03/06, 8:05PM EST

Eaglets are sitting up in nest. They sure got the shower of a lifetime today! Wonder if mom or dad will shelter them through the night. I've checked in here and there, and haven't seen much action, nor have I heard much, other than the wind!

Thank you :)

8:14 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Sun, 06/04/06, 8:30AM EST

Looks and sounds like another bad 'feather' day for BiG and LiTtle. They are quitely sitting towards the camera. I think they've had about enough of the weather.

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The birds are pitiful looking this morning, haven't seen them being fed.

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have not see them fed this morning. Pitiful looking today, in need of some drying time.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Sun, 06/04/06, 9:40AM EST

Mom just landed with a fish facing the ocean. Both appeared to be eating? I blinked and mom was on the branch for a second and flew away. Not sure if the fish fell over? Looked too big to be gone in 5 mins, unless she left it for BiG and LiTtle. If this is the case, they are not interested.

Where's the LoVe? Parents must be trying to toughen these two up-- no preening, beak rubbing-(that I've seen). Just food, more food, and nest cleaning (ha)...

BiG did a stretch when she left, wings way out! Big wind!!... I nearly fainted, thought for sure he was going to blow away.

Thanking you everyday for this opportunity... :-)

10:00 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Sun, 06/04/06, 9:55AM EST

Mom landed with a fish. Dad flew in and did the feeding. At first, the kids looked uninterested. Then LiTtle changed his mind and ate a little. Dad is breaking pieces off and stretching to force-feed BiG although he didn't seem to want any. Both appear full?

10:04AM EST
Ask and you shall receive :-)
Mom landed again to do a little nest cleaning and is sitting down next to kids. (No food this time)

LiTtle is crying desperately next to her! Why? Did he not eat enough? ..Hoping someone else saw something I missed.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday June 4th
10:13 E.D.T.

An adult was sitting on the nest, in the rain, facing in, just kind of looking at the camera, not looking at the eaglets or anything else. The still cam is stuck ... has been stuck all morning. Saw this only because I went to the video to check things out.

The eaglets were facing in toward the adult. One of them had it's head up, and was sitting there motionless, like the adult, facing forward, but with it's head turned kind of sideways in profile.

The second eaglet never moved once and I could never see it's head... this has me puzzled. It's very foggy and rainy and visibility is very poor, but since neither the adult or the first eaglet were eating, one would think the second eaglet, if it was Little, would be eating.

He wasn't lying down. But he could have been keeping his head in a submissive position. But why bother? Big wasn't facing him and there was no food being offered.

I wish I could see what happened next, without violating the two minute rule.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Sun, 06/04/06, 10:40AM EST

Logged back on and mom is still sitting with BiG and LiTtle :)
LiTtLe has moved away from her, leaving BiG for the snuggling.

I really believe they ARE reading our notes!

Moms beautiful white head sure looks ruffled! Sounds like dad may be close, or soon approaching with mid-morning snack.

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Redetta said...

7:45 am Sunday
There are 3 wet eagles hanging out on the nest! One parent and two eaglets.

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Redetta said...

8:45sm Sunday
Three wet birds still in the nest. Adult is now huddled up with the two kids. The still picture is not changing for me today.

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday June 4th 11:45

An adult is huddled in the nest with the eaglets. It's raining, windy, and hard to see, even though the camera is close up.

Noone seems to be feeding or doing much of anything.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Tonya said...

Sunday 6-4-06 12:07 pm (EST)
Hi, Just a brief note to let you know that the still shots are stuck. I thought it was funny that the eaglets didn't seem to be moving around any, but figured trying to hunker down and stay warm in the raining weather that they are incurring right now. Decided to go to live stream and one of the adults were with them. The adult does not show up on the still shot, and it is on the left of the eaglets that are on the right side of the nest, so she should be visible on the still shots. Thanks.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday June 4th
12:45 EDT

An adult is still sitting on the edge of the nest, with the two eaglets, who are facing the camera. The adult is facing in. They are not eating. The wind is blowing, and they are wet and miserable looking.

Is the adult keeping an eye on them to be sure they don't flap around or jump around or go out on a branch or something like that?

The adult is very obviously "baby sitting" or "parenting".

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jun.4 1:00pm EDT -- One of the parents is in the nest with the eaglets. I think it's BIG who's sitting there looking directly at the webcam wondering how he got such a bad wrap! It's rainy and windy today. This too shall pass. They certainly look a lot more hardy in the bad weather than they did a couple weeks ago. Recall when the parent was shielding them with her wings from the rain and wind.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw adult feeding Big something but Little hung back and lost out. Adult left, Little tried for some leftovers but didn't appear to find any. What is going to happen to Little, I'm worried about it.

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 4th 2 PM E.D.T

Adult is gone now. eaglets are standing in the nest, can clearly make out the yellow "legs and feet" of one, apparently facing the camera. The other is back to back with him, facing out of the nest, can see his profile.

Had to go on video to see this, so just took a look and got back out. Couldn't see the crops on either of them. I think the branches were blowing up and down in the wind and I could hear wind.

Miserable day.

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am concerned that Little is not receiving any food. Big was just fed but Little hung back. After adult left Big moved in for left overs but appears it didn't find any.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Sun, 06/04/06, 11:30AM EST
Logged on every 30 mins until 1:00PM EST (to see if anything had changed) and mom was still sitting on the nest with the kids, which she started at 10'ish. Never saw dad and it didn't appear the three moved an inch during these few hours.

Sun, 06/04/06, 2:27PM EST
LiTtLe stretching his wings and actually lifted off the nest an inch. OMG I wish he'd reconsider testing the wings in this weather. He continues to scrounge around nest for scraps. BiG is grooming his feathers.

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday June 4, 3 PM EDT

Two eaglets on the nest, moving around, standing up. Little's crop is full. I can't see Big's due to the fact he's partly off the screen and facing the camera. Nothing is very clear today.

It's scary to see them walking around in the wind. Little picked up a stick and bit it ... but I don't think he's hungry. I guess there isn't much to do in there!!

3:10 PM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

Sun. 2:45 pm 6/4/06
Just loged on & I believe it is the adult male feeding PeWee. Miss Piggy is on the other side not getting fed at this time.
She finally moved in closer & got some food from Dad. At the end of feeding it looks like both crops are pretty full. Dad flew off.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The person who wrote about the nesting eaglets @ Santa Cruz please list the web site. This would be much appreciated.
Thank you in advance

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Little received any food today?

3:35 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

6-04-06 3:50pm EDT

I watch 2 separate feeds. One about 6:11pm on 6-03. It looked like the dad and the adult is busy eating, it's windy and vey wet. This can't be fish because it's shredded and kind of lumpy, makes me think it most likely is crab or some sort of shell item. This would stand to reason as I doubt many of the eagles take to the waters with such wet feathers.

I did see both chicks fed but the crops were not swollen with food, but enough to probably take away any hunger pangs, if they even have such things.

However, not being that knowledgable I only offer my humble opinion.

At 6:29pm dad leaves and must be on a branch since the 2 eaglets both zero in and watch a particular area above them.

Now it's 6-04-06 and 9:38am EDT

Wet adult back - too wet to fly?

Same day 3:50pm EDT - wind has calmed a bit, sun is showing up and the rain has stopped. Just an picture of eglet (1) napping.

All's well, and the water isn't slapping the face of the land nearly as hard as yesterday.

3:54 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

Northeast Utilities - EAGLE NEST
6-4-06 4PM (EDT)

Crows continue to attack this nest. I know owls, falcons etc are a crows enemy. Today I had to watch more closely since the crows began attacking early in the morning and it was wet/windy. The adult obviously too wet to leave the nest and possibly wanting to protect her young. I've not seen the male adult in 3 or 4 days either.

Just now (3:55pm) I witnessed the female peck 2 quick blows to the head of #2 chick who is lying on nest, flattened out. Finally the
#2 chick raised it's head and she fed it a few morsels. Ok - she's still feeding chick #2. Chick #1 is fine, flapping wings and just standing around.

Does anyone have ideas what could be happening and why the pecks to the youngest chick? To prod it to wake and eat?

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw them fed this evening--little got about half as much as big, but that is more than usual.

6:23 PM  
Blogger jan said...

saw them fed this evening. Little got about hald as much as Big, but that is more than usual.

6:24 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

3:30PDT just saw one of the parents finish off some food while the kids watched huddled down to the left. I am assuming that they were fed before I came on since the parent kept offering tidbits to one of them and wasn't getting any takers. It appeared windy but no rain altho the parent was quite bedraggled looking before flying off.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Sun, 06/04/06, 6:25PM EST

Parent at nest cleaning up nest. Only see one eaglet head and he is laying down. Only saw one eaglet at 6:00PM laying down... ??? As BiG is facing camera, praying LiTtLe is on ocean side of nest.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 4 - 3:23PDT - Mother flew in with a fish, neither of the eaglets wanted any so she ate it. Can't see their crops so they may be full. Only one raised its head, couldn't even find the other one. Mother flew to the branch, cleaned her beak and flew away. The rain has stopped and that should help them all.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Redetta said...

3:30pm Sunday
The eaglets are hunkered down in the nest. Doesn't look as tho it's raining now, just wind blowing.
Still cam photo is still the same.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Sun, 06/04/06, 7:08Pm EST

Two heads in nest. Thank you! :-)

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6-4 4:25 PDT Both adults flew in, mother "talked" to dad a bit and he flew off. She then proceeded to feed Big several times; looked at Little a couple of times but never gave her a thing. Little tried to get a piece of food off of Big's mouth (stuck on the outside) and got pecked for her trouble. Mother cleaned it off, ate a lot and then flew off. Big did a lot of wing flapping and head shaking (probably trying to dry off). The entire time Little stayed down in the nest. She is probably getting an inferiority complex by now. Nature must have its reasons...

7:46 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Mon, 06/05/06, 6:30AM EST

Finally appears as though the weather has subsided.

BiG is looking out over the ocean, and LiTtLe is flat sleeping.

They sure are growing. Thank you!

7:25 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Mon, 06/05/06, 8:40AM EST

BiG is sitting/eating something in nest while LiTtLe watches.

BiG is not showing any parenting skills (or is he/she), as he is not feeding LiTtLe. I wonder.. Perhaps this is gods’ way of keeping brother and sister eagles from pairing (or do they)?

Wow, now BiG just plopped down face-first onto the food (still eating of course).

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday June 5th
9 AM E.D.T

This is weird. One of the eaglets is standing on the edge of the nest exactly where the adult usually stands and he is eating away all by himself at some prey, just like the adults do.

As I watch an adult flies in and is feeding the one that was eating, as if she does't approve of him eating all by himself. It must be the female as she insists on feeding them, whereas the male has begun to see if they can feed themselves.

The other eaglet is hunched over keeping his head down, on the other side of the adult. He is making no effort to be fed, and the adult .... aha... the adult just gave him a bite... after he shifted around and made himself more visible. He just grabbed another bite.

My guess is that the male dropped the food and left, and Big was eating it ... or certainly pecking at it, it looked like he was eating it ... and Little was crouching. Then the female came in. ( I have to guess, I can't tell them apart except by their parenting techniques!)

Now Little is stealing food out of the adults mouth AND off the carcass of the prey... any way he can get it. YEAY Little. Have to get off the video now and the darned still cam is still stuck.

LIttle is getting much food, at this point.

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dallas, TX - CDT - mid-afternoon I saw an adult tearing off meat. At one time it appeared that she was trying to wake one of the chicks and it just hunkered down. Then she tried to feed the other and it seemed to ignore the offer. I hope they are just tired. Maybe the storms of the past few days have weakened them? This is such a fascinating project!

At dusk (8 p.m. Maine time) I could see no movement in the nest. Hope all is well.

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday, June 5 Dallas,TX CDT 8:46 Adult feeding one chick, the other resting. So glad to see they are OK. Now, adult and one chick looking over water and the other is resting.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Mon, 06/05/06, 9:47AM EST

Looks like I tuned in at end of mom feeding kids, which is nice sometimes, as I catch LiTtLe eating and miss all the bullying from BiG. BiG is laying down facing away from mom. However, she left and he turned around to ensure he sat on the crumbs.

Sounds like a disturbance from behind the cam. Almost like a crow smacked into the microphone. It sure got the kids attention. They briefly looked ready to defend their home.

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday, June 5th
12:10 EDT

I just logged on, and for a second or two was looking at an empty nest. All kinds of scary thoughts ran thru my mind. All I could hear was a crow or raven screeching close by, making a racket.

Suddenly an adult flew to the branch above the nest to stand guard, and two little heads popped up from the nest like "jack in the boxes."

The adult just perched there, and I doubt there is no animal around that would want to take him/her on.

It is amusing and captivating to watch this little family carry on in it's natural world.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous nancy in va said...

Six pm in VA.(6/5/06) Watched earlier for a minute or two and noticed that "Little" looks bigger! Doing some of the nest dancing stuff, while flapping wings, that I observed with "Big" last week! Way to go Little, you are catching up. I have so much wildlife to watch where I live in the countryside of Va., but for some reason, I really love the eagles and loons, probably because I can't see them here. Other side of the fence thingie!

6:08 PM  
Blogger Suzette said...

I have been watching the feedings and LITTLE has been getting plenty of food actually he has been very aggresive he does not hang back anymore like he use to.Even though LITTLE is smaller than BIG he is catching up very fast!!! I have also noticed that BIG has been hanging back during feedings (sometimes) I think because LITTLE has been so aggresive!! From what I have been observing they seem to get along really well now......

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6-5 For the person that wanted to view the nesting cam for the Santa Cruz eaglet, Click here: View Nesting Birds. There are hundreds of nest sites there so go to Bald Eagles and it is listed as Santa Catalina Island but when you click on the top left picture you are viewing a nest on Santa Cruz Island. There is only one eaglet in this nest but he/she appears to be about the same as ours in Maine. He looks lonely and has way too much to eat although he was brought a lizard or snake yesterday which he didn't seem to like. The nice thing about this site is that when it is too dark to watch our Maine eagles, you still have more sunlight in California so you can watch later.
Hope this helps.

8:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuesday June 6
6:41 E.D.T.

Same scene as what I saw once yesterday.

An adult is perched at the side of the nest, eating, tearing prey apart, and BOTH eaglets are at the other side of the nest facing in the other direction. Maybe they were already fed, before I looked in. I got a glimpse of one eaglet's crop, and it is quite full.

One eaglet is showing some interest in getting at that food, but being careful, approaching cautiously, when the adult looks his way, he puts his head way down in a submissive posture. Aha ... he went closer, lifted his head, and got one bite -- he snitched it right out of the adult's beak and the adult was NOT offering it to him! It must be Little. And ... it must be Mom. She's giving us mothers a bad name.

Aha. He moved in and started eating directly from the prey, and the adult is leaving him alone. But the adult isn't feeding him. The adult now flew to the branch. After two or three pecks at the prey, the eaglet lay down on the it. I wonder if that's his way of keeping it from "Big". There can't be much left.

Maybe the adult was cleaning up the left overs and this was the end of a feeding. The still camera is stuck again. Hopefully someone else will write about what happened before this!! It's great that people put the time on their postings, so you can tell what happened before and after your two minutes.

6:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not that I don't enjoy learning about our dedicated wildlife people, but could the biologists please post something about the EAGLETS??? Can you estimate how close they are to flying? At least one of them seems to be doing lots of PRACTICING!

Also, for those fellow peeping toms and jills interested in other sites this one in British Columbia is FANTASTIC: http://www.infotecbusinesssystems.com/wildlife/
I think these two Canadian youngsters may be a bit younger than our Maine kids, but this is pure speculation based on size and plumage. I know somewhere on the site we can find when they hatched, but I haven't looked. But I've been watching these two and their parents since long before I could get the Maine live streaming up and running . . . they are HIGHLY entertaining! And like "ours," there is a Big and a Little, and there is beginning to be lots of wing-flapping there also. I enjoy the audio there, because there's lots of background birdsong and quite a few airplanes; the planes do seem to cause interest, but I don't believe alarm, on the part of all the eagles, both young and adult. Check it out-- and enjoy!
[I believed originally this nest was on Hornby Island, but it turns out that the eggs in that nest were infertile-- 2nd yr in a row-- so a new cam was installed, on Vancouver Island-- and that's the one I've been viewing.]

9:11 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Tue, June 6, 2006, 9:08AM EST

BiG is looking out over the ocean simply AMAZED with his surroundings. LiTtLe is resting close by -probably saving his energy. I'm hoping he's a lot smarter than we think. They are both panting!!

This is the URL for the Santa Cruz Eagle nest: http://chil.vcoe.org/eagle_cam.htm

When it is dark and our kids are sleeping, and I'm done with my e-Bird project (http://www.ebird.org/content/index.html) the following website offers plenty of observation opportunities of too many creatures to mention: http://www.animalcameras.com/

Much appreciation to all sites... But I have yet to find one as elaborate and dependable as ours.--Thank you :)

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

06/06/06 1232EST I Have also noticed that they are getting along very well, in fact Little one is caught many times looking up at Big sisterso adoringly. I think the little one will do fine now. Its thanks to Papa as he has been the better of the two adults at feeding the babies. I think that the Little One is a male and the older one is a female. Right off the bat the females are 10% bigger than the males so that would explain some of the diifference and thats how I have been telling mama from papa as well as her beak from top to underchin is bigger. I can't print today for my journal as the first cam is down again. So am just taking notes and its been a quiet day . Still am enjoying it so much and thanks for the info about other nests but I feel so close to these eaglets that I am going to stick with them for awahile. BEV

12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:30 pm edt Burke, VA

Looks like Big is ready to take off. He is flapping those wings and going over to the edge ready to go get his own food. They look hungry and like they haven't been fed for a quite a while.

But just as I was worrying about the Hancock eaglets, one of the parents showed up with food.

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, VA 5:20 pm

Babies being fed.

5:26 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Tue, June 6, 2006, 5:13PM EST

Absolutely AMAZING!!

As soon as I clicked on the cam...

Kids jumped up and dad landed with a 2-talon meal. BiG grabbed it and covered it with his wings! Facing ocean so couldn't see him eat but we know he was!

Immediately mom landed with a 1-talon meal and fed LiTtLe! BiG didn't even know she was there! LiTtLe cried with every bite and there was one piece she refused to share.

5:15PM
She left the rest of meal for LiTtLe to work on himself and went over to BiG, grabbed his meal, and started to feed him. Both crops look good ‘n full…for now.

AMAZING....

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6-6 2:23 PDT Mother flew in with a fish and fed #1 exclusively until he was sated. Meanwhile #2 was eating from a stash that she had been laying on. Her crop was full. Mother gave her two small bites when #1 refused them and ate most of the rest herself. #1 then realized #2 had food on the right side of the nest and pecked at #2 trying to get her to move but she pecked back and refused. There was also another stash in the middle of the nest (left side) that #1 ate. #2 was still sitting on her stash. Both had full crops so #2 is coping.

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6-6 4:10 PDT Big has encroached Little's stash and it turns out to be a bunch of feathers, one long white one that they played with for a short time and a bunch of little ones. Perhaps there was some meat on them at one time. Big gets pecked by Little every so often so assertion is coming through.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Tue, June 6, 2006, 7:50PM EST

Mom and dad flew in, one with a big evening snack. You guessed it.. Fish! As it is kind of dark, I really couldn't tell which parent stayed to feed the kids.

BiG was ready and had a few bites, then went back to snuggling next to LiTtLe, who was still napping, facing cam. Looks like parent will eat this catch.

Prior to this feeding, I found the kids sleeping every time 'I' checked since my last post.

8:02 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

6-06-06 10:32PM (EDT) - I came in to see a feeding about 5:16pm. Looked loke a "fowl" of some sort, even resembled a "small boiled chicken" and "perfectly plucked."

I thought I saw wings on the kill, but sorry, never logged in early to see who delivered or what it truly was. Big pieces were fed to each eaglet and both had full crops Excellent meal. Brisk winds, and sunny.

About 5:23pm - one chick had enough and went back into the nest bowl.

Since a good meal was offered to the eaglets, I decided to tempt my g-grandson to dinner (well, okay; so my ggson was himself, chirping like he was hungry!). *G*

Thanks Briloon! We love it all, and all you do (editing, posting, keeping the site up...etc).

10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weds. June 7th
5:50 E.D.T.

Saw all four family members. One adult was there and letting the eaglets peck at food. Was just getting ready to feed the eaglets. Not fish, but don't know what it was. Picture is black and white (early dawn)

Then the other adult flew in and interrupted. The first adult flew off. Amazingly, this adult gave the first bite to Little on the right.

What was amusing, Big spread out his wings and covered the prey as if to keep her (I assume it was Mom) from getting at it anymore!! She looked that situatio over, and very carefully leaned way down under his wing and grabbed a big piece of it away from him.

Quicker than a flash Little (on the right) grabbed the whole big piece away from her, turned his back on her, spread HIS wings to keep her from getting it, and began eating from it.

Immediately Big had to leave the bigger piece of prey, and hop right over and hover right next to Little, to see what Little had.

Unfortunately I had to log off, I was already over two minutes. Hope someone else tuned in. Still cam and blog seem to both be down.

6:05 AM  
Blogger Jenifer said...

I don't know if anyone else is having this problem but for the last two days the still cam has been black...
Jen in Pgh.

8:14 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Wed, 06/07/06, 8:20AM EST

LiTtLe is flast (flat-fast) asleep. BiG just strutted over him with wings spread. And I must say he shows great control with those big wings. Looks like he really wants to try them out.

~Thanks...

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dallas, Wed., 6/7/06 7:40 cdt A great good morning view - both chicks with wings 'furled' then both feeding on food which one dragged around...then held food down with one foot while it pulled meat to eat.

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys, This sight is great! I got an e-mail the other day and was amazed at how diffrent birds mature before others. check this sight below out (24 days from birth to flight)


THE BIRTH OF A HUMMINGBIRD

This is truly amazing. Be sure to click on NEXT PAGE at the bottom of
each page; there are 5 pages in all. A lady found a hummingbird nest and
got pictures all the way from the egg to leaving the nest. It took 24
days from birth to flight. Because you'll probably never in your lifetime
see this again, enjoy, and please share.

Go to this site: http://community.webtv.net/Velpics/HUM

Sue- Waterville

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6-7 7:40 PDT For those of you that want to view the other eagle sites (as well as many others), the easiest way is to go to google.com and type in "view nesting sites" (without the parens) and you will have many choices.

10:45 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

6-7-06 1:12PM (EDT)
I missed the boat going by - it was in the still shot. Tried to capture a picture but I was too slow. Eaglet looked up to see it but it must just be another curiosity in his day.

About 8:23AM today I also noticed the loarge eaglet pull the food over to the left of the screen and begin to eat, while the sibling was nestled down.

At 9AM, both eaglets were quite focused on something flying near by in the direction of the cam. One seemed to sink further down into the nest on 2 occassions, but kept eyeing the intruder.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6-7 5:00 pm PDT - Mother was standing in the nest and had a lot of "something" stuck on her right foot. Couldn't tell if it was old nesting material or something she dragged in. She tried valiantly to remove it and toss it out of the nest but her two children decided that was a great game and kept dragging it back into the nest. Mother finally flew off and they played tug-o-war with the material. To keep things in perspective, watch the Hornby cam where they have two very well behaved eaglets about the same age as ours that get along beautifully. They play together. A little after five PDT mother flew in with something furry and the dominant eagle got plenty to eat while #2 stood back and got nothing. No fighting, no bickering, just acceptance and when mother flew off they resumed playing together. The lone eaglet on the Santa Cruz cam was "banded" today so he is traumatized. They took him down from the nest, put a huge blue tag on one wing and returned him to the nest. I notice the adults there have a large red tag on each wing.

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weds. June 7th

This afternoon I popped in on the end of a feeding. The adult had a big stringy piece of food in his or her beak and ate it. Then turned around and flew to the branch that curves over the nest. He perched there briefly, and then flew off. Big watched him, strode over to the edge of the nest, spread his wings and flapped them. I held my breath -- he looked for all the world as though he, too, would hop or fly to that branch!! However instead of propelling himself forward, he landed in the nest!!

They seem to have some light grey or white mixed in with their dark feathers, which shows when they spread their wings. Is that remaining "down" or new white feathers?

3:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thursday June 8th
5:01 E Daylight Time

The wind is blowing so hard that I took a look at the weather. But all it talks about is rain. THere's an eaglet sitting up in the nest looking around. I hope they don't flap their wings this morning.

Hazardous Weather Outlook (all about rain, nothing about wind)

Today...Patchy fog this morning. Rain. Highs in the mid 50s. Northeast winds 20 to 30 mph. Gusts up to 40 mph this morning. Chance of rain 100 percent.

Tonight...Rain. Patchy fog. Lows in the upper 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent.

5:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thurs June 8th
7:05 AM

An adult is standing "side wise" to the eaglets (profile view). All I can see of the eagles is their backs or "behinds", as they face the adult. Can't tell "Big" from "Little" at that angle. The adult fed ONLY the eaglet on the right for a long time, while the eaglet on the left waited. Then the adult carefully backed up and began feeding the other eaglet. That made me think it must be Dad. The first eaglet walked away to the other side of the nest.

That was it for the video cam. Now to the still cam.

I couldn't see his crop, and the camera is zoomed in so I can't see anything but one section of his back, now. Holy smokes, in the next view, the second eaglet is GONE. I hope he joined his brother at the other side of the nest. Here he comes back ... still cam ... It looks like a fish or something white the adult is eating from. The eaglets don't seem interested any more. But the one I can see in profile doesn't have a very full crop. I think it's "Big".

It looks as though the adult is feeding "Big" some more. Little is upright, not submissive, but on the other side of Big and not acting interested.

Now the adult is feeding "Big" some more. OOPS. Little crossed in back of Big and got in position for food... but the adult isn't feeding him. He is picking at the prey on his own. As soon as Mom sees that she steps in and starts feeding Big again. Boy, she really goes all out for her favorite son.

7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor babies are getting soaked! It is 8:36 AM EST June 8/06 - no sign of parents.
Pat, Burlington Ontario

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Sue said...

Could someone tell me where this
video cam is located.
Really enjoying this.

Thanks

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HOLY MOLY our babes are being tossed around today!!! (as is our camera, for that matter) this is the windiest I've ever seen it, and there are quite the whitecaps-- wow, I'm practically seasick at my desk! and NOISY today! I had to mute most of the times when I took a peek, or people in the office would have REALLY wondered what in heck was happening on my 'puter . . .

I've just taken a few minutes (well, QUITE a few) to scan through all the postings from the beginning, and I thank all those who have so much info to contribute. Thanks especially to Bucky-- I'm glad you've been around enough (that is, not gallivanting here there and everywhere as you usually are) to answer the many questions posed-- THANK YOU!

So now, based on the several indications that it will be early July before flight, I'm figuring it will be just my luck that I'm off on vacation and computer-free when it finally happens. Is there any way of archiving video? It would be great if the big moment (for each) could be captured and made available for later viewing -- you know how it is, many anxious 'parents' like all of us tend to miss those first steps despite all our vigilence!

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today...Cloudy with scattered showers. Areas of fog this morning. Highs in the upper 50s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Tonight...Rain likely in the evening...Then rain after midnight. Lows in the lower 50s. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 100 percent.

5:59 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

9:50pm (EDT) 6-9-06

You Jun 8 BLOG on the banding and eagle information was very informative Mark. Thanks to Mark McCollough and all the folks helping to educate the public on the Bald Eagle. I'm truly impressed. I've checked out books at the library and read info sites, however, nothing compares to this personal dedication we enjoy from all the BRILOON personnel.

I read some information about how the eagles are fed less after a while. This helps them lose the fat and turns it into muscle.

Is this true of all raptors?

Also, is it true, eagles (adults) can go 5-7 days without food?

It would make sense to me, for the eaglets to learn to be lean, have more muscle, and learn to 'fast' when necessary. This would mean quite a bit to their survival. (IMHO).

I've noticed both eaglets eating on their own (several occasions) for the past 3 days. Although still fed by a parent, once in awhile, they are quite able to pull the food of the prey very aptly now.

This year has been the most educational for my 8 y/o g-grandson. I only wish I'd have had such an opportunity at his age, but I bow in appreciation to all the learned persons who have allowed the masses to read and learn.

10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 21 12:15 PDT - At about 8 am adult dropped food and Big ate it all while Little cried. Then at noon a repeat performance; nothing for Little. She stood on the edge of the nest and flapped her wings so Big stood on the edge of the nest, flapped is wings and actually lifted off the nest several time. He looked at her as if to say, "That is how it is done."

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:10 pm pst june 24
Dad, I think, brought something with fur, fed Big. Profile of Dad against the ocean, feeding himself. Little facing cam to left of Dad, sitting between Dad eating and Big, sitting to the far left behind branch. Little starts to preen, Dad gobbling down food, Big staring at Dad. Little turns back toward camera and cuts loose. Goes to Dad and is given a few bites. Sunshine on the nest. Big reaches out for a few bites but Dad mainly just enjoying it all himself. Eating ALOT. Fog coming in. Dad hops up on branch, cleans beak and flys away.

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i live in east lansing ni and have a very large balled eagel living in one of my tree in my backyard

3:52 PM  

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