Monday, May 15, 2006















Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife eagle biologist Charlie Todd.


Is it time to take the eagle off the Endangered Species List?

All endangered species biologists hope that sometime in our career we will have the satisfaction of saving a species from extinction. After all, recovery of imperiled species is our highest work priority. We put our heart and soul into these efforts. Sadly, we spend more time adding species to state and federal endangered species lists that taking species off.

State and federal biologists and many other partners have been working diligently to save the bald eagle since it was added to the first federal endangered species list in 1967. When Rachel Carson wrote her book Silent Spring about the dangers of DDT and other pesticides in our environment in the early 1960s, bald eagle populations had declined to fewer than 500 pairs in the lower 48 states. Eggshell thinning and embryo mortality from DDT extirpated bald eagles from most of the Northeast, and their last stronghold was a tiny enclave of 27 pairs in Down East Maine. In 1972, the federal government banned DDT. In 1978, the bald eagle was listed as endangered throughout most of the lower 48 states. As DDT began to slowly diminished in the environment, numerous recovery programs were initiated to save our national symbol including purchasing nesting habitat, research to address threats, and restoring eagles to former habitat. The bald eagle quickly became a poster child for the growing movement to save endangered species, and the effort payed off. By the 1980s, bald eagle productivity slowly began to improve, and some populations increased at rates exceeding 10% annually. Today, the bald eagle population has grown to over 7000 pairs in the lower 48 states. In 1995, eagles were "downlisted" from endangered to threatened status.

Today biologists believe that bald eagles are secure enough to remove them entirely from the federal endangered species list - a real conservation success story. In February, 2006 the U. S. Fish and Wildlife issued an official proposal to delist the bald eagle. You can read all about our delisting plans and the amazing recovery of the bald eagle at a new bald eagle web site http://migratorybirds.fws.gov/BaldEagle.htm

Bald eagles in Maine increased from 29 pairs in 1962 to 385 pairs in 2005. This represents a growth rate of about 7-8% annually. Although impressive, eagle recovery in Maine still lags behind other regions. DDT takes much longer to break down in our cold, northern soils, and we still find traces in unhatched eggs. A healthy eagle population produces an average of one eaglet per active pair. Maine did not achieve that milestone until 1998, and even in recent years we often fail to meet that benchmark. Other contaminants, including mercury, PCBs, and dioxin are still of concern and likely depress productivity in some parts of the state. Despite the lower productivity, survival of young ealges is good and our eagle population continues to increase and expand to occupy their former habitat in northern, western, and southern Maine. At the time of European contact, Maine likely had more than 1000 pairs of eagles. We believe that we still have the habitat to support over 600 pairs of eagles, and the population will continue to grow. Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has met all of the state recovery goals for eagles, except one - to secure a "safety net" of 150 nesting areas in conservation ownership, easements, or cooperative agreements with landowners. Loss of waterfront habitat to development is a persistent threat that needs to be addressed if we are going to continue to support a vibrant population of eagles in Maine. The state is close to meeting its nesting conservation goal, and it is likely that Maine will remove the bald eagle from the state list in the near future.

What happens to a species after it is delisted? Do delisted species still get any protection or conservation funding? Both the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will continue bald eagle conservation efforts long after Charlie and I retire. Once the bald eagle is delisted the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA), passed in 1940, will provide a level of protection for eagles similar to that provided by the Endangered Species Act. The Eagle Act protects bald eagles from take, possession, or sale of a bald eagle or its nest. As part of our delisting proposal, the Service developed a definition for what it means to "disturb" a bald eagle in the BGEPA and issued draft national bald eagle nesting management guidelines. We are seeking public input on our delisting proposal and changes to the BGEPA. Comments from the public will be accepted until June 19 (see the web site above for all the details concerning the delisting proposal).

Also, after the eagle is federally delisted, the Service is committed to funding at least 5 years of population monitoring. Charlie and I have both participated in developing new eagle monitoring surveys that will ultimately be used to monitor the health of the eagle population in the lower 48 states for decades to come. If the eagle, or any other delisted species, begins to decline, we always have the option of placing it back on the endangered species list. With continued conservation we hope that populations continue to grow and the eagle will never need to be listed again.

There are many who deserve credit for the recovery of the eagle in Maine. We thank landowners who voluntarily (and sometimes adamantly) protect "their" eagle nest and sometimes make significant sacrifices to do so. The Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and many other local land trusts have helped protect a "safety net" of eagle nest sites. The Land for Maine Futures Program and federal expansion of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge helped purchase many coastal eagle nesting islands. We owe a debt of thanks to Dr. Ray "Bucky" Owen, professor emeritus and former Department Chair at the University of Maine wildlife program, for advising a succession of graduate student research projects that helped to address the threats facing eagles in Maine. Federal biologist Frank Gramlich, who recently passed away, led Maine's early efforts to protect eagles, especially when populations were on the brink of extinction and threatened by a major oil refinery proposal on the coast of Maine. Perhaps more than anyone else, Charlie Todd, MDIFW eagle biologist, deserves much of the credit for recovery. Charlie came to Maine as Bucky's first eagle graduate student 29 years ago and has led Maine's eagle recovery ever since. Its rare that a biologist has the opportunity to participate in a species' recovery from the dark hours of listing to the success of recovery, but Charlie has been there to participate in recovery from beginning to end. Maine's bald eagle habitat protection program is nationally recognized and has struck a successful balance between protection and private land stewardship.

There are hundreds more to thank for the recovery of eagles in Maine, but the common thread in eagle delisting is that we can save wildlife from extinction if we all work together toward a common cause. Each of you has something to contribute to help endangered species, whether it is purchasing a conservation license plate, joining the local land trust, or communicating with your representatives in Congress about the importance of the Endangered Species Act.

Make endangered species a vivid presence in the lives of people. Make it clear that every endangered species has name, has a million-year history, has a place in the world. Bring us face-to- face with each of those species. Make us know that they are companions in the biosphere. They are not just something out there you look at once in a while, but they're part of our existence...they are part of us. E.O. Wilson

This is what we hope to accomplish in our careers as endangered species biologists. We hope this web site helps bring this conservation message home to you.

Mark McCollough, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service


103 Comments:

Anonymous Jane E said...

Nurse Doris said...
5/19/06 9:05am
last night around 7 pm mother eagle was calling out for the longest time.
This morning she is on the nest and doing the same.
I am wondering why she is doing this? Any comments appreciated.
Doris in NH

6:13 AM

Doris --

One reason for this is she's calling to her mate, either asking for fish or asking for relief, so she could get off the nest and go fly herself, look for fish, etc. I used to hear her do this often when I checked the live camera early in the morning, around the time of the first feeding.

7 PM she might be doing the same thing, to be sure she has plenty to feed the eaglets for overnight ... or even maybe she wants relief, and a chance to get off the nest, fly, and catch a fish for herself, before dark.

I'm making my guess based on observation, not on anything I have learned from books or biologists.
So I'd like to hear what they have to say about it.

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/19@12:03pm EDT. Lunch is being served by Mom. Not sure what it is ... sushi, maybe? Think Bully is getting first dibs. Baby is just looking out over the nest. They both are getting HUGE! Got to see the feathers on their wings earlier.

Thanks, Mark, for the posting today. It is absolutely remarkable that the Bald Eagle may be delisted from the endangered species list. We CAN save a species from extinction, and that I think is an incredible responsibility for us. We have the power not only to destroy but to save. Let's hope we have the awareness to act on other threatened animals before it's too late. End of SoapBox.

Update: Both parents are now at the nest and vocalizing. What a wonderful, truly beautiful sound. Thanks to all who have saved the Bald Eagle!! -- from Wash. DC

12:19 PM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

5/19/06 12:15pm
when I loged on mama eagle was feeding one of the eaglets, the other was sitting with his back to the eaglet being fed. I hope this one had been fed prior to my viewing. Mama eagle started screaching real loud, then flew off.
I could still hear her screaching real loud & her mate also screaching. with in a few minutes they were both back [with no more food] & both eagles screaching very loud looking to the right of my screen. I am wondering what is up.
Just thought you would like this info.
Doris from Manchester, NH

12:22 PM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

5/19/06 12:50pm
Mama eagle is now in the nest.
She is screaching very loud again.
This makes me think of a beacon in
the fog. Maybe she is doing this for her mate, for him to find the nest in the fog. Just a thought.
Doris in Manchester,nh.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

Both adult eagles are at the nest now, screaching real loud.
Then they both flew off, still screaching.
Babies were sitting up watching the parents.
5/19/06 Time 1:55pm
dl

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

Friday May 19th
2:19 PM

Oh, boy, that sounds more like a disturbance of some kind in the area, than what I was guessing. A person they don't know, a turkey hunter, a racoon, or something they consider a threat??

When I hear her screeching before a feeding, when the male comes in, she stops screeching immediately. And usually gets out of the nest, flies off and leaves it to him. So you are talking about something different.

The wind is blowing so hard, it can't be a boat on the water. Noone can be mowing the lawn. I wonder what's the matter?

Just went "live" at 2:19 And the eaglets are alone. I don't hear any screeching and I have the volume on high. A parent just came back with food. No screeching, thank goodness.

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Redetta said...

Phoenix, 1:04 P.M.
Just looked in for a minute. I heard thunder and wind. The babies are huddled together looking out toward the camera.
Redetta

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lisa B. said...
10:15 am Friday, May 19th

I just watched feeding and it was obvious one of the chicks got more to eat than the other. Did I miss something? I want both of them to be okay. I know it's nature's way for survival of the fittest, but I'd still love to see them both make it. Any comments?

Lisa B.
Grapevine, TX

8:19 AM

Anonymous said...
To nurse doris from Silver in VA. This mother is very "bossy" and she is probably telling dad that they are hungry and better bring some food. She has two very young ones at home with big appetites!

Seriously, in the past when she screeches, you can sometimes hear the male call back. Probably just their way of communicating.

Jenifer, I have randomly tuned in to see a feeding towards the end, however, have never seen one of the parents drop anything big into the nest. From the looks of some of the postings, the morning feedings happen around 0530 - 0600 EST.

8:30 AM

Linda from Florida said...
The father just came back after a lot of distressed calls from the mother. He seems to have been missing for a while. She gave him an earful when he landed on the nest.

9:02 AM

Anonymous said...
One seems to be calling and calling to and looking for the other. I can see only one chick who seems to be quite logey. Is anything wrong?

10:51 AM

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I found all the above posts added to the previous biologists blog.

Maybe because that's what we clicked on when we wrote the messages? Anyway, I'm trying to get them posted here with the new blog.

Has anyone else noticed one of the chicks being "logey"?

I saw both of them stick up their heads for a minute when I was on the video around noon.

It's rainy and foggy and they may just be resting. Or falling over because their crops are full!

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

Fri May 19th
4:35 PM

Have looked at video. One chick is on the other side of the nest, and seems to be having a hard time getting out from under that darned loose stick in there. Finally got the wings out from under and stood right up good. The two chicks seem to be pecking at the stick and not at each other. I sure wish one of the parents would toss that stick overboard.

I can't tell how much good "footing" the chick in front of it, furthest from the camera has, but he or she can't seem to get over it into this side of the nest. It's very windy right now, tree is bopping up and down. No sign of matures.

Hopefully the chick on the other side isn't on the edge of the nest. He almost seemed to be asleep or lying down, at first, and then poked up a wing every so often before he finally got out from under the stick.


Both look active but crops aren't full.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

may 19th
6:30 PM
Friday

Just watched a feeding, all on the still cam. Both eaglets ate, as did the Mom, and all seemed active and "normal".

6:34 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

5-19-06: 6:27EDT
Tug of war with a bone just now. #2 kept trying to keep it and mom kept grabbing at it - about 3 attempts, but she finally won out.

Dad brought something in, started eating and feeding chick #1, then left. Chick #1 ate on his own for awhile - lazy bones gave up and waited to be fed by mom. Now mom it over at the meal dad brought and he's having another feast.

Quite windy now and this morning, I noticed the excitement around the nest as Doris and Jane noted. To me, it was definately a predator call. Dad came in (after a spell) - mom calmed down but you felt the agitation - dad left and I feel he went into combat to protect his nest.

That seemed to be the end of that.

6:36 PM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

5/19/06 6:30pm
big mama is feeding both eaglets,
Looks very windy at the nest.
earlier the 2 babys were snugled up together, head to head. I am sure to stay warm. No adult eagle in sight.

6:40 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

8:24PM EDT - 5-18-06
I forgot to mention the squawking that went on was definately flying - mom was continually looking upward.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Kerri said...

I was just logging in to say, "Please, Mr. Biologists give us an update. We are dyin' over he-yah."

And was pleased to see you beat me to the punch with a fantastic article that educates me even more.

Thank you thank you for all you do.

That is a great picture, what a job you have...

One can't feel bad for the little tyke anymore. He is growing in leaps in bounds, still smaller but he is getting by. That is the core to survival, isn't it? I see him picking around the nest for scraps while his piggish big brother gorges himself...little teachers pet he is ;) We'll see who triumphs in the end.

Brains have been known to beat out brawn. :)

10:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saturday May 20th

Today...Mostly cloudy this morning...Then becoming partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers this morning. Highs in the mid 50s. South winds 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph...Decreasing to around 5 mph after midnight.

Looking ahead, every forecast from now to next Friday starts either with "mostly cloudy" or "partly cloudy". AND there is still a hazardous weather warning, which says (in part)

MORE OFF AND ON SHOWERS CAN BE EXPECTED SATURDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK AS OTHER LOW PRESSURE SYSTEMS AFFECT THE REGION...BUT
RAINFALL AMOUNTS FROM THESE SHOWERS SHOULD BE RELATIVELY LIGHT COMPARED TO RECENT DAYS...SO THE POTENTIAL OF FLOODING SHOULD LOWER.

High Tides: 5:02 AM and 5:52 PM

Low Tides: 11:31 AM and 11:54 PM

5:31 AM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

Sat morning May 20th

For about one click of the camera, both parents were there, and both eaglets "got up". They are feeding now.
So 5:30 AM seems to be the first morning feeding. I have had my eye on it off and on previous to that, starting shortly after four, and I am quite certain this is the first feeding. It was pitch dark when I first looked in, and the mature was on the branch, not the nest. I was surprised when she eventually left, maybe about five AM. Then the chicks were alone until now.

5:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This story was in the Bangor (ME) Daily News Friday May 19th. I'm showing just the first paragraphs. The reporter sure took a novel approach to the story.

This was chosen by viewers as one of the ten most popular stories of the day.

http://www.bangornews.com/news/templates/?a=134294


HEADLINE: Eagle cam lets viewers watch nature's drama in Maine nest

Friday, May 19, 2006 - Bangor Daily News

"Tens of thousands of voyeurs worldwide are hooked on a Maine-based drama with all the makings of a hit reality TV show: grueling physical challenges, brutal sibling brawls and doting parents working themselves weary to provide for their demanding offspring.

Add a little murder and cannibalism, and you've got reality programming, Maine wilderness-style.

For the past several weeks, two wild, baby bald eagles in Hancock County have been the unknowing stars of their own Web-based show found at: www.briloon.org. Computer users around the globe have tuned in to watch as the eaglets feed, fight and struggle to survive, all of it broadcast live by a camera hidden in a nearby tree. And not all of the pictures have been pretty. ..."

For the full article go to:

http://www.bangornews.com/news/templates/?a=134294

5:50 AM  
Anonymous teach3 said...

What a journey of live we are experiencing vicariously! Students have this unique mode of learning the life, death, and survival of the bald eagle.
With blogs written by top specialists in this field and a live web cam, my students have had an opportunity that could not be duplicated in a classroom.
Although we may not catch a glimpse as much as we'd like to, the entire class is thrilled at each opportunity provided to them.
We’ll continue to watch and learn until school vacation. It is my hope that this experience will carry the students’ interest so they will continue to watch and learn throughout the summer.
The eagle delisting demonstrates that we can learn from our mistakes and correct the damage we have inflicted upon these majestic creatures. We are stewards of this earth. It is our responsibility to take this job seriously.
On behalf of my class and myself, thank you!

8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this has been wonderful to watch. Thank to all that work so hard at this. Babies are growing fast now. The adults seem to be great parents. I did observe at about 8:15 on Thursday, night one adult sitting on the nest screeching and calling a lot, when the mate came to the nest they both were screeching, and looking up towards the sky. I wonder if something was looking to steal some babies! Seemed to be a form of parents protection to ward of the intruder. Keep up the good work.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Sharon B. said...

About 10:45 am this morning, both eaglets were being fed. One of them, the last one being fed, kept snatching a huge chunk of food from the parent that it couldn't possibly swallow. The parent snatched it back and started tearing it up. This happened several times before the eaglet settled down and allowed the parent to feed it. Both eaglets appear very alert, feathering out and about the same size. I just love being able to check in on them periodically! No unusual vocalizations from the parent today.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10 am PDT, both eaglets alone in nest. #1 stood up and spread his wings--very impressive! As he walked around the nest I saw his feet right down to his yellow toes and each foot is as big as he was at birth. He is a magnificant specimen! Are we going to be able to see them learn to fly? His tail feathers are coming in nicely.

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:15pm -- Mom just brought lunch. Of course Bully is getting the first feeding with Baby patiently waiting on the side for his turn. Now Baby's come up closer 'cuz he's probably hungry! I'll bet Baby'll be glad when he can hunt for his own food ... and the parents too!

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been watching this wildlife "reality tv" show since right after its inception, and find it a fascinating. I ration my sessions, and generally will log on for just a few minutes a day of streaming video, then catch up by watching the 30 second stills, and reading the blogs. I have always had an affinity for raptors, especially eagles, and would like to thank the biologists for all their hard work in making sure these magnificent creatures will always be part of our world.
That being said, I think it should be noted from time to time that eaglecam is quite expensive to run. While it's tempting to indulge and watch these cuties for minutes on end, it would be wise to limit the streaming video, so we all can enjoy it until the eaglets become full fledge members of their excusive club. Along with rationing time on the web, a donation to keep eaglecam up and running, as well as their field research, is always welcome. There is a link to support them above the "live video" button when you log on. I have sent a small donation, and another will be on its way. Enjoy everyone.

5:04 PM  
Blogger jjrobinson said...

5-20-06
4:20 cst
I have been watching the eagles since the end of March..I check the cam 2-3 times a day to see the progress of the chicks...I read the comments you guys post and thank you for keeping me updated on the happenings..good work....
Thanks to the reserchers that put this project together...it has made me aware of other species of birds in the state of Texas...On a run down to Laredo, I spied a purty looking hawk-like bird..after describing it to the locals in Laredo, they said it was a Mexican Eagle, also known as the Crested Caracara....I took a pic of it....if it wasn't for this eagle cam, I would never have given it another thought...

Thanks guys and I will donate to the cause...

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haven't seen the parents at the nest this afternoon ... and I'm sure the eaglets are getting hungry. Noticing a lot more guano around the nest. Maybe the rain washes it away. Great article in the Bangor News that was referenced earlier in the blog. I, too, never thought I'd be one of those "bird watchers." So thanks to all involved in creating this virtual Bird Watchers Club. I've paid my dues this month - Support This Project. Have you?!?

6:21 PM  
Blogger dukeyboy said...

5/20 7:17 PM EDT
Excellent Feeding - smaller one not taking back seat anymore. What a little sunlight brings!

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm surprised noone has asked what that animal is that Charlie is holding in the picture. Surely not a bald eagle, unless it's a young one, but gosh. It looks more like a Pekingese I used to know!

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday, May 21st

Today...Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight...A chance of showers in the evening...Then showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 40s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph... Becoming south around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 90 percent.

High Tides: 6:07 AM and 6:53 PM

Low Tide: 12:31 PM

HAZARDOUS WEATHER WARNING

-- ANOTHER LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL APPROACH FROM THE WEST LATER TODAY. THIS WILL KEEP THE DAMP AND UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN OF LATE IN PLACE WITH ANOTHER ROUND OF RAIN AND COOL TEMPERATURES.

--RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF ONE QUARTER TO ONE HALF INCH ARE EXPECTED.

-- COOL, DAMP AND UNSETTLED CONDITIONS WILL PERSIST THROUGH MID WEEK ...THEN DRIER CONDITIONS AND WARMER TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED BY LATER IN THE WEEK.

(The program doesn't allow me to use "skip" but where I put dashes before sentences, I skipped what I didn't consider real pertinent)

6:31 AM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

Sunday May 21st

That's an approximately 2 1/2 - 3 year old bald eaglet Charlie is holding.

This summer they will be a very dark brown, almost black, the color of the feathers you can see coming in now. Next summer they will be more of a brown color, all over. The third summer they will be "blotchy" or "mottled" brown and white, like the one he's holding. The fourth summer they may develop a white head or a white tail but usually not both at the same time. That's a funny looking stage!! And their feathers begin get darker again. By the fifth summer they will have mature markings.

I guess there's some variation as to how old they are when they go through these various stages/colorations.I may not be precisely right on the ages that go with these various plumages. I don't usually see much of them in the Winter, especially the young ones, who are wandering far and wide. But these are the stages I see in the summer and that's how we identify who's who around here, and try to figure out whether both of last year's "babies" made it through their first Winter, etc.

The Vermont eagle site has some pretty good pictures to show this.

http://www.eagles.imaginc.com/postcards.cfm


Here you can see 2 mottled ones sitting in a tree with two matures (first picture, third row) And one mottled one that's getting a white head (first picture, fourth row) The guy in the third row with his beak open is what they will look like THIS summer! :-)

They don't show the pretty brown ones that come back the second summer, and look so much like golden eagles. I found one of those on this web page, on a limb by hmself, just after the picture of the parents feeding young.

http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/eagle/eagle4.html

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have not seen either parent at the nest today, not sure if just bad timing or if their on a major hunt for food before the rain hits. The eaglets are more vocal today, I bet their hungry. Hope all is fine.

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday May 21st
3:53

They are having a feeding now. Someone asked us to report when we see them eating, to give her some idea when to look in.

They seem to regularly nap the early part of the afternoon!

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday, May 21, 4:45 p.m.

Just took a look in to see how the family is doing, and it appears that all is well. Both eaglets are napping, with an adult perched on the upper branch looking over the "kiddies". I assume they have been fed recently as they look very content.
I was looking at an online auction selling $50 American Eagle gold pieces from the early 1900's. The reverse side of the piece features a nest of eagles, and in describing it they say, "Nesting American Eagles have long symbolized family tradition and unity."

I would say we have all learned that by watching eaglecam.
Paul.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday May 22d

Today...Showers likely this morning...Then a chance of showers this afternoon. Highs in the upper 50s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Tonight...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.

(The hazardous weather notice is still posted; it must be for flooding of the rivers)

Low Tides: 7:14 AM and 7:52 PM

High Tides: 1:01 AM and 1:30 PM

5:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both were fed around 9:00 this morning on the 22 of May. Could not tell what it was. Both resting again while Mom and Dad are out. Sun is shining here in Lee, NH. Nice week ahead, lots of sun, and warmer temps. Very dedicated Eagles, they take great care in those babies.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Sunday May 21st. at 5PM PDT papa was on the branch to the right side of the nest periodically screaming as though calling to his mate. As darkness set in he was still there but no sign of mama. This morning 8AM PDT, there is no sign of either parent....has mama been seen since yesterday?

11:29 AM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

5/22/06 11:30am {est}
I have checked several times this morning & the chicks have been alone. No sound comming from the Cam, I wonder if if\t is turned off?
At this time the 2 chicks are picking at something in the bottom of the nest. I do not know if they are able to get any food from what is in the nest or this is just left overs from an earlier meal.
I think they are hungry & that is why they are trying to feed themself at this time.
Doris in NH

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5pm, 5/22
Both eaglets are being fed.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

5/55/06/ 4:50pm [est} I checked on the chicks several times today, I did not see the parents at all.
At last one is in the nest feeding the chicks. Chick A is easting fast like she is starved. At last Chick B is getting some food also.
It sure sounds very windy at the nest.
Glad to see the chicks eating.
Doris in NH

5:02 PM  
Blogger katsrus0503 said...

This is so great! I finally got to see the feeding. they seem so much bigger all of a sudden. thanks so much for putting this camcorder up here for all of us to see.

5:03 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

1:58 PDT observed papa come in with food...both chicks got their sufficiency...."wimpy" grabbed two big hunks right out of papa's
beak. Still have not seen mama...perhaps off for a little R&R?

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May 22 - 5:39 PM EST

I just checked in on them, right in the middle of a feeding. I looked a bit earlier and there was no adult at the nest, so was pleased to see mom back with food. The eaglets seemed ravenous as they tried to beat each other to the punch, as fast as possible, for each morsel. I'm rather certain it was fish of some sort.

I'm not sure how long they'd been feeding, but both eaglets had rather plump crops by the time I started watching at 5:39, and they continued to gorge. Little had no problem holding her own against Big this time (I do wonder if it depends on time of day - as well as how hungry they are). Little wasn't sitting idle - she was just as fast and agressive as Big.

I've noticed that Big is often foolish in his competitiveness, taking big chunks of food from momma's mouth before she has it down to the right size for them... and I've noticed Little picking up this bad habit. To me, this appears to stem from the competitiveness... wanting to be the one to get the food, so no waiting around for it to be a manageable size (for fear that the other will get it).

This evening, Little took a big piece of fish skin right out of mom's mouth (I think she might have been planning to eat that piece herself!), and he tried to choke it down for quite a while, unsuccessfully, as far as I could see (maybe she'll try again later) Thank goodness for their crops, which I would guess helps prevent them from choking to death! Not long after this, Big did the exact same thing! Over the weekend, I thought for sure I was witnessing one of them choking (I think it was Little)... as she tried to get a huge piece of something down - but finally succeeded.

After they ate this evening, they "took care of business" out the side of the nest, and then they plopped down on their bellies for a nap. Was quite funny, actually... seeing them just plop like that (or maybe it was more of a flop). Mom then flew off.

I noticed the eaglets do sleep next to each other most of the time now, and I noticed them gently picking at each others beaks the other day, as they lay in the next.

Before I close, just wanted to mention that I saw a loon in the loon cam yesterday (5/21/06) at around 11:15am EST. It was just there for one 30 sec. shot... in the water.

MB in Cumberland County, Maine

6:05 PM  
Anonymous KM said...

I am getting worried. I check this site off and on during the day and today I have yet to see an adult. The adults have been so caring since day one. Is this normal? Or was that period of loud screetching from the adults mean more than we know??

6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5-22, 8:00EDT
As I watched at 7:30 - 7:40pm I saw what looked like "critters" of some sort riding out on the water. This was in the upper right section of the picture. Someone mentioned seals back quite a few entries ago. Being from Colorado I didn't know there were seals on the coast of Maine. Is that what I saw---or just the way the light hit the waves.

Eaglets seem snuggled down right now. Not much going on except an occasional wing flop. I love this live cam!!!

8:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TUESDAY May 23rd

Today...Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 50s. West winds 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Lows in the mid 40s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

(at LAST the Hazardous Weather Warning is gone)

High Tides: 8:18 AM and 8:48 PM

Low Tide: 2:28 PM

6:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May 23rd. The babies are being fed around 6:30 AM. I could not see what it was. The eaglets are, at times very kind with one another, until it's time to eat. The older of the two is being fed first. The other just waits his turn.

6:41 AM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

Tueday May 23rd

Someone asked whether they would see the eaglets fly. I think they'd have to change the view of the eagle cam completely. Maybe we need to search the web for videos of eaglets flying, their first flights, etc. so we will feel we HAVE seen it, even if we don't see THESE specific eaglets. If the biologists or sponsors know of such a site, I hope they will post it prominently.

You WILL see the eaglets hopping up and down, flapping their wings, and making all the preliminary moves. Like everything else in their growth, it's a long process.They don't just walk up to the edge of the nest one day and fly off. The preliminaries are hilarious, and scary!! And they go on for a long while. It's almost a month, although they get bolder all the time, move out onto those limbs where the parents sit, and flap their wings, jump up and down, catch a breeze, etc. If it's anything like it is here, you will think they're going to fly a long time before they finally DO. When they do, they're almost as surprised as YOU are!

Eaglets return to their nest after they have "fledged". They come back to be fed by their parents. And they may come back to take a nap in the early afternoon and roost in the evening -- not in the nest, but on one of those branches where you now see the parents perch and roost. So if you're lucky you'll see them landing and flying out, as you see the parents doing it now. (Sometimes they'll be perching and roosting on branches nearby where you can't see them, or only one of them will perch in the camera's view)

Of course this depends on how long the sponsors plan to keep the eagle cam up after the eaglets fledge. "Big" will no doubt fly before "Little" so if they keep the camera at least until "Little" takes off, you should have a chance to see "Big" come and go for a few days, anyway.

6:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While checking in the eaglets at 8:20 this morning I heard several gunshots. Is that normal?

8:37 AM  
Blogger JohnT said...

Its turkey hunting season in Maine right now so the shots someone herad could have been from that.

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

CLEANED UP VERSION BRIEFER LESS PERSONAL!! PLEASE DON"T POST BOTH!! :-)

That could be turkey hunters; in Maine it's turkey hunting season (it lasts the entire month of May)

There are no rules against hunting at or near a bald eagle nest. It would help if land owners "posted" signs at the entrances to land where an eagle nest is. Turkey hunters are probably required to have landowner permission to enter land that is posted "no tresspassing" or "no hunting".

Turkey hunters generally aren't aware that eaglets are vulnerable early in May. (they aren't as vulnerable now) And people with eagle's nests on their property are probably not aware, yet, that there is a spring turkey hunting season.

Maybe the eagle cam and this blog will help turkey hunters to become more aware that their Spring season overlaps with a very vulnerable period for newly hatched eaglets. And perhaps we can make more land owners aware that the eagle nest area needs protection during incubation and the first weeks of eaglet development.

1:29 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

3:52pmEDT 5-23-06
The parents are getting more scarce and I wonder if this is a normal procedure or has the availabily of food diminished?

I didn't hear the guns and glad I didn't, that would make me more nervouse (still does).

It's been a long time since the chicks were fed and one wasn't fed at all and only one crop was full. They've both been making peeping noises too.

Sure wish I could get a helicopter over there and place a large goldfish bowl.

Boo hoo.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

Please give us some information on whether it is normal for the mother eagle to be gone so much. We have grown so close to the eagles and for those of us who don,t know their habits, its troublesome not knowing if something is wrong or not.

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May 23 - 4:50 p.m. Central

I looked in at the still pic in time to see what looked like Big pecking Little. I went to the live stream which I rarely do anymore and didn't see Big do any pecking again, but it appears that Little is still just lying on his side. Did anyone see this - hopefully I'm wrong about the pecking. I'd hate to think that this is going on again.

Thanks!

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:35 PDT; early this morning saw a large flat boat (scow?)go by just under the nest. Didn't seem to bother the eaglets at all. Have not seen any feedings when I logged on and the little ones look hungry. They have been playing (?), with feathers from the bottom of the nest or trying to find scraps on them. Have noticed them scratching and their balance is better and a lot of wing flapping. Thanks for the input about when they start to fly. Have also seen them moving twigs around in the nest, from the bottom to the sides.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:30 PDT Still haven't seen parents but mother is starting her nightly call for dad to get out of the bar and come home, with food. The children are being typical teenagers, sleeping, squabling, fighting, "You touched me" sort of thing. That nest is getting crowded as they grow.

8:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:30 PDT Last night and tonight I noticed between 20 and 30 white birds (gulls, terns?)flying low over the lake, apparantly skimming for fish. Mama ignores them. Aren't they good food or does it just look easy from my perspective?

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuesday, May 23, 7pm Central time

I haven't seen both parents at the nest for a couple of days and checking the posts, the last mention of both being there was, I think, three days ago (Saturday). For the last two evenings one parent arrived just before dark (the same one, and the male I think), but didn't feed and the babies paid little attention, went on sleeping. The adult looked expectantly around, but nothing happened, at least while I was watching. Once I heard what sounded like an eagle call in the distance--that soft trilling fluttery sound they make as a kind of greeting--but the adult on the nest only listened, didn't answer. So maybe it wasn't an eagle. Anyway, HAS anyone seen both together there since Saturday?

9:03 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

6:33AM - EDT 5-24-06
There were 2 feedings - 5:27am dad brought food - he left when mom flew into nest right behind him. She fed one chick only. Chick #2 drug a large piece away from mom, she grabbed it back and fed it to Chick #1. Chick #2 found bits and pieces on edge of nest and ate those, some quite large. #1 is full and goes back into nest. Mom leaves about 5:41am - both chicks return to nest and snuggle down.

6:23AM - I think this is dad (by his appearance and size) brings more food but I didn't see him come in, just happened to see the cam shot. Looks like he will feed chick #2 - that chick is out of the nest grabbing quickly. Chick #1 in lying in nest but taking a few offered morsels. Obviously a full crop and not too interested.

Did anyone else notice the 2nd feeding and if both matures came into nest? I'm curious to learn if dad is more willing to see each chick fed, mom doesn't seem to care, just which ever chick is most aggressive works with her.

Survival of ....

6:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weds, May 24th

Today...Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs around 60. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. Southwest winds around 5 mph.

High tides: 9:20 AM, 9:41 PM

Low tide: 3:22 PM

6:59 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

5-24-06 7:56AM EDT
Just before I had to car pool, I saw the 3rd feeding begin at 7:32am. This was definately the mom again - she's now perched on a branch and chicks are snuggled into nest. She paid preference to feeding one chick - both acted as if hungry and I wonder how this could be, both appear to have full crops.

I've noticed the diffence when the mom or dad are pictured/situated in-between the arch of the tree branches. She takes nearly the entire space.

Glad to know both parents are still around.

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Silver in VA (in CA this week). Becky, from observing another eagle cam in Richmond, it does appear that the parents spend more time away from the nest as the eaglets get older. Of course, the experts would be better equipped to answer that question.

I know some are concerned with the noise. I just tuned in for a live stream and there were horns blaring, a dog barking, something screeching above and the eaglets took it all in stride, yawned and went back to napping. I will try to find a link to some articles here in Virginia about eagles who have taken up residence near the Wilson Bridge project. I actually saw one on my way to work one day just sitting in a tree right beside the road looking for food in the Potomac River. It appears the Wilson Bridge eagles don't care about the noise.

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Jane E. said...

Weds morning May 24th

I have been worrying here, too, because four out of the five last times I went up to look at "our" nest, no adult was present. (over a period of three days)

Now that the blog has been updated (posted) we know that some people saw feedings yesterday. And the one time I DID see an eagle at the nest I think he or she was feeding them.

Maybe at this age it's normal that the parents aren't at the nest as much as before. At the eagle cam, remember, the parent could be near by and you couldn't see it.

The eaglets are now getting bigger, they don't have to be protected from the cold (and the sun certainly hasn't been hot enough lately to worry about)

They eat so much now maybe both parents have to fish for them and/or go get something to eat for themselves while the eaglets nap.

Maybe there is much less danger from predation now, too, I don't know.

This is one of those things it would be good to hear from the biologists or Dr. Owens on.

By the way, that is not a lake in the background. It's the Atlantic Ocean or a cove or bay or something on the Atlantic. At least that's the way I understood it.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

P.S.

I LOVE it that you folks are worrying about the eaglets, and the eagles! It makes me feel so much better because that's my first inclination, too!! But I have learned, over the years, partly from Charlie and partly from experience, not to worry. These birds are incredibly strong and as parents they seem to know exactly what's needed. If anything they over-protective. Their nurturing techniques and habits have been refined wonderfully over the centuries they have been around.

Thank goodness we saved them from extinction. What a loss that would have been. Think about how each mating pair must have mourned year after year when those egg shells cracked, or the eggs didn't hatch. (can a bird "mourn"? I think it must have affected these birds that have such a strong nurturing instinct, don't you? Could they "feel" anything?) Personally I think it was a terrible thing to do to the parents, never mind the species.

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/24-9:40am

Is anyone also watching the other eagle nest (it replaced the Hornsby one)? I have not seen the parents in several days and the babies seem to spend a lot of time sleeping. Hopefully I'm just clicking in at the wrong time.

Thank you all for writing in -- it is a great way to know what is going on when I can't watch.

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a couple of points to share:
1. We don't know exactly where this nest is ~ could be a lake, could be a river, could be the ocean. Only the biologists know for sure (Thank goodness!)
2. Knowing that the camera is 40 feet from the nest tells us it is a telephoto lens, which means that everything in the background looks closer than it really is (kind of like those mirrors on the right sides of our vehicles.) Telephoto lenses compress everything and don't give a good idea of what is really near. The microphones on these cameras often make sounds seem closer than they really are as well.
Just some thoughts to consider.
~ Watching in Hancock County, Maine

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:16pm 5/24/06
Feeding time! Both chicks are getting a good meal.

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May 24th, 1:15 PM

Happened in on a feeding just now. Both eaglets eventually got fed, but number two held back and watched for a good long time before he got anything.

I think it was the male eagle, and I agree with another commentator that he's more careful than the female is to be sure the second eaglet gets fed. He shifted his position around so he was able to face the second eaglet better and at the same time the second eaglet "stepped forward" in the nest and DOVE for the first available piece of food.

I had to get out and shift to the still cam, which is nowhere near as exciting or revealing!

The second eaglet did NOT appear to have a full crop AT ALL when the feeding started.

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5-24 1:24 EDT

Currently one of the adults is on the branch in view of the camera, if there was a feeding, I missed it. I am in NO way knowledgeable about all of this, but having a grand time learning from the cam and an occasionally peek at the stream, and most especially from the comments from Mark and Charlie and all you keen observers. But, it occurs to me that there is a somewhat limited camera range, and I would suspect that one of the adults is usually there nearby on a limb that is not in the camera's view. Jane? Anybody?

Watching in Morrill

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you mention the other Eagle cam do you mean this one??
There has been adults in the nest when I look in. this one is over the nest so you can see the eaglets all the time.
http://www.nu.com/eagles/default.asp

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This morning there is a brisk southeast wind blowing across the Gulf of Maine and buffeting the stand of pines along the shoreline where the nest is located. The web camera, mounted on an adjacent tree, is having trouble staying centered on the eagle nest....."

From the first biologist's blog

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Our "eagle cam" was placed at this Hancock County nest partly because this location has the best nesting record of any nest in Maine since it was first used in 1995: 100% of ALL nest attempts here have been successful. Eighteen eagles have taken first flight here over the last 11 years: nearly double the average nesting productivity among Maine eagles. "

April 9th Biologist Blog

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5-24-2006 4:56 p.m. Greetings from Waterville Maine. Just wanted to say how much everyone in my office including myself enjoy taking a break to watch the eaglets grow. And to also let everyone know how informative everyone's input is on this sight. I've learned more about eagles in the past week then I ever thought I would. Thanks again for the sight and everyone's real helpfull.. Sue

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:21 PDT Mother just flew in, did a little housekeeping and settled down in the nest. 5:32 Mother gave up and stepped out on a limb. It is getting crowded in there. I don't see how that can be the ocean unless it is a large inlet. As the wind shifts, so does the direction of the water and I have never seen it coming directly in.

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today...Partly cloudy early then becoming mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 60s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight...Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers after midnight. Lows around 50. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.

High Tides: 10:17 AM and 10:31 PM

Low Tides: 4:04 AM and 4:14 PM


There's another hazardous weather warning up on NOAS's page for Coastal Hancock County

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

A WEAK UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL BRING SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS TO THE REGION THIS AFTERNOON INTO THIS EVENING...WITH A FEW BRIEF LOCALIZED DOWNPOURS.

6:55 AM  
Anonymous Jane E. said...

Thurs May 25th

I agree with "Watching in Morrill" that there may very well be a parent nearby on a limb, or even in another tree, that is not in the camera's view.

As the eaglets get bigger, there isn't really room for a bunch of birds in the nest. And it also gets less and less "enjoyable" for the parents, because the eaglets become more and more demanding about food. Every time they see the parent coming they think "FOOD, FOOD AT LAST, GIMMEE GIMMEE GIMMEE"

Just out of self defense, the parents will stay out of reach!! Out of sight!! And they may stay out of the immediate proximity!! When the eaglets get really big, the parents will practically drop the food on the nest and RUN!!

But they'll stick around. Because if they don't an osprey, or one of last year's eaglets, will come to the nest and steal the fish from the eaglets in the nest!! I've watched many interesting fights and defenses where it actually took both parents to fend off last year's eaglet from stealing the fish dropped in the nest.

First the male chases off the offending older eaglet while the female SCREECHES. Then one parent stands just above the nest and one stands just below it until the eaglets in the nest have finished off the prey.

"Ours" have ongoing battles with ospreys who nest very near by. The osprey flies by as if to indicate that he will steal the fish dropped at the nest. He seems to actually enjoy plaguing the eagles by flying toward the nest, until one parent will post himself at the eagle/osprey boundary and make as if he's going to fly after th osprey. It gets so ritualized that the eagle just opens his mouth and lifts one talen in the osprey's direction, but th osprey always turns around and leaves. To return immediately and do the whole thing again. I'm not sure they ever would or have gotten away with the fish, they just seem to enjoy plaguing the eagles. (I've read that eagles often steal their fish although I've never seen it happen)

I think it would be highly unusal for both parents to really be gone, certainly not out of hearing distance. Unless perhaps there IS no food at the nest, nothing for the osprey or the older eaglets to steal, and the eaglets are napping. But I bet one of them is still within earshot.

7:09 AM  
Anonymous 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.

8:14 AM  
Anonymous 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.

8:37 AM  
Anonymous 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!

8:44 AM  
Anonymous 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

9:18 AM  
Anonymous 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.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous 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

10:52 AM  
Anonymous 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.

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Dolores said...

5/26 Why am I seeing only one eaglet in the nest today?? Worried.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/27/06 - 11:30am -- Dolores, I saw both chicks yesterday and one of the parents. I think depending on where they are in the nest and also they seem to blend in with the twigs when they are lying down. Which makes sense for safety sake.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the very good fortune to observe one of the parents feeding the eaglets last evening around 2000. I was impressed that the parent took great pains to assure that both eaglets got an even share of the fish. I was worried that the smaller one was going to be left out till I saw the parent move around the nest to the little one and tear off a large piece of fish for it to eat on its own.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mona,
5/29/06 -1:20p.m.

Both Eagles playing in nest...if the larger one isn't careful he is
going to fall out...they were pecking at each others beaks..the smaller one initating it. This is just amazing to follow. Have been since day 1. "Thank You" so much
marvelous. Mona in Portland

1:26 PM  
Blogger CharleneW said...

Wed...May 31 2006
The eaglets sure are flat today!
Little fellas must be tired. At least it warmed up. Saw a huge female in Riverview FL on Memorial
Day, what a treat. Thanks again.

4:24 PM  
Blogger Z said...

Has the mother eagle left the nest for good now? I never happen to see her around anymore?

Can these 2 eaglets fly yet or how do they get food?


Thanks,

Z

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glenda from VA.
I have loved watching this wonderful miracle!! Thank you all for being so smart to provide this for us. I worry about the "babies" too, but today saw an adul fly in for a second. Love to hear the sounds in the background also.
Hope Martha and George are doing good ... Interesting to read others messages

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the smaller eaglet receiving enought food? Seems to be lethagic.

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to Z --

No, the mother eagle hasn't left the nest, but may be perching near by out of camera view

and

No, they can't fly yet, and won't fly for about another month

so they are depending on the parents for food

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FIRST FIVE LINES WERE ALL IN RED AT NOAA

Flood Watch
Hazardous Weather Outlook
Short Term Forecast

FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT THIS MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Today...Rain. Rain May be heavy at Times. Chance of a thunderstorm. Patchy fog. Highs in the mid 50s. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 100 percent.

Tonight...Rain. Rain May be heavy at Times in the evening. Patchy fog. Breezy with lows around 50. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 100 percent.


Low Tides 11:23 AM and 11:44 PM
High tide 5:43 PM

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuesday
June 6, 2006

it is 4:50 pm. Only one eaglet is in view. The weaker one. He/she is currently pulling at sticks in teh nest and looking up. I have noticed the beaks are getting more yellow now have you noticed that?
The more dominant eaglet is not viewable at this time.

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Cheryl S. said...

Sat. June 17th
I have not been able to get the webcam page for a couple days, and I know several other people experiencing the same problem. Does anyone know what the problem is? Hopefully, any problems will be corrected soon..I miss watching what is going on with the Maine eagles.

7:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6-17 12 noon PDT Big found some food in the back of the nest and gave a small piece to Little but then decided to eat the rest. This caused a 'war' as Little wanted more. They did a lot of wing flapping, pecking at each other, rather seriously, and Big then flapped his wings directly at Little, almost knocking her over as if to say, "Me Tarzan, you Jane." They finally settled down with Little behind the overhanging branch so Big couldn't reach her.

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

06-30-06 5:40pm EDT

Hey, everybody! BIG is on the branch below Little behind the pine needles and he/she is okay!!! I am so grateful that this baby is well and in one piece.

Let the adventure begin.

ACR in NYC

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the two eaglets perched the other night, I believe it was July 5

6:17 PM  
Blogger NatureLvr said...

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7:24 AM  
Anonymous Jeannie Crockett said...

I just want to say thank- you.
This as been an experience. I'm
from NH and it's been great watching this!

Jeannie

4:46 p.m.

4:52 PM  
Blogger NatureLvr said...

I felt very happy this morning, sitting here with my morning coffee, tuning in to the web cam and seeing BOTH eaglets perched within camera view! What a beautiful site!

could everybody please start listing the state you are from? it will be interesting to see where viewers are from!

viewer from Indiana

7:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Retired and live in Ontario Canada.
Has been an adventure to watch these little creatures grow. Always on my screen and I see the fallen one on a branch much below the nest, to the left. I wish I knew how it gets fed, as the mother is never down there with food. Is 8 days now since it fell...someone explain it all to me. No one mentions the little one on the lower branch.
Thank you
Ethel

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 12,12:45 EDT Cheryl, From Southeast Michigan I just came home from my morning job, and my sister had left a message that both eaglets were in the nest. When I got looked there was only one. I think I saw Little, and was rewarded for my patient watching when I finally got to see Little fly from his perch on the branch that curves out. He went up quite high on the branch and flew out to the left of the screen. I am absolutely facinated with these birds. I have yet to see one of the young eagles fly into the nest. This morning when I was watching about 6:30 am, both adults flew into the nest, looks like one of them brought food (it looked like a snake to me). No young present, the male left and the female ate some of the prey, and then she left. My sister said the eaglets were there at 11 am and eating something when she checked. I wonder if my employer would understand my being late for work because I am "eagle watching." LOL, probably not!!

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:30 EDT, July 12. Cheryl from S.eastern MI
Both eaglets were gone from the nest a while ago, but both are now back, and Little appears to be squawking...apparently he wants food. Both of the eaglets are on the branch that curves out, with Big being higher on the branch and Little closer to the nest. I didn't get to see them come in for a landing tho, I wasn't watching at that time. Darn!!

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 13th, 8:30 am EDT, Cheryl from S.East MI Both eaglets were just hanging around in the nest area on branches, and an adult showed up, and they were like vultures converging on a dead carcus. The adult could barely land in the nest. It must have just dropped the prey and took off again. The adult did come back in a couple minutes, and the two young and the adult all had a feast!! What a feeding frenzy this was!! I wish we had sound, because it appeared that all were screeching. At about 9:10 am the feeding frenzy was over and the adult left the nest. The 2 young ones are just sitting side by side.

9:10 AM  

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