Monday, May 08, 2006

May 8 Notes - Bald eagle surveys

For the last 25 years, Charlie Todd, eagle biologist with Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, has completed annual surveys of Maine's eagle population. (In fact, he's in the air flying as we write this!). Eagle surveys provide us with vital information on the size and distribution of the population. Survey data are crucial for conservation programs and are used to track the recovery of the population. Surveys also provide important information on the health of the population - how many young are born, where we might recover an unhatched egg for contaminants analysis, or where nests are located in relation to proposed projects.

Eagle surveys are done with and amphibious float plane twice each year. The first flight begins in March on the coast where eagles nest earliest. These flights extend into May in northern Maine where we often still have snow on the ground this time of year. Biologist develop a "search image" for eagles and their nests as indicated in the photo above. With practice, the white head and tail of the bald eagle can often be discerned in a white pine at quite a distance.

Eagle nests are large, and sometimes snow in the nest bowl in late winter will reveal the location of a new nest. Bald eagles most frequently nest in our state tree, the white pine. Sometimes eagles will take over an osprey nest. Eagle nests are usually under a canopy of branches, and biologist have to search carefully - a difficult proposition when flying at 120 miles an hour. Sometimes we observe eagles flying along a lakeshore or coastline. From a distance we'll circle in the airplane, watch the birds, and follow them to a new nest location.

Eagles mate for life, and many pairs use the same nest year-after-year. The flight plan always calls for checking known nests first. If a pair is missing, we may spend time searching the nearby stands of pine for a new nest. Nests are abandoned for a number of reasons - disturbance the year previous, a mate change, or a nest damaged by a winter storm. The public notifies the state and federal agencies of new nests and eagle activity in areas where eagles had not been observed before. These tips are very helpful in finding new territories. When "deadheading" from one territory to the next, we often ask the pilot to skirt a lakeshore. Every minute in the air counts, and often new nests are located in this fashion.

All nests with an adult pair present or incubating are considered "occupied." In the photo above, one eagle is in an incubation posture and the mate is perched nearby. In June all occupied nests are surveyed a second time by airplane to document how many chicks were produced. We try to time the second flight when the eaglets are about 8 weeks or older. At this age, the chicks are starting to get their brown feathers. Most of the chicks observed at this age will survive to fledge later in the summer. As we've observed with the web camera, attrition can occur between hatching and fledging.

Sometimes special flights are made to survey nests more intensively, especially when documenting the age of eaglets for banding or locating unhatched eggs. Several paper company in Maine are helping the state and federal agencies to monitor contaminants in nests close to their paper mills. These nests are flown every week early in the nesting season to search for abandoned nests with unhatched eggs. Biologists collect unhatched eggs to measure contaminants. We have to promptly retrieve unhatched eggs. Crows and other scavengers quickly consume eagle eggs not attended by the parents.

Flying is interesting, but hard work. State and federal pilots have to be well-trained and experienced to fly all day at low altitude and in tight turns around the nests. Biologists have to maintain their concentration and data-taking skills despite working under high G-forces in a loud, hot cockpit. Sometimes, on breezy or turbulent days, Charlie and I crawl out on to a lakeshore or tarmac for a lunch break and wish we could walk home rather than face an afternoon of more flying. On the positive side, we've seen nearly all of the state of Maine, and the scenery and wildlife sightings are incredible. The pastel blush of trees leafing out on the mountains and hills of Maine in May rivals the riotous fall colors.

Last year, Charlie found 385 pairs of eagles nesting in Maine. We use the ratio of young fledged per occupied nest as an index of the health of the population. In a good year, bald eagles should produce about one chick per occupied nest.

As our population continues to climb, there may come a time when we can no longer afford to fly every eagle nest annually. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U. S. Geological Service - Biological Resource Division are developing a new survey protocol that samples a random, representative sample of the population. If the bald eagle is delisted from its threatened status, we may begin this survey methodology in the future.

Charlie Todd, Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Mark McCollough, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Blogger Unknown said...

Charlie and Mark (and the rest) - I haven't enough hats to raise in your honor. This weeks notes are very impressive. My strength would be zapped after 20 minutes of flying. Such dedication and love for your career is an inspiration to me, and I'll certainly continue to help fund this love you all have.

385 pair of eagles? Excellent as well as encouraging.

Traveling by air, as a passenger. is rough even for 2 hours - being wined and dined - and then only 2-3 times each year. But to do this as a job, each week? Phew - that's love, and dedication.

May 8 - 5:51pm
Atlanta GA

5:54 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Thanks for the update. Just watched a feeding May 8th, 5:30 pm. More than enough food for the eaglets tonight--not sure what it was (looked bright orange). The female was actually force feeding the eaglets. Their crops looked like they were ready to burst---good to see. No bullying tonight!

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the update-am putting a check in the mail tomorrow-you do the same.

6:01 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

This is so interesting and thank you for the biological data. Bald eagles are something of a rarity to me, being an Australian. Every day I check out the site several times to see how mother and babies are doing.

I was so impressed with the smaller chick today and he/she appears to be getting more assertive. Mother was feeding them together and the smaller baby was getting his/her fair share although Little Bruiser kept edging its way closer to ensure its share.

When Brutus Bully tried to steal a serving the Mother was offering the smaller baby, Little Bruiser wacked its larger sibling with its wing! Brutus Bully didn't retaliate - probably got too much of a shock! :-)))

I cheered and clapped .... yay for the underdog!

Liz, Victor Harbor, South Australai

6:53 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

5-08-06 7:40pm
I'm very happy to hear folks are going to support this project, and I am truly happy to be a (in my mind) part of the effort to track our National proud bird, the eagle.

Laurie - you said the color was bright orange, and on my screen it was reddish - similiar to blood. I couldn't tell what it was either; and now the screen is black and white. Must have been yummy to the chicks though.

Making it easy to send a couple of dollars:
BioDiversity Research Institute
19 Flaggy Meadow Road
Gorham, ME 04038

7:44pm 5-8-06
Atlana, GA

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched the same feeding at 4:30 Central time. Can anyone tell me which adult was doing the feeding because he/she was quite insistant on feeding the chicks even after their crops were hugh and they were trying to rest. Then the other adult landed on the side of the nest and the feeder appeared to be hiding the 'meal' from it. She/He crouched low over it with spred wings. What was this about? I've never seen this behavior when both adults have been around during a feeding...Any insight to this particular feeding would be appreciated.

Kaye in Texas

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May 8 - 8:24PM EST

I watched the 4:30PM feeding as well - I saw when the adult female landed, then the male landed on the nest immediately afterward with food. The father then hopped up to a branch while the mother fed the eaglets - dad soon flew away... leaving mom to the feeding. I'm rather certain the food was a large fish of some sort. The color that caught my eye the most on the food was the red of blood, which I could see as the male brought it in, and mother prepared to feed. After they were done feeding, the mother flew away, as the eaglets were fast asleep.

(By the way, I posted about to the previous blog entry earlier this evening)

At 5:30 I logged back on and found both adults back on the nest yet again! AND looked like dad had brought yet MORE food... looked to be the same type as the previous hour... fish again. While both eaglets fed during the 4:30 feeding, and both ended up with rather full crops, it appeared to me that the bigger eaglet (A) did get more food that that 4:30 meal. However, during the 5:30 feeding, I noticed that "B" got just about all the food. "A" didn't even try to eat any... didn't even budge from the spot he where he curled up and slept... probably stuffed from the 4:30 meal.

I was excited to read a new blog entry, and so soon! Thanks so much for the updates! They're very interesting!

MB in Cumberland County, Maine

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5-8-06, 8:40 p.m.
Melissa at BioDiversity Research Institute told me several weeks ago that, surprisingly, the larger adult is the female. Just though those of you asking questions and making guesses about the parents would like to know that.

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Silver in VA. I have been watching off and on most of the weekend. I did see the chicks alone on Sunday and they appeared to be very warm - they were moving towards the edge of the nest and appeared to be breathing harder than normal. One of the adults was sitting on the branch but not shielding them from the sun as had been reported earlier in the week.

I have not witnessed any feedings lately but am glad to hear that Bully is not longer getting his way. Glad to see Little Bruiser is holding his own!

Will definitely be sending my contribution.

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, I've mailed my donation. The thought of flying around logging the nests is incredible, and the cost of avgas is no small part of our being able to witness this miraculous part of eagle recovery. Although I hate the "kill" of other animals in the food chain, I do cheer every time the adults bring another prize to the nest. I'm cheering for the smaller eaglet, and send my encouragement to wing-slap its larger sibling when it gets pushy.

I'm burning up precious work time with the video, but I think this is such a gift that I've got a number of people hooked on the site.

Tell your friends. Show your children, and send a check. It'll make you feel good because this is our national symbol.

Susan in Pittsburgh.

8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuesday May 9th, 5:35 Eastern Daylight Time

To continue Kaye's story of the feeding last night:

When I first looked in, around 5:15 AM a mature was sitting on the branch, but has flown off. The eaglets woke up and are feeding on something in the bottom of the nest.

It seems to take these eagles a long time to come back to the nest with food in the morning, compared to the eagles here.

This is PURE speculation, but perhaps the mother eagle wants to stuff the eaglets with food in the evening, and LEAVE food in the nest with them overnight, so they will have something to eat early in the morning while the matures hunt for breakfast.

This would make perfect "sense" but can a mother eaglet plan ahead like that? Would she signal to the other mature that this food is for the eaglets, not for him?

The eaglets always scratch around in the bottom of the nest for food when they first wake up in the morning.

As the eaglets get larger feeding them is going to become the predominant activity of the parents. Perhaps they will make it a practice now to leave food in the nest with them, overnght.

5:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tues. May 9th

In today's New York Times Science pages there's a very interesting article about nature's way of often having a "spare" offspring, and some version of an eagle is even mentioned (feeding just the hungriest biggest eaglet)

In a way it's a spoof on Mother's Day, but I think it's also based on fact.

6:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the most awesome site I have ever seen. "Thanks to all that made this experience happen for us". I am on this site day in and day out. Hope I don't get fired from work but it will be due to a great cause.

I have sent my contribution in and I challenge all you motorcyle riders out there to send your contribution in.

Keep up the great work as you are maing me so knowlegable about eagles.

7:27 AM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

Thank you for your contributions! They are really making a difference. With your support we were able to move our Web site to a dedicated server, open up another live stream, and support the time we need to keep the systems running.

Also, thank you for your detailed observations. Since I don’t have much opportunity to watch the birds, I have been reading your notes to find out the latest on the birds. Keep up the good work!

Wing Goodale, BioDiversity Research Institute

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are several very "interesting" comments sent in yesterday that are posted at the other blog entry below this one.

Be sure to take a look at the last few of them!! Some of the replies here go with questions that are "posted" there! One really good one is dated March, but she must have meant May! That may be what caused the confusion.

I sent my check in yesterday, too. It's great to hear from the Eagle cam crew that our contributions are making a difference! And to be told what they are being used for!!

I looked around at the rest of your site, and am VERY impressed with all the important research your organization is doing. It's GREAT that you are doing that, getting grants and support for that kind of research, etc.
We have to help these birds survive, long term.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Magnolia South said...

I am really enjoying keeping up with all of this. Again, I cannot thank you enough. :)

One little suggestion I'd like to make... Have you considered putting up a weather ticker? I live in Georgia and can see/hear the wind and such. It would be nice to know what the weather is there. It would even give me more of a sense of being there, knowing what it is like there at the moment.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Kerri said...

The camera zoomed in right in time for a feeding this morning! I could clearly see that brunch was a gray squirrel. Both babies were fed equally.

It's quite the windy day and the camera is's only showing a lovely view of the branch and every now and again a head pops up.

I had previously thought the eaglets were feeding themselves but it seems to be a mixture of both. Mom still packs those bursting crops!

12:12 PM  
Blogger mainefem said...

Wing, Charlie, & all:

Due to increased global traffic of late, have you folks thought about setting up a Premier PayPal account (in anticipation of the loon cam, too)?

Here's contact info, for those of you who can snail mail a donation:

Thanks again, all--nothing much happening now, as the cam seems to be off-kilter (positioned too high--all I'm seeing is very choppy H20; and a huge branch is obstructing view of the nest--copious billowing in the breeze lake effect, of sorts).

Bummer...will check in later today.

Can you adjust the camera remotely, sans disturbing the site-is it doable?

Keep it up re: viral integrated tech-based global learning classroom...great stuff, folks!

12:20 p.m. EST, 5.9.06; Brewer, ME



12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad people have taken up the challenge to send in donations to the Institute!! Let's keep it up and overwhelm them with checks!! ~ Watching in Hancock County, Maine

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Above is the web site of the marine forecast at WABI in Bangor, Maine -- the nearest TV station to the nest.

There is a Marine Advisory posted for today. Northeast Wind, 20-25 knots, with waves building, 3-5 feet and visibility lowering. (a marine advisory means take care in going out on the ocean in a lobster boat, or other fishing vessel, etc)

Here in Winslow it's just a beautiful Spring day, a little bit cool and a little bit breezy.

I can't BELIEVE how the wind is howling at the nest site. You'd almost think the mature eagles would sit on top of the babies so they wouldn't get blown out of the nest!!

The regular weather forecast says some kind of a front is coming in Weds, but it sounds like it's here already!!

1:18 PM  
Blogger MoMa said...

The view may be off, but has anyone else been watching the seals playing out near the white buoy?

1:44 PM  
Blogger AfricanBiologist said...

Originally from Maine... these eagles hit close to home! This has been a truly wonderful experience to be a part of! As a wildlife biologist (Africa), myself, I just want to say thank you to all of the researchers and scientists that have worked so hard, and continue to do so each day- and a special thanks to all of the support that enables this project to be as successful as it is!

2:06 PM  
Blogger AfricanBiologist said...

Everyone be sure to check out the Loon-cam also!! :)

2:13 PM  
Blogger mainefem said...

Here's the weather forecast for the Bar Harbor/Otter Creek area (in Hancock County--somewhat close to the nest, magnoliasouth):

nesting location forecast

It's choppy today, as is indicated by the H20 & limbs billowing about.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm having so much fun watching the
eagles I don't know if I can tear
myself away to watch seals. What is the web site for them?
This is so great. I love it.
It helps the work day go by a little faster here in Manchester, NH. Great job.

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe it's just me, but lately it's been hard to tell the two eaglets apart. "B" chick rocks!!!! Last night both their crops were so full they couldn't even stand up. I can see what pregnant women go through!

I know the researchers are very busy, but I have one question. The concern came up after a female bald eagle near Washington, DC - I call her Glenn Close - seriously injured another female who was tending to eggs with her mate.

Because their population rebound has been so successful, have you any data that may or may not support the position that breeding pairs of bald eagles are experiencing a shrinking habitat?

Wouldn't it be ironic that while saving the species from extinction, we in turn took over their territory and developed it for our own use? This may not be relevant for bald eagles in Maine, but for those near large cities it could be disastrous.

I made my online donation this weekend. Here's the URL, although there's a link directly from the EagleCam webpage.

I read where the BRI EagleCam costs $10,000!!!

Thanks to all who post! What I miss I can read about!

-- from Wash, DC

3:58 PM  
Blogger mainefem said...

My mistake: here is the donation page.

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, awesome website, awesome pictures. I live in Winslow and usually see a pair of eagles perched in a dead tree along the Kennebec River on my way to work.
I am just so fascinated by them.
I never tought I would ever have
an opportunity to see such live
pictures and so close up. Loving it all. Thanks for all you do.

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, where do I find the loon-cam.
Anybody know where, I would love to
see this also.

9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Setting aside habitat is essential, if we are to save the Bald Eagle. That includes Maine, where the "north woods" is rapidly being developed. Fortunately setting aside conservation areas for eagles is part of Charlie Todd's plan for the future. It's up to the rest of us to help see that it happens.

Nesting eagles need a good sized territory, with an undisturbed "foraging area". When the young mature, they return to the same general location to nest. So the protected area should be large enough to support additional nesting territories for the next generation.

Some eagles will nest near humans. That happened in our neighborhood. But several farms have since gone "out of business", the land has been subdivided and sold, and about 15 new houses have gone up in what were once pastures. Every year there are more people zooming through the habitat on snowmobiles and ATVs, more boats on the river and pond and just more human activity in general.

We now have young eagles of all ages here -- some of them mature. The question is -- will they find a place to nest here? Or is there room for only the one original nest?

To help eagles like these who live among us, we must depend on the cooperation of the next generation of landowners and "recreationists". How do we reach them, how do we teach them about the eagles' needs and inspire them to care?

The eagle-cam is part of that. I'm very deeply appreciative to all who make it possible -- and all who are watching and participating.

4:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FROM NOAA's web site for Hancock County

Today...Occasional showers. Patchy fog. Breezy with highs in the lower 50s. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph...Decreasing to 10 to 20 mph this afternoon. Chance of rain 100 percent.

Tonight...Occasional showers. Patchy fog. Lows in the upper 40s. East winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent.

Bar Harbor Automatic Weather Observing / Reporting
Last Update on May 10, 5:15 am EDT



76 %

Wind Speed:


41°F (5°C)

Wind Chill:
43°F (6°C)

10.00 mi.

5:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great opportunity! Just made my eagle cam donation! Thanks for all you do.

N. Berwick, ME
5:47am EST

5:50 AM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

In answer to the question about the looncam; it can be seen at and both cams can be seen at the same time at .

Thank you again for all your support.

Wing Goodale, BioDiversity Research Institute

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that at some time the biologists might explain to all of us exactly what it will mean if the Eagles are removed from the Endangered list? And also, is there anything we can do to stop that? Thanks again for this wonderful site!!
Watching in Hancock County where it is drizzly and windy and I am VERY glad I am not an eagle mother who has to sit in the rain and wind to protect my children!!

9:22 AM  
Blogger Eagle Fan said...

You're right, it is getting harder to tell the eaglets apart. Love the zoomed in shots. Is there anywhere I can find out if the two nests on Salmon Lake in Oakland are occupied? I know one is as I've seen the adults there but not sure if any eggs hatched. Would you know this because of your fly-over? The Osprey nest that has been used for the past several years is no longer there. Winter winds took the top of the tree off as well as the nest. Last summer we watched the osprey and eagles mid-air fights. Amazing. I checked on the loon cam and can't see anything???? Last years loon count on Salmon was 12!! Thanks again for all the hard work and educational opportunity. 5/10/06 9:30 am

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A week or so ago a friend in Maine sent me the briloon site. I have enjoyed it so much. I have only just gone to broadband, so was very excited to be able to see the video. It has been a wonderful experience. Continue the good work. My cheque is in the mail.

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A friend from Maine sent me the website and it has been a thrilling experience watching the parents and babes. The experience has been heightened by being able to watch the video, having just signed on to broadband. My donation is in the mail.
9.57 - 5/10/06

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! It is 10:10 A.M. and we are being treated to an extreme closeup of a parent and the 2 babies!! The parent is trying to shield the babies from the pouring rain, while the babies nonchalantly play with a stick TOGETHER! The kids have grown so much in the past week I am amazed!!
Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity.
Pat Burlington Ontario Canada 05/10/06 10:10AM EST

10:23 AM  
Blogger mainefem said...

eagle fan: You didn't see anything on the loon cam, due to streaming costs.

Bandwidth budget blues: BRI's eagle cam overwhelms loon cam budget

I tuned in late this morning @approximately 11:47 p.m. EST; and the larger sib hogged what there was of food--younger sib only received a few scraps, gave up, and went off to the side while bully sib chowed down w/great abandon.

The feeding process continued until 12:17 p.m. EST (w/lots of foraging deep into the nest for any leftover scraps by the kids & Mom over the next five minutes).

I couldn't detect what was on the brunch "menu," as the kids' backs were turned (and Mom was feeding them off to the side).

Otherwise, they've been hunkered down together in the drizzle since then.

[Stamped @12:44 p.m. EST, Brewer, ME]

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish you would leave it in zoom mode. It was so interesting to see close up what was actually going on. I was interested to see that the adult (Male, I think) spent most of the time sleeping, or dozing off and on. You can't see this from a distance. It was a hard night, so not surprising, but fascinating to actually know and to see its facial expressions. It was also the first time I've been able to see the babies close up. It appeared to me that the younger one was getting fed first, and that the older one wasn't too interested, so didn't demand much.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

4:57EDT - May10.06
As I watch 3-4 live eagle cams I notice all the eaglets close to the same birth date (except the Potomac and VA nests).

The mature "squawker" is most definitely female. It seems she reminds him to get back to his hunting and this food is to feed the chicks and possibly her. This female we watch has a mark on left beak, resembles black magic marker. Yesterday, there were 2 such hashes, so it may only be smut of some sort.

The male over at the MA nest came early this morning, after a feeding, brought a nice fish in, and flew off with remnants of ‘left-over’ fish. Most likely he’ll consume that alone.

When the Hornby isle birds were sitting on the nest I noticed similar “sea” eagle behavior with our ME eagles. The female is most aggressive and domineering to the subservient male.

IMHO, I believe those female eagles closest to larger bodies of , must be more astute and belligerent to survive.

Speaking of Hornby – the site is back up:

Such a blustery day for our little Maine friends, but they certainly are strong willed.

5:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

6:17EDT 5-10-06
Dad brought a crab home, and immediately left. One of the chicks (oldest one, I guess) tried to grab a leg after mom pulled one off and she wouldn't allow that.

Crab seems a delicacy with the ,because the adult guards it closely, and quickly eats certain parts.

The chicks are settled down - evidently she'll not feed them now. It doesn't seem to be raining.

Another item I've noticed about the differences of the MA eaglets; they gently touch beaks, like a kiss or checking for food. They usually cuddle up to one another as well.

I've just watched the live-cam of the Peregerines in Harrisburg. Another nest in the heart of the city; high on a building.

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the rain in Maine falls plainly on the dame

6:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes I think we are watching different webcams, the observations are so different from mine. I've wondered how people saw clearly enough to describe the minute details they have. I'm watching from SE Texas. Does distance make a difference? Can't see why it should. Anyway, that's why I enjoyed the closeups this morning. It was the first time I really felt like I saw accurately what any of them looked like. I still don't know which is male or female, or which is younger and older ('bigger"), for instance. I wish the biologists would clear up some of this confusion. Just tell us whether the older chick is lighter or darker, for instance, and whether the adult with the upside down V in its ruff is the male or female. Thanks in advance.

8:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thursday...Patchy fog in the morning. Showers likely. Highs in the mid 50s. East winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Lows in the mid 40s. East winds 15 to 20 mph.

1:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one. When someone said they were watching a white buoy and seals playing around it I REALLY went nuts. Can anybody really see that much in the background?

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May 11, 2008 9:20AM EST

To anonymous watching in SE Texas:

The female adult (mother) is the larger of the two adults - which is easiest to tell if they're seen together (of course). However, the mother seems to be tending to the birds almost exclusively now. Dad's primary job seems to be to bring in food for mom and the kids.

I'm not one of the biologists, but I believe the darker eaglet is the older one.

I don't think distance would make a difference in all in how well the live feed looks.

It certainly is hard to see much right now - with the fog... the "view" is rather blurred... though I can see mom sitting on the nest... continuing to look rather wet.

MB in Cumberland County, Maine

p.s. I posted yesterday afternoon, but apparently it didn't "take", as I don't see my post here. Oh well! Hopefully this one will have better luck.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thurs. May 11th
9:45 AM

We should get our unanswered questions together in a list the biologists would see more easily. They may be able to address the questions in their weekly blog.

Someone asked whether the weather made a difference in how the young eaglets got along with one another, and in the number of "siblicides".

The biologists say "if there's enough food they will all survive". Maybe finding food is easier in warmer or it's more plentiful at this time of year in less harsh climates. If so, weather and climate could be indirectly connected to food supply.

But how would it influence eagles on the coast? When do the sea birds return or are they there year around? Do they return significantly early in MD. and MA than in Maine. Etc.

Nesting eagles in inland Maine are quite picky about choosing nest sites where there is a plentiful supply of easy-to-catch fish. You can understand why, with all the feeding they do, and how fast and huge the eaglets grow.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/11/06 - 10:53am EDT - Virginia

I was beginning to get worried because I hadn't seen the mate or the babies at all yesterday or today, but I just saw Dad make a food drop. Couldn't tell what it was though.

These guys have really been having rough weather.

Thank you all for your comments. It really helps to know what has happened when I can't watch.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Silver in VA. This morning adult was on the nest protecting eaglets from the elements - a very bad hair day. Checked back in at 1130 and no adults in the nest. Looks like the eaglets are trying to snuggle up to each other and adjust their positions to say warm.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm curious as to what is on the sea side of the nest. Is it a steep drop off or a gradual descent to the water? I am asking because I am concerned for when they start to fly. One day when the wind was blowing hard I could see water under the nest on the right side. Since this nest is used repeatedly, I suspect it is a
safe place but would appreciate some input. P.S. Since it is in the 90s here, it is a joy to watch the cooler weather there although "mama" might not agree.

1:28 PM  
Blogger dukeyboy said...

5/11 2:223 EDT
Good feeding for the large one, nothing that I saw for smaller one.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have bald eagles or white headed fish eagles in Australia?

I remember watching an hour long documentary about bald eagles on a program called "Nature". There were white headed fish eagles on almost every continent. They looked very similar and had very similar traits.

2:59 PM  
Blogger CharleneW said...

May 11, 2006
Shortly after 4:00 p.m. the eaglets
were sparing and poking each other
while left alone. Mama back at 4:30. This morning Mama looked a
little frazzeled and tired. It is raining where I am in CT and really blowing for a few days.
Love this cam, keep up the good work, donation sent.

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friday's forecast :-(

Today...Showers. Areas of fog. Breezy with highs in the lower 50s. East winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.

Tonight...Areas of fog in the evening. Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Breezy with lows in the mid 40s. East winds 15 to 25 mph.

5:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops, I forgot to say May 12 in my previous post. :-)

6:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May 12 @ 6:32EDT.

One eaglet popped up. Not able to see what it is doing because camera keeps bobbing up and down, putting eaglet out of view.

Eaglet raised both wings as if to take off...looked like it was "draining" off water that had collected on back. Lots of head shaking too.

I screen capture a few times, and I am wondering if you guys at the institute are taping the nest and review the day's taping to make notes or do you rely on what people are saying here?

Adult eagle suddenly got off nest and flew to upper branches. Then it left. See one eaglet standing up in middle of nest. The other eaglet also stood up, and the first eaglet pecked hard at it. Both eaglets now standing up in nest, seem to be picking at their feathers and at each other.

Eaglet climbed over other, and sat on it. Other eaglet trying to get it off. Succeeded. Nice shot of poop flying from that eaglet. Looks like eaglets staying close to each other for once.

Camera now being pelted with rain. Visibility is all fuzzy and basically zero.

Adult eagle in nest now. 6:45am EDT. Visibility back on camera. Adult eagle keeps bending down and bobbing head. Maybe nudging eaglets under cover? Lots of shifting back and forth. Sitting down with wings spread out to side. No idea if this is male or female eagle. Haven't been able to check out beak sizes of both eagles.

No feedings since I logged on that I have seen.

6:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May 12th 7:29 AM

There's a lot of activity in the nest now but I don't think there's any "fresh" food. It looks like they are digging in the bottom of the nest for scraps. Mom walked around gingerly with her talons balled up, looked down into the nest, and eventually picked up a big stick which she dropped in two or three places before she decided where she wanted it. I thought she'd toss it out, but she didn't.

She gave a big shake, like a wet dog does, when she first got up!!

Everybody looks soaking wet and more rain is forecast. In fact I saw a seven day forecast on the TV and every day had rain in it. A couple days had a little bit of sun, then back to this kind of weather. (Bangor TV station, which is closest to nest.

Man ... the nest is bobbng up and down, they are in and out of sight. I bet there's a "mariner's warning" down there at the coast.

It is really revealing to see what they go through in the rain. I suppose all the little song birds go through it too.

If it weren't for the eaglets, the adults could perch under some limbs with more protection. But the nest needs to be built in fairly open place, so that the babies can fly in and out of it easily. And adults can bring in prey easily.

These adults are probably getting a lot wetter than they would have to if they weren't nesting.

I LOVE them for it. What parents they ARE. They certainly do THEIR part to have a new generation! The rest is up to us (providing enough habitat and a clean environment)

7:41 AM  
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8:14 AM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

Greetings all!

We are so pleased you are enjoying the site and we are learning so much from your observations. Thank you!

But . . .

Please, please limit your viewing time on the live stream. We have had to double the live stream band width four times in the last month and are literally incurring thousands of dollars in charges.

We want to keep this running optimally so everyone can enjoy it.

Thank you!

Wing Goodale,
BioDiversity Research Institute

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel so bad for them this week. They are getting so wet and I bet cold. However, Mama Eagle has been great about protecting our baby eaglets.
Happy Mother's Day and I hope the weather improves.

2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see the weather has lightened up a bit from this morning. Haven't seen much of the eaglets today as they've been undercover I guess. Mom/Dad still has that drenched look.

Thanks, Wing, for your posting about the live streaming. I am so guilty. Didn't know that such charges were incurred for that. I'll limit my viewing time ... Aaaaaaacck. It's going to be a lot like detoxing!!! -- from Wash, DC

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worry about the wealfare of the eagles and eaglets with this continued wet weather. I hope the biologist can shed some light on how they might fair under these circumstances. My class is learning so much aboot our national bird.

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to those eagles and eaglets. Mothers have a big responsibility.
I do hope they will survivie this nasty weather.

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NOAA forecast for Coastal Hancock County
Saturday, May 13th

Today...Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers this morning...Then a slight chance of showers this afternoon. Breezy with highs in the mid 50s. East winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Tonight...Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. East winds 10 to 20 mph.

5:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May 12th

With regard to watching what food is brought in, and when, it might be interesting to know whether the tide is in or out. The tides today are high at 12:04 noon, and low at 5:54 AM and PM.

Those crabs they bring in must be coming at low tide. But I don't know whether it's easier to catch fish at any particular tide, or birds, either.

Those long periods in the morning without food might correlate to high tide being in the morning.

6:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May 13 0630
Let me try and answer some of the questions that have been possed. Eagles are very long lived (last year we had an adult turned in that Charlie and I banded as a nestling 25 years earlier near Ellsworth and it ended up nesting in northeastern New Brunswick). If a population is stable each adult would only have to replace its self once in its lifetime. Maine's case is very different as we have gone from about 35 pairs of eagles in 1970 to some 400 pairs now. There is ample room for additional nesting pairs. Nestling loss during storms or because of dominace by one nestling, or adult deaths from a variety of causes are all part of the equation. We all watched the loss of the third chick, something that most of us have never seen, but it is natural. As the chicks grow, their relative size difference is reduced and, as many of you have observed, both are getting ample food now. The next difficult time for them will be when they fledge (we'll discuss this later in our notes). Long lived birds, such as eagles, have small clutches, extended parental care (6-8 months), and delayed maturation (4-6 years). From a population stand point, they can afford to loose young in any particular year since they are going to be around for some time. Also, it appears that some birds are much better parents than others and contribute more to the overall population growth. Maintaining a close pair bond through mutual behavior is important for birds that mate for life. We've watched extented calling by both birds when the male arrives at the nest, mutual prenning, food offerings, and, earlier, joint nest building, not to mention courtship. To be successful the pair must work as a team.

You've seen the chicks loose their light buffy down which has now been replaced by a grey down, except on the head of the younger chick. Shortly we will see dark brown feathers begin to emerge. The chicks will be totally dark brown when they finally fledge.

The larger adult is the female (2-3 pounds larger) and her duty is to protect the young at the nest. Dad does all of the food gathering during the first few weeks. As the nestlings get larger, both adults will begin to forage. It is impossible to sex the youngsters. Their relative size still reflects hatching date and ability to compete for food in the nest. When we band them we just list the sex as unknown.

Several of you have commented about the noise around the nest. This nest is very close to a house and you can hear cars, lawn mowers etc in the background. The adults selected the nest site after the house was built and are accustomed to the distubances. We are seeing more of this and expect birds to become more tollerant of humans thus increasing the opportunities for nesting. Up until recently disturbance was a key factor in nest failure. Several studies indicated that a buffer of 1/4 mile around the nest was necessary to ensure sucessful nesting.

We shouldn't be afraid about removing eagles from the Endangered Species list. Indeed that is the goal of all of our work and we are close. Again we will cover this later in detail in our notes.

That's it for now; keep the questions coming.

7:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the the eagle family grow & thrive; the 'babies' are getting so big & when they spread their wings, I am amazed at the growth in such a short time. Thank you for this experience.

I had no idea that each time I went to live stream, that a cost was incurred by BRI; thus I have made a donation to this continuing work. I ask all the other watchers to do the same to show their appreciation.

12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is amazing how fast they have grown, their wingspan has doubled in in one week! I have named them
Sweet and Sour. Sour (the larger one, chick 1) has real killer instincts and chick 2 has maternal instincts. She tried to cover chick 3 while it was alive and #1 was pecking at it. Mamma eagle deserves the most accolades for mother's day. She is very dedicated.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Jenifer said...

May 13th, 6:21pm
Just checked in on the eagles and it seems I've missed feeding time again. I have a question....since it seems that the eaglets spend most of their days sleeping as opposed to when they were smaller and could move around the nest more freely, or am I just missing all the action?
Clueless in Pittsburgh...

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday May 14

Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s. East winds 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight...Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

high tide at 12:45

low tide at 6:32 AM and 6:36 PM

5:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday May 14th

I want to add my two cents to what Mr/Dr Owen said about the de-listing. Having looked over the proposed USFWS guidelines, and made my comments on them, I think (if they pass and if they are enforced in Maine) eagles in Maine will actually be better protected than they are now.

I don't see the wilderness eagles and am not familiar with their situation. I'm speaking of the eagles that live along rivers and beside lakes, and at the coast, near people, and with recreationists, hunters and fishermen, etc.

The proposed guidelines have very good protections for eagles in that situation. I've had experience with it and know what the problems are, for nesting eagles. If these guidelines are followed, they'll be fine in places where there already IS a nest.

The thing I worry about is: will there be a place for NEW nests, in these situations. We have at least ten young eaglets here this summer, and if the parents breed for 20 of their 25 years, we will have more. If any of the eaglets start nesting (and some have tried) we will have even MORE!

Eaglets have a fifty percent mortality rate between fledging and maturing. So fifty percent of them will mature. And fifty percent of those will return here to nest. (the other fity percent will go where their mate was raised)

WIll those eaglets who return here at maturity find any place to nest in their home area? We DO have "shoreland zoning" and there should be trees along the shores. But there will also be homes ... and more homes ... and more homes. And more boats, ATVs and snowmobiles, hunters and fishermen, summer cottages, etc.

If they can't nest here, will they go to the nearest suitable place? There ARE smaller towns around here with rivers and bodies of water?

Which is stronger, the tie to the home territory, or the urge to mate and nest?

Will they branch out and explore out around here for nesting areas?

I would be very reassured to know that they will!!

6:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday May 14th

(I must have had too much coffee to be so full of it so early!)

I have a new theory for the biologists.

I've read that eagles find their mates at the Winter feeding grounds. And that noone knows how it is determined which home territory a newly mated pair will return to, to nest.

Here's my theory. When "Bully" (the dominant eaglet) grows up, he will be the one to determine where he and his mate will nest. And the submissive eaglet will go where his or her mate wants to go.

We don't know whether the dominant one is always male or always female, or random. Is it always the males that choose to go back to their home territory and the females that follow, vice versa, or random?

If its a dominant eagle who chooses the territory and a submissive one who goes along, in each pair we'll always have one dominant bossy eagle and one who's capable of being submissive.

Do we have a random chance for their offspring to be dominant or submissinve or is it always going to be the largest, first born, regardless of sex, who is dominant?

Is this trait genetically determined, or decided by birth order and size? Oh, boy. Back when I went to school, there was always the old heredity versus environment argument. Perhaps it applies in this case, too.

Now I'm going out for breakfast!

7:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May 14 3:06PM EST

I just checked on the nest - it's nice to see the sun shining down on them again, finally! No adults in the nest at the moment - but the eaglets are awake and moving about the nest. Big spread his wings and wiggled his tail a bit - I could see that his tail is starting to lengthen...

After "relieving" himself toward the ocean side, he seemed to get his foot caught on a big stick positioned across the front (ocean side) edge of the nest. He seemed to have a struggle getting his foot out from under it, but finally managed. The two eaglets just sat in the sun after that - they seemed to be savoring it, after so many days of cool, raw, blustery rain. It's amazing to see how big they've grown after hiding under mother those very wet few days. I noticed the crop of Big is buldging a bit, but not nearly as full as I've seen his after past feedings... so probably isn't from a super recent feeding (perhaps from this morning). I couldn't get a good look at Little's crop.

I noticed it wasn't raining in the nest area yesterday, even though it was pouring in the southern part of the state. Despite lack of bright sun, it was nice to check in yesterday to see mum's feathers dry again... back to her more stately self. :)

Happy Mother's Day, Mother Eagle!

MB in Cumberland County, Maine

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the larger chick losing white from the top of his head or gaining a white top? Also, white
on the tips of the wings. Their
feet have been yellow for some time.

5:09 PM  
Blogger Tonya said...

Sunday, May 14,2006

Been watching the eagles since late April. It is awesome to be able to watch the eaglets growing up, something most of us would never have been able to see, if not for the live cam. I appreciate it very much and would like to thank all the people involved, who bring it to us.
I would also like to ask a question. With the cost of live streaming, I for one have cut way back on watching the babies, and would like to know if there is any way that you could make the still shots refresh at a quicker rate, (10 to 15 secs.), so we wouldn't miss alot of what is going on? Thanks again for opportunity to watch. Watching from Leeds, Maine.
5:29 p.m.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

May 14, 06
5:25pm EDT
Just logged on and the parents came in - Dad with a black bodied duck with white around/near neck. Could that be a loon?
Mom squawked and dad flew off.

Lots of feeding to oldest and I'll wait till the archives shows the rest of what's up.

5:53 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

For those who asked about our eagles, Australia has the Wedge-tail eagle which is similar in appearance to your Bald Eagle but does not have a white head.

The Wedge-tailed Eagle is Australia's largest living bird of prey and one of the largest eagles in the world. It reaches 33-41 inches in length and has a wingspan of 90 inches. Females are larger than males, averaging 9.3 lbs in weight and occasionally reaching 11.7 lbs. Males usually weigh about 7 lbs but may reach 8.8 lbs.

Young Wedge-tailed Eagles are mid-brown in colour with reddish-brown heads and wings. They become progressively blacker for at least the first ten years of their lives. Adults are mostly dark blackish-brown. Adult females are generally slightly paler than their mates. There are no other plumage differences between the sexes. The bill is pale pink to cream, the iris brown to dark brown, and the feet off-white.

The Wedge-tailed Eagle has long wings, a characteristic long, wedge-shaped tail, and legs that are feathered all the way to the base of the toes.

In comparison, Australia's second largest eagle, the White-bellied Sea-Eagle, has shorter, more rounded wings and no feathers on its lower legs. The White-bellied Sea Eagle is 29-33 inches long and has a wingspan of 70-86 inches and weighs 5.5-8.1 lbs (male) and 6.2-9.3 lbs (female).

Liz ... South Australia

5:54 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Happy Mother's Day to the mother eagle, job well done!!! I was able to watch both eaglets feed this afternoon, at about 4:45 PM central time. It was an amazing sight to behold. They are magnificient birds. Thank you for your hard work and allowing us to watch their world.

I hope it was a Happy Mother's Day for all!

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday May 15th

Today...Partly cloudy. Patchy fog early. Highs around 60. Southeast winds 10 to 20 mph.

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

High tide 1:27 PM

Low Tide 7:12 AM and 7:14 PM

4:57 AM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

Hello all!

On a viewer suggestion we changed the refreshing still image interval to every 15 seconds.

Wing Goodale
BioDiversity Research Institute

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(5/15/06 at 9:20am EST)
If you're interested in reading about the Delisting of the Bald Eagle from ESA, here's the link.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting comments until May 17. Comments can be transmitted electronically (via email).

We're getting a GREAT closeup of the Mom. I can almost feel her feathers. Excellent!! What a great way to start the week.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Silver from VA. Nice zoom shot of feeding (1035AM EST). It's hard to tell now which one's Bully. It looks like I checked in late in the feeding, at this point is looks like mother is already feeding Little Bruiser. I know Bully used to be darker in color but with the close-up I can't really tell which is whic.

Jane e, I think the mother is the dominant in this pair as she always seems to be sqwaking at the father!

Thanks eaglecam for the quicker refresh of the still shot(for us addicts!).

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Silver from VA. Nice zoom shot of feeding (1035AM EST). It's hard to tell now which one's Bully. It looks like I checked in late in the feeding, at this point is looks like mother is already feeding Little Bruiser. I know Bully used to be darker in color but with the close-up I can't really tell which is whic.

Jane e, I think the mother is the dominant in this pair as she always seems to be sqwaking at the father!

Thanks eaglecam for the quicker refresh of the still shot(for us addicts!).

10:52 AM  
Blogger Daphne said...

I wanted to give you folks a big 2 thumbs WAY UP for increasing the refresh time. Now I can take a peek for a few seconds and get the latest without having you guys incur any fees. Again thank you. Daphne

11:14 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

2:21EDT May15'06
The oldest gave his wings a real try just now and you can definately see the feathers at the edges of the wings. Also I noticed this bird picked up some nesting material and moved it around a couple of times.

Teen-age eagles. Notice the oldest (when back is to camera) you can see the dark markings. I suppose this is the start of back feathers, which the younger one doesn't show yet. However, the youngest bird does have feathers showing at the tips of its wings as well.

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the 15 second update/refresh of the cam. I am officially addicted to the site.

4:04 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Monday 545pm (at least I think that is what time it is in Maine!)

Thank you for the quicker refreshing of the still camera! I'm limiting myself to one video every other day now.

No adults at the nest. Observed the siblings feeding on something left for them. No quabbling or bullying observed and they shared food quite happily. Even saw them feeding each other!

Liz ... South Australia

5:51 PM  
Blogger Kerri said...

Being completely non-artistic, I'm having a hard time making my brain draw to scale.

How big is the nest? And the babies? My baby size guess by how big the Mom must be (2 feet?) is 6 inches long from head to tail feather?

I have been able to curb my Eagle cam addiction with the stills being refreshed so thank you for that! I would hate to think you were wasting money on my enjoyment instead of for the kiddos!

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuesday May 16th

Today...A chance of rain this morning...Then rain and scattered thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs in the lower 50s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 100 percent.

Tonight...Mostly cloudy. Rain likely in the evening...Then a chance of rain after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s. South winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

High TIde: 2:12 PM

Low Tide: 7:56 AM, 8:00 PM

5:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:00am -- Awwww. Mama was sheltering one of the eaglets with her wing. But is now tending to housekeeping in the nest. Poor eaglet wants to get back under. Not sure if it's still raining, but the picture is much clearer than before. And mom's got that punk looking hair. The babies are getting SO BIG!! Such a joy to watch them grow.

10:08 AM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

Thank you so much for all your generous donations and keeping an eye on your live stream use. We are keeping our head above water!

We are currently looking for corporate sponsors for a live stream for the looncam. The loons were checking out the nest site this morning and we expect them to nest by the end of the month.

Wing Goodale
BioDiversity Research Institute

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would be interested in hearing a biologist's take on the weather the eagles have been "enjoying" of late. I have lived in Hancock County for over 30 years and don't feel that this windy, rainy weather is all that unusual here on the coast. (What York County is getting right now is a bit much, however!) My guess is that those nests are incredibly well built and that it would take some major winds to knock them down. We had near hurricane force gusts early in the spring and the nest was there through all that. I've seen photos of eagles sitting on nests completely covered in snow. Are we humans worrying more than necessary about the weather? All that said, I nominate Momma Eagle for Mother of the Year for sheltering those babies through all this rain! This morning I saw her shake like a dog, from head to tail!
Watching in Hancock County, Maine

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For anyone interested, here is a link to another web cam nest with another indangered bird worth watching, the Peregrine Falcon. The link is too the University of California, Santa Cruz Bird Research Group The one chick is a little older than the eaglets and just had lunch (12:17 central time)

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tues May 16 3:00
Mama is sitting there always on alert, looking around. Do eagles
ever sleep? Eaglets are resting.
Still raining in CT too !
Thanks for the peek !

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks from So. Calif. for this rare oportunity. I can't get any work done since the babies arrived.... have to keep checking in to see how all is going. I am wondering about the eaglets need for water. I notice them with beaks open on warm sunny days but assume they obtain enough moisture from their food intake.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/16/06 1:53 PDT

I am very much enjoying watching the eagles. Donation sent!

-Judi in CA

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:30 pdt, Mom just flew in with a small fish. Still fed #1 first but #2 is getting bolder, sneaking a bite whenever she can, even taking food from #1's mouth. When it got to nothing but bones, Mom gave #1 the bones vertically and then pulled it back out allowing #1 to scrape off any pieces with his beak; she then took it away and ate the bone herself.

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:34 pm Eastern time
Female eagle feeding the 2 eaglets-not sure what they were eating nor whether female or male brought the food to the nest.

After feeding, bigger eaglet pecked at smaller eaglet at the crop and beak area.

Finally female moved around so the pecking stopped.

6:09 PM  
Blogger Tiny'sma said...

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 6:28 P.M.

I thank you for this wonderful Web cam view of the beautiful Bald Eagle family. I was able to see the eaglets being fed and also see the Mom shelter the babies with her wings as they snuggled close to her. This is a most fantastic opportunity and I am so grateful that you have done this for the public.

I haven't been able to watch the Webcam very often. For some reason, I have trouble receiving the picture, but today, it was so marvelous to see those two little fuzzy heads pop up and to see Mom and Dad. Wow! What excitement this has brought to our home.

I think I'm going to name the eaglets, "Bonnie and Clyde." So cute. So fuzzy and cute!!!

Thanks again.

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another webcam watching Peregrine falcons is here:
There are three cameras, so every few seconds they change. Do use the "Broadband ONly" link.

7:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just left a donation. Got the link from this blog (thanks!), but there isn't one on the eaglecam website. Could you provide a prominent link? I clicked on "consider a donation" but it took me to NWF membership/donation instead (which I already am member of). I wanted to donate specifically to the eagle webcam. I watched the mother feed the eaglets today, and both got fed, but the larger baby was more aggressive and seemed to be getting more of the food. Then a big rainstorm came, and the mother spread her wings out with the eaglets nestled under them. Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication helping these birds breed and thrive! I'm so addicted to this site but will watch the stills more, live stream less. I also didn't realize the immense cost.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

5/17/06 6:45amEDT
Dad came in first and fed chicks till mom came in with a catch and took over feeding.

Big chick being fed, and there was again a tug of war between mom and chick. Chick thinks it can eat big pieces, mom thinks not.

Younger chick wasn't fed much and decided to start pecking at the food on it's own.

For some reason mom decided to leave again. Chicks both went back into nest.

Though it's a dark view, I could see both chicks have the beginnings of back feathers now.

6:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harrisburg, PA has a falcon cam too at There are two falcon nests in Pittsburgh. You can see them at The Pittsburgh cameras are not live video but the pics refresh every 30 seconds.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WEDS May 17

Today: A chance of showers, mainly before 1pm. Partly cloudy, with a high near 61. Southwest wind between 10 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight: A chance of showers, mainly after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. South wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

There is a hazardous weather advisory out for coastal Hancock County ... mostly concerned with flooding rivers, which of course won't affect the eagles.

But there are larger amounts of rainfall expected later on.

Tide high at two AM and three PM

Low tide at 8:44 and 8:50 PM

(I think these tides are adjusted for Portland or Boston -- I'm in York right now and taking them off my son's calendar)

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have raised psitticines. These birds regurgitate "crop milk" into the babies mouths. I understand that this passes on some of the parents' immunity to the babies. How does this work with eagles?

10:12 am PDT

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, VA - 3:15pm - 5-17

Mom just fed lunch of fish and bully got most of it. The little one (actually not so little any more) got very little. First time he tried to get food bully grabbed it out of his mouth. He sat to the side for a while and then quickly turned and grabbed food out of mom's mouth. Looks like that was it for the fish. So the younger one did not fare too well on that feeding. Mom has just taken off again -- hopefully she will come back with a lot more fish.

3:20 PM  
Blogger mainefem said...

Eagle cam donation link, anonymous (upthread).


6:00 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

5/17, 6:13pm
I too have thoroughly enjoyed watching the eaglets hatch and grow up and enthusiastically support this site and the many other webcams there are online now. We have amazing opportunities these days to watch wildlife from our homes. I would appreciate the biologists insight as to why some eagle parents successfully raise 3 eaglets and some don't. The Norfold VA Botanical Garden webcam shows a nest of 3 eagles now about 8 weeks old. Also 3 eaglets at Ft. St. Vrain in Colorado. Does it have to do with the length of time between eggs laid? If there is a longer period of time between the eggs being laid (and thus hatched), there would be a bigger difference in size of the chicks. If there's less time between hatches, maybe the chicks would be more the same size?? Just wondered. Thanks.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

For a handy link to make eaglecam donations, go to the post on May 9 at 3:08 pm and click on 'donation page'. Thanks mainefem!

I've been watching from San Francisco and it's fascinating. Today 17 May ~ 1:40 pm big eaglet flapped his wings so hard I was afraid he'd fall out of the nest. If that happened, could the parent eagles carry the baby back up to the nest? Big eaglet was also carrying around some sticks in his/her beak. Now 3:30 pm looks like both chicks are snuggled down in the nest sleeping. No sign of parents for a while this afternoon, least not when I checked the cam...

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wed. 8:25 feeding time. Both the male and female are present at the nest.
Eaglets look like new brown feathers are growing.

8:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thursday May 18th

Today...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Patchy fog. Highs in the upper 50s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Tonight...Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers. Patchy fog. Lows in the upper 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

High tide: 3:55 PM

Low tides: 9:36 AM and 9:46 PM

There's still a hazardous weather advisory posted for rain Thursday through Tuesday, with heavy rain possible on Friday. It's general in terms of both the area covered and condtions expected, but does include coastal Hancock County.

6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thursday May 18th

I too would like to know how the eaglets (and mature eagles, for that matter) get their "water". On the Vermont hacking project web page, they put dog's water dishes in the pen with the eaglets, which made ME wonder about it.

I can't imagine an eaglet drinking out of a dog water dish. Do they do that because the parents provide just the right amount of the required kind of food, or that the parents bring in food that is "fresher", or what?

Also, eaglets in hacking boxes will never be rained on. Is that a factor?

Water certainly hasn't been a problem for our eaglets!! They could open their beaks and let it rain right in!

I don't particularly recommend this site. It's sad to see eaglets penned in a big box, without their parents, knowing the attention the parents give them. But this was an essential part of restoring eagles. Hopefully we won't need hacking boxes for much longer. I know we all agree, noone, absolutely NOONE, could do a better job of bringing up eaglets than an eagle does!!

6:24 AM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

5/18/06 7:40am
Mother eagle fed both eaglets very well, looks like the kids are getting along. That is good.
Love this site.
Learned so much about eagles.
Thank you so much for the time & energy you all have done for this
wonderful ongoing site.
Doris in NH

7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:00 am pdt, mother just flew in with a fish. She allowed them both to eat small bones. A sure sign they are growing up.

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, VA - 4:15pm

Mom just fed both eaglets very well with what looked like might have been a duck.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thurs May 18th

The public comment period on guidelines for protecting Bald Eagles after they are de-listed has been extended. To June 6th, I think it is.

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thursday May 18

The public comment period on proposed guidelines for protecting bald eagles after they are removed from the list of endangered species has been extended to June 19th.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

5:12EDT 5-18-06
Sirens are blaring - either police, ambulance or fire trucks. The babies look as confused as I feel. 5:14 and no more sounds.

Does anyone know what happened?

5:17 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

We have all been captivated by this magical experience. The beauty of all of this will stay with us throughout each of our days, and be a reminder of the hidden wonders around us.

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friday May 19th

Today...Showers likely this morning...Then showers with isolated thunderstorms this afternoon. Patchy fog. Any thunderstorms May produce heavy rainfall this afternoon. Breezy with highs in the mid 50s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph...Increasing to 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph this afternoon. Chance of rain 100 percent.

Tonight...Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers in the evening. Patchy fog. Breezy with lows in the mid 40s. Southeast winds 15 to 25 mph... Becoming south 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Hazardous Weather Outlook

The warning is for flooding but also says:


High Tides: 4 AM and 4:52 PM

Low Tides: 10:32 AM and 10:48 PM

6:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friday May 19th

I'd like to respond to the question about whether the eagles can pick the eaglets up if they fall out of the tree. But from what Dr. Owen said, I think the biologists plan to discuss the hazards that remain, in their next blog entry.

I don't think they could pick the eaglets up without harming them, and therefore they wouldn't try to pick them up. Their talons are extremely sharp and they have to grip anything very firmly, to pick it up and fly with it.

I have heard Charlie Todd say that they WILL continue to feed an eaglet on the ground, if they can get to it. He has seen this done, with a successful outcome. However I imagine the eaglet was older, almost ready to fly, and could be defended against predators, or scare predators off itself.

We have had an eaglet here fall out of the nest and land lower down in the tree, in among the branches where the mature eagles couldn't get to it. Over the course of a day or two he hopped from one branch to another, using a neighbouring tree, and eventually made it back up into the nest. I don't think even Bully could pull that off at the age he is now!

6:21 AM  
Blogger Jenifer said...

May 19th 8:08am EDT

Just checked in and wow is it foggy, can barely see the nest! Mom is ever vigilant though, guess I missed the feeding again....could someone give me a general idea of what times to check in, I keep catching the babies asleep anymore...

8:14 AM  
Blogger 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

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous 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

11:19 AM  
Anonymous 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.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous 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.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous 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?

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuesday, May 23 3:30pm
The chicks sometimes walk around the nest and flap their wings, Brusier more so. Is this how they exercising their wings for flying? I think it is just wonderful that you are sharing this whole experience with us.
Thanks, Trish from Maine

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll never get any work done! I can't pull myself away from this fantastic show!
If you are ever in Alabama, we have several locations around Lake Guntersville and the Guntersville Dam where bald eagles nest.
Thank you for making my day.

10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, been watching the eagles since they came. Now I see the mother is no longer coming to the nest. Does she ever come back and if not how are they fed now? Is it time for them to leave the nest? I have really enjoyed this site very much! Thanks, Mary Jane

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am going to miss checking on the Eagles. Thank you so much for allowing us to view such a wonderful event!!!!
Thanks, Nancy from Maine

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's July 5 and I'm looking at one of the babies snug and sleeping in the nest for the night. I feel so much better knowing he/she, Big or Little is there. I did see live the falling of the first flegling and was hoping some how things were okay. I never saw the other one make the first flight because all day yesterday and the day before all I got on the screen was all green. Does anyone know if both eaglets made it okay with the first flight? Have the parents been feeding them? I feel so close to these birds now after watching them for so long. I do hope they aren't taken off the endangered list.

Susan in Massachusetts

9:03 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Eagle is a national heritage and symbol of our freedom. We must preserve them!

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 7. Did "Little" recover from his fall? Is he around?

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:00pm -eastern 7/07
It seems logical to me that it is Little still in the nest area. If he/she was hatched 4 days after Big, then tomorrow would be a logical date to fledge. Everytime I check in these past couple of days, one eaglet is in or near the nest. The happenings of July 4th could have been the fall and working to get back to the nest.

Just now two birds have landed on a small branch in the upper center of the screen. Perspective is very difficult, but one is larger. I can't tell if they are eagles or crows. The branched eaglet is watching them closely. Thanks to BRI and NWF for this fascinating site!! From Colorado

1:22 PM  

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