Monday, June 26, 2006

June 26 notes "Fledging any day now..."

Our young eaglets are growing fast and now look like real eagles. "Big" (as many of you like to call the largest bird), was hatched on April 10 making him or her 11 weeks old, and "Little" is about 4 days younger. Both eaglets are approaching the size and weight of their parents. In fact, young bald eagles have longer wing and tail feathers than their parents (biologists don't know why).

As astute viewers have observed, the adult eagles are rarely seen now except to make a quick prey delivery to the nest. They don't bother to tear the food apart, but allow the eaglets to carve up their food with their sharp beaks. Usually, the adults are within site of the nest (or perched out of view of the camera high in the nest tree). Adults on the coast of Maine have feeding territories up to a mile or two away from the nest depending on the location of feeding areas and competition from nearby nesting pairs.

About two weeks ago our eaglets started "limbing out," that is leaving the nest and perching on adjacent limbs. They don't go far from the nest and remain in camera view. Don't be surprised to see them start to fly/hop from limb to limb or nest to limb. Watch for the eaglets to grasp hold of a limb or the nest and beat their wings vigorously. This behavior accomplishes two things - first, its strenghtens their wing muscles in preparation for their first flight, and second, its gives the birds a good sense of the size and power of their wings. It takes considerable agility for bald eagles to fly in and out of trees with a 7 foot wingspan, and these pre-flight routines help them guage their own size. On breezy days, watch for the eagles to extend their wings and float briefly into the wind before settling down on the branch again. Sometimes they will snatch a branch from the nest and float into the air with the limb in their talons. A large portion of the day is spent preening (adjusting and oiling) their new feathers.

"Big" could make his or her maiden flight any day now. I studied the "fledging" phase of bald eagle ecology years ago as part of my doctoral research at the University of Maine. Young bald eagles make their first flight at 11 to 13 weeks of age. What makes a young eagle decide to leave the nest? After watching about 20 eagles fledge, I can't say for certain. I never saw the adults encourage the young to fly or to entice them away with a food item. Just like kids, I believe they just know when its time to try out their new wings!

On many occasions I witnessed the first, awkward flights of a young eagle. I recall that many times this occurred during one of their floating-into-the-breeze experiments when they missed the branch or got blown by a gust of wind. Suddenly, they realize they are airborn with nothing but a great void underneath them! The young eagles don't know the art of soaring and thermals, so they begin flapping vigorously. Since eagle nests (like this one) are located near water, the first flight is along the shoreline over a lake, ocean, or river. Usually, the first flight is no more than 200 to 500 yards. The shoreline environment provides many opportunities for landing - a log or rock on the shore, low trees, or maybe a large white pine. I've seen young eagles land in the water and row to shore with their wings. More often, they try to land in a tree. On several occasions I watched young eagles land on branches only to have their momentum carry them forward so they end up hanging upside down with wings extended like a giant bat. On other occasions I've seen them tumble from branch to branch in a tree until they desperately grasp a perch or talon full of twigs to stop their fall.

Adult eagles don't seem overly concerned that their young have fledged. "Big" will squawk and squeel at its parents when it gets hungry or if it sees the adult returning to the nest to feed "Little." A week or two after fledging, the adults will start to deliver food to the fledged eaglets in nearby trees. Although it is difficult for eaglets to learn how to grasp a fish with one foot and hang on to the tree with another. I've seen many a disappointed fledger hang their head in discouragement after fumbling and dropping a fish just delivered by its parents.

Fledging is a dangerous time for young eagles. They can get injured during their first flights. Sometimes, boaters will encounter an injured eaglet and bring it to us for rehabilitation. They are also vulnerable to predators. Young eagles who land on the ground will "climb" a tree by evening by hopping upward branch by branch. This gets them out of the way of ground predators like raccoons and foxes.

Don't be surprised to visit the webcam in the next week and only see a single eagle in the nest. "Big" could go any day. Once eaglets leave the nest, they usually develop the flying skills (or hunger) to make the flight back to the nest within a few days. The nest will remain a center of activity for the eagle family through the summer and serve as an easy landing spot for future feeding.

Mark McCollough, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

134 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

1600 EST Mark, Thank you so much for the article on what to expect in the next few weeks with our babies, I found that my eyes were watering as I read down through the article . I am certainly worried about them and realize what happens, happens. It has been so easy to fall in love with them and Little seems to be our favorite. Thanks you so much for all you have done with the eaglecam and look forward to getting just as attached to the loons, but have a feeling that I will always look forward to watch the eaglecam the most. BEV

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info re: the eaglets firsst flight. I have been thinking their wings looked greater than the adults but thought maybe it is because they are a little smaller than the adult therefore, the wings appear larger. Now I know they actually are.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 26 - 4:41PM EDT

Thanks for the update, Mark! It's so exciting to know that Big is so close to fledging... I had no idea it would be THAT soon!

I loved your descriptions of the fledging "mishaps" you've observed over the years - how comical!

MB in Cumberland County, Maine

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do eagles eat fur, feathers and bone? Some times it looks like a bone is swallowed. I have never seen prey delivered to the nest so not sure what it has been other than what bloggers have commented on.

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I live in Southern California just wanted to say Thank You for all the information on the eagles.
When I looked in a little while ago both big and little were sitting on one of the branches closest to the camera. What fun!!

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Redetta said...

Monday 2:08pm
wow, lots of good information! Thanks so much! What an experience to be able to witness a fledging.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Monday, June 26, 5:40PM EDT

"Thank you" Mark for taking the time to update us!

Incredible, BiG is testing out those big wings on the branch overlooking the ocean. He appears quite proud, as he should be. The cam refocused just as BiG was getting out of site! Terrific! LiTtLe is on the branch, but remaining close to nest. Ha--every time BiG flaps from branch to branch, LiTtLe looks down at his feet to make sure they're working! He's keeping an eagle eye on BiG but I really think he thinks BiG is off his rocker!

5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:15pm edt. Monday
When I turned on Big was on the limb directly in front of the camera, then hopped way out to the end. He pecked a few times at the pine needles and seemed pretty steady. He eventually hopped back into the nest--he looks ready to go. Little was on the limb also, but only about a foot away from the nest. He hopped back with Big.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All these messages got posted to the old biologist's entry after the new one was set up. I have learned to look there whenever a new biologist message goes up. Here they are.

Anonymous said...
It is 10:10 a.m. here in Va. and I finally got to see what some others have posted...at least one of the "babies" out on a limb flapping wings as though s/he is ready to take off!!! How huge their wings look. Other baby did one stretch. Thank you all so much for all you are doing for us to be able and watch this process of growth....I confess I did 2 watchings in a row this a.m...because I thought the one on the limb was going to jump off --just as the first time went off!!
Forgive me if I kept you from logging on for 2 mins. Just think some days I don't get on at all..
Glenda

7:19 AM

dukeyboy said...
10:20 am 6/26
Both eaglets on large waterside limb. Big above little - Major wing-flapping.

7:26 AM

Gweedo said...
It's 10:30 AM............Ike and Mike are out on a limb. They are flapping their wings getting ready for the big day. I am surely ready for that day as well. This has been a wonderful journey for us all. Thanx for the memories. Manchester NH!

7:34 AM

Carol said...
8AM PDT..Boo Hoo...I am happy for the eaglets but I have "Empty Nest Doldrums"....AND....they are not even gone yet! Good luck kids !

8:01 AM

NH Judi said...
June 26 11:30 am.
Big is so far out on the waterside branch he has almost disappeared from the screen. Every time he moves the whole branch sways. If a good wind were to come along while he was flapping his wings it would lift him off into the great abyss!
I find this both wonderous and nerve wracking to watch.

8:20 AM

Anonymous said...
I love this web site, I watch several times a day to see the progress these two are making. When the cam came up, my first thought was OMG their both out on the limb!!! but then when I read all the blogs, I wasn't alone in that thought!! haha

Funny how we've all gotten so involved in the lives of these two birds in such a short time! I don't know what I'm gonna do when they "fly the coup"! But for now, it's exciting and Great to watch. Thanks to all involved in putting this sight together..

Does anyone know if they are going to put another sight up of a diffrent animal for the fall?

8:28 AM

Anonymous said...
Hi All,
I tuned in around 10:10 am Maine time. The camera was in black and white and the weather looked very dreary. I saw Little sitting on the limb nearest the camera and Big sitting on the limb on the ocean side.

Then Big was on the move. Facing to the right, he moved sideways along the limb until he was up to the first fork and flapped his wings several times. Then he moved out onto the branch forking to the right! Then Big flapped some more and moved along the branch until he got to the first fork on the branch. He flapped some more and then moved out onto the left branch of the second fork!! At this point all I could see was mid-wing down to the feet. Everything else was off camera. Whenever he flapped, the whole branch shook up and down. Wow!

At this point Little decided to make his move. He flapped his wings and jumped onto the nest and then flew/jumped across the nest to the front. Then Little started flapping his wings and Big started flapping his wings and they were both flapping away!

Then Little decided he wanted to be out on the front limb as well. So, facing right, he moved onto the limb about half way between the nest and the first fork. He then alternated between flapping his wings and grabbing at the pine needles on the branch in front of him.

And then WOW! They both started flapping in unison! What a sight that was! Both flapping and the the branch is bouncing up and down, up and down!!

After this they both settled down and sat for a long while just looking around, preening and picking at pine needles. Occasionally they would flap. Sometimes singly, sometimes together. They sure look at ease and comfortable out on that branch.

Then around 11:10 Big started moving down the branch. He moved back towards the nest but Little was in the way. They pecked at each other and then Big moved back out, waited a minute or two and tried it again. Little still wouldn't let him past so Big moved back out to just below the second fork. At this point you could see all but his head.

Have to sign off now, but what an amazing display this morning! They seem to be pretty well matched with their flapping. It probably won't be long now before we watch them flap and suddenly disappear off the branch!

Sheryl in E. Waterboro, ME

8:29 AM

Anonymous said...
June 26 11:25AM EDT

Just logged on and now the eaglets are both on the SAME branch - the oceanside branch. Big is wayyyy out and up there on the limb, while Little is just a little way out... closest to the nest. I know Big could never "fly" back to the nest, so basically Little is in his way if Big were to want to get back in the nest. Interesting! A little passive-agressiveness on Little's part? ;)

Nice to see them getting braver and braver - daring to go "out on a limb"! Har har har. :D

MB in Cumberland County, Maine

8:31 AM

Anonymous said...
Monday June 26
11:30 AM E.D.T.
WOW

A mature is in the nest feeding just one eaglet ... the other eaglet is ignoring the whole process completely and is sitting on the branch furthest toward the ocean -- and he is way OUT on the branch.... The eaglet on the branch looks larger from this angle but it must be Little because Big would never stand by while Little got fed, would he? And MOM would never feed Little this way.

I went to the video to see what was happening. Noone is crying. It could be that Dad is feeding only Little, but it's hard to believe. It looks like the smaller parent and the smaller eaglet. I'm going back to the still cam, but it has totally lost it's picture so I'll have to log off the net and log back on again. Does this happen to other people? These viewings can sure be an exercise in FRUSTRATION.

Oh, boy, back to the still cam, and the eaglet way out on the branch flapped his wings like crazy and even the mature eagle looked that way, as did the eaglet that was being fed!! The parent then sat out on the branch for a minute, both eaglets flapped wings, and the parent flew off.

The eaglet that was being fed is alone in the nest now and from this angle it DOES in fact seem to be Little that was fed. He's now sitting on the other branch, nearest the camera. Big just moved down the other branch closer to the nest, and Little is staring his way.

OOOPS... the big eaglet just flew or hopped while flapping his wings, all the way across the nest, landing on the branch nearest the camera! Now they are side by side on that branch, backs to the camera.

9:10 AM

Anonymous said...
I wonder if it's true that once we are logged into the video cam it doesn't cost them any more if we STAY there.

Is it simply out of courtesy to other viewers they ask us get off after two minutes? Or does it COST by the minute?

IT is very difficult to follow the action on the still cam. And then when you get on the video cam, you hate to get off right in the middle of watching something you haven't seen before, etc.

And lately the still cam is going down on me regularly after I've watched it several minutes. I get half the picture, from the top down or the bottom up, first. Can see one eaglet only. Then the picture goes altogether. I have to log off the internet and log back on again to follow the action, even with the still cam.

Is anyone else experiencing this?

9:13 AM

Anonymous said...
Monday June 26
2 PM

When I looked in, a mature was over at the far side of the nest feeding an eaglet, while the other eaglet sat on the branch nearest the camera. Hard to tell which eaglet is which but it looks like the small one is getting fed. The one on the branch is looking over that way, and the parent eagle looked over at him for a moment. The second eaglet didn't hop over there to get in on the feeding.

Are they eating one at a time now, or what?

Again, the parent looked at the second eaglet .... (usually only the father pays any attention to the one that isn't feeding)

Now the parent is eating, and the eaglet that was being fed has moved over beside his sibling on the branch. He seens to be the smaller eaglet.

The parent kept eating for quite a long while. I left before he finished.

11:17 AM

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will there be a video compiled or somehow linked on the web site of the birds first flight?

For those who missed the videos of the white tailed eaglet's first flight, and want to see what Big's first flight might be like, go to

http://www.arkive.org/species/GES/birds/Haliaeetus_albicilla/more_moving_images.html

and click on the sixth video, of a fledging eaglet taking off on its first flight. It has one of the endings that Mark described!! :-)

6:56 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Mon, June 26, 7:18PM EDT

BiG is still out on ocean branch. I saw his "clutch" foot curled?

Then LiTtLe, sitting on branch facing cam curled his "break" foot and tucked it under his belly?

First time to see that manuever with our kids.

Oh my, BiG just balanced on one foot to scratch around beak. Comedy at its best!

Our kids are preening away....

7:31 PM  
Anonymous Pat K said...

Monday, June 26 7:30pm ET

Thanks so much for all the information on the upcoming fledgings and what to expect. Although the stories you told us about some of the fledgings you have observed over the years were informative AND funny, I'm hoping "our babies" first flights go flawlessly. :-)

I want to THANK all of you again who have made it possible for us to be a part of this miracle!!

Looking forward to and keeping my fingers crossed the next few days!!

7:33 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Mon, June 26, 7:53AM EDT

I also keep an eye on the Osprey growing in Blackwater and read on the blog...

"Eaglets become quite aggressive to parents delivering food this close to fledging", especially toward the father as he is smaller. This would explain why dad did sooo much feeding when our kids were younger.

There is a video on this link showing Aggressive Eaglet at chow time.

http://www.friendsofblackwater.org/osprey_cam_blog06/

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuesday June 27

From reading all the last postings I'm thinking Little has found a good strategy for keeping Big away from the food. All he has to do is wait until Big gets way out on a limb, and then go out behind him!! That way, Big CAN"T get back to the nest (and the food) first!! Not until he can hop over Little's head or fly around in back of him!

That should be enough incentive for Big to take flight any minute now!! :-)

Little does seem to sit around thinking a lot of the time. Maybe he DID plan it! :-)

6:47 AM  
Anonymous nancy in va said...

Tuesday, 7:20 am Loved the most recent entry by BRI. Wish we viewers could see some of the various first flights that Mark has seen! What a thrill all of them must have been. (minus any tragic ones, of course) I am now glued again to the cam awaiting the big event. Watched BIG and LITTLE and Parent all share the same breakfast with good manners. They now know that sharing is good, greedy is bad. Thanks, as usual, for all that you do!!!

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:30 am Tuesday. Both eagles are on branches, not together but on opposite sides of the nest. Our triplets in Oakland should also be ready to fly so this is an exciting time.

7:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:44 a.m. in Va. My Windows Media player couldn't /wouldn't open, but I sure do appreciate the nice, long article you have posted today. I will feel lost not to be able to see the "babies" each day, but hope they have a safe journey into LIFE.
Thanks so much for all you have done.
Glenda, Fieldale, VA

8:50 AM  
Blogger NH Judi said...

Tuesday 9:12am.I just took a peek and both were sitting on the branch nearest the water. Big reached over, plucked a pine needle and offered it to little as though trying to feed little. He looked so caring not at all like the bully he can be at feeding time :)

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6/27 9:15am [est]
Yesterday around 3pm I loged on & I could only see 1 eaglet, then I saw the very tip of a tail in the upper part of the screen, the branches closer to the water. Big was so far out on the branch. As we all know the branches get smaller as they extend out. It sure made me nervous for Big.
Little was watching Big & doing what ever Big did. Flapping wings etc. Big eventually came closer to the nest. When flapping his wings he was lifting off the branch at times. I love to look in on them.
I do miss the sound. I love hearing the surf.
We all will miss the eaglets when they fledge the nest. This sure has become a big part of our lives. I am not a computer juky, but this has been my most favorite place to look at. Thank you all very much. I will look forward to next year & a new set of babies.
from, Doris in NH

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1045ets 06/27/05... if someone is watching with me this am, please tell me that you are sure as well that it is LITTLE that is doing the wing aerobatics from the front branch? It is the cutest thing I have ever seen even to him almost going around the branch. I can't tell size all that well side to but I think BIG is on the back branch next to the eaglecam. It was very exciting and have taken pictures. BEV

11:07 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Tue, June 27, 11:25AM EDT

BiG is preening on the branch overlooking the ocean, and LiTtLe is doing the same on the branch facing our cam.

LiTtLe has really been a 'ham' for all of us to enjoy!

He's quite smart sitting opposite of BiG ensuring he doesn't get bumped off the branch when lunch is served!

Looks like a nice breezy day for our kids :)

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you too for the great eagle cam. I see the eaglets both on the branch limbs this Tuesday a.m. pacific time. I have been also keeping track of the Loon(s) with the eggs getting ready to hatch on the Loon cam as well.
I hope both "big" and "little" will fly their first flight safely and they will flourish in the wild.
Sarah in San Diego

11:47 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Tue, June 27, 1:56PM EDT

I LOVE those BIG yellow feet! They are the cutest.

BiG is plopped down on his belly in the nest, and his left foot is sooo sticking out from under him. LiTtLe is on cam branch doing some type of yawn thing, unless he is panting? All the while looking above as though waiting for something to DROP-from-the-SKY :)

2:04 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

5:09PM (EDT) 6-27-06
The eagletts at Nu.com in Barton Cove, MA were also born 4-10 and 4-14. The oldest one has branced but the youngest one is only flapping wings.

Today I noticed after BIG nearly finished eating LITTLE came and was able to nibble a tiny morsel, but wasn't too hungry.

Then what was so comical was the 2 lied down and played beak 2 beak game. They looked like they were practicing feeding one another, they LITTLE did some preening on BIG'S head. There wasn't any fighting, just curiosity about each others beak and feathers.

We'll certainly miss these two - and the loon family will not be around for much longer either.

Thanks for all the ob's and the woderful information from the entire staff.
Atlanta, GA

5:21 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Tue, June 27, 5:35PM EDT

Mr. Piggy (BiG of course) is obviously eating something toward ocean. LiTtLe hasn't a prayer on this meal. That's okay, BiG will be in for a surprise once he takes flight and returns for a free meal. LiTtLe will be boss then! Wow, the sun is setting on the nest and it is really a beautiful site.

5:42 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

7:06PM EDT - 6-27-06
Mom just flew in with a fair size fish. Immediately the 2 eaglets put their wings out hovering over the prey. I think Little was more in charge of it until mom walked in between them and took the prey and started feeding them again.

Although the sound isn't working well, I can hear the juveniles making the chirping calls for "feed me."

I'm surprised to see the juveniles allow the adult to take the food away. But I've noticed mom has no trouble - the last time I saw the dad do a delivery, he couldn't get out of there fast enough.

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuesday June 27, 7:20 PM

A parent is in the nest with the kids. Noone is eating now and they were not eating when I first looked in. Later when I looked at the blog I may find out that someone else saw them fed just prior to this.

I can't see the crops. Big just plopped down ... or it looked like plopping, when watching the still cam. Little is looking at him curiously. Little may have a full crop ... he has a slightly curved rounded breast but it isn't one big "ball" or "lump". He seems happy enough, though, not pecking around looking for scraps, and he has a chance while Big is napping.

The adult is looking out to sea, but he is still standing on the nest. Now he turns to look at the nest under his feet, picking up a few scraps and cleaning house? Now he seems to be cleaning his talons, and just being companionable, staying with the offspring, keeping busy, like all parents of young children ... never an idle moment! I think he may be looking for his mate to show up, as he watches out to sea in between fussing with some twig at the edge of the nest.

Shucks the picture just totally disappeared. Nuts. When I logged out and in again and got the picture back, the adult was gone. But guess what. Little moved up and started picking at stuff... it looked as though he found something to eat. And big woke up, turned over, and started watching Little, although he didn't STAND up and didn't try to take what Little had in his beak.

Now Little has plopped down, too. Maybe it is sleepy time for not-so-little eaglets.

Lullaby, and good night ...

7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6/27/ 7:15pm [est] t\Tuesday
The chicks were trying to eat something. I did not see the drop,
Dad flew in & took a big piece away from Big, they were having a tug of war with the piece, ofcourse Dad won.
Dad cont. to rip off meat & give peices to each chick. When the chicks finished, then Dad fed himself. Then flew off. Big started to ead again then layed on the leftover food. I am sure his snack for later.
They are now both beded down close together. They look very confy.
Dad sure keeps a close eye on the 2 of them. They are sure getting big & very hard to tell them apart.
An eagle lover in NH

7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, VA - 6/27

This afternoon Big and Little looked like they were sharing food. Then Little? laid down while it looked like Big was feeding him. Very cute tender moment.

I too will be suffering from empty nest syndrome. Let's keep up the blog for a little bit after they have flown the coup.

And again thank you to our biologists for their information and to BioDiversity and NWF for providing this window into the world of eagles.

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6/27 Watched our "chillens" practicing their flying and just strengthing their wing muscles. I also want to thank anonymous for the great link to watch the white tailed eagle's first flight. If you want to see other eagles about the same age as ours, go to
"view nesting birds" (without the parens) on Google and click the bald eagle listing. The first is two eaglets in BC that are similar to ours, one large and one smaller. They, too, are trying to fly. The next listing is a single eaglet on Santa Cruz Island that is also about ready to fly. This keeps me from overstaying my welcome on this site. They all will probably be flying at about the same time, any day now.

3:11 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Wed, June 28, 7:13AM EDT

Our BiG is out on the ocean branch facing the cam, and LiTtLe is on branch by cam. Both are carefully preening each feather individually. BiG has decided to show off his majestic wings :)

AMAZING...

7:24 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

9:20AM EDT 6-28-2006
Mom brought in a fish and BIG latched onto it immediately. She tried to figure how to get the fish back so she could feed the juveniles, but decided it was useless. Then she realized her departure area was cut off and had to jump onto the branch closest to the cam and that's the first time I've seen any adult leave from that side of the nest.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Wed, June 28, 12:18PM EDT

BiG just flew from end of ocean branch to middle of nest! One-complete Flaps worth! LiTtLe has been plucking at those down feathers. He is most amused when they blow in the wind around him.

BiG must be hungry he's cleaning crumbs off the nest. Well, he's decided to take his frustrations on a large twig while he takes a nap.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very much, I found your artical about fledging eagles very informative.thank you vevy much.
Nasser Vies

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the update on the eagles, sure will be a sad day when "Big and Little" leave their nesting grounds. But as we all know to well, all good things come to an end and having the eagle cam to watch has certainly been a good thing, to see nature at it's best. Thank you to all who have had a part in this project, I think we have all learned something new. I know I sure did. Thank you from Palermo, Maine

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's 5:30 P.M. Wednesday, and I just witnessed "Big" feeding "Little" some tidbits of food. Can you imagine if the third eaglet have survived, "Big" would have been really busy, feeding his siblings and flapping his wings in preparation of flight, I think "Big" has some great parenting ability in the years to come. My heart goes out to "Big". Parenting is not an easy job!!

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know people are just trying to be helpful, but instead of reposting a mass of comments from the previous blog entry, maybe it would be better to simply post a comment saying "be sure to read the last bunch of comments posted to the previous blog entry". It kind of feels like reposting all those comments makes the new comments page very long to wade through, even though i know those who repost the list of them are simply trying to be helpful.

Just a suggestion.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wet, bedraggled looking pair! I don't think the kids are enjoying the rain the East Coast has been hammered with any more than the rest of us.

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, VA - 6/28/06, 8:45p

A parent (I think Dad) fed both eaglets this afternoon. Big kept grabbing and Dad focused on Little. Big finally lost interest and walked away and sat on Little's branch til he could get back to his own. I only saw a little of the feeding, so I might of missed other things going (hopefully someone will be able to fill in). Anyway, I think fish was on the menu.

I don't think these guys are going to leave home - Mom and Dad stop by regularly to feed them, they each have their own viewing branch, life is good. And not to mention their very own captive audience!

8:54 PM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

I will try to answer a few of your questions...

- Yes, bald eagles sometimes eat feathers, bones, and other undigestible material. The undigested feathers and bones are regurgetated as a "pellet." If we are lucky enough to find eagle pellets at the base of the nest they can be teased apart to identify the prey remains.

Mark McCollough, USFWS

- Unfortunately, we will not be video-taping the first flight of Little and Big. As busy government employees, Charlie and I are swamped with other responsibilities. Also, there is not a good vantage point to videotape the nest from a distance.

- I am not aware that BioDiversity Inc. plans any future web cams in the fall. However, check out the live streaming "Puffin Cam" at Seal Island, Maine sponsored by National Audubon. The USFWS works closely with our Audubon partners on seabird restoration off the coast of Maine. They have a live streaming camera on Seal Island where you can view puffins, razorbill auks, roseate terns and other seabirds. These birds nest later than eagles, so you should have interesting viewing into August.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

The web site for the puffin cam is www.projectpuffin.org

Mark

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6/29 12:12pm pst
lots of wing flapping by both. Little got so close to the ocean side edge I though he was a goner. Hopping around and actually lifted off the nest and levitated while flapping. Grooming, looking around, Big going way out up on limb and then descending and pecking at and eating pine needles.

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 29 - 5:21 PM EDT

I just logged on and could only see ONE eaglet anywhere in view.. up on the ocean branch. I thought maybe the other was just on th other side, blocked by the one I could see. However, I just noticed that I can see the very tip of tail feathers coming down from a branch in the upper left. Is that Big? Did he "fly" up there? I can't imagine Little would be ready for such a bold move yet. If it's not Big (or one of the eaglets), then it has to be one of the adults... which means... where's Big?

I'm pretty it's Big up there in the upper left though - just moved so now tail feathers are no longer visible. I'm very curious as to what he does next! He'd definitely have to do SOME sort of "flying" to get back to the nest... unless he simply kept crawling out on that ocean branch, over to the left... But it looks like he's on a different branch to me.

I'll be interested to find out if anyone saw what happened - how he got up there!

MB from Cumberland County, Maine

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6/29/06 9pm pdt. Will you be back with the eagle cam next spring? This has been such a wonderful gift you have given us, thank you. We will miss our babies, may they soar for years to come.

12:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friday June 30th

I want to thank the blogger who posted the web site about the large eaglets and how aggressive they can be toward a parent -- not sure if it's just when the parent is bringing food in, but I assume that's the only time. I suppose in their great hunger, they see the parents as competion for food.

The father is smaller than the eaglets now, or certainly no bigger, than them, and there are two of them. I can see why he doesn't hang around the nest.

Do you suppose this is why the female took over so much of the feeding a while back, and the male would leave when she came in to feed the eaglets? At that point, he really didn't need to leave, and it seemed strange. I always hated to see him leave because he was the only one that fed Little.

6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the eaglets are more aware of each other as companions or siblings or nest mates, and more interested in one another now. Little always kind of watched Big, probably because he HAD to, in order to know when it was safe to try to eat, etc. But now they seem to be more interested in one another. When one of them flaps his wings, the other one seems fascinated. I wonder if they realize that's what they look like when THEY flap, or what?

Babies love to watch toddlers and toddlers love to watch older children, and they imitate or emulate the older ones. They seem to learn a lot from them. I'm never sure how far it's considered okay to make comparisons from one species to another, but I think some of this has happened with the eaglets. They have seen their parents out on the branches, they Big went out there and Little watched him for a while before HE went out there. Etc.

I wonder if they see their parents spread their wings and fly off into space and "know" or "assume" they can do it, too?

6:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friday June 30th 9:23 am

Big just was way out on the right fork of the branch to the ocean side of the nest, flapping up and down, holding on with one foot, etc. I thought for sure he'd take off. Then he seemed to have scared himself, quickly sidled sidwase one foot at a time back down the branch, getting to the thickest part, and then examined his feet carefully as if thinking there had been something wrong with them.... hopped back onto the side of the nest for a moment, then back out on the branch, but only on the thick part.

Meanwhile Little was perched on the left hand fork, he started flapping as soon as Big stopped. Little flapped and hopped and then HE sidled back down the left fork quickly... but he can't get to the fat part of the branch, as Big has control of it!!

These birds are going to fly soon, and it looks as if it could be Little just as easily as it could be Big

I wonder whether a lighter bird can fly easier than a heavier bird?? it is fascnating to watch on the video, but I have to get off now. It looks as if the wind is blowing the branches, so when they get on the small end of the branch the wind is carrying them. Mark said a gust of wind at the wrong moment can send them air borne even when they don't intend it.

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's 9:20 Friday morning, checking in to see our babies, both "Big and Little" are out on branches, each one doing his or her own thing flapping and hopping around on their own branch. Rather exciting morning for them I guess. And last nigh sometime around 7 I checked in and there appeared to be only one eagle. I was saddened. But low and behold Mom and Pop flew in with some kind of bird kill and with in seconds in flew the other eagle, he or she was up in the tree top out of the camera's view. I was then releived to know "Big, I assume it was" was staying around a while longer. must run now, eagle watcher in Palemro,me.

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:26 am est 6/30
One of the eaglets(not sure which) flew from the far branch into the nest. It won't be long now. They are flapping their wings hard and are ready to go. I will miss them.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Fri, June 30, 11:59AM EDT

Obviously I missed lunch being served, but am happy to witness BiG and LiTtLe eating together side by side. Well that didn't last long. LiTtLe has decided now would be a good time to show off those wings. Still keeping the 'ole eagle eye on lunch (Although it doesn't appear there will be much left!)

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6/30 Noon: Bay City MI
OMG!!! When I checked in on the chitlins this morning at 8:30 AM, I only saw one. At first my heart sank, one baby flew the nest and I would not know how he progressed anymore. Then my heart rejoiced because one baby was growing up and flew the nest. Now it is noon and I see both chitlins are "limbing". My heart rejoices because I can still see BOTH of the babies. Then my heart saddens because one has not progressed far enough to fly yet. OMG!!! this is better than ANY reality TV because it is unedited reality. Can we get this as a cable channel?

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

06/30/06 2:10Est... Just wondering if anyone else saw "Big" and "Little"playing yesterday afternoon? It was the cutest thing they had a stick and Little had the stick stuck to his tail feather and everytime he moved the stick would fly up, finally getting tired of this Little reached around and grabbed and tried to get it lose and then Big jumped down and grabbed it and they played and this was sometime bewtween 10-12 yesterday morning. Also they both got on Little's branch and there is a stick with pine needles on it that they sprang back and forth and Little looked to me like he was eating the bark? Anyway yesterday was a fun day for them, I agree that they don't have any intentions of leaving as they cuddle late in the afternoon and they each have there branch and Dad feeds them most of the time,LIFE is good. BEV

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could the longer feathers on the young be like "training wheels" while they are learning to fly?

2:27 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Fri, June 30, 2:35PM EDT

BiG on ocean branch preening. His tail feathers have really stiffened up.

LiTtLe is on the cam branch just looking around. He is really getting that 'eagle look' now. Meaning when he turns to look at something, his actions are much more snappy.

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friday June 30th
2:51 PM Eastern Daylight Time

One of the eaglets is up on the branch above Little's favorite perch, in the foreground near the camera. Little is staring right into the camera, as he does at times. I think there must be a reflection off the lens or something.

Big's tail is hanging down behind Little. I hadn't even NOTICED that branch before. I read the comments before posting this, and note that someone else saw Big up there yesterday.

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From PA with love to our babies:
I have been glued to this amazing little comedy/drama all summer but have never posted a comment. Yes, I have donated to both eagle and loon cams and have forced myself to limit my viewing of the live video, so everyone's postings and updates have been MUCH appreciated as we watch our babies grow up.
This afternoon,however,
"Anonymous's" posting about Big scaring himself and then checking his big ol'funny yellow feet had me laughing out loud all by myself, then choking up at the thought that we'll be losing sight of them soon, then giggling again. Talk about a rollercoaster! Thank you ALL, and BRI, especially, for this awesome blessing, and may God bless our babies for many years to come. I know I'll never be the same after this.
heloise/pa
3:13 p.m.

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

06-30-06 2:10PM augusta, me

One of the eagles, not sure if it was big or little was out on the branch and when he flew down to land on the edge of the nest and climb up.. missed or just decided it was time to go down a level! Looks like the real thing. The eagle that is left is looking down to see what is going on. Wish I had sound!

3:19 PM  
Blogger NH Judi said...

Friday 3:13pm. I just checked in and I can not see one of the eaglets. It looks like little is sitting on the branch closest to the water and straining to see what is going on below him. I think Big has finally flown from the nest. They were both there at 2 :15 when I last looked..I will miss you big..stay safe!

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ONLY ONE EAGLET!!!!!

At 3:10 edt, 6/30, 2 birds. At 3:14, ONE bird!!

I MISSED IT!! UUUUGH!!!!!

Greenland, NH

3:21 PM  
Blogger TNTalker said...

My gosh ... he's gone! Big is gone and I missed it!

3:22 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

3:10pm Big was wayyy out on the upper limb, tried to fly down to the nest, missed his footing and fell..... OMG, I'm just devastated because I can't see what's going on. Little moved to the bottom of the limb and is looking down curiously. Will Big be able to get back up to the nest? He's so vulnerable on the ground! I'm sooo worried. Barbara in NH

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its been 10 minutes since I saw Big miss the nest and go over and dissapear on the ocean side..little has been looking over the side like he is looking for Big...do you have anyone in the area that would know if Big is OK?

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 20 - 3:25 PM EDT

Just logged on and only one eaglet is in view of the camera - and the other is no where to be seen. I'm assuming Little is the one there... she's looking straight UP... so I'm guessing she's looking at Big up there somewhere. She just yawned - I think maybe bored, now that Big is further away. Right now Little is out on the ocean-side limb, the thick part.

MB from Cumberland County, Maine

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm fairly certain I just witnessed - by complete chance - the first eaglet fledging, at about 3:15 pm today (June 30). Both were out on limbs, and one was gradually fly-hopping back to the nest when suddenly he took a last "hop" and dropped completely out of sight on the ocean side of the next (with his wings extended and flapping). I've been watching on and off for the past 15 minutes and he has not reappeared. The other eaglet is clearly interested in what is happening below - he's perched on a limb staring down. There's no audio, but I'm wondering if perhaps the fledged eaglet is squawking below, keeping the still-nested bird's interest.

-Mainer in exile (in PA)

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AND THEN THERE WAS ONE...

Oh, I am so bummed that I missed the fledging! Now, remaining eaglet is very preoccupied with something 'south'. ALL day I have been checking the still pix and live stream, and I just KNEW one of them was going to take off. Lots of mock launch posturing! Extreme limbing by one eaglet--way, way out on ocean branch. Obscured by upper right-hand corner of branches/leaves many times today. They rec'd two feedings that I know of; bounced around throughout most of morning/afternoon, or rode (static) wind currents; lots of preening by one; numerous exchanges of positions on branches, etc., etc.

Greenland, NH, (again). 6/30 3:30pm edt

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI- Actually we saw the big eaglet fall from the thin branch out of the tree. He did'n t fly, we saw him falling, flapping his wings, but falling. We wonder how close the nest is to the water?

3:34 PM  
Blogger Rosemary said...

It is 1528 and I only see one bird.I am assuming this is Little.They were both there earlier today huddled together on same branch in the rain. OOOOO it looked nasty.Well if Big has fledged may our good wishes go with him/her. I wait to see if he is just out on a limb.

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the same thing, only I wasn't sure if he was trying to get back to the nest and missed or if he was actually flying. The remaining baby came in closer to the nest and kept looking straight down.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

BIG HAS FLEDGED!!!!!!! I tuned in today at approximately 3:05 pm Maine time on June 30th literally seconds before he took off.

Little was out on the front branch way out and far off to the left. Big was on the branch that goes all the way across the screen at an upward angle from left to right. All of a sudden he flapped his wings, dropped off the branch and was gone! He appeared to drop in front of the nest.

Soon after Big disappeared, Little came back toward the nest and sat on the branch craning his head and looking down. He appeared to be looking intently at something below and in front of the nest. I can only assume it was Big. Little did this for several minutes, almost looking like he was going to jump/fly down himself.

Now Little is sitting all by himself on the branch in front of the nest. He's looking around crying every so often as if to say "Where did everybody go?"

Wow, how exciting and how sad too. I hope that Big makes his way back to the nest soon so we can see him again!

3:44 PM  
Blogger Rosemary said...

Apparently Big has taken to wing.Sorry I missed it.We have tried to watch on and off all day,but ah as luck would have it when I logged on at 1520 only one bird was there. After reading others comments I guess Big has fledged. Maybe he will come back for a meal or two.Luck and love be with you oh great big bird! FloridaRosie

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the same thing, but I'm not sure if the eaglet was trying to get back to the nest and missed or if it was actually flying. The remaining baby came in closer to the nest and kept looking straight down.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just noticed one eaglet is missing....2:52 p.m. in TX and when I looked a bit ago, there were still 2. wow...........
Corsicana, TX

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

06/30/06 1600 est... I think that Big just did his thing and jumped to the branch below the nest. Little is on the branch and at first was calling and now is just leaning way over???? Poor thing. I cried as I know this is the beginning of the endof the eaglecam. This took place at 3:15 this afternoon. I was stunned and kept waiting for him to jump back down from an upper branch. Oh well Little is next. Is there a chance that Big could climb back up into the nest tonight? Bev

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Bill Japenga said...

I saw "Little" fall out of the nest just after noon Pacific Standard time. It was standing on the branch to the right, just after the bend. It slipped, flapped a second then dropped out of site.

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 30 - 4:42 PM EDT

I went out to do an errand after my last post at 3:25, and it looks like Big went missing around 3:15! I missed it by ten minutes!

It's interesting that, not knowing that Big fell DOWN, that I thought Big flew UP, by how Little seemed to be looking straight up. Maybe Little was looking up at one of the parnents though.

When I returned, I see Little hop-fly from the ocean branch to the nest... he was definitely airborn!

I think we'll see for sure how well Big can fly when the next food drop comes in - nothing like food for motivation... especially when it comes to Big!

MB in Cumberland County, Maine

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember reading that there is a house close to the nesting site--hopefully someone is checking to make sure there is no poor little baby on the ground!! Wow I cant believe I am this attached to these babies! I am hoping and praying that the missing baby will make it back to the nest for feeding and bedtime!!
Pat Burlington Ontario
June 30 @ 4:57pm EST

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lesser eaglet is crying for his brother...perhaps his leaving will be a bit more graceful

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 20 - 5:08 PM EDT

The live cam has slowly zoomed out - I'm sure to see if Big can be seen anywhere. I'm pretty sure I've seen some movement down to the right... just below the nest, and over to the right of it. I've been able to just catch glimpses of a head moving... a very large branch of pine needles in the foreground is blocking the view, but I really do think Big is there... probably on a branch. I keep seeing JUST the very top of a head moving. Again, it's bottom right corner of the zoomed out screen - just below and to the right of the nest.

MB in Cumberland County, Maine

5:16 PM  
Blogger steve said...

I too saw Big "fall" it happened at 3:08 local time. Now that they have changed the camera angle...I'm pretty sure you can see big in the bottom right hand corner...behind the pine limbs. There is definitely something moving there??

5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just noticed a head on bottom right hand portion of screen. the view is obstructed by leaves but if you look carefully you can see definite movement! Thanks to the biologists for this improved view! They must be looking for the baby too!
Pat Burlington Ontario
June 30 @ 5:15pm EST

5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea I see a baby.... Thanks for letting us see down.

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, what a nice, fast change of view! :~)

Greenland, NH

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

I missed it. But thank you all for describing it so well!!

I suspect he landed in the tree -- because of the way Little was staring down.

If he is in the tree, maybe there's a nearby tree he can hop over to, and work his way back and forth from tree ti treem branch to branch, up to the nest. Or half fly half hop. Mark said they will find a way to get back in the tree, if they land on the ground.

Knowing Big, with HIS appetite, he'll be back for a meal!! :-)

I think Big will make it!! There are people living nearby and I suspect if there is a problem they know who to call.

Little sure looks lonely!

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sad about this - I too was watching the babies and think it was BIG on the upper right nest who all of a sudden went out of view. I didn't see him fly or fall but am grieving for what might be his demise. Will the BioDiversity folks go to the nest area to see if he is in need of human intervention? I have also seen maybe one or both of the parents flying by in the back ground - wouldn't that be amazing if it was BIG????

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the saddest time for me - I feel as though these babies are my own!!!! Can the BioDiversity folks assure us BIG is ok and just doing what all eaglets do by leaving the nest OR is he on the ground and hurt? Would human intervention take place if so? Thank you so much.

5:35 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

5:40 Jun30-2006
I am glad the cam has zoomed out. Now we can see BIG on the branch to the lower right of the tree. Just now Little was looking as if he wanted to venture out as well, instead he got some great flaps in. Big has hopped/flew up to a higher branch - around to the water side so he's not visible any longer.

Thanks so much for the NEW CAM shots.

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for panning out so we can see BIG 'out on a limb'! The branches make him hidden most of the time, but when he flaps those wings we know he's there! Good luck Big!!!

5:46 PM  
Blogger CF said...

I see him ... the one that went out of the nest. He is in the right hand corner of the cam, on a branch in the pine boughs, flapping his wings. The other is very curious and aggitated by the whole thing.

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 30 - 5:44 PM EDT

I WAS RIGHT! Just a few minutes ago I started seeing flapping wings down where I thought I spotted movment and the top of Big's head - down below the nest, to the right... the area right being blocked by the big pine bough in the foreground.

I've seen several major flapping attempts from Big, so I'm tinking he's really wanting to get back in the nest.

MB in Cumberland County, Maine

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

at approx. 5:40 P.M after your cam panned oit, I spotted Big below the right side of nest! Yeah!!!

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

06-30-06 5:40pm EDT



Hey everybody, I can see BIG and she/he is okay!

BIG is well and is below Little on the branch behind the pine branches!!!!! What a brave and majestic two these babies are! Let the adventures begin as they move on to the life of rulers of the sky!

5:54 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Ok Folks.....I missed Big fledging as well...but at around 4:45 CST I checked the video....and to my surprise there is a bird a couple of branches down on the right hand side.....i think he just fell.....little or the eaglet in the nest keeps looking over the edge....it is BIG! The cam has been changed so we can see a bit more of the action....not so zoomed in on the nest. Don't panic, he is safe!

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big is on a limb below the nest to the right ocean side

5:56 PM  
Anonymous EA said...

OMG what a joyful sight(5:45pm on 6/30)! It appears Big survived his plunge and is in branches just below the next base on the right. His head profile is intermittently visible along with what appears to be gross weak wing flapping. Little continues to be very curious and hopefully won't decide to join him on the lower branch. I eagerly await elevation to the security of the nest.

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I see BIG......lower right hand side of screen - behind the branch greenery - every so often I think I see wings being flapped....does anyone else see this?

6:10 PM  
Blogger pugbug said...

hey- the eaglet that fell is about 6-7ft below on the right behind a branch. he strecthed out his wings to try and get back up to the nest, but didn't make it. keep watching

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:18

Little is looking over the edge, on the ocean side, to the left. Maybe he can hear or see Big. Wish we had sound.

6:23 PM  
Blogger dukeyboy said...

6:18 pm 6/30
Thanks to new camera angle, Big is on branch below the nest(right side) - appears to be coming home.

6:23 PM  
Blogger NH Judi said...

Friday June 30th 6:20pm. One parent arrived with food and dropped it in the nest. Little began eating while hooding the food. Suddenly there was screeching from down below and the flutter of dark wings in the branches down below. The parent flew down there and stayed with the other eaglet while little ate his fill! Both seem to be alive and well!

6:26 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

30 Jun 06 - 6:25PM (EDT)
Just caught tail end of a food delivery and chick had wings spread out to protect his "prey" from the adult. Adult flew off and still don't see BIG in the branches. Maybe later or tomorrow he'll revisit his old home place.

6:30 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

6:30PM (EDT) 6-30-06
Just saw BIG - there are 3 branches that intersect the right side of the screen - he's just below that lowest branch (evidently one branch we can't see). Anyhow, he was spreading those huge eagle wings. The pines are blocking his view. So he is obviously going back and forth from the front of nest to the side.
Little is sure enjoying his meal all alone.

6:35 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

That nest is huge!!! Friday, June 30th, 6:25 pm. Great shot!! Little is eating and Big is trying to make his way back to the nest, from a limb just below. An adult just dropped a meal at the nest. The food should be enough motivation to get Big back up to the nest for the night.

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can see the fledged eaglet now--its down on the lower right of present view!!

Greenland, NH

6:41 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

6:38pm (EDT) 6-30-06
Just turned on the live view and saw BIG's wings on left (lower) side of nest. So he can obviously make it from side to side - either using the branches or short flights. Amazing!

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep your eyes peeled on the lower nest area. The fledgie pops up on both the left and right sides. All is well so far! :)

Greenland, NH
6/30 - 6:40pm edt

6:46 PM  
Blogger Sherri Delaney said...

He/she is on a branch just below the nest.....about 5:00 o'clock for lack of a better description. Watch closely as he keeps flapping, trying to figure out how to get back up. Parent brought in food between 5 and 6 PM

7:00 PM  
Anonymous NYS Lady said...

The fallen eaglet is fine. He is below the nest on the water side of the nest. I think he is trying to figure out how to get back up there!!

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Bill Japenga said...

The cam has pulled back, perhaps went to wide angle. I saw 'missing' Eaglet about ten feet down and to the right of the nest. Actually just saw its wings flailing, can't see it's body. I wonder if it can climb back up, or if it has a clear path to take off, or is trapped?

7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been unable to get the video cam all day--eagle and loon. Has anyone else had a problem--maybe I'm the only one since it according to the comments--lots of you saw the fledging.

8:04 PM  
Blogger nancyoncapecod said...

2 eaglets...big flapping and hopping around, ready for another performance....little out on the branch stretching wings, trying it out...perhaps a little timid from yesterdays "fall"? Big will be taking off any minute now it seems...eager to go.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

CHARLIE--YOU HAVE BEEN BUSY!!

TERRIFIC READING!

HAD TO CHUCKLE WHEN YOU MENTIONED THE "MODERN DAY" FACIAL YOU RECEIVED FROM THE TRAVELING EAGLET.

"KUDOS" TO YOU AND YOUR WIFE :)


QUESTION??

CHARLIE MENTIONED LITTLE EAGLET FELL, WHILE BLOGGERS MENTIONED BIG?

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ps
Monday aft.

If you look to the right of the screen now, way off in the distance, below that branch that sticks out under the nest on the right .... you can see the "point" of land off in the distance that I mentioned. It has trees on it.

3:15 PM  
Blogger JOJO said...

Why doesnt Big take off
Seems Big rather wait and eat and sleep and just look around
Mom brought food and was gone fast
Fly Big Fly

5:35 PM  
Blogger NH Judi said...

8:40 am. I saw big way up on oceanside branch almost out of camera range. He was dancing around then I blinked and he was gone. Did anyone see what happened?

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone else has posted this address earlier, that's how I found it. If you look back through several pages of e-mails, in many of them you'll see pictures from this nest, and links to videos. I have a Mac and have trouble playing some of the videos, but I can play these two, which show Little falling, and Big flying. We're not sure whether Big left the tree, or just flew into the upper branches. But when the parent was there eating that fish, if Big were in the upper branches, I think he would have parachuted down, don't you?!

Thanks so much to the person who told she found a link to a picture of the tree with lots of lower branches, on the BRI home page. I'm also very grateful to whoever on the staff took the time to update the blog on the Fourth in the afternoon, so we could see what others had to share.

This is the web site... mail was up to page 35 when I copied it, but you can go forward or backward at the lower right hand side of the page. Go backward for pictures of Little climbing back into the nest, and Little falling, etc.

http://forum.infotecbsi.com/viewtopic.php?t=6750&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=850

I have to post another entry to put in the links for the videos, as this typing will disappear if I leave it long enough to copy those links. See my next post.

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Jane E. said...

LINKS

These are the addresses for the videos of Little falling (Saturday July 3rd) and Big flying off (or up!) July 4th in the morning. They were put "up" by someone from that Infotech link that I just posted.

http://pages.prodigy.net/proddave/Eagles/fallingeaglet.wmv

http://pages.prodigy.net/proddave/Eagles/launch.wmv

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone else has posted this address earlier, that's how I found it. If you look back through several pages of e-mails, in many of them you'll see pictures from this nest, and links to videos. I have a Mac and have trouble playing some of the videos, but I can play these two, which show Little falling, and Big flying. We're not sure whether Big left the tree, or just flew into the upper branches. But when the parent was there eating that fish, if Big were in the upper branches, I think he would have parachuted down, don't you?!

Thanks so much to the person who told she found a link to a picture of the tree with lots of lower branches, on the BRI home page. I'm also very grateful to whoever on the staff took the time to update the blog on the Fourth in the afternoon, so we could see what others had to share.

This is the web site... mail was up to page 35 when I copied it, but you can go forward or backward at the lower right hand side of the page. Go backward for pictures of Little climbing back into the nest, and Little falling, etc.

http://forum.infotecbsi.com/viewtopic.php?t=6750

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuesday July 4th

Hopefully a biologist would have posted news if there was anything out of the ordinary going on with Big and Little.

Maybe they are somewhere in the lower branches of the pine tree, or maybe they are practicing their flying skills back and forth from tree to tree around the nest.

I hope when they get some altitude, they'll come back to the nest for a feeding, where someone can see them and tell the rest of us! Or maybe even get a picture!

4:33 PM  
Blogger JOJO said...

little been in the nest two days now ,, glad she is back ,,,,,,,,

3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

august 27

over a month since biologist update.

I saw one eagle feeding twice this week, both times about 5am pacific 8 am eastern.

Was sitting on edge of nest with meal held under talon ripping off one piece at a time.

Woulda watched longer, but had to get to work.

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me again. No birdies since my last time. I miss seeing them.

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sept 1 4am pacific

no eagles at nest.

has anyone seen them recently?

7:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sept 7 06
430 am pacific

me again

haven't seen activity for weeks.

has anyone ?

7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

me again

what's happening ?

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw an eagle at the nest 9-26 at 6:39 pm.Didn't see it long enough before it flew to tell if it was a baby or parent.

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just saw 2 eagles in the nest. They do have the bald heads so they must be the adults

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10-25-06
430 am pacific

i have seen no activity for weeks

7:58 AM  
Anonymous CS from Michigan said...

10/29/06 I have seen the eagles working on their nests several times throughout the past couple weeks. They are usually there quite early in the morning when I see them, and work for about an hour or so. It is amazing to watch them bring some very large branches into the nest. It is amazing that they can fly with them. Thanks for keeping the eagle cam going.

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a Native American Indian and we have a high respect for eagles and I was wanting to know what type of food they eat so that I could leave an offering for some eagles I have seen along the Kansas River in Kansas City, KS.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12/11/06 One morning last week I happened to see one eagle on the nest. Such a pleasant surprise.

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Ellen Casey said...

When I logged on to the Eagle Cam out of curiosity yesterday, I was very surprised to see two eagles on the nest!

6:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12/14/06

Saw two eagles on the nest yesterday afternoon!

6:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here it is, Dec 30th 2006 and I saw an adult Eagle checking out the nest. It was around noon EST. It's 4:00 pm now and it's snowing up there to beat the band. I'm down in MD just outside of D.C. I'm glad to see there have been other sightings. Does anyone know if it is "our" Mr. or Mrs. checking things out? I really couldn't tell since there was only one Eagle. Thank you so much for keeping the Eagle cam running. I sure hope the little ones have been doing well also.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Ellen Casey said...

4;13 pm Sunday January 7


Just happened to log on to the eaglecam, and, lo and behold, an eagle was sitting on the big branch on the far side of the nest. I hurriedly logged on to the live cam, and only got to watch him or her for about 30 seconds before it took flight! EAC

4:20 PM  

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