Friday, June 30, 2006

June 30 notes: the trials & tribulations of fledgling eaglets

" ... one bumbling tumble for bald eagles ..." Yes, astute observers of the eagle cam witnessed a less than stellar exit from the nest by our smaller eaglet about 4 pm EDT today, June 30. I have to be honest: I didn't see it, but a barrage of phone calls soon confirmed that this complicated process of flight is underway at the eagle cam!

Many are concerned for its fate because this maiden voyage looked more like a flop / fall than a flight. Fear not: I called a neighbor who sees the bird on a limb beneath the nest, while "big sister" remains in the nest. As Mark described in our last Journal entry, nothing surprises us about first flights, first landings, and the entire early fledging period. It is indeed a high risk time, and therefore, perhaps more compelling to watch. We have zoomed out the camera to give a wider angle view of the entire nest and surrounding lateral limbs of the nest tree so perhaps more of the process will be in view for those who dare to watch!

Actually, all is going well at the eagle cam. Here are some brief notes from other nests around Maine to give you a taste of the many challenges faced by nesting eagles:

A Sagadahoc County nest has triplets when Chris DeSorbo and I visited the nest on May 15. Chris and Bill Hanson combine to band eaglets and obtain blood samples for monitoring dietary mercury. One of the three 4-week old eaglets is smaller than its siblings. Since Maine is planning to donate an eaglet from 3 different nests to a reintroduction in Vermont, we immediately broach the idea of removing one here with the very conscientious landowners who are agreeable. We have to wait to find a "set" of appropriately aged eaglets. Chris visits 3 weeks later and finds only two eaglets: a repeat incident of what happened a few weeks earlier at this eagle cam. The same outcome reduces broods of 3 eaglets at a nest in Kennebec County and one in Waldo County. When food is limiting or harsh elements challenge an adult's ability to care for all nestlings, only the strongest survive. We look elsewhere for eaglet donations to Vermont.

A Penobscot County nest with poor productivity has been closely monitored since March as part of special research monitoring dioxins in Maine eagles. It's a priority sampling site for the mercury study as well. Two addled eggs were recovered here in 2005. We are all pleased by their apparent success this year when my May 23 flight revealed two 4-week old eaglets standing in the nest. On a June 1 flight, only scattered remains of both dead eaglets are visible: the victims of scavenging ... or possibly predation. Chris finds two 6-week old eaglets dead in a Washington County nest later in June that were likely killed by another predator. Our climbing crews have now recovered 5 dead eaglets in little over a week. Tissues will be tested.

On June 5, wildlife rehabilitator Anne Rivers follows up on a report that 2 eaglets are on the ground at a Hancock County nest. She retrieves them; feeds and rehydrates them for 3 dyas; and gets a veterinary exam, blood tests, and full body X-ray. I investigate the site and find the nest 100% fallen and a neighbor who has lost 10 hens to predators. The birds would not have fared well here, and they become (by default) our first "volunteers" to move to Vermont. They go home with me and get a 50-mile head start on their 400-mile trip. Haddock for dinner!

Good news from other locations: there are healthy sets of triplets at 3 Kennebec County nests. Eagles did not nest in Kennebec County between 1975 and 1994 as past declines decimated eagle numbers near Maine's state capital. One of the triplets is at the last Kennebec nest occupied in 1974 before their disappearance and where eagles returned to nest in 2001 after a 27-year absence. The landowner recalls when "his eagles" were the beneficiary of an egg transplant in 1974. The karma is good, and on June 8 we take the smallest eaglet away to join Maine's donation to Vermont. Bill Hanson climbs the tree on a very rainy day and soon after I am driving away with my wife holding a wet eaglet on the passenger seat so the bird will show up dry in Vermont. Only 10 miles down the road of its 250-mile journey our passenger shifts its weight, does a headstand, and does what all well-fed eaglets do. ("Eagle cam" watchers all know what happens next!) I am plastered by eagle poop at point-blank range. My sympathetic wife eventually stops laughing and orients the eaglet in another direction just in case. The transfer of 3 dry eaglets for Vermont is completed a few hours later. I look for a change of clothes!

Here's one final anecdote to show that sometimes we can remedy pending eaglet losses. Chris climbed another Sagadahoc County nest on June 12 and bands a 4-1/2 week old eaglet with large facial inflammations below its eyes. Bill Hanson returned to the nest on June 27 with wildlife rehabilitator / clinician Marc Payne who lanced the swollen sinuses and administered an antibiotic and sutures. It's pretty clear that this bird would not have made it without some help.

Management comments: Research at eagle nests and interventions with nestlings is always conducted in small windows of opportunity to minimize risks. Eaglets aged 4 - 7 weeks old can withstand the interruption and brief lack of parental care. Thus, we were not tempted to intervene at the "eagle cam" nest when the third eaglet was lost in just its third week: risks to its siblings could not be justified. Wildlife managers often prescribe timing safeguards to minimize potential disturbances near nesting eagles. The timing and unique circumstances of each location are considered in combination. As you watch fledgling eaglets in the difficult early stages of life out of the nest, please realize that this is another sensitive period when eagle nests can use all the privacy we can afford them. -- Charlie Todd, Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

184 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the wider cam shot. I saw the eaglet flap its wings on a lower branch.

7:13 PM  
Anonymous Tim said...

1600 Pacific Time -- One eaglet is on a branch to the left of the nest, the other is on a branch below and to the right of the nest. I can't tell which is which. The one below the nest occasionaly flaps it's wings and appears to be trying to get back to the nest. The camera suddenly went from color to black & white. THANK YOU very much to the biologists, the individual donors and the corporate sponsors for making this wonderful experience possible.

7:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, VA - 6/30 - 7:15pm

Thank you Charlie for your very quick update. I had just logged onto the blog to say I had spotted, as it turns out Little, hopping around on the lower branches. Do you think he/she will be able to make it back into the nest? And will mom/dad feed him where he is?

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the update and I would also like to thank everyone involved. This has been a wonderful experience and am greatful for this learning experience.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

4:30 PDT Thank you so very much for the info re Little's current struggles and those of other Eagles throughout the east coast. You are doing marvelous work and have provided us with experiences to last a lifetime. I will continue to be "glued" to the site for updates.

7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy that I learned of BRI (via NWF newsletter). As a 40yoa non-trad student at UNH (Env. Consrv. Studies w/ consrv. bio focus), I can't express enough how pleased I am that your webcams have generated so much interest. Many thanks to the biologists and to those who have fought for tougher restrictions on those industries that contribute to poor water/air/etc. Seeing these eaglets garner so much fame leaves me very, very hopeful that the word will spread that mercury pollution, among many other forms of pollution, is a very real, very disturbing, serious issue for much wildlife (and us!). Get yourself informed, inform others, and don't take no for an answer.

Greenland, NH

7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seen Little on the branches below the nest to the right - He's been flapping away but I'm not sure what good it will do him at this point as it's barely dark and I don't think he'll attempt a maiden flight tonight. I worry that he won't be able to hold on through the night and will fall to the ground below - are there safety measures in place should that happen? Very sad in Hallowell.

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Charlie, SO much for your Update!!
When I looked in this afternoon and just saw one eaglet, I really paniced! I thought that the lone eaglet was Little because he/she was on Little's branch - cam side. And to learn that our first fledger WAS LITTLE and that he's fine down below just makes my day!!Then I was so worried that the outcome for Big was not good. Turns out I love Big even though he was quite the bully most of the time. Thank you also for changing the cam to show a bigger view...I'll keep looking to see when Little comes back to the nest. He will, won't he? How's he going to eat if he doesn't? Oh, and a parent must have swooped in with some food source because I saw the eaglet I thought was Little on the ocean side of the nest eating something about an hour ago. I thought at the time - at last, Little, you get to eat all you want! And it was BIG! :)

Thank you all so much for the webcam and for the HARD WORK you all do for one of God's majestic creations! This has been a wonderful adventure to all of us viewers and one that I'm sure none of us will forget!!

Kaye - East Texas June 30 7:20 p.m.

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 30, Falmouth,Maine
Yesterday I noticed the cam on the the nest in BC had zoomed out to enable us to view the entire nest. The nest with two eaglets in it is on an island east of Vancouver Island. They appear to be about our eaglets age and ready to fledge. Access by typing in eagle eye cam on google.

8:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never posted before, but I was so glad to see and hear that "little" is still alive and probably well. Didn't know I was so attached until there was only 1 today. Talk about your "empty nest" syndrome. I am hoping the 2 will be re-united, but I am sure nature will rule. Thanks for changing the cam position so we can at least see both of them

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Charlie for all the information, I was lucky to see our LITTLE eaglet fall from the limb, must admit it caused my heart to skip a few beats.[I thought for sure it was BIG] It is a relief to know that LITTLE survived the fall and is doing well. You don't sound negative about any of this so I will try to relax and look for your next posts while keeping an eye on BIG. One question I have asked before..Will the eagle cam return for us next spring? It will be easier for us to let go of these magnificent birds if we know we can help raise another family next year. Thank you for all you are doing, been watching daily since March and have enjoyed every moment.

3:37 AM  
Blogger dukeyboy said...

July 1 5:49am
Food delivery made - whichever eaglet is on lower limb is doing considerable wing-flapping but seems to be making no progress in getting back into nest. Looks like Big will have the food with no competition.

5:55 AM  
Blogger dukeyboy said...

July 1 6:00 am
The food is drawing Little(?) closer to nest - is now on limb in an area where it can be clearly seen.

6:03 AM  
Blogger NH Judi said...

July 1st 5:52am. I had the pleasure to watch as the parent was feeding the remaining eaglet and the hungry fledged eaglet climbed the tree from below limb by limb back into the nest! The remaining eaglet was NOT happy to see its sibling and much hooding and wing flapping ensued.

6:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saturday July 1st
6 08 AM Eastern Daylight Time

There's two eaglets in the nest!! WOW and ZOUNDS!!

I looked earlier and there was still one lonely eaglet looking down over the edge of the nest!!

Whichever one of them went below, he or she is BACK!! Some say it was Little who left, and I notice that Charlie said it was Little. Others thought it was Big who left. What's the consensus?

I didn't see him fall, and couldn't tell, when they pulled the camera back, which one was left, but I thought it "acted" more like LIttle than like Big, and it sat on "LIttle's branch" -- when it wasn't peering over the edge of the nest.

If it's BIg who just came back, I kKNEW he would, just in time for the morning feeding!

Did anyone see the adults feed the remaining eaglet, during that time he was alone? I watched for that but didn't see it. Did anyone see the adults in the branches around the bottom of the nest where the other eagle evidently was? I didn't and I looked right up until dark, last night, and started at dawn this morning.

6:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saturday July 1st

Keep in mind that there may be comments we wrote yesterday after the eaglet left that show up attached to the old blog. When the new biologist journal was posted there were 74 comments attached to the old biologist journal.

If there are more than 74 comments when this blog is updated, some of them are new since the eaglet left.

This is just a freak of the system. We clicked on the old biologist journal "comments" to post them, and that's where they get posted. Attached to the old journal.

6:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 1st

Just looked in and an adult is sitting way out on the sea side branch, with the youngsters. They may have just eaten, when I first looked in, as they were heads down at that side of the nest. If they ate, it was FAST, because it wasn't that long ago I looked in and there was no food.

Now they appear to be lying down, side by side, and I bet it's a comfortable feeling for the little fellow who fell out of the nest! :-)

6:52 AM  
Blogger CF said...

It's 6:45 Saturday and it
looks like Little has made his way back into the nest sometime over the night or early this morning.

7:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like 2 (?) eaglets are back in the nest!

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just checked in and both eagles are in the nest. I wonder how and when the return trip was made?? Glad to see they are both OK. Missed the maiden flight yesterday and worried all night about them. Seems we all become too attached even on the internet. Thanks again for sharing this wonderful site.

7:23 AM  
Anonymous Kim said...

At 6 am EST I saw BOTH eaglets in the nest and one of the parents brought food. I am glad to see the one that fell out is okay. And thank you to all the biologists.

7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I see the eagle made it back into the nest so its good to know it's first trip out wasn't a disasterous one. Now that the cam is panned out we can see there are plenty of branches below the nest so apperently the eagle didn't go down far. Currently one of the adults is at the nest feeding the young ones.

7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sat. July 1st
7:48 AM

An adult is sitting on the edge of the nest. Eaglets are evidently feeding. Adult does not appear to be interfering. Has now moved out on the branch. OOps, now the adult is in there with the eaglets, heads down, but there appears to be no arguing, and no feeding going on. All three appear to be eating independent of one another. I am not on the video cam.

7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SO happy to hear that there is someone that can check on the babies if their flights fail!! Both babies back in the nest now with an adult with food. 7:58 am Sat.

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, obviously both eaglets are in the nest. This morning(7:50ish-8:10ish edt) adult beak fed one of them.
7/1/06
Greenland, NH

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Suzette said...

Oh What a wonderful site.....LITTLE
has made it back to the nest I am not sure how he did it but at around 7am I checked to see if he was there and sure enough both eaglets were in the nest....then around 7:45am I noticed Dad had brought a nice big Breakfest feast both eaglets and Dad got full bellys.....LITTLE returned to his branch by the cam and then after pecking around the nest BIG joined him and they did some beak pecking I think they are happy to be together again!!! Thanks so much Charlie for your quick update for us we really appreciate your notes!!!! July-1-2006

8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 1 at 8:35 edt -- Little is back! I can distinctly see TWO eaglets sitting side by side on the left hand side of the nest. Always knew the "baby" would one day break out from Big's domination!

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, VA - 7/1/06 - 8:45am

Our "Little" is back in the nest - how wonderful!! Did the biologists help him, or did he get back up there by himself? If he did it himself, he has definitely proved that he is the stronger of the two.

Well I think we have all gotten an inkling of how we are going to feel when they leave the nest for good. But what an experience. Thank you to all.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

When I first signed in this a.m I found that one of the babies was not in the nest, but now at 8:45 I'm seeing two. Hope this means that Little made it back in and I'm not mistake one of the parents.

8:52 AM  
Blogger TNTalker said...

Thanks for the update and I have to say it was nice seeing 2 birds back in the nest this morning!

I suppose "Little" will be a bit more careful getting around maybe.

Love the site ...

Karen O.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous JudyB (from Maine) said...

He's back! There are descriptions of the return and some photos on the Maine Eagle thread on the forum for the BC eagle cam - link to the thread is

http://forum.infotecbsi.com/viewtopic.php?p=146249#146249

I hope that posting a link to another forum isn't improper - if it is, just let folks know that those of us who also watch other eagle cams are glad he's back! Thanks!

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Rosalie said...

I can't believe I missed the little one flying out of the nest (or was it flopping). But, I am glad it is back in and doing fine. I really thought the big one would be the first.

I want to thank you for this wonderful Eagle Cam.....I watch it every day. It is an education being part of the National Wildlife Federation Org. It has been fun and I will continue keeping an eye out on those growing babies from my home in the Shenandoah Valley.

Rosaruss@adelphia.net

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:30 AM E.D.T. Sat. July 1st.

Big is in the air, off his feet, flapping his wings and "lifting" but I notice he is doing it right square over the middle of the nest. Not taking any chances!

Little is out on "Big's branch" just sitting there. Actually, now he's looking down. I guess he's thinking about what's down there, and if it WAS him down there, maybe he's re-living his trauma.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

So thrilled to see Little is back and unharmed! It is 6 AM PDT and I missed the return....I assume that Little made it without any outside assistance. It will be interesting to see if caution now will be the better part of valor or if plain old "instinct" will take over and another teenage "misadventure" will be caught by the camera.

9:47 AM  
Blogger nancyoncapecod said...

flapping, hopping, stretching, hovering, and now eating...both Big and Little getting ready to perform again! And we continue to wait...entertained and excited, grateful for such a wonderful opportunity. Thank you eagles, and BRI.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Aline said...

The fallen eagle has climbed back into the nest shortly before 5:55 am EDT this morning. Family was reunited, mother was in nest with a food drop minutes previous at 5:50 EDT
See screen capture at 6:27 EDT
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h186/Aline5033/Sub%20Album%202/wmplayer2006-07-0106-27-39-70.jpg

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back together again!!! An awesome sight to see.

10:49 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

11:30AM (EDT) Jul 01, 06
Charlie - The whitewash car event was too funny. But how kind of you and your wife to do the transporting.

This morning I can see that Little made it back into the nest. I thought it was BIG that was out there flying about those limbs.

Glad to hear mostly good news from your message and thank you for sharing all this great knowledge and happenings.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Fieldale Va. Sat. July 1 12.00 noon....I thought I finally saw 2 babies at the nest.
Did "Little" fly /get back in nest after its fall.?
I surely will miss seeing them...Good luck to you and all the adopted eaglets.
Glenda

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Suzette said...

Are we sure that is was LITTLE that fell out of the nest yesterday
because I have seen BIG just laying around in the nest while LITTLE has been flying around from the branches.....


July-1 @ 1:13PM

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So happy to see both little ones safely in the nest this morning :) That was worse than waiting for my daughter to come home safely after her first solo trip in the car!!!! Sat., July 1st

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I dont know how, but Little made it back into the nest this morning! The poor thing was sitting on the lower branch last night, with both parents there flapping away! I guess Little finally figured out how to hop fly back up to the nest.
Pat, Burlington Ontario
July 1, 1:49 pm EST

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi all --

Thanks for all the great comments about one of our eaglets first "flight".

For those of you wondering about the new camera view, we zoomed the camera out so you can all see the eaglets as they start to move away from the nest. Many of you noticed the eaglet lower in the branches yesterday, after the camera zoomed out.

Keeping the camera zoomed out may allow us to enjoy the eaglets even longer.

As for the sound, it will continue to be off for a little while longer.

Thanks and Enjoy!

Theresa
BioDiversity Research Institute

3:45 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

In response to a previous blog asking the question of who left the nest, I'm almost positive it was Big who left the nest yesterday. I had just tuned in and within seconds she had jumped and was gone. Then Little made his way down the limb to check out what was going on. At that point the little unruly feather that has been sticking out of his chest the past few days was quite clear to see (has anyone else noticed that feather before?). Also, it acted like Little. I don't know how to describe it but each eaglet seems to have a distinct personality to me. I noticed one of the other blogers mentioned it seemed to act like Little when the other eaglet left the nest.

Also, Little seems to have problems with feathers out of place - bad feather days I guess. I noticed a week ago he had one sticking out of the back of his head too! LOL!

I am so going to miss this guys when they are gone. It is so much fun to peak in on them to see what they are up to. I too hope this cam is activated next year so we can watch a new batch of babies grow up.

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 1 - 6:17 PM EDT

I noticed this morning that our lost 'let made it back to the nest!

To the biologists, doesn't that mishap truly constitute "fledging"? What is considered feldging?

I have to say, even though I didn't see the eaglet fall, I thought for sure it was Big because of the description of what branch he was on when falling, and how high up he was. I've never seen Little get that high yet, but Big has been. Also, as others noted, the remaining 'let hung out in Little's favorite branch.

So, made sense to me that it was Big who took a tumble.

Oh well! Glad everyone is back in the nest, safe and sound.

MB in Cumberland County, Maine

6:24 PM  
Blogger Aline said...

Some people have told me that is was Big who fell, he's the one who used to always perch on the branch on the water side (right). Thank you to all involved for posting update comments about the situation.
Last capture before the fall @ 2:05 EDT (Québec)
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h186/Aline5033/Sub%20Album%202/wmplayer2006-06-3014-05-22-51.jpg
I am real happy he jumped back in the nest, laid down most day :-)
Someone asked if parent fed the lone eaglet in the nest, yes I witnessed it last evening before sundown. My corect time now is 6:39 EDT Will have to correct something somewhere. :-)

6:44 PM  
Anonymous Kathy H in Hallowell Maine said...

I want to thank the Maine warden I spoke to in Ellsworth and especially Charlie Todd for getting back to me so quickly when I reported the eaglet tumble. You all were so kind and concerned and certainly didn't make me feel foolish. I reported back to the Maine eaglet fans on the British Columbia eagle forum, and they were pleased with the update.

I'm so very, very happy to see Li'l back in the nest and hope his next flight is a bit smoother.

This has been an incredible experience for all of us, and thank you so very, very much.

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

Saturday July 1st
7:26 AM

What a lot of messages. No supper at our house tonight!!

There are 36 messages attached to the former biologist blog before Charlie wrote his new one, and they are all fun to read!

I never spotted the eaglet in the lower branches, although i thought once I saw a tail down there!! I kept looking at the eagle cam until it was too dark, last night!

Thanks so much to those who posted pictures on other sites. I made it to the site which shows the eaglet hop-jumping back up to the nest this morning, and I'll go back later to see the video.

I'm particularly interested in what you saw the parents doing to care for or calm the eaglet who was out of the nest, or/and to encourage him/her back into the nest. One person mentioned that both parents were down there near him flapping away, last night. Anyone else see the parents encouraging him?

In my experience Bald Eagles are wonderful parents!!

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The birds are up and at'um this morning. Dad is there with food - Mom can be seen flying by every so often. Big horded her food but now is on his branch. Dad is in the middle of the nest eating - Little is on his branch, picking away at himself. I haven't seen him feed yet but suspect he will as soon as Dad leaves. It's raining in Augusta but doesn't appear to be at the nesting site. I hope they have another glorious day together before they fledge.

6:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Silver from VA: Sunday, 2 July 0630. Still camera is not on real time. Live feed showed adult feeding Big. Little was on the branch closest to the camera. Little was content to stay out there. After a while, Big went to his branch on the ocean side and adult stayed in the nest to finish the food.

6:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday July 2nd

Here is the address of the Vermont bald eagle restoration project, where Charlie Todd took the 3 Maine eaglets in the trip he described. However today they do not acknowledge that the Maine eaglets are there in their "Eagle news" nor do they show them on the Eagle cam.

http://www.cvps.com/eagles/eaglecam2.shtml

9:12 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

7-2-06 10:50AM (EDT)
It's so windy in that tree that watching the live view made me dizzy. Couldn't even stay for 1 minute. Phew, glad those juveniles are used to it.

They're both being very cautious now, although earlier this morning I noticed they were both on the branch over the water.

Amazing view.

Hopefully I'll read a blog about a food drop today.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 2 - 11:06 AM EDT

Both kids are sitting on Little's favorite camera-side branch... side by side. Maybe that "close call" caused them to better appreciate each other. ;)

MB in Cumberland County, Maine

11:12 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

CHARLIE-- YOU HAVE BEEN BUSY !!!

...AND GREAT TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR ADVENTURES...

"KUDOS" TO BOTH YOU AND YOUR WIFE!

QUESTION...??

DID BIG OR LITTLE FALL?

CHARLIE MENTIONED LITTLE EAGLET, AND BLOGGERS SAID BIG?

11:39 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Sun, Jul 2, 11:36AM EDT

We have one eaglet on cam branch... and one plopped down in nest. Although I am unable to tell BiG from LiTtLe--the new cam view is terrific!

11:42 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Theresa---Thank you for additional updates :)

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday July 2nd

I:43 PM

My aren't we chummy. Big and Little, side by side on Little's branch, sitting in the sunshine, enjoying a breeze.

Haven't seen anybody flapping or threatening to fall off, but wasn't on there more than a half a minute.

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:43 pm edt 7/2/06: eaglet got knocked off balance by wind and nestmate. Wind blew, both needed to flap to maintain balance, and one got inadvertantly knocked off. It's on branch just below, to left.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

7/2/06 2pm est.
Just loged on & it looks like little is on the lower branch. He keeps looking up at Big who is on the upper branch that Little sat on most of the time.
My guess is that once he got out of the nest, now will cont. to do this. He has no fear. He may be little but he sure is mighty.
Love these 2 chicks.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened? I went out for a walk - both eaglets in the nest...came back and only one in the nest with the other down, to the left on a lower branch. Which one is it? How did it happen.....DARN!!!!!!!!!

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday July 2nd
2:32 PM

There's an eaglet out on a branch. I THINK it's Little, but not sure. He or she is out on the branch below the nest, closest to the camera, and lowest in the picture. The wind blows the branch and she seems a little uneasy when it does, but holds tight.

I didn't see her get out there, but she must have flown, because there would be no way to fall that far out on the limb ... it looks as though there are some branches between her and the nest.

I wish I could see her fly back. The still cam is stuck as I'm sure you all know.

Yes, that is definately BIG who is still up in the nest, on Little's favorite branch.
I wish I knew whether she flew out their by conscious decision or was flapping her wings and got blown by the wind! Big doesnt seem to have any interest in following her!!

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7/2 An article about "our" eagles appeared in the Los Angeles Times today. Appropriate timing since Big and Little are our national symbols. They stated over 20,000 viewers watch each day from Japan to Australia. The pictures included were of our hatchlings and it was interesting to see the changes that have been happening. They gave the link so guess expenses will be going up. Is that offset by the gained knowledge of so many others? I think so. As more become aware of what is happening in their world perhaps they will be more apt to preserve what we have.

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday 3:20 PM

The eaglet who fell or flew or was blown this afternoon is now sitting on a branch below the nest and outside it, over toward the front of the tree. I believe he flew from the lower left branch, where I saw him earlier. (I confess, since the still cam is down, I looked back again to see what happened)

Maybe he is practicing flying short distances from branch to branch around the nest tree, which is a wonderful stragety. Or maybe he's looking for a way back to the nest?

The wind is blowing very strongly, and probably is helping him along. If he flaps his wings and lets go of the branch, he will definately be air borne today.

The other eaglet is "chicken" and is lying down in the nest!

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see Little - he did NOT fly away after his fall - he is on the same lower left branch but just in closer to the nest. He's not really flapping his wings but every so ofter, I see see him moving slightly. Maybe he's afraid with the wind that he'll fall. I sure hope he can make it back to the nest before night fall. Is there anyone from the BioDiversity Group at the nesting site in case he falls to the ground???????????

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday at 4:56 PM

I don't suppose it makes a lot of sense to post a blog entry saying that I can no longer see Little. He's not out there on the left side of the screen, way out on a branch bobbing up and down in the wind, where I saw him before.

Thank goodness for that other blog. I went there and saw messages which told me where he is. When he or she moves down the branch, to the left center of the screen, below the nest, you can see the talons, and sometimes the eaglet.

If anything like this happens again, check this forum. Several people post about the Maine eaglets there and it's much quicker than our blog linked to the eagle cam.

http://forum.infotecbsi.com/viewtopic.php?t=6750&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=600&sid=db671a940e60ab70b55861889ff8f2b4

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7/2 2:13 PDT Big is looking over the nest at Little on the branch below. No wonder Little was the first to run away from home, Big has no incentive. As the "heir apparant" he is well fed while Little has to scrounge around. I'd look elsewhere also.

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7/2 2:53 PDT Little still out on branch ad Big just peeking down now and then. Don't you think we should rename these two as Big and Little aren't very glamorous names? One suggestion is Lewise and Clark. After all, they are going to embark on a great exploratory journey. Your suggestions?

6:00 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

4PM PDT....Not again.... that bird needs a ladder! Looking at the confirmation of the tree limbs, it appears to be so easy to just jump up and grab on but apparently with that wide wing span there isn't enough "spread eagle" room to ascend!

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday evening July 2nd at 7:30 PM, E.D.T.

Little is trying everything. Flapping, jumping, running up that branch as fast as he can go, and then stipping in his characteristic way to think about it. But nothing is gettting him any higher up there, closer to the nest! It appears to be extremely windy there, with gusts.

So far I haven't seen either of the parents come in with food. I wish I could see the blog and know what the rest of you have seen while I was away.

Big watches him for quite a while, and then goes to the nest and lies down. This is a real bad time for the still cam to be inoperative.

Oh, WOW... at 7:44, he got up higher, almost level with the nest. But he just stared at the camera for a long long time. If he would just turn around and look the other way, I just KNOW he could hop into the nest by bed time!! He is almost there. Big is lying down, looking at him.

Come on, Little, flap those wings and hop those legs and jump into that nest!!

7:55 PM  
Blogger dukeyboy said...

July 2 8:36PM
One eaglet on limb just below nest on left of screen - no food in sight- so not much effort to get home. Cannot determine which is Big or Little, but confidence is certainly growing.

8:41 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

4:35AM (EDT) 7-3-06
Just had to log on and check if chick 2 was still on limb and he is. Moved along brach, back towards nest so no longer in view. All the time he kept peering up towards the nest as if wondering how to maneuver back to it.

Does anyone know how deep that nest is? It appears to be at least 6-8 feet deep.

It's daybreak there so I'm going back to sleep, poor Little will have to sleep sitting up.

4:44 AM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

Monday 6:10am [est]
I see Little is still on the lower branch, he/she must have been on this branch all night. Poor baby.
I was hoping he would make it back to the nest. When I last checked last night around 8:00 he was close to the trunk of the tree on the lower limb.

6:19 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

6:14AM (EDT) 6-3-06
Just a question in my mind - if either of the parents notice Little on that branch (he's been there for nearly 15 hrs now), will they take food to him?

6:20 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

6:30AM (EDT) 6-3-06

Little is doing some serious wing flapping and a few jumps around on the branch. He attempted to fly upwards to the nest but the pine needles were too small to give him a grip so he landed back on his branch. Wind is rather brisk but he doesn't seem to lose any footing when it whips up a gust.

There seems to be a bit of a spider web on the lens - or maybe it's just some left over rain droplets and the sun is hitting it and distorting bits of the view.

6:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday Morning July 3rd
7:20 AM

Still out on a limb!

Has anyone seen adults feeding the eaglet who went overboard?

He/She has used a lot of energy, flapping wings. Sometimes she gets quite close to the bottom of the nest, but evidently doesn't have enough room to flap, when she gets over there snug to the nest bottom.

Big came and looked over at her, when she was at the side of the nest, with her beak above the edge. They were almost head to head, but/and I don't think he pecked her or acted aggressive. Still, she stopped trying to flap when he was there. Then he went over to the other side of the nest and "ignored" her.

7:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 3, 6:53 cdt Has anyone seen out baby this morning? I am worried about him. Did the parents come with food today? I don't know how long he can hold onto the branches. I noticed before, when they sit out on the branches together they both will stretch their little legs and spread their toes out to relax them from holding on so long. Can our baby just keep standing out there like that? I wish he would try to get back into the nest like the other one did.

8:03 AM  
Blogger Jenifer said...

Oh it just figures! I missed the maiden voyage!
Jen

8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Little is sitting on a branch on the lower left side of the tree this morning! Big is above her on the branch just outside of the nest. Maybe today will be maiden flight day!
Pat, Burlington Ontario
July 3/06 @ 9:34 am EST

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 3 - 9:43 AM EDT

Goodness, I should have checked the nest yesterday afternoon! I had no idea one was out of the nest again! And, thanks to an anonymous poster who observed the incident, the eaglet didn't get there by choice... but by mishap, once again.

Several peope thought that the eaglet on the lower left branch is Little... but how can you tell so quickly? Even though I didn't see the previous mishap, I'm one who feels it was probably Big who fell out of the nest... because of reasons I gave earlier, and reasons others have mentioned. However, this time, I'm not so sure... but those of you who feel it is Little who fell this time must have reasons..

By the way, I agree that they each have different personalities!

Right now, Little (I guess?) is still down on the lower left branch, and Big (I'm assuming) is up on Little's favorite camera-side branch.

MB in Cumberland County, Maine

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone please tell us what's going on with LITTLE????? He's been out on the lower branch - now just moved down to an even lower one (? if he slipped)...Can he 'live' on this lower branch until he flies? Can he be fed? Can he sleep? Please answer - I'm so distressed by what I've been seeing since yesterday. Sadder in Hallowell.

10:23 AM  
Blogger nancyoncapecod said...

Monday morning at 10:26am...Big on branch just off nest...Little down below nest on branch to the left...Big looking down, Little up...Little flapping and moving back and forth, now just out of camera view, but with occasional wing tips observed as he/she flaps. Wonder how Little got there? and whats so exciting out on that lower limb? Amusing eaglets...like watching a baby's first steps. Fascinating.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

8AM PDT... about an hour ago I noticed big pick up something, a morsel of food perhaps, and jump onto the branch closest to the camera and "dangle" the item out over Little as if to entice him back up. Anyone else notice this...or am I being a bit "anthropomorphic"?

11:11 AM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

11:16 AM Maine time
It looks like whomever is out of the nest is getting further away instead of closer! Now he is on a lower branch closer to the ocean. You can just barely catch glimpses of him between the bottom of the branch he's been on and the bottom of the screen. It is hard to tell it is him except on the live cam when he moves his head up and down probably to preen.

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both babies are back in the nest, so it is now apparent that Little has figured out how to get back up! As far as how we know who fell out of the nest, the biologists confirmed in their story that it was Little. I am assuming(maybe wrongly) that it is still Little that is exploring the tree. He/she appears to be the smaller of the two to me. I am so thankful that both babies are doing well, and am looking forward to their first real flights!
Pat Burlington Ontario
July 3/06 11:31am EST

11:35 AM  
Anonymous NYS Lady said...

Hi there,
While I am NOT trying to draw people from this blog, I have just started a new board to include MANY common nesting sites all in one place. I extend an invitation to anyone who is a nest cam watcher.

I've included the Maine eagles, the Saanich eagles, the Calgary osprey, the Germany storks, and the SantaCruz eagles. I'm always up to adding other sites too. I just think its so much easier to have everything all in one place.

Come check it out. I do require that you sign up with a name and password..... but if you don't like the place, you can delete your membership !! We've got a pretty good showing so far, and we're only three days old.

http://z13.invisionfree.com/NestCam_Watching/index.php?act=Reg&CODE=00

Spread the word! Hope to see you there.

Pat

11:39 AM  
Blogger Rosemary said...

Do we have monkeys or eagles here!Its 1225 and one is on branch above nest (away from camera)and the other is way down on left barely visable where branch covers its head (nearer camera)This one went there last night too. I guess they are getting ready to fledge.It's a beautiful day with a gentle breeze....just right for a maiden flight,don't you think?
Rosemary,Punta Gorda,FL

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

Monday July 3rd
12:40 PM

I've watched ten years or more of Maine eaglets grow up virtually in my back yard, so I'll answer a couple of questions. It may take the biologists a while as they are pretty busy, and they may figure if we read the last two blogs, and lived through the other eaglet's adventure, we are okay with this one! I'm like you, though. Even though I KNOW he's okay, I watch until it's too dark to look any more! And I get up early to look in the morning! :-)

Eaglets once they leave the nest sleep "standing up" -- roosting or perching, so that's not a problem -- although of course normally they are flying around from place to place in the mean time, not hanging on to a limb for 24 hours at a time! :-)

Charlie Todd has always said that the parents will feed them where they are, if they need it. I'd sure like to see them feed this little guy. If anyone sees them feed him please post it!

I think he'll be fine. I've seen eaglets in a lot worse situations and they've "figured things out" or worked their way out of it, and been fine. Normally they screech for the parents, and the parents show up to watch over them. We have never been forced to intervene, and we have been advised by the biologists NOT to intervene, but to call them.

He's right there in the nest tree where his parents can't really "miss" seeing him. He's above the reach of predators. And he's at the right age to fledge, so he CAN fly if he gets desperate enough to try it!

Hopefully he'll fly around from branch to branch until he gets higher than the nest, and then he can drop down into it.

There are land owners nearby who, I'm sure, are keeping an eye on things. All of us who live in nesting habitat know who to call, and pretty much when we need to call. We all know that the fledging period is a scary time, and we keep an eye on things. You'd be surprised how involved you can get when you live with nesting eagles -- or, on the other hand, maybe you WOULDN'T!! :-)

12:59 PM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

Monday 1:10pm [est]
Has anyone seen Little? I had to go to the store & now I can not see Little. He can sure make us folks worry over him. I hope he got fed by one of the parents this AM. If anyone knows, please post.
Thank you
Doris in NH

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those concerned about them sleeping on their feet, most birds sleep on their feet. I've owned various kinds of birds for over 20 years and lying down is mostly for the babies (and instances of winter group nest box cohabitation for warmth). After they grow up, they tend to fluff up the feathers, tuck the beak behind a wing, tuck up one foot and doze off. So I wouldn't think that sleeping on the branch would be abnormal. As to the stretching, most birds stretch their wings and legs from time to time. One other thing interesting to the raptors, from what I understand, their feet have a "locking" mechanism (kind of like a pair of vise grips). Once they clamp on, they have to "think" about releasing the grip.

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is Little? Is he still on the lower left branch just out of camera range? Is he alright....can someone please answer this for me?

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2.23 EST: It looks like there are now 2 birds at the nest, but not 100% positive. Maybe the one from below finally made it back to the nest. Anyone else seeing the same thing? To the left of the one sitting on the branch there seems to be a possible outline of the other eaglet.
OW from CT

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry everyone, I looked closer and now believe I mistook a fat tree branch for the 2nd eaglet. There is no sign of the 2nd one on the branch below, though.
OW from CT

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday
3 PM

Sure wish the little one would come back where we could see him.

I seem to remember Bucky Owen saying that there were other trees around this tree, and also that there was dry land directly under the nest tree, and between the nest tree and the ocean. Haven't gone back to look, but it was some time ago when we were already worrying about a bird falling into the sea.

Also, once after they pulled the camera back, in the background on the right I could see land, a "point" , pine trees, that curved back this way toward the nest tree.

So there is also land out there on the right to fly to and trees to land on, once an eaglet starts flying.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

Monday 3:15 pm [est]
Little is on a branch on the right side of the screen. Just under the nest. I wonder how he got over to that branch? Looks like he could just leap up to the nest. Most likely it looks easier than what it is for him. I sure would love to see him back in the nest where it is safe.
Big is sitting on the branch over the water.
Doris in NH

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Tim said...

1215 PST -- One eaglet is out on the branch on the far side of the nest, the other is on a branch below and to the Right of the nest.

3:26 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

3:23PM (EDT) 6-3-06
Now Little is on water side of nest (right side) limb 2nd one down. I think he'll make it back into the nest before tonight.

3:29 PM  
Blogger dukeyboy said...

July 3 3:29PM
Just spotted wandering child back -just below the nest on right side of nest. This is the same position as it was before entering the nest this weekend. Now all we need is a food drop.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:30
monday afternoon
Eastern time

just in case he disappears ... he's now over on the right below the nest. he should be able to climb hop back up the same way he or the other one did, the last time.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

3:30pm EDT Little has made it all the way around the tree to the right side now and is contentedly sitting on the branch just below the nest. Perhaps he/she knows the way up to the nest better from this position whereas that's where Little was before when he/she fell. So glad to see both eaglets are still in camera view.

Barb in NH

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday 3:30pm [est]
Little is on the right on a limb in the shade.
Big is on the branch closer to the cam. {Littles branch} in the sun, He keeps looking down at Little.
Would love to know what they are thinking.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:15 PDT Little worked his way around the bottom until he was on the right side facing the nest. He is trying to figure out how to get back into the nest. He hopped to a higher branch but looking up still looks high to him.
He is getting so good at walking on the tree he should just walk down and wait for a cab, this flying stuff is complicated.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:45pm est
Looks like the still photo must be stuck. I do not see Little in the still camera, but when I click on to the Live there he is on the branch on the right side under the nest.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Mon, July 3, 3:48PM EDT

I sure am lucky not to have checked in when one of our eaglets was MIA...

One of the kids is on the cam branch with back towards us, while our other kid is on a branch below nest right of cam, and facing ocean. :)

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 3 - 3:00 p.m. Central Time

Little is on the cam side branch and Big on a limb to the right of, and a tad lower than the nest. I can definitely see the size difference, and Little is in his comfort zone....HIS branch. Love these little guys!

Texas

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much Jane for answering several questions and no doubt, putting many of our minds at ease. It's 4:05 EST and Little can be seen on the far right branch, where Big fell to last week. He's a little rascal, climbing from limb to limb and scaring us to death. He's a handful! I'm hopeful he'll get back to the nest by nightfall so that he can rest from all his 'hanging on'. Happy in Hallowell

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday 4:36 PM

Oh, dear. I was on the phone, with one eye on the video, and I just saw Little try to fly up toward the nest, but instead of flying up, he sank out of sight.

I think I can see him moving around behind the green bough, in front of that large long branch that sweeps out to the right, below the nest.

Oh, I wanted him to make it SOOOO much!

Now he's lower down. Oh dear.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

4:35pm EDT Little just tried to fly up to the branch above him/her and lost his/her foothold and fell below where he/she can't be seen because of the big green tree branch on the right. I hope he/she's ok and can make his/her way back up to the nest before nightfall.
Barb in NH

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 3, 4:33PM
I just observed Little try and jump to another branch. Little almost made it but ended upside down and then Little fell. Little is out of sight now. Little won't make it back to the nest now before nightfall. :( I hope this time when Little fell Little was able to upright him/herself.

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where has Little gone now?????????? Gosh - I wish he'd stay put or get back in the nest!!!!!!!!!

4:45 PM  
Blogger Sherri Delaney said...

Just witnessed (I guess Big) attempt to fly up to the higher branch. Almost made it but then rapidly toppled down out of sight. Can anyone tell us whether there are branches that he could have landed on that side of the nest?

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He fell again??? Only this time I do not see him at all. He was almost back in the nest but couldn't hang on!!!

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1620EST 07/02/06
Just saw Little take a dive off of the branch to the right where he had worked so hard to get to to get back in the nest!! He flapped his wings hard and I thought sure he was going to lift in to the side of the nest but no, down,down,down he went you could see the tips of the tops of his wings flapping as down he went. So sad. He can't win for losing. I saw Big fly in and out of the nest today, so not worried about him.
Bev

4:51 PM  
Blogger Mama Dee said...

At about 3:37 pm cdt I saw Little out on the same branch Big was on when Big jumped back into the nest on Saturday. Little just tried to jump and he didn't make it. He fell clear out of sight now. Did anyone else see that? I've been watching off and on now for the past 10 minutes and there is no sight of him at all.

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday 4:51pm [est]
Little is not in sight. Adult flew in with no food. Just stood on the nest & looked around. Then was looking to the left over the water. Then flew off in that direction. I wish the sound was working, we could possible hear the chicks calling out.

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday 4:51pm [est]
Little is not in sight. Adult flew in with no food. Just stood on the nest & looked around. Then was looking to the left over the water. Then flew off in that direction. I wish the sound was working, we could possible hear the chicks calling out.

5:03 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

5:09PM (EDT) 6-3-06
Adult flew in with food and is eating alone, no, now BIG flew off his cam-side branch and is waiting, but adult isn't offering food, so chick went back to tree branch.

No sighting of Little on other branches. Possibly on water side and out of camera view behind the nest.

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday 5:14 PM

Just saw a parent leaving the nest, but it doesn't seem to have been a feeding. At least the remaining eaglet isn't eating.

The parent flew down in front of the nest, but didn't come over where Little is now.

So sign of any motion or movement in the lower right hand corner of the screen where I saw Little fall.

5:20 PM  
Blogger dukeyboy said...

July 3 5:15 PM EDT
Caught tail end of feeding - Eaglet on nest appeared bigger than
adult. Off-net eaglet not seen at this time.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:05pm Monday [est]
Adult flew in with something small,
Ate it, did not offer it to Big.
Little is MIA again. While Adult was eating, Big came off of its branch, marched over near the adult, just stood & watched the adult. then flew to the branch over the water. In a few seconds she flew back to the nest. Marched back to the branch closest to the cam. Did not look like a happy camper. Big did not beg the adult for food. Just watched adult eat.
Then the adult flew off again.

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:00pm PST
Food drop at 2pm pst and remaining eaglet getting fed. No sign of other eaglet that was below and to the right of nest. Maybe wandered under and back around the other side of nest where he/she had spent the night. This is getting stressful and can't watch any more of this drama. Am imagining the "baby" getting so weak and taking a "header" off of tree if parent doesn't do something quick.

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday 5:30pm est
Looks like Big was much more brave when Little was in the nest. Going way out on the limbs. Since Little in not in the nest, Big is not exercising his wings as much or going way out on the limbs. Looks like he is a little chicken now.

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

july 3, 5:55pm est
Maybe big is depressed since Little is not in the nest, & it is getting closer for him to fledge the nest? Plus I think the Adults are treating him different now.

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having taken the time to look at video archives (link on home page of BRI), I've seen a cam view of the nest and surrounding area that is unlike recent angles. The 3/29 incubation video clip offers a quick view of a really wide angle, and it is easy to ascertain that if an eaglet "falls" it will certainly have many, many chances to grab a branch. This is simply what happened yesterday when I watched it get knocked off by a gust of wind combined with wing interference from its nestmate. It proceeded to fall backward, remaining upright. Natural reflexing of its wings enabled it to catch a branch or two. At this point, the only thing I'd be worried about are injuries to those remaining bloodfeathers; however, all seems fine.

Greenland, NH

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Aline said...

Here is a video showing fall of Maine eagle today mid afternoon EDT

http://media.putfile.com/Maine-Eaglet-falls

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://media.putfile.com/Maine-Eaglet-falls

Maine eagle witnessing fall of the eaglet - fledgeling I guess.
Aline from Québec, I lost my identity & password :-(

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday evening 7:30 MAine time

When I go on the video cam and enlarge the picture, I think I can see an eaglet behind that pine bough in the foreground. But I'm not sure. Big just walked over there and looked downward for a long time in that direction. Then he picked up something in the nest and seemed to actually TOSS it down there. I don't think it was food, it looked like a small stick. He did more than drop it, he picked it up and gave it a toss down that way.

Big is very active now, jumping from side to side in the nest, flapping his wings and carrying on. I think he misses his sibling.

Let's hope that in the morning we can see Little again.

I haven't seen the parents down around the bottom of the nest anywhere. Has anyone else?

7:43 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

July 3 @ 4:33PM I observed the little one fall out of the tree. Can anyone tell me if the little one has been seen since? The little one fell this time upside down.

8:02 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

5PM PDT and only one eaglet in the nest. I think it is Big but hard to tell as it is sitting down. No sign of any dinner delivery and night is falling. Wonder where Little is bedding down.

8:08 PM  
Blogger JOJO said...

Bigs so big that the wings hit all the branches and Big gives up
Hope Big gets the hang of it soon as its hard to watch him bumping branches all over the place
Mom flew in or Dad and split fast maybe just checking on Big

4:59 AM  
Blogger JOJO said...

Hope big gets the hang of this soon ,bumping into the branches and trying so hard
Mom or Dad flew in and out fast prob just checking up on Big

5:01 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

5:11AM (EDT) 7-4-06
Big is on that crooked branch over the water side - he kept going further and further out until he decided his weight was bending the limb too much and came back to the middle section. He's learned well to use his tail as a rudder as he had to scratch his beak with one of those big orange feet.

I've seen him glace down twice so I'm not certain if Little is still behind the nest on a limb, or maybe sitting much further down, or even hopping around on the ground below.

It would be mighty nice to hear if the neighbors could give us an update. :-)

5:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" .... It takes a little practice to figure out when to stop flapping their wings while grabbing a perch, and the result can, surprisingly often, be a perfect two-point landing, except that the bird ends up upside-down. Injuries rarely occur during these episodes and in just a couple more attempts, the young eagles will look like they’ve been landing on rickety branches for years."


http://www.eaglesatlakemonroe.com/Bald%20Eagle%20Biology.htm

5:52 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

5:55AM (EDT) 7-4-06
Unless squirrels aren't afraid of large eagles, I would say Little is gone, fledged or otherwise.

I just saw a squirrel come along the branch from the other side of the nest around the water side (1st one on right side of nest - top)and then it jumped over to another limb and disappeared.

6:06 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

I haven't seen the fallen one since yesterday morning, does anyone know if he is still there and all right?

7:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TUESDAY, FOURTH OF JULY

A quote from Mark's column in the biologists blog

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



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.





Mark McCollough, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service


http://baldeaglecam.blogspot.com

7:49 AM  
Blogger Mama Dee said...

July 4th 6:37 am cdt. It has now been 15 hours since I saw our Little fall. In that amount of time he has not been able to make it back up into camera view. Last evening Big kept looking over the side of the nest so I thought just maybe Little was still down there somewhere. Big does not seem to be doing that this morning however, he does seem to be very restless. He is going from side to side in the nest and jumping around on the branches a lot.

Will we ever know for sure what happened to Little? I hope he will be fine on his own and I hope he did not hurt himself when he fell yesterday. I really would have felt a lot better about all of this if we had seen Little fly from the nest or branches rather than watch him fall from them. I think he is perhaps a bit too young to be on his own like that. Maybe by a week or so. I worry about him and hope for the best. Does anyone have any news of him?

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both eaglets are out of the nest and out of view! Independence Day for all! :-)

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 4th Tuesday
8:24 AM Maine time

Just a minute ago I saw the remaining eaglet way out on an upper branch, so far out that it bounced up and down from his weight.

Now he appears to be gone, although I'll wait to see if he comes back into view. Maybe he hopped to another branch and can come back. He has been practicing flying from branch to branch this morning.

I have watched pretty closely since 6 AM or before and have seen no food deliveries. If you see food deliveries or see the parents around, please post a note, for a while, until we see how this "plays out".

8:32 AM  
Blogger NH Judi said...

Our poor baby tried very hard to get back into the nest yesterday afternoon but took quite a tumble! I found this clip on another site that shows the tu
mble. I'm concerned that little fell upside down and perhaps got hurt. In the clip you can see that the parent came in to feed little a short while later but left with the food hopefully in search of little.
Here is a link to the clip:
http://www.mydeo.com/videorequest.asp?XID=11348&CID=32573

8:37 AM  
Anonymous Pat K said...

Happy 4th of Jully All!! 9:00 am ET

The nest and lower branches are empty. Looks like the 2nd eaglet (BiG??) fledged. Was it today? If so, how Patriotic of our beautiful American Bald Eagle baby to fledge on the 4th of July!!

I'm just hoping the first eaglet (LiTTle??) is okay and been eating as she was on the lower branches for SO long. Hopefully, their both out soaring in the sky on this beautiful day!! :-)

FYI... the Loon eggs are expected to hatch today or tomorrow. Here's the link for those who don't have it: http://briloon.org/ed/looncam.htm

Have a GREAT 4th!!

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here it is July 4th and I think the babies must have decided to be Independent....I don't see any eaglets in the nest!!! Wish them well,..hope we get to see them again and hear how they are doing.
Glenda
Fieldale, VA
9:13 a.m.

9:18 AM  
Blogger TNTalker said...

Well .. Independence Day and no eagle's in the nest! That's fitting wouldn't you say! I am so excited for the little devils!

TT

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7-4-06 10am No eagles at the nest. Seems so unusual to see the nest that way.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PLEASE, biologists, post a note telling us what happened to the first eaglet, who fell while trying to fly back up into the nest.

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 4 - 10:10 AM EDT

Just checked the nest and see no eaglets in sight. I don't know if this means that Big has flown the coop too, if he is just sleeping low in the nest. Looks awfully windy there this morning.

Wouldn't it be ironic if our baby Bald Eagles flew off for the first time on Independence Day? Though, with those two, fell off would be more likely. ;)

Aw, gotta love them both! :)

MB in Cumberland County, Maine

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw this posted on the Info tech Maine eagle site:

Here's a note from the Blackwater site on flight attempts:

'It's been estimated that one out of seven eaglets fledges prematurely by getting blown out of the nest or by jumping out before it can really fly. When that happens, it might end up on the ground where the parents will feed it until it can fly.

"It's possible that parents will withhold food prior to fledging in order to encourage the youngster to take the jump. But once the eaglet makes the leap, the trick will be surviving the flight and especially the landing. Biologists report that quite a few eaglets perish on their first flight... But sometimes eaglets crash, or land badly, or end up stuck on the ground in an area where the parents are unable to feed them or protect them from land predators."


PLEASE tell us whether the eaglets Big and Little are doing okay.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have our eaglets fledged? The nest looked empty this morning. How appropriate if they flew on the 4th of July!

Lucy

10:25 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

10:33AM (EDT) 7-4-06
Last I looked this morning BIG was way up in the branch that is over their nest pointing upward to 2 o'clock. He had the look of wanting to leave off the edge of the nest earlier but quite not really convinced. I believe 3 hrs. have passed and now I've missed his 'lift off!'

Hoping someone tells just how fine a departure he presented.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is everybody?

10:47 AM  
Blogger Rosemary said...

Good morning and Happy IndependenceDay! The nest is empty,oh my! I have gone to the Infotek site where they share lots of videos of these Maine eaglets. This is a clip of the remaining eaglet climbing to a higher branch.

http://media.putfile.com/First-Flight-or-Higher-Limb

I have faith that all will be ok with these two.There over 10,000 people all over the world watching them.That kind of energy has got to be positive.
Rosemary,Punta Gorda,FL

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is the 4th of July really independance day ? Just logged on and I don't see anybody - hope all are well and enjoying some freedom. Will they return to the nest from time to time?
It's been a wonderful ride !

10:54 AM  
Blogger Mama Dee said...

At 7:19 cdt. on July 4, 2006 Big was as far out on his branch as he could get, spread those wings, took a huge leap and flew. How appropriate our national symbal took to the air on the 4th of July. Bravo.... Big. Good luck to you. I will always remember these two little ones.

Thank you so much to all that took part in bringing us this wonderful adventure of sharing the lives of this eagle family. Hats off to you all.

I only hope that somewhere down the line we may still get a glimpse of these two wonderful birds. Good luck Big and Little as you find your way in life. May God be with you both.

11:01 AM  
Blogger nancyoncapecod said...

July 4th..sigh....where is everyone?? Are Big and Little in an Eagle Parade this morning? I assume I'm not the only one having an "empty nest syndrome" today.

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No sign of either eglet at present - 11.27 a.m. EST. Has anyone seen them this morning?

11:32 AM  
Anonymous nancy in va said...

11:40 am in VA So sad to see the empty nest, but hoping that both of our babies are having a great day somewhere! Maybe they will drop by for old time's sake and we will catch a glimpse of a fly-in and a fly-out! Thanks for all that you have done to keep the site maintained and the viewers happy!

11:42 AM  
Blogger KM in NJ said...

To Jane E, on July 1 you said there were sites where there were pictures and videos of Big and Little. I would be very grateful if you could let me know where these sites are. Anyone else who knows where I can find them, it would be great. It's 11:00 am EST July 4 and the nest is empty! I know this is nature and our eagles have to grow up, but I'm sure we're all worried.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, 7/4/06-12N

Happy Independence Day to my fellow eagle lovers and watchers. Well it looks like our Big has left the nest (didn't he pick a very appropriate day!). If anyone saw this, please give us a blow by blow report. I had a feeling last night that he was ready to fly off. Has anyone seen Little?

Well, I guess I will get a lot more work done when I go back to work tomorrow -- but it has been fun, educational, and wonderful to be able to be part of watching this little family grow. And I will miss all of you -- I look forward to reading all the blogs. But I think we need the blogs for a little longer, just in case someone finds something out. Are the people who live close by contributors to the blog?

Anyway, I hope our eaglets are safe and enjoying flying.

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuedsay 11:30 am est
Looks like Big has left the nest.
Was predicted for the 4th.So like the predicted time, he left the nest. Now both babies are out of the nest. I hope we get to see them again.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where are the eaglets!? Or am I just blind.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Suzette said...

Hey what happened I don't anybody in the nest today? it is 1:30pm July 4th.......

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:00 PM EST 7-4-06
Where are the babies? Little was still out of the nest last night but Big was in. Now, only Dad is there feeding himself? Does anyone know what happened? Did the kids go out for simultaneous maiden flights? Where are they now - why aren't they back?

2:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How appropo - Independence Day and our eaglets have left the nest in declaration of their independence! Wow!

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please update us on the condition of both of our beloved eaglets..have you been able to contact the neighbor in the area to see what they have seen? Little took quite a tumble off the bottom side of the nest, such a determined spirit. Big looks like he took off flying off a small branch this morning. I did get to see one of the parents at the nest with a good size fish this morning, I checked in 30 minutes later and the parent was still there, eating and cleaning up the nest, now shes gone. I hope you will keep the eagle cam on as long as possible so that we may enjoy the parents as well as the possible return of the eaglets. Happy 4th of July, what a glorious day to soar.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

July 4th, I'm in California, and I missed the fledging. When did they go? I've been watching them get on the limbs, and flapping. I will miss them.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

So many of us have been watching this eagle family since late February, early March. They have become so much a part of our lives. They are like our children. This morning as I look at the empty nest my heart goes out to the eaglets. We can only hope that life will treat them kind. Peace be with you two little guys and thanks for the memories.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Jane E. said...

I was just re-reading what Charlie Todd said last weekend.

"Management comments: Research at eagle nests and interventions with nestlings is always conducted in small windows of opportunity to minimize risks. Eaglets aged 4 - 7 weeks old can withstand the interruption and brief lack of parental care. Thus, we were not tempted to intervene at the "eagle cam" nest when the third eaglet was lost in just its third week: risks to its siblings could not be justified. Wildlife managers often prescribe timing safeguards to minimize potential disturbances near nesting eagles. The timing and unique circumstances of each location are considered in combination. As you watch fledgling eaglets in the difficult early stages of life out of the nest, please realize that this is another sensitive period when eagle nests can use all the privacy we can afford them." -- Charlie Todd, Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

This is probably reason why they tell us not to intervene. Adult eagles will feed their young and perhaps even protect them from predators. And Mark said fallen eaglets at this age, ready to fly, will find their way up into nearby trees out of reach of predators.

Well-intentioned human intervention might cause the young to be frightened, and they might attempt to fly even further away and get out over the water, or into the woods or they might fly closer to a house than the adults will go.

I trust the instructions the biologists give to eagle landowners. But I confess I am very anxious to know how Little is doing!

5:03 PM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

To Aline also NH Judi, thank you for the info on the web sites to see the clips of the fall Little took. A sad day watching him/her fall. I sure hope we get some word from the biologist that both chicks are OK & on other limbs or trees. I hope we all get to see the chicks again.
Thank you
Doris in NH

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.mydeo.com/videorequest.asp?XID=11348&CID=32573

http://media.putfile.com/First-Flight-or-Higher-Limb

You will get the videos of what happened with the first eaglet, and the second one this morning. here.

Aline in Québec city 18.36 EDT

6:40 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Tue, July 4, 6:52Pm EDT

Okay it is getting dark out! These two kids best be home before the street lights come on!

BRI, will you have time to update us before we all rent a car to go check on the eaglets?

Thank you in advance.

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, 7/4, 7:30 pm

FYI, one of the Hancock eagles has fledged too.

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Independance day to our Eagles. Sure picked a perfect day to become independant!! How original of our babies. Good luck to "Big and Little" Our hearts will always soar with you as you go through life. Thanks from Palermo.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although I keep checking in hoping to see these two magnificent raptors return to the nest, I have to admit that this has been one of the most beautiful experiences I've had in my life. To think that over the last three months I have had the privilege of witnessing something a NYC-dweller would never get to see. Thank you to the Biodiversity Institute, MDIFW, NWF, USFWS, and all those who have given their lives to the cause of guarding our precious wildlife.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

ACR in NYC

8:18 PM  
Blogger JOJO said...

Big took off early this morning ,
Dad or Mom came flying in and back out
Didnt look like they left food
But Big was on the branches bumping around ,I looked and that quickly Big was gone ,,,,,,,,,,

8:39 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Tue, July 4, 8:48PM EDT

I still do not see our eaglets ? I've read and witnessed the Sheppardstown eaglets, returning to nest for a few days after fledging. The streetlights are nearly on, and no sign of our kids.

God be with our kids, BiG and LiTtLe as they venture into this ever changing world.

8:54 PM  
Anonymous Jane E. said...

Weds. July 5th

Don't give up watching the eagle cam for a while. I don't know how long it will be kept "up", but hope that it will be, for a while, at least. Could someone from BRI let us know?

The biologists have said in their "journal" that the nest tree will continue to be the center of life for the eagle family. I think it's just that right now Big and Little can't fly well enough to get back up to the nest!! Soon they will be able to.

The biologists said that for a couple weeks the parents will feed the eaglets at the nest. In my experience with eagles, the most reliable times to see that are early morning, and late afternoon. I figure they all wake up hungry -- and try to go to bed satisfied!! This feeding at the nest only goes on for the first couple of weeks.

Another time you might see the eaglets in the nest tree is during the hottest part of the day. They might each perch on their favorite branch beside the nest, for an afternoon nap. This goes on here until Fall.

The eagles here always take an afternoon siesta on a sunny hot summer day. I have no idea whether this is typical eagle behaviour, but have to think it is, because each year's eaglets do it, and they do it with or without the parents perched nearby.

Remember the way Big and Little used to flop across the nest in the sun, and nap? The eaglets here continue to take their afternoon nap. There's no activity to observe, but if Big and Little choose to nap within view of the eagle cam, you can check in on them and reassure yourself that they made it through another day! :-) Of course they COULD choose to nap outside our view, but I think they're most likely to pick a branch near the nest -- especially if for those first two weeks the parents bring food to the nest.

Hopefully the eagle cam will be kept up for a while, and you will have a chance to see more of the eaglets. I am posting this because so many people seem to think they have seen the last of the eaglets. I want you to know that's not necessarily so!!

6:06 AM  
Blogger Rosemary said...

0708am Wed.07,05,06
Nest remains empty. I am still holding on to the thought that they will come back for a visit.
Rosemary,Punta Gorda,FL

7:14 AM  
Blogger TNTalker said...

Gone ... still. Hope we get some comment from the Bio guys that says they're flying and fine! This is the worse part of fledging ... what is the story? Do the neighbors know how the birds are doing?

I'm hopeful all is well with them and instead of being bummed out I can rejoice in their independence!!

TT

7:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very overdue but extremely heartfelt THANK YOU to all who have worked to bring this eaglet project to our desks and living rooms. And THANK YOU to all of the bloggers that filled in the majority of the time we were unable to be logged on. I can’t begin to express what an amazing experience this has been. I have been a mere back yard birder for several years – watching them at my several feeders, at the bird bath and marveling at the hawks soaring above. I now look at them all just a little differently, maybe a bit more intimately, after being an eaglet voyeur. Honestly, this has been an absolutely incredible experience! I will be sending a check soon. I had hoped that Big would fly on Independence Day – you couldn’t have scripted it better. I thought Little would be a self sufficient survivor after taking a back seat in the nest and I will continue to fret until we learn its fate. Keep fighting, Little!

9:21 AM  
Blogger JOJO said...

June 5 little is on the branch dont think that is big ,,,,,,,she was eating and not much so that means its little ,big would of ate the whole meal ,,,,,,,,,,

7:01 PM  
Blogger Sherri Delaney said...

6:56 PM EST
BABY ON NEST!!!! I think it is Big.

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, welcome back! When I turned on my computer at 6:50 EDST, one of the eaglets was sitting in the nest. He is now perched on the branch at the back of the nest. He must be hungry, because I can see and hear him peeping like crazy. Sorry, but I don't know which eaglet it is, the larger one or the smaller one. "He" is still there at 7:14 EDST. It's great to know he is safe.

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:38 PM
It appears to me that Little is sitting on Big's branch looking out over the ocean. At least I am telling myself it is Little!!

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Suzette said...

At 7:30 am on July 6th I saw one eaglet in the nest eating breakfast. I wasn't sure which eaglet it was but it was acting like LITTLE.......checked again around 7:45 am and I see that MOM is on the branch by the ocean checking on the eaglet.....now I see that the eaglet that I think is LITTLE is sitting on his branch by the cam and this eaglet seems to have a lot of down feathers still just like LITTLE had so I am almost certain that this is him!!!but he seems to be sqawking alot seems to be calling out for BIG because now he is in the nest looks like he wants to cuddle for his morning nap!!!

9:10 AM  
Blogger karuna said...

hope the 'fallen eaglet' is okay, since it appears only one of them is returning to the nest. BTW the 'hancock eaglets' are both still in training, big has been branching for a few days and lil is just starting to do that. that they cant always both be seen has to do with the nest, there is a hiding place behind the trunk and big can't always be seen behind the leafs if she's on a branch, neither hasn flown the coop

6:47 PM  

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