Thursday, June 08, 2006




June 7 Notes - banding eagles

From our eagle surveys, we now know the web cam eaglets are among the oldest in the state. Their baby down is rapidly being replaced by dark brown contour, wing, and tail feathers. The feathers grow from blood quills, which you can see at the base of the large wing feathers in the last picture posted above (they look like a blue drinking straw). Young eagles are chocolate brown in color. They do not get a pure white head and tail until about five years of age. Their beaks and iris are dark brown and will not start to turn yellow for another 2 or 3 years. Both eaglets are growing rapidly and likely weight about 6 to 8 pounds - about 1/2 to 2/3 the weight of their parents. At this time the chicks are starting to exercise their wings, but they have to be careful or they will damage the blood quills. The wing beating exercises will increase in frequency in another week or two when their wing and tail feathers are fully developed and harden. As observers have noted, the adults are rarely within view of the web cam, but they are nearby hunting and guarding the nest. You've also noticed that we have been getting a lot of rain in Maine in the last two weeks. These chicks are likely old enough to tough it out without Mom's help, but I've seen them often huddled together to keep warm. Younger chicks don't fare as well. We've already documented several advance-aged chicks that died in other nests during our aerial surveys.

Since the early days of eagle recovery, biologists in Maine and elsewhere have used banding as a technique to learn about the movements and survival of bald eagles. When we band eagles we secure a small, individually-numbered metal ring or band on the legs of eagles to individually identify each bird. The birds wear the band for life. Eagles seem to get used to the bands like a ring on a finger. In the 1980s, we attempted to band all bald eagles in Maine and New Brunswick. For over a decade tree climber extraordinaire Barnie Thompson of Brewer, Maine climbed every eagle nest with young. Barnie climbed his last eagle nest several years ago when he approached his 70th birthday.

This June, tree climbers Bill Hanson and Chris DeSorbo (pictures above) are climbing nests in interior Maine as part of a study to evaluate the effects of mercury and organochlorine contaminants on eagles. (The eaglets at the web camera nest will not be banded.) Climbers use boot hooks, ropes, and safety equipment to climb trees. Although bald eagles are a large bird of prey, they do not defend their nest or attack the climbers. The adults often circle overhead and vocalize while the climber is in the nest. The climber gently places the 4 to 6 week-old eaglets in a canvass bag and slowly lowers them to biologists on the ground. Each chick is weighed and measured. Blood and feather samples are taken for the contaminants analysis. The metal bands are secured loosely around the leg and riveted in place. A red band with a large letter-number combination is a unique identifier for Maine eagles (other states and provinces each have their own assigned color bands) and aids with idenfication of birds from a distance. A standard U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service band has a unique number stamped into the band. The chicks are then hoisted back into the nest in the canvass bag. We gather prey remains at the base of the nest to learn more about eagle diets. The entire process takes about an hour.

Important information is learned from banding. Band numbers are retrieved from dead or injured eagles, and sometimes band numbers are read and reported by eagle watchers. Banding provides information on eagle movements. We've had eagles from Maine recovered or observed in as far away as Labrador and North Carolina. We've seen eagles in Maine banded from as far away as Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, and Michigan. Repeated observations of banded eagles over the years are used to estimate survival rates of eagles. As part of my doctoral research, I read the band numbers from hundreds of eagles visiting winter feeding stations with a spotting scope and used the information to document survival rates for young and adult birds. Banding also provides information on how old eagles live in the wild. Recently we recovered an adult eagle 23 years after banding it as a chick in the early 1980s.

We do not band all the eagle chicks in Maine each year. Although biologists in some states routinely band all of their eagle chicks, we only band the birds for directed studies. We are no longer reobserving eagles at winter feeding stations to document survival rates. This summer, eaglets at selected nests are being banded in conjunction with a contaminants study.

Mark McCollough, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

207 Comments:

Anonymous Sherry said...

The few paragraphs on banding are very interesting, but left me with questions. Why aren't all eagles banded? Why won't these eagles be banded? I would also like to hear an "overview of what has happened in the last week and what we expect in the next couple of weeks" as stated at the intro to your blog. I recognize that these are just two out of many, but they've become "Our Eaglets" and I'm sure I speak for many when I say we are hungry for information from the experts. What should we be looking for in the next few weeks? Eating on their own? Fledging? Are there behaviors we might be overlooking that should be pointed out? Thank you for any information you can give us.

Best,
Sherry

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7 pm PDT - I don't have an update on our two but watched the banding of the lone eaglet in Santa Cruz. For some unknown reason (to me) he had large blue tags attached, one to each wing. His parents have large red ones (may denote year put on, who knows). He hasn't flapped his wings as much since then but may still be adjusting to the additions. As similar as he is to our two in Maine, he usually sleeps on one side rather crouching down as these do. He is very adept at holding down meat and pulling off bites. I believe he is about the same age.

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This message got added to the old blog entry after the new blog entry was posted. Thursday June 8th

Anonymous said...

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

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

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

2:44 PM

2:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friday June 9th at 7:15 AM Eastern Daylight Time

Big is feeding on something all by himself on the left side of the nest... fresh food, I think, because the last time I looked both were standing in the nest looking out in the distance, apparently waiting for an adult to fly in.

Little is on the other side of the nest, waiting around patiently. Big has shifted positions so the food is now between the eaglets. Little looks over at the food every once in a while but doesn't try to get any, and keeps the same distance away.

At least it doesn't seem as windy as yesterday, and doesn't appear to be raining at the moment, although they both look wet.

7:24 AM  
Anonymous mb said...

June 9 - 7:31AM EDT

Just checked in and both eaglets are awake, and one is working hard to eat some food that has been left at the nest. It looks like the food is more than just scraps, and the eaglet is having quite a bit of success picking it apart, while the other just looks on at the process, hoping to snag a piece. I can't tell if it's Big or little who is eating the food, since the eaglet that is eating is up on the edge of the nest, and the other down in the nest. Little is the one who seems to try and eat on his own - probably for survival, since she doesn't get fed as much as Big. However, I'm just not sure yet. I'm feeling the eaglet that is self-feeding right now might be big.

Oh! The other eaglet just managed to score some food away from the one with the food! Great reflexes!

Now that they're standing closer together, I do think the one who was eating the food on his/her own was Big, and the one who snagged away a piece (a good sized piece) was little.

MB in Cumberland County, Maine

7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friday June 9th

YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE this!! It's hilarious!! The maiden flight!! :-)

I found a wonderful web site which offers a video clip of a young white tailed eaglet's first flight. Not a bald eaglet but very close!! Try going directly to the video at:

http://www.arkive.org/species/GES/birds/Haliaeetus_albicilla/Haliaeetus_albicilla_09g.html?movietype=rpMed

Or to to this page and read down to where you see the word video highlighted and click on the link. Stick with this, if you have problems loading it. I had to load it in two or three sessions but finally got the whole thing. Believe me, it is worth it.

You can see the eaglet thinking to himself "what am I doing wrong? I'm flapping. I'm hopping. I'm letting go of the branch. Then he thinks a bit more, leans forward, and FLIES!! :-)

http://www.friendsofblackwater.org/eagle_cam_blog06/archives/2006/04/23/index.html

The site also answers some of our questions about development, etc. These white-tailed fish eagles and eaglets seem to act exactly like the bald eagles and are very close relatives.

There's also a movie of the parent bringing in a fish, an eaglet grabbing for it, and the parent hopping out of the way! You can see the link to it from this page.

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I should have told you, if you get right into watching the maiden flight video without reading the blog first... the eaglet lands in water and swims to shore and is okay!! So that takes care of the worry many of us have had about the eaglets here.

I wonder how he got up in the air again after swimming?

Here's the index page where you can click on any one of several videos.

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

9:00 AM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

6/9/06 10:10am [est]Friday
Yesterday I saw both Loons, & today it looks like nesting has occured. Great. Looking forward to watching more babies.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Friday, 06/09/06, 12:42PM EST

Kids are resting beak to tail and heads-up. 12:43PM Change that! Big decided to test his wings and fell over on LiTtLe, who gave him the oddest look! BiG appears to be doing a little nest cleaning, but LiTtLe is keeping the 'ole 'eagle-eye' on him!

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to all of you for your time and devotion to the wildlife management and for allowing all of us out here in PC world to be made aware of our wildlife. This has been a real treat to witness mother nature at its best and worst.
Hope this type of study and protection will continue.
How we humans have taken things for granted and continue to deteriorate what is left of land and life. I hope those who appreciate this web site were able to share with others the beauty and balance that is at risk due to pollution,development, and destruction of natural enviornment.

Strafford,NH

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Tarri said...

NiteShare.net discussion board members have been following the babies since April 29. Thank you for allowing us to develop ulcers when we don't see both of them, shivers when we know how cold and windy it looks, and pride in ourselves when we see *our* babies developing new skills..

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Little still seens lethargic, I haven't seen any wing testing. Is it receiving enough food? I'm concerned.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

6/9/06 friday 4:20pm [est]
The wind is sure blowing the chicks around. Big was attempting to flap her wings & almost went out of the nest. She soon after that layed down. She has been crying for her mom [or food] most of the time. Little is just watching her, he is down in the nest.
I look forward to the sun & dry weather for the sweet chicks & myself.

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6/9 - 5pm Burke, VA

Thank you to our biologists for the update. The pictures are great.

I am feeling so sorry for our poor drenched babies. They have had the most awful weather to grow up in.

And thank you to everyone else who writes in with updates.

5:05 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

5:58PM EDT - 6-9-06

Just checked cam for past hour and only noticed one eaglet. The cam is zoomed in past the nest bowl so if the other one is still there, it must be napping.

Hope to see the sibling and parents soon.

Oh - the cam shot earlier this afternoon looked like a nice sunny day and that fog sure rolled in quickly.

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 9 6:06 PM (EST) I'm only seeing on eaglet. I hope the other one is hiding out of the wind and the rain and nothing has happened.

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Redetta said...

6/9/06
Saw one wet eaglet cleaning feathers and calling out. Send some of the rain to the desert!

6:25 PM  
Anonymous Pat K said...

Friday, June 9th 6:25pm ET

I'm a little concerned. I only see one eaglet. I can't tell if it's BiG or LiTtle, but he's standing what looks to be towards the edge of the nest facing the camera. I can't see the other eaglet... I see no other movement. I'm hoping that the standing eaglet is just obstructing my view. I hope everything is ok.

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's now 7:15 (previous post hasn't been posted yet) and I see both eaglets. Feeling much better!

7:20 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

4:30PM PDT...finally saw Dad drop off some food. He left while Little immediately put wings out and hovered over the morsel. He began to pull bits off while Big just stood and looked. Dad returned and tried to reclaim the food at first unsuccessfully and then finally grabbed it from under Little. He continued to feed Little while Big tried to get his beak in for piece. Each time he tried to grab a bite he got a good "ding" from Little. Dad finally exhausted the supply and flew off leaving Little satiated and Big still hungry. Raining heavily...could see actual drops falling from the branch.

7:58 PM  
Blogger jan said...

I am concerned about Little, it obviously is not getting enough food--not thriving like Big. Should I be concerned?

8:19 PM  
Blogger jan said...

Little is not getting enough food--not thriving like Big. It is a concern.

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am forced to use this format to ask questions, hope you don't mind. In between watching "our" eaglets I have been watching other sites and am very concerned about the two eaglets at the Hornby site. Last evening they were both hungry and the smaller was eating "string" from the nesting material. Mother flew in without food and fed them nesting material (string and small bits of what looked like straw). Today, again, no food and Mother again tried to feed them nesting material but they weren't interested. Both are very letharic. How long can these eaglets go without eating? They appear to be the same age as ours. Have not seen other parent for two days.

1:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonder if the third one had survived?? Always see two of them on webcam. Please update with the status of three eaglets.

Thanks,
Eaglecam addict

3:12 AM  
Blogger katsrus0503 said...

well, I saw big test his wings the other day. we thought for sure he was gonna jump, then he just backed down and cuddled with the little one. once they leave, will they continue to come back to that particular nest?

7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a second page of videos available to watch, of white tailed fish eagles. And the first one shows eagles catching gulls.

You might not like to watch it, as it looks as if they are snatching baby gulls off the nests. Either that or they are grabbing the parents who don't take to the air. Most of the gulls take off when they see the eagles coming.

It makes me wonder whether our eagles are going out to the islands and catching baby eaglets or catching gulls when they're not in the air, etc.


http://www.arkive.org/species/GES/birds/Haliaeetus_albicilla/Haliaeetus_albicilla_08b.html?movietype=qtMed

8:04 AM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

Greetings all!

Just a quick note to let you know that the loon has laid an egg before the looncam which you can watch live at http://briloon.org/ed/looncam.htm

You can also watch both cameras at the same time at http://briloon.org/ed/both.htm

Wing Goodale, BioDiversity Research Institute

9:13 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Sat, June 10, 9:10AM EST

OMG the weather is horrible once again. Our kids are sitting up in the nest facing cam and looking absolutely miserable. Their size difference is quite noticeable in this position. Wind is either blowing tree with cam or the nest tree is blowing really hard.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the person concerned about the Hornby site:

I don't know enough about feeding habits while the birds are in the nest -- am learning that from watching the eagle cam. However everything I have ever read or heard about eagles indicates that they will feed these young no matter what, for as long as the young need help.

I don't know what would happen when one of the adults disappears, but I have to think that the remaining adult would keep feeding the young althoug doing it all by himself/herself would be a challenge as the young need as much to eat as he/she does by the time they fly.

Why can't the remaining adult find food? That's the question. Why would she be coming to the nest with nothing but "string"?

Maybe this was a hoax letter. Does anybody else here watch to Hornby nest regularly? If so, could you verify that the male is missing and the female isn't feeding the chicks successfully?

Maybe they were nesting for the first time??

OH ... AHA ... I have read that some eagles stopped feeding the young when they wanted to encourage the eaglets to fly. And then they fly by the nest with food in their talons, to tempt the eaglets to follow them.

BUt the Hornby eaglets shouldn't be that far ahead of ours, and ours won't fledge until early in July.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

6/10/06 Sat. 11:10am [est]
I saw the Loon stand up this am
& I saw 2 eggs.
How great.
New babies to watch.
Doris in Manchester, NH

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another cold, rain & windy day for the chicks.
Just surviving the weather makes them 2 little tough chicks.
6/10/06

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:30 AM PDT - Saturday - Am pleased to say the Hornby eaglets got one rather small fish this morning which the dominant one ate greedily (tried to swallow it whole). The other only got small tidbits and was then eating the nesting material where the fish was dropped. Flavored dead grass?
Thanks for the other sites listed, have learned much more about eagles.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sat 8:50 AM - To the other blogger that suggested my post may have been a "hoax letter" about the Hornby eaglets, it is not! I would never do that as I consider that just plain sick. I am just very concerned about these two eaglets. Perhaps the food supply is not as ample there as elsewhere but I worried about these two getting enough to eat recently. Last night the one parent cuddled down with the eaglets and, I presume, stayed with them for reassurance. I doubt the parent is withholding food deliberately, these two eaglets are probably a few days younger than the Maine eaglets and are not ready to fly yet. They get along well together and who knows, perhaps both parents are still there and I am only seeing one at a time. Have not seen both in several days.

12:01 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

12:15PM (EDT) 6-10-06
Hey Anonymous! Thank you for the link to the Arkive.org flicks. I would have paid to rent those and watch on a DVD. The maiden flight was excellent and gave me a good Saturday morning chuckle.

Kudos for sharing with the world.

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:15 PDT Sat - Hurray! The Hornby eagles just got another small fish. To the blogger that suggested my earlier blog might have been a hoax letter, it definitely was not! I would never do that. I have been watching the Maine eaglets since prior to hatching and have enjoyed learning about eagles from the various sites. Since I haven't seen the two parents at the nest in Hornby for several, it is possible I am seeing Mother one time and Father the next. It is interesting to see the difference between these and "ours" in Maine. One at a time gets fed and the other hangs back, no fighting or bickering. The other one gets fed next and the same thing happens. Could the sex of the babies have anything to do with this (male/female vs. two males/two females) which could explain why the Maine eaglets have such different personalities or is it just more aggression as an inate trait?

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

I had a thought about the Hornsby eaglets. That "string" could be fish line. There was a fishing lure in our nest when the eaglets were banded.

I hope it isn't, because that could also explain what happened to the male eagle, if he is still missing. We have lost both a mallard duck and a blue heron to fish line over the years. I go down by the river and pick up fish line constantly. And I ask the people using our land to park or fish from if they will please not leave any around, and please it up fish when they see it. And teach their children not to leave fish line around the environment. I tell them we have eagles and baby eaglets, and I don't want any harm coming to them. And I tell them about the large fish eating birds we've lost to fish line.

It doesn't seem to me that ordinary fish line would show up in the eagle cam, it's so fine, and so color less. But eagles who are fishing around the ocean, around fishermen that catch larger fish could run into some kind of line.

If you see that again, if things don't look right, isn't there a biologist associated with that web site that you can report this to as soon as possible?

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Redetta said...

6/10
Wow, wet and windy! In AZ an eaglet was rescued that tried to fly out of the nest due to dehydration! A climber found it and rappeled back up the rocky cliff to replace it and left a fish in the nest. The parents came back around in an hour.

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our poor babies!!! For days now they have been wet and swaying in the wind. They deserve a nice warm sunny day, in fact we all do! Is there an estimated time of when they will fly? I don't want to miss it. Our Salmon Lake eagles are really getting big as well as the osprey.

6:26 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

10:05PM (EDT) 06-10-2006

Pam - thank you for the info on fishing line. Several weeks (maybe 5 or so) back, I remember seeing the adult female feeding the eaglets here at Briloon. I watched what I thought was fishing line and figured not to mention it because I've been wrong many times.

She would grab bits of food for the young ones and try to get rid of pieces of string. As I watched, I noticed this string was quite long and think she had (or the dad) brought in a large white fish that morning and it had obviously been attached to a fishing line. My reasoning was that the line never seemed to end. Had it been long pieces of fish, it would have done so.

This fishing line was only noticable because there was sun that day and I could distinguish the length of the line. Had it been pieces of fish, it would never reach 18-24" in length.

For about 2 days I kept seeing the fishing line occasionally blow up onto the camera view. The eaglets were too young to get entwined at that stage.

Fishing line is very dangerous to birds, other fish, animals, etc. Best to know how to pull it and dispose of it than just cut it off from the tip of the rod.

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sat 11:24 PDT - To the person asking about the "string" the Hornby eaglets ate, I'm sure it wasn't a fishing line, it was too thick. It appeared to be long pieces of a straw-like material and the adult eagle ate some too, along with nesting material that appeared to be straw or dead grass. This might be an attempt to stop hunger pangs as she tried to feed it to the two eaglets but the second day they would have none of that. As mentioned above, they had one fish early in the morning and another about an hour later albeit they were very small fish. Perhaps eagles eat nesting material that has some slight fish flavor left from previous drops.

2:32 AM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

Sunday June 11th

According to the book by Stalmaster titled: The Bald Eagle, which Charlie Todd says is an authority, eaglets can fly anywhere between eight to fourteen weeks after hatching, but most commonly fly between ten weeks and twelve weeks old.

Interestingly, the book says when a male and female are in the same nest, the male is likely to fledge at an earlier age. Older birds of the same sex are quicker to leave than the younger ones. And a single nestling will fly more rapidly than one who has nest mates.

Since ours were hatched the week of April 12th, ten weeks will be June 21st and twelve weeks July 5th.

They don't seem anywhere near first flight, based on my observations of the eaglets here. Before that, they should be out on the branches jumping up and down and flapping their wings like crazy, for at least a week or two. Maybe the bad weather is holding them back by keeping them less active. They need to exercise their wings and build their muscles much more actively than they are now, before they fly. (my opinion, not a biologist)

You can get an idea of what comes first (what behaviour to watch for that will tell you they're almost ready) by looking at that site which was posted yesterday, of the white tailed eaglets flapping their wings, etc. Look at videos number five and six.

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

Several have asked whether they will come back to the nest. The eaglets here don't seem to turn in a loop and fly immediately back to the nest, but then, I can't claim to have seen their first flights. The early flights I HAVE seen have been the crash landings!! Into the woods, without picking out a good landing place first!! Eventually the parents get them turned around, by calling to them, and they fly out of the woods. They must learn to look for a good perch BEFORE they head into a tree!! Sometimes they have seriously ruffled feathers and go back to the nest for several days to preen their feathers and recover their confidence!

The books say that eaglets usually stay in the general area of the nest until Fall. Eaglets where I live go back to the nest for an afternoon nap, even after they have been flying the general area for quite a while. Evidently the hottest part of the afternoon is a good nap time for eaglets. It's rest time right now, as the parents are always perched near the nest taking it easy at about that time, and I notice that Big and Little usually nap then, also. The eaglets here also usually show up near the nest to roost overnight, but often it's in a nearby tree, not the nest tree itself. I'm not sure how much of them you'll actually be able to see in the eagle cam, after they fly.

The books say the parents will feed them back at the nest. I have also seen mine fed beside the river in perch trees. The parents will demonstrate patiently over and over again how to fish. They stay near the eaglets and call the eaglets to follow -- they will move on when fishermen or boats show up, but pay no attention to normal activities at our house. So I assume the eaglets at the eagle cam will pay no attention to familiar people and familiar routines near that nest tree.

I don't mean to "talk too much" on this blog, especially answering questions, since I'm not a biologist.

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6/11/06, Burke, VA

I have seen our eaglets fed what looked like string too, but the parent seems to be taking it from whatever it is they caught. Is there a fish or animal that when pulled apart would have something that looks like string?

Also, I too have been concerned about the Hornsby (Hancock) eaglets the last few days. And their blog is very timeconsuming to figure out (ours is such a great format). So if other people are also watching that nest, perhaps you could give updates in this blog as well. Just make sure you are clear which eaglets you are talking about.

Have a great Sunday everyone. I hope our eaglets get a dry one.

8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday June 11th !:40 PM Eastern Daylight Time

I just saw Big standing at the left of the nest with Little resting in the middle, and in the next shot 15 seconds later, Big was on the other side of the nest, with only his back in view.

He must have hopped and flapped his wings to get over there in 15 seconds, but I didn't actually see him do it.

1:45 PM  
Anonymous nancy in va said...

Hi to all bloggers and staff! Have been reading your great info about the flying. At a few min. before 6pm EDT, both eaglets were doing the wing flap practice, and a little hop-dance that goes with it. It could be set to music! Then food arrived. I went to live cam and at full volume, heard many screeching noises. Is that from the eagles, from LITTLE who wasn't being fed, or from other birds in the area? Not a gull sound...more like a screech owl. Now, 6:10 pm, both eaglets have left the feeding adult and have gone off to the side alone. Each day is full of new actions from these great birds!

6:13 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

3PM PDT....a very calm feeding event with what appeared to be Mom arriving first to feed Little. Both eaglets sat side by side very mannerly,until with a screech Dad arrived with his fish. Little had a few bites then turned around and went off to sit while Big got his feeding. He too was soon satiated and went off to stand near Little while Dad continued to eat. After a short time Big tromped over and began to feed again from Dad. Looks like a good day was had by all....babies content as well as parents and Dad flew off.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday June 11th, 6:45 PM E.D.T.

Dad was sitting in the nest with Big and Little. Big is at least as big as Dad, maybe bigger.

Little is almost as big. It was quite a sight. I don't know whether it was after a feeding or why Dad was right there in the center of the nest with an eaglet on either side.

I assume it was Dad as the eaglets were so big, beside him.

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday June 11th, 6:45 PM E.D.T.

Dad was sitting in the nest with Big and Little. Big is at least as big as Dad, maybe bigger.

Little is almost as big. It was quite a sight. I don't know whether it was after a feeding or why Dad was right there in the center of the nest with an eaglet on either side.

I assume it was Dad as the eaglets were so big, beside him.

Dad flew to the nearby limb, and then took off.

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:15 P.S.T Sunday June 11th, 2006

Watched one parent with food feeding both eaglets, then Mom flew in and walked behind the two eaglets and up on the left. She was panting. Took over feeding and promptly started feeding Big and Little walked away going to opposite side of nest not bothering to try to get food. Just looked so discouraged and once glanced over shoulder to where Big was gobbling all the food from parent. Little just turned back and looked out at ocean. After feeding Big came over and tried to "be nice" to Little. Parent finished the crumbs and took off.
Later, one parent came back with nothing and Little kept chirping.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Mon, June 12, 11:27AM EST

BiG has been preening all morning each time I checked in. LiTtLe standing to right of cam. Both appear to awaiting a snack and they do not seem to care for the human voices I hear today.

What a beautiful day for them :)

12:03 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Mon, June 12, 12:08Pm EST

BiG is eating something. Appears a parent dropped something in the nest which has feathers? LiTtLe is still right of BiG and making NO attempt to eat. Now BiG has moved closer/facing cam with back to LiTtLe ignoring food -yet LiTtLe STILL NOT trying to snag a few bites. ??? :(

12:18 PM  
Blogger dukeyboy said...

6:30AM 06/12 Good feeding this morning -kids pecking at something with little success, one adult arrives and fed both, then second adult arrives to help. A rare look at the family together.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eagle Biologist,
So you think Little is receiving enough food? He is very submissive to Big, seems to have less energy and acts depressed, if an eaglet can be depressed.
June 12.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Everglades Eyes said...

I haven't been able to watch closely for several days, so thanks to everyone for keeping the posted comments going. It's great to catch up and Oh! my! but they have gotten much bigger! Haven't caught a feeding today; just watch for a minute or two and then busy, busy! I hope I get to see them fly...

6:19 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

3PM PDT Dad came in with food which Big quickly moved in on.... while Little remained lying down panting very noticeably. Big continued to feed from Dad until Little arose and moved closer in for some tidbits. Suddenly, Mom appeared and Dad went right up on the overhead branch leaving her to feed Little quite a bit. Dad flew off, Mom picked a bit herself and then she also left the kids.

7:13 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Mon, June 12, 2006, 7:23PM EST

Kids are positioned nose to tail as flat as they can be in their nest. They are "plum tuckered" out and I hope it's from a big dinner (which I missed)!

7:32 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Mon, June 12, 7:55PM EST

Dad feeding BiG who is still laying in nest. LiTtLe closest to cam, and making no attempt to move near food. Flock of really agitated crows behind cam got all their attention. Dad on HIGH ALERT, appeared to fluff his white head, and stood really tall. LiTtLe even stood up.

Looks like I'm not going to see LiTtLe eat before bedtime. I hope to read that another blogger saw him eat today.

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eagle Biologist,
Sorry typing error. My question was--DO you think Little is getting enough food?
Sounded like a plane just buzzed the nest, the eaglets appeared quite agitated.8:10pmEDT

8:18 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Tue, June 13, 7:25AM EST

Are the kids sleeping in this morning? BiG got up for trip to restroom. LiTtLe still resting closest to cam. Looks like a beautiful day. Glad to read they ate yesterday. Thanks!

7:32 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

June 13, 8:12AM EDT
Mom is equally feeding the kids. LiTtLe eating okay, but would like to see him fill that crop. Missed the landing but breakfast sure is messy. Mom can't seem to help having a few bites for herself. Heard dad call.

LiTtLe appears so forlorn standing with his head low, always waiting his turn for leftovers. There is most certainly a size difference at this angle. LiTtLe has more ‘white’ (down?), beneath his wings.

8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tues, June 13, 8:34AM EDT

One of the parents is in the nest with food. Seems to be feeding itself as the other two aren't interested. Maybe I tuned in after the eaglets were fed. I assume it's Big who's sitting up looking directly at the camera ("you talkin 'bout me?!"), and Little is lying down. Have been offline for the past week so I'm glad to see the growing kids, as well as the ever-present yet off-camera parent(s). Have learned soooo much from watching and reading this site. Will be terribly depressed when the babies eventually fly the coop!!

8:37 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

June 13, 10:17AM EDT

BiG is entertaining himself at the ocean edge of the nest. Appears to be trying his darnedest to eat something. Our LiTtLe is resting while he watches. Hear a duck? Crying bad... wonder if mom or dad are close to their nest. BiG is getting just a tad bit close to the ocean edge! Almost off cam view!

10:24 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

June 13, 10:53AM EDT

WHERE IS BiG? he was too close to edge last I saw. Only see LiTtLe in same spot right of cam. Hear crows close.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

June 13, 11:06AM EDT

Finally, two heads! Eaglets resting together right of cam. :)

11:10 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

I marvel at the lack of flies or other pesky insects around the nest. The eaglets eliminating out the sides of the nest plus the fastidious clean up of food tidbits by the parents must be enough to affect this condition. I know from raising waterfowl how dedicated to "clean-up" one has to be in order to keep things ship shape. I have seen one fly on the close-up cam and it crawled briefly along a branch and then disappeared. Mother Nature resourcefully endows her creatures.

1:17 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

June 13, 2006 2:27PM EDT

Our kids are facing the ocean side by side.. Catching a breeze? Perhaps.

If you have not seen the banding video of the ................
Santa Cruz Island eaglet..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL7r74qbDlM

It is really cute. But I must say, I'm kinda glad our lil kids missed this excitement!

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How high is the nest from the ground? I got a surprise yesterday when a boat went by the nest.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The eaglets are having fun this afternoon they've been playing with one another and everything!

This might be a stupid question but I'm gonna ask and if anyone wants to answer, I'd appreicate it. I know they get their food daily and what water they intake must be through that, but they eat alot of fish and that's salt water the fish are coming from, so what keeps them from dehydrating or getting sick, from all that salt?

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuesday Jue 13th
4:30-5:00 PM E.D.T.

Lots of wing flapping and hopping up and down. At first I thought it was only Big, with LIttle watching him and wondering what the heck that was all about! But then I THINK I saw Little flapping and hopping as well.

Just watching the still cam. So couldn't watch continuously to see who was who.

That's a good question about the salt water, and fish, etc.
I hope the biologists answer it.

Do salt water fish have salt water in their "veins" and body cavities too?

Where DO eaglets in the nest get their water from, anyway??

(that is, when it doesnt rain for thirty days in a row like it has this year!)

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Namloca said...

The pictures posted 06/08/06 are great! The one that shows the climber close to the nest really puts the size of the nest in perspective!! I'm not so afraid that the babies will fall out now!! :) They weathered the storms last week like good Mainers and are showing much progress this week, up and alert much more and even feeding themselves! Thanks, Mark, to you and the others for your amazing work! What a pleasure it has been to follow the progress of these eglets!

5:33 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

June 13, 5:35PM EDT

Only see ONE wet eaglet..:(((

5:41 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

June 13, 6:04PM EDT

Two eaglets again. It was LiTtLe that was missing from cam view. Great close view, I just with these two would not play the hide-n-seek game from us cam viewers!

6:09 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

June 13, 7:50PM EDT

BiG and LiTtLe are just plum-tuckered out! Resting beak to tail...Nighty night kids...sweet dreams...

I saved Mark's 'banding of the eaglet' picture as my background on computer! Sooo cute...thanks Mark :)

7:56 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Flag Day, June 14, 6:20AM EDT

BiG is facing the ocean which looks to be quite calm this am. LiTtLe is sleeping in :)

6:25 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

June 14, 7:09am EDT

Kids standing and facing ledge. LiTtLe to far left of cam. He has been crying. They both keep looking down as though mom or dad is in view and beak nuzzling. Either time for breakfast, or morning snack already.

7:16 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Did not see any feedings yesterday from 3PM PDT to bedtime altho the guys seemed wet and hungry. Heard several parental screeches so I assume one of them was nearby. I do hope I missed something this AM but as I view them, their crops still seem a bit empty.

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a rush-- I thought for sure one of the eaglets was gone, and observed for more than 5 minutes before the little beast jumped into view from the hard left of the screen! Haven't observed anything like this until now. I guess the nest really is BIG! :~)
11:50 edt 6/14/06 Greenland, NH

11:59 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

June 14, 2:32PM EDT

Our kids are nuzzled close and sleeping. How wonderful to watch all of this!

Finally made my donation to BRI for Eagle and Loon cams... to say 'thank you' and hope to see your work next year.

Really appreciate the love and dedication this "team" has:)
"THANK YOU"

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, to answer the person who wanted to know how far up our babies were they are usually 60-70 feet off of the ground and this nest I was told is average so about 65 feet. It is amazing when you see a boat go by as after watching awhile you tend to forget!! The baies look great today( 06/13/06 4:45Est) They have had some moments lately where I thought Big was off the side of the nest flapping his wings and I jumped because I didn't think he was coming down. They were fed yesterday morning as I watch and printed some pictures of both parents as I miss seeing them everyday. Bev

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

BLOW BY BLOW
Wednesday June 14
4:50 PM

This began as one of those very disturbing feedings. A parent and one eaglet are eating, while other eaglet hops to the other side of the nest and keeps his head down. Looks back over his shoulder, moves around, seems to find a scrap of food on the bottom of the nest.

This turned out to be very interesting. Turned on the video.

Little lunged in there, put his head right in there between his mother's and Bits, and grabbed a piece of food, choked it down, and lunged again. And repeated. He is determiend to eat. He gets small pieces, sometimes long stringy pieces. Big seems to leave him alone. Once in a while the parent gives him a small bite or he simply steals it from the corner of the parents beak before the parent can swallow it.

There's a lot of "crying" going on.... like when they were younger. Apprently he got a big piece, took it to his side of the nest, spread his wings and hid it from BIG. Back to still cam. Can't catch the action there.

Parent hopped to branch, then flew off. Little is still eating. Big looked over there, but didn't try to interfere.

This is the most encouraging thing I have seen yet. Little WILL fight for food, if he's really despearate. And Big left him alone, too. He grabbed it while big was already eating, so Big was occupied with his own eating.

He appears to have a full crop. He ate so fast, if he didnt have a cropy he'd have died of indigestion by now!!

Now Big is coming over to pick at the bottom of the nest -- on still camera again.

They seem to need an awful lot of food, and boy, do they pounce on it.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

2PM PDT....eagle cam unavailable...keep getting a "sorry page unavailable" message. Has the cam been disabled...hope nothing has happened to the guys!

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yesterday and today I watched as BIG tried very hard to fly. He was flapping those wide wings for all he was worth. Then he'd loose his balance and have to stop. So uncoordinated!!! Reminds me of a baby trying to walk. Little doesn't seem to want to try. She just looks at Big like he's nuts!

6:25 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

June 14, 8:13Pm EDT

BiG is standing, facing cam and boy does he have a full crop! LiTtLe is taking it easy and laying in the nest. Saving his energy I bet for a midnight snack :) Quiet at the nest.

8:20 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Having trouble with the nwf site. Unable to access URL for Eaglecam. Anyone else?

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wed. 6/14,8:50pmEDT
Have watched the nest off and on since 8pm and no adult has returned to the nest. Big and Little were restless for awhile, looking around as if wondering when the food would arrive. By 8:50 it hadn't.

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Julia Spears said...

What happened to the live eagle cam? When I try to access it, it takes me to the NWF site, except it cannot be accessed there either, all of a sudden. What happened??? NWF member in Texas

11:46 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

June 15, 6:38AM EDT

Two beautiful wet eaglets standing and playing with a large nest twig :) Waiting for breakfast?

6:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thursday June 15th
8:15 AM

Just caught the whole family at the nest together for a few minutes. Still cam.

Apparently they had just finished a meal. Soon after I looked in one adult left, and now both are gone.

Neither of the eaglets appeared hungry or particularly intersted in the innards of some prey, in the nest.

8:25 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

June 15, 9:57AM EDT

Dad brought a fish snack for the kids. Believe it or not, LiTtLe is at the helm. Perhaps I missed breakfast, as BiG is standing back -a first for me to witness.

Our kids are crying as they do when food is delivered... just heard mom call-must be close, I think she caught dad eating the snack as he keeps looking right of cam. (Well he fixed her, he turned his back.)

LiTtLe has a large piece of his own, which he tried to hide from dad? Dad got it and is feeding him.

A beautiful site to see :)

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, VA - 6-15-06

Wow I got nervous last night when I couldn't find the cam -- glad to see it is back up.

Both eaglets ate this morning as did one of the parents. About 9 when I first check their meal was just laying there and they were ignoring it (looked like a cat I am sorry to say). Later on (around 10) the parent was feeding them and him/herself.

I am finding it hard to determine if their crops are full -- it used to be obvious -- anyone else having trouble?

11:17 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

June 15, 2:12PM EDT

Both kids resting. BiG facing ocean and LiTtLe facing cam.

In case our "bio-team" unable to respond: This is their direct feed. http://briloon.org/index.htm

Thanks to our team we have the ability to watch Eagle and Loon cams simultaneously (stills) or individual live cams. Click Live Video 2 once you access Eaglecam. If you have not seen this setup before... you will be amazed what they've done. One site for everything we love!

Appears NWF changed their website?

2:26 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

June 15, 3:35PM EDT

LiTtLe is laying on his side! So cute with those big yellow feet facing cam. BiG is laying down, doing that head movement, and rearranging a few twigs.

Any explanation for that head movement... Is he trying to get food to pass from crop?

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

06/15/06 1600 est, The eaglets were fed abotu 4 times this morning by both parents twice. Mom dropped a fish about 0715 and then Dad at 0726 and dropped something that did look like a kitten but bigger "Little One had eaten his fill the first time around plus he has a hiding place over to the front and right of us where he always plops. Dad leaves at 0738, Ma back at 825 or so with alot of food, not sure if its really dead has she jumps and grabs it like around the neck! What ever it was Dad came back later and show'd the eaglets how to strip and eat it. At times is was disgusting. But I so enjoy wat ching them all. I miss seeing the adults at the nest. BEV

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6-15, Mid-afternoon
I know the nest is huge but when both eaglets are standing it is a full house! Big spends much of the day on his feet, sometimes flapping those wings like crazy. Little is much less steady on his feet and balance is not as good. Is Little waiting for Big to fledge so he/she can get more practice and strength? I think soon we will see Big up on a branch!

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6-16 @ 7:15 PDT - Little was grooming Big (pulling out some of the white down feathers from his hind legs and wings) while he faced the water. Beautiful picture!

10:22 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

No Cam this morning (9AM PDT)....server lost?

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Sherry said...

The webcam has been down all day. Hopefully, it will be up again soon.
Sherry

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is anyone else unable to bring up the live video cam? Friday 6/16.

3:09 PM  
Blogger kdubs said...

What is happening with our babies? The web cam has been down all day and no one has been posting any comments since yesterday. Is everything ok?

5:43 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

June 16, 7:28PM EST---Still cam not updating, and unable to access live cam. NWF site states: "limit-viewing time to 5-10 minutes"! This is not good if we are going to share only a few lines available.

Wind is out about our kids, and a lot of other eagle lovers are suffering the empty nest syndrome as their kids are fledging, so we should naturally expect more traffic--I guess.

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have not been able to connect to the live cam all day. I dont' know if it is my PC or somethin else. I have tried several other links to get there and the Biodiversity link shows on eaglelet just laying...Are the babies o.k.??? I am so concerned.I wish we could get e-mail information back from this site or somewhere...
I will keep trying to read your coments to see if I can find out anything.. Good to read some have seen them today...I had to keep clicking on links to find this one again...My page has changed formats in last couple of days.
Glenda in Va.7;00 p .m. june 15

7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Camera black all day...I'm sure there is a good reason, but, I truly miss the daily routine of watching these two eaglets!

7:52 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

What happened to the eagle cam? I haven't been able to log on since early on June 16th. I hope there isn't a permanent problem because I've loved watching this amazing closeup of nature.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

been trying to get in to see the eagles haven't been able to is there something wrong with the webcam? please let me know I miss seeing the eagles an how they are doing.

10:19 AM  
Blogger annoynoums said...

is the webcam available for viewing or is it no longer going to be available

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Karen said...

Is there something wrong with the camera? I am not able to get anything.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Worried in So. Cal. .....will we ever get to see our eaglets again???

12:40 PM  
Blogger ohiomainelover said...

Haven't been able to see our darling birdies since Thursday. What happened?

Saturday 6/17 12:40pm
-- ohio maine lover

12:45 PM  
Blogger ohiomainelover said...

Haven't been able to see our darling birdies since Thursday. What happened to the camera??

Sat 6/17/06 12:45pm
-- Ohio Maine Lover

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sat. noon June 17th

Glad we can get comments again -- at least I know I'm not the only one who can't see the cameras. I have been looking for blog updates since Friday morning.

I don't like the looks of that eaglet flooped across the nest like that. It would be great if someone in control could post a notice to let us know what's happening.

I can't connect to the video cam in the usual way, or at the loon page or any other way I can think of.

If anyone is able to connect to the video cam, please tell us how.

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saturday, June 17th.
2:00 p.m. [est].

Don't panic people. The camera is now up and runnung. It's amazing that the bio team has been able to keep the cam online since February with minimal down time. Especially considering all the wet and windy weather Maine has had these past few weeks. Job well done.

Also, I think it's important to mention periodically that bald eaglecam is non profit, and depends entirely on contributions from people like us, who get to enjoy "reality tv" like no other.

**note**
We are asked to keep our time on the livecam to 2 minutes. The expenses for streaming video are enormous.

I hope everybody has as much fun watching the eaglets from egg to juvenille fledglings as I have. I also like reading the daily blogs, and have learned quite a bit about these magnificent raptors.

My check has been sent out, and another will follow to ensure we get to watch the family all the way to first flight and beyond.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads.
Poppa eagle included. :-)

Paul from Plymouth Ma.

2:10 PM  
Blogger dukeyboy said...

4:40 PM -6/17
Live camera back up. Both chicks resting. All is well.

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Camera angle is completely different today; the winds must have knocked the camera around. Both big and Little are sitting at the edge of the nest looking out over the water. One baby is preening the other--so cute! Can't see their crops from this angle so I don't know when they last ate. At least they are getting along today!
Pat, Burlington Ontario June 17/06
4:35 PM EST

4:41 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

So glad to see the live camera back. The position of the camera has changed but it seems to give a larger view of the nesting area. Both adults were at the nest when I logged on at 5:15 today but there was no food in sight, and the eaglets cried and cried. The adults both flew away. Poor hungry babies!

5:25 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

Saw a wonderful feeding at @6pm tonight that lasted about 20 minutes. Mom was there with a big piece of food that she fed to both eaglets (Little walked away for a while during the feeding, then resumed his place at the end). Mom still tends to feed Big more, but I guess Little is getting enough because he/she appears to be flourishing. I can't wait to hear any updates from the biologists.

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank goodness the web site is back working. I was discouraged not to see our guys and was worried that I might miss their first flight. Little still seems timid and not too steady, but did see him flap the wings and move around a little more. Hope he is ok. I have been concerned for his wellfare and development.

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, VA - 6/27/06 - 8:45pm EDT

Eaglets are fine, one of the parents is on the branch. All looks well.

Let's hope the cam doesn't go down the day they fledge -- would be a shame to miss that.

8:53 PM  
Anonymous mb said...

June 18 - 8:48PM EDT

Just checked and FINALLY the eaglecam live feed is back - and I LOVE the new view, especially in light of the eaglets pre-fledging excerises!

Thanks so much to the "team" for getting the live feed up and running for us again, and for giving us a view that will help us see the eaglets take flight a bit better, when that finally happens! I appreciate ALL your efforts!

MB in Cumberland County, Maine

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the location of the Hornby eaglets--is it on Vancouver Island?

11:32 PM  
Anonymous nancy in VA said...

6/18 LOVE the new angle on the cam! BRI does such a good job to make the viewers happy! Now that teaching duties are completed, I have more time to admire the eagles and loons. Both sites are teaching me so much. I enjoy all of the info shared by bloggers and staff members. Excited about eagles flying soon and chicks hatching soon!

10:56 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Like the new cam angle ....shows more limbs and branches....guessing it's for better viewing when the guys start hopping onto them.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to Bev for the information as to the height of the nest off the ground. Tom

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6/18 About 1 pm PDT Dad flew in with a fish. Typically, #1 whined and cried to be fed while #2 snatched bites whenever the opportunity arose. #2 managed to get quite a bit but it was a small fish so neither was satisfied. Dad
tried to break up the skin and he finally gave up. This kept #1 busy trying to eat it so Dad did a little housekeeping. Tried to move some twigs around the nest but #2 was standing on them. Dad did uncover some leftovers and #1 immediately dropped the skin, rushed over and grabbed what was there. #2 cried the whole time so believe it was a stash saved for later. Dad finally gave up, flew to the branch, cleaned his beak and flew off (hopefully to go to the store again). #1 went back to the skin and #2 plopped down.

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6/18 3pm PDT - Big is really feeling his oats; doing a lot of wing flapping and a couple of times he lifted himself up in the air. Do you think he will wait until July? Poor Little is just trying to stay out of his way and hoping he won't step on her.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 18, 7:10pm Eastern -- The webcam view has shifted. Great panoramic view. Thanks! Just went online and see of one the eaglets (mostly likely BIG), pecking at something ... food? LITTLE is laying in the bowl of the nest just watching. It's amazing how long their wings are now -- BIG just did a wing flap.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Happy Fathers Day :)
Sunday, June 18, 8:20PM EDT---
---Thanks BRI team for reestablishing our connection to our adopted family!
LiTtLe just finished eating every crumb he could find in the nest, and plopped down next to BiG. Something flying above has both kids AMAZED! Thought for a moment I was at a tennis match. ---Every so often the kids act like they have lice as they suddenly will jump and start cleaning from a soundlike sleep.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6/18 - To the person that asked about the Hornby eaglets, yes, they are on Vacouver Island, BC.
They appear to be about the same age as ours here but their personalities are distinctly different; they get along well and share their food (most of the time).

1:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday June 19th
6:39 E.D.T.

So good to be able to observe again. Thanks to whoever made the adjustements. Did you have to go on site and climb the tree?

I happened in on a feeding in progress. Little seemed to have a scrap of his own off to one side, while the mature fed Big. Then the mature quit feeding Big and jumped to the branch. He looked at Little, watched him for a few minutes, then jumped in and at first I thought he was taking Little's food away. Quickly I got on the video cam to see what was really happening.

The adult tore up the food into smaller pieces and handed it to Little. Big stayed to one side for a while, then tentatively tried to get fed but the adult pointedly ignored him. It must be Dad. Happy Fathers Day, Dad.... You're the best!

Big jumped over behind Little and tried to get in on it from the rear! Dad still ignored him. Little and Dad got into a tug of war over one stringly piece of food, and Little actually got it away from Dad! I don't think he was able to tear it up and eat it himself, but he struggled with it, hid it, kept it off to himself for a while, then gave up and went beside Dad who was eating

I hope Big didn't get all the juicy pieces, and Little nothing but the stringy stuff. I suppose when it's a small meal, the one who gets fed first gets the most nutritional food. Those stringy pieces, and little pieces that seem to have small bones in them can't be as nutritious. It's like picking meat off the bones of a roast. Small pickings.

Dad and Little are cleaning up the pieces, and Big is off to one side.

All the while I was on the video cam some eaglet was crying, but it's hard to figure out how they can cry with their beaks closed, or their beaks full of food, for that matter. I only once saw an eaglet with his beak open but the crying went on continually.

Now Dad has jumped to the branch. The meal is over. 6:53

After a few seconds, Dad flew off.

Thankfully Mom didn't hop in here and insist on doing the feeding, as she always feeds Big and only Big, until he drops. It's interesting the difference in style between the two parents. Thank Goodness for Dad.

7:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday June 19th

THis morning I saw Little flap his wings and lift himself off the nest, so he IS practicing a bit, though not nearly as much as Big. And he wasn't on the edge of the nest, he was safely in the middle of it! Little is cautious -- with good reason. His early experience of life has taught him not to trust in anyone but himself. And possibly his Dad.

7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday June 19
9:15 EDT'

Funny sight. Adult on branch (think it was Dad0 both eaglets in nest side by side, heads up, beaks open, I can tell without sound that they are crying. Dad has no food.
Looks down at them, checking on them.

From this new distance, if you didn't see dad, the eaglets could be robin chicks!! Side by side, heads up, mouths open.

Dad turns around, eaglets keep crying. Dad is gone, from the next image. Eaglets both heads down, absolutely synchronized, side by side (and I bet the mouths are shut and the crying has stopped)

Poor parents, they are seen as nothing more or less than food machines!

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 19th Monday

Thought for sure Big was going to "fly" up onto that branch in front of him. He was looking out over the other side of the nest, then he hopped or jumped to this side, and had his head just this side of that branch which goes right over the nest. He looked at it, stared at it just as though he was thinking of hopping up there. He spread his wings, flapped them, leaned forward, I thought for SURE he was going up there. But nothing happened. He backed up to the camera and did his "business" over the back edge of the nest. How anti climactic!!

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could someone give us a time frame of when the eagles might fly? This is just amazing to see nature at it's best. They are very big now, and feathers are changing alot. Looking more like the adults all the time. Thank you Biodiversity, a job well done.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Everglades Eyes said...

Well! I went down to the Florida Keys to a conference and came back to learn I'd missed quite a lot. I am really struck by the number of bloggers who voiced their worry while the camera was down. All of these strangers sharing their concern for these two little birds. It done my heart good! I missed not seeing them daily, but while I was away, I got to swim with the dolphins. That's almost as cool as being able to watch the eagle's nest! Thanks to all the bloggers who keep the web log up. And, a great big THANKS to the Biodiversity Institute for giving us this opportunity to watch an amazing family! It's so wonderful, like the dolphins!

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Jane E. said...

According to the book by Stalmaster titled: The Bald Eagle, eaglets fly anywhere between eight to fourteen weeks after hatching, but most commonly fly between ten weeks and twelve weeks old.

Big and Little were hatched the week of April 12th. Ten weeks will be June 21st and twelve weeks July 5th.

This is purely an unscientific guess, but their development of flying muscles and skills {their "flying readiness"!) may have been slowed by all those rainy days.

They aren't out on the branches jumping and flapping.
In the past the eaglets I've observed have spent a week or more out on the branches, occasionally hopping up and down and flapping their wings, before they actually took off.

Just getting out on the branches and safely back to the nest is a thrill, at first! :-)

4:52 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

3:30 PDT..Pretty windy and Little keeps hopping all over the nest....flapping wings and lifting off the twigs. He runs from one side to the other as tho he is soooo proud of the accomplishment. Big is hunkered down ....smart with the wind. No feeding observed at this time.

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

Monday, June 19, 7:54PM EDT
Looks really foggy at the nest. BiG is facing left of cam and LiTtLe is looking right at us cammers. Don't look too excited today.

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been watching the eaglets in the nest on Vancouver Island and would think I was watching our Maine eagles 2 weeks ago. The two are very chummy until feeding time--then just like Big and Little, Big moves in, gets most of the food while Little stands back crying and gets a few left overs. These 2 seem equal in same size,however, not a noticeable difference as is B&L.

8:19 PM  
Anonymous nancy in VA said...

???QUESTION??? Will the "Best of the EAGLES" videos be archived into small bits like the nest exchange and the two incubation clips? I really hope so, otherwise I will have to cancel my vacation to Maine and stay home to watch them leave the nest. You just can't imagine how attached we viewers are to "OUR" babies! Hope someone at BRI will answer this question and seriously consider attaching a clip or two of the best moments of this wonderful part of REAL NATURE. THANKS!

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Bucky Owen said...

6/20 0730
I'll give a try at some of the questions posed over the last two weeks.
1. There continue to be questions about the smaller bird and if it is a male. We just can't tell; at this point its size reflects hatching date and the amount of food it can obtain. Both youngsters appear to be developing normally although there may be as much as a week or more between their fledging.
2. I think Jane E. gave us as good an estimate to first fledging as we can get. I suspect early to mid July is a good guess for the first bird. Both flight and tail feathers on both birds are still growing. You can really see this on the tail feathers. The birds probably won't fly until these have hardened up as they can be damaged very easily. Also, there is still a lot of down under the wings and on the back. All of this won't be replaced before they make their first flight. We'll continue to see more and more exercising as time goes on.
3. The cam is on Mount Desert Island.
4. One question was about feeding less to promote more muscle and less fat. I doubt that either nestling has much fat on it. Growth is almost totally now muscle and feathers. I've rarly seen a "fat" bird except before migration or ocassionally, in winter.
5. Don't know how long an adult could go without food. Certainly, they only need to feed once a day if they completely fill their crop. I think if they went 5-7 days without food they would be in trouble.
6. We only band birds for specific reasons as it is very expensive to do. Early in our work we banded all nestlings that we knew of, which amounted to 10-50 birds. We initially wanted to know where they went in the winter and causes of death. Our birds were wintering from southern New England to Chessapeak Bay and the Carolinas. Causes of death were collisions, shooting, trapping etc. We directed our PR work to minimizing these factors. As time went on we banded and color marked all of the nestlings in Maine (about 100 at that time). Our goal was to determine survivorship in relation to a winter feeding program ( see the comments on Mark McCollough in the Journal). Currently the nest work in Maine involves taking blood and feather samples at selected nest sites for contaminant monitoring and nestlings are banded at the same time. The nests being monitored are near industrial sites that have had a history of PCB emmisions. Fish are also monitored and trends are favorable. Mercury is still the bad actor that we haven't been able to deal with politically but I note in today's paper that 13 eastern states are again suing EPA for its inability to regulate HG emmissions effectively. Wherever you are please lend your support to this effort, if you can.
7. Occasionally bilogists place patagial tags on birds to more accurately determine local movements and individual interactions. These tags are attacted to the lead edge of the wing and don't hamper flight but can be readilly seen. When we wanted similar information on some of our coastal birds we attached small radio transmitters to their backs and followed them for months.
8. When the first bird leaves the nest the adults will continue to feed the remaing nestling as well as the fledged eagle. The latter will probably return to the nest periodically to roost and be fed. It will be interesting to follow that behavior in July. Many of our youngsters leave the state in September to return the following year. Several years ago, my wife and I were out near Schoodic Island monitoring some radio tagged youngsters. The signal was straight up and when I looked with binoculars there were numerous eagles circling 1000's of feet above us. It was a mild day with NW breezes and by evening all of those birds were on their way south. What a sight!
9. There was a great question about how the yougsters handle salt as they have no fresh water to drink. Many marine birds have no access to fresh water; some like petrels, spend their entire life at sea accept when nesting. Birds have a supra-orbital gland, situated just above the eye, whose sole funtion is to remove excess salt from the bird's blood. There is a duct that runs from this gland to the external nares (nose) and the fluid drips off the beak. If you carefully watch a perched gull on a warm day you will see drops of fluid, a very concentrated salt solution, coming off its beak. I have dissected out this gland in black ducks living on fresh water and the gland is smaller than the diameter of a pencil. In winter, when the ducks are feeding in salt water the gland enlarges and is the size of your index finger. Given a chance, gulls and other sea birds will drink fresh water but it is not absolutley necessary. Fish have oxygen bearing pigments in their blood, but of a different type, just as we do and excess salt is passed out through the gills.
10. Just a final comment. Maine is revising its list of T and E species and proposing to add the great cormorant. One of the factors in the decline of this species on the Maine coast is predation, especially by sub-adult eagles, on the cormorant nestlings. Double creasted cormorants are so numerous that this type of predation has little effect on their population, but great cormorants are a relatively new breeder on Maine islands and their numbers are not as robust. A management dilemma, one threatened species feeding on another. Just like perigrine falcons on MDI flying 25 miles to feed on threatened terns!

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just came inside, went to check in on our babies. One is perched out on a branch, I have a feeling it won't be long before he makes that first flight. What a glorious day that will be, but at the same time sad.

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

Tues. June 20th

Thanks Dr. Owen.

It's great to get all that information. We really appreciate the time it must have taken to look down through all our questions -- and to write all those very thorough answers!!

Some of the information you had to share was a total surprise!! Especially the part about the special gland to allow sea birds to excrete excess salt!! Nature is just amazing!! :-)

Your taking the time to share your knowledge means a lot, and makes this a terriffic learning experience, as well as PURE PLEASURE!!

I wish all the bloggers and eaglecam watchers could somehow see a group of eagles soaring, as you described. In the Fall all of our eaglets of various ages, and their parents, soar on the wind like that in groups of eight or nine. What a thrill!!

Once you see their obvious pleasure in soaring and gliding on the wind, it makes you admire all the more the wonderfully dedicated job they do of parenting. There's prescious little time for soaring while they're raising eaglets!! :-) They fly straight from the nest to the river, catch a fish and go straight back to the nest with it!

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sugestion that the cam view of the nest be backed off a little so we can see the entire nest. Many times the chicks are out of view.
The chicks will soon be fledging the nest. I feel we will see very little because of the angle of the cam. I know this can be changed.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6/20/06 - 3:15pm

It is so nice to see our babies having some nice weather for a change. They are resting side by side. Does anyone know if they will stay together after they leave the nest, or do they go their separate ways? Bet little can't wait to be able to get his/her own food!

This has been such a thrill to watch this little family. A great big thank you to all those who have made it possible.

3:20 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Tuesday, June 20, 3:19PM EDT
Two BEAUTIFUL eaglets in nest. One watching out over the ocean, the other apparently pooped-out sleeping :) What a beautiful breezy day for our kids.

3:25 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Almost forgot...Thank you Bucky Owen for the answers :)

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Redetta said...

6/20 12:57pm
Watching the live feed and heard kids playing and yelling nearby. the eaglets seem to be observing them and not flapping their wings as they were when I first looked.
Thanks for all the new update and information.

4:02 PM  
Blogger didi said...

love to watch the progress of our babies. little still seems more lethargic than big. my heart skips a beat when i turn the site on and only see one. how do they hid so well as big as they are.

they sure got toughened up last week in the wind rain and cold. flapping more and more but dont look too close to being strong enough to fly. today was the most i have seen them flap and at one time they both were flapping at the same time. not much room to do that anymore. my friend found a crow that fell out of the nest. she kept it till the tail feathers were a certain length that would enable the crow to fly as a wild life rehabber told her to do. is this something that has to happen before our eaglets fly. how wide is their wing span now? while they were flapping i could hear a child yell "i see them flapping". then he starteed yelling and screaming i guesss to scare them. are there signs or a fench around the site. what do they say. i was hoping at that momemt that the eaglets would move to the edge of the nest and let rip.

well having a great time watching. thanks didi

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy cow!!! Bigs out on a limb!!!! 5:58 p.m Tuesday 6-20-06

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

Tuesday June 20th

For the rest of the summer the eaglets will stay "together" in the sense that they'll both be hanging around the general area of the nest tree, after they fly. Their parents have a territory, and if they behave like the eaglets here do, they will stay within that territory until they go wherever they go in the Fall.

When the parents first take them out fishing, they may try to keep the two eaglets near them, and call them to follow them, and bring food to them at the nest, etc, Later on the parents go their way and let the eaglets go theirs. But one of the parents always seems to be within hearing distance if an eaglet cries for help! (it isn't hard to hear them!!)

It's completely predictable where they'll be ... what trees they will perch in beside the river, and where they will be at bed time, etc. One generation of eaglets seems to use the same trees the last one did, and follow pretty much the same pattern.

A lot of the time the eaglets are within sight of one another, but perched a slight distance apart along the river, watching for fish. They have to be far enough apart so that when they swoop down over the river to catch a fish they have room to maneuver, and don't both go after the same fish, etc. (I don't know what it would be like on the ocean)

Whether they stay together after they leave here in the Fall I don't know. Hopefully the biologists can tell us.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

6/20/06 5:45pm [est]
when I loged on they were eating with, I think Dad. Soon Dad flew off.
I can hear childrens voices. Eaglets are lookkng down, like they are watching something. Must be the people near the nest.

5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6/21 0700 I meant to mention yesterday that I watched the larger nestling mantle its food. Several of you have also observed this behavior. Many birds of prey do this to hide their kill from other birds. The nestling was pointed away from the cam with both wings draped down and its head down. The adult male twice went over and actually pushed one wing and the tail of the nestling trying to get a look. The nestling never budged. Some wading birds, such as herons and egrets, assume a similar posture when feeding but that is to shade the water so they can see the prey better.

6:53 AM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

Weds. June 21st

It's upsetting that people approached the eagle's nest near enough that their voices could be heard. And it's hard to imagine why anyone would allow their children to yell and scream under the nest.

We need to learn to respect the eagles and adapt our behaviours to their needs, especially in nesting territories and especially during the nesting season.

We need to set aside wild places for eagles to nest, but we also need to help them to live among us, along the shores of our populated rivers and lakes. Eagles absolutely NEED access to the waters to raise their young. We are using the waters for our recreation. It seems as if we could adapt our recreational activities in those places where eagles are nesting.

We have a lot of educating to do -- and this eagle cam is part of that. Thank you again, BRI, DIFW, and all the sponsors of this site! :-)

7:20 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Wed, June 21, 11:32AM EDT
BiG is looking over the ocean, really close to edge. LiTtLe took this opportunity to clean up the nest and do a little wing dance for us :) Hear mom/dad calling and both kids entertained by something above. LiTtLe now rubbing beaks with BiG.
PRICELESS!

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

Wed, June 21: 11:40AM EDT
LiTtLe facing cam, wings spread, and I don't think he knows he has left-overs hanging from his beak.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Peeper said...

AMEN, Jane E! It's truly incredible that people-- especially PARENTS-- can be so ignorant as to carry on like that, with all the disastrous possibilities their actions could lead to. I'm nasty enough to wish there were an ELECTRIFIED fence there to keep such morons at a safe distance. (And from these reports, it seems it will need to be a GREAT distance, to keep such loud little monsters from upsetting the otherwise fairly serene setting.)
Thank you thank you thank you, Bucky, for providing such detailed and knowledgable information; it's not that I distrust the experiential reports and anecdotes of "amateurs" more seasoned at this than I . . . for instance, it's obvious that Jane E knows a great deal about eagles and other wildlife, both from her personal experience as well as extensive reading . . . but I do like to have your corroboration as the professional in the group!!

I'm now a bit encouraged that I may not miss the first flight(s) while "unplugged" during the week of the 4th-- I, too, have noticed that the vigorous wing-flapping and hopping has diminished to a rather desultory exercise program. [Not unlike my own.] So perhaps they're on a slightly delayed schedule now, and I'll have a better chance of catching the big leave-taking!

Does anyone else just LAUGH OUT LOUD at these youngsters, at times? Does it seem to anyone else as though they often get right in the other's face like a pair of human siblings teasing each other? I found it particularly noticeable when the hopping and flapping were more pronounced-- the one (and I have to admit, usually it was Big) would seem to deliberately flap in the other's face (or almost cover its body!) and hop around VERY close to its head . . . took me back 45ish yrs to watching my brothers interact!!!

At any rate, I'm very grateful to BRI and all state personnel involved, for providing this educational entertainment, or entertaining education depending on your personal take on the world. And I assure you that even though the player shuts off automatically now after streaming for 2 minutes, I still stop the video after just a few seconds, if I determine that nothing much is happening . . . continuing to watch only when there is activity to observe. (yes, I've sent donations too)

I'm awfully long-winded today . . . sorry about that! but just one more note, to those also on LOONWATCH 2006: please continue your descriptions of what you can see on the live video, because for some reason I can't make that one work. (Same Windows player is used, right? I don't get it!)

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chainsaw!!!! And footsteps!

1:15 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Wed, June 21, 3:13PM EDT
BiG and LiTtLe are playing the who can flap 'n' jump higher game! I think BiG won, but LiTtLe is giving him the "U wanna bet" look! I love how one moves to end of nest to let the other flap 'n jump! Lots of good excercise today!

3:21 PM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

6/21/06 3:15pm [est]
Big was flapping his wings & junping from one side of the nest to the other. Once he stopped, Little started up doing the same thing, his wing hit Big, then Big started bitting Littles feathers, then his beek. Little stopped at once. Soon after Big moved to the other side of the nest, then Little started his wing flapping & his dance. He was so cute. What a site.
How lucky we all are to watch this family grow up.
Thank you BRI for all your work & info you provide to all of us who love these beautiful majestic birds.
I sure will miss the chicks when they leave.
They have been part of my everyday joy since they were in the egg.
Hugs to all of you for you efforts.
Doris In NH

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thurs June 22
6:35 AM

Happened to look in when an adult was sitting on the branch, saw only the rear ends of the eaglets. They were eating. The adult watched them for a while, then jumped into the nest and began feeding. He or she fed one eaglet almost exclusively for quite a long time -- I think it was "Little" but it was hard to tell.

The other eaglet was hanging back, then jumped over to the left hand side of the nest and watched, then kind of half hopped half walked over toward the feeding and stood there. It must have been Dad doing the feeding because he stopped, and looked over at the eaglet on the side lines. He then promptly walked over in that direction and started feeding that eaglet!

Dad was also eating for a while and the other eaglet pecked at the food from his side. Then Dad hopped up on the branch and soon flew away.

I'm almost sure it was Little who got fed first, and Big that got fed as an after thought but from this angle it was hard to be sure. They are starting to look more and more the same size.

6:53 AM  
Anonymous Jane E said...

Afterthought: I have never seen eaglets fighting with one another over food, outside the nest. Sometimes they will both keep flying over the river one after the other apparently trying to pick up the same fish. But when one eaglet catches it and takes it to his perch, the other one doesn't follow along and try to take it away. At least I've never seen it happen. So Little will no longer have to battle Big for food.

If they have prey on the ground, they WILL fight over it and jockey for position, etc. But they don't seem to do it over a catch that's taken to a perch to be eaten.

Incidentally, learning to fish with your "feet" while you can no longer see it with your eyes is challenging, as is carrying the fish to a perch -- not to mention holding the fish with one talon while gripping the perch with the other -- and bending down to eat!!

After the eaglets fledge we find fish and eels on the road and on the lawn!! A favorite perch is in a tree over our driveway, and sometimes the whole fish, or the discarded head and tail, are dropped near startled visitors! :-)

7:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:03 EDT Thurs

Both eaglets were looking off to the left attentively. I wondered what they were looking at, turned on video cam, and they were crying like they do for food. Suddenly an adult flew in, evidently dropped something in the nest and both eaglets DOVE at it. Somehow they KNEW he was coming in with food. He did give one of those screeches, from off screen somewhere, before he came in. I couldn't see what they prey was, they dove at it so fast.

There was absolutely no holding back on Little's part. The adult is sitting on that branch out in front, watching them. Not getting anything to eat himself.

It looks like they have both spread their wings and have a piece of the prey which they are trying to keep to themselves.

The adult looks on, from a branch, rather "bemused. Now he's gone. Both heads popped up immediately as soon as he left. Were they trying to keep HIM from eating it?

Odd.

Now it appears there is nothing left. Man, that was fast. Took about five minutes all told.

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, VA - 6/22/06 - 2 pm

Our babies are growing up very nicely. They are now feeding themselves. Have to admit I'm having trouble telling Big and Little apart, which is a good sign. I hope their good weather (though it did not look too good this morning) holds up for them till they learn how to fly. Little just put himself down next to Big and took the remainder of the fish from him and Big did not retaliate. Good baby.

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Theresa said...

Hi all -

We have had to temporarily disconnect the audio on the eagle cam. Hope to have it back up again soon.

Keep up the great comments!

Theresa
BioDiversity Research Institute

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Theresa for letting us know what to expect. It helps a lot!! Probably keeps you from getting a hundred or so questions and comments about it, too! :-)

4:23 PM  
Anonymous nancy in va said...

Note/question to PEEPER and others. I,too, have sent a donation and thought I was helping by only looking at the video cam for short spells. I think it may cost just as much to log on and off, no matter the amount of time on the cam. The two minute limit is, I think, to keep it "freed-up" so others can log on. Someone, please set me straight on this matter. I want to help curb the costs in any way that I can! As so many others keep saying, this educational/entertaining site is a part of my day, every day. Don't want to miss a thing. Love everyone's comments...the only way to stay completely UP on the babies. And, YES, I find myself just giggling out loud at some of the eaglets' antics!!!

7:08 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

5:30PM PDT...watching the "babies" and thinking back on when they had just hatched. They have matured all too quickly as they sit quietly in the nest almost as if waiting patiently for "Mother Nature" to finish her "handiwork" so that they can finally soar on the currents as adults Thanks again to all who made this possible and I am certainly proud to be a member of NWF.

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6/22 I watched the cam around 10 and again at 12 PDT and saw a very unusual (to me) sight. Little stepped back out of the nest (water side) and was only standing on a twig that was interlaced into the nest. She realized she didn't have much support and had to do a lot of wing flapping to get back into the nest--scary!

11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FRiday June 23
5:15 AM E.D.T

So early ... and it looks as though Big is wolfing down something while Little sits over to the side... a quick look at the video cam -- Big is tearing big chunks off something and swallowing them as fast as he can. Little is not crying.

Back to the still cam, Little tilts his head and stares over that way, but is making no moves in that direction. Strange, from this angle, there's a very obvious size difference.

5:25 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Friday, June 23, 7:19AM EDT
"Thank you" Theresa for the audio info, this was nice to know in advance.

Parent quickly flew in, apparently dropped something off, as BiG is holding on and eating, facing the ocean. LiTtLe, came over to cam side to say hello to all us bloggers :) He is keeping an eye on the meal, and well, it looked as though he was going to sneak up on BiG, but NO, he plopped down in center of nest. At least he is saving is energy :)

JANE E---Wow sounds like you got one of the best seats in the house----I couldn't imagine things dropping from the sky---I can see me now, if something was still living I'd be out there trying to save it, and my neighbors would think I was "NuTs"--ha

7:36 AM  
Blogger Peeper said...

Theresa, glad you mentioned the audio issue-- I thought it might be MY system acting up [or my ears needing testing].

Also glad to have the couple of comments from others about the eaglets getting closer and closer in size. Again, I had wondered whether it was just my eyes, or the angle I would catch them at, or if Little truly was catching up -- good to know it seems to be the latter!

Seems as though our family is in for another soggy weekend . . .


(written Friday morning at 10:30)

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friday June 23rd 11:20 E.D.T.

One of the eaglets is "sort of" out on the branch in the foreground, nearest the camera. Hard to tell for sure which one it is, right now. No hopping or flapping. He might be only sitting on the extreme edge of the nest with his tail hanging off. Or worse yet he may be sitting on a twig ... hanging off the edge of the nest on a twig. I wish he would move back into the nest or get on the branch!!

Can't stay to watch. Hope someone else is recording this!!

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS to out on a twig

it's Little, and he just did a big wing flap. He IS out there on a twig, not even on a branch. Sort of half way between the nest and the branch. Now he's staring at the camera, now he's looking down at his feet as though checking things out to see whether he's on the branch. Now he's stydying the branch. I think he THINKS he's on the branch. Looking straight into the camera again. I wonder what he thinks it is.

Oops. Now both are looking to the left, coordinated like clock work. . Maybe a parent is about to come in with food? Nope.

Now he's looking to the right.

WOW. Just flew across the nest. in the next shot he's on the nest. I wasn't at all sure he would be. Oh my gosh he did it again. This time I wasn't at ALL sure he'd land on the nest. But he did. (He DOES have a lot of white down on his back! It really shows when he spreads his wings!)

Did it again. This is SO scary. And so compelling. But I HAVE to go.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous nancy in va said...

Hope everyone caught the Friday matinee performance in the nest near 1:00 ME time. I give it 4****s! (of a possible 4) A little of everything they know. Both were hopping and actually flapping so much that each got a little "lift" from the nest surface. Both pooped on cue and then played a very short game of tug-of-war with a stick. No eating, because they had no food, but being kids and being bored, they found plenty to do to entertain themselves and the viewers! Thanks eaglets!! Bravo!

1:11 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

5PM PDT....oh oh! No cam again? Just at a crucial time too.

8:16 PM  
Blogger NH Judi said...

I think the camera must be down. I have not been able to see the eaglets since yesterday afternoon. I doubt it is my system as I can see the loons just fine.
Is anyone else having this problem?

8:57 AM  
Anonymous nancy in va said...

3:50'ish pm in VA. First time I've seen them eat in a while. Parent sat on branch, with back to babies, only a glance every once in a while. Eaglets taking turns with the feast, sort of looked like a furry thing. I am not certain, but think LITTLE had it all alone while BIG watched. They seem so close in size with certain positions they take in the nest. At any rate, it appears that they fully know how to feed themselves without parental help! Another sign that they will leave us soon and learn to catch their own meals. What a great amount of learning they have done in such a short time! Thanks for all you do at BRI.

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6/24 Watched the live cam off and on between 10 and 4 PDT and never saw any food. Eaglets are hungry and looking anxiously for parents. A little after 4 Little was eating so I missed the drop and don't know if Big ate first but Big let Little eat all she wanted until finally Big grabbed what was left. Little tried to keep it by sticking one foot out and trying to hold it down. Didn't work but a noble effort. Wish you could send some of that cool-looking weather this way, it is 116 here today and going to be worse tomorrow!

11:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 25 - 10:26AM

Hi all! It's been a while since I posted here.

Little is perched out on the branch in the foreground... and defintely on the branch. When I logged on a few minutes ago, mom (I think it was her) was in the nest with food, and Big was right by her side (of course).

Mom left and then Big started flapping away toward the front (ocean side) of the nest - WAY too close to the front of the nest for my comfort. At times Big would look down to some place below the nest as if he was contemplating taking the plunge in flight, but luckily, he did.

Big's flapping fit got Little all stirred up to do the same thing, and soon she moved off the branch and was flapping and hopping in the nest too. Now they've both calmed down. Little is gazing out at the ocean, and I think Big is picking at scraps left behind from the feeding (at least I think it's Big). Now Big is out on the branch in the foreground... and my time is up!

MB in Cumberland County, Maine

10:35 AM  
Blogger NH Judi said...

June 25 1030 am WOW! Little is out on the big branch nearest the camera! Seems to be enjoying the view below him.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday June 25th
4:20 EDT

Little is out on the branch!! I havent seem him flap his wings, but he's OUT there!! The branch nearest the camera.

This may be old news to the rest of you but in case it isn't I'll post it.

Big is sitting on the other side of the nest. Gotta go, won't be in the house, so can't follow up on this. Hope to hear more!! :-)

4:30 PM  
Anonymous nancy in va said...

Hi ya'll! 5:15 ME time. I have been watching for a few minutes and have noticed that they are becoming copy-cats. Can't tell who starts something, but if one is watching the ocean, the other soon does the same. Or just a few minutes ago, both were picking at downy feathers (or bugs:(!!) Same with flapping excercises. It's like one says to the other, "Let's do such and such!" and they agree to do it! So cute and enjoyable to watch.

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6/25 A little after 3 pm (PDT) I thought Daddy flew in with a fish but when the only one fed was Big I guess it was Mother. Poor Little huddled to one side of the nest and when Big was through eating and flopped down, Mother finished off what was left. Little finally hopped over but by then only got one bite from Mother who then flew off and Little was forced to look for scraps and bones. Another hungry night for Little.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

3:30 PDT...Dad is back and just had a very severe choking attack on a huge piece of food. I thought he'd never get it down. The kids observed from a distance and then bounced back up when he began stripping pieces again. This feeding had Little getting the bigger share, grabbing huge pieces and turning away to stand them and pull for herself. Dad finally took his leave and Little jumped up and down and around pulling at the scraps while Big took a load off those big feet!

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 25 - 8PM EDT

Logged on to the cam a few minutes ago and found Big out on the rear branch (ocean side), and Little perched on the branch in the foreground. Soon they both converged in the nest, hopping and flapping a bit. Now Little is back on the branch in the foreground, and Big is laying in the nest, picking at some scraps or something. This got Little curious, so now she's in the nest too. Must not have found anything exciting, because Little is back out on the foreground branch yet again. Must be a favorite spot. I think being out on the branches makes them feel like "grown-up" eagles. ;)

MB in Cumberland County, Maine

8:07 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

Sunday Jun 25, 2006 - 6:15pm
The mom brought food and must have moved to the branch. I noticed both juveniles in the protective stance. They did this a couple of days ago when the male brought food, he attempted to go back into the nest to feed them but thought better of it (attack mode) and sat of the branch for a minute and took off.
The juveniles fed themselves that day but today - the mom watched them but finally went into the nest (rim) and took the food away from them. She began feeding and they were very very aggressive - sometimes it was a tug of war and mom wasn't about to be intimidated. She held onto the prey and continued to feed them.

Dad may be the best hunter, but mom is the fearless one. It was rather comical to watch this - the prey (fish or fowl) was obviously tough and stringy.

At one point near the end of the feeding I think mom swallowed something which stuck in her and she kept putting her head back, not shaking it, no sound so I couldn't be certain if she was calling dad to bring more food or just trying to dislodge bone or fur.

Very interesting - thanks Briloon!

8:28 PM  
Blogger NH Judi said...

June 26 4:45am Both babies are perched on the big branch nearest the camera. They are huddled together looking at something down below. Whatever it is they are quite fascinated by it. Yesterday I watched big take flying leaps off and on the oceanside branch. It won't be long now.

5:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday June 26
6:00 AM

BOTH eaglets are out on that branch nearest the camera, very close together. Big must have gone out there first, as he's closest to the camera, and the furthest out. I hope he doesn't PUSH Little when he leaves the branch.

Oh my gosh, I wish I'd had the video cam on. In the next shot they were both in the air, I guess. Just wings showing. And in the shot after that they were both sitting on the other side of the next facing out. It's a good thing. because if a parent had flown in at that moment with food I was afraid Big would knock Little off the branch in his rush to get to the food first.

They are very active, jumping from the branch to the nest and back again and flapping their wings.

6:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

0720EST 06/26/06 Good Morning!! "Little ONe" out on the branch first things this morning as well. I feel after all I have read and watched the "Little" will be the first to fly. Maybe not but will not bwe surprised if it happens. Have a great day!! It is so exciting!! Can hardley wait to see them take off. BEV

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG!!!! BOTH Big and Little are sitting out on a branch, side by side! Awesome to see this; such brave babies!
Monday June 26/06 @ 8:07 AM EST
Pat, Burlington Ontario

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no sound.Does anyone else.

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday June 26
8:15 AM E.D.T.

BOTH eaglets are now out on the branch on the far side of the nest, where the matures often land. They are not flapping around ... it looks like it could be raining there. The water is barely visible... and the eagles seem to be kind of "hunkered down". A lot of light grey is more visibile than usual, in between their feathers, on their heads and under their necks.

Big, at least, has a full crop. I can't tell from this angle whether Little does or not.

8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8.57 s.m.EST First time I have seen the children sitting on branches. I was very surprised! I am amazed how much smaller Little is. When in the nest they looked similar sizes, but there is a very marked difference this morning. Little seemed to "fly" to his branch.

OW from CT

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Redetta said...

Monday, 5:58am
Yep, young eaglets are out of the nest and perching on the limbs. They look damp this morning, straggly head feathers showing white underneath.

9:03 AM  
Blogger dukeyboy said...

6/26 9:am EDT
Two wet eaglets perched on branches.Big on water side,little on land side. Earlier saw Big eating on his own,with Little getting none as usual. Hope things go better for Little today.

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's 9:40 Monday morning. Both kids out on limbs!! One on the big branch on the ocean side - the other on the camera side. Looks like 'Big' on the water side but not positive. Truly amazing to watch them develop. Thank you from Madison, ME to everyone who has made it possible.

9:47 AM  
Anonymous 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

10:19 AM  
Blogger dukeyboy said...

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

10:26 AM  
Blogger 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!

10:34 AM  
Blogger 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 !

11:01 AM  
Blogger 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.

11:20 AM  
Anonymous 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?

11:28 AM  

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