Wednesday, July 05, 2006

July 4 Fledging!!!

So apropos...our both eaglets fledged on the 4th of July! Jane, one of our viewers provided recordings of both fledging events, which can be viewed at the web links below. I am including Jane's report and Charlie Todd's response. No one was in the nest this morning (July 5), but we expect both birds to occasionally visit the nest from time to time over the next few weeks. After they gain better flight skills, they return to the nest as a convenient place to feed and perhaps even roost for the night.

After fledging the chicks stay in close proximity of the nest for a month or two before leaving their parents and dispersing from the nesting area. As part of my doctoral research, I observed 18 young eagles during this phase of their life. After fledging, the young birds develop their flight skills, but apparently have no interest in learning how to hunt. After thousands of hours of observation, I never saw a fledged eaglet attempt to forage on its own. They fly from tree to tree begging food from their parents. Eventually, the parents get tired of this game and the young birds drift away from the nesting territory. They must eventually learn how to find food on their own.

Where do they go after leaving home? From our banding studies, we know that about 30 to 60 percent travel long distance south along the Atlantic seaboard during their first winter. Young eagles from Maine have often been observed in the Chesapeake Bay region, western Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The balance of the fledged eaglets wander around Maine for their first winter looking for easily-obtained food. About 75% of the eagles survive their first year. By their second or third summer, most return to Maine to stay and eventually nest at age 5 or more. Few of our banded eagles are known to be nesting outside of the state.

Check in on the nest from time to time. You may be rewarded with an observation of "Big" or "Little."

Mark McCollough, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Jane: Yes, I saw this comment in the blog -- amazing reception that these birds have had. Publicizing fledging was bound to create lots of concerns. Landowner assures me there is no eaglet on the ground, and I've asked him & neighbors not to search the woods for a potential rescue: better to let the adult eagles take care of that task / keep the family bond intact. It's quite foggy on the coast July 4 - July 5 am so not likely there'll be much movement there until clearing. I may get to fly that area today so will try to get visuals on the birds. -- Charlie
-----Original Message-----
From: Jane Edwards
Sent: Tuesday, July 04, 2006 1:18 PM
To: Charlie Todd

Subject: videos of Eaglets leaving eagle cam nest

There's a web page that keeps up with the Maine eagle cam and they evidently have been watching the video constantly, because they can go back and compile tapes from it. That issue aside, I thought I'd forward to you the departure of "Big" and "Little" from the nest. Hope you can "play" them on your computer.
I looked at "Little"'s departure very closely on some other video that showed clearly what happened. He flew up, trying to get back in the nest, but he landed on a branch that was way too small for his talons to grasp and get a grip on. When he tightened his talons on it, he spun right around in an upside down position, and then he let go and fell head down. Hope he's okay.
Begin forwarded message:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember, all ... when they update the blog comments, a lot of them will be attached to the earlier June 30th biologist's journal. Right now it has 162 comments. If you look in later and it has more than 162, 163 and above are "new".

They are probably all from us, begging them to tell us what happened to Little, :-)

9:13 AM  
Blogger TNTalker said...

Thank you .. very cool watching the videos and assuring that all is well based on the post.

Those "kids" are awesome!


9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the joy I have witnessed in watching the eaglets grow and fledge.
Kiving in London UK, I never get to see such things as these beautiful creatures.
I shall continue to pop by and see if I can see the little ones when they go back to the nest for a rest (hopefully)
Many thanks again and well done for all the terrific work you do.

Tracy Allgrove. UK.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

7-05-06 9:23am (EDT)

Charlie, Jane and Mark,

Thank you all for the wonderful information - the video is like the "Twilight Zone" - where do they go? I've no doubt that Little made it. I was so glad to see Little climb back from that very low limb to the next one up. Sorry to see Little do the "mistep" onto the higher limb and then fall a bit. However, Little may have only been upside down for a moment and then let go and soared off. At least, that's what I plan to think because he/she was very good in bouncing around from limb to limb.

I'll still watch the nest and hope to see some or all of the family within the next couple of weeks.

Thank you all, once more!

9:33 AM  
Blogger dukeyboy said...

July 5 9:30 AM
Jane, I appreciate your comments today(as well as all earlier ones). Have not had much luck with earlier websites that have been posted. See you next year!

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the comments and video. Truly amazing and yet a bit sad to look at the empty nest. Hope to catch the eagles there from time to time. 7-5-06 9:34am.

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you all, so very much. This has been an incredible experience. The update will put alot of minds to rest as yesterday there were numerous people looking for Big and Lil and info as to what had happened. We were all pretty sure Big had flown the coop but not so sure about Lil. Will be watching nest for glimpses, hopefully, of the family.

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the eaglets is back @ the nest right now! Sitting at the edge of the nest facing the camera. Poor thing looks pooped! I'm sure that once he/she catches its breath and has something to eat it will be off on an adventure again!
July 5 @ 10am EST

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure this is a good birthday present or not..having the eaglets gone....but so thankful for the chance to watch all the videos you have provided us., and to read all the information from all the posted comments. Thanks for the extra site so I could see the "fall"...I too believe "little" is o.k....Hope to see them a little more...but best of luck to you all and the Eagles.
Fieldale, VA.
July 5, 10:30 a.m.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Was there anyone at the nest to see either of the two eaglets take off, or will we remain in the dark?

There has been more information posted on another forum than there has been, here.

Has anyone looked around the bottom of the nesting area?

10:42 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

July 5, 10:52AM EDT

MARK--THANK YOU for update. Hopefully you will get that opportunity to "fly-by" the nest and will report you saw BiG and LiTtLe in the immediate area :)

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a delight it has been to watch the growth and take off of the eaglets! We almost feel like they are "ours"! The blog has been quite informative. Thanks for all the time and involvement to provide a window on the life of an eagle. Angie

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. If the neighbors happen to see one or both of the eaglets flying about, I hope they'll let you know. The second one looked very purposeful as it flew off - but watching the first one falling backwards was a bit scary, at least for someone like me who hasn't seen a lot of first flights. I will keep checking back to see if they return to the nest - and to see any updates you may be able to provide. Thanks for the website and all the info you provide!

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 5 9:45PDT

Thank you all for the wonderful site. I will keep watching hoping to see some or all of our eagle family again.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weds. July 5th

For what it's worth, based on my experience here, the most reliable times to find Big and Little being fed at the nest are early morning, and late afternoon/early evening. I think all eagles wake up hungry -- and intend to go to bed satisfied!! :-) Of course coastal eagles who forage in the intertidal zone have to contend with the tidal time changes, so may not keep to a schedule as predictable as this. The biologists have said that feeding at the nest only goes on for the first couple of weeks.

Another good time is during the hottest part of the day, around noon to three PM. They might each perch on their favorite branch beside the nest, for an afternoon nap. This goes on here until they leave in the Fall. I have no idea, though, whether this is typical eaglet behaviour. I hope the biologists will comment.

1:03 PM  
Blogger carol said...

THANK YOU to all involved with the Eaglets!!This has been so exciting to watch.I looked forward everyday to check in and check out every night before dusk to check on them.I have been watching since the middle of May enjoyed evry minute of it,I have to say now that they have FLEDGED the nest seems awfully big without them,hope to see them now and then.THANKS AGAIN! SOAR "BIG" N "LITTLE" we are still watching for for you!!

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone PLEASE - PLEASE let us know the fate of Little? I didn't see him fall as it happened but saw it on the linked site just this morning. My heart sank. I can only imagine him lying hurt somewhere and at the mercy of any predators. I read that folks in the area reported no 'downed eagle' so can we assume he soft landed on a branch - regained his composure and took off from that point? Or, could he still be in the tree, just much lower down and hurt? Sorry - but this is a mother talking.

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in St. Louis, far from the nest, although we have lots of eagles who nest around Alton, IL, across the Mississippi from St. Louis.
These two eagles have captured my attention since May. How exciting!


2:09 PM  
Blogger Rosemary said...

Jane,Charlie,Mark and everyone who shared in this event....a heartfelt thanks to all. To imagine the number of folks watching over these birds is simply amazing. This has brought me to other sites as well.I am now watching the Maine loon nest.What an incredible design of nature that bird is!
I want to send a special word of gratitude to all the caring folks at the Infotec "Maine Eagle" Forum.
Whenever I missed an event at Gorham,I could be sure someone there captured it.Again thank you, Y'all
Rosemary Punta Gorda,FL

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, 7/5, 3pm

Turns out the Hancock eaglet did not fledge yet. Both are still in the nest, however, earlier they were both on branches partially hidden.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Green Eyes said...

Thank you for the update on our babies. My feeling is that Little will do fine because he/she hasn't had it easy so far having Big for a sibling. No doubt this has made him/her a survivor.

To keep me occupied until next year (lol) I've decided to do a Bald Eagle quilt - not exactly sure how I'm going to do this yet but I have a year (before our next babies are due)to figure it out.

Many thanks for the site ... what a fabulous education this has been for us.

Is there any way for people from overseas to donate? Paypal for example?

Liz (South Australia)

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Food drop at the nest at 3:38 p.m. so I'm hoping to see the babies fly in for a feeding.

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just say Mom in the nest feeding...was so glad to see something beside an empty nest. I'm hoping our babies are doing well...though I'm concerned about Little...hope someone get's a sighting soon.

3:46 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

3:42PM (EDT) 7-5-06

Mom is in the nest eating her lunch and looking bewildered at times. I doubt birds would converse about 'have you see the kids'.

I'll keep watching.

3:48 PM  
Blogger TNTalker said...

3:47 PM, Wednesday, mom or dad flew in with food for .. yep a still empty nest. They looked around for a bit .. then seemed to say .. what the heck!?!?! And comenced eating! :-)

Can't wait to see an update on the kids sometime.


3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mom left the next at 3:52 EDT just after my 2-minute session expired. When I returned to the webcam she wasn't in the nest anymore. I didn't see which way she left.

Gillian in Ottawa

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW. Two reports of parents bringing food to the nest today. And we saw one do that yesterday. So I think if they are near by, as soon as Big and Little catch on, and can make it to the nest, they will show up there if they see an adult come in with food.

Maybe this is the way the adults have of attracting them back there for food.

All is well.

I so envy the person who saw an eaglet at the nest! Now if we could just see TWO!! :-)

This blog update makes me the happiest I've been since Little fell! Now I can't wait to hear whether Charlie saw them if he flew over today.

4:08 PM  
Blogger Yolanda said...

The Los Angeles Times published an article on the wide public interest of this site. It was in Saturday's (7/1) newspaper.

Saw one of the parents fly to a branch near the nest and inspect it. Then, flew off.

4:27 PM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

Wed. 7/5/06 5:45pm est.
I just loged on & I believe I see Big in the upper branch of the tree. All I can see is the tail & a little of its body.
I was so glad to see a fraction of our sweet little chicks.
I hope they get the still camera working again.
Hugs to you our little chicks. A lot of people are praying for your safety.
We all care what happens to you.
Doris in NH

4:54 PM  
Blogger TNTalker said...

4:51 EST .. can't be sure but one of the "kids" I believe is on a branch ocean side tippy top of the picture! I can see it move but can't really tell who it is. But someone is DEFINATELY there!


4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:48p 07/05/06 I see an eagle perched high on a branch. To the right of mid-screen, very high, barely visible. Could be an adult, cannot see the head. I see the tail feathers move and flutter occasionally. Hope it is one of the babies returned.....

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:48 p 07/05/06
I see an eagle perched. Slightly right of mid-screen at the very top. Could be an adult, I can't see the head. I see tail feathers move and flutter occasionally. I didn't see it land, but it has stayed so far for about 15 minutes... I hope it is one of the young ones returned.........

5:10 PM  
Blogger nancyoncapecod said...

4:45 pm on July 5th...."someone" is just out of view, above nest, patiently sitting with only tips of tail feathers visible....hummm, could it be one of the Independence Day Fledglings? Eagle fanatics still manning the camera....going to be a hard habit to break!

5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 5th 5:15pm ET

I see an eaglet in the center upper part of the screen (above the nest)!! Looks like BiG and he looks just fine.

I can't tell if I see the other eaglet (LiTTle??) in bottom center of the screen (way below nest0. Is that the back?? I'm not sure. I don't see any movement from it. Must be something else.

But what looks like BiG (possibly LiTTle??) is definitlely camped out above the nest.

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is 4:15 PM Central & one of the youngsters is sitting on the branch out towards the water. Did not believe they would return to the nest so soo.

5:26 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

5:15 PM Maine time on 7/5 and Big is back! And she is calling for her supper. Quite perisistently too!

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is one eaglet back at the nest right now-sitting on the branch at oceanside. He/she is crying but looks ok. Mom or Dad must be nearby. Hopefully we will get to see a feeding again! Thanks to the biologist team, to Jane E., and all of the other wonderful people that have been watching faitfully for the past months. This has truly been a great experience for my family and I. Hope we can do it again next year! :)
Pat, Burlington Ontario
July 5/06 @ 5:20pm EST

5:31 PM  
Blogger nancyoncapecod said...

5:23Pm 7/5 Looks like Little back at the nest? Now in full view, but hard to tell size....calling out, occasionally, so assume companion isnt far...or else it's dinnertime MOM!
5:26 (just that quick!)back up above nest, mostly out of camera view...

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

one of the chicks has returned to the nest crying for some food,probably, don't don't know which one it is. hope Mom or Dad hears it,,, Ohio time---5:35 p.m.

5:39 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

BTW Big (at least I think it is Big) is at the very top of the screen on the forked branch just right of center. If your sound is on you'll hear him/her clearly. I didn't see the return but had looked just a few minutes earlier and did not see anyone (one of the adults was there earlier delivering food but ended up eating most of it). Then the next time I checked I could just see yellow feet and the end of a tail hanging down from the top of the screen. Yippee!!!

5:40 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

one of the chicks has returned to the nest is is crying for Mom or Dad to bring it some treats. Don't know which chick it is. Hope the other chick is ok and that one of the parents hear this one.

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1430 PST -- One of the birds is perched far out on a branch on the far side of the nest( very top of the screen, a little right of center), I can't tell whether it's an adult or a baby. It's almost impossible to see unless it moves or flaps it's wings.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the eaglets is back!

See the picture taken by Bandi at Infotec -

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wed 6:10pm [est]
I think it is Big, hard to tell because I have nothing to compare it to, up in top of tree.
Came down, to the nest, looked on the floor of the nest, I am sure looking for food. played with a stick for a few minutes. Then he went back up the tree over the water. He must be waiting for the parents for dinner.
Good luck

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebocy's there now sitting on the high branch that they fledged from yesterday. Don't know which one. Don't think it's an adult.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 6:30 Big? is on the upper branch above the nest, oceanside. So great to see at least one of them. Allow me to join everyone in thanking the biologists and BRI for their hard work. Donation on the way!

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my goodnes....I think one of the babies (????? both) are back at the's 6:36 PM EST. I'm going to continue watching to see what I can determine. Very, Very happy in Hallowell

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 6:30, July 5, Big(?)on the high branch above the nest, oceanside. Great to see one of the babies! Let me join everyone in thanking the biologists and BRI for the privilege of watching this amazing event! Donation on the way!

6:41 PM  
Blogger JOJO said...

Big is back in the nest or little cant really tell ,, was neat turing the cam on and there was one in the nest ,,Im in nevada so its 3.39 my time

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still happy in Hallowell....I think it's Big back at the nest. She continues to peck at something - maybe leftovers from the parents or is she just tidying up things?????? Where's Little....any news or sitings on him yet?

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's 6:40 pm EDT and one of the babies is back in the nest! He's eating what looks like scraps left in the nest (from Mom's afternoon delivery maybe?). I can't tell which eaglet it is but it gladdens my heart to see him again!

6:46 PM  
Blogger Charlene said...

Saw a youngster sitting on a branch over the nest. A parent flew in and knocked it into the nest as if to say, "That is where you need to be." The parent then proceeded to cross over the nest and seemed to fly downward. Perhaps the other youngster is on a lower branch. It is great to see some activity.

6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:45 EST on July 5... one of the eaglets is back at the nest! Big/Little flew onto one of the big branches above the nest, then jumped down until he/she was on the nest.

Thanks so much to all of you at BRI, and Jane, of course, for making this such a great experience.

BTW -- a little earlier I saw one of the loon eggs hatch. AWESOME!

6:52 PM  
Blogger Lucky Landowner said...

To all those who are watching, we watched an adult visit the nest and make a food drop. Big is having an evening meal. We didn't see either of them in the nest or surrounding trees for about 24 hours, and like you all, we were very concerned. It does appear that both "big" and "little" declared their independence on Independence Day. How appropriate. We will continue to watch for "little" since we still haven't seen him since his less than graceful "launch" yesterday. As soon as we are sure of little's well being, we will notify you via this blog.

bye for now...the "lucky" landowners.

6:52 PM  
Blogger JOJO said...

good to see the baby back ,, its awesome

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's 640 pm EST 07/05/ of the kids is home, had some leftovers I think, now perched. May be the one I saw on the high branch an hour or so ago. Would love to see the other sibling today.... I know sighting will be less and less, but would love to know if they both made it through day one.....

6:58 PM  
Blogger sgloon said...

Big is at the nest solo at about 6:45pm EST.

Looks like she is awaiting something...

7:01 PM  
Blogger sgloon said...

Looks like BIG is back at the nest awaiting something at about 6:45 PM EST on the 5th.

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7 p.m. EST: Just logged on and was very happy to see one Eaglet sitting on the branch at the back of the nest. Did not see the food drop, but presumably this is what brought him/her back.

Thank you everyone at Biodiversity for this fabulous website and for the education you and the eagles have given us. Do hope you do it again next year. It is wonderful to see comments from people the other side of the world. The web is a marvellous thing.

Thank you again, everybody - bloggers too.

OW from CT

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its 7 PM and there is an eagle in the nest. It looks like Big just sitting on "his" limb. Its so good to see one of the eaglets back in the nest although I am sure it will be gone again shortly.

7:06 PM  
Blogger dukeyboy said...

July 5 7:09PM
Took a quick look at nest and an eaglet is perched on a branch above the nest. Have no idea if it is Big or Little. But one is better than none!

7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:15 PDT
Hi I just checked the nest and one of the young ones is on a branch on the ocean side. Looking around and moving his/her beak making noise I think.
Good to see somebody.

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:15 p.m. Texas time, one eaglet is on the branch out front of the nest. Sure want to see them both at the same time....

7:25 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

7:20PM (EDT) 7-5-06
So there is Big or Little up on the branch! Wonderful. He's calling for food and looks a bit shabby. Must have had some bumpy air out there.

Welcome home. It sure looks like Little. Seems smaller that BIG did.

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:61 PM EST and one of the fledged eagles is on the outer branch next to the nest. Can't tell which one though. I wonder if it'll spend the night in the nest, I'm thinking it probably will. I'll check first thing in the morning to find out.

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 6:20(EDT)Little showed up at the nest again. 15 minutes later Mom dropped off something for supper and flew off. After eating a good meal, he has hope around the nest and branches-seems in no hurry to fly off.

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weds. Evening
7:25 PM Eastern Daylight time

One of the eaglets is in the nest tree on a branch near the nest and has been there for at least an hour. He has been fed once. I think it's "Big".

He mantled the food, and I think the parent left him alone to eat it. He had his back to the camera, and spread his wings so wide, I couldn't see the parent at all! Couldn't see his own head most of the time, etiher.

As soon as Little is able to fly up to the nest, he will probably learn to come there for food, too. He is probably right around the nest somewhere, perhaps in a tree nearby if not lower in the nest tree.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7-5-06 7:35pm Eaglet at the nest, on the branch, looking toward the water.

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:35ish in va. Just ssaw one of ours, I think Big, on the branch out over ocean. Just sitting there looking and mouth was moving. Maybe callin for others to come??? Nice to see something in the nest. Is it possible that another young eagle would stop at this nest, or just the "4" we've come to know at the nest?
Now, off to the exciting looncam!

7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 5th, 4:30 Pacific Standard Time

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, 7/5, 7:30pm

Big has been as nest for about 3 hours now. Earlier up on a higher branch and only tail showing, now on his usual lower branch.

Has anyone see Little? Anybody notice if Big ate all the food?

Wow this raising of eaglets is nervewracking!

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is an eaglet on bigs branch, I think it is little, at least I pray it is!!

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 5 7:30 pm in Maine - One of the children perching on the center branch on the water side of the nest - can't tell which one. I had seen some flapping higher up on a nearby branch earlier today. Good to know that at least one of our little wonders is safe and sound. Thanks millions to all who have made the eagle and loon viewing possible - an unforgetable experience.

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8;00pm edt July 5
One of the eaglets is sitting on the limb out over the water opposite the camera. Can't tell which one. Makes be feel better to see life in the nest.Falmouth,Me.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

Ok, so now I think it is Little back in the nest. The eaglet acts more like Little than Big to me. And I am not really sure that he flew back into the nest. It seems more likely that he performed the half hopping, half flying tactic up to some higher branches and then dropped/flew down. It just doesn't seem that either eaglet would have the ability yet to fly that high and land on the branch. Did anyone actually see this one return?

FYI Someone asked earlier about the cost to run this website and if it costs more when there are more people on or the length of time you stay on. The answer is both.

A website host gives the website owner (in this case BioDiversity) a certain amount of bandwidth which is included in the monthly charge for the maintenance and hosting of the site. Bandwidth is a time measurement and accumulates for each person visiting the site based on how long they stay. And most website hosting companies charge a hefty surcharge to the website owner when a website's usage exceeds the agreed upon bandwidth included in the monthly charge. Some hosts will just shut the site down when it exceeds its monthly bandwidth allowance. It depends on the website owners agreement with the hosting company.

When I purchased my website, there were several packages to choose from and each supplied a certain amount of bandwidth. The more the bandwidth, the more expensive the package. I'm sure with all the publicity this site has been receiving the expected bandwidth is being exceeded by far.

So just a reminder that any of us that can would really help out by making a(nother) donation.

You can go here:

Thank you so much BioDiversity! This has been an amazing experience.

Also, any of you who are into instant gratification (like I am) may want to read the instant updates about this site that are posted to this forum:
If you view some of the previous pages, you will see some spectacular still and live pictures dating back to June 1. Most of this forum is dedicated to our eaglets although mention of some of the other sites can be found as well.

Welcome home little eaglet, whoever you are! We'll all be on the lookout for your sibling's return.

8:12 PM  
Blogger JOJO said...

Perched on the branch looks like Little is gonna spend the night on the branch ,,,,,,,,,5.23 my time ,,,,,,,glad to see Little is ok

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just saw Big on a branch near the nest. Seems to be on the lookout for someone or something. Poor little thing is probably lonesome.

I absolutely loved this site. It has been a big thrill just watching them grow up. Also, it has been very interesting that the parents are so patient.

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:30 Wed. night. Just checked in and one of the eaglets is in the nest laying down and eating something. Can't tell which one. Glad to know one is still around.

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just tuned into the nest and one of the eaglet is there-don't know which one but keeps looking around. I was so glad to see one again!!!
It is 8:30pm EDT there

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone resting in the nest. A welcome reprieve after a day and a night of being independent. Whoever arrived around 6:30 decided to have a sleepover. Welcome home baby!

8:48 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

8:44PM (EDT) 7-5-06
I'll be up EARLY in the morning to see if a meal is supplied and when/if this eaglet takes off.

This has to be Little, he was too cautious about the branches and kept looking down while on the branch over the water, as if reliving the past.

He called and called for food but I guess the adults didn't expect him back yet.

We're glad he's here, if even for just the night. He finally stretched out in the nest and I'm certain he's needing a good nights sleep.

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the Kids seems to have returned to the nest for the night!
Hard to tell because of darkness.

8:55 PM  
Blogger karen said...

9:00 pm (EDT) 7-5

about 6:15 pm one of the eaglets flew into the nest. I've been watching off and on for almost 2 hours and haven't seen an adult (or other eaglet). Looks like he/she is settling in for the night. I've been hoping someone would come to feed him (he probably is too)

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:45 p.m. one of the babies is in the nest. I missed the arrival since I've been watching the loon cam.

9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see one eaglet back on the nest doing daring aerial acrobatics at dusk, then settling in for the night! What a treat today has been between this and the hatching of the loon!

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really hate looking at that empty nest! I really miss our eagle family. I am glad they survived thus far and hope they are enjoying soaring through the sky.
I wish Big & Little all the best!

10:16 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

5:18AM(EDT) 7-6-06

Little (I really believe this is he) is up on the branch calling for the folks. He must really be hungry but he had a good night sleeping in his old nest.

Hopefully he'll get a meal and then try his wings again.

Yesterday he was flapping those huge wings and put a lot of muscle into the flaps!

5:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thursday July 6th
5:26 AM Maine time

There's only one eaglet at the nest this morning, and I only saw one last thing in the evening. It's good, though, that he chose to roost there overnight. I hope the other eaglet will soon be able to join him there. He's stretching his wings now, seems to be waking up!

If I put the volume up on my computer as high as it will go, I can barely hear some eaglet screeching the way they used to do when fed. Oh, boy, he hears it too. Now he's heading over to the ocean side of the nest and looking down.

Flying onto a branch over there, and looking down some more. I think the eaglet that fell is down there lower in the tree, and perhaps the parents are feeding him right at this minute. Now the screeching/peeping has stopped, and the eaglet at the nest is sitting still.

5:36 AM  
Blogger Tonya said...

July 6th, 5:40 AM EDT
Hi, Just checked in and was lucky enough to see one of the babies perched out on a limb above the nest on the ocean side. I watch him for a little bit, hoping that the other baby would show up or one of the parents, but I din't see either. But least I got to see one of them. Have a great day.

5:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7-6-06 5:30am 1 Eaglet perched on the branch, crying for food and looking around.

5:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:07 est there is a baby on the edge of the nest ( I am definitly not qualified to say which one - but I would hazzard a guess at Big)
He/she seems so much more grown up. How nice to see something besides the empty nest - made me smile ! Thanks to all who have made this such an enjoyable journey . I amazes me to think of the people who have the resources to see this, but don't.
On to the loons and I'm also enjoying the storks in Germany.
I don't any will replace the place in my heart for our eaglets. Just a note - my 2 kids moved to Maine right after the Eaglets were born - has been a strange parallel - I'm betting on Little in my family.

6:15 AM  
Blogger Jean Eno said...

Adult flew in with some food at 6:29am edt, 7/6. One of the fledglings had been waiting at the nest and very quickly jumped on the prey.

No sign of a second eaglet.

Greenland, NH

6:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11.42 am UK time...
One of the Eaglets, (Big) I think.. feeding in the nest..

Anyone seen anything of Little yet?
Hope he's ok bless him/her.


6:48 AM  
Blogger Tonya said...

July 6th, 6:42 AM EDT
The baby is now in the nest. He/She appears to be eating something. I didn't see the drop, as I am watching the loon site. Just trying to help let people know what is going on. Have a great day everyone.

6:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed last night one of the babies returned to the nest, this morning either mom or dad brought some breakfast. It is almost 7 am est. and baby is still in nest.

6:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's 7:00 AM and one of the babies is back sitting on a branch. It made me feel so good to know that he/she's fine!

7:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:05 am on July 6th, one of the two was in the nest.

7:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thurs. July 5 at 7:04 AM

I can hear an eaglet peeping/screeching if I turn the sound up all the way. There's one eaglet sitting in the tree, and he's looking down. Maybe the other eaglet is below him in the tree.

I know from the pictures and memos on the info tech forum site that the eaglet in the tree was fed not very long ago. Hopefully the parents are feeding the other eaglet now.

I hope BRI is going to tell is whether Charlie Todd saw anything when he flew out today.

7:12 AM  
Blogger Slywy said...

I wish someone would see that second one . . .

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


BRI --

is there any hope of getting the still cam operating?

the sound?

What did you hear from Charlie Todd about his fly over? Did he see the eaglets?

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's 7:22am eastern time on Thursday, the 6th of July, and there is a young eagle in the nest looking at the camera. It's impossible to tell which one has come home to roost.

7:28 AM  
Blogger NH Judi said...

7:26am july 6th: Lone eaglet in the nest! I can't tell if it is big or little but I saw it eating earlier. It was mantling it's food. It is now sleeping and I hear an eaglet calling from not too far away so I must assume that the other is alive and well also. Perhaps we will see the sibling sometime soon? Keeping my fingers crossed.

7:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:06am in va One eaglet eating in the nest. Hoping that I will see the other one soon.

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 6
7:33 AM

The eaglet in the tree is eating. I didn't see the delivery, but assume he didn't catch it himself!

IT's great to see one of them there.

7:38 AM  
Blogger Gillian M. said...

The baby was there all evening and is there still (again?) this morning, pecking away at scraps of food in the nest. I wonder if he misses his sibling.

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was an eaglet on the nest @ 7:35 a.m. Thursday morning, happily eating away!!
Good to see they are still with us!!
Thanks so much!
Bob & Cheryl MAssachuseets

7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:37 am July 6, 2006
One of the eaglets returned to the nest and enjoyed breakfast.

7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, one of the babies is in the nest this morning having breakfast!
Didn't see the food drop; is it possible this baby hunted for itself at this stage?
Pat Burlington Ontario
July 6/06 7:30am EST

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:40am Thursday and one of the young ones is perched on the nest having breakfast. Amazing how self sufficient s/he has become in such a relatively short time. Thanks for making this a possibility for all of us to experience. It has been amazing and educational!
Watching in Hancock County, Maine and hoping to spot these young ones flying over head some day!

7:46 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

7:37AM (EDT) 7-6-06
There's a juvenile in the nest eating now - but I don't know if a parent brought the food. I rather doubt he's fishing on his own already. This one sure looks like BIG - at least the size are more similiar to BIG.

I missed the other juvenile when it left the nest. He was sitting over the water side on the limb the adults use to sit on.

I already have templates (paper) of the eaglets so I can compare them when/if they perch on a particular branch.

This is sure exciting!

7:46 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

7:43AM (EDT) 7-6-06
Mom just flew in and is on the "water branch" - "BIG (?)" has her wings over the prey and doing that protective prey call. The adult is just ignoring this ruckus.

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A juvenile eagle was sitting in the nest when I first started observing as I mentioned in my previous blog, then the young eagle hopped on to the seaward edge of the nest, and snacked on food left in the bottom of the nest. The young eagle was joined by a parent around 7:42 am eastern time (Thursday, July 6th), but did not join the young one eating. Instead sat on a branch and watched. The parent left around 7:46 am. The young eagle finished snacking and then perched on the seaward edge of the nest looking toward the sea.

7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7-6-06 7:54am Eaglet eating. I missed the food drop, but at least the eaglet isn't crying for food anymore.

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The video of the last eaglet taking off was captured July 4th around 8:20 a.m. EDT when I was lucky to have just sat down and turned on the Eaglecam. I recently downloaded the free trial version of the software ZD Soft. Because the program is free that is why their name is on the video and unfortunately interferes somewhat with the view. The video of the eagle falling was captured in the afternoon on July 3. And I am still very much worried about that eagle.
Thank you so much BioDiversity Research Institute, The National Wildlife Federation, Charlie Todd, and all others for this exciting view into the lives of these bald eagles and for the excellent information about eagles.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

7-6-06 8:00AM (EDT)
My mistake on last post - this is the same juvenile that was here yesterday and spent the night - the template matches and I just looked at some feathers that seem rather unkempt.

Mom left about 5 minutes ago, and this juvenile ate a very large breakfast - entire fish that would be about (comparing his size) 1/4 as long as he/she.

From the looks he/she is giving the tree and surrounding areas I'd say this one will soon fly out of the nest. But surely it will return soon.

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I have spent as much time looking for/at the babies now as I did when I knew they were safe.

At 7:00a.m. Maine time, one baby still in nest and adult there assumably with food. Still guessing it is our baby "Big".

Any signs of our "Little" one? Have to leave for work now at 8 a.m. and one baby still comfortable at home. Updates would be welcome as we all may need time to adjust to the empty nest!

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 6th

For those who are wondering why we might not be able to spot the second eaglet if it is lower in the nest tree -- especially with binnoculars --

We do NOT go that close to the nest tree that we can see up into all the branches from all sides. Often I can't see eagles on some of their favorite perches on the other side of the nest tree here, because I view them from one particlar point, at the edge of a woods, across a rather large field.

They are accustomed to me showing up there, and not alarmed. However, if I were to cross that field headed toward the nest, they might be. If I were to go crashing through the woods and try to approach them from the other side, they would really be alarmed!

Since this nest is on the shore, I'm assuming that with binnoculars the land owners could scan the open spaces under the tree and see that there was no eaglet on the ground in the open. But they probably can't see the side of the tree that faces the ocean, or the side away from their house.

It's enough to know that the eaglet isn't on the ground. This means that he either landed in the tree, or if he landed on the ground, he wasn't severely injured. He was able to fly off into either that tree or another one, and get off the ground.

8:11 AM  
Blogger dukeyboy said...

July 6 7:48AM
Single Eaglet in nest at 6:15. Left shortly after. Eaglet and parent in nestat 7:45. Parent left and eaglet remained. Eaglet moved sticks and then perched on Little's
favorite branch.

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Silver from VA: 0800 7/6 and there is an eaglet back in the nest. I watched the Richmond eagles and they showed back up at the nest almost every day for 2-4 weeks after fledging. I checked in last evening and saw someone sitting on a higher branch. Just because we can't directly see them doesn't mean they aren't around.

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Went on this morning(7/6) to see one of our babies sitting out on a branch. I think it was Dad that came in around 7:30 am and brought something to the nest. No sign of the other one.

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thursday 7/6 8:30am [est]
? is it Big or Little in the nest
on the cam side of the tree.,On Littles favorite branch?

8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think "big" is back in the nest. I saw him there yesterday afternoon and he is still there this morning. Guess he needs "food". Sure wish we could see "Little".

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, 7/6, 8:45 am

Little in nest on his/her branch. Looking for food. He has to get his timing right, Big was there last night after the food drop and looked very content on his branch.

But it is good to seem them both safe and know that Little is okay after his tumble.

8:59 AM  
Blogger TNTalker said...

One in the nest since early this morning ... I think it's Big. Looks totally exhausted!!! Wonder if Big looks discombobulated because Little is gone? Or does Big even care? Anyway ... was hoping to see the other bird too .. so far no luck!


9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... of the babies are back, not sure which one it is. Looks very tired and is casually looking around. Oh, such good news. If someone else is looking now, let me know which one it is...this is only the second time I've written something...but I have so enjoyed reading up on what everyone has to say. My heart was broken, when I saw "little" I'm hoping it's him. In any case, just glad to see one of them up there!

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... of the babies are back!...not sure which one though. It might be "little". Looked right at the camera.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just saw ? "big" on the branch closest to the nest. Thank you all for sharing this wonderful experience. My whole awareness of the natural world has been reawakened.


9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 6 9:45 am. One lone eagle sitting on the branch. Must be Little since it's her favorite perch.

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Twice today have seen a small boat near the nest site, there is one eaglet perched beside the nest and a chap on the boat is looking up at the nest.. Is it anyone offical checking to see if they can see little?
Really worried about the little fella, hope he's ok..
Is there any news on him/her?


9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7/6/06 9:48 AM EST
I see, I think it is "Little" in the nest, well, on the outer edge of it, this morning. Just "hanging around".

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see one of the eaglets roosting at the next this morning: 9:49 AM EST.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Rosemary said...

I think this eaglet must have been in tree all this time.

See video of parent getting ravenously attacked for food and eaglet mantling.

Rosemary,Punta Gorda,FL

10:05 AM  
Blogger CalimainrGrl said...

At 9:48 AM EST I spy an eaglet roosting on the nest.

I missed the fledging so I feel honored to see a return visit to the old home place :)

Silly humans... we are so into pair bonding we just can't stop ourselves at every turn!!! A pair is NOT ENOUGH for us... apparently....

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's July 6th at 10:11 am est. One of the babies is at the nest! I can't tell which one it is

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

07/06, 10:20 a.m. One eagle is back on the limb. It is probably Big. Still hoping and waiting for news on Little.

10:27 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

This morning there was one of the babies in the nest, not sure if it's Big or Little. It's remained there for several hours now and I'm wondering if it might be that Little did not take the first flight, but was just out of sight and now has made it back into the nest. It looked earlier as if food had been dropped in the nest. I would really feel must better to see both there and know that both are ok. I have found that I'm hooked on this site and am looking forward to next year, hope we can do this again.

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I very excited to turn my computer on this morning,to see that one of the eaglets had returned to the
nest (9:27 am CST). The baby is sitting on the limb that
Little liked to sit on (camera side). She is not moving at all on the limb...not flapping.
Perhaps this is Little?
I have learned SO much about this
fabulous creature, and thank all
of you who make this possible for
all of us to witness.
Houston, TX

10:38 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

It appears that one of the Fledlings is back on a branch above the nest. I am not sure which one it is as I am a new member to this blog.

I hope this helps though.


11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the eaglets has been in the nest since early this morning, first sleeping on the floor of the nest, then perched on various branches of the tree. It looks alright. Which one is it? And has anyone discovered the other one alive and healthy or ...?

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7/6 9:00 PDT Eagle in the nest, might be Little but hard to tell. Looking for food but none in sight so far. The little Hancock eagle has an injured foot but it appears to be minor.

12:15 PM  
Blogger Concerned Kris said...

Has anyone noticed the left wing. She is holding it in an awkward position.

12:31 PM  
Blogger Betty said...

One of the babies is in the nest. Can't tell which one it is. I hope that it is the one that fell, so that I will know that it is ok. It looks like the little one. I think that it doesn't want to leave again. That was just too much for it.

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, how OUR babies have grown. I, also, am a little bit sad to see them fledge the nest. But we can't keep "the kids" home forever. This is an experience none of us will soon forget. I know I speak for all "watchers" when I say THANK YOU to EVERYONE that was involved in this project and FOR giving us the chance to experience wildlife as nature presents it.
We wish you GOOD LUCK Big and Little!!! We won't forget you!!! Hugs!

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Noon Central Time on July 6th

One eaglet is on ocean side branch. It is looking to me like its right wing is hanging down abnormally. It doesn't move it at all - in fact at first I thought it was both eaglets together - the only movement is of its head. Could someone tell me what they are seeing at this time. Could it be a broken wing???

1:11 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Approx 1:15 PM EDT 7/6/06:

Looks like Big has returned to the nest, and is eating. Did not see who brought the food to the nest.

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:23 pst 7/6

1:29 PM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

I got on this morning around 8AM and saw one of the babies on the nest. He/she looks so lonley. I've been on and off for most of the day and he's still there. All alone! I'm truly going to miss this family. I'm already looking forward to next year. It's going to be a long, long winter!
7/6/06 1:50PM

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thurs July 6th
1:53 PM

The eaglet in the nest seems to be very anxious to go down to the branches below him. He is standing on the ocean side edge of the nest looking way down over the edge.

Wow... as I wrote, an adult came in with food. Maybe before that he was looking at food being delivered below.

He is manteling (sp) the food, and the adult had a hard time getting away from him. The adult hopped over him to this side of the nest, and evidently was carrying some food. He then went back over in front of the eaglet and is eating something, even though the eaglet is spread all over the rest of it-- or over SOME thing. The eaglet even spread his tail feathers out like a huge fan. His wings are down on both sides.

The adult is even offering to feed him some now, and he is still manteling!

Finally the eaglet resumed a half way normal position and began eating, but he still wants to mantel the food to protect it from the adult, more than he wants to EAT it.

Not sure it makes sense any more to describe what we see as I guess they aren't going to update the comments.

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, what just happened? One of the eaglets has been on the nest since yesterday...I have been watching on and off. One of the parents just landed with food and attacked the eaglet! That parent is eating as I write and the eaglet is huddled in a subservient position. I can't tell one eaglet from another. I have only seen one eaglet on the nest at a time so I don't know if the little one who tumbled has been back...does anyone know?

2:08 PM  
Blogger Gillian M. said...

It's 2:12 EDT and one baby is in the nest - the adult just flew off. I wonder if the baby is not so eager to repeat his adventures of yesterday just yet!

Gillian in Ottawa

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mom was just in to feed 1 of her kids

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 6 2pmedt
Adult and one eaglet feeding on the nest. Has anyone seem both eaglets?

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:15PM (EDT) 7-6-06

Is there an update available? One young eagle returned yesterday and at times a parent is present. Is the status of the other young eagle known?

Thank you.

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7/6 About 10 am PDT mother flew in with a fish, (Big had been waiting for almost an hour)and proceeded to eat most of it. Big sat back and waited until she was finished and flew off. Then he ate his portion.

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it usual behaviour for a parent bird to attack a fledged eaglet when the adult brings food back to the nest? I thought for sure the eglet had been killed when I witnessed this behavior. This eaglet has been at the nest since yesterday, late afternoon. Since I haven't seen the other one, I'm afraid it wsa killed or injured in the fall. Isn't there anyway to find out??? Why can't the neighbors check the tree for an injured bird? If it's injured it should be rescued. This is very depressing. Rhode Island

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am looking at the young eagle in the nest. Which one is it? What I am hoping is that it is the little one. I just need to know in my mind that the one that fell is ok.
It seems to not want to leave ever again. It just wants to be fed.

3:12 PM  
Blogger goldfinchlady said...

I see a lonely fledge sitting on a branch. I guess his sibling didn't make it, or has not figured out how to get back up into the nest. I don't think it is mom or dad. The head is black with a few white neck feathers. Maybe it is biggy. I hope he/she figures out how to get food and/or the parents return to feed, but it looks like they abandoned their fledges. Thank you so much for web cam. It has been a daily treat to watch the eaglets grow up.

3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you watch the video, shortly after "Little" falls (about 9 or 10 seconds into the video) you can see a commotion in the branches below where he fell. Hopefully, he was able to catch himself there and just decided to sit still for a while, so he didn't get into any more trouble. LOL!!
Thanks to everyone involved in this project. You have brought joy to many!!

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:45 pm Thursday
Every time I have checked today, one of the eaglets has been in the tree or nest. At one point, around mid day a parent appeared. I have been a silent follower of these little guys since April and haven't quite been able to let go.

3:50 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

4:46PM (EDT) Jul 6-06
Juvenile on branch over water - using my paper template, this one is taller (tail to head) than the one I saw yesterday. I cannot see the left wing for the white feather pattern nor the one tail feather that seemed askew on yesterday's juvenile.

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charlie, who's in the nest? This morning I thought it was Little, but he has been back and forth on the branches. Maybe he perched on a lower branch the other day and just made back up to the nest yesterday afternoon. I guess we just need to know if you have seen two.

Information please!!!!!

Thank you.

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what are some other eagle cam sites?

6:29 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Thur, July 6, 6:14PM EDT

Yippee one of the kids is back at the nest and judging by it's movements...i think...really think.....

.....IT IS LITTLE........

Eaglet appears to be missing a chunk of feathers around the shoulder area between wings, yet, after a few wing stretches this is most likely pine needles.


6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 6, 6:25pm Seems like every time I leave the loons and check this site, I see one lone eaglet at the nest. Wondering if it's Little or Big? Also hoping to have an update on our eagles and if anyone knows more about the babies. Has anyone seen TWO for DINNER?

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought that one of the wings looked strange. I think it is little because it was always a little lazy and always sleeping, and I noticed that it was being lazy. I hope that it didn't injure itself.
I sure wish that they would give us an update, and why don't they zoom the camera in sometime?

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thursday evening July 6th

Thank GOODNESS they updated the blog. But it was very disappointing not to hear any news of Little.

I am so grateful to the person who thought of making the "patterns" of Big and Little, so her or she could measure them. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we were seeing one of them and then the other of them alternatively? Until I see them together, I won't be really reassured, though.

Two reports of an adult attacking a juvenile, and in the nest, is very disturbing. Please Bucky, or some biologist, could you please tell us about this? Why would they bring food to the nest, and then try to keep it away from the young? Or why come to the nest to attack the young when all you have to do is stay away from them?

Are they tired of the duty of feeding the young, or just trying to teach the young to let them eat first? Is this a common eagle practice?

I didn't see the attack but one blogger said she or he was afraid the eagle wouldn't survive it.

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 6th, 6:52pm Both eaglets were there last evening and then they appeared to be snuggled together in the nest as it began to get dark. It was obvious that there were two of them. Again this morning they were both there. Since then, I have only seen one, even when 'mom' came with lunch. Interesting that when the food was dropped, which ever eaglet it was, pounced on the food, spread its wings over it and just about laid down on top of it. "It's mine and you can't have it back". 'Mom' seemed to take this in stride. There must have been some other food in the nest because she started to eat something while her little darling continued to protect his meal.

7:04 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

7:04PM (EDT) 7-06-06

WOW! I hear you talking on the live cam! You're wonderful - I reckon this is Charlie?

I think this is LITTLE - do you?

7:09 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

7:06PM (EDT) 7-06-06
Forget that last blog - there was another video playing on my MOZILLA brower. hahaha - sorry folks. Thought we had sound restored!

Just the same - I believe it is LITTLE we're watching.

From 24 to 164 blogs - BRILOON sure has been swamped.

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thursday evening July 6th

Thank GOODNESS they updated the blog. But it was very disappointing not to hear any news of Little.

I am so grateful to the person who thought of making the "patterns" of Big and Little, so her or she could measure them. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we were seeing one of them and then the other of them alternatively? Until I see them together, I won't be really reassured, though.

Two reports of an adult attacking a juvenile, and in the nest, is very disturbing. Please Bucky, or some biologist, could you please tell us about this? Why would they bring food to the nest, and then try to keep it away from the young? Or why come to the nest to attack the young when all you have to do is stay away from them?

Are they tired of the duty of feeding the young, or just trying to teach the young to let them eat first? Is this a common eagle practice?

I didn't see the attack but one blogger said she or he was afraid the eagle wouldn't survive it.

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just viewed the clip of Little's fall......but already knew that he/she was alright. Have been watching since late May since an e-mail from NWF and have been watching as much as I can ever since. Was hoping they'd fledge on July 4th! So fitting. And yes, I am saddened to see the empty nest after all this time... I guess I'll just have to wait until next year!

7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thurs. 7:19 PM E.D.T.

Four or five new messages got posted on the earlier biologist's journal. Have almost done that several times myself. It's easy to scroll right on by the end of the most recent biologist's blog.

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thursday evening July 6th
7:28 PM

I just saw the eaglet on the nest "fly" from one branch forward to a smaller branch in the branches over the water side of the nest. Three or four body lengths... hard to estimate distance in feet or yards, but he definately flew, although it was a short distance.

For those who have wondered whether one of his wings was "injured", he was flapping them all around before he made that "flight", he flew, and he's flapping around over there, now. I am sure his wings are basically okay.

I thought he was going to fly off, just the way he did the other day.Of course one of these days he will! If the parents keep picking on him, he surely WILL.

7:36 PM  
Blogger Gillian M. said...

It's 7:45 pm EDT and although the nest appears empty, it looks as though an eaglet is on the branch closest to the water behind the foliage. I can see part of the tail hanging down.

I can't believe how much I miss the babies already.

Gillian in Ottawa

7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI Front page of Richmond Times Dispatch today,7-6-06, feature story about VA's 700 eagle chicks this year. Up from 18 chicks in 1977. WOW!

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have empt nest syndrome!!

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who has "empty nest" syndrome?

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glenda from Fieldale, VA.
Today I haven't been able to see anything!!!...Why does my computer always act up when you all see so much??? First the still image was out, and still is, then the 'live' video wasn't--live.---then the Media Player wouldn't /couldn't run!!! That putfile site that I fouond is not our eaglets...they are in an oak, I think and ours are in a pine...
I hope I can "SEE" something tomorrow...I even clicked on it at 9:20 just to see what it would show...of course
Hope to hear answers to some of the questions above soon...

9:56 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

7-7-06 4:37AM (EDT)

My paper template was okay - it's just that the juvenile was on a different branch - I STILL believe this is LITTLE.

His actions and hesitation to take to the air would convince most folks this is LITTLE. Big has already fledged - just soared off the branch without help.

Most likely Little used his climbing ability and beak to climb upwards. NOW he won't leave - maybe lost some confidence?

He'll make it, he's flapping those 7 foot worth of wings and getting fed; has a nice cozy nest at night - what more can a teen ask for? It's daybreak and he's still in prone in the nest.

Most likely when you cannot see him, he is behind the "fat" branch on the left (about 1/3 into frame) on what appears to be a thinning branch (of the one they used to sit on out over the water). You'll see his tail feathers, and or at least one talon holding on.

This is fascinating!

4:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 7 @ 6:30 a.m. Maine time - We can all rest easy for the moment. Both fledglings are visible! One center top branch and one just in view on the upper branch, right side of picture.Such a relief to see both at the same time.

6:40 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

7-7-06 7:02AM (EDT)
Little (or whomever) has had breakfast delivered and seems to be doing a good job of finishing the fish. It's probably a nice change that he doesn't have to be in a hurry to complete his meal.

7:07 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Fri, July 7, 7:00AM EDT

Eaglet in the nest.... EATING :) And appears to be looking for a good spot to cache the leftovers.

7:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friday morning July 7th, 7:49 Maine time

Still one eaglet, nothing to report.

When you log on to the video cam, could you watch for any views of the parent eagles swooping downward from the nest as though they might be going to the other eaglet on a branch below, or swooping up from below, or circling or flying past the tree at a point lower than the nest?

Also, if you see the one in the nest hanging over the edge looking down and/or acting as if he sees something down there, or as if he wants to get down there himself?

I'm sure you WOULD, but I'm just looking for positive signs that the other eaglet is down there!! :-) Would like to keep the video cam on for longer, myself, or more often. It's very tempting, since the still cam has been down for so long, and there is not a word of news about "Little".

7:59 AM  
Blogger Betty said...

Just saw baby eating. Sure wish we could get some info on the other one. I think this is little.

8:08 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

8:39AM (EDT)7-7-06
Still only one juvenile in nest - adult came in a few minutes ago and juvenile covered the food with wings and started screeching. Adult now walked over and decided the bold move again and is eating - I can't see yet if any is being offered to the juvenile but he ate earlier this morning.

8:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Food drop at 8:20 AM July 7. Parent bird seemed to be very interested in something below the nest on the camera side...hopefully it's the other eaglet. This one has been at the nest for two nights now...never leaving, as far as I know. I saw the parent bird 'attack' the eaglet literally dragged the eaglet away from the food then sat and ate it while the eaglet manteled. The parent bird has left but the eaglet doesn't seem very interested in whatever the parent is only 'picking' at the food which appears to be a small rodent. Will the sound ever be fixed??? 8:30, parent at nest again, eaglet manteling, parent looking over nest on camera side again...very interested in something down there. Maybe it's 'Little'?
Rhode Island

8:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7/7/06 8:35am
!!!Family sighting!!!

One of the parents is at the nest and the two eaglets are eating. Hard to believe that 3 months have flown by (no pun intended!) so quickly!

Thanks to BRI and their sponsors for allowing us this incredible opportunity to witness the life these magnificent birds ... and, let's not forget, the death of a baby eaglet. If you haven't made your donation to BRI this year, please do! Only through the generous support of us "viewers" can we hope to see another Bald Eagle family next year.

And to everyone who has made this such a great experience - biologist and bloggers alike ...

Eagle you fly across the horizon
Into the misty morning sun
Nobody asks you where you are going
Nobody asks where you're from
Now you fly through the sky
Never asking why

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friday July 7th
8:30 AM

I thought I saw two eaglets, too, in exactly the positions you mentioned, and I talked myself out of it, decided the one way up on the branch almost out of site was a clump of pine needles/small branches instead.

I wish I could remember what time it was. It had to be around seven AM or a bit after, Maine time. You saw them at six thirty AM Maine time.

I sure hope you're right!! It would mean a lot to see them both at the same time, and know both are all right!!

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friday July 7th, 8:40 AM Maine time

I just NOW took a look... there's definately two in the nest, but one is a parent. If there were a second eaglet around wouldn't it be in the nest? I can still see that dark "figure" I thought was an eaglet at the top of the screen right under the letter W for Windows in WIndows Media player.

The eaglet who's there is so puffed up, manteling, that I can't see past him but I don't think there are two eaglets in there. He better stop manteling and start eating if he wants to eat anything. The adult is eating fast.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Sheryl - I'm with you on the hopping back up into the nest - I didn't see him fly in either and feel this is Little - his demeaner etc are too similiar.
7-7-06 8:47am (EDT)

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, 7/7/06 - 9 am

Parent and one eaglet eating. Happy to hear that two were spotted together in the next earlier.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friday july 7th 9:05 AM Maine time

Adult on nest with young. for as long as I could justify staying on the video cam, he/she just kept eating, while the young waited on the other side of the nest.

Many thanks to the person who explained how the costs work. No wonder BRI has been concerned. I wonder if the backers offered up more funding, or they found a wealthy backer, or if we contributed enough to cover it? I also wonder why they didn't explain how it worked and answer our question themselves? Maybe it wouldn't have seemed "appropriate"?

9:14 AM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

Greetings all!

What an exciting couple of weeks we have had. Thank you for all your blogs. I am just catching up on all that has happened since I have been in the field for the last 6 weeks, but have been keeping up to date via my cell phone.

There have been a couple changes I wanted to address. First regarding sound. We have purposely turned it off and it will remain off for the rest of the season. Also at the moment I am locked out of the computer on site so I am unable to change the camera location or fix the refreshing still image, but I am working on fixing it.

Thank you all for your support.

Wing Goodale, BioDiversity Research Institute

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friday July 7th

By the way, I agree with Mark that eaglets when first fledged don't try to find food themselves. When I described that, I probably should have specified that we see it later on in their development, probably at the end of the summer, or beginning of Fall. I hadn't actually given the timing of it any thought until now.

The book by Stalmaster describes it, and says it happens in the "intermediate stage" of fledging. It's hilarious to watch, I can tell you that for sure! They wouldn't make it if their parents didn't continue to feed them for a long time. I wish you could all see it! :-)

The eaglets here follow their parents to the shore and observe their parents fishing, fairly soon after they both have fledged and fly around pretty well. I think they learn where fish come from, and the basic idea of how they're caught, by observation. But maybe I'm anthropomorphizing or whatever it's called!! (Attributing human experiences to eagles behavior!!)

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are two eaglets in the nest this morning!!! Am I seeing double or is it really true?

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very unusual nest behavior. The parent was on the nest for well over an hour and appeared to eat all the food that it had brought. The fledgling tried to cover it...but finally retreated to the branch nearest the camera where it sat for over an hour with its head bowed. It finally manteled...on the branch...then hopped onto the nest and did the same. Did anyone see the baby actually eat anything? I didn't but wasn't on the site the entire time. The parent finally flew off and, instead of eating, the baby just layed down and is now sleeping. It has been in the nest for over two days now...I hope it isn't injured. Also, earlier, one of the parents, when leaving the nest, swooped down instead of flying straight out...maybe to a lower "Little"? I was very disappointed to read that the sound will not be turned back on...but at least we can still SEE the nest.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Fri, Jul 7, 10:14AM EDT

AWESOME to tune in to see LiTtLe (just know it's her) plopped down in the nest :)

Stretching those beautiful wings!

10:20 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

WING---THANK YOU for update on cam. At this point I think we all kinda hear what we want anyway, we are just glad to see a little of what we want, that being one of the kids.... and mom 'n dad still caring for her.

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, 7/7 - 10:40am

One eaglet sleeping in nest -- I really think this must be Little since he/she did not leave the nest willingly and was not ready to fledge. This eaglet has not left the nest area since getting back up there Wed. afternoon. Perhaps the biologists and/or Jane could confirm that once they fledge they only make visits to the nest and do not stay for indefinite periods of time.

Also, could the people who thought they saw two eaglets in the nest confirm that. When I looked in at one point one eaglet and parent were eating but it looked like the other eaglet was there until one moved and I saw it was just one and parent. Also, parent went behind tree for a while and it was difficult to tell if it was parent or eaglet.

Again, thank you all for reporting what you see, it really helps since none of us can be on all the time.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

Thank you to Anonymous [who ever you are] for letting us all know that both eaglets have been seen, what a relief.
Now we can rest our minds & hearts for these 2 sweet little chicks we have been mentally carring for since before birth.
I believe that the chick hanging around the nest is Little. He needs to gain a little more strenght & confidence before he can truely depart the safety of the nest.
Have a great summer all you bloggers. I will miss all the comments. I am looking forward to the next chicks to watch.
* It would be nice if 2 different cameras were set up to have 2 different views of the area & chicks. Just a thought.
Doris in NH

11:18 AM  

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