Friday, July 07, 2006

July 7 notes: TWO eaglets - no rescues needed!

Dear friends of the eagle cam' and well wishers for our fledgling eaglets:

Take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy continued viewing on the eagle cam'. Both fledgling eaglets are DEFINITELY still present and closely guarded by both parents. After the aerial survey flight was cancelled today, the boss (Barb = my wife!) convinced me that we should carefully patrol the nest vicinity to make sure all is well. By reading your blogs, it's clear that many were tormented by the unknown fate of both eaglets after fledging on July 4. (There's anxiety in our household as well!)

Please, never visit an eagle nest where fledglings are freshly on-the-wing unless you are advised by a biologist and know how to handle an eagle in the event of a mishap! We spend most of our time moving cautiously and scanning the vicinity while one eaglet is above in the nest. We do not want to excite it into flight since many fledglings prefer to prolong their homecoming and delay their next flight as long as possible after first returning to the nest. We do not want to scare our missing eaglet -- whether perched in a tree, standing by the shore, or injured and hiding in understory vegetation. Most of all, we do not want to trigger adults into circling flights and vocalizations protesting our presence because this will certainly alarm the entire eagle family.

We inspect the area beneath the nest: relieved not to see a dead or injured eaglet. The resident landowner shows us an area of matted grass where something large bedded on the ground for a while, but we all remain uncertain. I patrol the shoreline bluff, and Barb walks along the water's edge. At 11 am EDT, one adult flies quietly from a lofty pine 100 yards west. Fortunately, there are no aggressive displays or cries of displeasure. After we pass this perch, Barb briefly glimpses a dark eagle follow the same flight path: a smooth glide with only a few wingbeats out of sight and around the bend of the shore at least 250 yards away. Was that really the missing eaglet? Is a 2-second observation out of the corner of your eye adequate reassurance? She's not satisfied ... I assume that eagle cam' viewers won't be content either!

We wait and watch. The perched adult frequently looks down over its shoulder: the watchful eye of a parent. There's no way to see a nearby eaglet from our vantage point, but that's not surprising. Fledglings have more trouble landing than flying! It may be on a lower limb than the adult's high, conspicuous perch. We stay back and are eventually rewarded with several "eaglet squeals" originating from the trees well east of the nest. These yelps for attention (or food) are typical of young eagles. We retreat and compare notes with the landowners. The eagle cam' is hard wired to their TV, and they report with confidence that the eaglet in the nest has been stationary and silent throughout our search. These are all the clues we can hope to gain today: the third day after fledging when the family group is adjusting to life out of the nest. It is best to stay back and let eaglets develop life skills from experienced adults. There is no way our interventions can improve the situation.

Part of this process may evolve outside the view of the eagle cam' but I would be shocked if you do not see "Big" and "Little" at the nest during the next 2 months! Their use of the nest will diminish gradually. If they really don't get along that well, they may not spend much time there together. (If we can do this next year, we will band the birds to aid identification, but looking at behavioral tendencies is a good strategy to distinguish them. However, if one eaglet was displacing the other from a preferred perch, habits may change when they have solitary time in the nest.) Adults will purposefully minimize time in the nest so as to encourage development of the eaglets. Sometime in September or October, family ties end. The eaglets disperse. One Maine eaglet appeared as far away as South Carolina by November of its first year!

The landowners (gracious hosts of the eagle cam') welcomed our visit, shared insights, and provided delicious lobster salad sandwiches after our mission was complete. They have experienced 14 consecutive years of successful nesting so they have perfected the art of co-exisitance with nesting eagles. Apropriate stewardship is key to safeguarding the remarkable recovery of bald eagles. After >28 years on the Endangered / Threatened Species list in northern states (>37 years in the southern U.S.), future delisting of bald eagles will lessen some regulatory protection and may result in less frequent survey monitoring. Owners and neighbors of nesting eagles can play important roles. We are eager to assist. Let's hope the other 402 pairs of bald eagles nesting in Maine this year have as much luck in coexisting with humans as these birds!

Management comments: National guidelines have been drafted to promote a lasting recovery of bald eagles. In Maine, our annual population monitoring and regulatory protection of nests will continue until the Threatened Species status is removed by the legislature. Our agency will only recommend state delisting after sucessfully implementing a habitat safety net which includes a mix of land conservation and stewardship roles of private landowners. Agencies will adjust management strategies after bald eagles are delisted. Your support is always welcome. -- Charlie Todd, Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

234 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Charlie Todd,
Dear Sir,
Thank you, Thank you and Thank you again for this update which is, I am sure making a lot of people in North America very, very happy.

Hope we will have a chance, in the very near future, to be able to see the other eaglet.

We are very grateful It's been a long week ! :-)

Aline Paquet, from Québec city, July 7th at 5:53 EDT :-)

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Louise Nichols said...

Charlie, I cried! Thank you and your lovely wife so very much. Fond regards to all of you on this fantastic journey, Louise

6:03 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

This is the best news I've had in a long time! This makes me even more certain that it is Big out there in the wild blue yonder since I think she was the one who chose to fledge. If they do this again next year they will band them so no more guesses about Bigs and Littles! That would be awesome!

Thank you so much to Charlie and Barb for making a road trip to check things out. You sure you didn't just go for the lobster salad sandwiches? ;)

6:10 PM  
Blogger Rosemary said...

Dear Charlie,Thank you so much for your expert words. My mind is at ease as well as many others I'm sure.I guess the lesson here is trust "mother Nature" !
This has been such a wonderful experiance.We have many eagles here in Florida,ut there has been something extra special about this family. Kudos to all of you.
Rosemary,Punta Gorda,FL

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Tim said...

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,202447,00.html

This article appeared on the Fox News website today, regarding the "Bald Eagle -- DDT 'Myth.'" I've heard this argument before and would really like to hear our biologists position on this.

I had the opportunity to see nesting Bald Eagles last year at Lake Nacimiento in Central California, the Fish & Game folks had the area around the nest roped-off, for about 300 yards, so we couldn't get too close. One of the adults took flight and I was amazed at how big it was!

Thanks again to Charlie and everyone else associated with the eagle cam. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity and for all you do to protect these magnificent birds.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Charlie and Barb, For your wonderful report on Big and Little. I will sleep much better knowing that they are both doing well.
Samanda

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this wonderful imformation and update !


Lisa from Alabama

7:09 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

4PM PDT ....Wonderful news and just what we all wanted to hear. Many thanks for allaying the fears and how very lucky you all are to be able to personally observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

7:09 PM  
Anonymous nancy in va said...

Wow! What a great update for all those concerned and somehow connected to the eagle cam activities. The Richmond Times Dispatch's front page story on 7/6/06 was about VA's 700 eagle chicks for 2006 season. 1977 produced 18 chicks, 2000 had 418 chicks, and now 700. Just a highlight of a few of the statistics. (see www.TimesDispatch.com for full article) The paper had a giant close-up of an eagle chick, apparently sticking it's tongue out at the photographer! Too cute! Thanks for all you do for Maine eaglets and matures. And thank your wife as well!!! Great work.

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is great news! Many thanks to you and the team for all your efforts.
A special thanks also to the landowners.

Chris
Milton Keynes, England

7:41 PM  
Anonymous nancy in va said...

Opps! Nancy in VA here. I may have put in the wrong date for eagle article...just a few minutes ago. Correct date of newspaper article...Thursday, July 6, 2006! There...if wrong before, I stand corrected. If righr before, I am right again!

7:44 PM  
Blogger Reagan's Queen Anne B&B said...

Charlie! Thank you so much for keeping us in the Midwest apprised of the comings and goings of the new fledglings. I've watched religiously since I found the website, prior to hatch. What an awesome experience. Yes, I counted 3 little fuzzy silver heads at one point and then only 2, but realize that survival of the fittest is a part of the life cycle with Eagles too. This has been an experience that I hope to be able to watch again next year. It will be fun to compare the hatchings and difference in next year's young. Oh, and thanks for making this Missouri woman's mouth water when you mentioned the lobster rolls(sandwich)!!

8:07 PM  
Anonymous nancy in va said...

Thought I'd check the cam before total darkness and there appears to be NO cam. The eaglets read your posting today, have invaded the landowner's house to watch TV and are eating the cable for dinner! Hope the cam is back soon. It's always fun to look in on the nest sight to see who's there.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, 7/7/06 - 8:45pm

Charlie, thank you so much for the good news and update. Are we right in thinking that it is Little in the nest?

Anyway, we will all sleep better tonight.

Thank you again to you, your wife, the landowners, and all those involved.

8:51 PM  
Anonymous JudyB said...

Thank you!!

JudyB 8:46 pm Friday, eagle time

8:51 PM  
Blogger CanadaKari said...

Woohoo that`s great news! I started out watching the eagles and then spent much of my time going back and forth bewtween this and the loons. The loons are now gone....out on the water enjoying loon life. Big and Little have brought many hours of enjoyment, i`m thrilled that they are well and we will still be able to enjoy them through the cam! Thanks Charlie for all your hard work on this project....you and Lee and my heros!

9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your update. We are all a bunch of anxious "parents" now, aren't we?

Thank you to Bri, the tremendous biologists for sharing their knowledge,the contributors, the landowners who hosted "OUR" Big and Little babies, Pam across the pond and everyone involved.

Perhaps we can all sleep better tonight with the apparent success of the eaglets and the hope for the loons. Rest well.

Friday 7/7 10:08 p.m. Maine time

10:12 PM  
Blogger Tonya said...

July 7th 10:45pm EDT

Thank you Charlie and Barb for going out to the site to make sure that both eaglets were in fact ok. It was super to read that both are doing good.
I would also like to take this moment and thank the land owners for allowing BioDiversity Research Institute to use their land and home for the live web cam. Their doing this has made it possible for we the people to view the rearing of the eagle chicks right from the time the adults started to pratice incubation right up through the fledging and beyond. It has been a education to say the least.
Thanks to all that keep us updated on what is happening with "Big" and "Little", AKA (The Babies). Still watching from Leeds, Maine

11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Charlie, and give your boss a hug for me. Such wonderful news, now the tears of joy flow and the restless days and nights are over. I will continue to watch the eagle cam as long as you can make it available to us. Our family has learned so much from you and all the others that have posted notes, photos and videos. You say you may be back next year if you can do it. What will it take for you to come back next year? Just let all of us eagle lovers know what you need and I am sure we will band together to help you continue with this great gift you have given us.

3:35 AM  
Blogger Syndee said...

Thank you so much for your time and effort to bring us up to date on the eaglet's situation. I have been worried sick and now I can rest easy. They have been a joy to watch and I am excited to see what happens in the next few months.
Syndee Lee

5:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the update - I felt a HUGE sigh of relief swallow me up when I knew that both were ok. Perhaps we should be studying the "human" tendancies to form these relationships with birds hundreds ( or lots more) miles away. I have not been able to get a picture on the "live" feed since late yesterday (7/7) and of course we know that the still frame is "stuck". Hopefully it's just a glitch and we will all be back in business soon. I fine my day goes much better if I can check on the "kids" before work and have coffee with them in the evening.
I'm on my way to Maine in September - please let them know so they can do a "fly by" :-)
Thanks again for all your wonderful work and sharing of knowledge - you have opened a whole new world for me - one that I will continue to pursue.

6:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Great closeup of one eaglet on the branch closest to camera. One foot trembling; probably just from holding on to the branch. Didnt see the other baby.
Pat Burlington On
July 8/06 7:15am EST

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Leslie said...

I'd like to echo the other comments- thank you SO much to Charlie and Barb for making sure they are both okay and letting us know. Thank you to the landowners for allowing the cam to take place. Thank you to all who have done such a good job maintaining this! My family and I have been watching now from Alabama for several months and it is part of our daily routine. How wonderful! Thank you, thank you!

7:32 AM  
Anonymous Mary said...

Thank you. We have been watching the Eagles nest daily since before the births and have enjoyed it tremendously. I appreciate your follow-up on the Eaglets and am looking forward to next season. Very Happy that they are all OK. We now have a better understanding of these most treasured creatures and will appreciate the continued opportunity to watch.

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7/8/2006 7:35 a.m.Awsome shot ,new angle .wish i could tell who this is.

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7/8/2006 7;39 A.M. I AM ALITTLE CONCERNED THIS EAGLET'S RIGHT LEG SEEMS TO BE A SHAKING AT TIMES,IS HE/OR SHE OAKY?

7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 8th. Thank you so much for letting us know that "Little" is ok. I was so worried after watching the clip of his fall from the nest as he was trying to fly. This has been a most interesting and informative spring and summer watching the nesting eagle pair and the development of the eaglets. What GREAT parents this eagle pair has been. I live in south eastern Michigan, not far from Lake Erie, and a few days ago while driving home from work, I saw an adult bald eagle flying. Your eagle cam has made me much more aware of these beautiful creatures!! Thanks again for the update on the young eagles. I can rest now assured that both are safe!! I will continue watching the nest. Cheryl

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saturday July 8th
7:58 AM

There are about 20 new posts added to the Biologists Journal before this, including a wonderful poem by TT.
Thanks so much, I love it. Am going to print it out and save it to remember this experience by!!

Thank goodness the still cam is up again. Thank you, some one, for not making us go all weekend without any camera at all, as the video was also down at the same time.

The view is terribly close up, but I am sure that will be changed! All I could see were the tips of a flapping wing!!

Hallelujah. Now when the second eaglet returns to the nest, we can all see him or her!

8:05 AM  
Blogger Pam in TN said...

I echo all the comments about relief in learning the latest about the eaglets. I have been a frequent watcher since hearing about the eagle cam in early April. I must confess that I have not limited my viewing to "one two minute session" and have watched periodically for much longer times - they are so fascinating! Thank you for your commitment to educating us about these magnificent birds.

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Jane said...

Probably this is a moot point now, because Charlie talked about it in his latest wonderful biologists journal. Thanks to him, and to Barb, too! :-)

Yes, in all probability you WILL see the second eaglet back at the nest, as soon as he or she can fly that high and get in between those branches for a safe landing!! And I wouldn't be surprised if he hung around there for a while.

You notice that Charlie mentioned seeing the eaglet's short flight in the same flight path the parent made? It has been my experience that newly fledged eaglets DO follow their parents around. So hopefully the parents will eventually "lead" the "fallen eaglet" back to the nest.

Charlie mentioned that a newly fledged eaglet may hang around the nest for days before he ventures out again. I DID see that happen here twice. It may have happened a lot more often and I just didn't notice, because I don't know whether they're coming and going in between my visits to check on them, usually just twice a day.

Once it happened with a young eaglet that fell from the nest tree and had to climb back up from neigbhbouring trees. He was very reluctant to fly again, but I thought it was because he was "traumatized", and was probably too young for flight. The other time I was aware of it was when a newly fledged eaglet didn't know how to land, as Charlie mentioned. On what I know was one of his first flights, he flew head on, non stop, right into a big stand of hardwood trees on the other side of the river. I couldn't see him at all from this side, and he didn't vocalize for his parents, like most eaglets do. Two or three days later he showed up again at the nest, with his feathers were all awry. He preened his feathers for almost a week, before he flew again!! It was easy to recognize him as he still had a few feathers sticking out at crazy angles!

Sometimes I think the parents find it easier if the first fledged eaglet stays at the nest so they can feed them both at the same place, and keep track of them, until the younger eaglet can fly, too. Then for a while the eaglets follow their parents to the river and are fed there, as well as at the nest. I think they "learn" about good perch trees, where to land, by following the parents around and perching where they perch. You often see a mature eagle and an eaglet sitting side by side on a perch overlooking the water.

As an aside, this morning I saw an eaglet at our nest sitting on a very small stick that protrudes from the nest. Boy, I'd sure like to see him get back in that nest or on a fatter branch. I never saw one of ours do that before, and it is making me nervous. I TIP TOED out of view!! :-)

I sure don't want a repeat performance to take place HERE!!

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, 7/8 - 8:30 am

I have seen a couple of comments saying they have seen the parent attacking the eaglet. On this cam yesterday, I saw the eaglet lunge at the parent. The parent had been on the other side of nest from eaglet (and they had been eating peacefully side by side earlier). I also saw on the Hancock Eagle Eye cam one of the youngsters lunge at the parent yesterday and again parent was standing back while both eaglets ate.

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why does the eaglet keep one talon extended? i noticed it early on by one of the eaglets when both began to perch

is this a unique personal preference, the result of an injury or something all eagles do?

thanks for your insight

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for all Charlie and 'the boss' have done to relieve our fears and concerns for the fate of Little. I'm pleased to see the webcam working this morning and what a WONDERFUL close up on one of our babies. Because it's on Little's branch, I'm hoping it is indeed him. Can anyone confirm that? Happy once again in Hallowell.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an absolute treat this eagle cam has been! You are all to be commended for the fine work that you do. I too believe it is Little in the nest and don't worry about its leg. I have a parrot and she also hangs her legs like that when at rest and perches just like the eagle is doing. I've been watching and it is hopping and jumping around just fine when it wants to.
Again, thanks so much and the Shapleigh eaglet sends its regards to the Bio team. (you banded it)
Lori, Maine

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 8th. Thank you very much! What a relief to know that both little ones are still around. Yesterday, I thought I saw both eaglets in the nest, but when I checked back a little while later, I realized one of them was actually dad, who I hoped had brought some food for the returned eaglet (Little?). I did not see any food, but the little one did some aggressive mantling and dad wisely kept out of his way. One thing that concerns me now is the shaking of this eaglet's foot, which was very obvious this morning. I think it is the left one. Also, there is not much flapping of wings and jumping going on. Could that be because he has suffered some kind of an injury as a result of the fall (provided, of course, that it is Little)? I discovered this nest only recently, but I am already "head over heels" and worried like a first-time parent! Thank you for this wonderful experience and opportunity to watch this family up close (yet so far away for me in Toronto). I hope the camera will keep rolling for some time yet.

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As cocerns the baby's right foot, I have noticed a "problem" with it for quite a while since he/she has been branch sitting.Always has been sitting with the foot extended off his perch, almost as if it was cramped.

Dan in NY

9:53 AM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

7/8/
Thank you for the update. What good news. You have no idea on how happy you have made many folks.
Our sweet little chicks are OK, that is what all of us Bloggers wanted to hear. We all look forward to next year & the Eagle & Loon cams. Please push to have this continue. I will always be grateful for all you have done for the survival of our Eagles & our Loons. Plus such great education to so many who would of never got the chance to view such magnificent creatures.
Charlie & Lee you are all our heros.
Happiness to you all.
A great big hug to the landowner for his/her contribution to this cause.
Thank you to all the Bloggers for you concern & updates. Books & or a movie could be written on this.
I had tears in my eyes reading the biologist updates.
Have a great summer. I am looking forward to hearing from all of you for the next go round of chicks & Loons.
Sincerely,
Doris in NH

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charlie & Barb...It appears that "Biggy" is injured. He is holding his foot out as it may be sprained or broken (?) Perhaps this is why he remains at the nest for safety and security. Hopefully he will rest and its not as serious as it appears now.

Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication!!

Bob & Cheryl Mass.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great shot [up close] of our Little chick. Sure looks good.
Thank you for the view.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charlie and Barb,
Thank you for taking the time to check on the eaglets! As with everyone I was so worried that the one didn't make it - I'm so happy that my fears were unfounded! I have seen Bald Eagles soar in Wyoming and Montana, but never had the privledge of seeing the eaglets. Thank you and the landowners for everything. Andrea

10:02 AM  
Blogger Betty said...

Louisiana... July 8, 9:00CDT
I am so proud of you and your wife for doing this. You are great dedicated people. Thank you so much for fixing the site. I just saw a great close up of the eagle and the refreshing pic is working.

I have been noticing that the eagle is not standing on its left foot instead it is putting it out in front of it. I am believing that it is hurt. Yesterday it was doing this too. It would hang it over the limb and open and close the foot. Maybe it hurt it in the fall.

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Kari said...

Is there something wrong with the eaglets leg? It is just hanging off the branch. It isn't using it to hang on at all.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

7AM PDT.... I noticed yesterday that the nest eaglet periodically stood on just one leg, stretching the other out in front and flexing the toes and foot. Again this morning I see the same posture. If this is "Little", could the leg or foot have been injured in the fall? If so, would you attempt any intervention to check it out?

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well "Biggy" or "Smally" fooled us! They seem to be walking on the nest just fine now. Guess they were just "chillin" out.

Thanks again!!

B & C Mass.

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Redetta said...

July 10
I add my thanks and congratulations to a job well done by all! This site has been and is such an education for many of us peeking in at a tiny bit of nature. I love it!

10:51 AM  
Blogger Susan S said...

Hi, Charlie, Barb, and wonderful landowners. I was addicted to the eaglets since before birth, but haven't blogged this site 'til today. It is amazing how much emotional energy I expended watching these guys since day 1, altho I never did see #3. I would encourage the little one to push in or go around to eat; I would sit begging a parent to show up before dark...I would worry about them in the rain and tell them to put squabbles aside and cuddle (and often they did). I was sorry and happy to see them fledge. Sorry needs no explanation... these kids really left the nest! Happy because they made it, and maybe I could get a few things done. But then the loon chicks hatched, and what a few days wild ride that was. My emotions were wrenched beyond belief! I can't wait to hear from Lee as to whether that litle guy made it. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that there is one more person who watches this with awe, appreciation, and gratitude for the opportunity. I feel privileged beyond belief that I have seen all this so "close up and personal", so privileged that it often reduces me to tears. You are the most wonderful group in the world, and no other cams can meet or match the bio eagle and loon cams! Thank you from the bottom of my full heart.

p.s. Are the eaglets and the loons in the same general area?

11:02 AM  
Blogger Susan S said...

I forgot to ask... is anyone else having problems with the audio? I miss hearing all the wildlife, and it's been this way for several days. Not my computer, because the loon cam sound stayed clear.

Again, There is no way for me to properly express gratitude for this privilege few get to appreciate.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whew! Thanks or letting me us know about the little one. I have named these beautiful birds Freedom,Patriot( the little one) & Liberty ( the mama ). I've grown quite attached to knowing how they are doing.Thanks for all you do & thanks to the landowners for allowing you to do this. I know my small donation is well spent. Keep up the good work.
Dawn from Somerville,MA

11:28 AM  
Blogger Betty said...

They said that they were going to turn the audio off.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Betty said...

Louisiana, 10:45

We have bald eagles now on Toledo Bend lake. It is between the Texas, Louisiana border. We are in west central Louisiana. I haven't seen any yet as a matter of fact I have never seen a bald eagle in my life. Watching these eagles has made me really appreciate them, and has been such an enjoyment. Even though I have really been stressed out a few times and even cried when I thought that something had happened.
Looking for more and better things to come.

Also if you didn't notice they are trying to raise money for a second video cam for the loons so you can watch them go into the water.

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oregon 9:30 AM WOW what a beautiful morning to wake up with a close and personal look at one of our favorite eaglets. It was like she was in the room with us showing us that everything from head to toe, and even underneath, was just fine. The quality of your videos are just amazing, we thank you for that and all the work everyone has done. Now the camera has zoomed out again, its a great shot. Will you occasionaly be zooming in again? We hope so. What do you think? Is that BIG or LITTLE that is in the nest this morning.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Abitobits said...

Boy am I relieved! I have been afraid to read the blog this week in fear that tragedy had struck the toddler. Thank you for putting my stomach at ease. We have gotten so much out of seeing these tiny treasures grow into lifesize beauties. Thank you so much for sharing.

One question? Why can't I hear anything? What has happened to the audio? The sound of the ocean has added to our enjoyment.

12:48 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

7-8-06 2:-5PM (EDT)
Since the 5th I've watched this sole eaglet in the nest and he's never left. Food has been brought in by both parents and he had 2 deliveries the morning of 7-7. The 2nd delivery was by mom and she finally ate most of what appeared to have feathers.

The 1st drop was by dad and it was a small fish.

This eaglet must be 'Little' and had been favoring (holding up) his right talon at times. It will most likely heal on it's own.

He's been preening and flapping wings. Each night he's in the nest bowl and once I noticed he lied down on the outer rim.

After he heals and gains back confidence he'll most likely fledge.

Although the sound is turned off, per Charlie, and in general, I can hear birds and boats, as well as Little calling to the parents; however, I have to have my speaker volume max as well as the slide bar on the live view.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All those great close ups made me remember -- someone once said they had noticed a difference between Big and Little's beaks. Does anyone remember what the difference was and who was who? I think one's beak was more pointed and one was more curved at the end. Maybe we can tell which one this is that way.

3:12 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

7-8-06 5PM (EDT)

I've been over at another blog area and found some great pics as well as many videos. One blogger has his own site with some videos and I've seen some really nice closeup photos of the eaglets submitted by ALINE - also has shots of those beaks (mentioned above) but - I don't think we can count on those.

Maybe rereading Charlie's note will refresh that information.

The only thing I could get were templates using onion-skin paper and tracing the eaglets (only to compare sizes).

I didn't get any once the cam pulled back out for those great shots of the tree and limbs - readying us for the fledging.

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you thank you for the July 7 update! I dreaded the eaglets fledging but their consistent return to the nest has softened the day when they will no longer return. Annie in Ohio

5:39 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

6:11PM (EDT) Jul 08, 2006
Saturday
It looked like dad just brought meal in for eaglet who was on branch over the water. You knew immediately an adult was incoming: eaglet comes into nest area and assumes mantling position. Food is deposited and adult flies out of nest.

Definately seafood - no feathers being pulled off. 8 mins. have elapsed so it isn't too shoddy of a meal.

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7/8 3:15 PDT Little was just finishing a meal. Then hopped/flew to several branches. Seemed to be thinking "That's a lot of water down there and I can't swim." Facing out towards the water the entire time from various limbs. It appears to me he is favoring his left leg a bit but still puts weight on it.

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 8th. I love to read all of your blogs, because I can't watch all the time. Thank you! I don't want to repeat myself, but I am still worried about the the foot/leg of the eaglet in this nest. I read recently that the eaglet in the Santa Cruz nest had broken his/her foot. Some wonderful people who do these things had operated on it successfully and now the eaglet is back in the nest and, judging by the vigorous flapping of his or her wings I have observed, is doing just fine -- thank you very much! In my opinion, a little human intervention is good, because every single eagle counts. Of course, if most of us had the chance, we would probably be hovering about Little (or Big?) right now ...

6:50 PM  
Anonymous nancy in va said...

7:45 pm edt Someone commented that eaglet was eating at 6:11 this evening. I just logged on after my dinner and eaglet is still working on something to eat. Could it be the same meal or has another food drop occured? Thanks for letting us continue to watch this cam. If I had to leave loons and eaglets "cold turkey" on the same day, I would be in serious withdrawal...especially with lots of re-runs on TV.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Two food drops from Dad....4:15PDT and again at 4:55 PDT. Both times the eaglet "mantled" waiting until Dad flew off before beginning his meal. With the second drop it appeared dear old Dad may have enjoyed sharing with Junior but the eaglet was hogging the whole thing so Dad took his leave.

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geez, what a relief!! Thank you so much for taking the time to check on our missing eaglet. I have been so worried and was convinced we'd never see the other baby again. Now, I can relax and wait for it to reappear...as soon as it can fly...and land...I'm sure it will be back.
Thank you again...you've made so many people happy.
Rhode Island

8:10 PM  
Blogger Tonya said...

July 8th 8:20pm EDT
One of the adult eagles at the nest with the baby. I watched the adult feed the baby. Must be dad. So nice to see this still happening. Have a great day.

8:30 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Tag line....Dad back again with fish at 5:15 PDT and stayed to eat a few bites before leaving. Eaglet was pretty full....plopped down in the nest as nightfall approached.

8:35 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

2:45AM Jun 9, 2006

Did Charlie or Mark ever say which eagle was occupying the nest these past few days? Can they tell, or is it still mere speculation at this point?

2:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:34 a.m. 2 fledgings are on branches near the nest.

6:39 AM  
Anonymous barb said...

6:30 AM two immature eagles in the nest.... looks like someone made it back.
I was watching these two guys, when the baby eagle near our house started to squeal - caught me off guard. Neat trick!

6:39 AM  
Blogger Tonya said...

July 9th 6:20am EDT

Big and Little are at the nest together again. I say Big, cause there is no white on the head indicating that it is an adult. Big brought in with him a little bit of food and proceeded to eat it without sharing. Both eaglets are now perched on limbs, opposite sides of the nest. Little is nearest the ocean. Little is so tiny compared to Big, when you see them together. It is nice to know that all is well and be able to see both together again.

6:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:35 edt and both youngsters are in the nest - what a nice way to start the day ! they sure have lost that "baby" look. Hope they continue to stay around for a little while. One of them ( I give up on which) appears to want to make the nest his "forever" home - safe and dry with home delivery service. Thanks to all who keep this site up to date - sent off a contribution this am

6:41 AM  
Anonymous Jane said...

Sunday 6:30 AM
July something 9th So excited I can't type.


He's back. He looks skinny and exhausted, and scared of Big... very nervous and tentative as though he expects to get chased off the nest.

When I first looked at the still cam, they were very close together in the nest and I didn't realize there were two of them!! But there DEFINATELY are. On the infotech blog someone else saw them, too, probably a minute or two earlier and said they were fighting. So that's probably why he's nervous. He looks ready to leave. I hope Big doesn't drive him off.

She seems nervous about Big. But she isn't leaving. I worry about what will happen when the parents come in with food. Big will try to eat it all.

And Big is either cleaning his talons or eating something, over on the other side of the nest, sitting on what used to be Little's perch, while Little is sitting on Big's former favorite perch. But there's no mistaking their sizes. LIttle has lost weight and Big has gained weight. No wonder, he's sat in that nest eating constantly and not doing any even much wing flapping.

I didn't see her fly in, but she's BACK!! :-)

6:42 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

6:37AM (EDT) Jul009, 2006
Both eaglets in nest and both (with different pitch voices) are calling for food!

6:43 AM  
Blogger dukeyboy said...

July 9 6:34 AM EST
Dog got me up early this morning, so decided to check eagles. One spent night on nest. When I took another look - second eaglet had appeared - An obvious difference in size (width not length). Big spent the night, little arrived a bit after 6:AM.

6:44 AM  
Blogger birdgirl said...

I'm confused by a couple blog reports on the eaglets, as far as which one is which. I, too, have been watching regularly and this morning at 6:50ish edt the eaglet with the apparent injured leg took off in pursuit of what was perhaps an adult with food. The remaining eaglet, which has been sitting in the nest for the last couple days, preening, etc., does not appear to have any injuries. ??
7/9/06

7:02 AM  
Blogger birdgirl said...

I'm sorry, my previous post has an inaccuracy. Whereas I was relying on the still shots, I was certain that the injured eaglet had assumed flight posture in one picture, and was gone in the next. Livestream indicates, however, that it is still on the ocean branch, but farther out.

7:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 9, 2006
GREAT!
It is 6:45 AM in the East. BOTH eaglets are in the nest, well actually on the branches. I wish I had seen the reaction when that baby flew in, but this is just as good. Halleluyah! How comforting to actually SEE it back. Happy Day.

7:14 AM  
Anonymous T.A-UK said...

Wahooooo, it's 12.11 am UK time..
Looks like Big and Little sitting on opposite branches..
It's so good to know that the eaglets are ok, I'm so relieved was really worried last week, when one was missing.

I have really enjoyed watching these little ones hatch and grow, it's been such a pleasure, thank you so much.

T.A-UK

7:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great sight this morning to see both eaglets returning to the nest. Both look healthy, it was comforting to see the adult feeding "little".

Thanks for your update and all the work put in to keeping this site going.

7:40 AM  
Blogger Gillian M. said...

I was happy to turn on the computer this morning to see both chicks in the nest! One is on the branch closest to the camera, while the other has his back to us and is in what I assume is the mantling position - head down, wings slightly out to the side. They look peaceful, as if they're just enjoying the day, not moving much.

Gillian in Ottawa

7:42 AM  
Blogger Tonya said...

July 9th 7:30am EDT
Apon reading blogs of our eagles at another site, I came to the conclusion that I missed the parents bringing in food alittle earlier. So I didn't see Big come in with food, it just appeared that way.

Then at 7:23am EDT there was another food drop and Little beat Big to it. Way to go Little. :):):):):) It is sure nice to see Little finally winning one round against Big. Little has been mantling over the food since it was brought. Big has decided to go back to the branch and wait his turn if there is anything left. I personally, I am hoping that Little eats it all, so Big would know what it is like just once to go hungry, as he/she has done this to Little many many times before. Turn about is fair play. It is just so great to see both together again, and both being fed.

7:42 AM  
Blogger Tonya said...

July 9th 7:45am EDT

Big finally got tired of waiting for Little to finish up. He went over and body pushed Little out of the way. Guess he was getting concerned as to weather or not he was going to get any of this meal. Little went out on the branch over looking the ocean.

7:53 AM  
Blogger dukeyboy said...

8:21 AM 7/9
Just returned home and had to check. 3 eagles on nest after an obvious food delivery. Adult on limb - Big and Little in minor tussle over new meal.

8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those who haven't already seen it, there's a movie caught by Brian on the info tech blog, of the second eaglet returning to the nest.

http://videos.uncle-bri.com/birds/gorham/gorham_06_07_09_11_22_Sun.asf

8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW, what a wonderful surprise! Thought I'd take a peek before work this Sunday morning and, low and behold, both eaglets are back. Now we'll all start worrying again that "Little" won't be getting enough food. I still can't tell who is who...only that one of the babies is sitting on the ocean side branch with its foot sticking out, now it's flapping its wings looking like it wants to take off, while the other eats...the one in the nest must be "Big"...still ruling the nest, I guess. Well, at least we know that they're both safe...it's like old times, lol.
Thank you again, Charlie, you know your stuff!!
Rhode Island

8:37 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

8:37AM Jul 9, 2006
On that other site is video of BIG flying in from the right of the screen.
Charlie wrote:
"The eagle cam' is hard wired to their TV, and they report with confidence that the eaglet in the nest has been stationary and silent throughout our search."

We saw Jane's 2 videos - one of Little's fall, the other of Big's fledging - wouldn't Little have used beak and talon to make his way back up into the nest? Charlie might not have been able to see the eaglet in the branches and would the eaglet be making a noise while people were around?

I wish Charlie would give us his opinion of what MIGTH actually have happened to the one who FELL out of the nest (the 2nd time).

The hurt talon would account for it being Little that fell out of the nest, trying to grasp onto limbs.

I'm all ears for "coulda been" ideas.

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Jane said...

After watching the video of the eaglet returning, I'm not as sure as I was before which one was absent, and which one returned! Until I saw the video I thought it was Big on the nest and Little that was absent. I saw Little fall upside down and I know it was him that fell.

In my excitement over the return of the missing eaglet, I indicated that I thought I knew which was which, but I'm not all that sure.

I hope next year they put some kind of indentifying marker on the chicks!

I can hear sound, if I have it turned way up. Just the eaglets screaming, not the water lapping.

It may be that the reason they don't fix the sound is that they would have to go too close to the nest, at a sensitive time.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Jane said...

After watching the video of the eaglet returning, I'm not as sure as I was before which one was absent, and which one returned! Until I saw the video I thought it was Big on the nest and Little that was absent. I saw Little fall upside down and I know it was him that fell.

In my excitement over the return of the missing eaglet, I indicated that I thought I knew which was which, but I'm not all that sure.

I hope next year they put some kind of indentifying marker on the chicks!

I can hear sound, if I have it turned way up. Just the eaglets screaming, not the water lapping.

It may be that the reason they don't fix the sound is that they would have to go too close to the nest, at a sensitive time.

8:54 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

8:52AM (EDT) 7-9-06
Here is clip from Brian-UK showing the eaglet coming back into the nest (from the right):
http://tinyurl.com/p4rkd

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the heck is going on at the nest?? One eaglet is sitting on the branch closest to camera, and the other is in the nest belly up and crying!! I thought at first it was a dead bird lying on top of the eaglet, but now the eaglet has flipped over and is still crying. It looks like it has been injured. I sure hope nothing has happened and that this is just a trick of my eyes! Trying not to panic in Burlington Ontario
Pat, July 9/06 @ 9:00am EST

9:09 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

Another of Brian-UK's videos - this was taken on the 5th of July and the eaglet has remained in the nest since then - check out his size (lean)and voice:
http://tinyurl.com/f3ctu

Here is Brians site with many July 3-9 videos.
http://tinyurl.com/fsxb3

or the old fashion way:
http://videos.uncle-bri.com/birds/gorham/

9:24 AM  
Blogger DR DOOLITTLE said...

SO GLAD TO SEE WITH MY OWN EYES THE BOTH OF THEM TOGETHER AGAIN!!THIS HAS BEEN VERY INTERESTING AND EDUCATIONAL FOR ALL OF US.THANKS TO ALL INVOLVED LETS KEEP OUR DONATIONS COMING, SMALL OR BIG THEY WILL HELP US SEE THIS ALL AGAIN NEXT YEAR

9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big's on Little's branch....Little's way out on one of Big's far side branches - is hopping / flying back to the nest and is NOW perched beside Big on Little's original branch (I think....I've got this right). Anyway, let's hope a strong gust of wind does NOT come up causing them the flap their wings, knocking Little off the branch again - I couldn't go through this another time, for sure.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I am so glad that both of our babies are in the nest this morning. I didn't check the live feed but it sure looked like Big brought some food for Little. Not sure but I could have sworn it looked like he was feeding the little one. I remember towards the end of their nest time Big had fatherly instincts towards Little. Maybe he will turn out to be a good big brother after all!
What are we all going to do once they take off for good? There will be withdrawals symptoms in my house for sure!
Thanks again to all for this wonderful experience.

Lisa B.
Houston,Tx.

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart is at rest now that I have finally seen both eaglets in the nest together.

10:08 AM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

Here is a treat for those of you that missed the return of the other eaglet. On the Infotec forum Brian from the UK recorded the video of the return and subsequent reaction.
http://videos.uncle-bri.com/birds/gorham/gorham_06_07_09_11_22_Sun.asf

If you haven't checked out this forum, Brian posts some wonderful video and Aline has some awesome stills. Here is the URL. http://forum.infotecbsi.com/viewtopic.php?t=6750&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=1425
Check out some of the previous pages too.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

Sunday 7/9 10:15am [est]:-)
Both eaglets are at the nest.
What a great view. Love it.
Big is eating fish. Little is on his favorite branch.
I did not think I would ever see the 2 of them together. I am so glad I was wrong.
Yes, It is Little who has been in the nest.
Have a great day. I know I am with the chicks back home.
Doris NH

10:36 AM  
Blogger dukeyboy said...

7/9 11:32AM EDT
Think our children are going to watch Red Sox game from the nest today. Am headed out to mow lawn and come back to join them later.

11:38 AM  
Blogger JOJO said...

Big never changes lol had a few spats with Little but all seems ok so far
Both are in the nest its 8.35 Nevada time
Big sits so strong on the branch and little still timid around Big
Big did not share the food as usual

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday

I'm taking the liberty of re-posting it here, although I didn't write it. It got attached to the "old" biologists journal, just before we heard from Charlie, and I think it got overlooked. The last paragraph is TT's also, not mine.

TNTalker said...

The Lone Eaglet July 7, 2006 2:00 PM EST

It regally sits upon a perch,
Above the birthing nest.
The lone eaglet continues,
To soak up sun and rest.
I wonder what the eaglet thinks, As it gazes upon the earth?
Does it wonder where sibling is,
Or just admire turf?

Is it scared of what it sees,
Or just in total awe?
Pondering what step is next,
Or intimidated by what it saw?
Seeking courage to take the leap,
That sets it free at last.
Watching others soar the skies,
Dying to try the task.

I appreciate the value of an eaglets brand new life.
The trials and tribulations
were hard to take in stride.
May they survive and live a life that befits their testing start.
The eaglets earned a place in all our viewers hearts.

May they soar above in grandeur and float about the skies.
Knowing that for some of us, they are special in our eyes.
Thanks to all who watched and fussed, just to see them go.
We're wiser for the experience and much more in the know.



All things are connected and somehow have an effect on what we do in the future. Thanks so much BioDiversity Research Institute and the experts for sharing this experience with us.

TT

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, 7/9 -

So good to see both eaglets on the nest. I still think it has been Little on the next the past few days and that Big fledged on Tues. Well at least he got a few good meals before Big's return.

Thank you to all who got up so early to report.

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was so thankful to see both "kids" on the nest this AM.
I gave my donation and hope it helps.
I thank all of you who support this effort on behalf of wildlife. Guess I'll go outside now and feed the quail that come through our backyard.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm beginning not to like BIG - she is such a bully....she will not share the food with Little > poor baby. Plus, she keeps fighting him to keep him away from whatever it is she's eating. Little's just come too far in his life's journey to die of starvation.

12:49 PM  
Anonymous cutiest said...

I think Fallen Eaglet came back with some real agressive attitude.
I have observed several fights between these two. Nesting Eaglet is very submissive, now and sitting head and wings "down". He may have been lonely the last few days, but this is making me very tense. They must stay on very separate branches from now on.
july 9, 2006 1:08PM

1:13 PM  
Blogger Betty said...

Louisiana 12:25PM July 9, 2006

Little is so sweet. I hope it makes it in the world ok. Big is pretty aggressive. Little is shy and whines a lot, and seems a little lazy. Seems like I am always for the underdog though. Right now I am having a hard time telling them apart.

1:29 PM  
Blogger cj said...

As with so many I have watched anxiously since the beginning. What a wonderful gift this has been. I have my friends at work here in California checking in on my "Babies" all the time. Thanks for all the wonderful information and for the glimpse into an eagle's life. I am sure I will be suffering "Empty Nest Syndrome" but we do as in our own lives have to let go. We wish them all well and will continue to look in as long as we are allowed.
Thank you all for caring too.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to see both eaglets at nest site today--july 09th. at 1:50 pm

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The question about why would an adult eagle "attack" a young one in the nest hasn't been answered, and it's something I'd very much like to understand. Although I didn't see it happen, a couple of bloggers reported it.

Would it be the father, trying to keep the young in their place, because he is smaller than they are now?

Or are they sick and tired of the demands of the young?

Or do they sometimes really want to eat first and want the young to wait their turn?

Has any other blogger seen an explanation for this on the web somewhere?

Bucky, can you answer this?

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS

I'm sure Bucky "can" answer that question, in the sense that he "knows" the answer!! Should have said "would" you or do you have time to!! :-)

2:34 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

12:45 PDT Big, the eaglet who returned this AM appeared to become very restless bouncing from branch to branch. It flew to the branch out over the water which the other eaglet was on and soon that branch took a downward bend indicative of "lift-off". If Big is the eaglet that flew in this morning, is it my imagination or is he/she darker in color and has a black tip on the bill?

4:00 PM  
Blogger Betty said...

Louisiana 2:55 PM

Well Big spent most of the day on the nest, and a few minutes ago went out on the same limb that little is on and jumped above the little one to the top and flew off. I thought it was going to bounce the other on off the limb.

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 9th. Is Little a male or a female and is Big a female or a male or the other way 'round? (Because I've been watching the world-famous "Hancock eaglets" in British Columbia, Canada, I tend to automatically associate Little (recently christened Sidney, a.k.a. Sid or S) with male and Big (recently christened Victoria, a.k.a. Vic or V) with female, but the opposite may be true here, I don't know.) By the way, I saw both eaglets in this nest this morning. In late afternoon, however, there was only one rather skinny little eaglet left. Did anyone see if the other one (Big or Little?) flew off or jumped higher up the tree? Getting anxious about the skinny one, which I believe is the one with the problem foot.

5:51 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

3:54PM (EDT) 7-9-06
Looked like LITTLE took wing, and fledged "for real!" There's a video on:

http://uncle-bri.com/

Adult just brought food in and only BIG (or lone eaglet) came to eat.

6:00 PM  
Blogger Susan S said...

Sunday,09 @ 3:02 in Los Angeles, altho I'd much rather be in Maine. Spent 8 summers as a camper there!
I saw the 2 eaglets together this AM also, and like the rest of you was so happy to stop guessing. I have no idea if this is accurate, but I tell them apart because to me the bigger one has a flatter top head and more pointed beak, and the little one more rounded for both head and beak. Since I read females are always bigger than the males, I'm guessing the pushy one is female, and the little brother is the pushed. Don't you just love when he pushes back!

Thanks for the info that there is a problem with the sound; at least I know. Unlike Jane, even turned waaaay up, both my audio and media player audio slide, I hear nothing. Wonder why some can hear something and others nothing. Too bad, it was wonderful to have both and feel really there, but maybe it will get fixed.

I saw dad feeding the eaglet yesterday, also. It made me smile because I'd like to think he's not ready to let them go, and enjoys doing this once in a while. And that little one being fed sure didn't mind regressing either!

To Nancy in VA: I'm with you!! I could never have coped with the eaglets gone and the loons gone at the same time. They have all become part of my family - as all of yours. My friends think I'm nuts when I want to go home and watch them, and talk about them as if they are mine. When I look at other cam sites it's not the same. They are all amazing, but the bio eagles and loons are embedded in my heart. Including parents.

Charlie, if you read these, I'd like to know more about the leg problem also. I noticed the stretching action before the fledge. But I hope you are getting some rest today.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Susan S said...

Charlie:

?????? When eagles are sleeping on a branch, do they rest their heads on their backs?? Curious minds want to know!

6:21 PM  
Blogger Betty said...

Louisiana ... 6:00 PM Central Time
The mom and dad came and one brought food. Of course baby hovers and bristles up over the food The parent acts like it wants to eat too and baby chomps at the parent. Telling her that is my food and leave it alone.

7:04 PM  
Blogger Susan S said...

I can't believe what I just saw! I checked out the uncle-bri.com site, and the video gorham_06_07_09_23_39_Sun.asf
shows the big one sitting on the branch over the water; dad makes a food drop; eaglet comes off branch into nest; mom shows up; dad leaves; mom goes into the nest & walks near the eaglet who is defending her food. The eaglet started being aggressive toward MOM as if mom was going to take the food. Mom was stunned, it appeared, and flew away. The eaglet didn't close her wing protecting the food until mom was well gone. How ungrateful kids can be!

7:35 PM  
Blogger birdgirl said...

7/09/06 Today's observations by this blogger include 2 feedings w/ adult bringing in prey (one of which may have been a waterbird such as an Atlantic Puffin as there was a distinct black back or wing that the eaglet pulled at several times, and prey was rather small--maybe 12" +/-); a separate arrival by adult in which it came in to eat from carcass already in nest; mantling on two prey arrivals (less so when adult came in to eat from carcass); slight disinterest in eating when puffin-like prey was dropped; lots of preening; much less indication--if any--of there being any stress to its leg/talon; nest rearranging/stick preoccupation; lots of power hopping & brief, fun moments of the classic, awkward rocking gait; and, perch gazing; and, yes, much confrontation with its fromer nestmate this morning. Overall, a seemingly healthy level of activity. If there was any injury to a leg, there really doesn't appear to be now (and I will offer that I, too, thought something was up...). At this time--8:00pm edt--it just finished resting quietly, is now back on cam perch, wind is blowing @ ~5-10mph, and the sun is just under half an hour from setting.

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charlie, where are the parents spending their nights now that they are not staying at the nest? Also, where is Big spending his nights -- would he be staying with the parents?

Also, many of us think that it is Little who has been in the nest the past several days - what is your opinion.

Thank you for all the time you spend easing our minds about the eaglets and educating us to the lives of eagles (hopefully this additional part of your job won't deter you from having the cam next year). :)

8:44 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

5:30AM (EDT) 7-10-06

Big was sitting on branch and mom brought in a fish - it was too funny watching her eat and him mantle on the branch. You could hear other eagle sounds in the air and mom kept looking upwards.

Big came off the branch and grabbed the fish - mom took it back and began feeding that big boy! And then IN FLIES Little - well for now I'm calling it this way - it could be the reverse but it's just their personalities that seem to tell me who is where.

The mystery continues....

5:47 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

5:40 am Looked like Dad was there feeding little this morning, when who should come sailing in but Big. Wings spread wide, covering the food and blocking Little from getting any. Dad seemed to get discussed and when out on the limb. Again Little is waiting to the side to get his share. Dad just flew off, most likely to get something for himself. I have to say it's nice to see both babies in the nest at the same time. Well at least Little got feed first.

5:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I happened to be watching last night when one of the adults dropped off some food for the eagle left at the nest (I can't tell one from the other). The second adult flew in while the first one was still there. It's been a while since I've seen both adults at the nest at the same time. The second adult tried taking the food but the young one attacked it so both adults flew off.
This morning around 5:30 Maine time one of the adults flew in with prey and the one young took it away but the adult took it back and started feeding the young one. While this was going on the second young one came back to the nest but the first one covered up the food and wouldn't let anyone else next to it. I think that might be "big".
I checked back a little later and the one eaglet is feeding while the other one is sitting on the outer branch, the adult has left.

6:10 AM  
Anonymous Tracy said...

11.35am-UK

Food drop off from Parent..
2 Eaglets in nest, and bot are eating.
So nice to see them all together on the nest.

11.40-Parent leaves nest.

T.A

6:48 AM  
Anonymous Jane said...

Monday
July 10th

This is real interesting, because I am able to make some connections that I haven't made before. I knew the eaglets started showing up down at the river WITH the parents soon after fledging, but didn't know how the parents got them to come along. (The nest is some distance from the river)

Now I see that once an eaglet makes the connection that he will be fed somewhere else, when food doesn't come to the nest, he looks for the parents and follows them around looking for food!!

When you don't see the eaglets at the nest, I think you can safely assume, for these first few weeks, that they are with the parents, or within hearing distance of the parents!! It's a great system. You don't get a gold star for staying with Mom or Dad, but you get your reward in the form of food!!

6:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 10 - 7:07 AM EDT

Both eaglets are at the nest... both perched side-by-side on the camera-side branch (Little's favorite perch).

Nice to see them at the nest together again!

MB in Cumberland County, Maine

7:12 AM  
Blogger Nurse Doris said...

7:15an[est] Monday
Good Morning to all fo you Bloggers.
when I loged in, adult eagle just landed in the nest with breakfast, both eaglets was also in the nest, a lot of mantling was being done (I think by Big), Not much room in the nest with the 3 of them. I think it was little who went to his branch, parent ate & fed Big. At long last Little came around and parent cont. to eat & did feed Little.
Now eaglets are each perched on a seperate branch.
Every day I get to see them is a special gift. They are so in my thoughts & heart.
At last summer is here in New England. Good old USA.
Have a great day to all of you Eagle LOVERS.
One who knows
Doris in NH

7:58 AM  
Anonymous Lena said...

What great excitement. I stumbled across your website a week after the eggs were laid. The whole family has become mine. I saw my first eagle soar in the wild while camping in the Allagash. It is a sight I will never forget. I watched sadly at Echo Lake in Fayette as all the loon chicks disappeared. I love you journal, thank you for the great adventure. Lena

8:42 AM  
Blogger Betty said...

Louisiana July 10 8:00 Central time

Has anyone noticed how sad little looks. It just stands away from the other eagle and hardly moves. It may stand on a single branch most of the day. I don't see it fanning its wings or even trying to fly.

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, 7/10 - 9:30 am

Two eaglets in the nest again.

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

07/10/06 1000-EST......To Charlie and Barb, THANKS FOR DOING THAT FOR ALL OF US. I am so glad they are both back in the nest this am and noticed that Little looks pretty beat up. I am glad that Dad feed them this am at 0720 and couldn't have stood losing both cams at the same time. Thank you for letting us continuwe to watch our eaglets. I have pictures of Lee rescueing the loon chick(cute knees,Ha) am glad things worked out there also. I am so glad that Wing or whom ever fixed the still cam as well as my journals need some more pictures. I noticed Friday that Little sat on the front branch with his leg held out and wondere3d if he is truly O.K. I hope that we will be able to watch for awhile longer and didn't get to read all your entry so you probably already mentioned it. Just wanted to say thank you for scouting the area out and for caring as much as we all do for our babies. BEV I have three journals just full for when we are done and ready to read!!!

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

Mon, July 10, 10:52AM EDT

"THANK YOU CHARLIE and BARB" for trucking through to confirm both eaglets okay...


Yippee... Both BiG and LiTtLe at the nest...together... Can't ask for more than this... so sweet of these two to 'ween' us of their lives!

Now to catch up on alot of info from Charlie and fellow bloggers!

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning,...It is 11:23 aa.m in Va., and I just saw a samll boat go in circles 2 times before the video cut off right infront of the nest. I hope this is Charlie or some other Technical person, not general public out for a thrill to possibly scare the eaglets. I wish I knew how to get in touch right now with Charlie and crew.
Both eaglet are in nest.
Glenda
Fieldale, VA]

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So happy to see both fledglings on the nest today. Haven't checked in in a few days, first to see them together. Last time I saw the lil' one he/she was on the lower branch. That was a long time ago.

1:27 PM  
Blogger TNTalker said...

Gosh .. those two look like they aren't ever leaving home again!!!

Nice to see them .. but in all honesty .. I'm ready to see them earn some keep!!!

:-)

Thanks whomever carried over the poem. It was thoughtful of you!

TT

2:04 PM  
Blogger goldfinchlady said...

Hurrah! I saw both Big and Little perched on the nest this hour (12:53pm). First day that I've seen them both together since the fall of Little. What a relief! Looking forward to seeing them more often before they leave the nest. :)

4:00 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Maybe I'm just checking in at the wrong time, but I never see the little one flapping its wings, has anyone else seen him practice?

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:34pm EDT both young eagles are on the nest. Not cuddling, but they are both there.
Watching in Hancock County, Maine

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's 5:45 PM EST and the babies are having great fun hoping from branch to branch (on Big's side) and flapping their wings. It appears that the wind is picking up so I hope one or both don't get knocked off!!!!

5:51 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

3:15 PDT just as he did yesterday, Big flew off the end of the limb over the water and left Little on a branch to the right. They had been together all day but I didn't catch any feedings.

6:20 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

3:20PDT here came Dad with the "fish burgers" and was about to enjoy a bite himself when down the branch came "Little",who mantled over the goodies causing Dad to vamoose.

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gosh - our babies move fast....one minute ago, they were both on Big's side of the nest on branches and now there is only one. I'm assuming Big left and Little is at the nest. I sure hope he's well after all his tumbling. Questioning in Hallowell

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think Little is receiving enough food? He looks very thin.

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched the still camera mostly all day while at work...I can work and still glance at my computer screen, thank you very much. :)
The reason I couldn't quit is because both of our kids were at the nest the whole time!! They were on branches a lot of the time, but for a period of maybe an hour, they got back in their CRADLE! How sweet to see Little and Big together once again! However, I never saw a parent bring in any vittles....does anyone know when the last time both kids had a meal?

Kaye in Texas, July 10

8:13 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

7:53AM (EDT) 7-11-06

I hope the cam pulls out again so we can see which direction and how the eaglets are fledging. Some folks said they are only jumping from limb to limb and merely LOOK like they've fledged. I say they have BOTH fledged.

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7-11-06

it's very interesting that o ne of the eaglets (I think it's Big) is consistently using one of the upper left/central branches as a sort of spring board into flight.

I saw him take what i think was his first flight from there, July 5th or so ... sorry, not sure of the date ... and thought it was an accident that he bounced off there into flight while he was flapping his wings.

What tickles me, though, and impresses me about his learning skills, is that now I have seen him repeat the same take-off twice since then (thanks to the continuous videos on the info tech blog) and he jumped over his nest mate both times, to get to the right branch.

I think he believes that one must go out there and spring board oneself off the tree, to fly! It works, and he's sticking to it.

8:28 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

9:28am (EDT) 7-11-06
This morning BIG flew out of the nest and then back in after a food drop was made. You could see the parent fly by on the left of the screen from land area out to the water. Within minutes, BIG (or maybe Little) took off and when the food was delivered, in came an eaglet and made a bit of an awkward landing on the branch (lower left)nearest the cam. It was so great to watch. Later another parent brought more food.

Yesterday there were about 3 drops made in the morning. (on 7-10).

9:36 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

9:35AM (EDT) 7-11-06
Some gal took a video and it shows the parent flying by - it's a short one but very nice:
http://media.putfile.com/Maine-Eagles-Jul-11bird

Too bad the livecam was close, we might have seen another eaglet following her.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that Little seems very weak. He flapped his wings a bit yesterday but, for the most part, he seems to just sit. Right now he doesn't even seem to have the strength to hold his wings up. I'm afraid we're losing him.
Rhode Island

9:47 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Wondering.....if the lone eaglet Little, continues to remain nest-bound while his sibling is off learning survival skills from the parents, will they repeat the lessons to Little once he gets going?

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TNTalker: I really loved your poem! Applause! It captured my thoughts over these weeks of observing this family. Thank You!

DukeyBoy - love your posts!

Also, BRI, tell us what you need for this to happen next year - I'm sure many would contribute and all donations, big and little (!), would add up to make it happen again.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Food drop at 11:45 AM, Eastern time. Eaglet doesn't seem terribly interested in whatever it is...just picking at it. Maybe it was fed earlier...? Does anyone know when it ate last?
Rhode Island

12:02 PM  
Blogger NatureLvr said...

Since our eaglets are slowly but surely leaving the nest, here's another website out in Washington State that has 2 nests of eaglets that will be leaving the nest soon too! They appear to be a couple of weeks younger than our Maine eaglets. Their web cams are not near as interesting as the NWF's, and I am not as "attached" to the Maine eagle family. I am so glad to have found the NWF site as it has prompted me to explore other wildlife cams out there!

http://wdfw.wa.gov/wildwatch/eaglecam/index.html

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Little is gone, I was looking in around 12:30P EST and he was there and now it's 1:20P EST and the nest is empty. I hope he took off and did not fall. I'm a little worried about him, but if Mom and Dad are calling him as well as bringing food to Big who left the nest yesterday, then hopefully all is well.

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's Little? Did he fall --- did he fly? Very, very sad in Hallowell

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

07/11/06..1300....I think Little just took off, did anone see anything. Atr 12:45EST I took a picture on the still and he was there and at 1300 he was gone and I had gone off to answer a question for a patient. Also Kaye in Texas they were both fed extensively on the morning of the tenth. This would have been 0730 EST and Dad was there for about 45 minutes. They were fed after that but I don't have mty notes with me to tell you I just remember the am feeding. I thought that Little looks better today and also feel that Big has been flying around trying to get Little to join her or teasing him. If anyone else saw this this am please respond. Bev

1:43 PM  
Anonymous zuzcat said...

I love watching this site. Thank you so much for providing it.. and the blogs and, especially the posts from Charlie, etc. All are very informative. Previously did not know too much about eagles.. Now I am addicted to watching them and help them in any way I can. For some reason, I keep missing the poem that has been referenced (it is by T.T. I believe). I am just wondering if someone could please "bump" it, if it is still available. Thanks, Judy/So.Calif.

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, 7/11 - 2:35 EDT

Looks like they have both definitely fledged. When I went out to lunch at 1p Little was in the nest, when I came back at 2, he was gone. I have to admit I feel much better about this time than last. Now that we know that they are both okay. (was actually getting worried about him not leaving) Still hope to see them visit the nest occasionally.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Betty said...

Where did little go? I didn't see it leave. Did anyone see what happened.

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Sandi and Ron Palmquist said...

The nest was emp[uty at 4:30 p.m. today. We suppose Ma and Pa Eagle must have a few pangs of empty nest syndrome - no pun intended - as they watch from a distance how their offspring are growing up and out. It has been a thrill to watch the Eagle Cam. Thanks so much to you folks, and to the landowners, for your willingness to share this experience of a lifetime.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

2:00PDT ...Well the kids aren't with Dad as he flew in with a nice sized meal and enjoyed it all by himself!

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:20 PDT It has been empty nest all day that I clicked on. Now it is pouring rain. Maybe the eaglets will come back to the nest for comfort.

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the poem that someone asked for, also with the closing remark posted with it by the author.

TNTalker said...
The Lone Eaglet July 7, 2006 2:00 PM EST

It regally sits upon a perch,
Above the birthing nest.
The lone eaglet continues,
To soak up sun and rest.
I wonder what the eaglet thinks, As it gazes upon the earth?
Does it wonder where sibling is,
Or just admire turf?

Is it scared of what it sees,
Or just in total awe?
Pondering what step is next,
Or intimidated by what it saw?
Seeking courage to take the leap,
That sets it free at last.
Watching others soar the skies,
Dying to try the task.

I appreciate the value of an eaglets brand new life.
The trials and tribulations
were hard to take in stride.
May they survive and live a life that befits their testing start.
The eaglets earned a place in all our viewers hearts.

May they soar above in grandeur and float about the skies.
Knowing that for some of us, they are special in our eyes.
Thanks to all who watched and fussed, just to see them go.
We're wiser for the experience and much more in the know.

All things are connected and somehow have an effect on what we do in the future. Thanks so much BioDiversity Research Institute and the experts for sharing this experience with us.

TT

4:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weds. Morning
Too dark to see whether the nest is still empty!

For those who worry and wonder whether the eaglet flew or fell, someone on the info tech blog saw him leave about one PM yesterday, Tuesday July 11. It was very deliberate, and he thought about it, hesitated, for quite a long time before he finally pushed off!!

He evidently looked up as though maybe his sibling or a parent was flying overhead, and then he carefully launched himself from that bouncing branch!! (The time with the film is two pm, but that may be the time she posted this film clip to a web site where they share films. In the posts on that blog, they agree that he flew around one PM. I first saw the empty nest around one thirty)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GY0S9odP8M


They also captured a crow coming in to the nest and stealing scraps of food later yesterday afternoon ... the crow looked around very carefully at first -- so there was evidently no eagle in or right near the nest tree at the time. A parent flew in shortly after.

4:33 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

6:53am (EDT) 7-12-06
Dad flew into an empty nest with fish, made a few calls and began eating. Mom joined him, took the fish and started to eat, so dad sat on his branch and finally left. Mom ate for awhile, made a few calls herself, and finally left. I couldn't see if she carried off the fish or left it.

7:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anyone saw "Little" leave the nest, please tell us about it. I hope he flew and didn't fall! I was very worried that he wasn't developing as quickly as "Big" and was relieved to see the empty nest...that is, until my mind started going through various scenarios...
I did see a very daring crow enter the nest yesterday afternoon and steal a bit of food but, other than that, the nest has remained empty. I will continue to watch, hoping to catch a glimpse of either eaglet...although I can't tell one from the other unless they are together.
Again, if anyone saw "Little's" departure, please tell us about it.
Rhode Island

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 12th
7:50 AM

On the info tech blog they report that Dad came in with a fish about ten to 7 this morning, and Mom came in shortly after. They say on the blog that they called for the young -- some of them can sometimes get some sound. But no eaglets came to the nest. Eventually Dad left, Mom stayed quite a while before leaving, and still no eaglets came in.

There is a video of this linked I didn't take it, am sharing the info with you and am not sure I should. Perhaps only the person who made the video really has a right to share it, yet it IS posted on a publicly accessible site. If someone knows the protocols of this, please post them here!

http://videos.uncle-bri.com/birds/gorham/gorham_06_07_12_11_54_Wed-1.wmv


It seems strange that the eaglets didn't come in, unless they simply are not hungry. Low tide in New England today was at 5:45 AM. Perhaps the eaglets found something to "scavange" on the beach.

Little might not want to attempt a landing at the nest yet -- but I think Big has done it before (at least ONE of them has) and Big is ALWAYS hungry, especially if it looks like someone else is eating!! :-)

This is the address of the infotec forum. Go to page 69 for discussions of this morning's activity.

http://forum.infotecbsi.com/viewtopic.php?t=6750&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=1700

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of our babies landed quite gracefully on the outer ocean branch at 8:45 AM, eastern time, 7/12. Can't really see who it is because the sun is in back and the picture is still in silhouette.
Rhode Island

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weds. July 12th
8:50 AM

An eaglet is in the nest. I think it is Little. Did not see him come in.


Went to video. He or some one is screeching.

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy cow.

An eaglet is in the nest and I can hear him screeching.

I've got SOUND.

8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Second eaglet landed at 9:05 AM eastern. Both look well...phew!
Rhode Island

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, 7/12 - 9am

When I first checked at 8:45 am there was one eaglet on a branch, at 9am there were two.

Our babies are growing up. I have to admit that being able to see them once in a while will help with the empty nest syndrome.

9:18 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

9:03AM (EDT) 7-12-06
Both eaglets have returned to the nest - getting along fine, however, there's no food yet so obviously not a reason to squabble.

Now that they've fledged, are they considered JUVENILES or still fledglings - or either?

9:51 AM  
Blogger Betty said...

Great video of Little flying off.
Thanks so much. It was almost like it was saying, I think I can, I think I can.

9:52 AM  
Blogger TNTalker said...

9:52 AM EST ... both eaglets in the nest ... adult just flew off. BREAKFAST!!! Didn't see the babies come in .. but they are sure enjoying the treats from mom or dad!!! They make me smile.

TT

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's 10A EST and both eagles are back! Little is on his branch and calling out constantly. Big is eating so there must have been a food drop. So good to know that Little took off on his how and looks a little healthier today, though crying...hope he get's a little more aggressive with Big and gets his fair share!

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Anonymous for the info on "Youtube.com" very interesting.
Much appreciated.
Doris in NH

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7/12/06 Wed. 10:25am edt
Both eaglets are perched on Littles branch. They look so cute sitting together. Thats how they should be, getting along.

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still camera not working again.
:( :( :(

10:32 AM  
Blogger NatureLvr said...

has anyone seen the eaglets upon returning to their nest? I was wondering if they fly "in", or if they fly "up" the branches on the tree where their nest is. . .

10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So happy to see both eaglets on the nest this morning and actually getting along and liking each other! I wish I had caught them both flying back to the nest but I missed it. I checked at 7am EST and no one was home. I checked back around an hour later and they were both there.

I have noticed one major difference between them and it's how I tell them apart. They have distinctly different calls. The one I think of as Little has a high-pitched call and Big has a more low-pitched call. They are both pretty much the same size now. Looking at them next to the parents they almost appear bigger than them :o)

One of them just took-off at 10:38am EST who I think is Little with her high-piched voice and is missing a few of her long flight feathers from her wing.

Someone asked if it is normal for the birds to sleep with their heads on their back and yes, it is normal. They also "lay down" or perch on one foot and dangle the other which is why alot of people thought the eaglet had a hurt foot. As I said in an earlier blog, I have an african grey parrot and the eaglets do many of the same things that my parrot does. They are so fun to watch.
It's just such a relief to know that both are flying and landing successfully!
Our babies are growing up...
Lori in Maine

11:01 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Wed, July 12, 11:27AM EDT

CHARLIE--"Thank you" for the update and your obvious decision to restore the SOUND to the project!

One of our kids is on LiTtLe's branch, back to cam and stretching ONE wing at a time!

Also, although he is panting to cool down.... once in a while he throws back his head as though he is releasing food from his crop ??

AGAIN---MUCH APPRECIATION BRI TEAM :)

11:35 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

11:29AM (EDT) 7-12-06
Both Big and Little fly in and out of the nest. I feel most of the day they are following a parent and just learning.

I don't know what the shoreline is like in that area, maybe if it's rocks/rocky - they can feed there. It seems I read somewhere in the Journals from Charlie or Mark that it's difficult for eaglets to fly OFF the ground, easier from tree limbs and rocks.

Most likely they can expect a few meals in the nest until the parents wean them and exclude any feedings at the nest entirely. I COULD be incorrect here, and maybe the biologists can remind us of what life is like for a juvenile.

Most landings are wonderful, some a bit awkward but they're just great to see taking off and landing.

I still wish the cam would be pulled back a little bit :-(

Since it's summer, I think the landowners need their privacy - if they have company or want to entertain, we certainly don't need to intrude on them. Muffled sounds of the eaglets are great - I merely feel privlidged to be able to see them.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Lucky Landowner said...

hi..we'd like to address some of the concerns that many of you have expressed:

first,no part of the nest tree is over water. The closest branch is at least 200 feet from the water at high tide.

second, any boats that you may see in the background are probably lobster boats. The circling maneuver you observed is how they pull up the trap and rebait it. We do have a couple of kayaking groups that come by periodically, but they are far enough away from the shore to not bother the eaglets, just us.

In the last couple of days both Big and Little have taken turns leaving the nest successfully. We don't think Little is venturing as far afield as Big since this flying "by choice" is new to him, but we hear both of them calling from various points along the shore. They do have very different voices. Big's is louder and lower pitched. Little's is higher pitched and a bit softer. The fact that they are crying a lot is normal. Remember "eating like a bird" is a misconception. Birds eat many times their body weight each day. These guys are quieter than some of our families over the last 11 years. But they are HUNGRY ALL THE TIME.

When Charlie was here last week, he told us that if an eaglet is out of the nest and unable to return, the parenting team will feed it where it is. The feeding spot of choice for healthy eaglets is still the nest because the nest bowl is flat and they can stand easily and pull the food apart with their beak.

We are so happy to have been able to share this pair of eaglets with all of you. It has been a new experience for us too, what with the ability to see into the nest for the first time.

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2nd eaglet on the "high branch launch pad" and just flew off at 12:48pm EST. They sure have the takeoffs down now if I could just catch them landing :)
Lori

12:54 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Wed, Jul 12, 12:48PM EDT

EAGLET JUST FLEW AWAY, QUITE MAJESTIC IF I MIGHT ADD...

BRI---GREAT ZOOMING WITH YOUR CAM!

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a quick heads-up to those who also watched the Loons and live here in Maine...
Tonight at 6-6:30pm on WGME channel 13 news, there will be a story on the "Doug's Discovery" segment about "our" loons and a follow-up with the BioDiversity Research Institute which hopefully will be Lee!

Lori

PS Just took a quick look at the Loon blog and Lee has updated it with this info.

1:19 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

1:35pm 7-12-06 (EDT)
A gal posted this little clip of Big taking off from the branch - magnificent!!!
http://media.putfile.com/easyflight

Now he and sis are back in the nest on the branch over the water.

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just sent a suggestion to WGME 13 that they should also do a story on the eagles and Charlie Todd. I sure hope that they do!

While doing that, I missed the return of the eaglets back to the nest!!!!! :o( (1:35pm EST)

Lori

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, 7/12/06 - 2:30pm

Both kids apparently went out for lunch, separately, and are now back at the nest.

2:40 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

2:41pm (EDT) 7-12-06

Same gal captured the return of BOTH eaglets:

http://media.putfile.com/2landings

One (Big) comes in at start of film and Little as the "tale" end.
Something to cherish during the winter months.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to see that both eaglets are flying and not injured! Good to see them on the nest again also. Every time they leave we hope they will come back one more time!1

Never knew two kids that had so many parents!! Its wonderful!!

Thanks Charlie & Barb and the land owners for making all of this possible!!!

Bob & Cheryl Mass.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Susan S said...

It's getting slightly more possible to relax, now that the nest is sometimes empty, sometimes has one eaglet, and sometimes both.
Can we finally believe they both have made it? CHEERS FOR THE LITTLE BROTHER FOR BEING A FIGHTER! Now, if only loon chick #2 has the little eaglet's fortitude. I am praying for #2; my thoughts are with him/her so often during the passing days.

Oh, thanks, Lori. My Cockatiel slept with her head on her back until she got older; I didn't know if it was universal with avians. I have seen many parrots (including mine) tuck one leg up to rest, which I also did see the eaglets do. I was surprised to see the eaglets sleeping on their sides, though...that I had never seen! My baby had TB in her bones, and her little legs often hurt; I wish she could have done that.

GADS, My heart is so full of love for all these guys, both families... parents and kids. Thanks and hugs to all Bio staff.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Mrs. C (in Northern WV) said...

Wed, Jul 12, 3:35PM EDT

BiG and LiTtLe at nest overlooking ocean on BiG's branch!

One of them is calling for food, in attack mode, with head down!

No wonder mom 'n dad think twice about approaching 'their' nest!

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke, 7/12 - 4:15p

Well I guess going out to lunch didn't pan out too well for them. They are both up on a branch screaming for mom and dad. No, I don't have sound, just the visual and they are hollering.

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 12th, Weds

4:19 PM E.D.T.

Have kept an eye on the still cam, off and on all afternoon. Both eaglets have been at the nest. I just looked, and one was gone. Quickly turned to the video cam as the other one was on that branch with the launching pad, looking as though he would leave -- but by the time I got to the video, he/she was also gone.

I think he just bent forward on the branch and flew off without any special "launching" or "bouncing".

So ... the nest is empty again. But now we know they are both okay, and both flying.

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Tim said...

So when do they officially become 'EAGLES?'(as opposed to eaglets)

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:15pm Wednesday
Nest empty, when I turn my sound up all the way, I have a humming sound but in the backround I can hear one of the Eaglets calling for food. I think It is Little, that high pitched sound.

5:24 PM  
Blogger udebgra said...

Is the sound back on or am I dreaming?

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Jane said...

Thursday, the 13th

It's great to hear from the landowners! Thank you SO much for sharing your eaglets with us!!

And double, triple, thanks for sharing a little of what goes on with Big and Little now that they have left the nest!

4:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7/12/06
I had the pleasure of seeing an eagle family reunion when I checked the cam at 8:35 a.m.

Mom, dad and the 2 kids were all on the nest. Amazing how fast the kids are growing.

WV viewer.

8:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we can rest easy now...both eagles seem fine and are able to fly in and out of the nest. I have seen both leave and land and, even though they are a bit awkward, they are well on their way to adulthood. I would also like to add my thanks to the 'landowners' for their updates and allowing so many thousands of people to enter their property via the cam. How fortunate they are to have a constant view of the nest WITH SOUND! As I write, both eaglets are snuggled together in the nest...it looks quite windy, I sure hope they stay where they are and don't attempt a flight in this weather. I'm sure going to miss this eagle cam, it's the first thing I check in the morning and I watch it each evening till the light fades and I'm left with a black screen.
Rhode Island 10:30 AM 7/13

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First Thanks again to Charlie and all the crew, and thank you to the family landowners. BIG thank you for sound!!:0)
My experience with the putfile has been extremely upsetting. I don't usually get anything...saying it isn't found, then if you go to their site most of their videos seem to be Porn....Am I doing something wrong???
The forum lind also returned, 'no file listed by that name'... I appreciate all the extra help different ones are trying to give but I just don't get it.
Thanks for all you comments of things you see and hear though.
Glenda
Fieldale, VA
Thurs, July 13

10:52 AM  

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