Monday, March 05, 2007

Birds are close to egg laying

Greetings all!

Last year the birds laid their first egg on March 6th, so keep a close eye on their behavior over the nest couple of days. Since we cannot see into the nest, the best way for us to know for certain that an egg has been laid is that the birds stay on the nest for the entire night. Once the eggs are laid, there will almost always be a bird incubating.

The birds have been observed copulating a number of times on the nest in the last couple of weeks. A rule of thumb is that eggs come a couple of days later. It is also likely that the birds have been mating off camera as well, so I would expect the birds to lay eggs within the next couple of days.

Wing, BRI

17 Comments:

Anonymous nancy in va said...

Mar. 5th Wing, thanks for the new post. We are all stuck in front of our computers for the duration of "Eagle Season in Maine". Hoping to see eggs very soon. It would be incredible to actually see her lay an egg in real time! Even though there are other cams to watch, this is still my favorite, mostly because of the scientific input from BRI. Thanks!

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are two eggs in the Barton Cove nest, one laid Feb. 28, the other March 4! I too like this site better but like to check in there too. I do like how you can see down into the nest and actually see the eggs at the Barton Cove nest.
March 5, 3:53 P.M.
Karen in Denmark

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3-5-2007 4pm... Eagle is in the nest, sitting... on an egg, we can only hope.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous lnkc said...

Boy, here it is 4:30 pm and I just checked the camera. At first glance I saw no eagle in the nest. On closer look, there he/she was almost camoflaged (sp.)against the sky/nest background, really nestled in.

Also, I think we should let the camera people decide the angle of the camera. That's how wars start!

3/5/07 LNKC

4:30 PM  
Anonymous autobodygal said...

Well, I cant say for sure...but I think we have eggs. Before being disconnected from the cam I seen both eagles in the nest. One flew off and the other stayed seated. She stood up a couple of times, move objects around in the nest and walked as if she were walking "around" something in the nest bowl. Hopefully its not a false alarm, I would feel silly.

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:31 P.M. Mar. 5
It has been about 5 minutes now that the eagle on the nest tucked its head under its wings on his/hers back and is snoozing.
Karen in Denmark

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Glenda Scott said...

Glenda in Va. 5:37 p.m. Mar 5
I just looked at an eagle in the nest and it is so still...I hope s/he is sleeping that well and nothing is wrong with her/him.
Glenda
P.S. Thanks too Wing for new update...new list of comments.

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I just checked in, it is 3:15PM PST and I think it is snowing because you can't see the nest. So hope no eggs are laid this evening.
Thank you for all you do.
California girl

6:21 PM  
Blogger Three Rivers News said...

There is a huge following here in Milo..I think there are eggs now..anyone else?

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mach 5, 2007
7:12 pm
Mom is in the nest during a snow squall.

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday 5th While reading on the Maine nest forum I saw lots of folks stay on to see the eagles all day. I keep getting kicked off. Why do I only have a few minutes compared to some peoples?

The videos are lot of fun and such fun made by many folks, me for one of them. The eagles are good.

Is there a premium payment people pay to see more than the two minutes that are alowed? I keep seeing a message that I can't see them anymore. (or some thing like this)

thank to you Brio Research people.

10:00 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

March 5, 2007 11:05 PM (EST)

Pretty confident Mom has been on an egg since around 5 this afternoon, shortly before the storm. Since that time she has been sleeping and about once an hour gets up to (presumably) turn the egg.

No sign of Dad yet since then.

11:04 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

Mar 05, 2007 23:05 (EST)

There was another mating today and it seems Ma decided to produce her first egg after that. So much for past biology - this pair has decided to write their own book.

Mom is handling the egg on her own after a brief snow flurry. She seems oblivious to anything else happening around her - zeroed in on her new chick/s.

Most likely Dad is standing by - communication doesn't seem necessary at this point, unless a predator comes into the picture.

After 11 years of mating (that we're aware of) they seem to have the routine down just right.

Thanks so much to all the biologists, and we're on a roll now.

The questions will be flowing like spring waters.

My first question is HOW HIGH in that tree is their Aerie NEST?

11:12 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

Mar 06, 2007 3:35 (EST)

So this year the first egg (that we are certain of) was laid on 3-5-07.

Mom has been quite content to sleep, and no PEEPS from her to dad, for nearly 12 hrs now. She deserves the rest.

Dad is certain to bring mom some food tomorrow. It's doubtful Mom will give up her watch over the egg/s and hunt for herself, althought she probably will have to leave the nest for a few minutes to "tend" to business.

3:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see mom this morning (3/6), and she got up and very gently moved around the nest, and looked like she was moving an egg beneath her, just like last year when there were eggs in the nest, so I would guess there probably are! Yay!

7:13 AM  
Anonymous Redetta said...

Arizona, Mar 6! 5:40 am
Yay! Mom is on the nest with her head tucked in for now, getting a snooze. Wow, a year ago already!
We have been enjoying checking in periodically these last few months.

7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing, Are these "Big & "Lil" parents from last nesting season?
Thank you very much for the wonderful work and education you bring all of us. Our grandchildren and friends are learning so much!!
Blessings,
Bob & Cheryl Ingalls

7:42 AM  

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