Thursday, March 08, 2007

New server up, please use new link

http://www2.briloon.org/ed/eagle/index.htm

Now that it warmed up I have zoomed in a bit. It is hard to connect to the live stream right now because of the number of people trying to connect. We have over 1 million request this morning! Tomorrow we will be creating a new live stream in the afternoon which should make for a better image and make it easier for more people to connect.

Wing, BRI

53 Comments:

Anonymous Jane said...

Will, I'm excited about the new equipment, particularly because you said it will be more Mac friendly!! The photos are beautiful, and I enjoyed the news stories. I'll post the links for the news stories after lunch.

This is such a teeny news item today, but I have to share. Coming home from Waterville, not expecting to see an eagle at all, I saw a mature eagle flying at the end of my road. One of "our" "twins" and his mate made a nest down that way last year. There's no open ice there, maybe he was checking for farm animals, squirrels, rodents, etc.

Now I've seen "our" eagles, one (or a pair) over each of our three nest sites in Winslow!! :-) It won't be in 64 newspapers and TV channels, but it makes this old ladie's heart sing!! :-)

12:55 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

March 8, 2007 12:51 PM EST

Wow, guess we have publicity now, eh Wing? You are probably about ready to ban me for calling Deirdre in the first place! :o)

When you are having a hard time keeping up with all of this, just think of it as 'job security!' :o)

All the best,
Sherri

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lewiston Sun-Journal

http://www.sunjournal.com/story/202307-3/MaineNews/Live_on_Web_Mother_eagle_protects_new_egg/

Bangor Daily News

http://www.bangordailynews.com/news/t/news.aspx?articleid=147221&zoneid=500

12:59 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

Mar 8, 2007 1PM (EST)

Thank you for those great photos and I just don't see how the pictures could improve over what you just showed us.

Warmed up? To what? 11ºF? Poor eagles. Oh sure, they're used to those temperatures, so we shouldn't worry. ~chuckle~

Over 1 million? I'll wait until tomorrow afternoon.

Thank you WING and BRI.

1:01 PM  
Blogger mustangsally said...

Thank you for all of your hard work, this is a great experience!

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Jane said...

In case those links didn't work for you, here are the "tiny" urls for them. Paste these into your browser, and you will be re-directed one step further, to get to the newspaper.


Lewiston Sun-Journal

http://tinyurl.com/35ubng


Bangor Daily News

http://tinyurl.com/34hp7x

1:03 PM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

Here are links to some of the stories. More are popping up every hour. These are mostly reprints of the AP story.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17518007/
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,257759,00.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/03/07/ap/tech/main2545197.shtml
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/07/AR2007030701978.html
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/science/4610854.html
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1501AP_Cold_Eagle.html

1:19 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

March 8, 2007 1:34 PM

"Bald Eaglecam said...
Here are links to some of the stories. More are popping up every hour. These are mostly reprints of the AP story." etc etc

Wing,

I can't stop chuckling because in our last conversation you doubted how much interest there would be in the second year of the cam!!!

LOL,
MSNBC, FOX, CBS.....Wha-hoo!
I love it! :o) :0)

Sherri

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent site!

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I don't log on here often, but I would like to request that everyone respect the 2 minute rule. That way more people can log on to see the eagles, and perhaps that will motivate them to donate to BioDiversity.
Thanks!

2:10 PM  
Anonymous nancy in va said...

Wow! Aren't we the famous site. What a great way to educate soooo.. many bird and eagle lovers. Thanks for all the hard work from BRI. The viewers are loving it!

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow!!! Wing thanks for the new equipment etc. Awesome.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3-8-07 3:12 A big "Thank you" to all of you who have provided links for us all, both for the video clips and for the news stories. Suggestion: when you post these links, underline the link so it can be clicked on directly to go to the site.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never would have thought it could be so fascinating watching a bird sit on a nest, but I'm HOOKED! I immediately made a donation to support this project (and I urge everyone else to do so as well.) Thanks.

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

It is 3:35 p.m. March 8, and it looks like she is laying another egg or trying to right now. :-)

3:39 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

Mar 7, 2007 3:50PM (EDT)

To ANONYMOUS:

"Suggestion: when you post these links, underline the link so it can be clicked on directly to go to the site."

Anonymous, I've tried this (underlining), but I don't believe it works on this blog.

Since Mar 2006, I've never been able to do this. Can you put up an example please?

Thanks so very much.

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Jane said...

Anonymous said...
"Is it likely that the nesting pair is the same pair as last year?"

Among us bloggers, the assumption is that it's the same pair. Some of us have been watching all year arouind.

There have been a couple of other mature eagles that were considered intruders who we thought might like to have become "replacement mates".

One we presume was a female, who was around in November. She tried to take over the nest but the last time we saw her, our female landed on her back, and drove her out of the nest! I don't remember whether anyone got screen shots or a video of that.

Recently there has been a mature eagle hanging around. We think it's a male. He has landed on the nest a couple times. One time he landed there while Mom was on the nest, and Dad came flying in, over Mom's head, and chased HIM out. We aren't sure whether he's still hanging around!! There was a brief video posted of that episode in one of the old comments.

Maybe the people who have the videos will see this post and put up the links to the videos. I'll take a look right now and see if I can find the most recent one.

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Jane said...

Here is the video and/or animation I mentioned of the intruder in the nest with Mom, and Dad chasing him out. It all happens so fast on the video, that the animation really shows it best. I didn't take this video or animation, I'm just pasting Judy's original message here for the person who asked about intruders.

Two minute video of what looks like an intruder lands with food about 7:15 a.m., March 3rd and then female lands and our hero male chases away intruder.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miN6HyRFyV4

Here is slow animation of it.
http://tinyurl.com/37w38j

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Jane said...

This is Will's very brief video, repeated in slow motion, of the intruder who was around in November, and driven out of the nest by (we think) the female eagle on December 1st.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXMKs6mChPs

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

Here is a video of combined clips starting at 3:30 p.m. when she gets up from the nest bowl and her feathers fluff out and she looks like she is straining to lay an egg.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-iosqRZrIE

Or tinyurl:
http://tinyurl.com/2g3q45

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

Here is an slow animation of a nest exchange earlier today where he lands and then she gets up and leaves.

http://tinyurl.com/3c8la2

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/8/07 5:39EST
Beautiful vocalizing from Mom as Dad flew in to offer her a break. He gingerly rearranged his little charge and settled in to keep baby warm. Mom took off for a snack and a stretch... So thankful for this opportunity.

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:45 EST 3/8/07

Mom is back... Refreshed and revitalized...

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding:
"Anonymous said...
Hi, I don't log on here often, but I would like to request that everyone respect the 2 minute rule. That way more people can log on to see the eagles, and perhaps that will motivate them to donate to BioDiversity.
Thanks!

2:10 PM"


Most everyone does respect the 2 minute rule but when you have one million hits in a morning, it hasn't anything to do with 2 minutes. Just keep trying like the rest of us.

7:48 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

Mar 8, 2007 2:20AM (EST)

On Mar 7 about 5pm while mom sat on the nest there were about 5 circles made around the nest by an adult eagles.

I thought it was dad, chasing a male/female. I captured the chase which, was less than 2 minutes.

I uploaded it to a video storage; however, the chase is now not a part of my captured video - so I've not linked it here.

This is sad, because mom left the nest (after a fashion) and assisted in the flight.

If someone has the video of 3-7-07;
could they please check from 17:01 to about 17:05 (when mom returned to nest) and see what's on their video cature please?

It looks like 5-6 laps around the nest.

I believe dad is chasing only ONE bird. Next time I will not delete my videos after I think they're safely uploaded - I'll look at them twice. The entire video was there the first time.

I'm very surprised to see it chopped up and the important part missing.

Please forgive me.

2:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My studetns and I are pretty certain we observed Ms. Eagle laying another egg on Wednesday afternoon. Is there archived video or still photos that might show this? It happened pretty quickly, and we'd love to check it out!
This experience is better than last year because we got in on it from the start. It's wonderful and thank you!

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been noticing that Dad gets a little impatient for Mom to come back to the nest and just takes off leaving the egg(s) exposed for a couple of minutes. Can this adversely affect the eggs?

Also, what is the status on updating the still picture? Mine is still the picture from before the computer broke.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just submitted you site to "The 9" on Yahoo. I hope it doesn't blow out your server!! I saw it in my local paper in Maine - now the AP picked up the story and it's gone national! Awesome! (Oh yeah, I donated too! and I hope others will as well!) Great job with the site!

1:43 PM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

Hello all. Be sure to check out the Video 2 button. We now have much more band width. Click on Video 2 if the first link isn't working.

If the refreshing image isn't working, try refreshing your browser.

Today is much warmer and the small breaks the birds are taking from their eggs should be no problem.

Wing, BRI

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm... where did momma eagle go??? I've been watching her for over an hour and a half and she just left her nest... 3:18pm

TeeQ

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh nevermind... maybe "nature called" her... she's back 3 minutes later!!! ehheheh

TeeQ

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the feed and have a question. I was watching and the next thing I knew the eagle was gone. One shot she was roosting, the next she was standing on the edge of the next and finally *poof* gone. Do they often leave their eggs/nests?

4:13 PM  
Blogger gigi said...

love your new angle!!!! GREAT views.I am so excited to see your eagles. I'm in michigan,detroit area no eagles here:{ love watching yours! keep up the great work.gigi out

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been hearing a truck (or other vehicle) noises and mom flew off after she heard voices. That was over 11 minutes ago and she just returned (4:23 EST). There is still noise from what sounds like vehicles. How long can the eggs go without someone sitting on them?

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bald Eaglecam...I've been watching the videocam2 and you have an open microphone at your office. I can hear voices, foot falls, cars starting. It is 4:22 EST on Friday 2/9/07.

P.S. Thank you for a the cam and for being so considerate of all of us who are learning from and enjoying the site!

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been hearing a truck (or other vehicle) noises and mom flew off after she heard voices. That was over 11 minutes ago and she just returned (4:23 EST). There is still noise from what sounds like vehicles. How long can the eggs go without someone sitting on them?

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Jane said...

March 9th
4:48 PM

Wing, would you still like us to put the date and time on our observations? (not that this IS one)

I've been looking in early in the morning, and Mama is on the nest. Early morning is my favorite time. I love the peacefulness, and the freshness and beauty of a new day!)

The morning action starts about five fifteen to five thirty. Of course the time will change as the time of sunrise changes. When the infrared camera starts showing a lighter image... I check the video for the first time.

Momma often calls to Poppa, first, and he answers, apprently from a nearby branch. She will wait impatiently for a little while until it gets a little more light. You'll see the camera light change again.

Then she'll call him again. This morning she got off the nest and flew to the branch in the background, and called to him. He flew in, landed on the nest, tried to get settled in just right, with his tail in the air and his feet balled up -- and amost fell face forward into the nest! I had to laugh!!

It's a peaceful time of day, and watching the light come across the water in front of them is a beautiful sight. During sunrise at the ocean... the scence changes almost minute by minute. On a clear day, when the sun comes up, and the water is shimmery silver, with the nest and the eagle outlined in the foreground... it's beautiful!!

There are undoubtedly fewer viewers at that time,too, so you might have a better chance of getting to the video live stream at that hour. I highly recommend it!!

Jane

5:13 PM  
Anonymous PatK said...

March 9
5:45pm ET

Thank you again to BRI for all that you do to make this possible. This is so incredible to be a part of this. To be able to observe these beautiful Eagles. The babies had already hatched last year when I began watching, so this year I've been able to watch from the beginning (mating included:-) !!

To all that include links to Video... a BIG THANK YOU to you too!!! It's great to be able to see what I've missed. Some of the video has been truly amazing AND educational.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

This article is about eggs in general, but I assume will basically apply to eagle eggs.

Texas Parks and Wildlife
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/nonpwdpubs/introducing_birds/eggs/
Tinyurl:
http://tinyurl.com/yqvh49

Here are the first few paragraphs of the very interesting and informative article, the rest can be seen at the link above.

"Perhaps the easiest way to study an egg is to go back to the beginning when it is just a cell inside the female bird and follow along on its step-by-step development. When a female bird is hatched, she already has inside her body the germ cells of more eggs than she will probably lay in her entire lifetime. At the age of three months, the young bird forms the first coating of yolk around one of these cells. As this yolk begins to develop, another cell receives its first coating. This action, repeated in assembly-line fashion, ensures that there will be several yolks in various stages of development inside the female bird at all times

Microscopic studies have shown that an egg yolk is made up of six rings, each with a white and a yellow layer. These layers are added to the cell in a strict rhythm determined by the position of the sun – the yellow layer during the day and up until midnight, and the white layer between midnight and sunup.

The springtime presence of a male bird causes a hormone change in the mature female, bringing about the creation of the final yolk layer. His courtship then triggers the finished yolk to break loose and fall into the oviduct, a tube that serves as a passageway for the egg as it moves through the next stages of development."

9:11 PM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

Good morning.

I thought you all would be interested in some web statistics. Thursday we got 3.5 million hits and 62,000 sessions (individual computers). That is why we were hard to get to. The voices you heard yesterday had to do with us getting the second stream up and working to increase the quality, which by the end of the month should be four times better.

Wing, BRI

8:25 AM  
Blogger Aunt Jul said...

Thank you for providing this service! I can't believe that we have the opportunity to see such a magnificent creature so up-close-and-personal. Great images!

10:42 AM  
Blogger 21 Charles Street said...

Magnificent! They're back - I can't wait to show my students on Monday morning. Last year we all loved watching the 'nest' life. Talk about empty nest symdrome when they all left...

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Jane said...

This is for the class that wanted to see a video of her laying the second egg.

Will's comments on the video help you know what's happening and why. The poor eagle is almost blown off the nest, it's so windy. And it was also very cold.

It's great that you are following this experience with us!

The "tiny url" is below the longer one. Copy that and paste it into your browser. it takes you to an intermediate page, where you "click" to get to the video itself. (Sometimes these longer urls don't work right when they are copied and posted here)



http://media.putfile.com/Maine-Mar-8-07-2nd-egg

http://tinyurl.com/2yzayo

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello everyone!

What wonderful news to hear that our bald eagles are expecting! The past couple nights I've tuned in and thought I'd seen a white head poking out of the nest!! Didn't even bother reading the blog until just now.

Last year I was an Eaglecam-addict -- watching the little babies grow while the parents arduously fed and protected them from harm. Well, all but one :( That was quite a soap opera we witnessed last year with Big and Little.

Looking forward to another exciting season and reading the blogs. Thanks to BRI for allowing us the opportunity to peek into the lives of these awesome birds.

Better pony up and make my donation again this year. We're in for a wild ride!!

-- Liz (W,DC)

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Lotte said...

Does anyone know what is going on with the birds today? I just checked in and saw how awful the situation seems right now with the wind blowing like mad. I am really concerned for the nest's stability, and the poor brave birds who have to endure this ghastly weather.
Did anyone see the changing of the guards. Who is in the nest now? Is it Mom or Dad? How goes the hunt for food on a day like today.

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