Thursday, April 12, 2007

Huge Surprise!

With absolute certainty I can say we have a chick. This is certainly an instance of the scientists learning along with you. This really is amazing and defies what we know about eagle natural history. In theory the eggs should not have survived the amount of time the birds left them unattended. The bird behavior gave every indication that they have failed—copulating on the nest site, prolonged absences, moving nesting material. Plus they must have covered the eggs during the aerial survey on Saturday. All the evidence we had indicated that they had failed.

And we were completely wrong. Nature is always humbling.

This is amazing. These birds have demonstrated why they are the most productive pair in the state with their steadfast incubation through terrible storms.

Here is a video from this morning recorded by Judy. Look for the chick at the bottom on the screen.

http://judykb.org/meapr12chick.asf

Wing Goodale, BioDiversity Research Institute

158 Comments:

Blogger Lisa said...

AWESOME video, I had miss seeing the little guy. This is so great, I couldn't be happier....almost feel like a new grandparent. I did get to hear a little chirp just a bit ago.

9:51 AM  
Anonymous eaglelover said...

This is absolutely WONDERFUL news. I was so disappointed when it was thought that the pair had been unsuccessful and now....WOW!....my heart soars upon this latest development!!!!

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful, nature at her best! I am so Awestruck and delighted with this miracle

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

4/12/07 9:53 eastern--mom calling dad for food- flys off nest-dad returns-no food

9:56 AM  
Anonymous laurie said...

4/12/07 9:55am est.

Wing, my last post may have gotten lost in all the excitement. First I swear I saw a baby in the nest on Monday.

If the adults mated and lay new eggs at this time, will they still incubate the new eggs???

9:59 AM  
Anonymous enidfh said...

AMAZING!!

9:59 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

4/12/07

Such a happy, happy day!!!
Guess nest failure was not an option for this pair of eagles.

Wonder if that was the first egg laid that hatched. We shall see I guess.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I said to my husband yesterday that perhaps the eggs were there all along and that they'd tucked them low to better protect them. Humans have much to learn from these eagles' determination. I hope they are successful. Will she lay more eggs since they mated again?

Pam

10:01 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Oh my god, oh my god... What a truly amazing lesson nature teaches us. Humbling is right Wing. I couldn't be happier... now I know why Dad was looking around the nest as if there were live prey or something... it was his baby. How truly awesome. I'm in awe... almost speechless. Wow.

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The male has had a obvious injury to his talon, but to me it looked like there is something hanging from it at 9:56am he landed and when he moved to settle in I saw something white. Would that be a "scab" or something caught? If he is injured badly where he can not hunt would he stay closer to the nest and would mom hunt?

Shannon - Glenburn, ME

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW...Great news. Thank you Judy for sharing your footage. Amazing is the only word that comes to mind. I am so looking forward to watching the eaglet grow and mature. One question though...if the eagles were mating, does that meant they could have lay more eggs? Thank you Wing for your constant feedback to us watchers. Well done!!!!

10:02 AM  
Blogger Mel said...

Many thanks to the scientists and enthusaists who have made sharing this with us possible!

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So was that white stuff one of them was eating yesterday-egg shell? Do they do that? This is just amazing...Thanks for all the hard work and to all my addicted eagle cam friends Cheers!!!!
Annie

10:04 AM  
Blogger cindyscrazy said...

Awesome news!!

About 5 mins ago, the did a nest exchange. Dad stood on the edge of the nest looking in, almost like he was thinking "Ok, now what do I do?" before he settled in over the baby.

I watched a little bit last night around 10 pm (EST) and I thought I saw a gray feather wiggling around in there. Parent was sleeping, did the little baby go out for a little nighttime stroll?

Thank you for all of your work!

10:07 AM  
Blogger n_nett said...

Great news. Haven't seen him yet but did notice the mother moving nest material earlier. Congrats to all of you at BRI. Nancy

10:07 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Hooorayyyyy!!! I thought I saw movement in the nest early this A.M. but wasnt sure. This is just SO very wonderful and heartwarming.I am just as pufffed up and proud as the two parents seem to be.

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone get video of the baby when they had the cam zoomed in???

10:09 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Wing:
Did you get any screen shots of the baby that you could post from when you zoomed in on it really close???

10:09 AM  
Blogger n_nett said...

Congrats to all of you at BRI. I haven't seen the baby yet but am looking forward to it.

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/12 - 10:15, Burke, VA

This is wonderful news!

Maura

10:15 AM  
Blogger Mauley said...

Praise God, amazing miracle. We from Shepherdstown rejoice with you.

10:16 AM  
Blogger roxy said...

Yes, thanks to BRI and particulary Wing for keeping us informed and providing this amazing glimpse at mother nature! I really understand why the Bald Eagle is such a symbol for America... such perseverance. What a birthday gift from God for me today... makes it even more special!! I'm so excited and look forward to seeing this little chick grow as the weeks go by!

10:18 AM  
Blogger cyn said...

yipeeeeeeeeeeeee....so happy....

10:19 AM  
Anonymous judym said...

This is so awesome and thank you to everyone at BRI for giving us this opportunity to watch nature at its best.

Now I am worried if the parents are up to the task of feeding due to Dad's injured talon. Mom stood on the nest with a very worried look. Chick is hungry but no food. Mom left and Dad flew in but he had no food. That's a concern. Now Mom has been gone hopefully looking for food.

10:19 AM  
Blogger soulsearcher said...

I believe the chick was there last night. By the way I have seen the two parents sorta move side to side before they settle over chick today. I saw them do that last night late as well.

But when the male eagle came in I did see what appeared to something hanging from his talon as well. Thanks for that AMAZING video it was just so AWESOME.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy o Boy, if these eagles only new much enjoyment they are bringing to us humans. They are truly incredible creatures.
Alison, China ME

10:19 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

4-11-07 10:20AM (EDT)

The sky is full of well-wishing crows and gulls. This is like a fairy-tale.

Another paragraph for the biologists' journal!

This eaglet "Storm" could be the first of yet another hatchling. ~wink~

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

04/12/07.... ME TOO!!! I feel like a Grammie. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!!! bEV

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everything is making more sense now! Mom is like clockwork:
9:36 3 calls
9:37 3 calls
9:38 2 calls and a body adjustment
9:39 3 calls
9:42 2 1/2 calls
9:43 4 calls
9:44 3 calls
9:48 2 calls
9:49 2 calls
9:50 2 calls + 3 calls + 4 calls +
3 calls + 4 calls + 2 calls and she flies off. I hear dad talking and coming in. He takes a good look around before he lays down at 9:57. 9:59 there was a fly by over the water and Dad is busy tucking the young one in.

This pattern was very clear, was she saying 'where are you?' or 'I'm getting ready to leave.'?

If Dad has trouble bringing food to her He's going to be doing alot more babysitting this year! They work so well together it'll be O.K.

4/12/07

Sue in MD

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/12/07 10:15am

Happy Birthday, Little Wing! You have the most amazing parents in the whole world...and please be nice to your younger siblings (or try).

My donation is forthcoming as a tribute to this very special eagle AND everyone at BRI for sharing this wonderful experience with us.

The new live cam has been a godsend for all of us -- I think everyone can be on it at the same time!

--Liz (W,DC)

10:27 AM  
Blogger TNTalker said...

YIPPIEEEEEEE!!! I was certain there was SOMETHING going on unusual!!!

If there wasn't anything worth sticking around for ... I was thinking they were the longest mourning pair of eagles in history!

Wow .. a baby.

:-)

TT

10:28 AM  
Blogger Shrewsky said...

This pair is amazing! Looks like after all these years they really know what they are doing. Perhaps leaving the nest unattended was a strategy to lengthen incubation. And did they cover the eggs?

I guess we'll never know, but what fun to be learning right along with the biologists! Now let's hope that Papa is able to hunt and provide as well as he did last year. They are going to have some real challenges over the next week with 2 storms on the way. But I believe with this pair anything is possible! What amazing parents!

10:34 AM  
Blogger TNTalker said...

Little Wing ... THAT's PERFECT!!!

Happy birthday LW!

TT

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats all around. Wing, BRI will have to send an updated newswrelease to the papers. This pair most certainly deserve to maintain their awesome success record!!
What a great day! Thanks again Judy for the video!
Pam in Colo.

10:37 AM  
Blogger Maura said...

I think I remember the biologists saying the chicks don't need food for the 1st 24 hours b/c they have the yolk of their egg to feed them. I'm sure our parents are up to the task of feeding the chick, tho. What a diligent pair they are!

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

The way I see it is dad will do most of the feeding of the eaglet and himself, while mom does most of the hunting.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

kudzuarms said:
This eaglet "Storm" could be the first of yet another hatchling.

On the discussion board we are calling the chick Miracle.:o)

The names Stormy and Windy were also mentioned earlier on but Miracle just seems to fit for this little one.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Mrs. E.'s class said...

April 12, 2007

We have noticed a lot of vocalization of the eagles this morning.

We did notice that one eagle left the nest at 9:50 and returned 2 minutes later.

We read the blog and were so AMAZED! We are the most excited class in the state of Maine!

We watched Judy's clip and were astonished to see a chick in the nest bowl.

WOW!!!!!!

We know there is a storm brewing and will hope for the best.

We will try to be observant, but we still need to do our school work.

Matt,Jacob and Jamie will try to watch over the April vacation.

Mrs. E. will try to watch frequently, too.

Thank you for letting us watch this amazing cam.

Mrs. E's Class

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the suggestion of the new chicks name "Little Wing".
In honor of mom and dad and the new miracle chick........donatiions from all are in order. Mine is forthcoming!
Thanks for all the updates. I guess this shows us "never loose hope".
Pam in Colo.

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news, I see now that she is hunkered down lower in the nest, she must anticipate the bad weather that is heading our way ( here in Maine). Today a storm is moving in and another supposedly monumental one for Sunday into Monday. They are good parents, and if they could fledge the 2 last year after the horrible rainstorms, I guess they can do it again. Lucy

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Adrienne said...

This is absolutely wonderful news!!! Thank you Judy for the video - I had tears in my eyes watching the little angel:)
~Adrienne
Halfmoon, NY

10:45 AM  
Anonymous PatK said...

4/12/07
10:48am ET

Awesome, totally Awesome!! Wow, what a nice suprise! Happy Birthday little one!! Congratulations to our dedicated Mom & Dad. Guess our fabulous Eagle pair are batting 100% again, huh Wing?

I'm soooo HAPPY!!

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If there's another baby...

"Storm"(love it, especially since there's more bad weather again today...)

but this first little one should be Little Wing.

Hopefully the donations will roll in... Best to all

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mom called out at 10:40am...no response. She left nest at 10:41AM. Right away you could here a small chirping sound, even over all the crows that are active this morning. Mom returned at 10:43 AM and called out some more. She stood off the side of the nest bowl for 5 minutes until settling back on at 10:48AM. All Eastern time. Ok, where's dad?

10:51 AM  
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10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:45 there was a nest exchange but mom didn't bring food. I didn't see the baby moving before mom set down. This is my first year watching what do we watch for now and how often do they feed little one?

10:53 AM  
Blogger sunny said...

Congrats to all from another NCTC nest watcher. Our nest failed this year, so we share in the joy of your miracle!!!

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow! That will teach us to question a Mother of 13 years! hahahaha She knew when to cold was to cold and when long enough was enough! Brand new baby and a storm due tonight and again Friday :( Though temps shouldn't go below mid to upper 30's. Then again, this mother eagle knows what to do! :)

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4-12

The name game: Little Wing, LW, Little Wonder!

10:55 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

I am so excited. I have been reading all the blogs faithfully. When I get home from work later I will make my donation. I kept meaning too, now I will finally do it. A big thanks to all of you who posted the information on how to identify mom and dad.
Diane

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yippeee! I am so excited having watched this nest for a while. However - I swear I saw that same movement on the 9th! I convinced myself that it was nothing, but momma started chirping and then flew away, when she did I heard little chirping too! Then momma and Daddy both came back, appeared to copulate and then Dad left and Mom sat back on the nest. I honestly dont know if the little guy was there then - but I saw the same movement and heard what I heard!!! Anyone else see the same? I think it was mid afternoon on the 9th when I was watching.

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a relief! Laurie, I agree with you--I think the chick hatched out on Monday--I thought I could hear it cheeping (or whatever sound a baby eagle makes)--I wrote to a friend on Monday that a baby had hatched and I couldn't wait to see it. Then had to retract that statement. Now I have the very happy task of retracting the retraction! And yes, I bet they have been eating the shell--chickens do that. What a very happy day, and I wish the very best to the eagle parents and everyone at BRI (especially Wing!) for making it possible for us to all share this THRILLING event!

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the name "Little Wing" is perfect -- it has given BRI Wing his challenges. Maybe another one will hatch during the storm and it can be "Storm" -- maybe "Big Storm" or "Little Storm" whatever applies. I haven't seen them feed the eaglet yet -- has anyone?? I saw the baby this morning for the first time. I think it may have been there yesterday the way they kept looking down at something in the nest. That would be 24 hours ago so hopefully we will see them feeding it today. I'm really worried about the male -- he hardly has a voice now.
Becky

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

Sounded like a deer at the base of tree

11:09 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

When should the parents start feeding the little guy? Also, it looks like Dad's talon is injured again. Can he hunt with only one good foot?

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tracey in Houston....
4-12-07 10:09 AM

From tears of saddness to tears of joy. Thank you Wing, BRI and all you who post observations.
Now, let's pray the baby stays warm during the next storm and dadE dosen't encounter problems with his injury. And lots of food keeps coming in.

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Harpswellian said...

Tears of joy this morning!
Hang in there little "Wing." A couple of Maine storms headed your way.
Think this eaglet should be named after our BRI scientist friend...perhaps a lottery to pick a name and some more funding for BRI.
Well done mom and dad! Am in awe of your perseverance and dedication.
"Ain't" nature grand!

11:10 AM  
Anonymous PatK said...

4/12/07
11:10am ET

I wonder if due to Dad's leg injury, and not being able to hunt as well as usual, if Mom & Dad had to find a way to survive themselves. So thats why they covered the eggs, so they both could hunt, thus doubling their odds at catching a meal?? Covering them up helped them stay warm and kept them out of site of other birds who may have eaten them. Could our Eagle pair have come up with a new strategy?

Just now at 11:04... it sounded like an owl was hooting... Mom looked down at the nest almost as if "Was that you?". It was rather cute!!

11:11 AM  
Blogger kimbe said...

I just heard a big crash in the background. Do you know what that was?

11:12 AM  
Anonymous laurie said...

This has truly been an amazing learning experience for me. Last year I didn't know about the site until late may so I missed all the hatching activity so I'm thrilled that I've been a part of all this this year. I've enjoyed all the bloggers reports and videos. I live in the Adirondacks and we have had snow, sleet and now heavy rain so far this morning and expecting it to turn back over to heavy snow later in the day with 4-6 inches of accummulation expected. Hopefully and I'm praying very hard that this weather doesn't effect "Little Wing".

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:16am eastern time
Someone is walking under the tree and the nesting eagle heard it also....looked quite alert and listened. Did anyone else hear this? Much crow activity this morning. I wonder if we have additional eggs?????
Pam in Colo.

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome news!! Yes, thank you Judy for the video!!

Maureen
Denver, CO

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like a birthday party after all! Here in Ms. W's 7th grade we will have cake and punch, watch the video, and just plain be overjoyed... tomorrow. Career Day right now so I have to hold the excitement in a bit.
Honestly, there are so many feelings right now. I had tears, fluttering in my stomach, even had to take a big breath. I have not been this overwhelmed with emothion in a long time. Thank you!!!!!

11:22 AM  
Blogger meparrots said...

Awesome, awesome. Hopefully, the weather tonight will be better than anticipated.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Dove said...

Happy Birthday, Little Wing!!!

Thank God for this gift of life for our little eaglet!! I've grown so attached to these birds, as though they were part of my own family. I am so grateful for the opportunity to experience this true miracle from God in spite of all the odds that were against these eagles!

I wonder if there is a "Little Wing 2" ???

11:29 AM  
Blogger sally on midcoast maine said...

I am so happy to see the new little chick. I watched faithfully last year as big and little grew. Good luck little wing and stay warm through the storms. Good luck also to mamma and papa stay safe.

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But when will chick be fed?!

11:36 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

4-12-07 11:38AM (EDT)

The eaglet is peeping. Maybe hungry and Mom looks to be debating trying to get a quick snack or stay and protect her baby.

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard that loud noise too...sounded almost like metal hiting something. Then shortly after a truck started up and the whole time Mom was very interested in what was happening. I thought i heard a voice as well...but there was also some other loud bird around too...strange. I am just so thankful to BRI for giving us the opportunity to witness this beautiful sight.
THANK YOU BRI
Shannon - Glenburn, ME

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anna said...

A little research on "our" newborns:

Eaglets have a soft grayish down that cover their little bodies. There legs are too wobbly to hold their up their weight and their eyes are partially closed limiting vision. Their only protection is their parents.

Eagles feed their young by shredding bits of meat from their prey with their beaks. The female gently coaxes the chick to take a morsel of meat from her beak.

The parents move in the nest with their talons balled into fist to protect the young from injury.

Eaglets add one pound to their body weight every four to five days. At two weeks, they can hold their head up for feeding.

By three weeks, they are about one foot high and their feet are almost adult size.

At four to five weeks, they can stand, at which time they can start to tear up their own food.

At six weeks, they are nearly as large as their parents.

At eight weeks, their appetite is at its greatest. The parents both have to hunt continuously.

From the time the eagles build their nest and the eaglets are on thier own takes about twenty weeks.

During the nesting cycle, the parents remain within one to two miles of the nest.

Hope this answers some questions...it was a learning period for me.

Anna

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have spring break coming up, but all you teachers out there, who have been locked into this drama through the cam, might consider a fundraiser once break is over. We are.

11:41 EDT
Providence, RI

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A little ditty about Jack and Diane, two American eagles doing the best that they can!
Couldn't help myself, that's what the staff here has named them...works, doesn't it?
This is so wonderful! TY.

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could the person who said they saw the chick hatch tell when and what time that was?

How about a name the eaglet contest. We seem to have several good entries: Wing, Surprise, Miracle, Stormy. I would vote for Miracle or Surprise, and if there is another Wing.

11:55 AM  
Blogger TNTalker said...

No one at the nest now for 10 minutes .. is that a good thing with the young'in?????

Do we have to worry again?

TT

11:56 AM  
Blogger nj said...

11:50am thursday. Mom/dad left nest
12:05 nest is still empty.

Is this unusual?

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Lotte said...

4/12/07
11:57PM

How wonderful. So, the reason I saw that forceful pecking going on yesterday is not because she rolled the egg but because she was feeding the chick. I am so overwhelmed with joy and awe that I feel like crying. What great and strong birds our eagles are. Lotte

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/12/07 11:54am

Parent left the nest at 11:45am. See a fluffy head in the nest bowl bobbing occasionally. Adult Eagle returned at 11:59am. Settling back in. Can't tell the difference between Mom and Dad ...

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11am CDT
Mom just returned to the nest after about 8 minutes. I think she had something in her talon but not sure. Did anyone catch it on film?

12:02 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

4-12-07 12:03 (EDT)

Maybe, if we're lucky some alewife will be swimming near the top of the water nearby.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mom left the nest at 11:45 and didn't come back until 12:00. She didn't have any food with her. Could make out little wing and could hear him cheeping. Shouldn't they have food by now?

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Little Wing!

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:46am Mom leaves nest. Baby active. movement to right of center of nest.
11:53am Baby peeping and is further to the right of the nest where he was earlier this morning. No parent in nest. Mom hunting for food? Little wings head is moving up and down.
11:59am Mom returns and settles in. DOES NOT BRING FOOD!
Pam in Colo.

12:04 PM  
Blogger neat said...

4/12 12:03
I had shivers when I saw the eaglet this morning! My donation has been made to this wonderful cause! Thanks for the awesome video Judy. I second the motion to name the baby "Little Wing"! Thanks also to all the people behind the scenes who are working on this project. It is because of you that we are able to experience nature at its' best. Dave, your humorous spins on the blog make me laugh. I would love to see an air drop by dad! I wonder what mystery will unfold next for our "couple?"

Anita from MA

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Memlili said...

12:00 noon EDT. Few minutes of panic when I checked in and the nest was empty. Mom finally returned. Fussed and wiggled a lot. Settled, got up again, poked around some, then settled again. Very cool for the eagles to have fooled everyone!

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How exciting. Saw the top of the eaglets head. Congrats to BRI and thank you

12:05 PM  
Blogger cindyscrazy said...

Holy moly, the amount of activity at that nest! Are they looking for food?

Poor daddy needs a throat lonzenge.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Kathie said...

This is great news. I am so glad they were sucessful again. Last year I did not miss a thing and am glued to the site for information on these wonderful birds.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous judym said...

Wing -- do you have any thoughts on Dad's loss of voice? I am really worried that perhaps his injured foot has infection which is affecting his overall health. We'd all welcome your ideas.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We like to know if another baby eagle will hatch. Does anyone know? We know that Mom laid at least two eggs back in early March. What do you think the chances are of another egg hatching?

Miss N's Fourth Grade class

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/12 - 12:15 - Burke

Checked cam at 11:56 - nest was empty. Looked like Mom who flew in at 11:59 with a fish. But did not eat it. Had to leave computer at that point. Came back and there was a lot of talking (screaming) back and forth. Think there was a nest exchange, since it looks like Dad there now.

Maura

12:18 PM  
Anonymous RBC0507 said...

Am So Jazzed! This made my day! Can't believe I've gotten caught up in something like this, have never 'Blogged' before in my life. Way to Go Birds! Was glad I made my contribution to the webcam before, and this makes the icing on the cake.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Lotte said...

4/12/07
12:15PM
Lots of screaching, softly calling, chirping, even something that sounds like trilling a while ago.
Could all this variance in the vocalizing be for the sake of the little one? a form of imprinting, maybe?

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard the metal crash as well; sort of startled me.
I am sooooooooo happy they were successful this yr.
I did hear the baby chirp shortly before 10am.
It's now snowing here in the Oxford Hills, so we'll keep our fingers crossed the weather doesn't treat the family too bad.
Marilyn

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought they were tending a chick(s) and not an egg. Amazing! I love this site. Now I know why the Bald Eagle is the symbol of the USA :-)

12:30 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

4-12-07 12:32 (EDT)

Mom flew back into nest without anything in her talons. She must has had a few words to Dad about finding the closest fish monger.

Hopefully Dad can snag some prey soon.

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I read this morning's blog, I had tears in my eyes and a big joyous smile on my face. I first learned about this site sometime toward the end of February and have been a daily viewer ever since. I cheered at the news of the egg laying and watched daily as they sat on the eggs. This week, I was saddened when it was announced that no eggs were viewed in the aerial survey and mourned as I watched the eagles that day. This morning's news is truly an exciting event and I have emailed my friends and family with the announcement and, once again, supplied them with the internet site. I congratulate our eagle couple and I truly thank BRI for this amazing experience.

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhhh life is sweet!!!
The Eagles are part of my family!
Thank you for sharing all your research with us! This is a super way to teach my 6 year old daugther.

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Topper in NH said...

.....FANTASTIC!!

...and a true blessing!

12:37 PM  
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...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 12 PM EDT FRIDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CARIBOU HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 12 PM EDT FRIDAY.

A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD COASTAL DOWNEAST MAINE LATE TODAY AND BECOME MOSTLY SNOW TONIGHT. ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 5 INCHES ARE EXPECTED WITH THE HIGHER AMOUNTS AWAY FROM THE COAST.

THIS STORM WILL HAVE A LOW IMPACT ON THE ADVISORY AREA. A COMBINATION OF SNOW AND SLEET WILL LEAD TO SOME MINOR TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. VISIBILITY WILL OCCASIONALLY BE LIMITED TO LESS THAN ONE MILE IN SNOW OR SLEET.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

Wonderful news,I am glad the weather didn't hurt the nesting.
We have some nesting eagles here
in vigo co. indiana this is there
first year to nest,and they also
have young.I just love it.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous maine native said...

I cried so hard....called my mom and husband and told them the news. My baby girl thought I had a boo boo because I was crying!!!
I am so worried about the storm tonight though. Poor chick sure had had a rough start with the weather..
I'm still teary eyed. Isn't it amazing how you can get so involved in something like this...

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard the crash too. Hoping food will be brought soon. Seemed like around noon, nest empty long time.
Karen in Denmark.

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forgot to mention, started snowing heavily all of a sudden here around 11:40 a.m. Hope all the best at the nest.
Karen in Denmark

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Tonya said...

Life is good!!!
Never, Never,Never give up!!!

12:59 PM  
Blogger Dunrobin said...

"If you want to change the nature of things, you will never succeed."

Nature and these beautiful eagles knew what was going on. And so continue to send positive thoughts out into the universe. Thank you Bri, thank you Wing, thank all you caring people.

Namaste, A.K.

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it possible that the eagles also thought that they had lost the eggs and that is why they buried them? And why they left the nest so long? And why they kept copulating? Could they have also been surprised when the chick appeared????? Is that a silly thought?

1:11 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Is it me or is anyone watching this feeding and seeing 2 chicks?!

1:14 PM  
Blogger cindyscrazy said...

1:14 EST Parent is feeding babies! First time I've been able to see this kind of thing. Wonderful!

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:13 pm 4-12-07 Thursday Baby is being fed now!!! :o) HAPPY HAPPY DAY!!! Wendy in Maine

1:14 PM  
Blogger MuddyPawz said...

1:14 EST - Mama? Is standing up in the next - looks like she's pulling something off the nest and feeding the baby. She's also picking at a second object in the nest - maybe another egg???

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could there be more than one chick in there? @ 10 :15 looked like the adult was assisting in delivery. Kept picking at something in the nest and burying it next to her. Maybe we're seeing chick number 2!!!

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:15 For all of you fellow bloggers, looks like "our" little eaglet is eating. Not sure if it's mom or dad doing the feeding as I didn't see the prey brought to the nest but clearly, it's being fed. Keep watching....

1:20 PM  
Blogger gumby said...

Seemed like mom was feeding the baby at around 1:15pm.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looked like mom (?) was feeding Little Wing... I couldn't see it, but she kept tending to something in the nest... I also saw forceful pecking earlier today... I was wondering what was up... Glad to hear she brought a fish for Little Wing...

T.Quinn

1:20 PM  
Blogger Ellen said...

Incredible cam! Reporting: from 10:10 (Pacific time) to 10:19, lots of mama activity. Looks like feeding. Saw a glimpse of the chick, too.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:15 saw the dad(i think) feeding the babe at least that is what it looked liked. It is snowing in Gray hope they get thru the storm okay

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Sherri said...

1:20 EDT...
Just observed the eagle feeding "Little Wing". Don't know who brought the food in.
Just started snowing here in Lewiston, so the storm will be getting up there soon.
Hoping for the best for the eagle family during this storm!!!

1:23 PM  
Anonymous C.Carroll said...

WOW at 1:07 pm


My girlfriend brought to my attention mom/dad doing something. we observed her/him feeding the eaglet or maybe even 2. It looked like she was alternating between 2 mouths… Not sure but I think that’s what I saw was 2. Then she/he settled back carefully over them.
Sir Lance

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God finds a way doesn't He? The wonderful news and video proves this! We have the new family in our prayers here in Texas. Lots of activity. How fun is this!

Krumm (1:25 PM Eastern)

1:25 PM  
Blogger Dove said...

Tonya--You are absolutely right!!! These eagles have taught us so much about patience, fortitude and perserverance against all odds! What a beautiful lesson to man from nature.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

How are people getting these video clips? With their phones? Another way? I saw the zoom in and would have loved to get a clip of that.

1:29 PM  
Blogger kimbe said...

We are so happy that the little one is here. I called my mom and sister and told them. The girls at work think that i am crazy. Sharon is over my sholder with all the exitment. Thank you for this.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a "naming contest" where the person who donates the most money gets to name the eaglet? Just thought it would help a great cause.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:08 much screeching by mom. Looking up. Intruder? Flies off. Can hear her nearby.
12:09am Dad comes to nest. Voice very weak. Seems upset. Watches chick.
1:11 Dad gets up tidies up nest watches chick. Movement in Bowl. Dad looks like he's feeding chick but what I'm not sure...picking from sides of nest. With only 1 chick maybe they are bringing only small amounts of food to nest.
1:15pm dad looking for mom to relieve him. Mom MIA. Dad settles back in.
1:30pm dad still has not been relieved and I must leave computer for awhile.
Pam in Colo.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous C.Carroll said...

At 1:30 pm We heard a truck door close the vehicle start up and then drive off. Mom/dad very alert to this. Looking toward the sound as it drove off.

Sir lance

1:34 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Should we be in panic mode yet. I am starting to get a little worried here.....shouldn't that little one be eating almost constantly? They have been amazing so far, I guess we need to trust their parenting skills

1:34 PM  
Blogger Dove said...

Anna:

Thank you for sending in all the information regarding the growth of the eaglets; it was very educational and gives us some guidelines of what to expect in the coming weeks ahead. How exciting this is!!!

1:38 PM  
Blogger Ellen said...

Great cam with great eagle news! Thanks to all who put this together. From 10:10 to 10:19 Pacific time, there was much mama activity on the nest. Feeding? Turning egg? Saw very brief glimpse of the chick.

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is the video that my son and I watched this morning and we both thought it was just nesting material blowing in the wind ... nature is so amazing and my 8 yr old and my cub scouts that have been following this saga for a few weeks will be so excited ...

2:16 PM  
Blogger cyn said...

at 2:10 mom fed lil wing again. after settling back on the nest she started taking pieces of the nest and putting them around her shoulders....left to right. maybe getting ready for the storm...i still see only one lil one....

2:27 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I can't help but smile when reading all the comments about the baby chick. This is indeed exciting and heartwarming. Like someone wrote and I agree, this is nature at it's best.We are graced with the wonderful opportunity to see it with our own eyes thanks to your awesome video.

Such a majestic bird!!
Congrats to all!!

2:47 PM  
Blogger Dove said...

4-12-07 (2:52 EDT)

I just viewed a most beautiful thing -- the daddy eagle is feeding the little one, and there is a fairly clear view of the baby--you could make out the white of his head bopping up and down, and you can even see his/her beady black eyes!!! I will post the video clip to YouTube later today if anyone would like to see it.

Then the male calls and the female comes to the nest, waits a little while and then covers the baby.

What a precious sight this is!!

2:59 PM  
Anonymous mountainmantc said...

I just got home & came straight to the live cam . Imagine My surprise when at 2:49 , I got to see a small head " bobbing around " in the nest......AWSOME !!!!!!!

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Brewter, Cape Cod said...

What a great and wonderful surprise. I never cease to be amazed at the grace of nature.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe in miracles again!

3:32 PM  
Blogger Dove said...

4-12-07 (3:40 EDT)

The male eagle just brought in some food. Female eagle is shredding it to pieces and throwing it in nest. Is this the way she "prepares" food for the new baby?

3:44 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

Sheila Buswell in Bigfork, Montana.
Been watching your wonderful success in Maine and also watching ONE of the Montana sites in LIbby, MT. Our Mama is still sitting on her eggs (2). Congratulations!!!
It is wonderful to see the excitement that has been created amongst your viewers and your scientists.
Soar on little one!!!

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Patricia said...

Yea. I was in tears that's how happy I am.

Could someone tell me how to tell the difference between Mom and Dad? Thanks.

4:12 PM  
Blogger Dove said...

Here is the 5 minute video of the baby eaglet. The male is off to the side, and if you keep watching the bottom of the screen, you will see the little white head bopping up and down. Then mamma comes to the nest.

Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeKexsL8FjQ

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haven't seen my post of this morning joining Anna in sending a Happy Birthday donation. Put in the mail this morning.
Karen in Denmark

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is awesome I am so addicted to watching this family. I was also wondering if since the recent mating if other eggs will be laid. Thank you for the video I could watch these birds all day!

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Food was brought around 3:30 seemed to be some type of bird. Mom(?) plucked it ate some then settled down. Saw her feeding baby around 4:15. Seemed to be just one but you never know. Can't seem to stop watching them today everything has been so exciting.

4:41 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

4-12-07 4:42PM (EDT)

Here's the video of Mom scolding Dad about bringing in some food. Poor Dad, he's trying and just now (not on this video) fed the eaglet.

What a wonderful nest!!! Thanks BRI!

http://tinyurl.com/ynw5pu

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is just amazing news!!!

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH MY GOD!!!!!! THIS IS SO WONDERFUL!!!! I actually had tears coming to my eyes - such happiness after spending most of the day at two different dentists today!!!! I just can not get over this - did we EVER lose hope for these two beautiful eagles??? I THINK NOT!!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!! Wing - you and your colleagues must be dumbfounded!!! This IS a miracle!!!

4:59 EDT
Highland Lakes, NJ

5:00 PM  
Blogger recess said...

I have a very excited kindergarten class. We have been watching like everyone else. A cheer of joy could be heard in the hallways at Dr. Carl Troutt School. What a great learning experience.

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Little Wing or Stormy - I like the sound of BOTH!!

5:05 EDT
Highland Lakes, NJ

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS IS AWESOME; I HAVE WATCHED THESE TWO EAGLES FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS, AND I AM ALWAYS IN AWE EACH TIME I CHECK THE SITE. I FEEL LIKE A BRAND NEW GRAMMA TODAY!!!! THANK YOU TO ALL WHO DEVELOPED AND MAINTAIN THIS SITE.

RAINEY

5:39 PM  
Anonymous matthew from Mrs,e said...

From Matthew apirl
5:39

The eagle is just sitting on the nest.

The eagle is not doing very much.

I love eagles!!!!

5:47 PM  
Blogger olbuck said...

This is great news and congrats to Judy for her wonderful vidio.
Was really in the down mode yesterday thinking about a failed nesting attempt but my wife Linda said maybe a miricle will happen. Guess she was right !
All is well and what a majestic bird to watch !
olbuck

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah! My students here in Colorado were so excited! Can someone tell me how to tell the male from the female eagle? Thanks! Julie in Colorado Springs

5:53 PM  
Anonymous matthew said...

From matthew april,12 2007 5:50 pm

The eagle is not doing much.
I hope the chick lives after the storm. I'm scared.

I love eagles!!!

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too am thrilled about this event. I have been watching them for 2 years now. I love reading everyone's comments! Ditto that Nature is amazing, God is amazing and these beautiful symbols of our great nation are AMAZING! Go mom and dad!!!

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I truly like the name "Little Wing" for our newborn.

6:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

awwww!! mom(?) just fed herself and her little one(s?). so COOL!

6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:30 mom ate some more and fed Little Wing, I didn't see another baby but we can hope another is on the way. Hasn't started snowing there yet. This has been a very exciting and informative day!!!

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

uh oh...very windy and I just saw some fat snow flakes. she settled in a bit lower. HANG IN THERE EAGLE FAMILY!!

6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:09pm EDST The wind is certainly picking up in Maine. Looks like the storm is coming in. In colo. we are also preparing for a storm. Have been told to fill gas tanks and pick up odds and ends needed at store. Ours is moving in tonight also.

We will trust that mom and dad will take good care of "Little Wing" aka "LW" aka "Little Wonder" tonight and that everyone will be safe and well in the morning. Today has certainly been a blessed day!

Current weather reports say we will get more snow on the front range (Denver and surrounding area, Colo. Spgs., etc.) than they will in the mountains! Our heavy snow will begin after midnight with 14 to 16 inches due by tomorrow (Fri.) night.

Be warm and safe.
Pam in Colo.

7:17 PM  

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