Friday, April 06, 2007

Monday 9th Hatching Expected

I wanted to write and give you an update. The birds have weathered some substantial storms over the last 35 days and they were observed leaving the nest for three hours 10 days ago. After they left the nest, we were concerned that the birds might abandon the nest. However, since then they have not left the eggs for any extended period of time. When they did leave the eggs for the three hours, the temperature was 39 degrees on site. This is fairly cold, but above freezing. There is no way to know if the eggs are viable—only time will tell.

Over the next week observe the birds carefully and blog in any activity that appears different. Especially look for eggshell fragments. Many birds will remove the shell after the chicks hatch: eagle may or may not, we’re not sure. Because of the depth of the nest bowl, we may not be able to see the chicks right away, especially because the adults will be cover the chick. Watch for the adults bring in food, and for the adults to cover more of the nest bowl with their wings.

I also wanted to update you on our fund raising. We are doing very well and have raised $3,700 since we started the campaign. Thank you all very much for your support, your contributions are directly funding our research and assisting us keep the camera free for everyone. Keep up the great work and we have a great start on our $50,000 goal.

To contribute, please follow this link. http://www.briloon.org/support/

Have great weekend.

Wing Goodale, BioDiversity Research Institute

105 Comments:

Anonymous Dave said...

Working on a way to get this on my 50" plasma tv.

3:22 PM  
Anonymous PatK said...

4/6/07
3:30pm ET

Thanks for the update Wing. I am keeping my fingers crossed and saying my prayers that we have a successful outcome. Time will tell.

I'm glad to read that the fundraising is going well. I must admit, I haven't donated yet as I'm waiting for my husband to get paid :-P As soon as he does though, I will be sending in my donation. And I urge those who haven't yet donated (and are able) to do so too!!

All is quiet and calm on the nest. Dad looks nice and relaxed.

3:34 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Wing

Thank you so much for posting our weekly update.
We will keep our "eagle eyes" open.
Thanks again!
Lori

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Maine Native..... said...

The pair seem to be acting very weird today. Nest was empty for about an hour earlier. Right before that they were both on the nest squaking at each other. They seem to be very restless maybe antsy today. Will be looking on and off for the next few days for any signs of babies:^) Happy Easter to all....

3:42 PM  
Blogger gigi said...

4/6 pm We will be watching with eagle eyes.lol. The begger is back, glad to see donations are coming in, but come on people, we can do better! Have noticed there are offices watching, how about an office pool? The winner gets to donate winnings to BRI. Also noticed there are classrooms watching, how about a penny fundraiser? Just a thought. Wing, thanks so much for your time and info.

3:47 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

Apr 4, 2007 4pm (EDT)

Thanks for the information Wing. It's nice to hear the donations are coming in - thanks to all who have been so kind and concerned about the reserach.

Here's the scare that sent the eagles off for 44minutes today.

Temp. was about 36º.

http://tinyurl.com/2ol5ww

3:57 PM  
Anonymous PatK said...

4/6/07
4:00pm ET

Relatively quiet nest exchange. Dad called out a bit, then left nest at 3:49pm. Mom showed up at 3:53pm. She's doing some nest cleaning. Looks like she was trying to find fresher/greener stuff to put in bowl of nest.

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's 4:30 PM and the female is just sitting in the nest calling out every once in a while. I must say, at this time of day with full frontal sunshine, it makes for quite a striking sight. The white head feathers really contrast against the bright blue of the ocean behind.

JohnnyAT

4:44 PM  
Blogger dukeyboy said...

4/6/5:54 edt
Everything on the site has improved this year - even the more frequent updating of the blog responses. I was disappointed at the $$ donated thus far. I gave $50 earlier and intend to do so again once I get over the tax season. BRI deserves our support.Hope our eagles have a hatchling or two despite the nasty storms. Happy Easter to all.

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's hoping for the best. They have had such a hard time this year. Thank you to wing and all who are involved for such a unique viewing of these beautiful creatures. Jan 4/6/07

6:08 PM  
Blogger NH Judi said...

04-06-07 At n6:45pm there was a lot of screeching going on. I noted a second eagle land at the nest. This eagle did not look like dad and had a much different cry. It had a different look to the eyes. The eagle sitting on the eggs got up and flew off followed very shortly by the second one. The nest was empty for almost 2 minutes. a lot of talking back and forth could be heard during this interval but I still didn't hear the softer hoarser cry of dad. The mother eagle returned and resumed sitting on the nest at 6:47pm.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Tonya said...

Sat. April 7,07 6:10am est.
Can hear the eagles talking to each other. There is also Loons calling in the back ground. Where Bri follows both the eagles and the Loons, thought this was neat. Just watch one of the eagle leave the nest, not sure which one. Now one is back on the nest. Alot of chatter this morning.

6:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had a chance to watch for a bit this morning.I am still unable to tell the difference beteween eagles but have gathered a few thoughts. One eagle seems a bit scruffier than the other. I often notice a tail feather sticking up.Nest was only empty for a minute.Seemed that the scruffy one took off and the neater one replaced (him) I heard a noisy woodpecker near by and saw 5 geese land in the water.Looking forward to the weeks to come.Annie
4/7/07 630am

6:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/7/07
7:45am ET

Oh, Boy. These eagles really need our prayers (AND donations!). They have had such a tough time this year. I thought last year was bad with all the rain that they had. And last year they NEVER left the nest for long periods of time, like they have this year.

We all need to send them our POSITIVE energy and prayers in the hopes that we will see a hatching. I am wondering what scared them off the nest yesterday (kudzuarms posted the link). Like they haven't had enough problems!!!

Keep you fingers crossed everyone -and may everyone have a Happy Easter!

7:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4-7-07 Wing, how do you think Dad's left Talon is coming? After the chicks hatch will you try to do anything to help him heal or is this just something that you will let nature take its course? I have never had the opportunity to watch anything like this before. My hats off to you folks for making this possible. I have made a donation this morning. It is worth every penny to help preserve these great beautiful birds. Thanks BRI for all you do.Happy Easter to all you who are helping with this project from Indiana.PP

8:37 AM  
Anonymous PatK said...

Sat. 4/7/07
8:55am ET

Kudzuarms...

Thanks so much for the link to the video of the Eagle scare yesterday. Wow... that was really quite something!! I wonder if that thud was DINNER!!!

Thanks again to those of you who put the video links here in the blog area for those of us who missed the goings on. It's very helpful.

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have every confidence that this pair will have another successful year. I was just wondering what exactly does happen when a pair is unsuccessful? Do they hang around the nesting site for the summer or do they just take off? Also, are you planning on banding or putting a tracking device on any of the chicks this year?

PS. I am absolutely fascinated by this site and other animal cams available onthe internet.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the person who can't tell the difference between the two eagles, the scruffy one is the female.

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watched Kuzuarms' video. Dad was looking up a lot. The loud clunk came after the eagles left. Do you suppose someone from BRI was working on cameras in the next tree? That clunk sounded like it was right next to the microphone.

9:52 AM  
Blogger amazed said...

April,07,2007 Heard one of the eagle pair call out this a.m.at 09:57---sure sounds like he has a severe case of"laryngitis" not normal sounding at all.Thank you so much for allowing us the ability to view this great site.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nest exchange just now - one flew off, the other returned in less than 30 seconds. Then the adult looked like it was pecking at something in the bottom of the nest. How do you tell the mother from the father? Yesterday afternoon the nest was empty except for snow for at least 15 minutes. I was very concerned. Hope all is going well for these amazing birds.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/7/07 The "thud" I heard sounded like a chunk of snow falling off and landing somewhere. The temp. was above freezing at the time.

12:50 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Anonymous said...
I have every confidence that this pair will have another successful year. I was just wondering what exactly does happen when a pair is unsuccessful? Do they hang around the nesting site for the summer or do they just take off? Also, are you planning on banding or putting a tracking device on any of the chicks this year?


I believe that even if their nesting season is unsuccessful that this eagle pair would stay in their territory. They seem to stay put year round.
As far as the banding question goes, many of us have asked that same question though I am thinking that we may be putting the cart before the horse and best wait to see what happens this week.
I did go back and re-read the complete biologist's journal from last year and Charlie Todd did say this in his july 14 entry:
Perhaps next year we will band the eaglets (when about 6 weeks old) and use color bands with distinct codes to aid your viewing. You will be amazed that such an intrusion at the nest is tolerated, but careful timing is the key safeguard ... as it is in most of our management decisions to avoid disturbances to breeding eagles.

If anyone is interested in reading the complete biologist's journal from last year here's the link:
http://www.maine.gov/ifw/wildlife/etweb/baldeagles/biologist_journal.htm

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/7/07 10:14am pst
Looks like there is no one in the nest but I only looked for one minute. Maybe down low in the nest bowl??

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would guess that the loud thunk was one of the eagles landing in branches near the camera/mic so to be close to the nest but also able to take quick aggressive defense if there was imminent danger.

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would guess that the loud clunk was one of the eagles landing in branches near the camera/mic so to be close to the nest but also able to take quick aggressive defense if there was imminent danger.

1:56 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Saturday, 4/7/07

Very quiet morning on the nest then an eagle left at around 1:00pm EST and it is now almost 2:00pm and still no one on the nest. :o(

Very strange, long absences this year.

Low flying plane over the nest... WOW! That was loud!

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I looked this morning at 11:00 PST and it looks like mom and pop left the nest. They were absent for a substantial time which makes me worry. Any thoughts?

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the small plane that is buzzing the nest today? It sounds like it is going to hit the trees. The Eagles have been gone for almost an hour and I am wondering if it is the plane. Someone who knows what is happening keep us posted. Thanks.

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's 2:00PM on Saturday the 7th and heard an airplane fly overhead a few times fairly low. Could it be the biologists checking on the nest? If it was I'm sure we'll get an update. The nest has been empty for over an hour.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

4/7/07 ... 2:00pm

Was that plane flyover you BRI???
Seemed to make around 3 passes directly over the nest.

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Bestp said...

I started watching at 1:18 PM and finally returned around 2:05 PM. I don't know what time the nest was left empty though.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

The female eagle is finally back on the nest at 2:06pm

2:09 PM  
Blogger johannavermont said...

4/7/07- Mom left the nest this afternoon around 1 pm and didn't return for approx. 50 minutes. Sure hope all is well.

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/7/07

Thought this article might be of interest to other Eaglecam viewers: Widowed Eagle Shacks Up With Mate's Rival

http://www.nbc4.com/news/11565532/detail.html?dl=mainclick

It's an update on two bald eagles in the Washington, DC area ... okay, three bald eagles.

--Liz (W,DC)

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does scruffy mean shaggy re: male or female? If so mom has more of a shag hairdo I guess. thanks. I think I can see the difference now.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/7/07 5:55pm CDT Alot of noise going on around the area right now! Sounds like feeding time at the zoo! Mom (or Dad) is looking all around but just sitting/laying there and not making a sound.. Very busy evening it seems! Is that snow around the nest? Has anyone else noticed alot of noise this evening? I can't wait for the 9th!! :) Happy Easter to everyone and to Mom and Dad and the babies!

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many thanks to the BRI people for all their hard work on behalf of our feathered friends. I am truly entertained and amazed to have the opportunity to watch Mom and Dad Eagle going about their daily activities as they struggle to raise their young. I live near Seattle and have been able to visit local eagles every Feb. near the Skagit River. For those of you who would like more information you might want to click onto www.skagiteagle.org - At the top of the page is Eagle Facts. At the bottom of the home page you'll find Other Links. That will take you to Bald Eagle Links. I've sent in my donation and I certainly hope they continue arriving at a steady pace. I'm anxiously awaiting the little Eaglets arrival any day now.

12:36 AM  
Blogger gigi said...

Happt Easter everyone, all is quiet on the nest this am. It apears dad[?] is seating peacefully. He is very vocal now, Mom came in then they both left.

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Jane said...

Sunday April 8
8:02 AM

Will has found research that may help us to understand why the birds are not incubating as faithfully as we might have expected.

To sum it up: a bird can ignore hunger and continue to incubate, but if they are without food or underfed for long enough to start losing "body mass" they have to seek out food in order to survive.

Perhaps the male eagle is not able to grasp or grip large fish or birds with his damaged talon, and perhaps over the long term, even though he tries to bring in food for the female ... perhaps both of them have been losing "body mass"

At some point, for their own survival, perhaps they have to abandon the nest for long enough to find food.

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Jane said...

BRI --

could you comment on whether it is accurate that a bird will stop incubating if he has lost enough body mass to trigger his survival instincts, which would have to take priority over incubating?

And whether you think this could apply to the eagles?

8:13 AM  
Anonymous Lotte said...

04/08/07
8:11AM
Nest is in shadow. Mom or Dad looks pretty spread out in there.
Eaglets maybe?
Last evening was a noisy one. One heck of a racket made by birds, birds circling and calling overhead and in the background. lots of them.
All this between six and seven while I was watching off and on.

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/8/07 – Easter Sunday

I checked in on our eagles at 7:15 this morning and the nest was empty. The male returned at 7:29 followed by the female. So, I don’t know exactly how long the nest was empty. Male flew off at 7:30, and the female settled down into her nest. I’m in southern coastal Maine and it’s a very cold morning (22 degrees). It’s probably even colder where the eagle nest is located? :(


Wishing everyone a safe and peaceful holiday!

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

04/08/07
Good morning, all! It looks like a gorgeous day up there. A bit chilly though, I suppose. In any event, only one more day...and we're hoping, with fingers crossed, for some exciting news in the near future. Thanks for everything you guys do. This is an amazing opportunity.

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:10 am Sunday

Mom has an odd way of keeping eggs warm this morning. What is with the butt up in the air? Other than that, quiet - no bird calls, trains, planes or other automobiles.

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Easter to all. I'm wondering if something is starting to happen with the eggs. Mother eagle has been a odd position this morning

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like something might be happening on the nest. Maybe the eggs are starting to hatch, mother eagle has been in an odd position this morning. Happy Easter to all.

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like her wings are up real high,to cover the eggs more.

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get it - sometimes when I log in the picture on the still isn't what is going on in the video.... I cant figure out what is real and what isn't. Poor birds - it has been a rough nesting period. The weather has been pretty lousy. I bet lots of eagles have already failed.

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm I think the show is over. Too bad - poor birds - they did their darndest. Hope for better weather next year.... for all the birds.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

4/8/07 10:00AM eastern--Been watching an empty nest for quite awhile now. Does not look good, they have been off the nest alot lately.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

4/8/07 ... Happy Easter!

Dad left the nest at approximately 9:50am EST It is now 10:23am and the nest is still empty.
It's quite cold & windy today in Maine so this can't be good for the egg(s) Time will tell I guess.

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday 4/8/07
10:06 a.m.

Very loud sounds from the mike. Probably a scientist adjusting, or perhaps a curious squirrel.

I think the fly-by's yesterday were probably Charlie Todd or one of the other BRI team members since they were so low and sounded directly overhead.

And congrats on the clever ideas for donations!

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sun 4/8
10:30 am, no one on the nest. The snow is all melted or blown off, it looks windy but it is above freezing. I wonder why they are leaving the nest so much. I hope everyone is ok.

Yes, it was very noisy last evening - eagle, crows, gulls. all calling at the same time. Loon had also swam by a few minutes before.

10:35 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

No eagle in sight for at least several minutes now (10:41 am EDT, 8 Apr 07), so is it over?

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been watching the nest for the last hour and it has been empty. I certainly hope that is not a sign of the hatchlings' fate.

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Lotte said...

04/08/07 10:57AM

No eagles in sight. Obviously no eaglets yet. My misinterpretation of the eagle's body language. Wishful thinking, maybe?

11:04 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

4/8/07 ... 11:11am

Dad finally came back to the nest...Over an hour off the egg(s)

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

4/8/07-11:11am-- Dad returns to nest-finally- I was gone for an hour, so I don't know it the nest was empty for all that time. I'm a little worried for the little guys.

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

11:37 Dad gets up stands and looks over the water and takes off. I don't like what I see today. HAPPY EASTER to all.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

04-08-07 I checked in at 10:11 am and found an empty nest. It was still empty at 10:48 when I checked back. At 11:20 I looked again and dad was sitting on the nest with his wings slightly spread. I hoped this was a good sign. Now, at 11:40 am he is gone again!

11:40 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Sunday, 4/8/07 ... 11:36am

Dad leaves the nest again.

Back at 11:59am, believe it is Mom.

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

Well Wing said to watch for strange things happening at the nest---today sure is strange!! Nest mostly empty.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some interesting events happened today (3-8-07) as I watched. At 12:43 PM BOTH male and female flew into the nest at the same time. The female sat on the nest bowl while the male sat next to her, and they communicated for a few minutes. (It was a very lovely site seeing the two of them together in the nest side by side.) Then at 12:45 PM the female got up and flew away, with the male right after her. Then a few minutes later (12:47 PM) she arrived back in the nest and sat on the nest bowl.

Just thought I'd report this event as it was most unusual and interesting to see them both arrive at the nest together with a lot of chattering between them. Wish I could have captured this for you all to see.

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/8/07 - 12:38 pm ET
Mom (I think) leaves the nest for about 5 minutes, both Mom & Dad return to next and are screeching and calling loudly, both seem to be looking in the nest. Mom "boogies" down over the eggs and Dad takes off. All is quiet.

Happy Easter!

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/8/07 - 1:45 pm ET

At 1:42,nest was empty again. 1:44 Mom flew in and settled in again.

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:50 pm
Since mom came back on the nest at 1:44, initially she was rocking back & forth, wings sticking out a bit, kept checking or pecking below her, ?moving nesting material around, ? rolling eggs or pecking. It is different than I've seen her act before. They must be anxious too, how do they know it is time for the eggs to hatch?

2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/8/07
2:20pm PST

Global warming is upon us and there will be alot of nest failures and extinction of species.
We have to stop developing the land and get off of our dependence on fossil fuel. I am glad I am old so I won't be around to experience this devastation.

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just tuned in(4/8/07) and I believe that the female was in the nest. At 5:45 PM she flew off. Not long after that both came back to the nest, making lots of converstation. Male goes back to sitting of the eggs, Mom takes off. Hoping for the best this year!! They do seem to leave the nest empty, and at great lenghts at times. Praying all goes well.

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

around 7:38 pm
?dad in nest, looked like he was going to go to sleep, then he started calling & mom called back, he looked like he was waiting for her, fluffed up on edge of nest, flew off.
mom flew in, about 10 seconds later. She checks out nest, rubs eggs or bottom of nest with chest, butt up in air, repeats a few times then settles down into nest.
I hope this is a good sign that at least one baby will hatch.

7:55 PM  
Blogger cmp said...

4/08/07
8:16 PM
Anonymous wanted to know how the parent birds know it is time for the eggs to hatch. I know that baby chicks and ducks will start peeping a day or two before they hatch and there is movement in the egg that a parent bird would be able to feel. It must certainly be similar for the eagle parents.

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

This is a combined clip from around 5:43 p.m. April 8th. First she leaves, then I edited out the next few minutes and then he arrives followed by her and there is a lot of loud talk between them that is quite different than we have been seeing. She appears to mantle slightly but just with her right side?

http://judykb.org/meapr8aabb.asf

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

Video of an unusally nest exchange at 7:48 p.m. April 8.
http://judykb.org/meapr8748ne.asf

8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh boy! I will be tuning in with my class of 7th graders as much as possible todya. We have the whole school a-buzz with anticipation! Looks gray and windy at the nest area right now, 5:57 AM, EDT. Hope things go as expected, and there is at least one new eaglet by day's end. Again, thank you everyone at BRI for this experience. Whatever you have done has only strengthened the interest and, hopefully, the support. I have donated already and encourage everyone who hasn't to get in there and help!

5:59 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Monday, April 9..Possible Hatch Day

7:09am

Dad is on the nest and all is quiet on the eagle homefront.

Let's all keep positive thoughts that we see baby eaglet(s) sometime this week :o)

7:11 AM  
Blogger Gillian said...

A couple of chickadees were calling nearby with their springtime "fee-bee" calls and then their "chickadee-dee-dees". I'm not sure who is on the nest, but the eagle kept looking at the camera as if saying "I'd like some privacy , if you please!"

It seems windy today. Hopefully the chicks will hatch as expected.

Gillian in Ottawa,
4/9/2007, 8:02 a.m. EDT

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

4/9/07-8:27am Eastern-- Dad gets up and flies off for a min.-returns and settles in again,gets vocal with his horse voice and flies off again at 8:34. Mom returns at 8:37 and takes over. Dad up in limb and they fet vocal together. So, this could be the big day, lets pray!

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Mrs. E.'s Class said...

From Brenden
April 9, 20007
It's windy again.
8:25 Eagle flew off
8:28 Eagle flew back
8:35 Eagle flew off
8:38 Eagle flew in and squawked
I'd be surprised if the eggs survived. There have been too many storms.
I wish they would survive.

8:45 AM  
Blogger leolalin said...

After watching this nest last year and also one in British Columbia, it's very exciting and facinating to follow the natural progression from prior to egg laying to the eaglets learning to fly.

The CT Audubon society has a camera in an osprey nest in Milford, CT. There has been no egg laying as of this morning, but if anyone is interested in watching, here is the site:
http://www.ctaudubon.org/action/osprey.htm

It's very amazing to see the pair up close and personal!

Crossing our fingers for our eagle pair this week. Thanks for the opportunity to see it!

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

Has anyone here observed a hatching where the nest was left empty often and for long periods of time right at hatch time??

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8am (central time) -- I believe it was the female and she called out then left the nest.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Dollynh said...

4-09-07

9:17 a.m.est

Mom is gone again, BUT, I see a tiny little white head..Anyone else see this? Why would the parents take off SO many times, if the baby has hatched?

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the very vocal nest exchange that happened a couple of hours before Judi's video at 7:48. The female leaves and the male is the remaining eagle. You can see his talons quite well as he makes his way to settle in the nest. She actually has trouble with her foot as she gets out of the nest. I think you can really see the difference in size between the two.

Don't you wonder at their communication? What is it all about? Considering what their ages must be they certainly have been through a lot together. They must be considered quite an aged couple at this point.

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

This is my first attempt at an upload of a video, so I hope it works.

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Redetta said...

Mon.,9th...6:40 am AZ

Eagle on the nest, very windy with choppy sea in the background.

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While the weather is going to be somewhat unsettled, with some showers here and there, the forecast for the area for the next 10 days has daytime highs in the mid to upper 40's. Hopefully that will bode well for the eagle family!

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Checked in this morning at 9:40am eastern time. Mom has been there for awhile. She seems "on edge" so to speak. Very alert! Though she keeps having to hunker down with the winds. I am in Connecticut and it's windy and very unusually COLD! I know Maine is even colder. :( Those poor babies don't want to come out in this weather! There are going to hang in there a bit! Hoping for warmer weather. This weekend may hit mid 50's. :)

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops forgot the date on my post above. April 9th....10:09 AM Eastern time. Mom still sitting and ducking the wind!

10:09 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

The nest was empty yesterday (Easter Sunday) in the morning for at least an hour that I was watching.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Judy said...

This is a video from from when he left around 8:26 a.m. If you notice, he briefly got his left foot hung on a twig.
http://judykb.org/meapr9a.asf

This is a video of his return around 8:29 a.m.
http://judykb.org/meapr9b.asf

Video of him leaving around 8:33 a.m.
http://judykb.org/meapr9c.asf

Video of her (I believe) coming to nest and you can see them both right before she lands.
http://judykb.org/meapr9d.asf

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MOm and Dad have been on and off the nest all morning. Are things beginning to happen or are they about to abandon the nest? Fingers still crossed.

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Shelby said...

Do I see an eaglet in the empty nest?

12:05 PM  
Anonymous maine native said...

12:05 eagle time and the nests been empty for at least 15 minutes. Weird eagles lately. I hope this is a good sign.

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Shelby said...

It's been 40 min. since anyone has been on the nest. This just can't be good. Soooo worried.

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a reminder...eaglets will not be at all white upon hatching. Fuzzy and gray, but no white.All eyes are on this wonderous adventure.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Hi Judy, thanks for the videos. Nest is empty at 12:33 EST. In the video of Dad taking off, what does he do right before he takes off? Poop?

12:34 PM  
Blogger kimbe said...

Do i see something moving in the nest or is it just the wind

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could have swore I saw a tiny head moving this morning at 9:15.
There wasn't any body on the nest.

but if you looked in between the branches you could see it

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is 12:40, I haven't been watching the nest constantly but the eagles have been gone for at least an hour now. I don't have a good feeling about this but you never know. Hoping all the best for the eagle family.

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eagle back on the next @ 12:43 eastern time.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone (dad?) just retruned after about an hour. Boy, they are really keeping us in suspense.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous laurie said...

I've been watching on and off all morning. I thought I saw an eaglet when both adults were off the nest. Now that one of the adults is back I don't see it. the adult is moving something away from him/her. Could it be eggshell fragments. Here's hoping!!!

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Shelby said...

Well, at least we know the nest hasn't been abandoned. That's what I was afraid of after 1 hour and 6 minutes of the nest being empty. Someone needs to tell them this is a big day and they can't leave anymore, that was it!!!!!

1:03 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

4/9/07 ... 1:27pm

I really do not think that an eaglet has hatched yet. She is laying to "flat" in the nest plus there has not been any food brought to the nest.

The nest was empty for quite some time this morning but they keep coming back :o)

Still hoping....

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how exciting

every department in our office has a monitor to watch and are eagerly awaiting the first hatch

it's wonderful and we can't wait to let everyone know what we observe

keep up the good work and hoping for the best

ejane

3:45 PM  
Anonymous C.Carroll said...

Around 8:30am 4/10/07 Just when the cam loaded the 2nd time the eagle in the nest started screaming and sat up. There appeared to be something hanging from his or her neck. The cam whent out and I refreshed it just in time to see him/her take off and the other come in. I observed something hanging down under the chest with leaves and or feathers attached to it. I hope it comes off and isn’t fishing line.


Sir Lance.

9:16 AM  

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