Friday, April 27, 2007

Nest Intruder

After being in the field until late last night and early this morning, getting a broad contaminant study off the ground I was excited to see 216 comments! What had happened?

I have reviewed your comments and have been very interested in watching your videos of the intruder eagle.

Territorial battles are quite common amongst eagle, loons, and most birds that are not colonial nesters. I have seen knock down drag out fights between all sorts of birds. And I have been surprised that we have not seem more behavior of this sort at this nest site, since it is in a prime location—relatively protected from weather and close to foraging areas. They are also common after a nesting failure.

There are a number of eagle nests in the area, and there are young adult eagles that are attempting to establish territories. This territorial battle is a good sign for a number of reasons.

First it demonstrates clearly that the pair are quite attached to the nest site and are defending it again intruders. This indicates clearly that the pair has not abandoned the nest site after the failure.

As many of you noted that the confrontation was between two males. In reviewing the videos it’s not clear to me which is the territorial male and which is the intruder. It is possible that we could be witnessing a mate switch. It is often the case with birds that they are more attached to the nest site and territory rather than each other.

If you can, please review the video from the beginning and see if you can see a difference between the males, and see as they change back and forth on the nest if you can tell if it is the same male at the beginning of the confrontation as at the end. It appears to me that one of the birds had more white feathers showing on the body.

Another reason this is positive sign, is that it shows that the eagle population as a whole in increasing and that young strong birds are trying to establish their own territories—often they will try and take over another rather than establishing their own. This younger cohort of eagles, are extremely important to the population as a whole. Since eagles live so long and reproduce relatively slowly, it is vital for a stable or growing population to have a large group of younger birds available to fill if a breeding adult leaves.

Finally, even though this battle looked intense to our eyes, birds, like dog, people, and most animals do every thing they can to avoid physical danger. In watching one of the videos a saw a lot of calling, dive bombing, and little if any physical contact. If you think about people, generally people yell at each a great deal before getting into a physical alteration—same with birds.

Keep up the great observations.

Wing Goodale, BioDiversity Research Institute


Blogger Patti said...

I didn't see the altercation. Is there video available?

9:44 AM  
Blogger judie said...

9:51 am
I hope and pray that it's the same sweethearts that have been through sooooooo much that have returned to the nest. Matter of fact, nothing will make me think otherwise. It's like watching the most romantic film of all time with these two. I'm so addicted to them. I believe Daddy will put that bad boy in his place once and for all. I get chills when I see Mama screaming for he man for help. Look out bad boy, you don't want that Lady at you.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Miss_Lin said...

Thank you, Wing! I had always been told that Eagles mated for life. You can learn something new every day!! And twice if you open your eyes!

For the person who asked about the weight of the birds I found this information at this website:

Males are usually 8-9 lbs with the females being 10-14 lbs.


9:59 AM  
Anonymous J said...

Thanks for all the new info re: I was commiserating with a client yesterday over the lose of 5 tall pines in her backyard and how it would effect 'her' birds, I wondered what such extensive loses would do to a bird population. She lives off Rt 88 here in Ptld and as I traveled that rd after the storm up to the Royal River the lose of tall pines (white pines?) was massive....there must've been hundreds on that road alone. So who lost out there? Do crows nest in them? Protection for smaller birds? And what the heck happens when the whole neighboorhood is trashed? Just wondering....
J in S.P. ME

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Wing, you're the best!

10:20 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Hi Wing- Thank you so much for all the information. Your insight makes this all the more interesting. The romantic soap opera is interesting... but watching the force of nature bringing back a rare bird species, the symbol of our country, is like you said before, humbling. Now, if we could all swap mates to live in a place that we liked more than another would certainly be interesting, wouldn't it?

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both eagles at nest feeding @ 11:00am

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4-27-07 Friday 11:02 am Happy to see both eagles busy fixing their nest!! Hoping there isn't another invasion today, so far so good!! Thanx Wing for explaining what could have been going on. Wendy in Maine

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with Judie. As much as the survival of the species depends on the younger eagles taking over established nests, I hate the idea that that has to include the whole "wife swap" thing.
There are 2 eagles in the nest now and I can't tell if its our pair or if its the young buck and our mom.
Heather 4/27 11:05

11:07 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Its 11:10 EST, and both birds are sitting around the nest, so serenely! :)

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both birds/two eagles are at the nest
11:02 a.m. EDT they both had heads in nest. Eating? Rearranging the nest? Hard to tell. Definitely saw one large twig being moved around.
11:10 Each is sitting on his/her own branch right now after spending time picking at the nest. They are quiet and watchful.
I am so excited about the possibility of more eggs.
DK Portland

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Below are some but not all of the video links for the person who asked.

To Judy and the others who posted them - THANK YOU!!

Wing - would it be possible for a time stamp to show on the site or something? People made some wonderful observations, but knowing when the observations were made sometimes gets a bit confusing as people world wide are recording them. I know last fall people watching the NGS Africam - Pete's Pond initially were a bit irked with the little NGS logo but all soon got use to it.

11:00 AM EDT 4/27 - and the nest had been quiet, and M&D are now perched as sentries, Mom on the "Y" and Dad on the branch coming towards the camera. (I think anyway)
No talking though appearing to keep a sharp look out.

Nature is so fascinating.

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

04/27 @ 11:11

11:05 - Both eagles at nest. I THINK Mr. Mom as one has larger beak and very clear inverted V (white on chest). Did not notice "gimpy" left leg in nest or branch landing.

They picked around nest bowl together and went to opposite branches. Mr (hopefully!) on Y facing water. Ms (again, hopefully) on my left, camera side branch. Both just looking around.

After yesterday's drama, I can only hope that our original pair remains intact!


11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanx for zooming cam's perfect!! Wendy in Maine

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you a million times everyone and Wing for the updates. I just watched the video and couldn't stand scared for our eagle family. Wing's knowledge and willingness to share really helped me understand.

On the happier, more relaxed side, both (our couple, I assume)were home together this morning. Since I missed the drama yesterday and hadn't read the day's blogs, I was blissfully unaware. They looked whole and well early this morning around 7:00 am. Keep up all the information and a special shout-out for the talented folks who can capture video for us!

Lisa in Maine

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both eagles on the nest. Peaceful after yesterday. Judy, re: your edited video, you said 'intruder' but I thought it was Dad until the one you called 'Dad' flew in. Then I noticed that the second male limped like Dad, so I think you are right. Dad's chest feathers are ruffled I suspect by the fight. Also, Mom had her head down while the 'intruder' was in the nest. Thanks for the videos.

Myrna in SoCal

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too am confused I also thought eagles mated for life. Wing please address this

11:22 AM  
Anonymous laurie said...

4/27/07 11:15 EDT

Both eagles are in the tree on separate limbs. They do not seem to be "practicing incubation" at all like before. What are all your thoughts on this fellow bloggers??

Wing thank you for the information on the intruder yesterday.

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Won't we be able to identify the male by his raspy voice?

11:25 AM  
Blogger roxy said...

Thanks for the update Wing! I am watching around 11:00 EDT as two adults return to nest. They did some housekeeping and then perched on the branches on either side. Someone has just zoomed in for a better view. Thanks! Not sure if this is the same pair or different since your update this morning, but they do seem a little more relaxed and content, grooming themselves. I was watching yesterday through the whole intense intruder saga and really can't tell which was the territorial male and which was the intruder. Judy's movie indicates the territorial male prevailed... hope so. One just cried out and it surely sounds like the old familiar sound of Dad. This is truly amazing to watch and thanks so much. I donated last week to BRI's great work. I've also spread the word and have a few others hooked now:-)

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Judy for such a great video!!! I saw all the action yesterday and missed the eagles returning to the nest, that was nice to see in the video. I did see a number of white feathers on the intruders chest.
Thanks Judy again, my children have learned so much about the eagles from your videos.

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:20am Maine time 4/27/07

Mom and Dad both home. So interesting to watch as Mom sat on the far branch to groom and preen, Dad sat closer to the camera and watched her, silently and motionlessly. In human terms we think of those actions in a love song. Beatiful to see...

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both eagles are on the nest as I write this. I watched the altercation yesterday and I thought that the eagle on the nest was not Dad he was smaller and had more white feathers. Also the female wasn't as friendly to him. The two on the nest right now look like mom and dad.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

California Kid

I was privileged to witness these confrontations yesterday and was absolutely aew struck as to what was going on. I did notice an eagle on the nest several times that appeared to have some light colored feathers on his chest. He stayed there till our papa came in and forced him out as mom sat on the Y branch. It was amazing to see papa and mommy defending this nesting site and what they would endure to do so. I think we are so lucky to have this cam set up as it is and I am now totally addicted to the site. Thank you for your informative blogs about our feathered family and a big thank you to everyone for the videos and conversations. I did see the National Geographic web cam is about 12 seconds ahead of the one here at the site. Why is that? I look forward to another day of great viewing as both are sitting at the nest preening.


8:28 am Pacific Time

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

04/27 - 11:35

Both eagles still on nest since 11:05. I really do think that I am watching Mr. & Ms. Mom! They seem quite content and are grooming extensively (Mr. more than Ms. of course).

Hopefully, the battle is finished and won ...


11:35 AM  
Blogger Patti said...

I opened the camera link at 8:30 a.m. Calif time & mom & dad were coupling again! Right now they are working on the nest! This is soooooo exciting!!

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

04/27 11:42

Hopefully someone else is catching this also and can help clarify. At 11:37 Mr. into bowl followed by Ms. Both engrossed in bowl bottom and twice I saw them touch beaks ... were they feeding each other?

11:39 - Ms. back to her camera side branch and Mr. rearranging sticks on water side edge.

Remember, they have been here together since 11:05. This must be a good sign.

Mr. just returned to his Y branch.


11:44 AM  
Blogger Vicki in Pembroke, Maine said...

It's a good thing it's Friday! I can't seem to keep my eyes off this wonderful couple, and I'm not getting much work done! They are so happy, working on the nest, eating together, sittig and preening, and doing all the things that eagles do. Thanks, Wing, for zooming in a bit. The view this morning has been awesome!

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:40 a.m. 4/27/07

Both eagles (not sure if it's the old male or a new one) did their little boogey dance in the nest and passed something to each other (food?)and female rearranged a few sticks while the male sat on a back limb and wiped his beak over and over on the branch. Kept looking down.

Pam, Exeter, ME

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

04/27/07.. As Wing has asked us I have been observing the eagles at the nest this noon or lunch tome. They arrived at 11:03EST and are still there at 11:51. It definitely is our male I believe as I could clearly see the the female was down on Little's old branch and our male was up preening and cleaning on the front branch, once he stopped and Wing brought the cam closer a little I could clearly see that upside down V that marks our male. I was so glad as they are so fond of each other it would be terrible for her to move on after 13 years. Have a great day everyone, Thanks, Bev

11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Popped in about 1030am central to watch on the update page. Liberty, mum and Justice, dad were grooming. The one that has the V under the neck was there, so I guess this is the real man of the house. Hope to check later and get live cam for a few minutes. Humans could learn a great deal from this pair, being dedicated and raising, caring for a family even in times of loss. Please remember to wear Red on Friday to support the troops. Thanks to the team for this pleasure.
Have a fun and safe weekend,

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

04/27/07... Addendum to my previous blog.. I was watching intently and have read some blogs and think a few people have mistakenly identifed the famle as the male beacuse she seems smaller and he was puffed out preening. She may have lost some weight during the storm and not completely got it back. Thanks, Bev

12:06 PM  
Blogger roxy said...

I agree, I think that this is the original couple! Both eagles flew off the nest at approximately 12:03 PM. They were on or around the nest for about an hour. Hope that's a sign of being attached to the nest again and renesting (not just defending the nest against intruders ;-)

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

two eagles just left nest after being on it for at least an hour when i tuned in. (11 est)much as i hope that it is the originals i cant help but think that the male at least is different. over the hour i observed that 1 when he called his voice was much stronger then the original male. 2 he moved without a limp. 3 rather than perching next to the female on the usual Y branch he was perched on the forground branch. 4 when the female finally entered then nest he immediately did so as well and was "handing" her nest material which she was moving arround, suspiciously like courting rituals involving nest building. when he left the nest he once again went to the foreground branch while the female moved some major branches. both went back to preening then when the male left the female immediately followed. even the head looks subtly different than the old male. I hope im wrong but I suspect that at least the male is new.


12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't find a link to go along with the commentary either. Is there one?

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anna said...

It has been stated in many researches that eagles do mate for life. I am sure there are exceptions but I am betting that the rule is for life. A mate that loses his or her partner is quick to find another mate (this may be what we observed the newcomer doing) but I am guessing, maybe 95% of the time, their "love" for each other is "until death do us part".

I am beginning to believe that the eagle that I was observing sitting on the limb along with the mom may have been the intruder. He wasn't right next to her but on the right limb going out from the nest. As he hopped from the limb, down onto the nest, I saw an eagle dive at him....Maybe that was dad swooping in....saying "NO WAY"! Maybe it was dad that kept diving at the nest until the bird sitting on the nest had to give up and get out! The intruder could very well be one that had lost his mate in the storm and is out seeking another matter whose "wife" he tries to steal. LOL I thought the eagle looked different sitting on the limb and I thought his voice was louder than usual even before any attacks began.

If this scenario is correct, than our male won the battle because he kept swooping until the male had to fly from the nest.

It appears all is well "on the waterfront" today. Haven't been able to watch much but thanks to bloggers, we are all kept up-to-date.

A damp day here in Central Maine and rain predicted for our friends on the coast.

Have a delightful day,


12:33 PM  
Blogger Elaine said...

Thank you for all the information & links to the videos! I am so attached to these birds & fascinated by watching them!

12:40 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

In response to Wing's comment:
"If you can, please review the video from the beginning and see if you can see a difference between the males, and see as they change back and forth on the nest if you can tell if it is the same male at the beginning of the confrontation as at the end."

If you watch my video starting at minute 28:55, you can see the intruder coming in to land on the nest and then move to the tree branch. At 32:33, he lands back on the nest, and at 32:41, Dad comes screaming in from the left. Dad then remains on the nest throught the ordeal, defending it, until 46:55 when he finally leaves (Mom left at 45:49 after another approach by the intruder).

I can't get the URL to wrap in this blog, so you will have to format both lines into a single line. If anyone can tell me how to get this to wrap into a single line, I would appreciate it.


12:43 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

4-27-07 13:10 (EDT)

This morning I made a few videos, however, this one is where Dad was sitting nearly one hour on the limb over the water, quite hidden by the tree trunk.

Dad hears/sees Mom and he comes off the limb, followed by Mom.

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife and I have been watching the site for over a month now (Not to mention the rest of our golf course staff.) and as everyone else, we're totally addicted and fascinated.

I am however finding it hard to visualize the fifteen foot depth of the nest in looking at the proportions of the entire nest when the cam is zoomed out. That's the height of a story and a half building.

Might the BRI team have a cross section pic/drawing of the nest?

Thank you Wing and team for all your hard work so the rest of us may enjoy and learn more of these magnificent raptors.

We’re praying hard for the pair to re-nest.

Yup, that strafing mission by the third eagle was a surprise and sure something to witness.

Rob & Joy
Renfrew On. Canada
Tue. April 17/07
1:45 PM EDT

1:45 PM  
Anonymous JoAnnn said...

1:48 PM EST I really believe that I have been hearing Dad's raspy but very light voice around the nest area. He is out of site though. Has anyone else heard this. If this is true does that mean that the eagle with Mom is the intruder? I saw them on the nest today and for some reason it didn't seem to be the real Dad.

Anyone else?

1:53 PM  
Blogger technonot said...

I can't find a link to the "intruder" video, but would love to see it. Is there a link somewhere?


2:01 PM  
Blogger technonot said...

I would love to see the "intruder" video, but couldn't find a link to it. Does a link exist?

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

okay, it's Friday 2:18pm EST, and the latest is that the male we now see in the nest is the original one? I'm kind of confused because I "think" that one of the eagles seems to have more white tail feathers. Am I wrong? Also a couple of maybe stupid questions. Why don't the eagles sleep on their nest at night? Where do they sleep?


2:21 PM  
Anonymous Lotte said...

Here is one odd move I noticed as I checked in this morning. (don't recall when exactly):
Both were in the nest, working at nest-maintenance. Then one of them moved off to the side, and the other one made adjustments. She picked up a large stick and carefully placed it against the (ocean-side) rim. She fussed with it until it was 'exactly where ít was supposed to be', namely against three small vertically placed sticks. (I believe the middle stick was on the inside, the other two on the outside.
I saw this very same maneuver performed quite some time ago. Someone else who blogs here also noted it at the time, and mentioned that this was probably done to insure the little ones' safety.
After watching this build-up of the rim this morning I was/am convinced that our original pair is still in control.
It could have been an instinctive maneuever that any eagle securing a nest would perform, but I don't believe so.

2:30 PM  
Anonymous linnie said...

linnie said...
"The Bold and the Nestfull", indeed! Watching yesterdays drama was almost toooooo much! Very stressful and worrisome. I don't know how you folks tell Mom & Dad (or intruder) apart, plus things happened so fast with all the dive-bombing I couldn't tell who was who.
Midway through it, the parents were down in the nest eating something, so I am in hopes that the intruder was bound and determined to have THEIR dinner. I live on the Kennebec and have seen some unbelievable spectacles.....Eagle A catches a fish, flies to a nearby patch of ice to eat, and instantly up to 4 others come from out of nowhere and then the battles begin! However, this attacker seemed to specifically be flying at the eagles, not trying to get anything in the nest. It was definitely a home invasion.
If we are going to have such a persistent, aggresive, bad-boy in town....things are gonna get interesting. I believe that this pair is staying together and can't even imagine Mom just taking up with another. But, that's humanizing nature, isn't it? Still, that's what I see. Today has been far more serene than yesterday.
As I watch, the camera zooms out, then in....then JUST RIGHT. Thanks Wing.

11:48 AM

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I just started reading about your webcam. The last few days I have been watching a pair (and maybe a juvenille from last year) hanging around the river in mid coast area fishing from a very small island (have not seen nest) I hope this area won't be disturbed by lots of onlookers wonder if there is a way to designate the little island off limits to day trippers if the eagles hang around (this area has a lot of summer folk and bass fishermen in a month or two) - any suggestions? thanks

3:15 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

Is there any way these folks that capture video could post them for us to see. Even if its UTUBE I would gladly go there if I thought one of the videos was there.


3:16 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

Is there any way folks who take these videos can post them on the website? Or if not maybe on UTUBE. I would gladly go there to watch some of these videos. Wing it may also be some good marketing for you.

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing, don't the young ever move on to new territories, preferably somewhere warmer! or do they usually stand firm on staying where they fledged?

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Helen,the video links are in the blog entries of Judy.Also click Judy and see more.

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

This is a link to all the videos I did for yesterday afternoon. The Real Player videos have to be viewed at the smallest window size which is 1x to be clear.

This video covers from around 6:35 a.m. to 7:32 a.m. April 27th and is 9 minutes long.

Seven minute unedited video starting at 11:00 a.m. April 27th.

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I was just wondering a couple of thing about the eagles.
First off, why were bald eagles put on the endangered list? Are you going to keep them on the threatened/endangered list if the population continues to grow?
MY COMMENTS: I think that bald eagles should stay on that list because I think that just as soon they are taken off, if they are, will soon become endangered once again. What do you think will happen to the eagles if they get off the threatened list? And, if they are taken off the list, I think that it should still be a law to not shoot them. Could that possibly be allowed?


4:36 PM  
Anonymous Redetta said...

4/27, 1:53pm, AZ

Wing, I really enjoyed your interesting always. It was exciting watching the video of the confrontation. I will watch a couple more times to see if I can tell the difference between the birds.

4:54 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

4-27-07 17:22 (EDT)


You will find many videos right here in these blogs that Wing posts.

You'll will have to copy and paste the link into a browser however.

Here is one I posted from this morning with Mom & Dad in the nest:

copy and paste this:

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I witnessed the confrontations yesterday and I believe Dad had won out. It was nip and tuck and confusing for this viewer, but he (Dad) was in the nest for at least an hour. His raspy voice is a give-away. But the intruder was always lurking nearby. Mom only calmed when Dad was in the nest. She raised hell with the intruder and he returned the favor. Who knows? It is still great to watch.

Go Eagles!

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Lotte said...

To Kudzu and Judy:
Thanks. Great footage.
To Suzanne: I tried but could not make it work. Maybe someone else knows how to, and lets us know.
To Wing Goodale: Your updates are, as always, great. Thanks for taking time out of your already busy schedule to respond to one and all here.

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tracey in Houston....
After all that drama yesterday, where are our eagles now? I have been checking in off and on all afternoon and no one is home. You think they would want to protect their nest during the wind and rain.
4/27/07 6:01 pm houston time

7:04 PM  
Anonymous JoAnn said...

Hi All,
I want to THANK all of you for everything. This has been the most exciting experience in my life and I'm sure it will continue to be so. Wing and BRI you are incredible, the best.

I do have a technical question though:

When comments are posted I wait hours for them to be updated so that I can read them. Is this how blogs work or is there something wrong with my computer system? Yesterday I was frantic with what was going on and I couldn't read anyone else's posts until after
Wing wrote about yesterday, which was this morning. I sometimes think it is my computer because I read someone answering someone else's comment. How can I fix my computer so that I read the blog comments sooner?

I would appreciate any help from you. I really was quit frantic yesterday as we all were but it was awful that I couldn't read anything from my fellow bloggers until this morning.

JoAnn, Lynn, MA

7:05 PM  
Anonymous C.Carroll said...

I think we have orig. couple and will lay egg/s soon. IMO..

Here is link to nest wars Great video..

You will have to copy it in 2 parts and make it one line.

Link to other blog same nest runs all day many videos

Sir Lance

7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope this isn't a duplicate post, but I don't think the first published.

When I try the video and there isn't much going on, I quickly click off so that I won't feel so guilty when I check on them later in the day. I have made a contribution to thank BRI for all the enjoyment this site has offered.

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

All video is from April 27th.

Video clips from around 6:35 a.m. to 7:32 a.m.

Video clips from around 8:03 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Unedited video from around 11:00 - 11:07 a.m.

Video clips from around 11:17 a.m. - 12:03 p.m.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friday April 27
In response to Wing's request, I reviewed the video Suzanne posted at 12:43pm today covering an hour of yesterdays nest activities. (I didn't check in yesterday - wouldn't you know it )

I stopped and started the video and did screen caps at every fly in attack by the intruder. Mom spent the entire attack time on the left branch of the Y branch. Near the end, she flew off. Male (Dad) - with two white spots on chest -always stayed in the nest until the last 3 or 4 attacks. Then he leaped or flew off the nest downward between the trunk and the Y branch on the ocean side of the nest. He was back up in the same location immediately. After the last attack shown in the video, he stood in the middle of the nest for a couple of minutes and then flew off leaving the nest empty. At no time in the video did the attacking Eagle land/stay in the nest. His attacks were swooping near misses as if to drive off the Eagle in the nest.

I did not see the attack the day the eaglets were apparently deceased and the intruder Eagle swoop attacked and was rewarded as it got the food (baby eaglet?) But this attack made me wonder if it was the same Eagle figuring the presence of the parents meant easily available food again.

BK in California

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a 9 min action packed movie of the attempted take over.


9:08 PM  
Blogger Linda in Maine said...

Can someone tell me about the size of the nest? Depth, diameter? I thought I had read that it was 15' deep, but measured it with my shildren at school-can this be so??? Also, what are identifying feature difference between the male and female?

10:00 PM  
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10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been watching this nest for several years, first time leaving a comment. I had an eagle nest on my property for 3 years, but the nest blew down in the same storm. Two eggs smashed below. Our eagles are re-building the nest. I don't think they will have time to re-build and lay another clutch of eggs.

Meanwhile, back to the Maine nest: IF this is a different male, and IF the female does lay a new clutch of eggs, the male most likely will not help incubate the eggs or care for the young, because they are not his. Hopefully this will not happen, the eagles have been through enough already!

10:11 PM  
Anonymous judym said...

Will - that was a fabulous video. thanks for giving us a collection of all the attacks. I do notice that the intruder male has the same weak call that Dad has. Makes it hard to determine who is who doesn't it? But I have to believe it is Dad who is still in nest with Mom.

10:41 PM  
Anonymous judym said...

Wing -- I thought you had said before that Bald Eagles mate for life. But then in your last commentary you said they could be doing a mate switch. Can you elaborate on this?

10:44 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

4-28-07 00:12AM (EDT)


Where do eagles sleep at night?

Most birds, eagles/raptors included, perch in trees. Just like you see canaries, parrots perched in their cages. Their talons act like rachets and secure them to the limb they choose to sleep on.

Also, Will posted his exciting video (above) that I'm repeating so you can notice how Will points out "who's who!"

Copy and paste the bolded LINK below into a browser to view.

"Here is a 9 min action packed movie of the attempted take over.


12:21 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Note to Lotte:
My video clip has a very long URL that will not wrap in this blog. I am posting it as 2 lines, but you have to cut and paste the 2 lines into one (long) line in the URL box. Try it again and let me know if it doesn't work.


1:59 AM  
Anonymous maine native said...

Joanne from Ma

All comments have to be approved by Wing and as he mentioned he was out in the field all day and unable to access the site I am assuming. That's why there was a flood of comments posted this/yesterday morning because as soon as he could he approved and up loaded all comments. It's hard when we can't read what others are writing but we are lucky that Wing is as good about uploading as he is. Alot of sites take much longer to upload comments..Hope this helps.....

2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apr.29 wee hours again. Up at 2:25 so it is Sat. now. When I first logged on there were some strong winds blowing the nest and tree all around. I wonder if the two birds are the aame. No eagles anywhere to be seen or heard. What a crazy series of events over the past day or so! Whew. I won't be needing my television set any longer now that we've got these Eagles to watch and be part of this tiny slice of nature. Good wishes to all.
Maggie, NH

2:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

April 28
eagle flew onto nest from right side of nest. Called a couple times{had sound off}.Poked around nest bowl. Eagle flyby over water. Jumped onto y branch and moved left behind tree trunk Eagle flyby over water again. 5:26 flew off. Long beak,Possibly dad?

5:34 AM  
Anonymous Barbie in Holden, ME said...

In watching the intruder video, I believe our Dad did return to the nest. I did see the white chest feathers on the original male. Also if you look closely, you can see some missing feathers on the upper left leg (Dad's injury?). The returning male had both these markings.

6:04 AM  
Anonymous Arlene in Central Maine said...

I have been watching the EagleCam ( 2nd year! ) but just now explored the entire site to learn how to participate & share observations: back on 4-26 @ around five am, I witnessed copulation & again during the afternoon, same day, I witnessed, either copulation or an attermpt: they used the branch beyond the nest. Late in the day, also on the 26th, I saw a most unusual thing. ( I sometimes leave the cam on in my task bar & am alerted when something's going on, by the sounds ) There was "chuckling" noises & looking in revealed two Eagles, shoulder to shoulder, on the nest rim, "stirring" around with their beaks, down inside the nest. One of them left and went to sit on the off branch. The 2nd stayed on the rim of the nest. Suddenly it reached down into the nest, grabbed something & tossed it out... it wasn't possible to be sure, but for all the world it appeared to me to be the dead chick; larger than I had supposed it would be, too. I never did see the altercation with the male usurper... & admit to not recognizing the individual birds... can't tell one from another.

6:07 AM  
Anonymous J said...

To Linda in Maine and others with questions, I wanted you to know that while the eagles were quiet a week or so ago I read some of the other stuff on the website - check out '2006 Biologists Notes' on the left side of the page that shows the webcam. As you start reading the journal from January you'll be rewarded with an awesome photo (and maybe you won't be so gloomy about our rainy weekend forecast). There's soooo much info there, I had forgotten stuff from last year and I swear there's info there that wasn't on the blogs ;). It's a great little research area especially since it's mainly about this pair. Linda, regarding the nest size....maybe your kids could draw out a life size adult eagle and see how proportional it is to the nest. My Sibley guide has the Bald Eagle at 31" long with a wingspan of 80" & the Audubon Field Guide has 32" l and ws of 84"....have fun!!
J in S.P.ME

6:28 AM  
Anonymous J said...

Oh Linda ...I forgot to mention that about half way down in the 2006 Biologists Notes is a great shot of a nest taken from the air....Can't imagine sitting there in high wind speeds - actually I can't imagine being there in a breeze either!
J in S.P. ME

6:33 AM  
Anonymous enidfh said...

Thank you Wing for your update, and thank you to everyone who posted url's for film clips; they are so interesting. It's fascinating to see (and hear) the eagles defending their territory. "Ain't nature grand!" :)

7:26 AM  
Anonymous linnie said...

4/28 7:26
I've checked in on the nest throughout the afternoon, eve, then this am and I've not seen our eagles. I'm in great fear that the home invasion has been the final straw for them. Has anyone seen any activity during these recent hours?
To Joann from Lynn,Ma - I think our blog is frequently checked on by the "comment moderator" blog author. We see new entries when this blog author 'approves' & submits them. Anyone else have any ideas? I am very technologically challenged and this is my first time at it, so I could be totally off the mark.
I, too, wish we could communicate more often, so as to know what our fellow eagle lovers have witnessed or to have our concerns shared - we are all so devoted to this eagle family. But, whoever maintains this, I'm sure gets to this among his/her many other responsibilities, as often as possible. Is there another situation where we can set up another blog?
In the meantime, I tune in faithfully, but right now I'm a little uneasy as I've not seen/heard anyone at our eagle tree!
Linnie..worried in Fairfield

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4-28 8:33 EDT. Thanks Will for the entire clip put into one. Now I can see that yes, Mom and Dad are the ones who were on the nest at the end. I was getting worried. That male intruder was sure determined. I wouldn't want to tangle with Dad, even with a gimpy leg. His leg does seem much improved over previous videos of him. As usual I tune in 2 or 3 times a day and always miss the activity. I did see both on the nest for a while yesterday before the rain hit. Thanks again all of you for the excellent clips. I would miss all the action with out them. I am hooked on this pair. I watched some of the other clips that people sent in while this nest was empty. They were cute and good but without the interaction with fellow bloggers and the sound they were not the same. Thanks Wing and BRI for all you do to keep this site up and running. Ok, everybody how about this: Every time we view a clip from someone we put some money in a jar and when it is full we send it in to BRI? Sounds like a good idea to me. This could be a class project for the end of school for the kids that are watching. Just a thought. P

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As to why you don't see your posting as soon as you do it is because someone at BRI has to read them first and if they are out in the field all day they don't get to see them until they come back. Hope this helps. I know I have thought the same thing but then realized that they have to read them before they can publish them. I have seen several that have been deleted by the author (who is BRI employees or Wing) Patty

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To J in SP Me - That is a wonderful suggestion about drawing scale pictures of the birds and nest.

Thank you for the suggestion to read the journal! There is a wealth of information there and the photos are fantastic. Here is the link to make it a bit easier to find.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

WOW Wee - I just logged on after missing 2 days and all I can say is WOW. It took me forever to read all the posts and view the videos. How wonderful!!!!!!!!!

Although I have not see the Eagles this morning, nor have I heard them, I am praying and hoping we see a miracle in a few days!

Thanks BRI!

Lynn in Manhattan, Illinois

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go to
You can cut and paste your long URL into a window and it gives you an alternate very short URL. Works great!

9:54 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Saturday, 4/28

10:03 AM Eagle Time

I've been watching on and off for over three hours and haven't seen any activity on the cam. A nest site void of any activity especially in the AM makes me nervous. I'm hoping that I just missed the eagles visit to the nest. I am eager to get feedback from fellow bloggers. When was the last time that anyone saw what we believe to be Mom or Dad?


10:04 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Sat 4/28

10:08 AM ET Eagle on the Y shaped branch vocalizing slightly. Dad or Intruder????


10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Good morning! Dad arrives at the nest 10:07am. Sitting on the Y branch overlooking the water. Leaves at 10:11am.

--Liz (W,DC)

10:12 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Sat 4/28

10:13 AM ET
Brief visit by Eagle to branch ended. Flew off over the water.


10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:12 Eastern Time- I saw an eagle on branch for only a few seconds. not sure which one, mom or dad???

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/28 7:10am pst

One lone eagle perched on y branch looking around.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 9:08 am CDT Mon flew onto the nest, and then immediately hopped onto the Y branch and started preening her feathers. By the sound it may be raining there, at least there was a bit of thunder heard. She was there about 8 minutes or so, and then flew off. Its now 9:20 am CDT and there is no one on the nest.

Stan in Illinois

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Pam said...

Sat. 4/28/07 10:37 a.m.

The times I checked in yesterday and this morning, I haven't seen or heard any eagles. Wonder what's going on "behind the scenes."

Pam, Exeter, ME

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/28 @ 10:37 est

At about 10 a.m. I saw one of the eagles come and perch on the y branch was there for about 8 or 10 min. Not much activity since then.

Sher in Kenduskeag, Maine

10:41 AM  
Anonymous judym said...

I did see an eagle fly into the nest this morning around 9:30CDT but couldn't tell if Mom or Dad. It didn't stay for more than a few minutes.

11:18 AM  
Blogger kathy said...

Thank you Will for the amazing video. And thanks Kudzuarms for re-posting the link. Sometimes I am unable to open Judy's videos.
(My computer problem, no fault of hers, I'm sure.) I am so hoping for a renesting. Wouldn't that be amazing? I am another person who is guilty of not getting my work done because I'm checking up on the eagles. This truly is better than any TV soap opera.

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tracey in Houston....
Has anyone seen the eagles together at the nest since the attack?
4/28 11:13AM houston time

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Jamie, Elmwood Park, IL said...

Just checked in on the site - Saturday 04/28 11:10am Central time and for the first time really got perspective on the size of the nest. There was a squirrel on the branch very close to the nest and compared to the nest he looked like a chipmunk! Have not seen "our" pair yet today.

12:16 PM  
Blogger tracy said...

wa. state sat am 9:09
I saw the drama the other day of the intrusion. Just viewed a small squirrel investigating the nest. No eagle in sight for this easy snack.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Lotte said...


Note to Suzanne:
Thanks. It worked, and your video is awesome.
I haven't been able to check on the nest much today, but every time I do it's empty.
This nest is prime territory. It hasn't been abandoned or relinquished to another couple, so I'll just wait.

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

Here is a video of the eagle around 5:13 a.m. April 28.

10:07 visit.

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Linnie said...

Sat., 4/28 1355
Again, checking in frequently......a peaceful ocean, little breeze, empty nest throughout day......I'm getting a sinking feeling......the only bird noises I've heard are seagulls. No bloggers or updates......anyone have anything to relate?
My best to you all...from all around the US.... Keep the faith.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is everyone???The nest is so quiet today.

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is 3:30 Sat. Turned out to be a beautiful day here. (I live about 2 miles from the nest) Have not seen any activity today. Starting to worry again. Has anyone spotted them today? Gramma

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Pam said...

Since I've seen no activity on the nest, I reviewed the video. At the start, the male had definite two white spots on his chest. The one at the end did not.

Pam from Exeter

4:02 PM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

4/28 4PM EST. I've been watching most of the afternoon. No eagles, and no eagle voices.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Chris said...


4:16 PM ET

Eagle on the nest..Dad with a hoarse voice (????).


4:17 PM  
Blogger Chris said...


heard an eagle's cry in the distance before Dad (?) flew off the nest at 4:22. Oops he's back at 4:23.


4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:23pm pst 4/28

An eagle other than Mom and Pop was in middle of nest, calling out. Took off at 1:25pm. It was different than Mom and Dad in that it had a darker colored body.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4-28 at 4:15 pm eastern an eagle
came to the nest...not sure if it
was Mom or Dad. It had a different
voice at first. Maybe it was an
intruder. It left at 4:25. Judy

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4-28 at 4:15 pm eastern an eagle
came to the nest...not sure if it
was Mom or Dad. It had a different
voice at first. Maybe it was an
intruder. It left at 4:25. Judy

4:29 PM  
Blogger GA said...

4/28 4:25 pm EST

I think the original male landed for a minute. He "spoke" to something above him, but there was no response. His voice was very weak and raspy, and that is what I'm basing my thinking that he is our original male.

He messed with the nest for a moment, flew off, flew back on, spoke again, and I think he's gone for good now. This is not boding well. . . :(

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/29/07 3:30 pm central time.
Eagle at nest between 3:00-3:20. Appeared to be Mr. Called out several times looking around. Finally flew off ony to return a few minutes later. Once again called out and looked into nest bowl before flying off again. When he was calling did not hear a reply from Mrs.

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Lotte said...

$:29 PM
I checked in at 4:20 and saw the male on the nest. Wasn't certain which one it was until he chirped away. It's definitely 'ours'.
He stayed a few minutes, scanning the surroundings, then took off. He came back again a couple of minutes later.

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

Saturday 4:15 pm. I heard eagle calling off camera. One of the eagles, most likely the male becuz of raspy voice, returned to nest. Spent the time calling out and looking around and above. Looked like he was fending off an intruder. Flew away after about 5 minutes.

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm very concerned. I believe that Mom has left the nest with the intruder. The last time 2 eagles were on the nest and even after they left I was hearing Dad in the background very lightly with his raspy voice. I believe the male on the nest at that time was the intruder. Does anyone else feel this way?

4:41 PM  
Blogger movin said...

Hi, Maine eagle lovers,

This is the first time I've commented on this blog, although I find I'm recognized from my WV eagle blog registration....

Re: the territorial combat.
After watching Suzanne's video closely, I have to agree with her observation that "Dad," the original male with the injured left foot (improving, I think), was the one who made the first attack, driving the interloper off the nest. And it was Dad, limp and all, who successfully evaded the subsequent dives by the younger male.

Dad is the winner of that conflict and he is the male, who mated with Mom later.

Re: the long url's. If I try to copy-paste them to Explorer in two parts, the first part disappears by the time I paste the second part, so I copy-paste them to Wordpad, rearrange them onto one line, then copy-paste them to Explorer. It works, which is important to me, but it's slow.

I know there's a way, used by photographers and others, to post urls intact into blogs, so that you can skip the extra steps, but someone will have to learn from them what the method is (perhaps Wing knows).

Happy windblown nest watching,

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has Mom ran off with another man? This would be more humanlike behavior. Wing, Thought they "Mate For Life"? Guess that blows that theory.....Seen an Eagle come onto the nest on & off today calling with raspy voice, but no response at all? It's 6:oopm EST and I hear him calling from a distance, but again NO response. Where is She? The last two weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster for this Eagle pair & family. WOW
Anne, NJ

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The comment box says you can use some HTML tags including "a" and part of that tag is "href", the link tag. Using "a href=" will make a long link look like this:
Suzanne's long link.
It is constructed as below. I am using [ to represent < (two occurrences) and ] to represent > (two occurrences) so it does not turn into a link when I post. And, the whole thing is on one line when I enter it.

[a href="
Suzanne's long link[/a]

Notice I've named the link and it is clickable.

Tom in Cali

6:55 PM  
Anonymous judym said...

4/28 7:06pm CDT
I haven't seen an eagle on nest since this morning. I hope Mom has not left with the intruder. How sad for Dad if she did. Perhaps because of his injured leg? Did anyone else notice when intruder was on the nest on Friday, he seemed to have the same raspy voice as Dad? I thought he was Dad at first because of this.

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

The first two videos I posted earlier. All these videos are from April 28th.

5:13 a.m.

10:07 a.m.

4:16 p.m.

5:19 p.m.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

" Anonymous said...
Go to
You can cut and paste your long URL into a window and it gives you an alternate very short URL. Works great!
9:54 AM"

Awesome! It worked!


8:40 PM  
Anonymous JoAnn said...

Ok All, where is Mom? She hasn't been around since she left yesterday. I believe it has been Dad off and on all day. He is looking for her. She left yesterday with the intruder. He was the one on the nest when she got up and personal in the bowl of the nest. I kept hearing Dad's raspy voice very softly during that time around the nest. I hope I am wrong but I don't think so. She hasn't been around all day. Dad has been, and he is calling for her. I truly hope that I am wrong. Does anyone else have another opinion? I'm really worried over this.

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Melinda said...

I do have a question for Wing...I was looking at last years pictures of the male and female eagle and noticed that this years male is considerably smaller. with that said here goes my question. Is it possible that the female and last years male got seperated (for one reason or another) and she chose a new mate because she thought the other one was gone? if so...could the "intruder" be the original mate from last year and found his way back from where ever?

10:04 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

4-29-07 6:20AM (EDT)

Here's a video of Dad in the nest calling (again) for Mom.

Pairs mate for life unless one dies, so I doubt Mom is off with the inexperienced intruder. However, we learn as we are able to view them with this wonderful gift from BRI.

6:22 AM  
Anonymous arlene in central maine said...

An eagle on the Y branch Sunday 4-29 at 6am when I came in. Still there now 6:24am Quietly sitting there, but very alert

6:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kudzuarms said:
"Also, Will posted his exciting video (above) that I'm repeating so you can notice how Will points out "who's who!"

It seems to me that NO ONE can be absolutely certain enough to be able to clearly identify what eagle it is. This is a huge viewing audience that will be spreading the word based on one persons opinion.

Even if we all agree that we think it might be a particular eagle, we simply do not know for sure.

I think we need to keep this in mind as we read ALL comments.

6:32 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

4-29-07 06:44AM (EDT)

To make a URL shorter, you can use

Copy and paste the LONG url in the box and then copy/paste the new shorter url here. This will prevent it from wrapping around.


6:45 AM  
Anonymous Anna said...

Good Morning....

Another damp, overcast Sunday morning here in Maine. Highs in the 40's predicted for our friends on the coast.

Checked in on the nest at 6 A. and an eagle is sitting on the branch. I had heard one a bit earlier so presume it had not been there long.

Wish I could read their mind. LOL. Just sitting there, not making a sound. Where is your mate? Why are you not calling out for your mate? You are so quiet. It makes me think all kinds of things that could be happening.

However, the eagle looks large and healthy.

It was a quiet day yesterday at the nest site. I see just one eagle on the site around 10 A in the morning. Hopefully, I missed the two of them together. I hate to think there may have been a separation.

The lone eagle flew off at 6:23 this morning. Immediately after, I could hear the male off cam. I am presuming it was the male that I have been observing.

I will be checking back often today to see what other bloggers have observed. Hopefully, there will be up-to-date material for me to catch up on. However, the biologists or whoever keeps us up-to-date deserve a day off so I will anxiously await and understand if there is a waiting period today.

Oh, how I long to see both of "our" friends back on the nest and happy again.

My best,


6:50 AM  
Blogger dukeyboy said...

Sun 4/29
At 5:50 am edt - a lone eagle was perched on Y branch - some crows and ground noises were heard, but no eagle calls. Mom? departed around6:40.

7:09 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

4-29-07 07:09AM (EDT)

I believe this is Mom in the nest instead of Dad - most folks believe otherwise. I'm going by voice and the neck feathers.

The rain could be a factor in neck feathers on all the adults we've seen the past couple of days.

I hope this isn't a dupe video.

7:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One way around long urls is to convert them to short ones. There is a website that does this:

Just paste your long link, click the button, and it provides a short link alias.

7:28 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

4-29-07 8am (EDT)

Here's MOM in the nest - about 48mins but shortened (of course).

You'll hear her quite plainly as she flys away from the nest.

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


After looking at Judy's videos for both Fri. and Saturday, I think it is our original couple occupying the nest. Also, the intruding eagle had white on his chest. I think if Dad had white on his chest we would have noticed this last year as a way of telling them apart. Neither eagle on the nest has the white spot on their chest. I can't believe you Mainers are having another stormy weekend! Will this prevent them from laying eggs?

We are having a beautiful day in Virginia -- hope the sun will come out in Maine sometime today.

Maura (VA)

8:16 AM  
Anonymous judym said...

4/29 I have to agree with kudzuarms. The eagle I saw on nest this morning about 5:20am looked like Dad but sounded like Mom. I don't think Dad could get that strong of a call. So I think Mom was on nest this morning. That's good news.

8:21 AM  
Anonymous Judy said...

5:23 a.m. to 5:31 a.m. visit by who I think is Dad.

Two combined clips from the visit from 5:48 a.m. to 6:26 a.m. I included eagle chatter before and after the visit.

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Linnie said...

Sunday am 8:16
Mother Nature is a fickle lady. It seems to me that many of the things that we've witnessed have ended in an unexpected and surprising manner - right from the get go. So, too, this turn of events .
The home invasion worried me so. I knew it wasn't a good thing, as I felt things were tenuous with the renesting.
Awfully frustrating to not know the real deal.....who was who.... who left with who especially. Hard as I've tried, I cannot see clearly enough to tell the eagles apart. I had better luck with their tail features...but they were not always obliging!
Again, such is nature. The gray, gloomy morning and empty nest are making me sad.
Boy, this is not how I'd thought (hoped)things might turn out!
Again, keep the faith!

8:34 AM  
Blogger Maggie from Newtown CT said...

Many thanks to Judy for posting the video - I'm a computer illiterate, and would never have been able to capture that confrontation.

8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anna said...

I have to agree with Kudzuarms....none of us can know for sure....we are just hoping.

Can we be sure which one is which? Are we even observing the couple that we had in March? We can assume and I believe correctly, that until the storm, we had one happy family. Then came the storm...and all hell has broken loose since then.

Oh, how our hearts want to see the same pair of eagles but I am not sure that is what we are observing. Are we seeing a different pair of eagles altogether? Is the one eagle our original mom or dad? Did something happen to one of the parents and an intruder took over? I was sure that the lighter, raspy voice was always "our" dad, but are we sure that a lot of males voices do not have a weaker raspier sound than the female?

We simply do not have a clear picture of the situation as of today, I do not think. I do think things will become more clear as the days go by and we keep observing the nest. We know the habits of the original pair that sat on the nest when eggs were hatched. We know their behaviour with each other. I need to see more of that confrontation between the two of them to assure myself that we still have the same couple intact. is survival of the fittest. My interest will stay with all of them but......

how I long to see the mom and dad, the way we knew them, back on the nest site.

Keep the faith.

My best,


8:44 AM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

4-29-07 8:45AM (EDT)

Anonymous - yes, you are correct! We can speculate all we want, but only the eagles know.

(RE::It seems to me that NO ONE can be absolutely certain enough to be able to clearly identify what eagle it is. This is a huge viewing audience that will be spreading the word based on one persons opinion.")

Since none of the eagles are banded, the males and females will sound and look just like any other eagle.

However, in Will's video, most folks who've watched this pair, and especially since 2006; can tell once the couple are in the nest at the same time, who's who.

Dad's limp is currently our only identifier.

It's been a merry-go-round, for certain.

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

04/29 @ 09:05

Guess all we know with certainty is that the nest was visited by an adult eagle at least four times on 04/28 ... no sighting of two eagles on the nest together since 04/27. I know that I saw a pair at the nest on 04/27 @ 11:05 to 12:05 and I believe they were Mr. & Ms. Mom.

Also, we have video and blogs re a single adult visiting early morning 04/29.

I wonder if a problem with conflicting id is due to the sound we receive. Many of us seem to recognize the different vocals for Mr. & Ms. (Ms. strong and loud; Mr. raspy and breaking). However, I often do not have good sound (not since before the big storm). This became vividly apparent when I viewed the Kudzuarms video of the 04/29 @ 06:20 visit. The sound was perfectly loud and clear. Going by sound alone, I would guess that Ms. Mom was on the nest.

When two are on the nest, if using sound alone as a guide, I conclude the clear voice (as opposed to open mouth, raspy squeak) is Ms. Mom.

If we are not hearing full, undistorted sound and cannot make a determination with visual observations, our conclusions may not be as accurate as we think.

Just a thought ....


9:05 AM  
Anonymous JoAnn said...

BRI and Wing, thank you so much for this opportunity, it's a wonderful experience. Wing, what is your take on what is going on?

9:10 AM  
Blogger movin said...

Good Sunday morning.
Well, thanks to "Tom in Cali" and "anonymous" and "Suzanne" for the advice on handling long links.

I like the "clickable link" feature of Tom's way, but I have to study what he wrote further.

I also like the method put forward by anonymous to use, but it doesn't seem to result in a clickable link.

Perhaps there is a way of combining the advice and converting's product into a clickable link. I'll see what I can come up with.

Thanks a lot for your help, everyone.


10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just sent my contribution for the eagle cam. I urge others to all donate to this fantastic project. Hoping to see the eagles back on the nest soon! thanks. Gramma from Maine

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

April 29
Watching the cam this morning an eagle landed on the y branch and chittered for a bit. There was a bit of raspiness to it. It then jumped onto the nest. As it landed it looked like there was a little lean on the left leg {the tender one} making me feel that this is our dad. He then poked around the nest bowl, flew back up to the branch and rubbed his beak on it a couple of times. With the amount of white tail showing while on the branch and the shape of his head and beak I do believe it was dad. Flew off to our right side of the nest.
After leaving, there was a lot of chitter- chatter going on coming from the right side of the tree below. This all started sometime around 5:25 am or so.
About 5:50 another eagle landed on the same branch and made a little stronger chittering sound. By the shape of it's head and beak I truly believe this was mom. When mom is sitting on the branches, her wing feathers are a little longer and hides more of the white tail. There also are feathers that tend to hang down in the back her gives her a little scruffier look than dad. She did go in and out of the tree a few times going back to the same area off the nest where there was a lot of chatter which I believe was more than one making all the noise..I heard mom chatter like dad during the intruder invasion only a little stronger sounding.
Maybe they are coming to the nest separately to test if the intruder is going to come back. One as bait-the other as a lookout.
These are my observations and opinions after observing them last season and this. Both eagles do have their own little ways and actions that I think are their own.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Bird Lover in Maine said...


My first Blog. After weeks of lurking, its time for me to join you all!

I am chiming in with excitment thinking we've had our first sighting of Mom on the nest since 4/27 mid-day. I agree with Kudzu!

I base this on the very strong call from the Eagle on the nest at 5:30AM or so this morning, in the video posted by Kudzu. There is no doubt in my mind that it's Mom.

Let's hope they get back together, after all they've been through!

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where can I view the video of the intruder eagle?

11:42 AM  
Blogger Frances said...

Maybe the nest is just too wet and waterlogged at the moment to be inviting enough to spend time in. If Mr & Mrs. have nice sheltered branches to hang out on until the nest dries out, maybe that's what they prefer.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

4/29/07 I watched the video clip from Kudzuarms this morning, and I have to agree, it's Mom. I can tell from the voice also. She is much clearer and louder than the Dad. They just keep passing in the wind I guess. I don't believe she has left him for the Intruder.

12:02 PM  
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1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mar 29
I haven't blogged, but have been watching and listening since March.
Both eagles landed on the nest at 2:09pm (EST). They stayed less than a minute.

2:11 PM  
Anonymous judym said...

4/29 1:09pm CDT
Two eagles on nest!! They weren't there long and I just got to the computer right before they flew off so don't know if it was Mom and Dad or intruder. I heard Mom and I think Dad but the intruder has the same raspy voice as Dad. First I have seen both at nest all day and yesterday.

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Watching in South Texas said...

Just saw the pair land on the nest at 2pm eastern. They both raised a rukus for a few minutes and then flew off together.

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Lotte said...

Just checked in and saw two eagles on the nest. One of them is definitely our 'she-of-the-bad-hair-day' female.
They both took off just moments later, and now I don't know how long they have been here, or if the male I saw is 'ours'.
I have to get back to watching some more. Here's hoping!

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello again...

Hope you all are enjoying your day.

First heard the male? off cam at 1:06 this afternoon. Mabe others observed it earlier. Did not come into view.

At 2:07, an eagle flies onto the nest, quickly followed by the mate. What a beautiful picture. they look happy and healthy and a total pair....

I do not know if it is the original pair or does not matter. I will look at them as if they are the ones I have been adoring all along, if they continue to come to the nest site. They very well can be our same sweet couple.

They stayed about thirty seconds, then off the nest for another roundevous of soaring the skies.

All's well in Hancock County...the mighthy eagles have not struck out!

My best,


2:16 PM  
Blogger Bird Lover in Maine said...


Yeah!!! Both Mom and Dad on nest for less than one minute at 2:09PM. Mom landed first (could tell from her strong voice) and Dad second (smaller and raspier). They called out while on the nest together.

There is still hope!! ~:-)

2:17 PM  
Blogger GA said...

About 2:10 pm EST, two eagles landed, looked around, and then flew off again. I have NO idea who they were, except that they were male and female.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Rizmy said...

Sunday - 2;15 pm - both eagles came to the nest, both talking a lot, both left - 2:22 pm one came back - appears they may be on and off the nest this afternoon

2:23 PM  
Anonymous arlene in central maine said...

4-29 From four-thirty till five-thirty-ish am, a lone eagle sat on the Y branch by the nest... I never saw an eagle again; but DID hear them occasionally; until suddenly, with familiar calls, at two oh eight, pm... they soared in TOGETHER... sat for less than one minute on the nest rim, then soared away again! I know I observed copulation on the 26th... am hopeful that there will be an egg with the return of fair weather. Cautiously hopeful.

2:36 PM  
Blogger San said...

This is like waiting for a teenager to come home! Finally, 1 p.m. cst - the first I've seen them since yesterday morning. Only stayed for a minute but came back an hour later. Looks like they're working on the nest.

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday 4/29 3:00pm EST Two Eagles on nest fixing & this our couple? One flew away 3:05

3:07 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

It is just past 4:00 adt and both are at the nest. Each one has done some minor housekeeping. Is this a sign that they intend to move back home? Sure hope it is.

3:12 PM  
Anonymous NBD said...

Wow! They're back! First I'm seen them today, although I haven't been velcroed. Oops... one flew off. So glad to see them again! Now, about that nesting thing... let's get going here!

3:13 PM  
Anonymous laurie said...

4/29/07 3:04pm EDT

I checked in and found both eagles at the nest site. I hadn't seen them for a couple of days. I'm having mixed feelings about a successful mating last week. Seems there behavior isn't really consistent with nesting. There's not really been any "practice incubation" going on and they haven't spent a great deal of time at the nest in the last couple of days. I'm hoping that my feelings are wrong though. Guess we'll know in a day or two. The weather at the nest sight looks as dreary and wet as it is here in the Adirondacks. Both eagles gone at 3:21pm.

3:23 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

04/29 3:00 P.M EST. 2 eagles on Y branch within a minute one flies away. It is now beginning to rain. At 3:14 lone eagle starts calling loudly. Raining heavy now. No response ..flies away at 3:15 P.M. EST.

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Lotte said...

Checked in again at seven past three, and there she sat. Stayed there, scanning mostly to the left of her, preened a bit, shook the rain off her wings. At three seventeen it really started pelting down.
A little before the down-pour she chattered, and there might have been a raspy answer off to the side.
Something landed on the branch she sat on, but off-cam. Then she left.

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Around 2:00 pm central time 4/29/07. Could hear both eagles in background, finally landed on nest where they chatted with each other for a few moments then flew away. It was good to see them together again.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Bird Lover in Maine said...


At 3:16, Dad was on Y branch (had been for a while) and presumably it was Mom who joined him on the same branch out of site of the camera. A minute later they both left the nest site. I could only identify Dad from his excitment and raspy calls as Mom (I presume) arrived.

3:58 PM  
Blogger movin said...

Re: Tom in Cali's clickable link...

Tom, I must be missing a step in your instructions. I tried it in the WV blog box, constructing it as described (I printed and followed the instructions); however the whole construction minus a clickable link was posted into the blog.

What is the step I omitted?

P.S. I also tried the site, and as advertised, it works great.

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

Video of 2:59 p.m. visit. This is what I think it shows...first Dad landing, and then Mom, some picking at nest, and then Dad leaving. Before Mom leaves an eagle lands on the branch to the far left and she leaves right after it does.

4:14 PM  
Anonymous arlene in central maine said...

4-29 lone eagle on Y branch at just after 3pm... called and was answered at 3:16 pm... gone at 3:18 pm

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well it's now 4:20pm, EST and I've actually been watching almost all day long. The only time I've seen any eagles is about 5:30am this morning, Sunday and it was only one eagle sitting on the Y branch. I notice one eagle almost always at that same time and it seems to me he/she is hoping the other eagle will show up but it never does. Then again today a little after 2pm two eagles flew into the nest together, stayed a couple of minutes and flew off together. I don't who is who at this point or whether or not there is a 3rd eagle interfering with the relationship between the long time pair. I hope that's not true. I don't think we're going to see another nesting, just a feeling I have. I just wish we didn't have that awful storm which seems to have changed things. Every daybreak I do hear the crows, some other chirping (not the eagles) and maybe some ducks. Once in a while I hear the far off noise that only a eagle makes but that's about it. This morning I heard a lot of weird sounding animal or bird noises almost sounding like a war zone. I'm always hoping for better news every tomorrow.


4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Tom in Cali's clickable link...


You removed your attempt didn't you? Before you post, hit the Preview button and you will see if it works. I am not a registered blogger, so I can't test on WV, but it looks like it should work the same. Did you replace the [] with <>? You should be able to a "tiny" link as well.

Are you right down the road from me? I'm near Cypress College.

Click on this linking instructions link to find some instructions and a template.

I used my own instructions to create this entry, including previewing and testing, so it must be pretty easy to use.

You can email me at tom@the_domain_in_my_instruction_link.


6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a thought on viewing, since there is no action in the nest, why not pull the shot back to include some of the surrounding limbs? Maybe they are out of view, but not by much.
Thanks for the site ...

6:33 PM  
Blogger Linda in Maine said...

Thanks Judy for the videos...again.
Looks like nest tidying is going on-isn't hat a good sign? After the 26th, there may be an egg, soo? How will we know that an egg has been laid-what should we watch for?

6:50 PM  
Blogger wayne said...

I've been watching for the eagles for the past two days and i haven't seen them yet. But i'll keep on watching. Hoping to get a look at them.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Judy, thank you again for a great video. I agree that this is our original Mom and Dad. The way they are so comfortable with each other and Dad does his usual getting out of the way for Mom. Wish the weather would improve for everyone in that part of the country.

Maura (VA)

7:10 PM  
Blogger Frances said...

7:21 EST. They're baaaack! It's Mr. and Mrs. for sure!

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is 7:00pm Sunday. Just tuned in and was so excited to see them both sitting at the nest. Very serene. Weather here is 42 and drizzle. More of same tomorrow. It certainly looks like we might have more babies!! Gramma from Maine

7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anna said...

It has been a damp dreary day on the coast today...It has been socked in most of the day with visibility poor.

It is 7:38P. Both eagles have been home since 7:15 P.

Both our eagles are sitting quietly on the branch above, after both of them picking and rearranging sticks on the nest. They don't seem anymore interested in doing housework than I do when the weather is like this. LOL.

They seem comfortable with each other. One just flew off the limb at 7:40P. Looked like the smaller of the two, though it is hard for me to tell. I know they have some weight on them as they lower the branch when they light on it.

If there was a successful copulation on 4/26-27, then we can expect egg laying around May 1st to the 5th.

Whoops...there goes the last eagle (Mom), I believe...It is 7:45.

Good night, my blogging friends.

My best,


7:48 PM  
Anonymous wayne said...

i haven't seen anything yet

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Checked about 7pm, no one on nest. Checked about 7:25pm, both eagles sitting on branches. Checked again at 7:48, no one home.

Maura (Va)

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At about 7:20pm EST I heard the familiar sound of an eagle. I went to the computer and two of them had landed on the nest. They started to move a couple of twigs/branches around for a couple of minutes then the larger one flew to the Y branch landing on the left of the Y. The smaller (female?) one did a bit more moving of stuff and then flew to the right of the Y higher up than the other eagle. They sat there until 7:44 and really didn't do much. The larger one did a little breening and I did notice he? eventually sat there with his right leg tucked up under him. I don't know if that means anything. Oh yea, the smaller eagle sitting higher up left a good 5 minutes before the other one. The other one just sat there looking fron left to right around and around as though looking for the eagle that left to come back. No luck so he took off at 7:44pm. I wonder where they go to sleep and why not stay on the nest or at least the Y branch for the night? Why are they spending so much time away from the nest but when they are there they do the little bit of nest mending of some kind? I wonder if this male is our same male or not? He seems a bit larger with darker feathers and maybe even a longer beak?? Anyone else notice this or is it just me?


7:53 PM  
Blogger wayne said...

whats the best time to look for the eagles

7:55 PM  
Blogger wayne said...

whats the best time to see the eagles?

8:01 PM  
Anonymous Redetta said...

4/29, 5pm AZ

To Anonymous that asked where to find info about "the intruder"
Go to the Blog by Wing on April 26, "Eagles bring in nesting material..." and click on "268 comments" and read through the blogs.

8:02 PM  
Blogger dukeyboy said...

4/29 7:27pm edt
Both eagles on nest. Mom on top Y branch, Dad on lower left. Both are quiet. At 7:40 Mom squawked and left. Dad peeks around, scratches, moves to lower branch with no sign of foot problem, and takes off at 7:45.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


After reading the blogs I am amazed at some of the lengthy amount of times listed that some people watch the nest. I do hope it's the 15 second camera and not the Live Cam. Wing has told us this causes extreme expense for BRI.

8:05 PM  
Blogger wayne said...

whats the best time to watch for the eagles

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Lotte said...

Sunday, April 29
Checked in again after seven pm and saw both of them in the nest. They must have brought food because they were eating, then working on the nest for a while. The larger of the pair is definitely the mom. I am not sure about the dad, but he did have a darker beak.
After nest-work and fussing with sticks they went to the y-branch and sat. Then the male climbed higher on the branch. Mom scanned the area below and to the right of her. Then one of them vocalized at about 7:41. The male lifted off. Direction: right and down. After a bit she flew off too. Haven't seen or heard them since. I am hoping all this staying in and fussing was the prelude to a big event.

8:54 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

4-29-07 21:40hr (EDT)

What a wonderful day in the BRI eagle nest; both parents in the nest today.

Here are a couple of the videos.

Dad's leg seems to be improving as he hops and turns around on the slippery tree limbs.

Notice besides Mom's larger size compared to Dad, the feathers on her back, close to her neckline, that seem to raise up. Dad has them as well, just not as noticible as Mom's are. Most noticable when she bends down.

Since the rains, the parents most likely are pulling out wet nesting materiel from the bottom of the nest bowl. It'll dry out once the rains stop and can be reused.

I apologize for not getting the landing on the 7PM video. It just buffered and wouldn't let me copy.

Judy or Will may have that video in it's entirity, and if so, I'm certain they'll post it.

I'm holding on to the idea that Charlie Todd said MAY 6! We could still see a clutch for this dedicated pair.

Impossible? Not in my vocabulary since viewing all that these 2 bald eagles have overcome in 2 short months; as well as their history.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Movin Jim and others who want to embed a clickable link to your videos in this blog:

Use the following template:

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Your Title[/a]

EXCEPT use carrots (<) and (>)instead of the brackets. I had to use brackets to illustrate this or the whole thing would have turned into a clickable link. :-)

Thanks to Tom in Cali who got this started!

My Eagle Video 4/27/2007


10:57 PM  
Anonymous Lotte said...

Because I just finished baking bread, and because baking bread always makes me feel optimistic (don't ask), but most of all because I, like our eagles, love to go way out on a limb I'm going to make the following prediction: There will be an egg in 'our' nest by Thursday.
Famous last words? I don't mind looking like an idiot. Runs in the family.

11:12 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Sunday. 4/29

11:08 PM EDT Loud chatter between two eagles for approximately one minute (?Mom and Dad). No visual.


11:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In re Judy''s video of the 2:59 visit, I know this sounds strange, but the two eagles both appear to be males to me. The second one to land could be Dad but I'm not sure of that either. I couldn't see the end with an eagle landing because my equip. stops to buffer and won't start again.
Also they appeared to me to be eating, rather than nest tending.

11:40 PM  
Anonymous judym said...

4/29 11:30pm CDT
The eagles were near the nest off camera making lots of chatter for about 1 minute. I definitely heard Mom and I think I heard Dad. Then all went quiet. How unusual. Never heard them at night before.

12:32 AM  
Blogger Patty P said...

Good Morning

Monday 5:14

Eagles we on the nest early this morning. 4:50 am. One was cleaning the bowl again.

Have a great day all!!!

5:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 4:48 heard eagles calling to one another, both landed on nest shortly thereafter, staying around 7 minutes, picking at nest and then flying off at 4:57 a.m. EST.

5:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

read something about golden eagles having a second eyrie do you think its possible that our couple went somewhere lay their eggs i saw them copulate and read they did it more than once maybe time was running out...with the intruders and all..i dont think its the same mom or dad...maybe dad on trips back but not eagles llok diffrent, do males and females have the same voices?..also ive been trying to find info about 2 large red birds that i saw last3-4 years ,maybe golden eagles? here in great pond mtn area(sort of)or maybe a northern harrier...they were awful red and awful big...and once 1 flew off into the woods while the other circled into the air so high that i couldnt see it any you think there are golden eagles in this area? we have bald eagles, turkey vultures, hawks, owls, ospreys,and even saw a perrigrin falcon passing through...

6:51 AM  
Blogger Maggie from Newtown CT said...

4/30, 7:45am
I made the mistake of clicking on the eagles, since I have to get ready for work but don't want to leave the site. I saw an eagle on the nest and within a minute or two flew away. A few minutes later it came back and sat on the nest. A minute later it was on the Y branch. A couple minutes later it was gone. I sure hope they lay more eggs. I wonder why they would keep coming back if they didn't plan on another family?

This website is addictive! And MANY THANKS to for all those great videos!

8:09 AM  

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