Friday, April 13, 2007

Notes on the chick(s)

I was just reviewing our notes from last year and noticed that the first chick was spotted on April 12, 2006. Yesterday, April 12, 2007, we spotted the first chick. This consistency is quite remarkable. Last year the birds laid their first egg on March 6th, this year it was the 5th.

For most of the next couple of weeks this chick(s) will be out of view in the nest bowl and covered almost constantly by the adults because the chicks cannot maintain their body temperature. However, with enough food the chicks will be gaining about 100 grams per day. The female will be on the nest site around 90% of the time and the male 50%. After about two weeks the downy chicks will start to develop black pin feathers.

This next two weeks is a critical time for the chick(s). If the adults are disturbed from the nest site, the chicks could be prayed upon by crows or ravens and the chicks could be exposed to cold wet weather. It looks like the birds will face challenging weather over the next five days: rain/snow/wind and temperatures in the high 30s are predicted.

The eggs are generally laid 48 hours apart and the chicks will hatch at about the same interval. We know that there are at least two eggs, and there certainly is a chance for a third. Since the chicks are so small and below the nest bowl, we may not be able to see them for several days after they hatch. The best indicator we will have of a second or third chick is the adult feeding in two locations on the nest. Please post a comment if you see this behavior.

A realistic scenario is that the chick we have seen is actually from the second egg laid and that the first one failed because it was laid in extremely cold weather (-17). However this pair has been full of surprises and we very well might see another eaglet.

On another note, BioDiversity Research Institute is extremely pleased to announce a brand new venture with National Geographic and the eagle cam. This collaboration will improve the project in all ways. With joint promotion, we'll be able to bring the live video to more computer screens, we can offer all viewers unlimited viewing time, and plans are well underway to use new technology to make the image quality even better. We'll let everyone know when the new technology is operational. This is really exciting. Stay tuned for more information.

Thank you all for all of your wonderful comments.

Wing Goodale, BioDiversity Research Institute

177 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eagle feeding now 1120 on Friday. Can't see the chick/s(?) but the behavior is easily identifiable.Phew I was worried!
Thanks Wing for the update.
Annie

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just saw chick being fed 11:23 a.m.
Karen in Denmark

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:24 I was just watching the mom feeding the baby. She was only feeding in one spot so I would assume there is still just one. I'm so happy they made it thru las t night.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:25 am pst 4/13

Mama standing up on left side of nest bowl picking at leftovers/nest.
Cannot see Little Wing.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:25 EST observed mother take short flight abt 30 sec land and feed chick from food already in the nest. could not see if more than 1 chick was feeding.

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing, just watched Mom or Dad feed the chic a fish. Great cam. Thank you so much.

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched a lot of activity (don't have sound)because I'm at work from 11:10 to 11:25. The eagle on the nest (I can't tell male from female)grew restless and got up. Sat on a limb and flew. Less than five minutes later either that one, or the other one returned to the nest. It appeared to be feeding unseen chick(s) and I say this because it was feeding in two locations. Either that or it was "sprucing up the nest." When it finally sat down, it remained restless and squirmed and changed position, rising and lowering. Reminded me of a cat kneading.

Pam

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for more details. At 11:25am EDT I saw parent (I think dad) feeding a chick at one location in the nest. Could not see the chick, but was definitely feeding action.

Watching from the "other" Portland,OR

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Patti said...

I was wrong earlier, it was Dad on nest. Mom came back and they switched. Dad is the one who needs a blow dry! And I can say with certainty that Mom fed lil wing!!! Couldn't see him but she fed him gingerly. And I'm too worried about the one eaglet that's been born to worry about watching for another! Shesh, what do you want from us Wing!! J/K!
Patti in PA

11:35 AM  
Blogger nln said...

It's 11.25 and I just watched mommy feeding her baby. What a joy to see. Thanks for letting us see these magestic birds.

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elaine...11:24 am....Observed Mom feeding the eaglet and herself. Didn't see a feeding in another part of the nest. Checking on and off from work. She is one tough Gal, isn't she?

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/13/07 @ 11:30am

Just finished watching a Little Wing feeding by Mom. The latest update is very helpful. It's a true blessing -- and a surprise -- to have just one chick.

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

About 11:30 the adult aperaed to be foraging in the nest and moving to the same area in what I would guess to e a feeding move. This happened several times. I also spculste that the adults die a swap of their role as 'covering' the chick...about the same time.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Memlili said...

For those who are wondering where Hancock County is, it is southeast of Bangor, northeast of Portland. Ellsworth is the county seat. Hopefully that will help the people who are watching the weather radar!

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello....I am the one who emailed Theresa and mentioned I thought you were wrong about no eggs in the nest via the aerial view. On Tuesday when I was watching she appeared to me to be feeding something because she was putting her head down and then the motion from her beak looked like she was regurgitating. Plus from my own experience birds/fowl etc. will sometimes cover up their eggs when leaving the nest. I also told Theresa that she appeared to be watching something in the nest almost doing a headstand and cocking her head like she was watching something so I emailed stating I thought you were wrong. I just used your email site the other day and appreciate Theresa getting back to me.
What a wonderful education you are providing the world and from my brother who is a teacher in Texas..providing an enlightening education for his classroom.
Thanks for putting a link yesterday to observe the chick I missed because not at work computer yet....Elaine

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Judy said...

Here is a video of the nest exchange and then Dad feeding the chick around 11:20 a.m. :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVNkxannq7Y

12:04 PM  
Blogger TeeQ said...

Memlili, that is exactly what I was doing last night... watching the radar... I'm live in Montreal now but grew up in East Machias...

Congrats Wing on the National Geographic deal... Way to go!!!

Payday is coming soon so will do my part in donating to this wonderful cause!!

TQuinn

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Memlili said...

Congrats on the connection with National Geographic! I have felt since last year that this was an incredibly educational venture and am glad it has been recognized by one of the big guns. You guys deserve it!

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing, GREAT NEWS! National Geographic is going to work with BRI!
To everyone involved it's well deserved. How exciting is that!
Mom and Dad are doing a fantastic job, I bet the little one is quite content.
P.S. I like "Little Wing" also, it just fits!

12:13 pm EST
Sue in MD

12:15 PM  
Blogger kshowalter said...

What is the body of water that we see beyond the nest? I'm sure this has been answered before, but I'm new here.

I wish I could take an umbrella out to the nest. They look miserable!

Kathy in MD

12:20 PM  
Blogger cindyscrazy said...

Wow! National Geographic!! That's great :-)

I'm keeping an eye from work again. I'm glad to see they made it through the rough weather ok. I think that Dad found a nice little hidie hole, he's not as wet as mom lol

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing, I am really concerned about the Dad. Today he has no voice and he is not drying off from the storm like the Mom is. Are you concerned for the Dad?
Becky
P.S. Don't anyone get me wrong; I'm very happy for the Mom and the Chick, but I am consumed with the health of Dad.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Friday, 4/13/07 .. 12:20pm

National Geographic
Wow, that's excellent Wing!!!
Congratulations to all at BRI.

Mom and Dad are incredible! I remember that last year we had torrential Spring rains yet they made it through and hatched 3 little chicks with 2 making it all the way to fledging.

This Nor'easter coming up does not sound good at all. I do not think that I can handle much more drama.

Hang in there Little Wing-Miracle.

If we do have another chick hatch, perhaps Stormy would be an appropriate name.

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:26 pm. Mom seems to be doing another feeding. Last one was around 11:24 am.

Elaine

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:31
Mom is feeding and I can see the baby.....All is well with the baby, mom and dad.....
Yeah!!!! They certainly know how to overcome adversity!
Pam in Colo.

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think he/she just fed again at 12:30. Only to one spot. He/she just setteled back in.
Ariana Peabody, MA

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw baby chick being fed around 12:30 ET. Able to see chicks head for a brief moment.

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:28pm Apr 13

Adult is feeding an eaglet. Seems to be feeding in one direction only. Now vocalizing - slightly upset. Resumes feeding. Hear a distant calling in the distance. Nesting adult answers. Maybe it's the other parent. Distant calling continues. There's definitely a conversation going on! Can barely see Little Wing's head. But I saw that fuzzy thing!

Nesting eagle now goes around to other side (right) and shakes off the wetness -- I think the rain/snow has stopped for now. Settling back in but picks at food(?) from the nest bowl.

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor mom, having to sit in that freezing snow and rain... Anyway, saw mom feeding one chick at 9:33 Pacific... Sharon in AZ

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:33 pm - I could sware that she was just feeding two chicks - could see some movement but really difficult to tell. Really amazing to see her sit back to keep the chick(s) warm. She is so delicate. Hard to believe they can survive in this cold weather with no feathers of their own yet.

12:35 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

4-13-07 12:38PM (EDT)

Dad just fed the chick(s) and Mom is very nearby calling. He got back into the nest bowl to cover them once more.

CONGRATULATIONS BRI/WING - National Geographic is THE best to be with!

This nest is bound to be seen nationwide - as it already is, bet even more so!

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:30 EDT Dad feeding chick again at one location--for sure I saw the chick's head moving in the nest. Mom calling nearby, but dad is so hoarse he can't even answer! Snowed for a little while, but has stopped for the moment.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Parent just fed the little one. I actually saw a quick bob of a little whitish head so baby is definitely eating. 12.36 PM Eastern time.

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tracey in Houston...
Wing, Congratulations on your new venture.
We continue to pray for MomE,DadE and BabE(s) to weather the storm. Yes, now I am more intuned to the weather in Maine than I am in Texas. This has been such an experience.
Thanks to Memlili for the location and thanks to Wing and BRI for giving us our Wildlife Soap Opera. I love these birds.
4-13-07 11:37 houston time

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 12:40-ish, lunch served up by dad. He sounds hoarse and looks haggard, but is doing his fatherly job. Mom sounds like she isn't too far away.
I can't believe I actually felt a pang of jealousy when National Geographic was mentioned! OUR EAGLES involved with someone else????
Of course, I got over it and can see how that will be a wonderful thing. The world could use this type of information, look how it has brought so many of us together.
Again, than you.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:33 Maine time 4/13

Mom feeding Little Wing. The storm was not so terrible last night but Sunday is supposed to bring a wind driven rain along the Maine coast where the eagles' nest is.

Perhaps this baby will have a better chance of survival as an only child with this vicious weather and dad's bum leg slowing him down some. Mom and Dad really are amazing to watch. Loved your comments to the Bangor Daily News, Wing Sr. You are Famous!!

Thank you to the bloggers for all for your comments so we can keep in touch. A Bri Little Wing festival... I love it. We can use my backyard :-)

Lisa

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Lotte said...

04/13/07
12:40PM
Saw the male in the nest feeding the chick a few minutes ago.
The female called from off-cam,quite loudly,too. He looked up several times and answered. His voice is so weak. Why? I hope he's alright. He's had a lot to cope with these past few weeks.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous SusieJ said...

Around 12:27PM EDT bird on nest (Dad?) began feeding chick, whose head was briefly visible. (Appeared to only one.) Fed chick almost exclusively, not himself. Other eagle calling in distance. (Still calling at 12:45.) Eagle on nest appears to be hoarse (hince Dad?).

12:46 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

12:45 lots of chatter, Dad's voice is shot he is trying but not a whole lot of sound is coming out. I hope he's ok.......at least he looks a little more dry now.

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok I hear pecking 1150. This is the same pecking I heard monday When i think egg 1 Hatched

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like dad is barely able to make a sound.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

You could see the chick briefly when Dad was feeding him around 12:30 p.m. today. :-) Look for it around 1:23 into the video.

http://judykb.org/meapr131230pm.asf

YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RZE2rTpdd4

12:57 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

COGRATS on the Nat. Geo. that is super. "OUR" Mom, Dad, and lil one are going to famous. Thanks to all of you guys for the fantastic job you are doing, and thanks soooo much for sharing this with all of us. Watched all of last spring and summer it was quite an experience.

PS If there is another chick, I love the name Stormy, great idea

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Memlili said...

Though it does not show up on the screen, there is a steady light rain falling in Hancock County right now (1:00pm EDT). Pretty hard to dry off in that! Glad local posts about weather are of interest to people.

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ladyhawk......... ok looks like she {he} is taking eggshells out of nest

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, too, am worried about the male eagle. He appears to be getting weaker and weaker. Can't even keep his eyes open. Could he have an infection? What happens if he doesn't make it? Can the female get by on her own?

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Bev. said...

April 13 10:47 -11:17

Tried to wait for ashift change but duty calls. Male in nest. female calling quite abit for the first half . Male answers as only he can. Keeps looking down adjusting, arching back . Evidence of movement below .
tries to catch a few winks but recovers. Just as we do when we nod off.

Hope you catch a break in weather. Noticed a few flurries earlier but it stopped.

























11

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why is the dad so hoarse? Is he sick??? (I noticed the ither day he was panting.) I hope he's okay.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can get the live feed on my desktop at home, but not on my laptop, even when I'm home and connected to the same ISP as my desktop. I have JAVA and ActiveX and the DivX software installed. Does anyone know why I can't get the live feed on my laptop?

Stan in Illinois

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Kathy in Maryland -- the body of water is the Atlantic Ocean -- they are on the coast of Maine in Hancock County.
Becky

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

California Kid 10:35 am pacific time

Hardy Congratulations on National Geographic coming on board. What a bonus but the biggest bonus is the chick. I hope with the next storm they fair as well as it is said on CNN Radio News to be a biggie. This has been the spring form Hades.

Looks like the chick is on a two hour feeding routine so far. The way that the eagle is acting I'm wondering if that second egg might be hatching. It would be great if that’s the case. BTW I was up during the night and with the picture expanded I could actually see mom hunkered down in the nest as it gyrated in the storm. Now and then her eye would glow in the camera so I knew she was awake.

Thank you to everyone and especially to BRI. Also it seems the water in the background is the ocean as I have heard the chugging of lobster boats at times pluss I thought I heard a buoy bell.

A.D.

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard pecking on monday too but i had the sound low today

1:38 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

1:50 - feeding... so sweet how she gently uses her beak to feed them. I say them... she cocks her head to one side, feeds, then the other side, feeds. I don't know, maybe it's just more comfortable. She's not walking to another location but not consistently feeding in one position either. Perhaps this is not indicitative enough. This storm is expected to be huge... say prayers.

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watched Little Wing being feed at 1:50. Still seems to be feeding in one spot.

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are there 2? was he just eating bits of shell???

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Patti said...

Little one got fed again around 1:50 P.M. by Mom. Couldn't really see the chick even though I could tell it was right there. Looks to me like the nest got a little messy in the storm also.
Patti in PA

2:01 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Friday 1:55 P.M. EST observed parent eating and feeding the lil' one, then settles back down on nest. This is wonderful news about the venture with National Geographic and we will all be anticipating updates as they become available.Lets all say a prayer for this courageous family in their indeavor to persevere through the next few days forcast of severe weather.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous judym said...

12.45pm CDT
Dad just feeding baby and it is so cute. He is just a gentle as Mom. What wonderful parents they are.

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

Here is video from 12:27 p.m. when Dad looks down into the nest bowl as if he could be hearing another chick?

http://judykb.org/meapr131227pm.asf

2:37 PM  
Blogger nhjudi said...

04-13-07 02:45pm
I just reviewed the video posted by judy of the 1230 feeding that took place today. I noticed that a couple of times the head would pop up about 2-3 inches to my right from where dad had his beak. Could he be feeding a second eaglet perhaps?

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a link to Maine Counties Map and info on each.



http://www.maine.gov/sos/kids/government/counties.htm#map


Terry, midcoast island in Knox Cty.

2:58 PM  
Anonymous judym said...

The news about National Geo is fabulous. Congrats to BRI!!

Can we get any expert advice on what is wrong with Dad's voice? I am so worried about him as is everyone.

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So nobody seems to be giving an answer… is the male sick or just wet from the storm?

I know they are hearty birds but can they make it through this storm with a chick or two?

Ariana, Peabody, MA

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Lotte said...

I worried about a possible infection too. When I did a little research on the Web I could come up with nothing having to do with loss of voice, or weak voice. Came up with a whole list of other symptoms but those had nothing to do with our eagle's plight, thank God.
Does anybody know where else I could look for a clue?

3:23 PM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

Greetings!

Just a quick note. Let's please not discuss the location of the nest in any capacity. If just one person finds the nest and visits it we will have take the camera off line.

I'm not sure about the male's talon or voice. These birds are experienced and have survived the winter, and I'm sure they can tough out the spring. Even if the bird was injured we would not be allowed or able to capture it.

Wing Goodale, BRI

3:24 PM  
Blogger TNTalker said...

What a trooper ... boy that pair is something else. To no end .. that's what they will do for the next generation. I find it truly amazing!!! Really ...

TT

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feeding now 3:20pm EDT

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The actions we see right now are identical to earlier.... every interesting.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if the male eagles voice is that way because he is just an older bird? I know the Wing Sr. (lol) said that they don't know what to make of it, but maybe its just an older male eagle thing.

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:20 was feed again by one of the parents couldn't tell which one. Great news about National Geographics. These eagles derseve all the attention and help they can get.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:25pm EDT Another feeding by dad and another fleeting glimpse at the little bobblehead... :-)

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for letting people know not to discuss percise location of nest. Could be extremely detrimental to the project if people started showing up at all hours. We are still watching our local (Libby, Montana) Mom on oher eggs, should be hatching any second!!
Congratulations on the extremely prestigous acknowledgement from Nat G. Goodness know you have all worked your selves silly and deserve all of it and more.
Thanks for being here.
Sheila Buswell,
Bigfork, MT

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Olive Branch,Ms. said...

Well,The news just called the storm thats coming possibly the worst in decades.I could not sleep last night because I was checking the cam all night.the storm has just started to hit Ms.via Tx.I may have to leave my house so I dont stroke out with worry.

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Patti said...

Eaglet got fed about 3:20 p.m. Now i'm hearing some strange noises. Mechanical type noises...? Mom is ever watchful.

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Lotte said...

04/13/07
Did a bit more research, and came up with the following:
Diurnal birds do get infections but these are usually not fatal. Infections do tend to make them weak, and vulnerable to other enveronmental factors.
He'll get better, I believe.
Still nothing on his weakened voice.
Back to the drawing board.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Stan in Illinois: Do you have the latest version of Windows Media Player downloaded onto your laptop (free from Microsoft web site)? I'm on a laptop and things worked much better after I did that upgrade. Hope that helps.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous linda2 said...

Fri 3:23 pm EDT
Mom feeding chick from 3:23-3:27, also eating herself. Only 1 chick though she puts her head & beak in different positions, probably is where the chick's mouth is pointing at that moment.

Thanks for your note Wing. I have been afraid someone would figure out where the nest was and try to find it which I know would not be good.

Thanks for your input & congrats on the Nat'l Geographic deal.

sun is out on the nest right now.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Redetta said...

12:42pm, AZ 4/13
Thanks Wing for the advice about the location...keeping it quiet. I have been concerned about that for some time now.
Mom is on the nest looking out toward the water. There is some metallic noises going on...oh, it's Dad on the nest. He is calling in his distinctive sound.

3:44 PM  
Anonymous linda2 said...

sorry that is dad on the nest now

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My personal opinion in regards
to Dad. He is doing just fine.
His voice has been hoarse or
softer than Mom for weeks. If
his voice indicates an illness,
that would mean he was sick through March and now April. I
don't think we need to worry.
He looks terrific and doing
a wonderful job taking care of
the chick. Today
his talons/foot loot terrific. Hardly any limp when he walks around the nest and he doesn't
seem to be as stiff.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Wing for your word on people attempting to visit the site of the nest. I seriously hope nobody abuses this awesome opportunity to view nature at it's best. This is such a rare opportunity and if anyone screws it up for all of us it will be a real bummer! Lets just appreciate the opportunity we've been given by viewing the eagle cam in real time.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

4/13
3:32 PM Eastern time

Heard what sounded like a motor vehicle starting and some type of pounding noise. Eagle on nest not concerned.

Wing, Its great news about National Geographic. I always believed that there has been great interest in your work over and beyond those participating in this blog and justfully so. This accomplishment validates that interest. I don't believe anyone participating in the blog has been seeking out the location of the nest. We all realize that security is paramount for the continuation of this project. I believe from the comments posted thus far, we universally love these Eagles too much to ever think about jeopardizing the project or the cam placement. Hancock County is vast. I don't believe there is any breech in security. Just wanted to check the radar for Hancock county. Your professional expertise and information are much appreciated.

Chris
Grand Island, NY

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing - Thank you for all your great work. It has been such a privilege to be able to observe these magnificent creatures. I watched all last spring and have been a (too) constant observer this year too. Every time my high school age kids come by the computer they say 'are you watching those birds again' (eye roll) - but I think they're secretly watching too. I'm really enjoying reading the blogs this year - especially the ones from the classroom observers. What an education! Also, I hope that the people who are asking where the nest is are only trying to put thier viewing into context and have no intentions of visiting. What a disaster that would be. Keep up the great work!

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful view our eagles have, from when the camera was zoomed out. Thank you for showing us the view from the eagles ocean view condo.
H in Mi

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this just one nest, I see here on the zoomed out view? It appears about twice as deep as it is wide, and kind of bows out at the bottow. This is really a very large nest. I cant tell if there's an older nest, lower in the foreground.

Nate, USGS, Utah

3:58 PM  
Blogger nhjudi said...

Oh my! how interesting to see the whole nest. The depth of it indicates that these eagles have been adding on to it for many years. I guess that would indicate that they are used to these weather vagrancies and will probably weather this storm just fine. I hope this is just a tempoary view though as I would much prefer to have a close up shot so we can observe lil wing better.
Thanks to BRI for all your hard work and dedication.
Kudos on the National geographic.

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Wing for the warning on nest location. I am simply so very grateful for the wonderful camera/video work you and BRI are doing. We never, never would have this opportunity to be voyeurs in the comfort of our homes/offices unless BRI and it's affiliates were here to do the hard work. Also same goes for your LoonCam coming up later this Spring. Hope the sites can remain a secret treasure.

Congratulations also for a new affiliate, National Geo...I'm really impressed!

Keep your fingers crossed and if it is in your nature, say a prayer for this eagle family over the next few days. NOAA weather is calling for winds of 40-50 kt with gusts to 60 kt Sunday night into Monday. Seas running 18-23 feet where I am in Midcoast Maine.
Hhr

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing, are we no longer going to
have volume? It seems to have gone
off after the zoom out/zoom in.
Are you shutting it down?

4:00 pm est.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

4/13
3:50PM Eastern Time: Panned out view of nest.
3:53 PM Audio down. Cam directed back on nest. Eagle settled comfortably on nest.
4:04 PM Eagle wobbling from side to side in the nest, then eases down into bowl. Audio continues to be down.
Chris

4:06 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

4-13-07 16:06hr (EDT)

The 12:30pm feeding by Dad video for those at work.

http://tinyurl.com/36nkp7

At first I thought Dad was reaching further over to feed possibly another eaglet, but cannot be sure he wasn't merely picking up a piece that dropped from his beak. You decide.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was a great picture of the
nest in the distance, first time i
have seen it like that. Is there one like that archived, I don't think I have seen it.
Ken M

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anna said...

I would not be surprised if there were two chicks in the nest. I have observed the feedings all day, Although dad was feeding from the same place, you could observe his head going straight down to feed a chick...then he would tear some more meat off and would put his head in a lower, turned position, to me indicating two chicks in the same spot....remember, they are really small for a few days and would be snuggled close together. Whether there is one or two, at this point, thanks to Wing and BRI, we have observed, truly, a miracle of life. Now, all of us "step-parents" will have to keep our fingers crossed for safety from the nor'easter scheduled to hit us Sunday night.

Anna

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made a couple observations today;

When Mom was out and Dad was on guard, She is talking to him in odd numbers of calls. It seems to be 3,5,7,or 9 calls. I really don't know what it means, does anyone? Maybe it's a, "I'm over here". 2 or 4 calls must mean something different, maybe "I'm O.K."

If I recall, Dad didn't have a very strong call last year either.
I think he's O.K. thats just the way he is. Plus, it's one of the things that helps me tell them apart when they are not together.

Sue in MD
4/12/07
4:18 pm EST

4:18 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

I agree Wing...
PLEASE everyone, just enjoy this wonderful "online" experience. The landowners have been so gracious to let this eaglecam happen for 2 years in a row and I would like it keep it that way.

As far as the male's voice goes, it has been like that for a long time now. I think that they may actually be "his voice". His talon/foot/leg look MUCH better now than they did so I think that may be healing better than we had thought it might.
Let's just all watch and hope for the best, that's all we can do.

I have every faith that we will see another successful "family eagle" season and I just know that Dad will be fine :o)

4:21 PM  
Blogger Sherd43 said...

Friday, April 13 4:25 PM
Wing wrote:
"Just a quick note. Let's please not discuss the location of the nest in any capacity. If just one person finds the nest and visits it we will have take the camera off line."

The below statement was written by Mark McCollough, USFWS on this blog last year in April 2006 after hatching:

“Bald eagles are extremely sensitive to disturbance at this critical time. To flush an adult eagle from the nest exposes the chicks to cold, wet weather or predators. –
Mark McCollough, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service”

I can't imagine anyone would want to see THAT happen!

In the event that some have not noticed, there is a tremendous amount of information in the Blog Archives written by the biologists etc from work in the field. To get there, go to the bottom right of the main blog page. The info is organized by the month. You can go back and read what transpired with last years eaglets at this time of year so you may know better what to expect now.

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for saying that Wing, it was starting to bother me as people are discusing the nest location and county they are located in...DOES IT MATTER where they are located just as long as they are healthy and protected we all should be grateful that BRI and Wing are providing the service they are. If anything we should support BRI by protecting their location and continue to support BRI for all their efforts. I know I enjoy watching these precious eagles everyday. This is a opportunity that people rarely get to see. I thank the eagles everyday for not giving up and being strong through the storms. They bring more joy to my life than I will ever be able to express.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like it's feeding time 4:50pm EST.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Dove said...

I too am very concerned about the male. Do any of the biologists know about his condition and if this is something that should clear up on its own?

Also, is it possible to zoom in closer to the nest? It would be nice to be able to see the eaglet, even if just the top of the head as we saw yesterday.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

4/13
4:59 PM Eastern Time
Audio went back up within the past 1/2 hour. Heard motor vehicle engine noise. Eagle unconcerned. Eagle feeding Eaglet between 4:51 PM and 4:57 PM. Settled ino nest by 4:58 PM facing toward water. Cam view slightly backed off from that of earlier today.
Peace,
Chris

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

April 13 5:00 PM
When you zoomed way out and then back in this afternoon did you lose the sound feed? I did at least, and have not had it since. Great news about the help from National Geographic by the way.

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad Wing posted the message about discussing where the nest is. I'm sure most posts about the location is to help people from away to know where in Maine it is but it would take just one over exuberant person to try and find it and ruin it for everyone.
Other posts have asked if the biologists would get involved because the males voice seems to be weak and they're worried. People need to remember this is not a zoo where people can get involved at anytime. This is mother nature and this type of scenerio was going on long before man inhabited the state of Maine.
I'm thinking just like people, whose voices are all different, the male eagle just happens to have a weaker voice than the female.

JohnnyAT

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As mentioned before there was an article on "our" eagles in the Bangor Daily News today (April 13). If you are not in Maine or it is not your local newspaper, the Bangor Daily can be read online. The address is http://www.bangornews.com/

It was on the front page today and is on the first page of today's online site too.

I'm so pleased to see "little wing" and I also have shared this site with my students. They are thrilled with the experience. Thank you so much to all those who make it possible.

5:11 PM  
Blogger neat said...

4/13 5:03 pm EST
Thanks for another great video Judy! After review, at about 1 minute 40 seconds into the video, dad's head swings to the right and releases what might be a piece of eggshell?
Also, if you google "bald eagle weak voice", several sites come up saying it is not abnormal for an eagle to have a weak voice. It may not be as strong as mom's, but maybe it's not as bad as what it appears. Feeding took place right around 5:00 pm EST. Does it seem that it took a little longer to feed than previously?

Anita in MA

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haven't had a chance to check blog until now and almost cried for joy when I read there was a chick when we had given up hope! Would the parents get rid of it if they think it is not up to par? What if they have more eggs from all their recent activity.....can they deal with the chick (and maybe another) and incubating at the same time? Kudos on the National Geographic alliance. This is so wonderful. I hope this weekend's weather forecast doesn't hurt anything for our birds.

Dais

5:18 PM  
Blogger D&B said...

April 13th, time 5:51p.m. Eastern. Mom flew in and Dad left the nest. Mom is eating now and also feeding baby eaglet.

5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:58PM eagle, don't know if female or male is feeding the chick.

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have so enjoyed this website.

It is 5:50 on Friday evening and the adult is tearing up some sort of meat and feeding a chick, but we can't see the chick. She seems to only be feeding 1. She is sitting on the far left side of the nest and offering meat to just 1 place.

Now as we watch, she is done and is settling down into the nest again.

Thank you again for the astounding opportunity.

Lisa in Gorham

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 5:45 p.m. on 4/13/07 EST the parent is feeding the chick. Looks like just one in the nest. Here in Central New York we are expecting up to a foot of snow Sunday! Having lived here for 20 plus years, never heard of that snow total before this time of year. Let us hope that the eagles can weather out the storm too!

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:53pm EDT Nest exchange: Dad finally got a break from nursery duties after being on the nest most of the day (as far as I could tell). Mom came in empty-taloned and chowed down on leftovers from the previous meal (a bird of some kind, from what I've read elsewhere), and then fed the chick some after dad flew off; I could not see the chick. All appears to be will at the eagle's nest for now.

6:06 PM  
Anonymous Lotte said...

04//13/07
5:58PM
Nest exchange. Mom moved off to a branch while Dad sat and talked back. Sounded better this time around. Now he is feeding the little one.
Could it be that the eagles keep their vocalizing down when they are near or in the nest?
Anyway, there's plenty of grub for Little Wing who always swallows and peeps for more. I heard him.

6:07 PM  
Blogger pds said...

5:53 pm EST on 4/14: Nest exchange. Believe it is male on nest now -- seems to be a bit slimmer and with slightly smaller head than the bird that just left. He is eating and may be feeding chick, although I do not see chick.

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eagle finished up feeding chick at about 6:15 p.m. ET, then settled in for a rest.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Around 6:15 there was a nest exchange mom flew in and dad jumped up on the branch favoring his foot.

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

saw one of them feed the chick at around 5:58

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

This is part of the feeding by Dad at 4:50 p.m. in which it looks like he might be feeding in more than one direction? Possibly two chicks?

http://judykb.org/meapr13450f1.asf

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please comment on Dad - why does he have virtually NO voice and pls. give us an update on his talon.....pls. pls. pls. Very "Dad" unhappy in Hallowell

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone have a link to a still picture of the chick? My older Mac can't handle video, and I'd love show the chick to our 5th graders.
Thanks,
Beth from Maine

7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am SO worried about the Nor'easter we are expected to get on Sunday. I am in the hills of Sussex County, NJ and they are talking about up to a foot of snow! That could mean MORE for our eagles!! They have been through so much already. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers for the coming bad weather!

April 13
7:56
Highland Lakes, NJ

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Icontinue to be amazed in our ability to witness the life trials and joys of this eagle pair.How wonderful that among all the negative world news,so many are joined on this site in common joy and concern.Mother nature and modern technology,what a team.Please people ---don't give away the location of the nest...

8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So tell us about the weather. It looks okay at this minute, but it looks like it changes quickly.

God's blessings to all, especially our eagle family right now. :)

Krumm

8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the deal with National Geographic, that's wonderful news for you folks. Maybe with the coverage that you get it will bring in lots more money for your research. Let's hope, though we hate to share this sweet family with the world. It would be nice to keep them to ourselves.....LOL Seriosly though, it's great news.

Somehow we need to run a contest to name the chick, is it going to be Miracle or Wing?

Friday 8:46 PM

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks memlili, from another crazed eagle fan for the weather information. I found myself looking at the radar last night to see what she was going through..

9:02 PM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

Greetings all!

I too have noticed the change in the sound. It is possible that the external mic has died. I will be on site on Tues. and will take a look.

Wing, BRI

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What to say when asked where the eagles nest is:

"You can't get there from here!"

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am absolutly addicted to watching this family in the making. My mom works for the Corps of Engineers in Arkansas and she goes out on Eagle counts every year and last year they found a nest. And like this one it is kept a secret. If we want to continue to enjoy this experience and allow the Eagles to continue to do the wonderful job they are doing then we need to just do that sit back and enjoy from afar. What a miracle it is to see what is going on. I for one will be sending my contribution as soon as my check is in the bank. What wonders God gives us. Praying for the new family as we all face this cold and wet weather.

Lynne from MO

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Memlili said...

I have looked at 3 different weather forecasting sites and none of them agree on what this storm will bring to downeast coastal Maine on Sunday and Monday. They all seem to agree that temperatures will stay in the vicinity of lower 30's for lows and lower 40's for highs right through the end of next week. One site refers to rain and snow showers; one hardly mentions precipitation and one predicts up to 3 inches of "liquid"! It doesn't seem as if anyone can really get a handle on this one. Someone commented that the weather changes rapidly here in Maine. They say that if you don't like the weather in Maine, wait a few minutes and it will change! Right now outside my door here on the coast it is cloudy, no drizzle right at the moment and the temperature is almost 40' at 10:00pm EDT. Sometimes being near the ocean gives you better weather (milder temperatures in winter than inland) and at other times your weather is harsher (certainly more wind most of the time).

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/13/07 10:35pm

Adult moving around the nest. Maybe repositioning. See the white rear end feathers going up and down. Looks a little breezy but not too bad right now. I'm sure these eagles will endure the storm ... they have for years and years and years. Just keep Little Wing warm and dry!

10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WoW...my sister in law just told me about this site. How fantastic to see these birds. I'm praying the weather will just turn out to be a big bunch of nothing. Thanks for giving us this opportunity to enjoy nature.

10:41 PM  
Anonymous Bev said...

April 13 8:50 mountain time

I think mom is on nest. Weather doesn't seem to be too bad right now. Let's hope the storm runs out before it comes your way. Remember positive thoughts.

Thank-you Judy and Kuds{I didn't want to mispell your name}for the videos.

I looked at the 2 feeding ones several times {the ones with dad} and I felt both times that he was feeding more than 1. One to the side and the one you could see to the back and middle of it. It will be interesting to see.

I wouldn't worry too much about dad. He is fulfilling his duties and just maybe he has laryingitis like we sometimes get. We had robins nesting in front of our window 3 years in a row. One year the male had no voice at all. They fledged 4 beautiful babes.

I too want to thank Wing and BRI for all their hard work. With the way we are all responding to this amazing adventure I think there might be hope for these wonderful birds.

I belong to a few blogs and everyone is so affected by nature as a whole. Thumbs up. The day I phoned and donated the female left the nest for 3 hours. I thought I had jinxed them.

So positive thoughts and let's hope for a down grade of the weather.

10:55 PM  
Blogger kshowalter said...

I am so worried about the eagles and what they are facing with the weather this weekend. I will be right here watching and praying that they make it.

Thank you for the information about the ocean being the water beyond the nest. I too would never want anyone to jeopardize this wonderful experience.

Kathy in MD

11:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Judy that the 4:50 feeding (4/13) looked like he was feeding two chicks. Even the partiality to one is something we saw last year.

11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:17 PST

I do believe Wing has commented more than once concering the male eagle's voice. Please, just go back over the old blogs for all the info you are seeking.

11:18 PM  
Anonymous judym said...

After watching Judy's video of Dad feeding the chick(s), I think she is right. Looks like more than one. Great video Judy!

11:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

April 13 11:50pm
Mom was up checking her chick{s}. Got a excited- thought she looked like she was positioning herself to possibly lay an egg...she just pooped.
As Sherd43 mentioned earlier the archived posts and blogs tell about all the ups and downs that we were fortunate to observe with this dedicated pair of eagles. They sure are well experienced parents and know how to raise their chicks and will do all they can to protect them. Also be sure to read the 2006 Biologist Journal. You can find it on the home page . It has all the observations and tells so much about the eagle's life. It is very interesting to read. Answers a lot of questions.
We are very lucky to be able to have such a bird's eye view of their life. Thanks to all the Biologists and the Lucky Landowners for giving us this privelege.

12:38 AM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Thank you all for this wonerfull experience. I have been watching the Barton Cove - Tuners Falls Eagle Cam for several years and found this one last year. Barton Cove has been having many problems since the chicks (2) have been born. When I thougth that this chick might not be born I was very sad for the Mom and Dad Eagle and all watching. 11 years ago on 4/12 my sisters first baby girl was still born. We remember Kali every year on her birthday and this year I was able to see the miracle chick with everyone else that morning. This baby to me will alway be KALI. What ever this chick is named it has broght me such joy! Wing you do wonderful work and bring so many joy!! I will be sending my donation in the morning. I have always been fasinated with Bald Eagles and to be able to wathch this is such a gift. My prayers are with all of the eagles in this horrible weather. (please excuse spelling as it is very late - or early in the morning)

Thank you Wing and all of BRI!!! I love this cam.

Sandra

1:10 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

4/14
1:10 AM Eastern Time
Eagle changes position in nest then settles down into the nest bowl. Light rain/snow.
Chris

1:11 AM  
Blogger Sandra said...

I know some are worried about all the talk of where this nest is located. I think that all are just wondering beacuse of the bad weather and want to know what is going on where the eagles are. I am confidant that all of us that love these eagles would not want to do anything to harm them and are just worried about what weather they are experiencing. Though I do agree that the location should not be discussed to help protect them. I was one who was wondering where about they were located just to be able to keep an eye on the weather! Thank you to those who gave an approx. location but do be carefull to not give too much information!

1:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:00am EDT
Kudos Wing on your new venture with National Geographic...It sounds huge and you must be excited and proud!

I know many were able to make their donations yesterday. I finally took care of mine late Fri. afternoon. I was thinking today about how much it costs for a family to go to a movie, have some popcorn and a soda. When I think about the joy I have received watching this site last year and again this season, there is NO comparison. If each of us would just send in what it would cost for us to see a movie, it would amount to a great deal. There have been 25,000 hits a day on this site...wow. Let's all try and do what we can.
Personally, this experience has been PRICELESS for me.
Thank you BRI, Wing and all bloggers.

Pam in Colo.

2:04 AM  
Blogger D&B said...

April 14..4:53a.m. Eastern. Mom sleeping peacefully in the nest. Gentle winds blowing.
Forecast is for a MONSTER storm coming in on Sunday afternoon, lasting through Monday.
Please keep the Eagles in your prayers.

4:56 AM  
Blogger D&B said...

April 14th, time 5:45a.m. Eastern.
Mom woke up,brief calling, Dad arrived at nest and Mom left. Dad carefully settled down on nest.

5:48 AM  
Anonymous Memlili said...

Just after 6:00am EDT, April 14 ~ Bird on nest wiggles around a bit, has a bite to eat, wiggles a bit more, another bite to eat, then appears to tuck its head under a wing as if it's time for a nap. Very light snow falling on downeast coast right now.

6:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Judy for your observation. I, too, witnessed a feeding about 6:30 in which the eagle fed in two locations. I sometimes don't trust my eyes, but if someone else saw it, I feel more confident.

Pam from Exeter Maine

6:34 AM  
Anonymous photoartgal said...

Boy do I feel stupid. I just realized that what I thought was dad perched on the edge of the nest at night was actually the clump of leaves on the branch - with "night vision" it looked just like an eagle facing the camera - I could even see the beak! But yesterday with the camera a little wider angle and halfway between dark and light I understood what I had been seeing. So where DOES dad go at night?

6:41 AM  
Anonymous Memlili said...

The forecasts for the downeast coast are now all calling for heavy rain with sustained winds of 30-40 mph with gusts to 60 mph during the overnight from Sunday into Monday. I hope whoever is sitting on the nest through all of that can hang on tight!

6:55 AM  
Anonymous Judy said...

For those having trouble seeing the videos, here is an animation made from the close-up video on Thursday showing a peek at a fuzzy head bobbing. :-)

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n88/klbak/MaineEagles/meapr12nc.gif

tinyurl:
http://tinyurl.com/328zba

Close-ups of Mom:
http://tinyurl.com/36xzj6
http://tinyurl.com/354cn5

6:55 AM  
Blogger Kathie said...

7:00 am 4-14-07
Mom feeding eaglet. Looks very windy there. No sound but could see Mom calling out to Dad before she started to feed baby.

7:08 AM  
Anonymous Memlili said...

Just after 7:00am EDT caught a feeding. I may have imagined it, but once or twice it almost seemed as if the baby jumped for the morsel being offered. Mom (I'm guessing) fed baby pretty steadily and then hunkered down again, nibbling at the leftovers on the edge.

7:11 AM  
Anonymous Redetta said...

4:10am AZ, 4/14

Dad just fed chick. At first I thought it looked as if he was feeding two, but he was eating leftovers on the nest. However, it's possible since it is a bit hard seeing what's in the nest. I only saw a glimpse of one little head.

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Redetta said...

4/14 AZ
I also wanted to mention he was using his left foot much better this morning.

7:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its 6:15 am in Illinois and it seems windy on the nest but Pop is handling it quite nicely. Did a feeding and then settled into his "warm-up the kids" mode.

Yes, I have installed Windows Media Player 11 on the laptop. Still no live video. Guess I'll just have to sit in the office all day and watch desktop.

Stan in Illinois

7:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By-the-way, I have sound this morning. Have to turn volume way up, but its there. Can hear the wind howling.

Stan in Illinois

7:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apr. 14, 2007 Cheryl
About 7:15 AM, I saw an adult feeding the chick, and it appeared that he (it was the male) is having some trouble with his left leg. When he moved about the nest and put weight on that leg, it seemed to be weaker than the right by the way he kind of fell to that left side. Has anyone else observed this? It also appears that he is the one sitting on the nest the majority of the time. That is different from last year, when the female was on the nest with the newly hatched chicks most of the time. Update on the male's leg anyone?

7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:58 EDT nest exchange. I believe it was Mom who came back to the nest, gave Dad a little "lip" and then Dad flew off. Dad's foot seemed a little "bouncy" trying to hold on to the branch. Mom did the "down baby wiggle" and settled in.

Highland Lakes, NJ

8:02 AM  
Anonymous C.Carroll said...

Good morning… 7:55 nest exchange, was real cool. Both mom and dad standing on the branch talking to each other. Such a spectacular sight. They both look good today. Nice and dry. Hope they fill their stomachs today. They are in for a couple tuff days. I wonder if they know when storms are coming. It is nice to know danger is coming in advance.

After last year we know they can handle the rain. I just worry about the winds they are predicting… It is almost like worrying about my own child.. I guess we are all hooked here…. LOL


Sir Lance

8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I AM IN LOVE WITH THESE EAGLES. THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR THAT I HAVE BEEN ADDICTED TO WATCHING. CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHETHER OR NOT WE HAVE A SECOND CHICK. I BELIEVE SHE HAS BEEN FEEDING FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE NEST SINCE FRIDAY LATE AFTERNOON.

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is for Beth, the 5th grade teacher. I am a long way from an expert on computers but this is something that I just discovered a couple of weeks ago about the videos, maybe you are more computer literate than I though. Maybe you already know but in case you don't, try this and see if it works for you to view the videos...while pressing down on ctrl and alt, click onto the video........If somebody from the forum would post that address for you, there are some beautiful stills over there but I don't know how to put the address in for you.

sat 9:25 am

9:30 AM  
Anonymous C.Carroll said...

9:00am As I sit here watching this amazing bird gingerly feeding junior I realize how lucky I have been to live here in Maine and be able to see these wonders up close and personal.

I have watched eagles swoop down from trees below a damn on the southern part of the Saco River. Gracefully gliding on wings spanning over 6 feet across. Extending those enormous talons, and with perfect timing orchestrating the snatch of a fish over a foot long. Then actually flying up to land on a branch 50 feet over the water, hold on to that fish and commence tearing it to shreds with an iron beak.

A couple weeks ago while driving to a friend’s house, 10 miles into the woods, an eagle glided effortlessly just 100 feet or so in front of us through the valley.

Tues brought we my son to Auburn to sign up for the army reserves. On the way home we stopped at a gas station beside the river. As always I was checking out nature while GF was in the store. Low and behold sitting at the top of a 60-foot tall white pine was a beautiful bald eagle eyeing the river for fish.

Every one should be so lucky. Maine is so amazing, moose, deer, bear, turkey, fishers, pheasant, coons, possum, seals, whales, fish, lobster, and the list goes on and on. If it walks, swims or flies its here, and I have seen them all.

One thing I realized was that my children really do not get the size perspective from the cam. If you give kids something to see how big this bird really is, they will be even more amazed. If this eagle were sitting on your desk he would easily hide the biggest of monitors. These birds are enormous and could easily carry off the neighbors yapping poodle in a flash.

There is nothing that beats being one with nature and taking every moment like it is the last. I am blessed..

Sir Lance…

9:49 AM  
Anonymous SYMontgomery said...

10:55AM (EST): No parent in next...how long have they been gone? It's been about two minutes since I viewed this.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous SYMontgomery said...

11:00am (EST) Parent returns with some nesting material, although it appears she may be feeding it to Little Wing.

Congratulations on National Geographic. Could someone steer me to where this announcement was made? I've not been able to locate it and would love to read it.

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Leo said...

10:53am Dad left nest. Nest was unattended for 6 minutes. Dad (Mom?) returned at 10:59am with food.

11:07 AM  
Blogger pds said...

1118 EST 4/15
It's interesting to see the female eagle moving nesting materials around. Seems like she is fluffing up grass and mossy stuff for more insulation, cleaning it of debri and rotting food bits, and seems to be moving the larger sticks for more room.

Since we saw the eagles copulating last week, is it possible that there is another brood on the way and she is nesting for a second laying? Wouldn't that be unlikely?

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those who can't get enough eagle watching in, try http://www.wvec.com/cams/eagle.html
This pair is raising 3 chicks who are quite well along in their development. Video is at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. Camera image courtesy of the Va. Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous SYMontgomery said...

1:00pm (EST) Parent leaves nest but returns with meal at 1:05pm and feeds baby.

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

California Kid

It's 12:40 pm Pacific time and I just witnessed a real interesting happening. Dad had just taken over the nest a little while ago as mom left it. She returned after he had settled in and was calling out softly at him. Dad refused to move even when she was almost atop him. Mom reached over and gave Dad a gentle bite on the head and he finally got the message and moved off the chick(s). Mom proceeded to feed the chick, which you could see quite well looking through the nest sticks. She is still in the process of getting settled. What a fascinating thing to watch.

A.D.

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just saw the two adults come into the nest, "talking" to each other, and the replacement adult feed in two separate areas at 524 pm Friday. I would say there are two chicks.

5:25 PM  
Blogger lau said...

today is Saturday, do the Eagles seem much more fractious today?

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Laurie in California said...

3:30pm PDT (California), Saturday 4/14. Mom just seen feeding a fish to what I assume were two different chicks. Mom was reaching down low on the left of the nest, and up higher on the right side of the nest. I'm hoping that means that she was feeding two and not just picking up scraps that fell out of the chick's mouth and down low to the bottom of the nest.

6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/15 Sun.
Nest was very still and the wind doesn't look too severe. As I was watching Mom/Dad? put her head up a couple of times and looked around and went back to tucking her head under again. She did this three times. Seems all is well.
Maggie,NH

3:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/15 early a.m. Sun
Both parents are in the nest! They both had their heads up and looked around and checked things out. They both look quite groggy. I hope they manage to get their much needed rest throughout the rest of the night time so they can be prepared for what's coming. After this snow...I think spring will really be here!
maggie,nh

3:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

strange sight to see the two eagles sleeping together on the nest at night, Saturday night. It was a sight to see when something would awake them and you'd see two white heads at alert instead of just one. I hope they stay together on the nest at least the next few days when a storm is expected.

5:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/15 Sunday-The father came about 1 in the morning (EDT) at mom's request. I believe I heard an owl very close. Mom even spread her wings in a defensive posture. Dad came and both were on the look out for a while. About, 1:12 or so, something large flew in front of the camera (owl?) Mom and Dad were restless for a long time and then settled together in the nest. It was great to see them sleeping together in the nest. From reading the blogs this morning, I see they must have spent a good part of the night there. God makes a way!

Krumm

9:15 AM  
Blogger Ward said...

Nice wide angle shot. Love the live camers. Lived on MDI for 8 years and sure do miss it. Can't get enough of watching these magestic birds.

Thanks

4:24 PM  
Anonymous chris said...

i am in Grand Rapids, MI. I have been watching on and off..where is the father eagle? I never seem to see him. Is he nearby but out of sight?? What I have seen so far is absolutely awesome. I have sent this link to my son's 4th grade science teacher. Keep up the good work.
PS: Our snow finally melted away. We got nailed on Wed/Thurs for about 6 more inches of snow. Now just cold and sunny. I hope the eagles survive your nor'easter coming in.

6:09 PM  
Blogger Dollynh said...

04-15-07 7PM

Severe wind, rain and sleet tonight.
Let's hope mom & dad can make it in the high winds.

Thanks everyone for updating on the blogs.
Thank you Judy for wonderful footage on things we miss..
Thanks to all the people making this site possible.

Dolly, southern coast of Maine.

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Sharon D said...

watched Mom & Dad change places after some chattering back & forth on Sunday at 12:23 pm. fed chick at 11:25 & again at 1-ish. Monday morning nest blowing around but intact...whew

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apr.16, Mon. 10:17
There was just a switch made. You should have seen the one that came in to relieve the other. But! At least we know they are still dutifully attending to their young and I have great hope now that everything is going to be alright! What INCREDible animals these are. I am in awe of this pair! I mean that wind and icy rain is blowing so hard that most of the time you can't see the nest because the wind has blown the tree so much. I feel so relieved! Whew! By the way I loved the statement made by someone when the subject of not giving any hints to the whereabouts of this nest. "Cain't get theyuh frum heeyah." That was great! Here's looking to better weather soon.
I haven't made a donation yet for we are having financial probs. but for my birthday I will make a donation in May! This site is marvelous! Best wishes to all.
I'm hoping this weather gets better and better so these guys can get some rest.
Maggie in New Hampshire where I see an occasional eagle and lots of herons!

10:26 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I'm sad to see the eagles gone. I enjoyed watching them. I live on Lake Chautauqua and had an eagle in Jan 07 eating fish on the ice.This was my 2nd siting since living here. I found the eagle cam and just love it. Hope they come back.

7:11 AM  

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