Monday, April 09, 2007

Possible Scenarios

Hello all. I wanted to write and give you an idea of what may happen over the week.

The eggs hatch. At the earliest this could happen today, but don’t be surprised if the first chick doesn’t hatch for a couple of days. Even after the first egg hatches we may not be able to see the chick because it would be tucked low in the nest bowl. We would, however, see a change of behavior in the adults. When the adults are covering young they will be slightly more raised over the eaglet than they would over an egg. The real confirmation will either be the observation of a chick or the adult feed a chick.

The eggs fail. An obvious sign that the eggs have failed is the adults leaving the nest. We have seen the birds leave the nest for up to thee hours. I would say we could confirm a failure if the birds are gone from the nest for 12 solid hours. It is also possible that the birds will over incubate the eggs and remain incubating the eggs past when they are due. Then at some point the bird’s hormones will tell them that the eggs are nonviable and they will leave the nest. In either case of the birds abandoning the eggs, Chris DeSorbo from BRI would climb the nest and collect the eggs. We would then run these eggs for at least mercury, but as funding permits, possibly 101 other contaminants including PCBs, DDT, flame retardants (PBDEs), and water resistant chemicals (PFCs).

If these eggs do fail to hatch, there is a very, very slim chance that they would make another attempt this year. These eagles are one of the earliest nesting pairs in the state and there might be time for them to try again. However, this is not common with eagles and most likely they would wait until next year.

Keep up all your great and helpful observations.

Wing Goodale, BioDiversity Research Institute

112 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know we're all hoping for the eaglets to hatch. Thank you for the updates. This is a great site. (I hope everyone who can afford to donate, will do so.)

1:33 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Thanks Wing for your post.

I am very worried this year but I am still hoping for the best :o)

I think that male eagle's leg injury has been very detrimental to their nesting this year. I just hope & pray that he can recover from this injury. That's the most important thing in my eyes. They will have other years to raise young if not this year.

Glad to hear that if the eggs don't hatch, that Chris is going to get them for testing.
Have you done any aerial surveying of the nest???

Thanks again Wing!

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. I too am putting out positive thoughts for these wonderful birds! I figure if you're going to send thoughts into the universe , they might as well be positive ones!!! It will be what it will be! Please don't be negative. Whatever happens is what is supposed to happen. And I am so blessed to be a part of this amazing adventure. Keep the faith!

1:42 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

At midday on Monday, the 9th, I saw the adult leave the nest for at least an hour. She did not look down into the bowl before leaving. With a month long incubation period she must have to leave occasionally to eat?

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh I can't bear the thought of no babies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much does an eagle "know"?

When she is on the nest, does she hear or feel movement in the eggs? I am trying to understand how long they will stay on the eggs if they are not viable...

Maybe that's too hard of a question to answer!

Angie in Mass.

2:15 PM  
Blogger birdwatcher said...

I saw in the news that in California, mutiple bald eagle hatchings are occurring in the past few days.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are so on top of this. We are all grateful.
Looks like a beautiful day at this moment. A perfect day for eaglets to hatch!

4/09 @ 2:40 PM EDT

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am in CA and often check in at night. I can always see the nesting eagle. Of course, it is dark but it is never so dark that you can't see. Last night around 10:30 CA time I checked in and could not see the nesting eagle. I went to bed around 12:00 and never saw the eagle last night. Hopefully it was just hunkered down under the strong wind.

Thank you so much for this wonderful sight. We are so blessed to be able to vicariously experience this through your work.

Hoping and praying for a hatching in the near future!

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/9/07 at 2:50pm

Thanks, Wing, for your recent posting. I don't recall this peculiar behavior last year (leaving the eggs unprotected). These adults are certainly making things suspenseful!! Been watching the cam on and off most of the day. Hope we see some eaglets later this week. There's an adult in the nest now keeping a lookout ... such beautiful birds.

--Liz (W,DC)

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I witnessed repeating periods of empty nest yesterday, the 8th. None seemed to last for more than 90 minutes, but it was alarming. Not to mention distracting, but oh what a wonderful form of nest viewing to be distracted by!

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eagle leaves nest @ 3:19 eastern time....

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eagle returns @ 3:26 eastern time....

3:25 PM  
Blogger amazed said...

Yesterday,April,08,2007,I noticed the eagle on the nest with her wings folded back and somewhat raised as though trying to relieve her weight off of the eggs.

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:26 Eastern 4/9/07

Watching and waiting...

Dad home and arranges himself gingerly over the brood. The suspense appears to be killing us all. Perhaps wishful thinking but he seemed to perch for a long time before settling and checked his bundles several times.

Best to Wing for the update and all the bloggers for the emotional support!!!

Lisa in Maine

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I definitely think there is/are viable egg(s) in the nest.
I have watched several times today while at work (who can concentrate on work when babies are being born!) and have seen the parent who is on the nest, back up from sitting in the center of the nest, picking around at the eggs. She looks as though she may be swallowing little pieces of the shells, but I haven't seen any actual pieces of the shells. She left the nest for around 45 minutes midday and I was worried because there is a gusty wind blowing. But she returned. I saw her leave briefly on 2 other occasions today.

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been keeping eneye on this site for about a month now! How incredibly exciting is it to watch and have updates. I can't watch 24/7 and am glad to review events that occured while I was away. I keep the site in my favorites and check in several times a day. Keep up the good work. Let's all hope these chicks hatch safely. Fingers crossed.

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The parent sitting on the nest keeps looking downward into the nest bowl so I am very optimistic!

Indiana

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful learning experience no matter what the outcome, but as others I am praying for success!

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

eagle leaves nest @ 4:08 pm after some calling out....

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both eagles come in together @ 4 :16pm eastern time....

4:16 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

Arp 9 2007 16:22 (EDT)

The pair just copulated at 16:20 - evidently they know something is amiss - so don't count this nest out at ALL!

Thank you BRI!

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Maine Native said...

Both on the branch behind the nest @ 4:19. Looks like the male was trying to get frisky with the lady :^) Their tensions seem high today. Hoping for babies soon....

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:20, did I see what I thought I saw? Did the eagles mate again?

I hope so, I have serious doubts about these eggs, hope am wrong.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Ray Zimmerman said...

Around 4:15pm both parents returned to the nest and after a few minutes, I saw them copulate! Does this mean they may be giving up on a first attempt and trying for a 2nd?

I'll try to save the video I got and post it somewhere if I can find the time.

4:24 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Umm...at 4:19 pm Mom & Dad flew in together, chatted, then copulated.
Hmmmmmmmm.
What do you make of that Wing?

4:24 PM  
Blogger Larma16 said...

It is 1:23pm pacific time and I just saw the eagles mate. So maybe the eggs have died and the male and female are going to try again.

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

Observed eagles mating at 4:19 pm EDT. Makes me think these eggs aren't viable, and the eagles will try again.

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 4:19pm I noticed both eagles on the branch behind the nest and it appeared that the smaller one had its talons in the back of the larger eagle (for 20 seconds or so) while flapping its wings which caused quite a bit of commotion. She didn't seem to be hurt by the action. Maybe it was an editorial!!! Afterwards the larger eagle went back to the nest while the other flew off.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/9 4:18pm Both adults at the nest. Lots of chatting. Both on branch. YIKES!! It certainly looked like they were mating. Is this possible? Would that mean the eggs are not going to hatch?

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Around 4:15 EDT I checked in and both eagles were perched on the branch in the background (could just see feet) with lots of conversation going on. Then one flew off and one settled on the nest, I'm guessing it's mom. I agree that the eagles have seemed to be more active on the nest today, but I am wondering if we are just used to watching them hunker down and hold on for dear life in all the bad weather we have had 'til now!

4:28 PM  
Blogger finder2057 said...

April 9

1:16 PDT Pair returned to nest, chatting together.
1:18 PDT Pair (mock?)copulating on branch above nest.
Male departed, female settled on eggs.

4:29 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

At 4:20 PM both male and female were at the nest. Lots of comotion going one. Both were out on the branch when I could see the female land on top of the male and peck at him. Not sure as to why, but first time I have seen her do that.

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mom and Dad on nest and branch chattering intensely at 4:15 p.m. At 4:20 p.m. they appear to copulate. Is this an indicator they're trying to start over because the eggs did not survive? Or just having a little fun, relieving the tension? Still holding my breath with fingers crossed for a hatch!
4:28 PM 4/9/07

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Maine Native... said...

I saw them get frisky but I've also seen the incubating parent on the nest do some weird things today too. I haven't given up on the current eggs even if they have. Looks like they're focused on the bottom left side of the nest. Maybe cleaning out egg shells, although it looks more like they're eating them....

4:30 PM  
Anonymous big/little2 said...

Oh I think I saw a chick,and when mom and dad came back calling I could of sworn I heard the chirping of a chick!!! Then I saw the dad mounting the mom.I am really confused now.Wish we had a zoom for the bottom of the nest.

4:31 PM  
Anonymous linda said...

4:20 EDT
eagle left nest 4:04 after screeching a few times.
Amazingly, at 4:15 I checked back, just in time - both parents returned, one ?dad sat on edge of nest (maybe limping a bit), the other ?mom sat on branch just above. Both of them were screeching. Then ?dad jumped up on the branch next to mom & then looked like he was mounting & humping her - lots of screeching from both then. Then both sitting on branch again.
Dad? then flew away, Mom? got back into nest. She then was checking out the eggs under her, also pecking & ?eating some small things - ?if food has been left in nest or pieces of shell. Do they help the eaglets hatch by picking at the shell?
This is so amazing. I have been nervous about them leaving the nest so much, but have been seeing this pecking behavior yesterday & today so am hopeful they are ok & mom can tell they are alive in the eggs.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 4:19 pm est, Dad chose
to mate with Mom on the branch
facing the water. Perhaps they
know something about the egg(s) in
the nestbowl and are starting over.

My opinion also that Dad's injury
has improved for him to accomplish
what he just did.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's 4:20 Eastern.
Did anybody see what I just saw?!!! Mom had left, got Dad, they sat at the nest a few minutes and for lack of better words, Was she "in the mood!" or what?
Thank You Wing and everyone for all of your info. I'm a second timer, it is so very amazing!

Sue in MD

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

April 9

Just finished reading the blog. The pair MATED?!?!?! Obviously they read Wing's posting for today: "If these eggs do fail to hatch, there is a very, very slim chance that they would make another attempt this year."

These superstars have no problem whatsoever leaving egg on Wing's face. (No pun intended.)

So we wait another 35 days ...

4:40 PM  
Anonymous maine native said...

Also, I am wondering if they haven't already given up on the eggs and if it's possible they've been mating again for awhile? Today was the first mating I noticed on film, but maybe they've been mating off camera. Maybe that's why they've both been missing from the nest so often lately. I haven't noticed a lot of egg rolling this past week. Maybe they've already began their second attempt while we've been patiently waiting the results of their first attempt....I honestly don't know, just a thought...

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Redetta said...

1:40 pm, Mon. MST

I have been looking at an eagle in the nest this afternoon. When I first logged on it was empty, but in less than a minute there it was. Looks warmer and a little calmer weather than early this morning.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I was watching the nest carefully from 4:00 PM EDT. The pair was away from the nest for several minutes and I was praying that I would see them return with food for hatched little ones but instead caught the pair returning and mating again at approx 4:18 PM EDT. At least they are giving procreation a second chance. That is fortunate.

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

Here is the video of them mating around 4:19 p.m. April 9.

YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lF3QCLVKQA4

Here it is direct into WMP:
http://judykb.org/meapr9co.asf

4:55 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

4-09-2007 16:50PM (EDT)

For those who missed it - here is the copulation/mating.

They are determined - Dad isn't to be counted out - ready, willing and able to care for his offspring.

http://tinyurl.com/2uxjr6

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anna said...

With the eagles copulating this afternoon, I am really wondering just what is going on. The female is still sitting on eggs, I presume. Is there still hope in the eggs hatching? Why would the eagles be mating if the eggs were viable? It takes five to ten days for eggs to be laid after the mating, yet the female still sits there as if eggs are to be hatched. Is it possible that the male is a different bird? I noticed this one appeared quite healthy and a lot louder than it had been in the past. Eagles mate for a lifetime but if one dies, they find another mate quickly. Thanks to all that make this site possible. I will continue to donate as it is for a great cause. Also, thanks to the bloggers....they can be helpful and are interesting.

5:05 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

4-09-2007 17:20 hrs (EDT)

Wing - thank you for pulling the camera back. Had you not done that, we'd not been able to observe this mating.

Hopefully it can be pulled back just a teeny bit more, at least until a hatch. This being only for observation of what happens.

Thanks BRI - Wing, Chris and the entire staff!

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am watching from Germany -- a Maine native visiting our daughter and family - have my grandaughter very interested. We go through this scenario on a Maine lake every summer waiting for a loon or two to hatch less than 150 yds from our camp. Thanks for this opportunity. Susi B

5:26 PM  
Blogger Jana Weaver said...

This is exciting even here in Germany while visiting our daughter. We go though this anticipation once or twice each summer at our camp on a Maine lake - loon next is less than 150 yds and good view with glasses. Will keep watching to see how this one turns out. Think most have a good idea.

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is my first post. I'm a dedicated cam watcher, this year and last. The male's injured foot and the extended nest absenses led me to believe that there wouldn't be fledglings this season .......but...... I viewed that bit of "amour" this afternoon, too!! Hopeful once again.

Terry, Maine midcoast island

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/9/07 2:25pm pst

No one in nest at this time.

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great update...how exciting

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

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

keep up the good work and hoping for the best

eJane

5:45 PM  
Blogger Gillian said...

It's 5:47 p.m. EDT and there are no adults on the nest.

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone know how long after mating will the female lay her egg(s)?

5:50 PM  
Blogger Gillian said...

Eagle returned at 5:50 p.m. EDT and started calling for its mate. It then hunkered down, put its head down as though prodding the eggs and seemed to be eating little bits of stuff from the nest bowl. (Leftovers from the last meal, perhaps?)

It then turned in a circle in a counterclockwise direction, repeatedly probing at the nest bowl with its beak. This probing went on for about five or six minutes.

He or she is now sitting calmly and looking around.

Gillian in Ottawa,
5:59 E.D.T

5:59 PM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

Greetings all!

Well, quite an interesting afternoon. Hard to know exactly what is going on. I watched the copulation as well and keep in mind that they will also mate away from the nest, so it is possible that the times the nest has been empty that they have mated off camera.

This does provide a little hope for a second round of nesting if this attempt fails.

One thing to keep an eye out for is the adults digging in the nest bowl, because they may cover up their old eggs before laying a second round.

However, they are still incubating the first round so we will have to see what happens in the next couple of days.

Wing, BRI

6:04 PM  
Blogger soulsearcher said...

I did see the Eagle leave around 11 am on Mon April 9th for a brief min at most. Then I observed her leaving again around 5:05pm til 5:49pm.

Then I did see her moving grass,twigs around in the nest as well. She has been doing this on several different times since she returned back. I hope this helps a bit as to some observantions

6:10 PM  
Blogger kudzuarms said...

4-09-2007 18:37 (EDT)

The mating appears to be between the same couple from last year. The special "V" in the neck of the male appears when he's had time to groom/preen himself.

Dad still has his "hoarse" voice, and has for at least 12 months. That's just his "voice!"

The male still hunts and neither look too hungry - Mom is a very able hunter.

This spring was considerably more intense than last year. Wind, rain, snow, colder.

Once the eaglets are hatched, Dad will be busy finding prey but has time to preen in the evening. He always seemed more well groomed than Mom; however, she was busy with her brood - no time for the hairdresser. What Mom has time to preen with babies?

Dad's peculiarties are similar, if not the same, as last spring...at least to me.

If Mom lays another egg from this mating, it should be about Apr 15.

We'll need to observe that date, and, I doubt she'll give up on this current nest of eggs, unless they all break open without an eaglet. And even then, she should continue to sit for the remaining eggs and any new eggs.

PLEASE BRI BIOLOGISTS - feel free to correct me. I'm running on eagle fumes. :-) Always open to constructive criticism!

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Bev. said...

Hope everyone had a Happy Easter. I have been staying quiet the last couple of days as I am trying to stay positive. I believe in keeping positive vibes. I have been enjoying the videos. I sent one of Judys, if that is O.K. Judy to a site in Buffalo that I am a member of. I am confused by the reports today but I guess we will just have to wait and see.Everything seems O.K. right now but the wind is quite strong. It is 4!30 mountain time. For the viewer that thought the nest was empty during the evening last night it wasn't. I was on the internet until 1!30 A.M. mountain time.

This site is incredible. My daughter enjoyed it also while she was home.

Remember good vibes!!

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mom on the nest now and very vocal . Now I can tell the difference after watching the cavorting on the branch!I, too, have observed the picking and pecking at the nest and branches.Thanks for the update baldeagle.
AnnieCote
4/9/07 650 pm est.

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:51 pm 4/9/07 Odd pecking behavior in the nest. Looks like she is "nesting" or perhaps cleaning for an arrival ?

6:54 PM  
Blogger Gillian said...

The eagle on the nest was calling from about 6:47 pm to 6:57 pm EDT. There was no response from its mate.

It turned to face the camera then put its head down to nudge the eggs again with its beak before turning sideways and settling in.

A number of birds have been flying past - mostly gulls, it looks like.

Gillian in Ottawa
6:57 EDT

6:59 PM  
Anonymous judym said...

Wing, it would be nice if you could change the time of day that the night camera comes on. It is happening at 7pm when it is still very light out.

Thank you for such a wonderful experience. Today has been so very interesting and fascinating to watch.

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I guess I just missed the big show this afternoon! I do appreciate those who post clips for all of us to watch. Who needs "reality TV"? We've got a much better soap opera to watch right here!

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Bev. said...

I just checked back on some of the blogs. On April 2, someone thought they saw an egg being laid.

I am still being positive but maybe they have been mating elsewhere and maybe there are already an egg or two in there. This would explain a lot of things. The longer absences as they don't stay on them faithfully until the last egg is laid. This is a puzzle.

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:29 4/9/07 Male entered the picture, however, it doesn't look like the regular dad. Mom put her head down and kind of looked subserviant to him. Could hear an eagle "screaching" and talking, but it did not look like either of the two in the frame.

Oh no.

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Shelby said...

At about 7:30 Dad was at the nest. Can anyone explain what Mom was doing when he left. It looked like she spread her wings slightly and nestled down. Then she was picking at the bowl and tucking it under her. What do you think. I think we might have babies. I'm sure hopeful.

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Redetta said...

4:37pm AZ
I just watched one of the mating videos...apparently his injured foot doesn't account for active hormones!!

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Phlimm said...

7:30 pm Eastern Time here on April 9th (another vote to wait an hour more to turn on the night camera).

The one in the nest (I will call Mom for no particular reason) did a routine looking egg roll/reposition. Then she started making a lot! of noise looking for Dad. After a while, he showed up and stood looking around almost like on guard. Mom kept on making lots and lots of noise.

Looked like Dad couldn't deal, because he flew off again maybe for a nightcap with the boys :p

Then Mom did yet another roll/reposition and looked to be picking at something all around the perimeter of the nest, just below the plane of view for the camera. After that, it looked like she went to sleep.

Would we be able to hear the chicks with the microphone this early on if they hatch or do they not make enough noise until later?

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me how do you make and save pictures or videos? We would love to be able to save some moments for ourselves. Please and thank you.

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just watched a video posted with the eagles mating. It looked like Dad could not "get a grip" and got off quickly. I am no expert by any means but have raised birds for many years- it's basically the same with all birds. If the male has an injured foot and can not maintain a hold on the femaled, a successful mating will not take place. However, the branch they were on was not very sturdy either!! I am praying for a live hatch. These two have had some atrocious weather this weather and my heart goes out to them. All my positive thoughts go out to them!!

8:20 PM  
Blogger cindy said...

Thank you for my new addiction! I check this site often throughout my work day. I was surprised today to see the eagles gone quite often. I couldn't leave until one of them came back!

I can't wait for the little eaglets to show up. I've watched the eagles do alot of housekeeping today :-)

Keep up the good work, to the researchers and the birds!

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

Here is a video from when he came to the nest at 7:28 p.m. April 9th. and it appeared they were going to have another mating encounter but didn't.

http://judykb.org/meapr9pm.asf

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you kudzuarms for posting the video of the Eagles mating. I had been observing them all day and literally just stepped away for 2 minutes and missed that whole thing....though I did hear them vocalizing from the other room!
I am enthralled with this website and truthfully don't want to give the web address to anyone for fear that too many people will turn it into the same senerio they have on the Cali. cams....10 minute limit and no live streaming video. So I am going to donate double the amount so I can make up the difference :o)
The activity today seemed a little different, more coming and going and it seemed they had their heads down in the bowl of the nest more often...turning the eggs? cleaning up shells? getting the nest ready to lay a new batch of eggs? I really hope and pray that we get to see a hatch this season after everything that this pair have been through this time around!
These eagles are so majestic and graceful its an honor just to be able to glimpse into their lives and watch the wonders unfold.
Thank you for the wonderful and awe inspiring experience, and for looking out for these beautiful creatures!
J in Michigan

10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is now 1:00 a.m. EST! I had to check out the nest before bed! Momma is asleep with her head laying down, getting ready for another big day (for all of us anyway) tomorrow!! I pray for evidence of chicks!

Thanks to all watchers who share information and videos. You're great!!

Indiana

1:08 AM  
Anonymous Dave in Northern Maine said...

Tuesday, Apr. 10, 4:30 AM, she got up and when re-settling, spent a lot of time rearranging something in the bottom of the nest, and seemed to take much longer than usual to get settled. I am still hopeful that we might have chick(s).

4:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting things going on this year. Even though the eagles have been spending a lot of time away from the nest during the day, the female always spends the night on the eggs. I think a sure sign of the nest being abandoned is if they left the nest empty overnight. In response to the person who thought there was a different male with the female. I just watched the mating video and it looks and sounds like the same male to me. Anyone disagree? If they are starting over that means fledging would happen sometime in late July or early August, which I think is a good thing. It would give BRI more time to raise the funds that they need. Obviously less people would watch an empty nest so less chance of raising the necessary funds.

5:52 AM  
Anonymous Joanne from MA said...

What is that noise? 6:35am. Sounds like something pecking at the microphone.

6:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it my imagination, or is Mom sitting up at little higher than usual? Could we have had a hatching?

7:03 AM  
Anonymous Judy said...

Nest exchange Apr 10 at 5:52 a.m.
Dad takes his turn.
http://judykb.org/meapr10552am.asf

Dad looking very sleepy with his head dropping around 7:20 a.m.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUuPdBB5c58

Or tiny url:
http://tinyurl.com/2afugb

7:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope for the best, but this weather has been unusually cold in the northeast. I live in the CNY area have several bluebird houses on our property. I found a male bluebird dead with no wounds yesterday. He either starved or died of the cold, as the bugs have not been out. We have had temperatures here 15-20 degrees below normal the past week, and it looks like there is no real warm up here for the next 7 days. I too hope for a good outcome, but I am being realistic.

Thanks to BRI and to those have downloaded videos for us that cannot watch the action as frequently.

7:53 AM  
Blogger TNTalker said...

Adult left nest 7:53 EST this morning 4/10 .. adult back on nest 7:54 EST.

Eggs unattended less than 1 minute. I don't know who is who ... but looks like they still think eggs might be hatchable.

TT

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuesday, 8:22 a.m. Adult low in the nest. Was moving about and taking care of something below it, maybe rolling the eggs.. not sure but is more calm now. Hopefully it's a sign that an egg is close to hatching... keeping my fingers crossed.

Eyes in Ohio

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dad(?) on the nest, seems to be ducking from sight and calling out to something out of cam view at 9:05. Seems to be watching whatever it is quite intently.

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/10/07 at 9:20am

Adult started calling out, got up and flew off (almost as if the other adult was nearby). Nest empty for 20 minutes now.

--Liz (W,DC)

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nest is still empty at 9:50 EDT. Adult left at 9;20. I think I hear chirping. Is this wishful thinking? Or background noise?
DK Maine 9:50

9:50 AM  
Blogger TNTalker said...

Nest empty since 9:33 AM 4/10. It is now 9:55.

:-( Good GRIEF .. where are they!?!?! What's the status of the hatch? Waiting .. it's the worse!

TT

9:54 AM  
Blogger Doris said...

4/10
Nest still empty 950am

9:56 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Tues. 4/10/07 ... 9:49am

The female eagle left the nest at 9:20am. No sign of either of them and no calls. :(

I would love it if someone at BRI would comment on the male eagle's leg injury. Nothing has been said and I would love to know your thoughts on this.

I think what some people on the blog perceive as picking and eating egg shells is actually when they pick at and place the moss/nest lining. They do that quite often especially when first getting on the nest.

This pair has certainly been very strange this year but time will tell I guess...

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Redetta said...

7am AZ

Empty nest.

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuesday 4/10 10:01 AM EST

I had posted a question but I think it may have gotten deleted (hopefully in error) so here it is again.

Wing, I wonder whether the mating we witnessed will have any affect on Chris going into the nest if you all feel the eggs have failed?

Sherri

10:04 AM  
Anonymous judym said...

9:12am CDT Male left nest at 8:21 CDT and 52 minutes later still empty nest.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nest still Empty

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/10 10:28
Nest empty for over 1 hour

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Dave in Northern Maine said...

4/10/07 10:40 AM

Both gone since 9:20

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tues 4-10-07 10:47am EDT
I have not been able to get live video since about noon yesterday. Is anyone else having this problem?

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/10/07 7:55am pst

nest empty.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just saw the 2 of them at the nest... lots of "talking" then they flew off...

11:00 AM  
Anonymous judym said...

9:55am CDT both parents returned to nest. Had lots of chatter then flew away again. That was 1H 35 minutes off the nest. I'm beginning to think they are giving up on the first set of eggs.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

4/10/07 At 11:00 AM both male and female returned. The male was on the nest as the female sat out on the branch. Not sure what all the commotion was maybe and intruder near by. It doesn't look good they are not staying in the nest. I can still hear them near, there must have been something near that threatened the eggs, not sure.

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/10/ 10:56am
Eagle Just returned to the nest female standing on edge of nest making very loud scraches, you could see the talons of the male on the tree branch.
Female stayed on edge of nest for about 2 minutes then flew off, male took off also. Nest still empty.

11:01 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

The parent left the nest at 9:27 A.M. EST this morning {Tuesday} it is now 11:04 A.M. EST.and as of yet has not returned to the nest. I am becomming a bit concerned about this but, am hoping for the best.

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been watching since 0930 Tuesday morning. Nobody in the nest, both parents came back together for about 2 minutes. Made alot of noise and then left again.

I'm not holding out much hope anymore.

Maybe better luck next year

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At appox 11AM one of them returned to the nest only to do some screaming for about a min. then flew off. About ten mins later I could hear him/her talking off nest area.

dsc in Honeoye falls NY

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/10 11:10am est
Eagle just returned to the nest & is now sitting in the bowl of the nest. Has been off nest for 1 hr. & 45 minutes.
Wonder what is up with this.
All is quiet now.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

After being absent for 1Hr 40min...Hoooray..she has returned to the nest at 11:10 A.M. EST (Tuesday)

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know in years the lifespan of a bald eagle? Also I would like to know the number of years they are able to reproduce? Is there a difference in the quality of the eggs in an older mother?
It is very difficult to watch sometimes, however we cannot turn wildlife into human ways. We are so lucky to have the technology today to be able to be observers.
Thank you all.
4/10/07 Lucy in SW Maine

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/10 - 11:40am

I had checked about 11:35, eagle on the nest, checked again about 3 minutes later (viewing was interrupted), eagle was gone.

Does not look good for eaglets this year.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Dollynh said...

4-10-07 Eagle returned to nest at 11:50a.m. EST

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1t:58 am There seems to be something hanging around the nest that is making Mom and Dad very antsy today. A lot of screeching and looking up a if following movements of something.
H in Mi

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been watching this site daily for weeks and this is the first day I can recal that there has been this much activity (nest exchanges) that I have seen. Is this common...a sign of possible babies coming soon?
Shan - Glenburn, ME

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Barbara said...

4/16/07
Thank you so much for your updates! Since I only have a dial-up connection, I can't watch the nest for more than a couple of seconds. So I look forward to the daily updates. This is the second year watching this nest and I love it!!! Thank you!!

1:22 PM  

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