Monday, July 30, 2007

Eagle Cam Back Running

I am writing from the eaglecam site and I am very happy to report that the surge protector did its job and protected the equipment from the lightening strike. We are now back online!

Thank you all for your continued interest in this project. I will continue to be mostly in the field until August, but come September I will be back in the office and as always I depend upon your observations to help be understand the behavior of the eagles.

Wing Goodale, BioDiversity Research Institute


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday 7/30 2:30 PM


Wonderful news that the lightning strike didn't get to the equipment!
It is exciting to be back up and running so we can see if Mom and Dad are still in the area.

Will the cam be available again through National Geographic? they are currently still playing rerun videos.

Enjoy your field work...I wouldn't mind being out on those remote islands myself! ;o)


2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you. Your efforts are always appreciated deep heartedly.
Québec City
2007-07-30@ 14:39 EDT

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful news - thanks so much for all your work! It's been fun watching some of the other nests - but I was missing our glimpses of Mom and Dad at my favorite nest. And three cheers for the surge protector that did its job!

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You Wing and BRI!!
I'm really happy that surge protector worked! Maybe we will get lucky and see an eagle today!

I noticed that National Geographic is still running old clips, I suppose they will change over to live feed soon?

Thanks Again!

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, Wing, what a wonderful surprise I got when I checked in this afternoon. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It's pretty bad when we are content to just sit and stare at an empty nest but it's also very compforting at the same time. There are a lot of us out there who are very devoted to these eagles, we will do anything to get to see them, we missed the cam very badly.

Again, thank you and I hope that you are having a great summer.

7/30/07 4:36 pm

4:39 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

What a wonderful sight ... our cam is back up! I know that I speak for so many wildlife enthusiasts around the globe when I say thank you for your efforts in restoring this fantastic cam site. Thank you also for updating the blog. I know you would agree that this nest is just too special not to share with eagle lovers everywhere. I'm sure the observations will start coming in as more and more people check on the status of the cam restoration. BRI has a faithful league of armchair biologists ready to resume observation documentation. Please keep us informed of how your field work is going if only a few lines at a time. There is a high degree of interest out here.

Again, thank you!

Grand Island NY

7:32 PM  
Blogger Tonya said...

Monday 9:24pm est.

Wing, Thanks for getting the cam up and running. :):):):):):) It sure was nice to try out the cam and have it work. Smiled all afternoon. With that said, I have 2 questions. #1. Would you please look into and post why the night vision isn't working. It wasn't working before the cam got hit by the lighting. #2. Could you please take the time to explain to us what you are doing when you are out in the field. I know in one post,(Back From The Field), you said that you were mapping the location of every singing MALE bird on the island,no mention of Female birds. Why??? Would you please explain what you are doing with this information, and how it ties into Bri. I think it would be nice to understand alittle bit more of what your job consist of. Thank you Tonya

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thank you for bringing the eagle cam back to us, very much appreciated. We love our mom and dad and will settle for whatever chance we might get to see them. That nest looked so beautiful this afternoon.

Have a nice summer out there on the island.

7/30/07 9:25 pm

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I don't know about anybody else but I still cannot get the live cam and the still cam doesn't seem to be changing either. Checked Nat'l Geo. and they are still running the old clip. I haven't seen it live for weeks and weeks now.

7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So many of us are so attached to this nest and the cam is one of the best webcam setups on the internet.

I was wondering two things. Firstly, is the sound deliberately muffled?

Secondly, will the night vision streaming be fixed at any time, too?

Thank you BRI, Wing and the surge-protector. Roll on nest building when we will see the eagles again and more frequently.

7/31 12:20 pm Eagle time

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

07/31 @ 18:00

Cam running ... thank you, thank you. Hooray! Hooray! Gosh I have missed the beautiful nest view. Hopefully, we will log some good observations soon. Right now, I am happy just watching the breeze.


5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm getting the live cam but there isn't any sound. Although I haven't seen either of our birds, it's good to see that the nest is still there and looks to be in good shape.

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

August 1st 2007

The sound hasn't been fixed but thanks much for the video again.

Can't we have a little of the sound, not much, we don't want to overhear folks talk, but like hearing the eagles nearby.

Thank you.

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Wing...when I was growing up my Mom always used to say, "If it isn't one thing, it's another." Maybe your Mom used this expression as think only good thoughts as I relate that since you've gotten the eagle cam up and running (and the live cam is so great to have back) I haven't been able to view either a still or live Osprey cam. Just thought I'd drop you a line to let you know, sometimes when I do that it clears up magically!!!!

J in S.P. ME

6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

August 2 6:41 PM

The nest looks beautiful and the sound is working now. I hear a lot of chatter but no eagles yet.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friday Aug 3,07 12:00 noon


It's good to hear from you, I hope your Summer has been productive. Sounds like you've been very busy.

Thanks for checking on the Eagle Cam and thank God for surge protectors!

Sue in MD

12:17 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

8/3 Friday 9:54 PM

Hello Fellow Maine Eagle Nest Observers!

After a 2+ week hiatus it has been wonderful to have the cam back this past week. Even though I don't believe we have had a visual of Mom or Dad, we have heard them both close to the nest. (love Dad's chatter!). We also saw a fly by but couldn't definitely determine if it was one of our beloved pair. For those of us addicted to this nest, just hearing Mom and Dad was rewarding. We know they are around their seaside home and will most likely make a visit soon.

Looking forward to Wing giving us an update regarding his field work even its a couple of lines.

I know we are all grateful to have the cam back. At the risk of sounding greedy, it would be great to have the night vision cam back. As Tonya has previously mentioned, the night cam went down prior to this past long term daytime cam outage. Wing, any feedback that you might be able to provide regarding the night cam restoration would be most appreciated.

Perhaps we will have an update of the blog prior to the start of the new week. I'm sure there are bloggers out there that have been watching the BRI Osprey Cam. I look forward to reading your posts.

Take Care Fellow Armchair Biologists!

Grand Island, NY

10:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Saturday, August 4th
8:59 AM ET

Oh no ....... after having the cam up and running for almost a week, it went down again last evening. Disappointment regarding this present outage is being expressed throughout cyberspace. We are all hoping that this outage will not be as prolonged as the past one.

There have been reports of thunderstorms moving throughout the Northeastern United States yesterday afternoon and evening. If the cam had the misfortune of being hit again, I'm hoping the surge protector did it's job.

I know that everyone will be eager to get feedback from BRI regarding cam restoration.

Forgive me for being redundant .... but think "positive thoughts" and muster up some renewed patience fellow Maine eagle nest enthusiasts.

Grand Island, NY

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well so much for my hope that 'magic' would gives me back live cams; it's Sat 8/4 and there's a blue screen on the eagle cam, no Osprey or Loon cam. I feel so alone, time to grab the binoculars and head outside to hang with my Osprey.

J in S.P. ME

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm sure that someone has already written but just in case they haven't, the eagle cam is down again. Oh, how we do miss it when it's not there. Seems a bit strange to look at an empty nest but you never know when one will show up. Sound is also almost nill as well.

Believe it or not, we really do appreciate your efforts........thanks in advance.

Eagle lover.

Sat. Aug. 4, 1:50 pm

1:50 PM  
Blogger gigi 1 said...

OH NO, NOT AGAIN!!! Just checked in and the cam's down.8;47am DST 8/5

8:50 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

So glad to hear cam is back up. I miss the eagles and even the soothing background sounds in their absence-but-I am another watcher who can't seem to access the live feed. Am I doing this correctly?:
I go to:>
and click on "Watch Live".


11:59 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Monday, August 6th

The eagle cam was down for the weekend but when I checked shortly before 11:00 AM today ... there it was ... up and running ... beautiful sunshine and quite breezy at Mom and Dad's seaside condo! I heard an airplane go overhead and saw a boat pass by but no sign of our eagles as of yet. I know it is only a matter of time before our lovely pair visits the home front.

Thanks BRI for getting the cam up so quickly! There are many observers out here who check in frequently in hope of catching a glimpse of Mom and/or Dad. Your efforts are most appreciated!

Grand Island, NY

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8/6/07 1:13 CST Hooray! The eagle cam is live again. First time in ages.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

08/06 @ 17:53

Hooray the live eagle cam is back again. Have not been able to get it for a few days. Solid blue on the still cam yet, but I can enjoy the wind and water and start watching for the eagles. Wish I had sound!


5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8/7 5:30am
Thanks for getting the eagle cam back up & running, if only the Osprey would follow suit. I've pretty much given up on it and since no loons nested this year, that one seems to be off as well. Is this the case BRI?

J in S.P.ME

5:37 AM  
Blogger Tonya said...

8-7-07 6:35 am EDT

Good morning all. At 5 AM this morning, I was lucky enought to catch sight of an Eagle on the nest. The eagle didn't stay very long, just a few minutes. It sure was nice to lay eyes on it again.

6:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For Tonya: I surely do not mean to speak for Wing, but since he is so tied up and unable to converse with us, I wanted to try to help you with one of your questions. I had a feeling I knew the answer to your mapping the male songbird question but I wanted to research a bit further to be more sure. It is very unusual for the female of the species to sing. The male sings to attract a female or to defend his territory. Some species have a huge repertoire of songs, maybe to make others think there are tons of them around so they'll be left alone; it's also thought that a female may be more attracted to a male with a large repertiore because he may be older and thus better able to survive.

"Territorial males sing persistently from the beginning of the breeding season through various stages of nesting. Females of most species sing rarely, if ever." This quote comes from The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior" by David Allen Sibley. This book has tons of info and is a great reference. I love books and have to have them...this one was a great addition to my library but I'd be surprised if your local library didn't have a copy. Do I show my age by suggesting you visit your local library? Hope not... that building and the people inside are a valuable resource that should not be forgotten.

Happy reading and happy birding Tonya!

J in S.P.ME

5:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Everyone,

On Monday Aug. 6th at 2:19 two of us saw an eagle on the nest for four minutes, my first time in ages. I must say that it was very thrilling to see one again after the cam being down for so long. Thank goodness for surge protectors, we have had some horrible thunderstorms this summer.

For anyone who hasn't seen one yet, keep watching, they are still around. They were both heard, not very loud, yesturday for quite some time.

Keep hanging in folks, won't be long when we will see them starting to rebuild the nest.

I want to thank Wing and BRI again for their dedication to this cam and OUR EAGLES.

Eagle Lover
8/8/07 12:29 pm

12:31 PM  
Blogger Tonya said...

To S.P. ME.
Thank you for the information on the song birds. Your info does answer, why not the female, but I am also looking to find out how the song birds fit into BRI. Like why is BRI interested in the song birds. Are they using them in the mercury testing. Are song birds on the decline? Is their way of trying to find out the answer to are they declining in numbers? Maybe when Wing gets back in from the field for a week or two, he might take the time to answer these questions. Tonya

2:26 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

8-8-07 20:17hrs (EDT)

Here is a sound clip of both parents - only nest is seen with the chatter.

Mom and Pop Eagle Chatter

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Everyone, Hi Wing! So good to hear that the cam is up and running. Thanks for all your hard work and I hope you have a safe and productive August regarding your research.
I sure do miss those beautiful eagles but like others, I enjoy watching the nest in the wind with the blue ocean and always a chance to spot Mom or Dad. I did actually see the kestrals a couple of times. Thanks again and I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! Peace.
Maggie, NH

2:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

08/09 @ 07:59

07:47 - Found an adult eagle in the nest bowl. Actions typical of Mr. Mom -fussing with nest materials while reclining, standing up and picking at nest, reclining again. Up and down and facing different directions.

07:58 - Finally flew off towards camera.

Only a "shadow" figure, but sure of white head. Wish I had sound ... can only hear occasional wind gust.


8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

08/09 @ 08:08

Another note ... the eagle still cam has not updated since I first found the eagle on it. Wonder how often it actually updates?

Lucky for me the eagle was still there when my live feed loaded earlier. The eagle has not returned.


8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone else think the live cam isn't live?There is no motion at all, in the water or in the tree. And at night it's just completely black.

7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have not been able to open any of the cams since late in May. Everybody keeps telling us everything is up and running. Did you change settings or something? I am being forced to remove this site from my list of favorites. I have enjoyed reading all your observation. I trust all is well with the eagles and that someone has seen or heard them. My sound hasn't worked since the bad storm that took the chick's life. It was interesting to check in every day to see what was going on. I can't even open the video's that the others are printing. It was good. Keep up the good work. Bye for now. pat

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday 8/13 3:20 pm

It is quite wonderful to see the nest, and I'm pleased to see that there have been some glimpses of eagles. Someone was looking through their notes from last year, and found that August and early September are generally times that the eagles are away from the nest most of the time. If it had been a happier year, the eaglets would be going their own ways about now - the Santa Cruz eaglet born the same day as the little one here made his first flight from his home island to the next island last week - a place where there is good fishing and other juveniles to interact with, but no nest and no parents.

It makes sense that the adults here would be "programmed" to leave the nest area to encourage their youngsters to become independent. And while I suppose it is humanizing them, I think they'd need a vacation about now in a normal year, and they're probably conditioned to take one whether they need it or not. :)

It looks as if last year they began spending more time in the nest around September 21 - roughly the first day of fall. It will be nice to see them again!

And thanks, Wing & company, for all the work of keeping the cam running - and with a bit of luck you'll even have time to get the night cam back before the eagles return next month.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aug. 14 7:25 am. What a beautiful silhouette this morning of the eagle sitting on the branch away from the nest. The only sound was the water. I'm glad they are still around. Our eaglet in Oakland has fledged but is still in the area. Our loons are very active with 10 or more cruising the lake in a group. Think they are chasing small bait fish as they swim with there heads down in the water and every so often they dive. And our ospry has also feldged. We've had a busy summer!! I wish we had had the web cams set up here so everyone could see them.

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning....08/14/07

It is a nice morning here in Maine. I have not been here to visit the eagles in some time but as if it were yesterday, there is an eagle on the Y branch. I first checked in at 7:09 A and, sure enough, there is that majestic bird sitting there. Male/female....I am not sure. I think it is Mr. Mom. He is slender but healthy looking. As the slight breeze kisses the pine needles, you can see the feathers ruffle at times. He/she takes the time to preen the chest and tail feathers. The sun is rising fast, it leaves shadows over the nest but the eagle sits there so peaceful, it makes you wonder what they are pondering....waiting for the mate?? thinking it is about time to refurbish the nest for spring???? maybe diving down for a fish in the beautiful rippling waves that we all can see below, thanks to BRI and Wing.

I do miss the sound....also wish the camera was a bit closer so I might be able to observe if it was Mr. or Mrs.

It is 52 degrees here this morning but sunny as one can tell if observing our friend. I hope you all have fared well this summer. It is going by fast especially for us Northerners.

As I sign off, our eagle is still on the Y branch. It is now 7:49 A. Forty minutes I have been able to watch this amazing bird. I hope others have been that lucky this morning.

Keep the faith!!!

7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8/14/07 7:52 am

Eagle is and has been on the nest for an hour now, can't tell which one but suspect it might be mom. What a way to start the day.

Eagle Lover

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will the eagles repair or tend the nest before winter...or is that done in the spring? Thank you.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say that this morning I saw an eagle on the nest from about 7-8 am. This is the first time I've seen one since spring, and it did my heart good. I have the 15 second updates with no sound, but it still was a very special surprise! It just seemed to be hanging out enjoying the beautiful morning.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some videos from the eagle visit on the morning of August 14th. The eagle was there for about 1.5 hours!
First six minutes of visit:
Video of beginning of visit

Video of calls and end of visit

The last video is three combined clips, around 20 seconds you hear the eagle call and then the next call at 44 seconds was actually over an hour later. Then after you see the eagle leave keep listening because it sounds like two eagles answering each other?

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi all, its Heather from Mi. (I wrote one of the poems after Lil Wing died) I haven't blogged in a while, but have something really cool to post. Last weekend at our cabin in Northern Mi (on a sm. shallow inland lake) we watched 1 of 4 Eagles fishing and perching in the surrounding tree's, when he/she would cross the lake, we would start up the pontoon boat a idle over to the other side and watch him/her, for about an hour when we decided to get back to the cabin, the Eagle was still in the mood to give us a show!! It was amazing!! We didnt hear any calls but it was just awesome to watch!! Eagle seemed to be following a guy who was fishing, is it possible that he was going to try and take the fish if the fisherman caught one? Everytime the fisherman moved the Eagle did! I will post some pic's if anyone would like to see them!
Hope everyone is well, and I am glad to see we are still getting visits!
Thursday 8/16 9:30 a.m.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Judy, I have just checked for the first time in a long time -- too depressing to keep seeing an empty nest. And how wonderfully surprised I was to see your videos. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Hopefully this time next year we will be fretting over the fledgings and their leaving.

Maura (VA)

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey everyone. I'm not sure when the blog will be updated again but I wanted to pass on some sad news regarding the Santa Cruz eagle A-63. After fledging and leaving the area A-63 flew to Nevada and on August 15 was hit by a vehicle and died. How very sad. I don't know if any of you watched the Santa Cruz nest this year, but if you did I thought you would want to know. Very sad.

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw BRI on our local TV news yesterday 8/27, congrats of getting the word out to others that it's not just eagles & loons that are in danger from mercury poisioning but many other birds and mammals as well. One need only check out your list of who's who at BRI to see that you're representating forest birds (songbirds), shore birds, estuary birds, otter, mink, bats, etc.

And let us not forget that you received a large grant at the beginning of the season to study species perhaps not yet heavily studied, and toxins other than mercury. I'm sure the results will be sobering. We surely will need lots of education to begin reversing the results; I hope our Senator will be of help in your campaign.

Tell Melissa that she looked great...and only slightly uncomfortable on camera!! Who wouldn't be...while trying to hold that little sparrow while TV guys put a camera inches from it!!! Good job Melissa!

J in S.P.ME

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks you Wing for the update, we will look forward to the cam being up and running again. That cam has a very big following over on the forum too, but I'm sure you already knew that.

Heather from MI, please do post the pics, I'm sure everyone would love to see them.

Thanks in advance, Wing, for the work you will have to do to make us addicts happy.

Have a great fall.

Eagle Lover
8/28/07 9:43 pm

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ADKlaurie, I too watched Santa Cruz this year and cried when I heard about Limuw. He was very special, such a personality!! Hopefully next year Maine will have some babies and also Santa Cruz.

Heather-would love to see your pics

Penn- 8/29-07

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i live in poplar bluff mo out in country my wife look out the window and seen what was a eagle flying over the field next to the house i know we have alot of hawks around so i know the differents i got my binoculars and went for a walk he flew northeast away from me isay ten min he come right over again we havent never seen one here before and was woundering what the population was in southeast mo thankyou

6:21 PM  

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