Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Fall Update

Greetings all. Sorry to be out of touch for a while, but I have been swamped with data analysis, manuscript preparation, and report writing.

I have corresponded with both Charlie Todd (Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife) and Mark McCollough (US Fish and Wildlife Service) about the eagle activity that you have observed. Their consensus is that what you have been observing is fairly normal for this time of year. Generally, the adult are less protective of their nest site and juveniles are disbursing throughout the region. We have a satellite transmitter on a juvenile from last year that has traveled from Maine to Pennsylvania to Virginia to Maine to south again.

Charlie notes that young of the year are bumbling around this time of year trying to make a living independently and generally trying to avoid conflicts with adults. The younger birds rarely have any urge to settle down until they are four, and successful breeding doesn’t usually occur until five to seven years.

The chatter of the birds that you are hearing off camera indicates that an eagle is communicating with another bird.

Over the last two years the adult have not started working on the nest seriously until the end of February, so there is still quite a bit of time before activity picks up.
There have been some questions regarding the infrared light. Since the birds are not present regularly at the site we have turned the light off to conserve the bulb. The bulb is only good for so many hours and we want ensure that it will be fully functioning during the breeding season.

I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season.

Wing GoodaleBioDiversity Research Institute

130 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

11/27/07..WING...Thank you for the wonderful update. I know it answered alot of questions for eveyone..myself included!! I can hardley wait for the season to start and having the juvenile show up was a real treat and surprise. To have him return a few days later was amazing. I thought sure he was going to get caught!! Thanks again, BEV

4:09 PM  
Anonymous jules said...

i saw the eagles!i saw the eagles!
here them allot too!
its goona be another fun season, keep up the good work BRI!
our class is already thinking of names for the babies, cant wait!

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nov 28, 8:45am EST

Wing, Thanks for the info it's always good to hear from you and the crew! Great job as usual!

Best wishes to all this holiday season. Stay safe.

(Praying for a milder winter this time around!)

Sue in MD

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nov 28-2007
12:20pm

Looking over nov and dec 2006 pictures and notes I keep, I saw where the eagle pair would visit from about last Thanksgiving onward nearly each day. Sometimes, twice or more.

They did considerable nest building about 2-8 dec also. In fact quite a bit during dec and jan 2007.

Since there isn't a big need to do much because of no 2006 family, this could be a reason they don't need to bring in material as they did last year.

We all have patience, just as mom and pop do when they sit for hours brooding their eggs. *G*

12:24 PM  
Blogger dave said...

Thanks for The update,I know how
it is with the eagles.I have been
keeping track of the eagles here
in vigo co. indiana and it has been
fun.I enjoy this site and reading
what everyone has to say,Keep it
going.
Thanks again
Dave from Terre Haute indiana

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing, thanks for the update, much appreciated. Actually, the work that all of you do is much appreciated.

We still watch constantly for a peek or peep from our beloved eagles, can't help it.

We wish you and yours, and everyone at BRI a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Loon and Eagle lover.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous nancy in va said...

11/28/07 Wing, great update and info. It answered many of my(our)questions about what to expect and when!
Happy Holidays to all at BRI. We EAGLE viewers appreciate all that you do...just keep the cameras rolling.

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so good to hear from you and thanks for the update! looking forward to following the upcoming breeding season.
happy holidays to all!

7:06 PM  
Anonymous jgr said...

Is the cam down today 12/01/07? Just thought I'd drop in to check out any activity. I missed seeing the pair raise young this year and hope they are successful next spring. We're starting to see the northern eagles here in Hannibal, MO. They begin to appear about Nov (after the vultures go south). We won't see them in numbers however, until the Mississippi freezes. Hubby was within about 15 feet of a big bald who carried a fish into the park by the Hannibal marina in Jan of '06. He watched him feed, & said it was a memory of a lifetime. Happy Holidays and thanks BRI...for ALL you do for the viewers!!

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12/01 @ 11:30

Two eagles ... one landed in the nest. If the other landed, it was top left off camera. Actually looked like it might be Mom in the nest! Some vocalization, stayed only a short time and flew off again.

Thanks, Wing, for the update. Always nice to hear from you.

A favor to all ... please give date of post. With sporadic posting, I get confused as to what was posted when. Thanks.

JAM in IL

11:34 AM  
Blogger dave said...

12/3/07
Hi all i just wanted to wish
everyone the best holiday season.
I finally put our young eaglets
photo on my Blog site,His name is
MAX.I can't wait until next spring
to watch the eagles on this site.

Dave From indiana

1:52 PM  
Blogger Liz K said...

Warm Winter Greetings to Everyone!!

Viewed the Eaglecam and the nest is covered with snow ... might still be snowing or just blowing.

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.

--Liz (W,DC)

11:28 AM  
Blogger Liz K said...

Oooops.
Posting date is 12/4/07
at 11:25am

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Maine Native said...

12/4 11:34am MST
I just have to say, this site is beautiful in the spring when the eagles are nesting but to see it today with all the snow makes me CRAVE just one more Maine winter. Merry Christmas from Arizona and can't wait for spring :^)

1:37 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Just wanted to wish all eagle watchers on this site a Happy Holiday! and as a lifelong Mainer I echo the sentiment for a milder winter - at the very least no big storms in late March/early April.

Cathy in Central Maine

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12/05 @ 08:58

Fun to watch a visitor to the nest. Seemed to be an immature eagle ... didn't notice any white on the head. Bounced around the nest a bit fussing with twigs, sat on the Y and watched another eagle(?) fly by. Returned to nest before leaving.

Only a short stay, but rather comic relief in an otherwise wonderland setting.

JAM in IL

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12/5

What a beautiful sight! That nest is beautiful in all seasons!

cathy h in mass

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dec 5 2007 6:48pm

I believe the eagles really do have a different nest.

They no longer attempt to defend it , and you hear plenty of the old normal chatter that Mom and Dad did in the mornings nearby this nest.

Here's a very short video of some problem off camera, but I captured a flyby (and slowed it down and repeated the flyby at the end of the video)and many wing beatings and urgent calls by Mom.

It sounds like an eagle comes in to land, then more wing beating sounds with Mom making angry chatter. Then off the culprit goes. Could it have been that 2nd male? She wouldn't chase Dad away!

Or maybe Dad was chasing another eagle away from their new position?

Maine Eagles

6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12-06-2007 6:26pm

Here's a great picture of the nest with snow on it done in fast forward to see it match the color of the water. So pretty.

No sound - all visual.

Maine Nest

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12/8...9:30am.
An eagle is sitting on a branch above the snowy nest, with its back to me, watching the horizon.
What a sweet surprise!

9:30 AM  
Blogger CT Eagle Watcher said...

Dec 8 2007 10:15am est

A mature eagle (white head etc) was at the nest this morning starting at 9:15am. First, it landed on the nest and stayed for about 1 minute then it went to the "y" and stayed there for approximately 1 hour. It spent most of the time scanning the horizon from left to right and making eagle cries about every 2 minutes. Maybe it was calling for someone. When it heard some crows in the distance he stared in their direction for a while. Even after the eagle flew away I continue to hear many eagle vocalizations in the vicinity. It appears today is a much more active eagle day than in recent past. Hopefully we will be getting more frequent visits. A wonderful way to begin a Saturday morning!

10:26 AM  
Anonymous CT Eagle Watcher said...

12/11 at 7:00 est

Mature eagle visited nest, stayed for 5 - 10 minutes. This time it did not perch on the "y" but stayed in the nest walking around. Was chirping like a seagull, over and over, then suddenly flew away. I have never heard that type of eagle sound before.

7:18 AM  
Anonymous Judy said...

There was a quick visit Dec 11th around 7 a.m. of about a minute.
Video

7:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Sunday, Dec.16.2007
3:30PM
I just looked in to see how the eagle's nest is weathering the storm. The wind is howling like a banshee, the snow is blowing and the tree branches are taking a beating. But the nest is sturdy, and holding fast. As always.
Lotte

3:40 PM  
Anonymous JudyM said...

12/17 I just tuned in for first time in quite a while and there is an eagle sitting on the branch next to the nest. Can't see its head as it is behind the needles but it is definitely an eagle.

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just have to share my eagle siting. I was walking my dog two weekends ago at a campground on the ocean in Freeport. A black bird came into view. Being a crow lover, I turned to follow it. As it flew low above the field, I saw the white head and realized it was a bald eagle! WOW! WOW! WOW! What a gift! Thank you for this wonderful site and for everything I've learned over the few years that I've been a regular visitor. All of your work is greatly appreciated.

12:36 PM  
Anonymous ejane said...

Eagle has been on the snowy nest all morning, as if to say "Merry Christmas!" to all that are watching.

And a "Merry Christmas " to BRI and their entire staff.

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12/19/07: An adult eagle was pecking about in the snowy nest between 8 and 8:30 this morning.

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Lin said...

I check back on the blog periodically to see what is going on and I enjoy catching up through everyone's posts. However, I have a question... why is it that the posts are not ALL dated?? Some are and some are not? The last two I am looking at today only have a time, but no date so I don't know when these events/observations occurred. Do we need to add the date when we make a comment in order for it to show up?

Merry Christmas! And please keep up the excellent work, I absolutely LOVE this site! As far as I know, it is the only one with sound, and after visiting alot of other sites.....this one is the very best for video/audio/interaction with Wing and others, along with the best group of caring, wonderful people out there that are patient and so giving of their time and efforts (videos, etc.) that help the "rest" of us keep up-to-date!

God Bless Us, Everyone! *smile*
(And don't forget to send a "Christmas gift" donation to the coming year's Eagle family!!)

Lin Towler
Ashland, KY

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sat 12/22 6:40am
I was lucky to catch an adult eagle on the Y branch this morning as I tuned in to watch the sunrise...it stayed about 20 minutes, then flew. Within a few short minutes, I could hear an eagle voice.....It must be perched just out of sight. How close will an adult roost near its main nest I wonder?
A small plane flew over at 7:11 and seemed to cause an awakening of sorts as lots of other bird chatter began...of course a rising sun is pretty exciting to them as well.
Happy Holidays to all

J in S.P.ME

7:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12/22/07 Eagle on the Y branch from 6:25 AM (at least) until it flew off about 30 minutes later.

Checked back at 8:40 AM and an adult eagle was on the nest having breakfast. Stayed until 9:20 eating continuously. About 9:10 started making repeated calls for 10 minutes or so, but the other eagle didn't arrive. I think the one on the nest was the female as the call was very strong and clear and not like the raspy call of the male. I'm pretty sure I heard the male responding off in the distance, but he never showed up at the nest.

Bill in Connecticut.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous eagle eye said...

Dec 22, 9:00 EST

A quick check found an adult eating breakfast on top of the snowy nest. Eagle calls could be heard from above, and after devouring his/her meal it took off.
Lin, there is no automatic time or date stamp and thus should be noted when posting a message.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the BRI staff! Your efforts do not go un-noticed and is a worthy cause.

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12/22/07 Phx,AZ

Merry Christmas to all :)
The live feed isn't completely live this morning! A frozen picture with crows and eagles calling in the background!

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12/22 8:30 am

Heard a "thunk" as I walked by the computer and saw an eagle had landed....I thought whoa that ice & snow make a funky sound when the bird lands on it but then saw the eagle turn to face the camera and it had brought breakfast to the nest.....Thunk!! it's breakfast!!!

It proceeded to eat for about 45 minutes, then rested only for a bit on the Y branch and was off. The sunrise was wonderful on the nest - the sunrise was a lovely light gray here in S.portland this morning!

J in S.P.ME

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12-23-2207 7:45pm EST

Here are the 5 visits by "DAD" to the nest this Sunday. I truly think he was trying to entice MOM to come and join him for a bit of romance.....I've only posted 4 files here.

big smiles.

Maine Eagles #1

Maine Eagles #2

Maine Eagles #4

Maine Eagles #5

I apologize for any duplicate video posted. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas and have a safe and Happy New Year!


RGEEGEE - Tucker, GA

7:46 PM  
Anonymous lawarner said...

Allot of activity in the nest between 3pm-4pm and after dark. I believe it was the male on and off the next but you could hear another eagle in the background. Can't wait for the new year for these guys. Happy holidays to all.
Lori

6:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a 8 min.vid of 12/22's breakfast.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKwLQKOzt6A

6:35 AM  
Anonymous Nainnie said...

Eagle Alert eagle alert...12:28p Est 12/24 eagle poking around the nest. Always nice to see. Happy Holidays All!

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Maine Native said...

Merry Christmas to all!!! Soon we should have some beautiful eagles to watch as they prepare their nest for the spring...Glad to hear you're getting your winter out of the way early this year:^) Maybe that will make for an easy spring.

2:11 PM  
Anonymous CT eagle watcher said...

12/24/2007 12:25pm EST

Eagle landed in the nest today and fussed with the twigs for a while, not sure of duration but it seemed longer than 15 minutes. It appeared to be fixing up the nest?

Happy holidays to everyone from Connecticut.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

This video has the beginning and the end of a visit on December 22nd.
Video

Four Dec 23 visits combined and the video is about 5 and half minutes.
Video

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12-26-07 2 pm EST...

Greetings from Massachusetts!

Just thought I'd let you know that I watched an eagle a few minutes ago... eating a fish(?) while perched on the ice of the Assabet River in Maynard, MA.

Coincidentally, I had just caught up on the latest blogs and footage of a recent visit of our Maine eagle(s) so it was nice to see one here. Doesn't happen too often- a few times a year if we're lucky.

There really is hope for the future- surely spring is just around the corner (she said hopefully)!

Angie, hard at work (except during eagle visits)

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12-27-2007 3:35pm

My posts with the 4 videos the other day (above - Dec 23rd) are NOT the DAD, they are the intruding male.

This was only proven when WILL did the spectrogram with his Raven Pro software.

How wonderful it is to verify the comings and goings of our eagles - Mom and Dad vs "visiting eagles!"

GG

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is 10:05 a.m. on 12/28/07, and I am watching one of the eagles have brunch at the snow-covered nest, possibly the male. It's been a long time since seeing any action here. Very much looking forward to nesting season this year, with fingers crossed for success this time.

Ok, just heard the male with his distinguished cry on a fly-by, so it is the female in the nest. How nice that they are still around! Can't wait for spring!

10:14 AM  
Blogger Liz K said...

12/28/07 10:30am EST

Oh what a great gift. I'm looking at an eagle at the nest. Heard it vocalize a few times. Seems to have snowed there recently. Last time I checked the Eaglecam (last week?) the earlier snow had melted. Eagle is looking out over the water. Spectacular.

-- Liz (W,DC)

10:31 AM  
Anonymous james said...

iv'e seen them, the Eagles have now returned and started to nest, How exciting!!!

1:35 PM  
Anonymous bones said...

12/28/07 eagle on the nest around 9:15 am. eating breakfast. lots of calling out too.

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I logged in for the first time in quite a while about 1:30 p.m. MST on 12/30. There was a beautiful eagle in the nest moving things around. He/she then climbed up the branch and rubbed his head on the limb a while before taking off.

I had forgotten how majestic they are. I too am looking forward to next nesting season.

TC

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Judym said...

12/31/07 The camera seems to be pointed to the sky. Must have been a lot of wind to do that.

12:58 PM  
Anonymous lawarner said...

Something happen to the lans of the camera? May this be a successful and wonderful year to all and esp the eagles
Lori

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

01/01 @ 12:31

What a wonderful way to start 2008! This morning's cam started with a beautiful, surreal-looking shot and now we have an eagle on the left Y branch.

Picture perfect ...

JAM in IL

12:31 PM  
Anonymous lawarner said...

I turned on the web site around 1230 pm and found one of the eagles just sitting on the Y branch. No noise, just sitting and observing. I could watch these guys all day but after 20 min I have to log off. I hope they start nesting soon.
Lori

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

01/01 @ 13:06

Yikes ... I hope someone else caught this. The same eagle I mentioned earlier was still on the left Y and all of a sudden there were two eagles in the nest. Not sure if two came in or one joined the first. At any rate, there seemed to be a slight bit of posturing and then one settled down into the nest for a minute while the other moved to the center of the Y branch.

Every time I blink or get distracted something changes. Now only the eagle on the Y remains in sight.

I really do hope one of you is catching this on video!

JAM in IL

1:10 PM  
Anonymous lawarner said...

I stayed to watch the eagles watch from1230pm till 120pm. @1305a smaller eagle joined the nest(possibly dad) he poked around at the nest rearranging sticks then flew off. The larger on stayed on the branch calling out occassionally then flew off at1317. @1318 the male flew back on the nest pushing down like he was going to nest then he flew off. Beautiful!

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/1/08

A New Year's surprise. Both eagles on the nest around 1PM EST. One was rearranging some sticks and also settled down in the center and squirmed around like he/she was trying to "make it right" while the other eagle was up on the Y branch. A few minutes later one left the nest and 20 minutes or so later, the other.

Bill in CT

1:31 PM  
Anonymous CT eagle watcher said...

1/1/2008 1:15pm

Two eagles were sitting in the nest for a while, one was poking at the twigs. Maybe Judy has some video from this? Great way to start the new year, seeing both eagles in the nest at the same time! P.S. Special thanks to Judy for taking the time to add her videos to this blog, they are wonderful to watch! Happy 2008!

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mom and Dad say Happy New Year to everyone at BRI [URL=http://s241.photobucket.com/albums/ff81/Kai522/?action=view¤t=wmplayer2008-01-0113-01-33-36.flv][IMG]http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff81/Kai522/th_wmplayer2008-01-0113-01-33-36.jpg[/IMG][/URL] 1/01/08 2:44pm

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year
3:27pm

Mom and Dad paid a most welcome visit to the nest. Mom landed about 1:24pm and sat alone for some time. Dad showed up and snuggled into the nest bowl to check the fit, then moved some twigs about. He leaves, she leaves, he returns just for another brief look.

The sound was too much with the wind and especially the waves so I muted this video - enjoy:

Mom & Dad 1-1-2008

GG

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jan 01, 2008 21:15pm

Correction on WHO was in the nest first - it was DAD and then MOM (or at least a female) came into the nest - she had the darker face. I slowed down the landing and you can see she flies in, nearly lands on the back of the male who leaves his branch to greet her; and then she slides off his back and towards the camera side:

Slow Motion Landing 1-1-2008

GG

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Years morning around 8:30 was a beautiful fractal type image of gold with the lens totally covered with snow yet still capturing the sun! As the snow melted off the nest emerged and then an eagle sitting and relaxing. What a spectacular start to the year.

Happy New Year Wing & BRI
J in S.P. ME

5:48 AM  
Blogger R&B said...

1/2/08

It appears that there is ice and snow on camera lens this morning, after yesterdays snowstorm here in Maine. Melting should start anytime now with the sun is coming up.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/2/08 4 p.m.
Well I'm guessing the study in gray we've seen today is snow that refuses to melt off the camera!~ The sun did absolutely nothing today to melt any of the ice encrusted trees in my yard in southern Maine....I'm thinking Down East is the same! Brrrrr

J in S.P.ME

3:55 PM  
Anonymous stan said...

the camera is hazy but i think i saw an eagle working on the nest...getting a head start i presume...aloha eagles and BRI staff!!

11:43 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

1-6-08
Happy 2008 everyone and here's hoping for a successful nesting season for our Mom & Dad.

Here's my video of the New Year's Day visit. I had a small glitch when mom arrived and lost my feed/recorder but at least they were there. :)
Happy New Year

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/7/08
Morning all...well we're above freezing now and the lens is obviously clear of ice & snow as I get a still pix but nothing live...is it still too collllllld out there? The still pix that shows when I pull the site up stays the same all day...no 15 sec change....is that really working...it doesn't seem as tho it has (for me) since months and months ago.

J in S.P.ME

7:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/7/08 9am

Wowza guys...Thanks!

J

8:53 AM  
Anonymous autobodygal said...

Looks like they will have some digging out of snow if they plan on hanging around the nest at this time. Im so excited about the eagles again this year. I'm now being called the "bird lady" at work. lol...

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you all so much for sharing your videos! I have been watching our eagles for 3 seasons and can never catch them at the nest, so it is wonderful to see them via your videos. They are so beautiful and such great parents. I can't wait for spring and the anticipation for more babies!

--Indiana

3:30 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

1-7-08
hmmm, not sure why my 'clickable' YouTube video link is not working. Properties look ok but it's just not working :(
You may have to copy & paste the link to watch it. Sorry about that...
http://youtube.com/watch?v=_Tpj7UwtsQ

With this heatwave we're having, I thought for sure we'd be seeing lots of Mom & Dad. Maybe tomorrow.

6:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jan 9, 08 - 6:50am
As the sun begins to rise, I notice an eagle perched on the left side of the Y branch. Wondering if it was there the whole night through.

6:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/9/08
Just wanted to add that the eagle took off from the Y branch this morning shortly before 7 am and I haven't seen it since.

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/11/08 6:50 am - As blackness gives way to indistinct shadows, I see an extra dark form, not a pine bough, sitting at the stem of the Y branch. As the frame changes once more, the form takes flight and vanishes.

6:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/11/08 - and as I look again, there are two. One on the branch, one in the nest, and then one is gone.
I hope someone else is seeing this along with me.

6:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/11 6:55a.m.

Eagle on the Y branch for only about 8 min. this morning. It may have been there before 6:55...that's the time I tuned in.

J in S.P.ME

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/12 6:52a.m.
Quick touchdown to the Y branch..eagle left after only 8 min. Had hoped to see breakfast brought back....not today.

J in S.P.ME

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:52AM Jan 12, 2008

There was (Dad I believe) a visit this morning - brief, but nice to see a eagle land and fly off.

Click to watch

GG

9:52 AM  
Blogger Liz K said...

1/12/08

As bald eagle lovers, I wanted to let you know that you can purchase a bald eagle ringtone from the National Zoo's website. Here's the link:
http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Support/Ringtones/

Many thanks to all who post videos of our Maine feathered friends!

Liz (W,DC)

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/13/08

Adult eagle landed on nest at 8:15 AM. Walked across the nest and started having breakfast. The food was already in the nest before the eagle arrived. Lots of crows making a racket in the background. Heard another eagle making loud and rapid calls from off the nest. At about 8:40, the second eagle swooped onto the nest chasing the first eagle off. The second eagle then started his/her breakfast and after 15 minutes or so hopped onto the Y branch and is still there an hour later (9:50) No more noisy crows and no sign of the first eagle.

Bill in CT

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

01/13 @ 09:56

Signed on to find an eagle at the nest. Sitting on the main Y branch enjoying the view. Cannot id.

From other postings, sounds as though we are getting regular visits. Hopefully, our Ms. & Mr. Mom!

What a beautiful treat this morning ...

JAM in IL

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jan 13, 2008 11:37am

Male eagle brings in meal. After eating for awhile, Mom flies in. The male took a portion of the prey and flew off (appears to be small duck).

Mom eats and stays over an hour.

This is condensed version - enjoy!

Maine Eagles

GG

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/15/08
6:52am mst

Good morning from Arizona! A beautiful morning at the snow filled nest. A light breeze, calm water and one eagle called.

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

01/15 @ 08:50

GG ... thanks for the video. Guess I only caught the end of a long visit and it is nice to see "the rest of the story." The last eagle did a bit of calling before it finally flew off.

It really does help to have our little community posting regular updates on nest activity, etc.

Happy winter, everyone ...

JAM in IL

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/15/08 - at about 1:35 an eagle stopped by, landing on the left arm of the Y branch. Only stayed about 5 minutes, then flew off.

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/16/08 - As the sun rises in the east, I see an eagle sitting on the Y branch.

6:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

01/16 @ 06:41

Eagle arrived and spent approx. 7 min. on the Y.

JAM in IL

7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

January 17, 2008...0920hours...eagle pair at the nest....0924hours..one remains perched on a branch...too exciting!!!

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

01/17 @ 09:22

Did not catch the arrival, but an eagle was on the Y until approx. 09:52. A few calls before taking off.

Another picture-perfect setting ... a wonderful way to share a peaceful morning.

JAM in IL

9:56 AM  
Blogger June/Central FL said...

1-16-08 9:15 am
Logged in to watch and like, on cue, 2 eagles arrived screeching and chattering onto the nest. One pecked in the snowy nest and tried "nestling down" a couple of times then flew off after 5 minutes. The second eagle moved over to the y branch and sat observing the surroundings. I watched for 10 minutes and the eagle was still there when I left the site. I observed the cycle of life last year and am looking forward to a hopefully productive season. Thank you for everything you do for the sake of eagles.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1-17-2008 2:06PM

Here was the afternoon visit today

Maine Eagles

GG

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Amelia said...

To Wing and the Gang:

I do hope that your summer explorations have kept you busy this very cold winter. And that you are all well. I would like to thank everyone for sharing such a special treat on behalf of(if I may be so bold) all of the ' nest watchers'.

Thanks,
~Amelia

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9-21-2008 9:40AM

Do we have the infrared camera back on now? This morning the cam was all black and white, now it looks frosty as if the infrared is on.

Also, I keep getting the National Geographic messsage "try later" when I click the button to view the nest.

GG

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1-22-2008 4:30pm

These are 2 videos (split up) to show a lone eagle visit on 1-21-2008 (Monday).

Some people think it's a juvenile but the nest camera was only showing black and white so it's difficult to tell. I can see a full white head at times, yet this could just be the lighting playing tricks.

Either way, you decide and enjoy!

Maine Eagle

Maine Eagle showing white head

GG

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/23/08 - Just wanted to mention that an eagle landed on the Y branch shortly before 7 this morning. Flew off after just a few minutes into the morning sky.

7:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jan 23, 2008 8:40AM

What a treat this morning to see Mom fly into the nest followed closely by Dad.

Here's a condensed 4 min. video of the visit. Enjoy.

Maine Eagle visit Jan 23
GG

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/23/08 6:30am
Two eagles on the nest...one looked as it may have just landed as my live view came on but it may have been there and was only doing a little tail fluffing. One jumped to the Y branch and flew at 6:35. The other bird headed to the Y branch and left at 6:55am. Nice full moon sunrise.

J in S.P.ME

8:51 AM  
Anonymous deb in pa. said...

1-23-08 3:25 pm
Lone eagle lands with dinner. Some screaching from another eagle. A few mins later another eagle lands and a nasty fight over the prey until 1 eagle actually falls from the nest. Wow it was wild. I hope both eagles will be ok.

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

01/23 @ 16:47

Missed the arrival (and have read of an earlier altercation at the nest!), but at 15:42 I found an eagle in the nest feeding. At approx. 16:12 the eagle moved to the Y branch and another eagle flew into the nest to feed. The eagle on the Y stayed a couple minutes and departed. The second eagle left the nest around 16:44.

Busy afternoon!

JAM in IL

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jan 23 2008 5:11pm

Today there was a show-down between 2 eagles over food and one eagle falls out of the nest, as you'll hear as the branches break as it falls.

I hope this eagle didn't suffer any damage, other than pride:

Maine Eagle Falls after fight

GG

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1-23-2008 9:43pm

There were plenty of questions about the happenings at the nest so I made 2 other videos - with some slow motion and/or still images and then one video when Mom is through eating and Dad flies in to get the scraps:

Maine Eagles-Another version of the food fight

Maine Eagle - Dad eats

GG

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jan 24, 2008 12:10PM

A short visit by Mom followed into nest by Dad. Off he goes while Mom checks for leftover prey.

Maine Eagles Visit Together

GG

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/24/08
Wow! That was quite a food fight. I hope the good guys won. Special thanks to "GG" for capturing the video. Can anyone tell what they were feasting on? I'm thinking fish cuz I didn't see them plucking any feathers or fur.

cathy h in MA

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1-24-2008 5pm

Cahty h in MA. you're welcome.

About the type of prey: on the video marked "Maine Eagle - Dad eats" - watch at about .44seconds and again at .58seconds. As Mom lifts the prey, it looks similar to maybe a rabbit leg. At least to me. I'm open to suggestions, for sure!

GG

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/24/08

I have begun the countdown to our trip to Essex, CT for the annual Eagle Festival. Each year I take 8 of my students for the day which includes live birds of prey exhibits, lots of eagle "stuff" to see and do, food, walking in the cold brisk air trying to spot eagles flying over, and an exciting trip up the Connecticut River. Last year we spotted 26 eagles along with a variety of hawks, loons, geese, ducks, an osprey...you name it! To rev up their enthusiasm I have recently set up our classroom computers to "peek" at the nest through the eyes of the eagle cam. Today, around 11:30, our beloved pair swooped in together for a leisurely visit. The kids heard their calls first, and I gave them the green light to watch...BAM! There they were!My boys almost jumped out of their shoes! One of them literally jumped into the air shouting!
We cannot wait until this year's excitement at the nest...hope it turns out to be a successful season.
MW

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GG: is it possible that after the food fight when the eagle fell, that the noise we can hear was the eagle swooshing his wings to recover, rather than branches breaking as he fell down the tree?? I'm hoping so! That was a very intense situation when they were both hovering over the food in a stand off. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your video!! I've never seen anything like this one.

--Kentucky
1/25/08

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The food fight was truly amazing..reminded me of two bullies in the schoolyard - did so...did not...did so... I am reminded of Wing telling us a few months ago that the eagles will fight first with their voice trying to protect their precious eyes and talons. Guess we heard a fine example of that. With both the birds manteling over the food, I felt like I was at a vampire movie full of black capes and ear splitting screams!

J in S.P.ME

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jan 25, 2008 11:15pm

I came across an old video I made and thought you would enjoy a visual of the nest from afar. If you watch the top left of the screen (at about 2:09minutes into the video) you will notice a branch bounce - as if an eagle leaves the roost, and then the eagle in the nest also leaves.

Maine Eagles

Personally - I thought the eagles roosted on the right of their nest - who knows - maybe both sides are good for them! *G*

Enjoy - GG

11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/26/08 8:39 AM

First off, thanks for all that you do, Wing, and all the other folks at BRI. We dearly love your eagle cam and then the other cams in summer. The eagles and the loons are my favorites.

I have been watching this cam now for two years and it has taught me so much about the eagles that I never knew, would never have known. Sometimes we even see things we would rather not see and would have never known about if it weren't for the cam. Nature can be very cruel, as we witnessed last year in the loss of our little chicks in that horrible storm. These are things that we know happens but never have witnessed before, first hand.

Keep up the great work, we are so looking forward to a great eagle watching season again. As I write this there is an eagle calling, out of sight, but close to the mic.

Again, thanks so very much for the opportunity to see these magnificent birds.

An Eagle and Loon lover.

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've watched the food fight over and over and can't figure out whether it is a fight between our two eagles or one of our eagles and an intruder. Also, it looks like it was the one who brought the prey who got kicked out of the nest! Not fair! Can anyone shed some light onto the identities of the two who were sparring?

11:23 AM  
Blogger cwwhite said...

01/26/08 CWwhite I was wondering where the eagle's stay when not in the nest we watch on the web cam. Thanks to all that make the video's and share. C.W.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it looks like one eagle had a leisurely breakfast, maybe brunch as it's almost 10:15.Looks to be a sunny day in their neighborhood, although windy. It's sure nice to see more frequent activity. Wing says serious "housekeeping" won't start until well in February, but I feel the excitement mounting, as I can't wait to take a peek at the nest whenever I have the chance.

Jan. 27
10:14 AM

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

01/27 @ 10:20

I did not catch arrival or departure, but an eagle was in the nest feeding at 09:35with its back to the camera. As I was only able to watch sporadically, I do not know time of departure ... only that it continued feeding for a while and was gone by 10:00.

JAM in IL

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/27/08 9:17am
Saw an eagle come into the nest and leisurely eat something; I either miss seeing it come in or I can't tell what it's got! Flew off around 9:55am.
Heard lots of vocalizations around 6:15am but no sighting...I would love to have roosting addressed in a future "update". When an eagle, single or a pair, stays in it's nesting area year round, how close to its main nest do they stay? Does it change as possible nesting time arrives, would they get closer? Do they roost close to a main nest in the evening to defend it if necessary? Soooo many questions.....

J in S.P.ME

10:45 AM  
Blogger June/Central FL said...

While waiting for our beloved Maine eagles to reunite, you might enjoy our FL eagle nest at Tesoro Club Resort in Port Saint Lucie. We have 2 eaglets born around January 9th. There's not much listed for updates or a blog for the site but it is still interesting to observe. www.audubonofflorida.org/friendsoftheeagle/cam.html

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jan 27, 2007 2:58pm

J. in S.P. ME (and others). I have a video from Sep 2007 showing possibly one of maybe many of their roosting places, or perches.

My guess is they stay fairly close to their nest whenever they're around.

Watch the top left of screen near the end of video. You'll notice a branch move and then the eagle in the nest leaves.

Maine Eagle Nest

Enjoy the beauty of Maine.

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1-27-2008 3:35pm
I should have included this morning breakfast video - sorry that I forgot it. She arrived about 9:17AM.

It appears to be Mom, but I've been wrong before ~smile~
Enjoy
GG

Maine Eagle - Breakfast

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/27/08 - Approximately 2:55p.m. central time heard vocalizing and single eagle landed in nest; only stayed for a minute - but it was so great to see!
Jamie, Elmwood Park, IL

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1-27-2008 4:47pm

Most likely last visit but this is short and breathtaking.

The eagle seems to glide in on the wings of the wind and leave the same way.

Checked and decided against the leftovers.

Maine Eagle on wings of the wind

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

The last minute of an eagle visit in the a.m. on January 27th.

Video

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the video of possible roost site. How did you get that view? When I log on to BRI's site, the view is pretty restricted - I know the camera has been pulled out at various times - did you capture the video at one of those times? I imagine larger birds roosting deep in evergreens during nights and bad weather but sitting more in view during nesting.

J in S.P.ME

5:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

01-28 @ 16:35

Missed arrival of the first eagle, but the second arrived @ 16:27 and left @ 16:31. The first took off @ 16:33.

Both were poking around the nest with #2 briefly testing the comfort of the nest bowl. If they were not our Ms. & Mr., they certainly displayed their behavior. The first eagle was larger and had Ms. Mom's W. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to determine Mr. Mom's V ... but the relative head shapes of the two seemed right.

Perhaps wishful thinking???

JAM in IL

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1-28-2008 5:57pm

I didn't catch the landing at about 4:23 but here are Mom and Dad doing nestorations.

Happy Days to follow!!

GG

Both Maine Eagles

Oh - and J in S.P. ME - there are times when WING will zoom out or in. Remember when the eaglets were born and he zoomed in for all to see the tiny heads?

5:57 PM  
Anonymous kam said...

1/29/08 Noticed an early morning visit just after 6:30am. An eagle sat in the nest for about 10 minutes, then hopped to the base of the Y branch. Before 7, it flew off into the clear morning sky.

7:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do remember those zoom outs; this view seemed unfamiliar to me tho. It was a great view and the lurch off the branch sure looked like some weight had just left!

Another thought on roosting behavior is the young ones who stay the winter. I assume they have no nest to visit as they have no mate....so where do they hang out on a general basis. Do they roost in a similar place every night; are they on the move and just stopping by here & there. The juvenile w/ the transmitter certainly has put on some miles so maybe they don't hang close to good fishing/eating. Ahhh The independance of youth.

J in S.P.ME

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1-29-2008 1:02pm

KAM - you are spot on - there were 2 eagles doing a flyby - probably one chasing another. I think this is female intruder (guest or visitor). *G*

My take on why Mom only gets very upset is when food is brought in - that's her dinning table ~Chuckle~

GG

Maine Eagle Visitor

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

01/29/08 @ 16:36

Again missed arrival but eagle in nest @ 16:26 ... seemed to find something to eat. Then on base of Y @ 16:31 and seemed quite observant. Flew off to the right @ 16:34.

JAM in IL

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Approximately 3pm Central time one (mom?) eagle in nest and about 10 minutes later joined by mate. I can't believe how good it feels to see them together again. The two stayed in nest together for about 5 minutes, then one (mom?) flew off and about 10 minutes later dad(?) left.
Jamie, Elmwood Park, IL

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

January 29 an eagle landed at the nest around 4:08 p.m. and then a second eagle arrived around 4:19 p.m. One leaves at 4:22 p.m. and the second at 4:34 p.m.

Here are 5 clips from the visit combined into a 12 minute video with the entire sequence of the visit when both eagles were present. :-)
You can let it download completely and then you can use the seek button to watch any parts of it faster.

Video will open in WMP.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1-29-2008 5:32pm
Dad came into the nest first and ate, then Mom shows up 9 minutes later and finishes off the leftovers.

This is new to me, Mom would usually bombard Dad and take over any meal.

Enjoy
GG

Maine Eagles

5:32 PM  
Anonymous kam said...

1/30/08 - At about 6:30 as the first hint of dawn appeared, I was able to make out 2 forms in the nest. Shortly thereafter, one flew off, then the other, both gone by about 6:40.

6:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1-30-2008 7:50AM

A predawn visit to the nest about 6:30am. Dad (as usual) tried the fit of the nest. He truly seems to like that part the best!

Enjoy
GG
Maine Eagles visit early

7:49 AM  

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