Sunday, February 17, 2008

Good Signs

This morning I was reviewing a number of the videos that you have all posted and I was very pleased to see some pre-nesting behavior. Specifically, the way one of the birds sat briefly in the nest bowls and pushed back with their eggs. Another good sign is the way that the bird is looking down into the nest bowl.

As the birds progress towards nesting we should see sticks being brought in, possibly copulations, and the female “practicing” sitting.

Please keep up all the great observations and I will have the infrared turned on this week.

Wing Goodale
BioDiversity Research Institute


Anonymous Anonymous said...

2-17-2008 10:35AM

This was the first visit this morning - landing near 6AM:

Maine Eagle tries out nest

Suitcase all packed and ready to move in? *G*

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Glad to hear from you today, Wing. If ever there was an outpouring of good vibes for successful nesting, you know it's coming from all the eagle lovers out here!You sound positive, so we should be too. I guess the excitement levels are rising, and we are so starved for EAGLE ACTION! Keep us posted and can't wait for the infra-red service to be back up. THANKS!

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2-18-2008 2:55PM

I didn't get the recorder going fast enough to catch the landings - but got the rest of it, even the flyby.

It looks like the same eagle each time, I guessed it was Dad, but not certain.


Maine Eagle in nest twice

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shortly after the 6am visit (approx 6:23-6:28)I watched what I thought was the female landing for approx 5 min and pushing about sticks. I have heard alot of background calls from the 2 eagles. Anxoius to see results this year.

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2-17-2008 3:55PM

This will make everyone smile. Both eagles fly into nest - as if to reclaim their happy home.


Maine Eagles - Home Sweet Home

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Video of the two minute visit on Feb 17 around 4:57 p.m.

Eagle Visit

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2-17-2008 5:40PM

Last visit of the day was by Mom. She's not been on a diet either. ~chuckle~ It's only a 2 minute video, and she has rarely been seen of late. Except when they flew in together, earlier today.


Maine Eagle - Mom flies into nest

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very exciting......Very Exciting!!
And thank you everyone for your videos and updates....I love watching them.. I make my husband watch them with me... " Honey.. oh look at this one, it's short, I promise" Wing and 'Armchair Biologists' as I have many times before, again...I thank you.


7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:11 AM

Well, I certainly consider THESE eagles MY (our) eagles but after the disaster they had last year, I needed an eagle fix and found an active nest located in Norfolk, VA. that had a successful hatching with three eaglets.

The Norfolk eagles have already laid three more eggs this 2008 season, and believe it or not, a fourth year female juvenile returned to the nest on Saturday and NOW the eggs have been abandoned. There was fighting among the two females originally but now they have been seen sitting near each other.

I am praying so hard for OUR eagles this year and am so happy to see all the activity going on. Wing, I am wondering if revisits by juveniles are common and just how often they interfere with a hatching, as with Norfolk? Hopefully, there will be time for them to try again but with the other female there, who knows. I am SO looking forward to continued activity with OUR eagles and can not wait until that first egg appears!!

Highland Lakes, NJ

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Happy to hear that the eagles are exhibiting nesting behavior. I've only managed to catch them at the nest a few times. I'm so eggsited for the new nesting year. Wishing for success this year.

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you sooooo much for posting the videos they definitely brought a smile to my face. I am so excited that our parents are back here's hoping we have little ones this year.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2-19-2008 2:33AM

After raiding the refrigerator for a midnight snack, I thought I'd check to see how much light the moon was shining in Maine (2-20 is the full moon) and was so excited to see Wing had turned his infrared light on!

Thanks Wing and BRI. Now I can slip off into eagle dreamland with LIGHT!


2:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2-19-2008 2:42AM

The eagles were just talking, so I thought I should at least give that a mention. :-)

2:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2-19-2008 7:36AM

Short video of the indrared light along with eagle chatter:

Maine Eagle Nest and Infrared

7:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feb 19th 9:12am EST A very vocal eagle landed on the nest, looked around a minute & flew off. 9:20am alot of chatter from nearby, sounds like two eagles very close together????could it be????? Cannot see them but sounds "GOOD". Wish they would land around the nest. Wishfull thinking.
Anne, NJ

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

02/29 @ 09:26

09:11 - arrival with vocalization. Stayed for only a minute. Both arrival and departure from camera side.


9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A note to Wing. This year we witnessed a young juvenile Eagle land & sit at the nest. Take food from the Adult Eagle & not really being run off. I was wondering if last year anyone went to the nest site & found any remains in the nest or around? of our little eaglet baby?Could my theory of last year be right? that the entire rest of the season they moved the eaglet to a safer residence to raise it?Or maybe it fell from the nest? I heard of Eagles moving their young when there is danger. I know this couple probably has many "spots" not just the nest site. Was just an unexplainably comfortable situation. Please review footage if you get a chance. Maybe our little eaglet didn't die last year? Maybe that was the little one?

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arborists have removed the two eggs from the Virginia nest. Lets keep our fingers crossed that the new pair will lay new eggs.

Hoping our Maine eagles have better luck this year!!!

Feb 19, 2008 2:01 p.m.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Ward said...

Here is a picture of the two removed Virginia eggs. Bigger than I thought.

2:16 2/19/08

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2-19-2008 2:40PM

The Norfolk nest had two eggs removed this afternoon(after receiving authorization to do so and take toxic data etc)from the nest. Many bloggers thought 3 eggs were laid, but they found no remnants of a 3rd egg.

Hopefully they pair have time to re-clutch, even though it's not the original Mom and Dad. Dad took up with the new younger female (about 4 yr old - the one that ran Mom off)- Mom hasn't been seen lately.

We may have thought eagles take a mate for life, and now with live camera, this may put a new wrinkle into that idea.

Since many older eagles aren't banded or tagged, we may be seeing an area that may have only been noted of a few pairs over the past decade or so.

Who knows - 10 yrs from now we might have the bigger picture.

We're still not certain about our original Mom and Dad. That should be forthcoming with the new clutch.


2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2-19-2008 3:52PM

I've not been able to hear the nest but the 15second cam is still working, and I use that most of the time anyway. We can get lucky and click the live feed when we notice that folks say they hear eagle chat...or crows cawing. That could mean the eagles found a meal! *G*


3:52 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great news! I was just going through some of our photos from last year. We had some pictures of huge waves and leftover destruction at York Beach Maine...which sadly brought to mind the sad eagle nest story of last year. So these sightings have made my day. Thanks!


4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2-19-2008 6:35PM

Here's the article about the removal of the Norfolk VA eggs - why removed and what they hope to learn:


Norfolk Eagles

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, just started watching last year and went through all the heartbreak of losing the two eaglets. Looking forward to a successful season this year. I have a question though, someone in the VA chat room said that a new female was seen around the nest. When I did see eagles, it looked like the resident mom and dad. Has there been a new female intruder trying to take over? I hope not, I'm hooked on the resident mom and dad.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Wizzyliz said...

Great news about our eagle pair!! Thanks for the videos. Praying for a successful breeding this year.

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friday, February 22 at 1:53 PM (EST) saw eagle sitting on branch to the left of nest looking around. Eagle has done this for several minutes now. It is such an awesome experience to be seeing the eagles on the nest again. My husband and I plan to donate to BRI again this year. Keep up the great work.

Welcome back little eagle family!

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GG, I think youre right that this is dad he still sounds "hoarse" like last year. Nice to see every one.Looking forward to a fun season of drama on Eagle Bluff!Annie

9:24 PM  

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