Friday, April 25, 2008

Loon Cam Live

Good morning all. I wanted to report that the loon cam is now live on our site. You can see the cam at:

http://www.briloon.org/watching-wildlife/loon-cam.php

I quick note about the sound of the eaglecam -- I have turned it off at this point.

Next week I will be receiving equipment from Kids in the Nest (www.kidsinthenest.com) and we will working getting additional cam systems up. I huge thank you to them! As you can imagine this can take time, but I will keep you posted.

I hope that by 2009 we will have eight live cams! However, we will need your help in purchasing computer systems to run the cams. If you are able please send in donations to help us buy computers.

We have two osprey systems that we hope to have in place shortly. It does appear that the osprey cam from last year maybe dead because of a lightening strike, so we will have to replace that camera--fortunantly we can use one of the new cameras from Kids in the Nest.

I will keep you updated, but we are really excited about our new equipment and the amazing possibilities. When I have specific plans about where we will deploy the equipment, I will let you know.

Wing Goodale
BioDiversity Research Institute

129 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/25 10:08

Wing, thank you for the info on the Loon Cam. I will be watching and learning about loons this year. I took care of my contribution this morning online through the Eagle Cam with a notation that it could be used however BRI saw fit. I mentioned your note about needing support for new computer systems to run the new cameras you hope to have up and running in 2009.

Thanks to you and all of the BRI staff for the time and energy that is put into helping our nations wildlife. You all have quite a following!

Pam, in Colo.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Liz K said...

May 25 @ 3:00pm

Blessed be this Friday. I do see an eagle on the nest. Babies or no babies ... I'm hooked on these Maine birds. Thanks BRI for keeping the Eaglecam up and running.

--Liz (W,DC)

p.s. sorry for the posting on the inaugural Loon Cam announcement.

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/26
Eagle on the nest when I tuned in at 3p.m. Sitting in the sun braving the wind.
Was sort of amazed that I saw no eagles during our little vaca to MDI earlier in the week but I knew I could fix that & sure enough when my husband & I went to the Audubon Society this morning for a walk to see kingfishers we saw a bald eagle fly over! Right in my own back yard! What was that Dorothy said about never leaving home again???

Can't wait to see & hopefully hear the new cams!

Eagle still sitting but I have to get back to work!

J in S.P.ME

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Carole said...

April 25 - 3:34 PM in SE Michigan

I just noticed we have an Eagle sitting on the edge of the nest looking out over the water. What a beautiful sight - the sun is shining on the water and it's so good to see somebody there.

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/25, 3:59PM

There's an eagle on the nest.

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/25
Oh who am I kidding....it's too hard to work when I know the eagle is still there - and it is still hanging out after 1 & a quarter hr.! I wonder how often we'll see it come to the nest?
Back to work - really

J in S.P.ME

4:15 PM  
Blogger Joyce said...

Eagle has been on the nest for well over a hour!!!

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

04/25 @ 16:34

16:13 - Found an eagle standing on the nest rim facing water.

16:17 - Is it possible we have a second eagle on the branch camera side and left? Almost off camera when it zoomed but if not an eagle a great illusion.

JAM in IL

4:37 PM  
Blogger Joyce said...

honestly, I am sure it is a illusion or just wishful thinking!! But I could have sworn I also saw a white eagle head in the bowl along with the one standing... just a few minutes ago!!! sigh!! I am dreaming now!

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow,,,, he is still there at 5: 15 est ,,,,,why what is happening? Is he waiting for the other eagle........maybe

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Idaho Eagle said...

Good to see the Eagle.

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

04/25 @ 18:32

18:30 - Eagle left the nest.

Quite a long stay today. As posted earlier, I found an eagle on the nest at 16:13. Others have indicated actual arrival time was much earlier.

JAM in IL

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:45 pm , 4-25, Eagle Time

I am suffering from "Empty Nest Syndrome" in a big way. What I believe was the male, left the nest at 6:30.....he must have fed well to have stayed there so long. Was so delighted to see them both arrive there a few minutes ago, although it turned out to be just a short visit. Just can't shake the feeling that the male is far more interested in nesting than the female is.

cj in Maine

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/26
Well I watched the eagle til a litle after 6pm, then left to take a walk - when I got back at 7, the bird had flown! I was starting to think it was a decoy! it sat for so long...what a wonderful treat. And now I must finish the work that should've been finished yesterday!!

J in S.P.ME

5:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A great big thank you for turning the sound back on!!!It was wonderful to wake up Sat.a.m. and hear the eagles calling.:]

7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for moving the cam in closer and turning on the beautiful sounds at the nest. Hear the ravens, mourning dove and a couple calls from our eagles this morning among some others.
It was a wonderful visit by the eagle yesterday PM. Then there was a little visit by mom and dad early evening. Such a great sight to see.
This nest is the best with its beauty and sounds of the various wildlife that live around the area.

7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:33 EDT

Thanks for turning the sound back on. It is such a beautiful morning.

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello everyone ... Good to hear the sounds on the nest again. I was recording yesterday when the eagle came in and stayed for over 4hours. I do not know how to make links here but if you copy and paste these two videos they are both of the visits yesterday.
The first video is a 10 minute video of the landing, part of the 4hour stay and the take off. Which was such a beautiful take off
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOCEIhChebs

And the second video is a visit around 7:40 by both eagles
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESd9f0Dd3p0
Have a wonderful night ... Peggy

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

04/26 @ 19:48

19:38 - Found 2 eagles at the nest.

19:39 - Female in bowl facing right; male to main Y facing left. She is not down flat - tail raised a bit.

19:40 - Female is up and standing facing water. Then she flies off to the right. He remains on the Y.

19:45 - Male into bowl, picking at bottom.

19:46 - Seemed to be startled ... jerked up and back a little; looking down intently then turning and looking towards the water right.

19:47 - Male flies off to right.

Wonder what surprised him? I expected him to pull up a snake or something!

JAM in IL

7:55 PM  
Blogger Karen in Central Maine said...

4/26/08 8:43 p.m. ET
Wing and all at BRI, thank you for the info on the Loon Cam. I will be checking that out! My contribution has gone out as well so I'm hoping that it'll help in your new endeavors.

I'm sad that our eagles decided to take the year off and for whatever reason, I STILL keep hoping for a miracle!! I just don't want to let go! hahahha

Thank you also to my fellow bloggers who have taught me LOTS!! Hope to see you at the loon cam!

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/26 7:36 PM EDT both Eagles fly in.
7:38 One eagle ?mom sits down with tail high.
7:39 Dad jumps to Y branch
7:41 Mom stands on side of nest, vocalizing.
7:42! Darn! Mom flies away.
With both there for 5 minutes, it doesn’t seem that they have another nest with eggs.
7:45 Dad jumps into nest and is either arranging or eating.
7:47 Dad flies away.

9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eagles visit for 10 minutes April 26 7:36 -7:46pm.. 8.5 minute video. Peggy
:-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7RyZg3jArE

9:47 PM  
Blogger patrish said...

4/26...I peeked in at 7:40PM, and both eagles were there! Mom was on the nest, and Dad was on the Y branch. Mom flew off to the right. At 7:44PM, Dad moved to the nest, but flew off to the right at 7:46PM. I don't know how long they had been there. They seem to check in around the same times each day. I, too, am SO happy to have the picture zoomed in and the sound back on. The sound is so soothing!

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:13am EDT eagle landed briefly then departed water side about 10-15 sec. later 4/27

5:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/28 3:30pm Eastern time

Wow! Thank you Peggy for the video from Fri and Sat. That was a happy and unexpected treat!

A miracle would be nice right now, (they still have about a week to go).

It make me sad to see them looking into the nest bowl with no eggs or chicks there to take care of. It sure looks like they want to.

Come on Mother Nature!

Sue in MD

3:40 PM  
Blogger sue in rockport said...

There does seem to be an eagle in the bowl, you can just see the top of the head and make out the beak.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4-28-2008 11PM EDT

What appears to be an eagle in the nest is only that "surgical mask" the male eagle brought in over 2 wks ago. No eagle in the nest tonight, I'm sorry to say.

11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:30pm April 28

No Eagles. I keep the sound on waiting to hear anything. :-(
Now the weather looks as if it has taken a turn for the worse. Hope all is well. I miss our Eagles. Take care all. Pam/FL

12:50 AM  
Blogger patrish said...

On the 27th, from 7:24AM-7:38AM, there was a lone eagle on the nest. At 7:44AM, off he goes to the left, leaving the nest in dark shadows. At 11:14, I saw an eagle fly by with lots of chatter. This wet and windy morning (29th), a drenched eagle was on the nest at 6:49AM, but he flew off to the right quickly. I don't know how long he had been there.

7:28 AM  
Blogger Patti said...

I read in National Geographic that eagles mate/breed from spring thru August.
Anyone figure out what the white thing is in the nest? I thought it was a feather at first but today's wind isn't moving it.
Patti in CA

9:30 AM  
Anonymous lyn in gorham said...

Tues,4-29-08, 11:11 am

For sue in rockport:
The white object you see on the right center of the nest is a painter's dust mask that has been there for weeks. There may be a twig in front of it that gives it a black mark or spot that looks like a beak, but, sadly, it's not.

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Carole said...

April 30 - 6:10 in SE Michigan

I just signed on and there's an Eagle on the Y branch looking very regal, gazing off toward the water. I can't tell for sure but it looks like Mom. It's so good to see her!! She just started calling. It's calm at the site this morning - there's almost no wind for a change.

6:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/30 6:44 am eastern There is an eagle on the Y branch preening!! Nice to see at least one of them there, been a while since I spotted either of them, my timing is usually off. It's chilly this morning but at least the rain has stopped for now, it has here in Farmington anyway. I can't tell if it's mom or dad on branch but 6:50 they are still preening! Have a great day everyone! Wendy :D

6:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wednesday 6:57 am Eagle sitting on Y branch as the sun rises!!!

6:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/30 7:40 am eastern........Eagle is still in Y since my last post this morning, still preening, have not seen the other eagle though. Wendy in Farmington,ME

7:43 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

7:45 one eagle on the Y branch..4/40

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

April 30 9am The eagle is back at the nest.One was there last night and one is sitting in the tree this morning.Would be great if the sound could be turned back on.Thank you so much a wonderful site.Betty in nova scotia canada

8:13 AM  
Anonymous Carole said...

April 30 - 8:15 in SE Michigan

I just checked in again and she's still sitting on the Y branch.

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuned in this morning (4/30) around8:30 AM EDT and much to my delight I saw one Eagle on the Y branch - grooming and looking out over the water. Beautiful sight. The camera is zoomed back in a little and I can see him/her clearly. You know, it may be the surgical mask or other stuff blowing in the wind, but it does look like something white more to the left of the bowl that is moving around like an Eagle's head looking around. Doubt it, guess it's wishful thinking. Anyway, thanks for all you've done... I love these birds and it's so neat to get to see them right from my computer, even if they are not caring for little ones this year! I've donated a few weeks ago and will again to help with the cameras! Eagle still there at 8:40 AM EDT. Gotta go to a meeting...
Kim in NC

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

eagle on the nest at 8:19 am central time 4/30/08

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/30, 9:15 AM EDT
Mom (I believe) has been at the nest for over 2 hours. Much of the time has been on the "Y" branch, observing the world and preening. Recently she moved on to the nest, tweaked some branches and looked around, called out a little (Thank you for turning the sound back on, Wing.)
Now she is looking out past the end of the "Y" branch.
WAL in NH

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/30
Well one of the eagles has graced us with its presence this morning...checked in at 7 to see it on the Y Branch and it's still here now standing in the nest at 9:30. It probably feels good to dry out a bit in the sun! Yikes - we had a lot of rain!!

J. in S.P.ME

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

eagle left nest at 8:34 central time 4/30/08

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/30
Just a few short minutes after I sent the first entry I watched the eagle walk around, let loose a fine poop and fly away with about 20 seconds of vocalizing from ....the flying eagle or maybe a roosting eagle that was saying - I'll catch up w/ you later, I'm still too wet!

J. in S.P.ME

9:37 AM  
Anonymous watergal nh said...

Hello Bloggers and BRI
I have been watching the eagle cams all over the country and have to comment on ours,BRI that is.
Our cam location is the most beautiful of all.
The view and sounds are spectacular.
When I signed on a few minutes ago I was pleased to see one of our Eagles sitting on the edge appreciating this view.
Hopefully next year we will have babies again.
I am watching the loon cam for the first time and look forward to whatever is to come.
Thank you again Wing and BRI for the opportunity to be part of Nature in the wild.
watergal nh

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/30 EST
Wing- FYI- I still have sound on the eaglecam.........
0902- logged on expecting empty nest and saw eagle in nest moving twigs in nest bowl.
0904- eagle moved toward Y-branch at edge of nestbowl looking out towards water.
0905- eagle facing right, brief exchange of "talking" to another very nearby eagle.
0927- eagle moved from edge of nestbowl to center, moved couple twigs and lied down on nest.
0929- eagle stood up and looked around for short while.
0934- eagle flew off nest, down to the right. Seconds later, lots of eagle "talking" with another eagle for brief time.
? Seems like another nest is nearby, perhaps down and to the right of the existing nest.

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10 VIDEO of a 3.5 hour visit.. Includes landing, jump from Y to nest, preening, stick moving, laying in nest and exit.. Enjoy..5:59am to 9:33am Peggy..

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/30/08
12:15pm

Hello to all of you that need an eagle fix. This Maine nest is MY MAIN nest but was sad to realize that there would not be any eggs. (As we all were). I found the following eagle cams for your viewing pleasure:

Connecticut Eagle Cam: 1 Baby growing so fast! Copy and paste: http://eagles.firstlightpower.com/eagles/live/default.asp

Norfolk Eagle Cam -
http://www.wvec.com/cams/eagle.html

This eaglet just hatched last weekend. This eaglet was the FIFTH egg that was laid - there was an intrusion by a juvenile female that the male had a short affair with - the original 3 eggs were lost due to this intrusion. Then Mama came back to claim her man and start a new nest. The fourth egg she laid was broken during an attack by a horned owl. This FIFTH egg has survived to hatching so let's hope this baby will do well! Enjoy

EagleEye
Highland Lakes, NJ

12:26 PM  
Blogger keyboardqueen said...

4/30 at 12:20 Michigan time.

Imagine my amazement when I logged on this morning......I SAW AN EAGLE!!!!!! Sitting on the nest looking calmly and regally out to sea. It sat there for quite a while. It seems too that there is not as much "people" noise in the background as there has been in the past. I have heard occasional eagle screeches this morning but way off camera. It looks like a beautiful day in Maine today.

Michigan had a freeze last night...talking about some crop loss already. Maybe it is a good thing there are no baby eagles.

I got the loon cam up, but no birds yet. I will keep an eye peeled.

Everybody have a great day.

12:28 PM  
Blogger patrish said...

4/30...6:29AM... Good Morning, Eagle! You look beautiful preening (big time) on the Y branch... 7:12AM...calling out, distant chatter answering... wonderful to share my first cup of coffee with you, Beautiful Eagle. 7:30AM...still there, Beauty! I have to go to work. 8:15AM... at work... still there preening your feathers, wet from the rain. The children enter, and one notices the eagle... excitement... start taking notes! 9:32 or so, away you go to start your busy day! What an awesome visit! Come back soon!

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know about anyone else, but I wish that white thing (mask) would fly off the nest already. I get so excited sometimes thinking thats one of our eagles heads!

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let everyone know that both, yes both eagles are in the nest now. I'm quite sure they have begun to nest so watch for a chick or two soon!!

Mark in DC

7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

eagles visit 7:37-7:46pm 4/30 10 minute video
I think they will need to lay an egg Mark, before we see a “chick”. I don’t think it will be this year.. Peggy

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Peggy;
lay a egg first ... didn't you ...
that was wishful thinking on whoever's part ... GEE ...
Thanks for the biology lesson.
Egg first ... then bird ... DUH!
Mike

4:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7;00 am est....eagle on nest for a long time.....wonder what is going on this year with these eagles..such a beautiful site in Maine.....

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did not give the date.... May 2nd at 7;15am est and eagle still walking aroud the nest.....so wonderful to see!!!!!

7:16 AM  
Anonymous Carole said...

May 2 7:30 AM in SE Michigan

Mom is sitting on the Y branch again - it's not light yet but it's a beautiful sight.

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8am. Eagle on the nest this morning, looking ut to sea. Lots of vocalizng on and off camera. He/she looks rather lonely.
Frances

8:07 AM  
Blogger Patti said...

I just logged on here in CA. It's 525 a.m. & there is an eagle sitting on the edge of the nest watching the water!
Patti in CA

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She appears to be sitting on the nest this morning, 5/2/08, 8:15.
Would love a closer view with the camera!! Thanks!

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/2
Tuned in at 8:10a.m. to see an eagle on the Y branch...all was tranquil for a few minutes - then raven calls split the air & the eagle was on alert to the point that it actually went into the nest as if to protect instead of flying away. Calling back & forth ensued and within a few short minutes all was over - the eagle was up & looking to the left..stood guard for a few then settled into the nest all low and small as if protecting. Is it sitting on that foolish paint mask!! ;) Interesting behaviour....(not related to the mask although that would be interesting, but to the protection aspect)

The raven calling was great all kronky and such but added to it was a sort of low gurgling that was quite menacing.

J in S.P.ME

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Carole said...

May 2 - 8:50 in SE Michigan

She's still there - now she's on the edge of the nest. You have to wonder what she's thinking.

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/2/08 5:55am pst

Eagle just standing on edge of nest, ocean side looking around with back to us.

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lonely eagle still on the nest at 9am. Has been there at least an hour
Frances

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello~

Am wondering if there is an egg there or what? She sat on the nest for a while, then got up and fiddled with the nest and sat again, and is now on the side. High strangeness!! :)

Thanks, Becky :)

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful sight this morning!!!

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:25 am What a BEAUTIFUl closeup! I think it's Mom
Frances

9:26 AM  
Blogger keyboardqueen said...

5/2/ at 9:24 a.m. Michigan time

I LOVE the close up. I tuned in at 9 o'clockish and there was an eagle!!!! I just checked again and it is still there. Can't tell if it is mom or dad but just glad there is an eagle in the nest.

It is a kind of gloomy day here in west Michigan. Looks a lot nicer in Maine today.

PS: The loon cam is great too. BRI and Wing...keep up the good work.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Bird Goddess said...

Just had the boys fire up our computers and WOW! The close up view is incredible. Thanks, I don't recall ever seeing the esgles this close!

9:31 AM  
Blogger Frances said...

Thanks for the close-ups, Wing! What a magnificent bird!
Frances

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/2/08

Eagle still on nest at 9:45a.

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, whata great picture of the eagle up close! Thanks so much! Mary Jane from western New york.9;50 am est

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/2
Boy what a shot Wing!! Thanks - I had to check back to see if there was still a bird on the nest and I saw such a beautiful close-up that now I can't go back to work!!

J in S.P.ME

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/2
Oh and what's with the feathers on the beak - it's making my nose twitch!! Did I miss some yummy breakfast coming in? Just saw a good yawn I believe.

J in S.P.ME

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/2 9:17am Eastern time

I tuned in at 5:25 this morning and the Eagle was there. Can't tell who because of the way it's sitting and looking over the water.

I've been watching ever since.Here's a few notes

5:31 heard Mom, one call
5:39 heard Mom, two calls
5:42 another Eagle flew toward nest but made a R turn.
5:57 I believe it's Dad on the nest, moved to Y, scratching head and yawning.
6:01 He moved higher up on Y.

He is perched on his L foot and he's doing something strange with his R. It's almost like it fell asleep on him or something. Every 30 seconds it's like an involuntary movement with his leg comming downward twice and then tucking back in. Maybe related to last years injury.

That went on from 6:01 to to 7:00 when he did a full L wing stretch and then held his R foot out for like 5 seconds.

7:00 A Squirrel comes to visit! He jumped towards it twice to chase it away. Lucked out Dad didn't want him!

7:03 He settles into the bowl.
7:08 Gets up, looking over water
7:12 Back to Y
7:48-7:49 Hear Raven, he's looking to L
7:53 Hear Ravens again this time he said something to them.
8:07 another wing stretch R side. preening and a doo-doo!
8:17 Crow/Raven/both? made him get into the bowl. Too close.
8:19 Got up to rearrange looking into bowl, then walks to look over L front of nest.
8:23 Moved a stick with him back into the bowl and laid back down.
8:33 readjustment
8:36 Back up dragging something on L talon.
8:54 still standing on L side of the nest.

9:04 ZOOM IN! feather stuck on beak!

9:52 He's still there! This is unbelievable! Four and a half hours now and counting!

What's up?!

Sue in MD

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/2 10:10am ET
Just tuned in and BEAUTIFUL closeup of Eagle on Y branch just looking around. Very quiet morning....looks beautiful and clear in Maine.

In Colo. yesterday.....SNOW. It's hard to believe it's May.
I headed out of the Denver metro area yesterday and up into the mountains and the state patrol had the highway closed down due to multiple accidents, etc. Interesting weather this year.
Today, 40 degrees and winds of about 30 mph. I'm ready for summer.

I haven't seen the loons yet. Has anyone else caught a glimpse of them?

Pam in Colo.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/2 10:20 am

Eagle leaves nest. flys off to left of camera, ocean side.

Pam, in Colo

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/2
And gone at 10:20 a.m. What a wonderful treat! Thanks Wing - you certainly were Johnny-on-the-spot this morning...what an awesome get!! You made my day.

J in S.P.ME

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5-02 I haven't seen anyone else mention it, so maybe I was the only one who happened to catch it, but just before 7 am Eagle Time, one of the eagle's was on the Y branch and a stupid squirrel came up on the right side of the nest and went into it. Eagle pounced on it, but apparently missed it. After maybe a half a minute I think I saw it escape out of the left side of the nest. Eagle looked down over the edge of the nest. I'm hoping somebody got it on tape. That was one damned lucky squirrel.

cj in Maine

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/2/08 Eagle visit for over 5 hrs. left at 10:19am EDT

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/2; 10:23 AM EDT
Over 3 hours at the nest.
Some protective action due to some fly bys of the Raven.
They do want to keep us guessing.
Thanks for the close up of the eagle, though it did make me want her to brush off that bit of down stuck to her beak that was fluttering in the breeze. ;)
It looked as if she was warming herself in the sun.
Thank you Wing, and the rest at BRI for all you are doing!
WAL in NH

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy what a laugh this morning at about 10:30! I checked in on the eagle cam because I had seen an eagle on the nest earlier, and one second was looking hard at the nest long-distance because there was an eagle there, the next was having a very close-up view of a branch! Very funny Wing! I think you were wondering the same as me.....maybe they are going to get down to business finally?

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/2 11:00am

I just finished reading yesterdays blogs. The sarcasm in a couple of them seemed totally out of character for everyone on this site. It's easy to forget that children have been watching the eagles in class from first grade on and many post comments on this site. A little more kindness and less criticism couldn't hurt!!

Pam in Colo.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3.5min VIDEO of the zoom in I will load another video later after I go through it all Peggy.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Liz K said...

May 2 @4:45pm

Turned on the Eaglecam and saw an eagle looking right at me! Think it's mom as the bird is pretty big.

Have a good weekend, everybody!

--Liz (W,DC)

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4;49pm and eagle is back in the nest. What a wonderful sight and sunny afternoon. Love it!

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5 PM EDT Tuned in to see close up of eagle ?mom on Y branch with zoom in. Camera zoomed out and eagle still there. The picture looks out of focus now

5:08 PM  
Blogger Ward said...

Hello All:

Beautiful sight on the eagle cam! What a way to end the day, eagle perched in the tree, peaceful and serene.

Waiting patiently for the loons!

Ward
5-02-08

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Carole said...

May 2 - 6:10 PM in SE Michigan

The female is on the Y branch again just looking out over the water. There is no sound so I don't know if the male is somewhere calling for her. It looks like beautiful evening and she looks very relaxed as though she's thinking nice thoughts.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/2
Eagle on the Y branch from at least 5:30 til it flew at 7:30p.m. A very quiet evening. Thanks for the close -up earlier today. It was great to have you at the controls when an eagle was there.

J in S.P. ME

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

approx. 3 1/2hr. visit 4pm - 7pm EDT 5/2/08

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/3
Wow! I visited 'my' osprey nest at SMCC this a.m. as it seemed last evening they were sitting on the nest & making exchanges. Sure enough this morning, I saw the same thing. One coming to the nest and the other standing, moving carefully to the side & flying off (sitting on their post close by). The other stepped around the nest carefully, bent low to use a beak to move an egg or nesting material - not sure which - then nestled down and sat. I saw 2 exchanges this morning giving one parent about a 20 minute break. !Cool!
I watched this same nest last year and didn't see this behaviour til around 5/16 so it seems early this year...and maybe it's just practice; heaven knows we've seen plenty of practice nesting this spring!

Sunrise was beautiful this morning if you caught it - the sun rose here in Casco Bay over an island, shone for about 5 minutes and then moved directly behind a cloud bank! Enjoy your day, the birds will still be singing.

J in S.P.ME

6:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/3
Eagle on the nest at 7:10am but flew off within 10 min. I checked the cam then so it may have been on earlier.

Pam in Colo.: the Loons have been spotted! Check out the blog associated with the loon cam - there's a great video from a day or so ago where you'll see both Loons come to the nest & sit for a bit, then soon you'll hear a Canada Goose - keep listening :)! Enjoy!!

J in S.P.ME

7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/3/08 another visit this a.m. approx. 1 hour 6-7ish :)

9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:27 pm edt Vocalizing off camera. Eagle on Y branch answers. Area where eagle is is very fuzzy. It seems to be focused on something closer in.

7:30 Eagle came to attention, looking left. It flew off shortly after and there was vocalizing with a crow.

8:37 No one home.

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:48 am eastern
Eagle on the nest, looking out to sea. Looks like Mom.

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/3/08 noon EST
One eagle sitting on the rim of the nest with back to camera. As I watched for 10 minutes, I heard it call out once and I heard an eagle answer once about 30 seconds later.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Yearly Watcher said...

One of the couple sitting quietly on the rim of the bowl. That zoom in this am was pretty cool.It is difficult to see them doing something other then feeding and tending a couple of young at this time.We will even miss that loud breakfast call at 5am .

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:40 pm, 5.3.08

The lone eagle by the nest again. It makes me sad to see that! Is it lonely, I wonder?

Thank you~~

Becky,
va.

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

05/03 @ 13:06

11:48 - Found an eagle on nest rim, water side.

12:19 - Still there.

13:01 - Returned to computer and found eagle in same position, still just watching over water.

JAM in IL

1:07 PM  
Blogger Stormi40 said...

5/3 Eagle sitting on nest looking out over the water. Saw another eagle fly by at about 1 PM. The same thing happened yesterday, 5/2, and the eagle sat there for at least an hour.
Good to see an eagle even if they're not nesting!

Stormi40

1:09 PM  
Blogger D&B said...

5/3/08
1:00p.m. eastern
Eagle sitting on nest but not in the nestbowl for many minutes. Just sitting there looking around. Not sure which eagle.

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Idaho Eagle said...

Great to see the Eagle on the nest. Does anyone know for certain whether it is the male or female? We have been watching the Channel Island Eagles and are quite surprised that they don't take care of their young ones like the Maine Eagles did. Wing patches on the birds let you know which is the male. #10 is the male and #26 is the female. The male seems to be the better protector but the female stays around the nest during the nights.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/3
Tuned in around 2:15 today to see an eagle in the nest, flew off but headed right back as she was battling 2 crows! Lots of squawking, close flying around the nest and bullying with both crows at one point on the Y branch with the eagle in the nest. A stare down and the crows flew off. Female (I think) is standing in the nest looking away from the camera.
Now, I have to wonder about the crow behaviour around the nest - I know they like to harass, but I wonder if their instincts aren't telling them that the nest may hold some food for them and obviously the crows are doing what comes naturally.

Wing, are you a little out of focus? I know it's windy & rainy & my eyes are old but....maybe just a bit???

J in S.P.ME

2:54 PM  
Blogger Bird Goddess said...

3:04PM Eastern
It looks as though one of our eagles has been on the nest most of this gray Saturday. I wish I knew which one...it doesn't matter...it's a welcome and beautiful sight.
As I look closer I'm guessing dad, although I was certain it was mom earlier.Like I said, just doesn't matter...how we all miss the antics, drama and anticipation...we love them still!

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/3 3:25pm ET

Dad has been on the rim of the nest for 3 hours that I'm aware of, maybe longer....I wonder where mom is....out shopping maybe! Anyway, he looks AWESOME but a little lonely.

Have a great weekend all and I will look forward to reading your blogs and keeping posted with them as I'm going out of town to visit my granddaughter. Happy Eagle and Loon watching to all.

Pam, in Colo.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

05/03 @ 15:26

15:20 - Returned to computer and found an eagle on the rim at the base of the Y ... facing water.

Do not know if this is the same eagle that I mentioned earlier from 11:48/13:01. Is it possible this eagle has been on the nest that long? No other posts to verify info.

JAM in IL

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/3/08 another visit at least 4 hrs. with raven attack on Dad(?) Wing, we know you are very busy, and we are extremely grateful for all you do, all of the BRI staff!!! Your expert evalution sure would be appreciated. I'm sure Peggy or Sir Lance will be posting a recording of all the visits. Please review, and respond when you have time. Again THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING.early afternoon, 12-4 ish

4:08 PM  
Blogger patrish said...

5/3...6:51AM, Good Morning, Dad, sitting on the Y. 6:58, raven sounds, 7:09, more of the same. 7:15, flies off. 8:13, fly by, lots of squawking, hear a loon. 11:55... Dad on nest, looking down to right. 12:03PM, calls out, looking ahead and left. 12;38, looking down, all around. From 1:24-2:19, calls off and on, looks down, stretches. 2:20, this is so sad. Where is Mom? 2:22, flies off. 2:23, back, defending the nest against 2 ravens, landing on the Y. Yea, Dad! WOW! 2:25-3:10, looking up, down, all around, calling, protecting the nest. Moves to Y. 3:25, looks down, all around, stretches, 3;32, calls to another eagle... Gone! I love weekends, more time to watch, but I don't get much done.

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a video the best 6 minutes of a almost 4 hour stay Includes incoming, calls, Raven attack, and exit to the right and down. 5/3/08 11:44am to 3:39pm Peggy

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:40am
5/6
What a nice surprise to tune in and see an eagle just perusing the beautiful scenery on the Y branch. What a gorgeous sight! I am pretty sure it's Mom - crow off in the distance. I am glad the camera is pulled in to see her better. What a great start to the day! She's been there for about 15 minutes. Makes me start my day with a smile on my face.

EagleEye
Highland Lakes, NJ

7:43 AM  
Blogger patrish said...

5/4 I believe it has been the Dad that has ben defending the nest, He is darker, with a broader tail. He looks fatter because his feathers are fluffed because of the wind.

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/4 10:50am ET

Eagle on Y Branch. There's something white in bowl of nest that I hadn't noticed before (Not the famous "Mask" we've all discussed for weeks!)

J in S.P. ME, thanks for the info on the Loon Blog. The video was awesome. They're beautiful. I got on a site that I believe Bill in Conn. gave us and learned a little about them. Apparently they have difficulty walking on land thus the nesting where water meets the land. I'm looking forward to watching them and learning more the next few months. I hope they have eggs. Are they endangered....does anyone know? I guess the NWF probably has a list of endangered species somewhere and I'll have to look it up.

To Peggy, as always, what would we do without your videos. I posted yesterday that it was dad in the nest. Peggy also noted on the video that it was dad. I can always tell if he calls out. His voice is so different from moms. Note at the end of the video that he barely has any voice left and is trying to call out with little sound coming out. I wonder where Mom was. She didn't come help dad and he sure could have used some support. I don't remember in past years the Ravens being so combative....does anyone else? Maybe there were just fewer of them but they've really tried to take over the Eagle nest this year and they seem very persistent.

Happy, relaxing Sunday to all!

Pam, in Colo.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This post is from May 3rd. I couldn't get on the blog yesterday.

11:44 AM EDT Eagle flew into nest after being chased by crow. Went into nest bowl and then perched on side of nest looking out to water. Crow calls off camera.

11:50 Crow flyby with both crow and eagle vocalizing.

11:55 Another crow flyby with vocalizing. I wonder what starts these confrontations? I don’t remember them that much in other years.

1:04 Eagle vocalizes and there is another flyby. ?crow or eagle.

1:31 Another crow flyby with lots of vocalizing by eagle which is still sitting looking out to sea.

2:25 Eagle looks down and flies away after a crow then flies back to nest chased by two crows. A battle ensues with the crows attacking the eagle and at one point both crows land on the Y branch. Both crows fly away and do a flyby a bit later. Did someone get that on tape?

3:39 Eagle flies away to right.

4:58 Eagle is chased into nest by crows again.

5:20 Eagle flies away followed by crow noises.

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sun 5-4-08 12:23 pm

A SUGGESTION FOR BLOGGERS: Please enter the day, date, and time of your observations RIGHT AT THE TOP OF YOUR POST. Because the entries often don't get posted for many hours or even a day or more, it makes it easier to follow the action at the nest. Thanks.

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

05/04 @ 14:07

Special thanks to everyone for bringing me up to date with postings and wonderful video!

JAM in IL

2:08 PM  
Blogger Ward said...

Hello All:

Fantastic video, again, Peggy. Thanks for sharing. We haven't been able to catch a glimpse of the eagles whenever we're on. Nice to know others will capture all the excitement. Never would have believed Ravens would be so aggressive towards an eagle!! See and learn something new every day.

Thanks again.
Ward
5-04-08

5:55 PM  
Blogger patrish said...

5/5... Happy Cinco De Mayo! My blog is about 5/4. Dad was on the nest or Y branch by what I saw, from 7:24AM until 11:07AM. He did fly off sometime after 8:15 and was back when I looked again at 10:59. On and off, he was calling back and forth to a raven. He was preening. It was quite windy yesterday. I thought I heard another eagle cry out from nearby. At 1:53Pm, I heard a lot of eagle and raven chatter. At 6:40PM, a raven and our Dad fought for the nest again. It was brief but fierce. Good ole Dad! He must watch the nest all day long because he hadn't been there for a while. He sat in the nest, just to make sure the raven had gotten the picture! At 6:44, he flew off to the right, with eagle and raven sounds coming at 6:47.

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eagle Visits 05/05/08 6:38 PM

Special Moments at Pete's Pond W/ Beethoven
Peggy

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/6
For Pam in Colo: re: Loon info - of course if you can donate $100 to the Loon cam you can receive an awesome book with tons of Loon info; also one of my favorite sites for bird info is Birdsbybent.com. You'll find the Common Loon at the head of the list and the Bald Eagle there as well. I love his Loon history as lots of his field work took place in Maine. I love Arthur Cleveland Bent, his writing is wonderful - like a journal...you'll think you're right beside him!
Enjoy

And Wing....how's the Osprey cam coming along??

J in S.P.ME

8:16 AM  
Blogger patrish said...

5/5,6:56PM...Well, Hello, My Friend! I haven't seen any eagles all of this beautiful day. Fixing the nest, testing it out...you want to have a family. Where is that Mom? 7;10, I thought you were sleeping, you were so still but then, you looked around.7:14, Raven sounds in the distance... gulls, too, I think. 7:20, up on the side of the nest. 7:22, You fly off toward the camera. Raven sounds.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:06 pm CDT 5/6/08

Where is mom eagle? Dad seems to be the only visitor. Why didn't mom help dad when the ravens attacked? Makes me wonder if something has happened to mom.

2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

05/06 @ 16:56

A note on the eagle visit yesterday:

18:42 - Found eagle on nest at base of Y working with a rim branch.

18:56 - Found the eagle working in the nest bowl only semi-down. Then up and moving branches on rim water side.

18:58 - Fully down in bowl.
Did not get departure time.

What I found interesting was the practice type behavior observed. Lately, it seems I find an eagle just sitting or standing, sometimes down in bowl ... but not moving materials and doing nestorations.

???

JAM in IL

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No eagles seen or heard today.

Question: What can be done to help ensure successful nesting next season?

Jan

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am having a technical problem that I am hoping someone can help me with. I am a mac user and recently upgraded to OX 10.4.11 and Safari 3.0.4. I have always watched the live cam in Windows Media because a little window came up asking if I wanted to use that. At first nothing happened when I tried to watch the live cam so I down loaded Flip for Mac. I can now get the live feed through the BRI page but would much rather Use the Windows Media player or something else that I can six and that doesn't take up so much room. Can anyone help me?

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May 6 7:20PM EDT
Eagle comes onto nest vocalizing. Can hear response of another eagle but quite far away. This is the first time in a while that I have seen the eagle come to the nest when it wasn’t being chased by ravens. Seems to be doing a little housekeeping and seems to be dad. I wonder if mom is around somewhere in another nest. Haven’t seem them together for a while.

7:24 Jumps to Y branch.

7:36 Eagle flew off with some raven calls right after he left. He must have been going after the raven. I don’t think he is defending the nest against the ravens since they don’t seem to be there when the eagle is not. It seems more that he lands on the nest when two raven are chasing him.

11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the Mac user
try going to the Apple Menu > System Preference > Flip4MacWMV (it should be at the bottom of the menu)
Open that and in the "Browser" tab and option to check "Launch Quicktime Player"
I'm running OS X v10.5.2 with Safari v3.1 but this might work for you.
Good luck.
WAL in NH

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/12 Monday afternoon. I went to the eagle nest site at 3:45PM for my daily ocean fix and there was an eagle surveying it's domain. There was a little calling on it's part at about 3:53. I could hear an occasional cawing in the distance. The eagle left the nest at 4:18PM.
This was my only sighting this year, I've had to depend on the observations of others and I must say I enjoyed seeing the eagle.

Mimi in Michigan

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been checking on the Loon nesting area cam and so far haven't seen them. Does anyone know if they are interested in this grassy spot yet? I love all the cams that have been set up. Takes up lots of my spare time and am enjoying it.

8:03 PM  

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