Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Eagles at the nest!

Well, I'm sure that some of you have observed the recent activity at the nest. Notable early this morning. Often during this time of year there is an increased activity near raptor nests. This is thought to be triggered by the particular photo period (day length) -- similar to that in the spring -- which is known to stimulate singing in songbirds during the fall and protection of nest sites and nest activity by raptors in the fall. Hopefully this pair will keep up the good work and reinforce their nest structure to endure winter storms.

Patrick Keenan
BioDiversity Research Institute

17 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

9/25/08:Just wanted to say that I saw an eagle arrive at the nest just before 8am, stayed only about a minute then flew off again. Sweet!

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9/25/08: Quick visit to the nest just before 8am. Sweet

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Everyone … Sep. 25, 2008 8:25 AM
Thank you Patrick for the update and the post. I have a video of yesterdays visit. Seems like it was a small confrontation. After last year's weather that destroyed and played havoc with a lot of nests. I believe there maybe other eagles in the surrounding area that are looking for "new" homes. Which may lead to allot of action in defending the nest this year.

Confrontation on Maine Bald Eagle Nest 09/24/08

Also there was a short (about 1 minute), very quite visit this morning. I was restating my recorder so I didn't get the whole visit. :(

Have a wonderful day...

Peggy

8:37 AM  
Blogger Armand and Karen said...

Thanks Peggy for the videos it was great seeing our eagles again. Also thank you to Patrick for keeping us updated.
Have a good one :-)
Karen in WA.

7:03 PM  
Blogger AnnieMae said...

12:00 pm ET
Eagle on the nest. Yay!
Frances in New York

12:34 PM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

Hi All, An eagle is now perched near the nest and has been preening for some time--at least 8 minutes. It is notably breezy at the nest! Be sure to take a look!
Patrick

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9/27/08
3:00PM

For all you new bloggers, make sure you post the time you saw the action going on.

cathy h in mass

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SEPT.28
Yesterday there was a nice long visit by one. I thought it looked like dad. He stayed for around an hour, preening and drying himself most of the time he was there. So great to see him.
It looks like the nest area may get some of the winds and rains from the hurricane today. Been pretty quiet so far this morning. Hope our eagles have found a good place to ride out the storm. Lets hope it weakens as it gets closer to land. My thoughts will be for those in the area of a direct hit. Stay safe everyone!!

9:41 AM  
Blogger Aline said...

Welcome to the nest Patrick :-)
Nice to see a new face and thanks for your updates.
Looking forward to watch the Bald Eagles, hoping the pair, if still the same, or a new one, will start redecorate their home and make it nice & cozy for the 2009 season.
I also hope that Kyle will spare the equipment and the nest.
Cheers from Québec City

10:50 AM  
Blogger Bird Goddess said...

8:58 PM 9/28
Have been poking around the blog the last two days and was glad to see that our eagle(s) are still on the home front. Boy have I missed them! Although we have a long season ahead of us I have all the faith in the world that this magnificent pair will share the wonder of nature with us once again.I have a brand new 7th grade class to which our pair will surely bring much amazement and excitement this coming spring. You can bet we will be tuned in as much as possible.
As always, thanks to all who share their time and comments. And for the new bloggers, hang on for the ride of your life once the breeding season begins! Honestly, this site is addictive!

8:59 PM  
Anonymous lyn in gorham said...

Wed, 10-1-08, 2:52 pm

THIS IS A SPECIAL NOTE TO PATRICK:

I have a theory about the noise we have been hearing on the camera/mic for the past week. I seems to occur at somewhat regular intervals and produces mostly the same kind of metalic/electronic distortion/muffling sounds and sometimes a sound like something has been dropped onto or into something.

The first thought I had was that some critter was storing food for winter. My second thought is that something, like a squirrel, might be building a nest for the winter wedged between the camera and the tree limbs. The hard limbs might be poking or scraping the camera and mic and causing those sounds. Either of these activities would be episodic in nature, with the critter coming and going in intervals, to gather either food or nest material, and return to secure it.

It would not be good to have such a cache or a nest embedded in or around this camera where snow and ice could lodge and hamper action.

I'm sending this idea on, Patrick, so that you might consider checking it out to be sure there isn't a food pantry being stocked or a housing development going up around the camera in this tree.

3:07 PM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

Hi Lyn,
Thnaks for the comments. I have been unsure about those sounds. I thought that they might be due to activity on the water as I know that sound carries well over the water. We recently fixed the cam at the site and didn't see any signs of caching activity but we were fairly focused on the fix. This is something to keep in mind. Thanks for the thoughts. All the best,
Patrick
BRI
10/2/08 10:30 am

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been checking the cam everyday for months. NOTHING! Can I get some advice on when to check?
thanks;]

9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still no activity this morning but I'm hanging in there! Have a nice day!

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can somebody please tell me the best times of day to check? I have not seen any activity on the cam.:[

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm curious.. just how big is the eagles nest?

thanks for all the great work you folks do here! =)

D-MAINE

3:11 AM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

Hi All,
As for a good time to check the nest...I would say early in the morning and in the later afternoon. However, visits are notably erratic during this time of year since the eagles are not tending young. Good luck and keep watching and listening.
All the best,
Patrick Keenan, BRI
10:51

10:53 AM  

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