Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Catch up with the activities in our online community!

Hi All,

I've just reviewed some recent posts and suggestions. I would really like to direct some of you to our online community where people post images and videos from the BRI eaglecam...including an excellent and recent video of a mating attempt . I have also, per request, returned the view to show more of the tree. I plan to leave it in this view for a spell.
have a great day and enjoy BRI's wildlife webcams.

Patrick Keenan
Outreach Coordinator
BioDivrsity Research Institute

Friday, March 19, 2010

Mating attemps but still no eggs!

Hi All,
This eagle pair continues to make visits to the nest, especially early morning visits and late evening visits (like the one shown above). I have have a number of questions related to whether these eagles may be using a different nest site. I don't know for sure. I have no reports of other nests in the area that are in use. That said, anything is possible. One good sign is that the eagles have displayed several mating attempts over the past week. Matings tend to occur near the nest site but do not always result in an egg and nesting effort.

So, let's cross our fingers and keep watch on this nest for additional signs of breeding, such as bringing soft grasses to line the nest bowl with.

Until Next Time,
Patrick Keenan
BioDiversity Research Institute

Thursday, March 11, 2010

To nest...or not to nest

Hello everyone,

Thanks for all your comments on to our blog and for following these birds. I am once again a week late with my post. Above is a very nice photo from this morning captured by JO of our online community. It shows the pair perched at the nest. Several of JO's photos show the size difference between the male and the female. Female eagles are larger than males and for a known nesting pair that can be a good way to differentiate the individuals.

This pair is showing signs of breeding. They have mated several times during the past week and they have been bring sticks to the nest. Has anyone seen these eagles bringing softer grasses to the nest?

Only time will tell whether these eagles will nest this year. In previous years eggs at this site were laid on March 5th and on March 6th which is probably on the early side for nesting by Maine eagles on the coast. If the birds do intend to nest this year we would expect to see activity and the visits by the pair continuing to increase.

Hope you are all well and please keep up with your posts and questions and comments.

Patrick Keenan
BioDiversity Research Institute