Friday, April 01, 2011

Turmoil at the nest!

An eagle turns egg(s) at the NextEra Maine Eaglecam1

What a week it has been for those following the activity on the NextEra Maine Eagle Cam 1! Here is a quick summary:

Monday: Concern over the eggs being left for nearly an hour on a cool, windy day.
Wednesday: Chainsaw sounds and what appeared to be a spring cleanup occurring in proximity to the microphone and nest (along with some whistling at the eagles by a person).
Thursday: An attack on the incubating male by an eagle. Watch a video of the attack posted to the online community by laurad.
Friday: Late season nor'easter is dumping heavy, wet, snow across Maine and the webcam is snowed in.

I think that all of this activity provides a true picture of what eagles face as they establish a territory and lay eggs to rear young. And that is just that start of the long road that eagle offspring face as they develop over the course of 8-12 weeks until they are prepared to leave the nest for the first time.

I do hope that we can all keep a positive spirit amid the challenges that these particular birds are facing now. Many thanks for all the posts and for more frequent updates I would direct you to our online community where there is a discussion forum. You might also seek us out on Facebook. Please learn more about eagles and BRI's research.

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Are these the same eagles that nested in 2006 and 2007?

Because the eagles at this nest are not individually marked there is no sure way of know if these are the same eagles that have used this nest in the past my sense is that they are not. Observations over the past few years suggest that the nest may have been overtaken by a new pair or at least a new female in 2009. This is somewhat speculative but members of the online community have provided evidence (dark spots at the base of the females tail) to support this.

What about the eagles at the BRIeaglecam-Central Maine whose nest was destroyed during a storm last fall?

I am pleased to report that in February a nearby resident did report that she had observed eagles carrying sticks in the same direction toward an area about a quarter of a mile from the original nest. Then just two weeks ago I gott another message indicating that the birds were observed perching in trees within 100 yards of there old nest and carrying sticks. I am hoping for another report soon.

That is all I have for now. Hopefully this snow will clear and we will have a view of the nest soon. Please keep in touch.

All the Best,
Patrick Keenan
Outreach Director
BioDiversity Research Institute


Blogger Mom said...

Thanks so much for the updates. Now the speculation on the online community is going wild!

1:36 PM  
Blogger Bird Lover in Maine said...

Greetings ---

I really appreciate all you do. And so excited you found new sponsorship so we can enjoy the trials and tribulations of the Hancock / Washington County nest (I think).

So here is my question or concern. Your blog and recent chat on the sponsored site, point to ongoing and threatening human activity (tree trimming) that may interfere with this nest sight's success in a significant way. I had presumed a week ago when this first started that BRI would intervene. What control do you have / will you execute to protect this nest?

Concerned in Lithfield, ME

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No eagle on nest...1:00pm eastern

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eagle back on nest but seems disturbed by all the wood cutting/chopping and yelling.


10:28 AM  
Anonymous marge said...

mother has been gone now for over an this normal?

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have checked in on the nest over the past couple of days & there has always been an eagle sitting on the nest, which tells me she's got eggs. Am I right? I hope so, it's been too long since we've had babies at this nest and what excitement it brings! Please be babies this year for 2011!! from Indiana viewer

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there any update in the past 2 weeks? Is the live cam broken? I think I visited last week but just tried to check and saw no update since April 1!I hope they're doing ok.

9:51 PM  

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