Thursday, April 19, 2007

Storm Damage and the Future

Yesterday I was on site at the nest; the landscape looked as though a tornado had torn through. There were trees uprooted, massive limbs from the nest tree snapped off, and splintered trees everywhere. It is fortunate that this important nesting site survived the storm.

While on the site, I checked in periodically and did not see any chicks or feedings, and the nest was empty for most of the day. Last night and this morning I reviewed your observations and they confirmed that the birds had been absent from the nest both during the day and the night. This evidence indicates that the eaglets likely didn’t survive the storm.

This storm came at the most vulnerable time for the chick(s), during there first week of life. At this age they are very susceptible to exposure and need to be constantly fed small meals. The adults protected the chicks as well as they could in the hurricane force winds and driving rain, but the weather likely made if difficult for them to hunt, and the wind and rain worked its way under the adults sitting on the nest.

What is next? We will have to wait and see, and I will depend upon your observations. I would not expect the birds to renest, but these bird have certainly surprised us in the past.

I am off to a meeting for most of the day, but will write more later.

Wing Goodale, BioDiversity Research Institute


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry that this happened. We will all be rooting for next year. The three eaglets in Norfolk are doing really well.

7:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing and Chris and everyone at BRI, I would like to thank you for all of your hard work your research to help keep our wildlife safe. Your bringing the live cam so more people can see how difficult nature has it has been wonderful. I have a home day care and I teach the children alot about nature and we have been watching the eagles. The children were worried about the babies throughout the storm and were saddened to hear they didn't make it. As you said the adults may surprise us and renest. Heres hoping. For now I will keep monitoring the 15 sec. updates and continue teaching the children about nature and their surroundings. I am very fortunate to live in an area where the children watch deer, turkeys, many different species of birds including hawks and occassionally eagles flying over. Keep up the good work and we will be sending a donation soon. Cyndi in Gray

7:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw an eagle on the nest yesterday for a while, it appeared to be checking on the chicks. It was there for a little while and then flew off. They were on the nest all day the day of the storm.

7:48 AM  
Blogger flight of fancy said...

We are all heartbroken. What an amazing demonstration of strength, fortitude, and dedication!
We all know the eagles didn't really exhibit any emotions, but our sadness was tranferred to them as they looked despondently into the nest. How they persevered as long as they did makes them even more beautiful in our eyes. I continue to encourage all who have yet to donate to do so now. The cam wasn't meant to be a means of entertainment. No matter what has happened, I am certain we have all been touched profoundly by this experience. The world is what it is when nature has a say, and we must all remember our place as part of the natural world. No living organism is more important than the next but the ability to show compassion is only attributed to humans. Show some now by donating to this project. The eagles will be back. How could we ever doubt them after watching all this time? Thank you all again and again and again!

7:53 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

The last time I saw the Eagle was last night at about 7:12 PM. One of the Eagles sat at the top of the nest making what appeared to be it's call to the other Eagle but when his/her partner did not show it left the nest and returned 3 times looking around as if looking for it's mate for the 3rd time before it took the last flight leaving the nest. I waited until about 8:30- 9:00 before I stopped watching.

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Wing, for the update. I can only look at the nest with tears in my eyes. I will continue to observe throughout this season and on into next season and report any sightings. You and all at BioDiversity have done an outstanding job keeping everyone updated and keeping the equipment operationsl. I'm not surprised that there was damage to the nest tree. Roads are still closed and power still out in some areas where I live in southern Maine. It was a devastating storm. I hope the adults are okay and I will continue to watch and report.

7:58 AM  
Blogger Sherri said...

Thursday, April 19, 2007 7:45 AM

I'm sure that all who post here have the same sad feeling and heavy heart that I do this morning.
After all this wonderful pair of eagles went through with multiple storms and Dad's injury, it doesn't seem quite fair to have lost the babies only a day before the end of this horrific storm. I know it is nature etc., but it still doesn't seem fair.

It has beeen said that this pair has never had a failure.
In my mind, this year is no exception; it wasn't a failure! Mom and Dad achieved what so many of us never thought would happen.

That being said, I am making a donation today in memory of our little babies and to the future of the most incredible pair of eagles I have had the privilege of observing. I invite you to all do the same and contribute to the future work of this wonderful organization.

Thank you Wing and all the staff of BRI for all that you do.


8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As we mourn the loss of "our family" we can't forget that this is the way of nature. The tremendous effort Mom and Dad put forth to tend our chick(s) remains a humbling example to us humans. May we each be kinder, more committed, more active in our protection of those we love, those we live among, and those we do not even know. I for one see in this pair, an example of the protection of our loving God for each of us as he states in Psalms 91:4,'He will cover you with his feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge.' I have watched what that meant in the dedication of the parents. Even though we have reached this outcome through the ravages of the world in a severe storm, the protection was there to the end.
God bless you Wing, BRI, fellow bloggers and extended eagle family.
Keep watching, miracles do happen.

8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just such devasting news, althought we may have suspected what your latest report might confirm.

I am so heartbroken, as I am sure every single person who has been watching these beautiful birds is. Those eagles gave their all - of that, there is no doubt. Nature has been cruel this year and I wonder how all of the other nests in Maine have fared. This is truly a sad day for all.

God Bless you Little Wing and Stormy. We surely loved you with all our hearts.

8:05 am EDT
Highland Lakes, NJ

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing and the rest of the BRI staff - thank you! I was terribly saddened yesterday as it became obvious that the chicks had not survived. It was heart-wrenching to see the adults return to the nest and look into the nest bowl. Tears still come to my eyes.

Although we won't be able to watch the progress of this family of eagles this year, I am hopeful that some of the eagle chicks in other nests in the state have survived - perhaps you can give us an update as more information is learned in the coming weeks.

I also urge people to continue to donate to this program - perhaps in memory of these chicks. It is amazing to see the progress that the bald eagle has made in recent years recovering from the pesticide devastation in the 1950s and 1960s. Growing up near the Kennebec River, I never saw bald eagles, but now they are thriving. It is because of the dedication and work of biologists like the BRI and IFW that we learn more about man's impact on the natural world and the eagles can continue to grow. Nature can be cruel as we saw this past week, but nature recovers and life goes on and I'm confident that "our" eagles will nest again next year and the nest will continue to produce young eagles. We need the work of BRI to ensure that pollution doesn't continue to destroy.

Again, thank you.

MMF in Vienna, Maine

8:07 AM  
Blogger JO said...

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8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sad to hear the bad news. It is as I expected. The eagles did their best but Mother Nature had her own plan. I hope they return next year.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Maggie C. said...

Yesterday I observed a confrontation between the eagle in the nest and another large bird that came in feet first to the nest. It all happened very quickly, but I suspected that intruder may have left the nest with something in it's talons. The eagle drove it off quickly and returned to sit on the nest, but I had a feeling something awful had happened. Nature is so harsh sometimes. So sad to see the empty nest.

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you all for an incredible journey.

With tears in our hearts ~
we love you.

Marty & Candy

8:27 AM  
Blogger Blank said...

Many thanks to you and BRI for all your hard work. While it is so incredibly disappointing, I feel safe to say we all accept it as part of the circle of life.

My heart still aches.

Lynn in Manhattan, Il

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing, Thanks for the update. It was very obvious to me yesterday that Lil' Wing didn't make it. I am not sure if there was ever a second chick. The parents sure did all they could to protect and feed the chicks. I am sure this is not the end for these two magnificant birds. I will turn in now and then to see if they have re-nested. This has been such a wonderful time for me. I feel like I know some of the bloggers personally. Lori for her knowledge and Will for his observations and for Judy for her wonderful videos that not all of us got to see happen. To the rest of you who, like me just wrote what we observed. I have learned a lot about Eagles from reading the blogs of other people. Thanks again Wing for all you have done with this project. I know you must be heart broken as the rest of us are. You put so much into this project. Now I know why they are on the endangered wildlife list. I will continue to support your work as I have the means to do so... Patty from Indiana.

8:33 AM  
Blogger pds said...

815am EST 4/19 Wing, your description of the force of the storm and the way the wind and rain could work it's way into the bowl of the nest is helpful in understanding the limits of the protection that the adults could provide their young.

This has been a fascinating journey - to be able to observe this eagle pair living without interference or concern about us. (Of course "we" have intereferred in ways that do affect them, i.e., mercury poisoning.)

The service BRI provides regarding concerns for eagles and the environment is so important. As important is the opportunity for humans to be able to connect to the natural world, to understand that each specie -- from single cell to eagle to whale -- has a right to their life course simply because they exist. It is not about us or the pleasure we derive from them or their utility value to us. Observing the eagles is a step toward recognizing the majesty of one small speck of life and one tree and one plot of ground and one acre of ocean that require our good stewardship of the earth and the environment.

8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such sad, sad news. I guess not surprising, given the storm we've all been through. As you said, Wing, they are an amazing pair and we'll hope for better things next year.
Katie in SP ME, 8:35 a.m.

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so sad. The students in my class will be disappointed and sad when they return from April vacation. We have enjoyed watching these beautiful creatures over the last few weeks.

8:36 AM  
Blogger KentuckyGirl said...

I am just heartsick that our little chick(s) didn't make it. I know it is nature's way, but it is still extremely sad. It is amazing that these eagles continue to procreate with all they are up against. They are so tough. I guess we have no choice but to move on and pray for a successful season next year. It would be wonderful if they would try again this year, but maybe that is just wishful thinking. I have enjoyed this site and reading all of your comments. God bless all!

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a tragedy! We've all been on such a roller-coster ride of emotions, and I think we were all so hopeful of a good outcome. We are all in mourning today! We will all look ahead and be hopeful for a more positive future for these amazing birds. I think Wing said it best..... "Nature is always humbling"

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very sad about eagles.nature
can be very hard on all wildlife.
The eagles were very lucky in a
way that there nest tree was not
blown down and hurting them,They
will nest again.The eagles here
doing fine,they have only one eaglet,it is big enough to walk
around in the nest.I have some
photos,Go to and type
in indiana nesting eagles and search,it is the first entery
buckskiner photos.All photos were
taken from the road.Once again i
feel sad for your eagles.

Your friend from Indiana
Dave Hamenstafer

8:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What would have happened to the baby chicks? Would they have been blown out of the nest or what ?

8:51 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Re: Wing's unpdate this morning. I am crushed and heartbroken. I had so hoped that they would survive the storm. I could cry, in fact, I may.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Wing, I was deeply saddened at your post this morning...I was certainly hoping you would have good news about the eaglets...Let's hope that mom and dad just stashed them deep in the nest while they had to hunt...I don't see any parents on the nest at the moment so maybe you are right and they didn't survive...Keeping my fingers crossed they did...~S Middle Of No Where Maine

8:55 AM  
Blogger gigi 1 said...

Just got in from work, what i knew yesterday has been confirmed. My heart aches:-[4/19 8:51am

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart is heavy today. I feel as if I lost a member of my family.

To all the eaglecam bloggers, thank you for all your information and videos. You've all made this experience so exciting. Wing, your dedication and hard work and updates etc, has be very much appreciated.

Take care everyone.

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know if the Mom and Dad both made it through the storm?

9:03 AM  
Blogger Sharon D. said...

we are all so saddened by this loss.....parents surely tried.

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

something from yesterday's board

heather said...
I wrote a little something that I hope will ease the heavy hearts of all of us eagle lovers tonight.

In Memory of Little Wing,

Fly in Heaven Little Wing,
where the winds are calm and the Angels sing,

Where there is comfort and peace and warmth from the sun,
for what feels like a battle lost to us, is a battle you have won.

Fly in Heaven Little Wing, free from howling winds and rain,
look down upon your Mom and Dad and know it wasn't all in vain.

For even the shortest time on Earth is time enough to teach a lesson,
and having the joy of watching you was one of nature's blessings.

So, fly in Heaven Little Wing,
where winds are calm and Angels sing.


9:52 PM

9:04 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

So sad :( I just started watching, and have been fascinated by this whole process. I am so sad these eaglets apparently didn't make it


9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/19/07 6:00am pst

Very sad here in Nevada.
Thank you Wing and everyone who helped us observe Nature up close and personal, good, bad and indifferent.

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

April 19
Yesterday was a very long heart wrenching day. My heart is aching for mom and dad. They worked so hard to protect their chicks. They looked so worn out. Watching them come back to the nest looking so lost and bewildered took a toll on all of us who love them and have enjoyed peaking into their lives. They were born to be parents and spend their entire years preparing and raising their offspring. I am anxious to see what they do in the next few months. I am so sorry for their loss{and ours}.
I am wondering if the biologists might go to to nest and retrieve what might be there to see if the chick or chicks were effected in any way by the cold that they endured during the incubation period-if there were any defects that may have occurred. It would be an interesting observation to note.
It was so hard seeing dad back at the nest this morning just quietly sitting for so long. It brought the tears all over again. My prayers go out to mom and dad that they will gain their strength back and have a successful year next time. This spring has been an extra tough one from the start.

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Wing for your observations. I am very sad and havent been able to stop thinking about Mom and Dad and those poor baby chicks. I know they fought hard for the chicks lives, but in the end the storm was just too much.

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Between this and the tragedy at VT I am so saddened today. Plus it's the Oklahoma bombing and Waco anniversaries...On a lighter note, I pray they will be okay and have more healthy eaglets in the future.

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an emotional roller coaster.. So sad how it ended. These eagles are brave devoted parents. My heart was sick to watch one of them seem to mourn at the nest looking out at the water with her/his head hanging down.I had to cry for them. This is nature in the truest form.I have learned so much in a short period from this site. Thankyou BRI for all you do to teach us about these eagles. Your work is not in vein it will open eveyones eyes to what needs to be done to save our animals and birds on our planet.I will continue to follow you and to donate every chance I can. We will be looking forward to the future of your projects and the adventures you will take us on! Thanks again!
The Brennan Family
Pittsburgh, Pa.

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/19 - AM

This is truly a sad day. Yesterday whenever I checked at least one eagle was on the nest (how's that for timing). It wasn't till about 4pm when I checked that no one was home. How sad that they weathered the worst of the storm and now that it is clearing the babies are gone.

I think Memlili says it best. But we knew these eagles and most of us watched them raise their young last year. But we will watch them raise their young next year. And as Wing said, they have surpised us before. So let's hope that they will try again this year. Remember they did mate again right before we saw the first chick.

Mourning with you.

Maura (VA)

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Wing for the posting. I just knew yesterday when they were gone from the nest so long that something was horribly wrong. I feel so sad for this amazing pair and what they have endured. Hopefully, they will be able to produce again. Does anyone know if they can mate and lay eggs again this season?

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you tell us if both the male and female adults survived?

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:48 EST 4/19 -- thank you to the people who have let us know they saw both the eagles, I was really worried. It is hard to look at that empty nest today. I will check in from time to time just to hopefully see the eagle pair. It is a privilege to view this up close even though it is unbearable at times like this. Thank you eagles, BRI and everyone else who has been posting their observations. I hope the donations do not dry up due to this sad outcome.
Peace to all creatures.

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sit here thinking about the passing of this magnificent pair’s babies. But what makes these Eagles the center of our attention is what our fellow man did to them in the first place. For hundreds of years and for selfish reasons we brought these creatures to the edge of extinction. There are hundreds of years of history that brought these young eaglets to their untimely death.

We hunted them down and killed them to keep them from eating “our” food, or just have as a trophy. Not only have we destroyed and ate up all their food, we added, to their food and air, every chemical and metal from acidic to zinc. We cut down stands of trees hundreds and hundreds of years old, which would have better protected them against the storm.

In the end we killed these babies before they were ever born.

Please remember this as you go on through life, that every individual adds something to the demise of our natural wonders. Only we can help to change this one-drop at a time. If it didn’t come out of the earth in that form it should NOT go into the earth in that form. It as simple as that.

You will be missed my little feathered friends.

Sir Lance..
New Gloucester maine

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I joined you in exhiliration at the realization there were eggs in the eagles nest, and again when eaglets appeared. I join you in your sadness at the loss of those eaglets, but I will continue to donate so that your important work may continue.

Thank you for your dedication,
z on Cape Cod

10:07 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Thank you for the update Wing. I had an ounce of hope left until I heard it from you. So incredibly sad. They were so brave for their babies. I'll be tuning in to see where the rest of this story goes. *sniff*

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was on the Web 4/18 @ 6 Pm or so (Maine Time) and there was just the adult Eagle looking over the nest and the area; like "whereis everybody" or "is this the same place"????
On 4/17 F.Y.I. the nest was totally empty with nothing showing as far aschicks, feathers, or adults.
On 4/16 the camera seemed to be blown out of direction and was not "zoomed" on the nest at all.
Hope this info is of help.

I am retired from a Cape Cod Police Dept and check your site often.

Fred Brown
Appleton, Maine

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I just watched the video showing the immature raiding the nest -- how brazen -- bet it was Big from last year.

Wing, I thought the immatures would avoid going near a nest when an adult was sitting there. Did it know that the adults were vulnerable to an attack because of their loss?

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is horrible news. My wife is going to cry when I tell her.
But it really does show how stark the realities are in the wild for the survival of any species. Add to these challenges the human caused damage, the success stories seem nothing short of a miracle.

Keep up the web cam, and I would hate for this to dissuade any donations.

USGS, Utah

10:16 AM  
Blogger Shelagh Talbot said...

This is really depressing news. I was so hoping the chicks would survive. Am I right that the picture posted at the nest is an older one - cause there is a eagle sitting in it.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Louise said...

Yesterday I observed an eagle sitting on the edge of the nest for quite awhile. It was looking inside and all around the nest than was gazing off into the distance. Too bad.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I checked in many times yesterday and I only spotted the female once sitting tight in the nest. My heart is saddened by the news this morning. Leith and I will miss watching the eagles. I will keep checking in because they may surprise us again. Cheryl in MT

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad news indeed but we know the Eagles did the best they could under the circumstances. Sometimes Mother Nature is cruel and it is hard to understand why some things happen the way they do. I am sure we have not heard the last from this remarkable pair of magnificent Eagles. God speed little babies....We love you!

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just on live video and nothing moving, mum and dad are both absent. I'm heartbroken beyond words, to many deaths this week to deal with I guess. Still, hopeful for a surprise.
God Bless all of you in what you do.

10:23 AM  
Blogger K James said...

We have been watching here in Sumter SC since last year's chicks were almost grown. We were so happy to see new ones this year. So very sad that they did not survive the storm. We watched on and off since last weekend and were so worried.........Really don't know what else to say except we hope that by some far chance they may decide to nest again this year.
This is a wonderful site and we thank you so much for all that you are doing to try to help conserve these wonderful birds. Karen and Sandy

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This past week has been an emotional roller coaster for us all. My sympathy goes out to everyone (eagle couple, bloggers, Wing Goodale, and BRI). We shall find comfort in each other and joy in the moments we witnessed with this devoted and loving couple, as well as future joys they will bring.

This has truly been an eyewitness to nature and how it can be both amazing and cruel. My husband and I still plan to send a donation and I encourage others to do the same.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart aches for this family. Mom & Dad are magnificent, beautiful, nurturing parents. They have been a joy to watch and I will continue to check in on them daily.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Marguerite said...

This is so sad and I feel so sorry for our eagles. Mother Nature obviuosly has the last word but I hope she will be kinder to our beloved friends down the road. Kudos to you, Wing, and your team, for all your hardwork. Keep your chin up.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Thank you for the update Wing. I am not surprised the eagles lost their chicks to the storm. It was very humbling watching their dedication to their nest thru those high winds. There is alot we can learn from the nature. Thank you for all your dedication! One of your many fans. Teresa

10:42 AM  
Blogger Kimbe said...

This is really sad to here.Just when you would think that the little ones are going to make it and this had to happen.Just makes me want to cry.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is so sad. Nature can be creul sometimes. I hope these wonderful birds come back here to next again.

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good morning Wing.

I hope this day finds some normalcy back in your life.

Thank you for giving us a description of the nesting tree area. I am just thankful that Mom and Dad made it thru this ordeal.

You said, I would not expect the birds to renest, but these bird have certainly surprised us in the past.

I'm sure that you meant renest this season? Just want to confirm -g-

Thanks again to you and BRI.


10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read your review after going to the nest and am so sad that the chicks did not survive the storm, I did see one of the eagles on the nest early this morning I believe and as you noted no feeding took place and the nest is again empty.

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sun is shining bright here in Southern NH. I can't help but think that they almost made it. All the work and steadfastness of the parents has been an amazing thing to witness. I am so glad that my brother told me about this sight.
Thankyou fellow bloggers for all the encouraging words. Heather, your poem is beautiful. It's a nice feeling to be sharing all this with you. Even though we don't know each other I feel a bond of some kind. I for one will keep an eye on the eagles nest and hope for the best and support BRI. We must be mindful that the importance of this project is immense and is beneficial to all wildlife and to humans. Now that National Geographic has gotten involved we should be seeing/hearing of hopefully many changes in the near future. If legislation can be passed to put stricter laws in place for these big polluters it will be fabulous. I know there's work being done to protect wetlands and natural environments that support wildlife. I'll be watching the papers and news for that. Also recycling, keeping cars in good repair and driving more efficient running vehicles, recycling batteries. All these little things and more do make a difference. Awareness is crucial. We must remind others to live as environmentally friendly as they can.
Thankyou Wing and all the team that works to better the environment and to help species to thrive and for this exciting experience I got to be part of. It was all amazing. Such a relief that Mom and Dad are okay.
Blessings and warm hugs to everyone.
Maggie in NH

10:54 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

OH, I can't believe after all the hardships these parents faced and as hard as they tried to make their family grow how sad to think it is all over just like that. I can't imagine I feel like they are part of my family, my heart is heavy. What are the chances another nesting pair will come threw this late and take over the nest?

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

California Kid

While I am saddened by the turn of events this whole scenario has been absolutely amazing to watch. I like many others instantly fell in love with mom and dad and their chick(s). I want to thank you for allowing us this wonderful experience to be shared by all of us. Thank you for all you have done and I hope this turn of events does not hamper your liaison with National Geographic. This has been an unusual year weather wise and mom and dad did all they could to keep their offspring fed and warm. I knew something was amiss when I observed mom eating but not feeding the chick. She kept looking toward the bowl but did not attempt to fee the chick. Mom sure did look pretty drenched a few times also and the driving rain and storm was just too much. I am hopefully looking forward to next year.


11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Wing - Thank you for your first-hand account of the situation near the nest. I wonder how many other nesting pairs and their chicks survived or not. Nature has its own plan, as hard as that is to accept.

I was fortunate to experience the joy and success of last year, yet this year is a real lesson of how we and the animals are at the mercy of a greater force. It's still very sad. I continue to check the Eaglecam and hoping to see a visit of the Mom or Dad.

--Liz (W,DC)

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the confirmation, Wing... we were almost hysterical here yesterday... I still get tears in my eyes thinking of that little bobblehead stretching out above the nest... this has certainly been an experience. I keep thinking that mom and dad must be so confused. They have never failed to raise chicks and then, after doing everything their instincts told them to do, trying to save those precious fluffbundles, they died anyway... it must be confusing. Well, after those herculean efforts they must be exhausted. It is probably best for them if they don't re-nest... they can spend the summer getting their strength back so they're fit for trying again next year... I'll be watching... they'll surely be working on refurbishing that marvelous nest... We wish you a wonderful summer, mom and dad... Sharon in AZ

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tracey in Houston...
Thank you, Wing, for the update and confirming our worst nightmare. sob,sob
This is just too sad.....

I will continue to monitor and watch the nest (praying for positive signs again).

I'll be looking for the DVD.
4-19-07 10:29 AM houston time

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank-you Wing for your comments. I am sure we all have heavy hearts.

I for one will continue watch this site and check on the Eagles. You never know. If they do not nest again this year then they will again nest year. I am truly thankful that they and the nest survived, without them there would be no Blogg.

What we learn from this is how courageous these birds are and how dedicated they are to each other and their nest . they never gave up and finally had to relent. It was very sad to see their confusion and grief yesterday. But they will regroup, get healthy and thrive.


9:30 A.M. mountain time

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So unfortunate :( Thank you to all for your dedication. I was watching them at the beginning of this fierce storm and it looked there for awhile that they would weather it out. Mother Nature at her finest here in Maine.

11:38 AM  
Blogger MITS said...

I'm so sorry:(.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure as soon as the winds die down that there will be some fly overs done to assess the the conditions of the other area nests. It would be interesting to know how they have faired.

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the babies have been blown from the nest in the storm . The parents have probably found them by now and you can bet where ever they are the chicks are not far away . Unless of course they have been killed by a predator . Where I live on Vancouver Island chicks have been successfully picked up and placed back in the nest . As well as whole nests placed back in trees .Eagles are smart !! They already know your scent and will happily accept there babies back . If you can find them . Also I have had eagles land right next to me on the beach and let me throw them oysters which they caught like dogs and ate . If you leave them a fresh fish they will happily accept it from you . So get out there and find those babies !!!!!! And don't forget to feed the birds .

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I checked in yesterday around 4:45pm and the nest was empty. I waited 5 minutes and I heard a bird squaking and one of the parents came to the nest and pushed the eggs as if she was turning them and then flew off. I hope this helps.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahh...dang it. I'm a new viewer, just sent in my contribution, was beginning to get hooked on live view, and now with the probable confirmation of the chicks' demise, it feels like I've lost part of the family. Since miracles do occur, perhaps this pair will rejuvenate the nest, so to speak. You've done a good job with this, Wing - and it's been years since you spearheaded "capture the flag" at the Mudges on Van've come a long way. George Wheelwright

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing, You've been great at letting us all know what's going on, Please don't stop. I still plan on checking in everyday!

I was lucky enough to see last years babes, so amazing!

I am tired of this lousy weather, and glad the nest made it.

Thanks again and stay safe,
Sue in MD
12:00 pm EST

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Wing,

I came across your Eaglecam in March and have been watching the beautiful eagles ever since. I want to thank your for providing such an amazing look into the private lives of these magnificent creatures. I too am saddened by the loss of the chicks, especially watching the mother looking into the nest, perhaps mourning her loss. I am not sure what emotions birds feel, but certainly she felt something. Again, I am grateful to you and the other scientists for giving me this incredible opportunity to not only watch and enjoy the eagles, but to learn valuable life lessons that we, as people, sometimes overlook. Best to you all in your valuable, wonderful work.
Chris in L.A.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a heartbreaking turn of events. Nature can be an unforgiving master. I would agree with other posters that we need to continue to support the work of BRI, and keep sending in donations. To the poster who commented that someone should have brought carrion to the nest to help the adults feed, as Wing has indicated several times, the nest must remain un-located, and free from well meaning but unwanted human influence.

What we saw here was the truth, unvarnished, and that is the real value of this website.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Maura said...

While it is very sad, it may be that nature thinks our eagles need a rest -- 20 eaglets raised in 13 years is an amazing accomplishment. At least the nest is still there for next year. Bet they'll find a lot of work to do on it. Now we have the peregrine falcons in VA which have just hatched to worry over, as well as other eagle nests, so we won't be without a little drama while our eagles rest. But we do all need to continue supporting BRI!!

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was watching the nest yesterday around noon. The mother was at the nest and looked to be feeding. She was bent down low into the nest with her mouth open. I was unable to see the actual feeding. Or what I thought was the feeding. Last night she came back to the nest but just stood there. Occasionally looking down and around. She did not do what she was doing at noontime. She flew away then came back then took off again. She did not come back.

12:23 PM  
Blogger bye bye post office said...

The parents did a heroic job of trying to care for the chick(s) during the storm. More than once, I saw one eagle drop off food at the nest on Monday, an amazing feat. On Tuesday, the eagle on the nest kept calling for food, but finally I saw her leave the nest and return with something. I also saw her return with food a second time and the young 3-4 year old bird harassing her. As she tried to chase it off, it returned to the nest more quickly than she and stole the meal. The female looked so disappointed, really. She stood for several minutes on the edge of the nest, then she slowly and carefully climbed into the nest.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am devastated, just one more day and they would have been home free, there are tears in my eyes.
How very sad, but nature isn't always fair.

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a new observer and yesterday there was one of the eagles there and at one point another bird of some sort flew near and the eagle was not happy. I thought you would like to know. I am deeply saddened by your comments on the babies....

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How sad. I look forward to yet another year of mating and nesting. Sorry this year did not suceed in raising the lil one.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

update 04/19 12:48pm

5:40 am dad arrived at the nest, evident by the difficulty stand on his left leg

some food must have remained at the bottom of the nest bowl where he fed for awhile

06:05am he called out a few times

where's mom, no reply

06:19am dad flew off toward the camera and then out of site

Frosty and Windy, you will be missed by all


12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really sad news about the about the adults? Are they still coming to the nest?

12:48 PM  
Blogger Shelagh Talbot said...

How depressing. I remember watching the cam and wondering how those tiny beings would survive.


12:55 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Its 1:00 EST, and the nest is empty... :(

12:58 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

What a truly sad day. My heart is broken. Mom and dad went through so much and did the very best they could under what seemed an impossible situation but sometimes even that is not enough. As an animal lover my entire life I must say I have developed a new insight into the heart and courage of wildlife parents to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and their love and devotion to each other. God bless mom and dad. our little lost Miracle and Wing Goodale as well as each and every member of this team that brought us this amazing experience.I am sure mom and dad will nest again and I most certainly will be tuned in.

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"April is the cruellest month"
I checked in often, and when I saw the empty nest I suspected the worst.
Now and then an eagle appeared, sat on the edge of the nest, and often stared down into the depth of it as though looking for his lost eaglets.
At this point, knowing what they have been through, I almost think we should hope that they take the rest of the year off to recover.They have been so resourceful and industrious, so caring, so incredibly brave that they need some time to recover. I, like everyone who has watched them, would love to see them bring up a new eaglet or two, but common sense dictates that they shouldn't, not at this time.
If they surprise us and breed again then I can only assume that they know better than I do what is possible. Of course they know better!
By the way, I only saw the male perched on the nest, and then only now and then. Where is the female?

1:08 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

I write this with a heavy heart... I have been watching as the excitement grew waiting for the chick.... My coworkers all shared in the watching..... To all those who made this possible, thank you. Such a shame the weather turned so nasty......I hope there are more events like this one..... Really enjoyed being a part. Keep up the GREAT work...

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My whole family is sadened by this. We have been praying for the chick(s) all weekend and were hoping that the big nest would protect them. I feel like I have lost a family pet. Where are the parents?

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing & staff, thank you for all your updates and hard work & for all of the bloggers updates. We have all learned so much, had loads of fun and just got reminded again of the power of Mother Nature. To the people who posted links for special moments. Thank-you!

1:25 PM  
Blogger TNTalker said...

Boy .. it's a real bummer looking at the nest today.

I don't know if I'll ever get use to the "nature of nature".


1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad news. Let's hope for more eggs and full 'term'.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry Wing,what a sad day.

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont know what to do with myself..This site got me thru my workday. I'm heartbroken.

1:53 PM  
Blogger D&B said...

We believe that it was Dad at the nest this morning April 19th around 6:15a.m Eastern. He called a few times and then looked down into the nest, stepped over it and flew away. Haven't seen him since.
Thank you Wing and Associates for the joy of watching this year.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tracey in Houston....
What an extremely empty feeling.......
to watch this nest and no one is home.

I have not seen a single eagle all morning.

Please come home momE and dadE. We miss you.
4/19/07 12:55 PM houston time

1:55 PM  
Blogger roxy said...

I just made a donation in memory of Little Wing (had been meaning to every day and finally decided it was time)! I'd like to encourage others that have enjoyed this cam as much as me to do the same. I heard about the site when someone sent me an email link while the birds were nesting and I was hooked! I even "blogged" for the first time. Along with all the others we shared our amazement and sadness as we witnessed the eagles' daily lives, catching them copulating, thinking the nest failed, the most incredible "miracle" when Little Wing was hatched (on by birthday making it really special for me), through the storm, and now the empty nest. Wing, what an awesome job you and your collegues have and thanks for sharing a little piece of it with us! Great work!! I'm going to keep watching to get a glimpse of those majestic birds!

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Wing, Thank you so much for allowing us the opportunity to learn about the eagles. I am extremely disappointed to see an empty nest. The eagles and their chicks have given me great joy. I just wanted you to know that what you do is extremely important. Thank you.

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, guess I got too caught up in this sight. I feel so empty. A profound sense of loss today.

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its so sad to look at the empty nest. Where do the adults go when they are not nesting?

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This such a sad thing, however I know it is nature. As we have all said "nature at it's best.....but now one could say nature at it's worst." I have faith in this pair, they are determined, consistant, and, and are great parents. They will prevail in the end, if not this year, maybe it will be next year. Thank you to all who have worked tirelessly on bringing us this great site, thank you for your expertise, and your dillegance. The knowledge gained is tremedous for all. Many thanks from Palermo, Maine

2:08 PM  
Blogger jusayo said...

Well, what can one say? This storm has hit everyone pretty hard all across New England. I still turn on the live camera just to see if the eagles will revisit the nest; nothing noted yet. I can hear them, though. And my dog, Reggie, comes running to watch when he hears the eagles; it's funny to see his head turning side to side, as he stares into the monitor!

Let's take it to heart that some things aren't meant to be. Nature can be very beautiful, and also very cruel. I feel very fortunate to have witnessed some of the feedings. The eagles can relax for a bit now, and all you bloggers can get back to work!

Weare, NH

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

April 19
Trying to accept the loss of the chicks has been very hard. Keep watching to see if any sign of parents. Not being able to read the blogs the last two days and share our feelings makes it even harder.

2:14 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I am so sad at the news that the chicks may not have survived. I will hope and pray for a miracle.

Wing, do eagles grieve as we do? I am so sorry.


2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

April 19
After all the excitement of the past two weeks I find it very hard to let go.

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There looks to be a chick sitting on the edge of the nest and turning his head left and right. No sign of mom, though

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just so sad. Nature can be very cruel. Will look toward next year and a better out come. Where do the adults go? Will they still keep coming back to the nest?
Thanks Wing & BRI. It was wonerful to share this with everyone.
Evelyn on Cape Cod :(

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a sad day, for sure. Mother Nature has not been kind to this eagle family. Hopefully a miracle will happen and they'll renest.

Thank you for bringing this image to us. It has been a great pleasure to watch. I'll keep checking on the nest to see if anything happens.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Blank said...

Lots of calling from Momma (nice high pitch). She seems nearby, but remains out of sight. This has been going on for 5 minutes or so. I have not heard Dad call out back since the first call - if it was him at all.

2:18 p.m. Chicago time


3:18 PM  
Blogger JO said...

Wing: Just want to thank you and BDR for all your hard work. Wish we could have watched the eaglets to maturity but that's life. Nature can be as cruel as she is beautiful.

We now look forward to watching the loons. May they have a better outcome than the eagles.

Best wishes...

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

April 19
Turned on to the sight about 5:45 EST this morning and watched dad standing in the nest for about a half hour. Mostly looking out to sea. Every now and then staring down into the nest bowl. So sad. He seemed so lost. Heard him call a couple times. Mom answered from a little ways off. He left. Been checking every now and then. Seen no one there since. The nest is so lonely looking.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heartsick in Hallowell

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU HEATHER; What a wonderful tribute to Lil' Wing. I have it saved and will put it in a frame It is so true and so touching. First of all I need your permision to print it on paper and frame it. It will be for my own use only snd your name will be on the bottom of it. Just like it is on the blog. Thanks so much again for writing it. You have made my day so much easier. Patty
I posted this but in yesterday's blog. Thanks again Heather. It is beautiful
8:49 AM

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was very sad today to read that the little ones were gone. I lost power on Monday morning and was watching the nest and the perseverance of the eagle in that nest. We can all learn something from that!.

Last night when I viewed and saw no eagles, and then one arrived and just kept looking down into the nest but not sitting in the nest. I knew that they must have lost the babies. It is heart breaking.

Thank-you so much for this very intimate look into these beautiful majestic birds lives. With all your input over the past two years I have learn much about these gorgeous creatures.

We will see watch happens. Thanks again.

3:48 PM  
Blogger JO said...

3:57 pm Just listening to the live feed hoping the eagles were around. Heard one eagle calling, pretty close to the camera but not within sight of it.

Just wanted to let you know they're still around....

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have heard Mom and Dad a handful
of times today. Also saw one
of the eagles fly by the nest cam
side, (it's shadow) and then soared over the water. Beautiful.

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heather, thanks so much for the beautiful tribute to Little Wing. It touched me and made me feel so much better knowing that you have the talent to put in words what I was feeling in my heart. I am saddened at the out come of this but realize that this is nature in real life. I have never lost a child so I can't say I know what these Eagles are feeling today. I know they don't have the human emotions that we have but they do care and tend to their young. Thanks again Heather. PP

9:57 AM

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a poem I found......

Fly Like An Eagle
As the lonely eagle flies into the winds
On majestic... soaring...gliding wings
A single scream comes from the sky
Come fly with me... come here and fly is the eagles cry
My heart yearns to be a part
As I feel the beating of its heart
Oh for my soul to be one with this bird flying so carefree
Flying so perfectly in the sky for all to see.
His wings in the wind as it caress's his soul
And soars across the streams without a goal
My being trembles with delight of such a sight
A treasure I received from God tonight
A gift like no other watching him soaring so high
Inviting me to join him and fly fly fly.

by Dona Nanci Elizabeth Marrie Gaddi Dama de Santiago

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just coming to ask if you'd consider zooming the camera back a little so we could see a bit of the branches surrounding the nest - and it's happened while I'm typing!

It really was a wonderful little miracle while it lasted, and I got to see and learn so much more about eagles than I'd ever known before.

Thank you all, for everything.

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heather, thanks for that poignant
poem you wrote. My heart has been heavy since yesterday with the loss of the little ones.

Thanks for adjusting the camera position back. I have heard the eagles periodically today and thought I saw shadows flying by over the nest. With this camera angle, we might have a better view of them and see how they are faring.

Wing, we have eagles on Cross Lake in northern Maine and I was wondering if their nesting would be at about the same time as the Hancock pair or would they nest a little later due to the cold weather up here. Any input would be appreciated.

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a poem to the eagles, whom I have great respect for....authors are below

Fly Like An Eagle
As the lonely eagle flies into the winds
On majestic... soaring...gliding wings
A single scream comes from the sky
Come fly with me... come here and fly is the eagles cry
My heart yearns to be a part
As I feel the beating of its heart
Oh for my soul to be one with this bird flying so carefree
Flying so perfectly in the sky for all to see.
His wings in the wind as it caress's his soul
And soars across the streams without a goal
My being trembles with delight of such a sight
A treasure I received from God tonight
A gift like no other watching him soaring so high
Inviting me to join him and fly fly fly.

by Dona Nanci Elizabeth Marrie Gaddi Dama de Santiago

4:31 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Thank you all to everyone who gave it their all. I like everyone else is very sad by these events, but we all know Mom and Dad gave it their best shot. Will be looking forward to upcoming events. Thanks Wing and BRI for sharing the beautiful birds with us.

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for re-directing the camera... AZ Sharon

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it possible these remarkable creatures were so smart they abandoned the nest because of the storm & all the intrusions by other birds? maybe they felt threatened and took the babies elsewhere for the time being? Wing, Can they take there babies and flee the nest? Maybe take up temporary shelter somewhere? I am still feeling optomistic....

4:33 PM  
Blogger Aunt Jul said...

I'm so sad that this had to happen. How hard those parents tried to take care of their young. I sure hope that they come back next year and have better weather than they had this year. Again thank you for such a wonderful experince. Julie

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for pulling back the camera

we will continue to monitor and provide updates on the eagles and hopefully witness preparation for a new family


4:41 PM  
Blogger Keiko said...

Posted 4/19/07 4:35 p.m.,
What an emotional roller coaster ride we've all been on. Unfortunately this ride called "Little Wing" is over. Most of us didn't realize we would be witnessing the circle of life in such a short period of time, and we are now grieving the loss. Thank you to all at BRI for allowing us this experience.

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's unfortunate that the eaglets did not survive this storm. If only they would've hatched a week later maybe the outcome would have been different. I've mentioned in a previous post that where I kayak there is an eagle nest here in central Maine, I'm hoping those eagles faired a little better than this pair. I won't know until I'm able to get the kayak out onto the water. Unfortunately the launching area is still socked in with ice. I don't know if BRI plans on leaving the cam on now that the young have died but the parents should remain in the area. The eagle nest that I know of hasn't always had a successful nest every year but the eagles are always in the area regardless. We may get lucky and the two BRI eagles may make an appearance from time to time on the web cam. They've both survived the storm because I saw the male on the nest this morning and I heard the female at one point, I think she flew by.


4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing so sorry that you had to confirm that the nest is empty. I am heartbroken as everyone is. I donated yeaterday and I hope people will continue to donate because next year there will be babies again and BRI does amazing work throughout the year. Jere (Los Angeles)

4:49 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

4-19-07 17:00 (EDT)

Maybe I cannot tell this pair apart, but it seemed to be Dad flying in/out of the nest yesterday (Wed 4-18) and poking his beak to try to wake his offspring from their deep sleep.

Dad has been; since watching all of last years' nesting; the most compassionate parent.

Mom, is the sensible one, and will feed the strongest eaglet. That's simply how nature is.

Several times that I recorded Dad flying into the nest, waiting, standing, looking into the nest bowl, and even prodding 'whatever' was there. It seemed Dad urged them to "be!"

If Dad hasn't lost the faith, even with his injury, and loss; why then, should we??

Do not count this Bald Eagle family out just yet!!


5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Heather for that wonderful tribute to Little Wing. And Thank you Wing for everything. I just found this site last Friday and all weekend I was watching off and on because of the weather. Yesterday was haert wrenching to watch. I am very sad.

And Thank you to fellow bloggers. I was very concerned about Mum and Dad. But your posts have made me feel better that they are both OK, sad but OK. Thank you.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Wing, thank you for pulling the camera out. Hopefully we will see the eagles flying around.

Any theories on what they will do now that they don't have a family to raise? Will they stay together through the summer?

Hope you have your electricity back.

Thank you to all the bloggers.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kathy l
on the 18th at 1:00 I observed a pretator at the nest. There was a confrontation, the eagle ran the bird off but in the wink of the eye I saw the predator with talons fly across the nest swooping down in the nest and came up with what looked like the eaglet,at that time the mother looked in the nest and all around,acting very up set,She then got on the nest as if the baby was still there.She only sat there for a few mimutes and then she flew away.I looked in on the nest a few times as the day went on but never saw either of them.

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Heather~ I want to sincerely thank you for your very touching poem. I, too, am so saddened at the loss of the eaglets & your words have helped lift my spirit.
Maura in Maine

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your comments Maggie in NH and your environmentally friendly message. It would be great if we could turn all our sadness and grief into making a huge difference for the environment. Especially now we have had such an amazing view of how much there is to lose.

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is such a vivid reminder of treacherous nature can be, and how difficult it is for these birds, as well as so many animals in the wild, to reproduce. Every baby eaglet that survives is a miracle in itself. Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to experience things that otherwise we may never have the opportunity to see. Technology is such a great learning tool too.

Looking forward to next time.

KB Utah.

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:00 PM EDT. 4-19-07 Wing, have you or anybody in the past 2 days seen both eagles at the same time. With the camera pulled back I can't tell which is Mom or Dad and I haven't seen them together. I am fearing that one of them didn't survive. Anyone with some positive message on this? Thanks again Wing for all your concern and updating. I trust that people will continue to support your group. BRI. Lets all give in memory of the Chick/s and help preserve more of the Eagles in our country.

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been an avid viewer and this is my first comment. I just felt compelled to write "something". I join in everyone's sorrow -- it's almost like losing a family member! To try and ease my sorrow I searched for other live eagle cams and viewed a few in other states. It just is not the same. Jeanne in Belfast

6:27 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I want to thank BRI for this wonderful experience. Even though it has turned out different than we all prayed for, it is something I will not forget. My heart is very heavy this week because of the eagles and with what has happened at Virginia Tech.

Heather your poem is a great tribute to the eagles. I hope you continue with your talent in poetry.

6:28 PM  
Blogger Holly B. said...

I am so devastated that the chicks haven't survived. This is my first time viewing such a wonder as this. My friend Teri, whom resides in Otter Creek, emailed about this and I was hooked instantly. When I spoke with her the other night, she indicated that they may not survive the night with the storm. She has resided there for almost 30 years and knows the weather. To my dismay, I came home from work and no chicks and no Mom. I sensed they had passed. Today, I saw how mother nature can give us beauty and regain it back. Such a loss. I will continue to support and view. Thank you for all your hard work enabling me to view it!

6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello all,
I am absolutely devastated!
I happened upon your website while locating the nesting peregrines at the Travelers Tower in Hartford, Ct. I never saw a webcam as awesome as the one that Wing & Chris have diligently kept going. I was completely awed watching this pair of Eagles watching over thier nest! Then when I saw the eaglet, I had my whole family watching at the computer. The first time was last Thursday & I have faithfully watched for at least continues ever since. I would even leave the webcam up through out the night. Of course my family think I am now crazy, but they understand.
But I had a feeling yesterday morning that something was wrong, but now to have Wing confirm my darkest fears I am overwhelmed !! I will now have to donate to BRI as you have done & hope you will continue to do a wicked good thing for all of us to enjoy.
With a saddened heart, I will continue to WATCH & HOPE. Donna Marie in Hartford,Ct.

6:42 PM  
Blogger Sandy G said...

Thank you for letting me be part of this amazing experience. I am now profoundly touched by how the birds leave their nest so absolutely when there is no baby tending to do.
I have been watching for over a month or more (one looses track, many times a day and will miss that. But I will be there, contribute, and hope to see them having more babies. I am totally hooked.

6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heather, your poem is so beautiful. It just about did me in. I've been crying for an hour. I just stood outside and listened to two chickadees (our Maine state bird) calling and answering each other. I listened for a long time and one of them was right near me and I was talking to him. I thought it would help me forget about Little Wing and Stormy, but it didin't work. I hope it is okay to print your poem and put it in my scrapbook. Let us know if we can print it.

7:01 PM  
Blogger Patty P said...

Today on my way to Augusta Maine near Fairfield. There are a few nests that made the storm on Power lines. I am not sure if they are osprey or eagles. But one is sure bigger than the other. There were birds nesting on them this morning and this evening. I hope they make it thru. Use to be more nests but they have been abandoned or fell off in the storm.

Thank you Wing and the BioDiversity Research staff and everyone one connected with it.
Mother nature can be real cruel sometimes but it means the strongest and fitest survive.

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry to hear about the eaglets i was hoping that they made it.

hope that the parents are still around have not seen anyone on the nest for a while


7:21 PM  
Blogger CindyP said...

I don't care what the producers of reality shows try to do, humans will ALWAYS act differently in front of cameras. This is why I love our Eagles so much. Watching their "reality show" at BRI has been a true and honest glimpse of nature in all it's natural beauty - and occasionally it's cruel reality.

I grieve the loss of the baby eaglet, and the adults. Their instincts tell them that something went wrong, but their bodies must still be in parenting mode, so I believe they grieve in their eagle way.

I thank Wing and the folks at BRI for this gift.

7:23 PM  
Blogger monkee said...

Wing and all here and @BRI...such sad, but not unexpected news. But there is much in nature to awe and much to yet understand. Thank, you Wing for you help is understanding and helping our environment with what BRI does. Sharon

7:26 PM  
Blogger monkee said...

THANK YOU, Heather for your sweet poem!

7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

another poem posted earlier in the forum

emotional, as it reminded me of all we were privileged to see through the eyes of the camera...

Ode To Frosty and Windy
by Janie

In a snow covered nest
and temperatures cold
Frosty was born
to parents so bold

His fluffy little head
through the branches did peek
those wobbly first steps
so innocent, so meek

Soon thereafter in
a tree by breezes tossed
Windy did emerge
in a nest deemed lost

Protected and fed
by Dad and Mother
these two brothers
were like none other

But life was too short
for Windy and Frosty
in a pine so tall
in a nest so lofty

Your soft little chirps
and inquisitive eyes
brought joy to our hearts
and tears to our eyes

Soar on high dear Frosty
and Windy right behind
you'll never be forgotten
forever in our heart and mind

7:32 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

4-19-07 19:50 (EDT)

There seems to be hope for this pair - please continue to observe. They're so unique and another attempt certainly isn't out of their capacity.

WING/BRI - at night - could we have the cam in just a bit more?

If a predator comes into the nest we need to see it, but not so much, that we're confined to the nest BOWL.

Also, if there's another copulation/mating - we'd certainly want to document this.

Didn't they have a mating back about April 9/10? In fact - it was two. Once Mom was on the branch and another time, in the nest.

How long does it take for her to deposit that egg? 5-6 days? I forget.

So if she has a fertilized egg, couldn't she be contemplating laying another egg?

Just wishful thinking on my part

7:55 PM  
Blogger TeeQ said...

Wing or Judy... Has anyone reviewed yesterday's video feed to see if the eaglet did indeed get swooped off or if it just wasn't thriving? Not that it makes a difference, this is very sad news... My donation is on its way in memory of little wing...

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have so enjoyed watching these eagles and sharing updates with members of our family. My father-in-law shared it with us first a few weeks ago, and we have been hooked every since. What magical creatures! This news was so heartbreaking and saddened us all. However, we look forward to next year and new life. Where do the eagles go when they are not nesting?

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to Janie

loved your poem

my heart was heavy but your words have lifted me

thank you

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you ALL for your comments.

Those who haven't experienced the Bald Eaglecam - such an incredible gift from BRI - just can't understand the sorrow we all share on the loss of the eaglet(s). My tears are real. Yet reading this blog helps me to think that I'm not crazy ... or maybe we all are ;)

Life is so precious. Maybe that's what I'm feeling....and it took two birds to remind me of that.

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What wonderful posts from everyone. I saw one person say they felt such a profound sense of loss. That is how I feel also. I only found this site about 3 weeks ago. But for seven years now I've had the privelege (spelled that wrong I'm sure!) of watching a pair of nesting eagles in person. They are well protected in a state park...but very visible all the time. It's been one of the most wonderful expierences of my life. When I found this site I get to see this up close!!! It's been amazing and I'll continue to watch and will donate as soon as possible! Thank you Wing and BRI for everything you do!!

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again another broken heart is writing to try and find some peace. I feel as the rest of you do and find some comfort in knowing I am certainly not alone with this broken heart.

One of the Blogger's brought up a very good point. We are upset with what Mother Nature has caused, but what about the damage we are causing everyday. We all need to be more mindful of our own actions. What we toss in the lakes, streams and watersheds. Our pollution of the air. We can ALL write on this blog, but we all need to be emailing our legislators and giving them our opinions on how to take better care of our environment for these wonderful birds and all our wildlife. We need to be even more mindful of who we vote for and be sure they are environmentally friendly people.

Wing and all the staff at BRI, thank you for letting me enjoy these wonderful eagles. I'm crying now, but life does go on and we'll all stay tuned in and cheer eaglets on again.

Debby in California

10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, where are mum and dad sleeping?? That's a pretty nice pad..

And will anyone 'take it over'?

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Your poem is so sweet. Frosty and Windy truly touched all our hearts. We can rest assured they are now at peace.


10:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a combined video clip from April 19th when Dad landed around 5:42 a.m. and stayed for about 37 minutes.

11:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re: "Ode" by Janie

Your words fill an emptiness we all feel.

This last couple days have been very trying, expectations were high as these 2 little brave souls faced nature at its worst.

Just know that the spirit of Frosty and Windy lives on, in our hearts and at this nest site forever.

Francis K.

1:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fri. about 1:45 a.m.
An eerie sight the empty nest but no sign of either eagle.

1:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's 4:28 am Friday the 20th. Is there an eagle on the nest, still dark, but looks like something is there in the center of the nest. I'll be checking back later. Maybe it's just wishful thinking.

4:30 AM  
Blogger D&B said...

April 20th, time 5:06a.m. Eastern.
Could hear Dad calling but out of camera view.

5:08 AM  
Blogger D&B said...

April 20th, 5:12a.m. Can her Mom calling but also out of camera view.

5:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's 5:30 AM on the 20th and I hear the female just off cam. I believe I heard the male at one point too but not sure, the voice was a little weaker.
Wing, will the pair bond remain throughout the year now that the nest has failed? Will they go their separate ways and reconnect later this year to prepare for next seasons nesting; or will they remain together in the area?

5:44 AM  
Blogger D&B said...

April 20th, 5:51a.m Eastern.
Mom continues to call but still out of view of the camera. Close by though.

5:52 AM  
Blogger D&B said...

April 20th, time 5:55a.m.Eastern.
Dad returned, can hear his voice again. Both still out of view of the camera but very close by.

5:56 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

4-20-07 06:10 (EDT)


Dawn colors over the nest are fantastic! Thanks BRI/WING!

Mom is calling to Dad. She's very close to the nest and continually calling. He returns the call.

Could this be another request to start again?

I believe it is!!!

Crossing my fingers!

Listen to their calls - I think it speaks volumes (I just wish I could understand the language *G*).

OOOPS - need to say THANK YOU WING.... explaining what you saw from those winds etc...made it easier to understand the problems this eagle pair had to endure.

I don't need pictures, because I had 2 trees fall as well (nothing to do with that nor'eastern storm).

6:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last evening from 7 to 7:30 pm and again this morning 6:00 am (4/20) I have heard the female calling a lot. Last evening I heard the male's hoarse voice calling back. I have not heard him this morning, but we can be assured that both adult eagles made it through the storm.

6:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4/20/07 Hearing Mom and Dad this
morning. More Mom than Dad.

7:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Though sad to see the nest empty this morning, the picture is actually very beautiful. The morning sun is sparkling on the water and the tree and nest are in silhouette. It is a very peaceful and hopeful scene, and I think speaks to the promise of future eaglets.

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

r the looncams up yet and how do we get there...ty

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have often taken a break from my work to check on the nest. I am saddened to hear of the toll the storm has taken on this eagle pair. I will continue to check in as always and hope to see the pair there at the nest.

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went back to find Janie's poem. A beautiful tribute. I too will remember these guys by donating. And it's comforting to know that this nest is now a memorial to our beloved Frosty and Windy, who we'll think of every time the sun rises, its light shimmering off the water, surrounding the nest. Pat in BC

8:23 AM  
Blogger flight of fancy said...

Saturday morning finds our empty, lonely nest quietly standing watch over sparkling waters. I can hear a variety of birds, a possible dog, but see no eagles.
The distance at which the camera sits from the nest makes this a beautiful scene, not betelling of the heartache. We are all still watching for you, Wing, and hope our observations halp in some small way. The eagle pair gave us such hope, and I have not lost it quite yet. As you have said, this pair has offered up many surprises!

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing, has it absolutely been confirmed that both Mom and Dad made it through the storm and are alive and well? Also, did a large predator take the chicks as is being posted on the blog? Thanks

8:31 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yesterday there was quite a bit of calling between the two eagles. Some of it sounded very similar to the calling we heard during copulation. They may surprise us!

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still find myself checking out the empty nest many times a day. I checked the nest at 7:27am and listened to the female calling the male. Our eagles at my house do not call out near as much as these eagles. I am curious to the reason they are so vocal? Thank you Wing for letting us still monitor the nest it is such a beautiful sight. I am still holding on to hope that we will see another nesting by these two....Chapin,S.C.

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey everybody. . . today is Earth Day! Let's all start now recycling those batteries, plastic bags and bottles, aluminum, etc. that go back into the environment and harm our Earth and fellow creatures! We also need to reduce or eliminate our use of pesticides as the run off during rain, carries the pesticides into our waterways, which gets into fish, when gets into eagles and other animals who eat the fish.

HAPPY EARTH DAY everybody!

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4-20-07 8:45 AM EDT. I just checked in the video cam and such a peaceful nest. I have not seen it not moving since I started watching back in March. I am concerned about the sound. When I hear people say they can hear the eagles calling to each other. All I am getting in sound is feed back and people's voices in the back ground. Is this my computer problem or a problem at the site with the mic. I so appreciate all you have done for the eagles and yes, maybe we can all learn to take care of the wonderful land God has given us. We see the dangers that the wild animals and birds contend with from nature. They don't need any more dangers put on them by our carelessness and mis management of the land. If we stopped poluting the air, water and land with all the unused chemicals all creatures would have a much easier time in life. Lets get behind BRI and call our congressmen and senators and TELL them to stop the global warming, and polution to our air and water. If not for us than for these beautiful birds that we have been watching. Thanks again BRI for your wonderful work. pp

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:45 am EDT It's the first time in days that I've been able to leave the sound on while watching the nest site without having the wind making such a horrible noise. Everything looks so pleaceful... and empty. All I hear is crows at the moment, but will listen for mom and dad and at least hope to hear their voices. Thank you, BRI, for the lovely picture. I haven't stopped hoping yet for another miracle from these intrepid birds. (Wow--camera just zoomed in to the nest bowl for a second and back out--what a beautiful, clear picture as opposed to the blur we've been getting recently due to motion and moisture on the lens!)

8:53 AM  
Blogger heather said...

To those that asked me if they could print the poem I wrote, please feel free to do so. I am honored that you asked. My intent was to be uplifting and not to make us all cry *again* :o)
I am looking forward to a glimpse of Mom or Dad on the nest site today and hopefully will be able to see them.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was very saddened when I checked the cam only to find the nest empty. I suspected Wednesday night that the worst had occurred. My suspisions were confirmed Thursday morning when I read Wing's entry. How very sad my family and I were. We have enjoyed watching the nest and the beautiful eagles. This has been very educational for my entire family, particuarly my daughter.
We send many thanks to you, Wing, for your dedication and enthusiasm. We will keep watching and hoping for the best.It has been heart-breaking to "check-in" and see nothing but an empty nest. So sad...
We plan to send a donation soon. Again, Thank you BRI and Wing.
The Provenchers
Rumford, Maine

5:39 PM  
Blogger monkee said...

THANK you sooo much for the poem dedicated to Windy and Frosty!

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This morning (4/21) I heard the male and female calling back and forth close by. Seem to be in the nest tree, but not near the nest. I thought the male's voice sounded quite a bit better today than it has in the past few weeks.

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saturday evening 6:50pm

The nest is silent, winds are still, only the occasional call of nearby woodpecker or passing gull.

It seems as if nature herself is grieving the loss.

Next spring seems so far away, but it will be hard to forget the challenges this pair of eagles faced this spring.

Such a terrible loss, should this pair succeed in raising a new family, it would be fitting to call the little one Frosty Jr. and Windy Jr., in remembrance of the eaglets which did not survive.

Alot will have happened between now and then, hopefully the land will recover from the storm, eagles will be strengthened, new cameras available for viewing (exciting for us) and the cycle of life will continue.

Until then, an empty eagle nest, surrounded by the sounds of wind and water and nature, will do. I, like most will keep watch and listen for the eventual return of our beloved Mom and Dad.

Mike in upstate NY

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was out of town and out of touch; Just read the news that the eaglets didn't survive. So very sad for me to hear. Nature vs Nurture...
Saratoga Springs

11:25 AM  
Blogger judie said...

Am I right!!!! A few of you have spotted Mama !!!!! Oh I hope so, I still can't believe all of what has happened. When I read everyone's comments I swell up in tears and I feel as though We're all one family. I really wish I could stop pining for this beautiful pair but I can't. I keep hoping that I'll go to the nest and they'll be back, getting the house all fixed up for the youngsters. With so much love in their little hearts. Guess I'm a romantic, but they can put a smile in anyone's heart. Also would someone let me know how to click on Judy's video's?? I'm new at the computer and can't seem to get it right. I'd be so greatful to be able to watch them. Going back to the site now. Please don't laugh,as I have named the love Eagles Cathrine and Heathcliff
from " Wuthering Heights" A sad sad ending,BUT they will be togeather once again.
Judie, Ptld, Me.

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I quickly peeked in approx. 3:45 pm and there were 2 eagles sitting on the branch!....sorry, i didn't note exact time, i got busy at work....but when i checked back, they were gone....

4:20 PM  
Blogger judie said...

May 3rd 2007 2pm
I hear them!! Cathrine and Heathcliff are so close, yet haven't come to the nest. Oh how I pray for their return. I want to see them togeather again so much that it hurts. 2:24, still listening and waiting, their little voices are so close!! I can't stand it!! Come on Cathrine, come on Heathcliff. " We're here to help rid your hearts and minds of your sorrow." 2:47pm Cathrine ( I think ) came home for about 20 seconds and left. 3:13 pm No return as of yet, I hear them calling to each other really loud. 3:15 pm Cathrine's back. Looks an intruder followed her and she got rid of him. Good for you Mama, no one takes Papa's place. Shes on the Y now looking out. She seems so alone without him. She just looks around. 3:23 pm she just flew off, hope she finds him. 3:24.Looks like Heathcliff ( I think ) has arrived, now wheres Mama. He's in the nest calling and calling. A bird just flew by, could only see the shadow. 3:28 pm He just flew off..3:3:30 pm INTRUDER!! Mama just came and got rid of him again. 3:35 pm....AT LAST!!!! togeather again.. I'm beaming from ear to ear. .All of a sudden my screen went to such a calming view, even the water seemed bluer. Do you think their still crying for their youn ones?? They seem to be. 3:54 pm Left to take clothes off my line and the nest is empty again, but just knowing they are still with each other lightens my sadness a tiny bit. Wing & Bri, if the whole entire story of Cathrine and Heathcliff , and what this pair have gone through, gets to be seen on N.G. you will be up for an EMMY. Their storyof endless love,parent-hood trying to keep their chicks out of danger from the worst storm in their little lives, and fighting off Preditors is absolutely spell binding.. "Standing Ovation" for Wing,Bri, and Judy.
God bless all of you/
Judie, Portland, Maine

8:18 AM  

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