Saturday, May 12, 2007

The coming field season

Good morning. I wanted to let you know that I won’t be able to update the blog until Monday night because I will be in the field.

I have been carefully reading your observations and for a while I was sanguine that the birds would renest—copulating on the nest site, working on the nest. However, we are now well past the May 6th date of the latest recorded nesting of eagles in Maine and the amount of time that the birds are spending at the nest is decreasing. If there was a 1 in a 100 chance of them renesting three weeks ago, we are now in the 1 in 10,000. Nature is hard to predict.

I am still working on our next camera installation and I very much hope that we will get it up and running shortly. Putting together these cameras is a lot like piecing together links in a chain—if just one link is broken then you have no image. The good news is that the looncam is up and running and we will have the live video up shortly. And this year we have two cameras.

I also wanted to report that BRI received funding to initiate a broad based contaminant study on birds in Maine. We will be looking at 102 contaminants (flame retardants (PBDEs), industrial chemicals (PFCs), organic pesticides (OCs), PCBs, and mercury) in 18 species of birds in six locations. This study will help us track how these contaminants are moving through different habitats, locations, and trophic levels (the position an organism hold in the food chain). As far as I am aware this is a first of its type study. Among the species that we will be studying are eagles, peregrine falcon, sharp-shinned hawk, great-horned owl, common loon, and belted kingfisher. I will not have results until the fall, but as soon as I do I will let you know.

I am also gearing up for a number of studies that will take me out to remote Maine islands for a week at a time. I will do my best to update the blog when I come out of the field and will work with my colleagues to update the blog when I am away from a computer.

Have a great weekend.

Wing Goodale, BioDiversity Research Institute


Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the update wing. and congrats on the funding to do the study.

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for all you do and have done. it is awesome to learn about wild life in general. and with your help, we all have learned alot. i look forward to next year.

8:27 AM  
Blogger SoCal CBCat said...

05.12.07 6:28 Pacific
Wing, so much is happening at BRI right now. Congrats on the new study funding. It sounds like a VERY important one. And information that can be used to improve our understanding of how we humans affect all living creatures. Like the DDT and mercury studies, maybe your study can bring about some changes. Eagerly awaiting loon live cams and new species cam (you didn't mention how it is coming along). We sure do love to hear from you. Eagle nest is quiet right now. No birds, no sounds.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Saturday, 5/12 9:44 AM ET

Wing, So good to read your long awaited update. Realize that this blog is a very small part of all that you do as a field biologist but you have a a large, ever growing group of followers and from their postings, I am sure they will appreciate knowing your opinion in regard to the BRI Maine Eagle Cam as well as the many other facets of your anticipated work in the field.

The nest is quiet at present. I haven't personally been able to watch much for the past 2 days. I look forward to reading the postings from my fellow bloggers. I believe that Wing has confirmed what most of the long term viewers already knew. The April storm leading to the demise of the eagle's chicks, was too much for Mom and Dad to recover from to renest this year. Still there has been "action" at the nest site. Mom and Dad continue to vie for their rights to the nest with incoming intruders.Although eagle sightings on the cam are down, to those of us committed to watching this pair, there continues to be interest in the BRI Eagle Cam. For that, we are very thankful.

Grand Island, NY

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5-12-07 Thanks for the update Wing. I have a question. Do the Maine Eagles migrate in the winter? If so where do they go, and when do they return? Just wondering. Thanks for all your good information. Patty

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:10pm EDT

Wing, Thanks for everything you do. This is great news about the funding. We all know you're very busy and an important link at BRI.

4:30 this morning an Eagle landed on the nest, couldn't tell who but I think it was Mom, stayed for about ten minutes looked around a little and left.

Stay safe out in the field!

Sue in MD

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Wing. Good to hear from you and nice of you to let us in on the projects you will be working on. I think you've got yourself a bunch of "Wing" groupies now. I am so looking forward to the loon cams and whatever species that is also going to have a live cam. I love this site! I'll be sending $ on my birthday and then more on occasions where I can afford it. If the prices of gas and food and everything else doesn't stop going up..I might be living somewhere in the woods in a hut soon! *lol* Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. I hear plenty of crows having a good time near to the cam but no sign of the eagles. Ciao.

3:15 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Saturday, May 12

Heard Eagle chatter at 6:11 PM ET, checked the cam, eagle on the nest, maybe Mom, stayed 2-3 minutes, flew off toward the water


6:15 PM  
Blogger Blank said...

Eagle in the nest! First time in 2 weeks I was able to log in and see one of the eagles and I am sooooo excited, even if there is no new baby.

What a beautiful site!

Chicago time 5:23 p.m.

Take care all! Lynn in Manhattan Il

6:24 PM  
Blogger Chris said...


Dad (I think...I never can be sure, has a hoarse voice) on the nest from 6:21-6:25 PM ET. Chattered a bit and looked around before flying off. Still good to see him.


6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

05/12 @ 18:20

18:14 - adult landed in nest bowl ... looked like vocalization after landing.

18:14 - I blinked and it was gone!

18:23 - Whoops, just landed again and again much vocalizing.

18:27 - Flew off

Sorry, I cannot id.


6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

05/12 @ 19:23

19:19 - Adult eagle into nest. Calling with head up ... looking around. Maybe Ms. Mom.

19:21 - Flew off.


7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing,what a fine job you have done for us Eagle Nuts.Saw your pic in the sight and it's nice to know a few young people care more about the wildlife than a Wildlife.

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

05/12 @ 20:05

20:03 - Eagle lands in nest calling.

20:04 - Flew off.

Wonder what this is all about. Three sightings with same behavior pattern.


8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THank you Wing, and yes I am sure there are many of us who have been watching but never have blogged. I for one just started blogging minimally but have been watching this site for a year on an almost daily basis! It is a world we have been privileged to see. Thank you Wing for all your hard work. SW in BH, ME

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saturday evening......8:30 p.m.

A quiet day on the homefront for our eagles. I have not seen sight of them at all.....maybe others have.

Yes, I will continue to check in every day when I can. I also know without action at the nest, there will probably be a decrease in the donation as viewers do not check in as they did when there was hope for baby ones.

I will continue to send donations throughout the summer as I realize the eagles still need us even though they are not going to be performing for us every day.

Much success to you, Wing and BRI on all your scheduled projects throughout the rest of the year.

Hope to still see many of you bloggers here checking in once in a while and please leave comments. You all are a joy to read.

Thanks to all and come back real soon.

My best,


8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing, thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to watch and hear the eagles live. Over the last couple of days it seemed as if the eagles were just showing intruders this nest is untouchable instead of renesting. They are quite an amazing pair. I hope we still have the opportunity to view the nest for a while. Looking forward to the loons even though this will be knew to me. FLocks of loons stay on our lake during the winter and leave during the summer. We actually still have some lingering here. Hope to hear from you soon.

8:53 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Sunday, 5/13
5:01 AM ET

Dad visited the nest for a few seconds, vocalizing. Then flew off.

Happy Mother's Day All Moms!


5:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My 13
Just wondering if anyone else is having the problem with sound on wmp. Works okay for a while then goes down to practically nothing . For the most part, the streaming is alright. On the real player I get great sound but almost no streaming. Have reloaded both. Rebooted. Has not helped. Other media sights come in great.
Still looks like there is quite a territorial fight going on at the nest. I believe there is still another pair who are very determined about taking over the nest. I do hope our eagles can prevail and the intruding pair can
find a new one.
Since watching this cam, I have paid attention to the shape of pine trees. Most of the trees I have seen, have a full top to them. They do not look as if there would be enough room between the branches to allow the building of a nest this size, so it would seem that there may not be many out there to choose from. I wonder if there would be a way to create nesting trees by cutting into the tops. It would probably be costly but could be effective. The shape of the trees I have personally seen nests in are usually unique.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Spaz said...

Thank you!
I have been avidly watching the eagle cam. I have been learning so much through you and bloggers. I have gotten some co-workers interested in this project. I am also looking forward to loon cam. Looking forward to more news.

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

California Kid 8:05 am Pacific Time

Congratulations on the funding for your project. It sounds interesting and should come out with some needed information of what we are doing to ourselves as well as the wildlife. I look forward to reading the results. I'm totally enthralled with the eagles and love the fact we have this site. They are fascinating to watch and I look forward to the loons but my heart is with the eagles. Thank you for all you do and allowing us to be a part of all this.


11:10 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

at 2:58 p.m. Sunday, there is an eagle in the y branch just looking around.

5:01 PM  
Blogger JO said...

Very happy to see a visitor today. Eagle landed at nest site at around 4:31. Now it's 5:27 and he (I think, very hoarse voice) is still there. Does not seem too concerned about anything. Very quiet now, just hanging around.
Beautiful day on the coast of Maine.

Ward, Massena, NY

5:29 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

5/13, 5:30 pm

Eagle sighting on Y branch on the beautiful Mother's Day.

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:30 pm EDT 5/13.
Decided to check in and someone is on the left side of the "Y" branch, just enough in the shade so I can't tell who it is. As I was typing at about 5:35 pm, they had their back to the ocean, and flew off towards the left. The wind was blowing a bit and it looked as if effort was required to stay perched. Maybe gliding would be easier on a day like today? Don't know how long s/he was there before I logged in.

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got home and immediately turned on the website and saw one lonely eagle sitting on the Y branch facing the camera. He or she (I can't tell at all) sat there from when I turned on the computer (5pm EST) until when he flew off at 5:30pm. Now this might be my imagination and I truly hope it is but for some reason his left wing looked like it had a couple of bare spots and sort of reddish. I hope this eagle hasn't been in any fights and I'm wrong with my observation. No babies this year but wouldn't it be great to at least see the adult eagles bring some food back to the nest and devour it? I for one would love to watch that.


5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those of you who don't know about this eagle site, here's the url for the eagles off the California coast. Good sized babies there now.. helps with the need for a "eagle baby chick" fix.

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Mother's Day all! Living on Oklahoma I get my eagle fix from other parts of the country like here at this site. Watched this pair last year and all this year My mother's day gift was this site that is watching an eagles nest in Northern Oklahoma, at Sooner Lake.It is provided by our electric company and others - There are 2 babies, and they're prety big now, BUT I am so thrilled and proud that there are nesting pairs in Oklahoma! I know the eagles come here, I work closely with our wildlife rehabilitator, Wildcare, and they often have eagles that are injured,
Unfortunately by gunshot : ( Hope you enjoy this cam.

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monday April 14th

<< 5-11-07 6:15 EDT. I have a question. Do the Maine Eagles migrate in the winter to points further south? If now what do they feed on. I am womdering when whey would leave and when they return. If they stay, do they use the nest for protection to the harsh winter weather? I know in MI UP the eagles and almost all birds migrate South. Just wondering. I would like an answer to this.>>

The biologists may have written about this last year and you may find their remarks somewhere in the archives. The short answer is that the "inland" eagles DO migrate -- late in the Fall, sometime in November usually, when the lakes and rivers begin to freeze over. Many don't migrate much further than the nearest section of the Maine coast, because they return to visit their territory off and on during the Winter. I live in an inland essential habitat and see mature eagles flying by from time to time during the Winter.

I don't THINK they go to the nest for shelter -- most nests are pretty high up and exposed on at least one side, for easy access during nesting and fledging. They may very well roost at night in the white pines near the nest, though. (I have never snow-shoed up back to look, at night, in the cold but you have made me wonder!) A "stand" of white pines -- which are prevalent all over Maine (the pine tree state) -- provides good shelter from the wind and cold.

Mature nesting coastal eagles usually don't migrate, as I understand it. I am less informed about them.

Immature Maine eaglets almost all migrate every Winter until they mate and have a nest of their own, I think. Perhaps some immatures along the coast don't migrate, or don't migrate very far. Not sure at all about coastal immatures. Our inland immatures might go as far West as New York and as far South as maybe Chesapeake Bay. (don't take what I say as "gospel" as I'm going from memory)

I hope someone from BRI will correct this and expand on it or delete it if it is incorrect.


7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello everyone,
I sure miss hearing the eagles. I'm not sure if I have a problem w/ the sound or if it has been turned off.
I have accepted the fact that we need a miracle at this point...I guess it just wasn't meant to be this year. I still enjoy watching and waiting for a glimpse of our eagles. I am still quite delighted at the sight of one or both of them at the nest. Again, I miss hearing them.
Thanks to all of you for your entries. I have learned so much since I began watching and reading the blog. This is such a treat for me. I have shared this with the troubled youth I work with and it amazes me how gentle-hearted they really are under that "tough" image - they have been very interested and focused on what the eagles have been up to. It has been a great learning tool both at work and at home with my daughter. My husband and I both tune in reguarly and are addicted! Jill doesn't have a choice but to pay attention and learn. ;-)
Thank you Wing and BRI, and everyone that has taught me so very much. I anxiously await next spring and another chance for the beautiful pair we have all fallen in love with!
Now - about those loons...
Smiles, Heidi in Maine

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning.....

Yesterday, Mother's Day was a quiet day at the coast for our eagles. I observed one eagle at the nest at 4:43 p.m. He/she enjoyed a clear sunny day with temps close to 60 degrees. Today they can expect another sunny clear day. The eagle stayed until around 5:30 p.m.

Again, I observed an eagle at the nest at 7:03 p.m. It did not stay around long.

I hope you all enjoyed the day yesterday and am always looking forward to reading the blogs and seeing what I missed at the nest site.

Have a happy day...

My best,


10:18 AM  
Blogger Sherri said...

Monday 5/14
Wing wrote:
"I also wanted to report that BRI received funding to initiate a broad based contaminant study on birds in Maine."

Congratulations on receiving funding for this extremely important study! Will look forward to the results.


11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Observations for Sunday May 13th Times in EDT.

Peek in observations:
1200: Empty nest. Sunny &breezy.
1309: Same
1419: Same.
1502: same.
1600: Same.

Continuous observations:
1626: WooOOooooo HOOOooo! A bird in the nest.
Didn’t see it land.
1628: Hops up on the Y branch. I think it’s the male. I wish some of folks that have been observing longer than me would help me out with identifying the gender of the pair.
1635: Bird fussing with the nest like housekeeping.

The bird stayed on the Y branch, mostly just looking about until 1734. Gosh, an hour and eight minutes the sentinel guarded the nest. That’s the longest I’ve seen since mom was sitting on her eggs.

1840: Empty nest.
2033: Same.
2121: same and logging off for the night.

Renfrew ON Canada.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not much happened today. The sound has been low and muffled over the past 3 days. Has the sound been turned down on purpose? It makes it harder to tell whether the eagles that come to the nests ours or not.

5:53 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

5/15, 7:17am

Turned on just now to find eagle on rim of nest looking around for a minute, now calling. Doesn't sound like "our" eagles...

7:20 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

5/15, 7:25am

The calling eagle is now eating something. It must have brought a catch to the nest, and is eating it.

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/15 6:20am Central Time

One eagle on the right edge of the nest (for at least the past 5-10 minutes) and is vocalizing quite a bit. He/she is looking into the nest and chowing down!!! Can't tell if it's the male or female ... just so happy to see an eagle! :)

Ursula and Krystyn in Austin TX

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May 15 7:28am
Mom has been on nest.very upset since 7:09am. Was followed by another eagle who has been sitting on branch behind tree trunk on left. Possibly mom calling for help from dad? to chase her pursuer away? Eagle on branch seems to be quietly waiting.

7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:30 AM EDT - 5/15
Mom's having breakfast at the nest. Calling to invite Dad maybe but he isn't coming for breakfast.

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/15/07 EST 7:29am

Good morning it is! Logged on at 7:20 and there's an eagle sitting in the nest. From the stills - there was a little nest upkeep or possibly a small snack. Mostly just looking around. Think it's 'mom'. Hopefully those with video & sound can fill in the blanks. Thanks for this site -- congrats on the funding -- great news!! It's 7:32 & time to go to work -- eagle still there! Beautiful!

Dawn - Upstate NY : )

7:32 AM  
Blogger NW Pennsylvanian said...

Tuesday 7:00 AM, a lone eagle is on the nest and frantically calling...can't ID the eagle. Just want to let you I love this website and thanks for your dedication to the eagles.

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May 14
Looks as if mom brought in something to eat this morning but does not want to share it. Very upset for the entire time she has been here.-about 45 minutes anyway. Seem to have a little sound with speakers up all the way.

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuesday morning. Adult eagle on the nest eating prey. Pam

7:39 AM  
Blogger dukeyboy said...

8/15 7:37 am edt
Mom(loud voice) has been on nest since 7:22 - alternately eating and squawking loudly. Thought I heard another eagle call off nest.

7:40 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

5/15, 7:40am

I think sh's trying to tell her mate that breakfast isn't going to last, and if he wants any he'd better get his butt over there before she eats it all.

It's nice to know that they still use the nest even with no babies.

7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning...A rainy Tuesday morning on the coast.

I have been observing an eagle on the edge of the nest since around 7a.m. It looks and sounds like the female to me but not sure. She has been calling all the time as if looking for a mate. A plaintive, sad sound. After about ten minutes of watching, she starts to eat something from between her talons...I realize she must have brought something in and was trying to find someone to share it with. I have not seen this behavior before. She does not appear to be in danger but just keeps on with that low cry. At 7:40, she/he is starting to quiet down a bit. Maybe someone saw the eagle fly in and will have a different slant on this. I think she has given up on waiting for the mate and is becoming more intent and content on just eating.

I will keep watching for a while as I do work here and hopefully , a mate will show up.

Have a good day, my friends, I still find it a joy to watch these great birds that I have come to love.

Keep the faith,


7:47 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

5/15 7:50am

It hung out on the Y branch for a few minutes after eating, then flew off just now. I'm 35 minutes behind schedule now because I couldn't tear myself away from this site. I still hear it, which means I'm going to have to keep one eye on my computer while getting ready for work. Talk about being addictive... I just love this website. THANK YOU!!!

7:54 AM  
Blogger JO said...

One eagle showed up around 7:15 and stayed around 30 minutes before our resident male came in and drove it off. Dad sat on the "Y" branch moving closer and closer to the end. He flew off after a few minutes and right behind him, another came in. Looks like our pair are defending their territory! One thing I've noticed with the different eagles is that the resident pair usually fly off the nest towards the ocean, while the intruders tend to leave the opposite way, toward the camera. Could be just my imagination....

Hope you all have a great day...
Ward, Massena, NY

7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May 14
Mom left after being on nest for almost an hour calling and eating the whole time. A male eagle flew in shortly after, looked around the nest for a minute then flew off. Think it may have been the male intruder. Did not look like dad to me, but could have been. He took off to the right. All is now very quiet.

7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

05/15 @ 07:57

07:14 - Signed on and found adult on nest (not Mr. Mom). Almost constant vocal yet did not seem agitated. My sound is almost mute, not even catching the breeze ... no help with id.

07:26 - Prey in nest! Eagle has been standing on it and now alternates between feeding and calling.

07:48 - Jumped onto rim, agitated with head up calling. Moved high on left Y.

07:53 - Flew off. Prey still in nest. Eagle incoming ... same adult(?).

07:55 - Again high on left Y.

The camouflage is amazing to see. I thought the eagle had left, only to see it fly away. Wonder how often an eagle has been perched among the pine needles undetected?

Hopefully, someone has a complete video of this visit. A different observation for me.

I have no idea if the eagle is still there. The still has not refreshed which is apparent because no eagle has appeared on the still.


8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuesday May 15th

<< Since watching this cam, I have paid attention to the shape of pine trees. Most of the trees I have seen, have a full top to them. They do not look as if there would be enough room between the branches to allow the building of a nest this size, so it would seem that there may not be many out there to choose from. I wonder if there would be a way to create nesting trees by cutting into the tops. It would probably be costly but could be effective. The shape of the trees I have personally seen nests in are usually unique.>>

According to the books, eagles don't usually nest right at the top of the tree, but down the trunk a little bit, leaving the top as a "canopy" or shelter above the nest. This is true of the nests in Winslow, and appears to be true of the eagle cam nest. I THINK it's also true that they don't use nesting platforms, as ospries do.

Where I have stayed on Swans Island, in coastal Hancock County, there are lots and lots of small spruce trees (shaped like Christmas trees) and I wondered where an eagle would nest in a tree like that!

Could someone from coastal Hancock County tell us whether good nest trees are hard to find along the shore?

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/15 Strange goings on at the nest. Two eagles on nest at 6am CDT. One flew away about 6:05. Other continuously calling out for almost 1 hour. Strange sounding call. Didn't think it was one of "ours" but then suddenly changed the call and sounded like Mom. She only stopped calling for a few seconds each time to take a bite of food in the nest. Then she left about 7am CDT.

8:14 AM  
Blogger Patti said...

Thank you everyone for getting me caught up. Thank you also to DJC for your Oklahoma cam & anonymous for the west coast cams. I used to live in Lawton & never knew they had eagles there. Be well! Patti in CA

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/15 11:05

Glad to see there was activity on the nest this morning. I observed one Eagle half an hour ago. Flew in, sat quietly, flew out.

Truck engines, voices, now chain saw at the site. Yikes!

Looking forward to the looncam.
z cape cod

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:59am Turned on computer to see mom and dad fly in. The female landed on the nest and the raspy male landed just out of view(I could see his tale). She called out constantly. After 15 minutes I could hear another eagle calling down below while our two eagles sat at the nest site.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

5/15 Tuesday 1:06 PM ET

I haven't been able to view the nest consistently for the last couple of days so I truly appreciate your updates.

I continue to be addicted to this nest also. It's worth the wait between sightings.

There is a lot of internet noise on the mic today but I do hear eagle chatter in the near distance, so they are around. No visual, just a beautiful swaying nest.


1:10 PM  
Blogger Vicki in Pembroke, Maine said...

Regarding the questions posed by "anonymous" about nesting areas, I would like to give you some idea about some of the nests in the Washington County area. Near Calais there is an eagle nest actually built on an osprey nesting platform. These eagles have been nesting there somewhere in the vicinity of 15-18 years and have been quite successful. They always raise one eaglet, sometimes two, and one good year they raised three. They did not attempt to nest this year at all, but they are still often at the nest site or in the tree close by, such as our Hancock eagles are. This nest is located very close to US Route one, and is quite often the subject of newspaper articles in our area. There is an eagle observation area directly across the road from them with a telescope of sorts for the public to view the nest with.

We lost a local nest during that terrible April storm in the Eastport area. This nest was actually built on some old pier pilings, and was washed out to sea. There were eaglets in the nest at the time. The eagles have nested successfully there for several years. Our local paper stated that a total of six eagle nests were lost in Maine during that storm. We sure hope the Eastport ones will find a new site and begin again nest year.

Your observation is correct about the pine trees, and as Wing has alluded to in the past, they must be very large and strong for eagles to build in them. We certainly have plenty of these types of trees in Washington County, as evidenced by our large eagle population. A day never goes by that I don't see a least one, either right outside my coastal home, or on my 35 mile commute to work. I have a friend who had a new nest built right outside his living room window on the shore of the Pembroke River last fall. This eagle pair is successfully raising at least one eaglet. We were watching intently, but a small maple tree has sprouted leaves and obscured our vision, so we will have to wait for them to come up out of the nest to see how many there actually are. I will keep you updated.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Tuesday 5/15 6:15 PM ET

Nest is currently quiet. I heard many loud noises at the nest site earlier as others have posted.

Anna, Thank you for the nest site weather reports...always of interest.

Vicki, You have a lot of knowledge about eagle's nesting in Maine. Thank you for sharing. Being that eagles have been known to build nests on platforms, do you think it would be advantageous to advocate to have nature oriented groups build and provide platforms for displaced eagles in the area? Hearing the story about the nest built on pier pilings lost to the sea is just heartbreaking. Mother Nature can be tough. I have been searching for local eagles and finally spotted one this past March in a tree a couple miles from my home (I use his picture as my avatar on Judy's Maine Eagle forum). I haven't seen him since, although I have gone searching for him many times. I hiked out to the north end of Grand Island to view the eagle nest on Navy Island (in Ontario, Canada) before the foliage came out. Beautiful nest but I visualized no eagles. Maybe Lake Ontario and the Niagara River are still too polluted to sustain eagle life. I've contacted the local Audubon Society and no one seems to know much about the local eagle population. Anyway, you are very fortunate to have so many eagles in your area. Goes to show, how valuable a clean environment is to wildlife preservation.

Grand Island, NY

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tues, May15. Very quiet at the eagle nest. The peaceful sound of the waves lapping the shore makes me long for the beach. I now hear some song birds as the nightime unfolds. Glad that there have been some sightings of the eagles although I haven't seen any. We're supposed to get thunderstorms in the next couple of days. I wish I knew where the eagles stay but I'm sure it must be a safe haven from weather and intruders. Looking forward to the loon cam. Smiles, Maggie,NH

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5-16-07 9:00 AM. Thanks Jane for the info on Eagle migration. Since I didn't know about this site last year I was really wondering about the winter habits. I do appreciate your time to answer this question. Patty

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally have my sound back after being without it for days. Hopefully I will be able to hear the eagles now and report what I see.

Cathy H. in Mass

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You are welcome, Chris....It is a pleasure to be able to add to the blogs concerning the eagles. Everyone has been so kind to enter blogs that have been so helpful to all of us. Not only are the blogs helpful but they are written in ways that make them a very interesting read. I am impressed with all of them and look forward to catching up on our eagles on a daily basis.

Today is an overcast day at the coast. You can tell by the sound on the live cam that winds are gusting up to 7 mph with 100% chance of precipitation today. Temps holding around the 50's with a cooler, partly cloudy day expected tomorrow. It sure is a rainy day here in Central Maine with all the birds just chattering about enjoying the rain showers. The Baltimore Orioles have come (they appear close to apple blossom time) and are feeding daily at my windows. Love that Springtime!!!

Hoping someone has logged in and has seen our eagles this morning. Have not been able to keep a watch on them but will babysit their nest for a while this afternoon.

After observing our mom staying at the nest during the horrendous storms she had to endure in April in the nest, in a way I am glad she can perch someplace on a limb nearby and stay protected from the elements and still keep a watch on her home high up in the pine tree.

Stay warm and dry my friends...

My best,


12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May 16. watching eagle cam from south dakota at 12:45 pm today and noted an eagle sitting on top of the nest tearing apart and eating what appears to be a duck or rabbit or something of that size. how exciting. Linda in SD

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:15 PDT on May 16.
1st time blogger, long time watcher. There is an Eagle on the nest dinning.

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:50 central time 5/16
someone's having lunch on the nest. looks like a rainy day there.
Patti from CA - Lawton has a beautiful view of the wichita mountains wildlife preserve . I've only seen the injured or captive Eagles here in central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City and surrounding area.
Sooner Lake is now on my destinations list though!

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wet eagle on nest 2:15 chowing down. Don't know how long it's been there. Can't tell if mom or dad or intruder.

cathy h in mass

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just checked in and expected to see an empty nest, but was excited to see an eagle (rain soaked and feathers flying in the breeze) eating what looks to be a good meal. It was nice to see one on the nest without being bothered.

The sun is still out here on Cape Cod...but the rain is coming.

2:20 PM  
Blogger JO said...

2:20 5/16/07

Checked in around 2 this afternoon to find an eagle on the nest, enjoying it's lunch. Seems to be on "high alert", cautiously watching every direction. Must be a good lunch!! We have had amazing downpours here in Massena all day, so it looks like the Maine coast is in for some nasty weather as well. Hang on Eagle!

Ward from NY

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:30 second wet eagle arrived on Y branch. From the cries I believe it is mom and dad.

cathy h in mass

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wed. 5/16

2:35 and there is an eagle on the nest, looks very windy and he/she looks very wet. Raining by the looks of things.

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May 16-2007 2:40pm Just checked in --mom is on the nest and it looks like dad is on a branch a little higher up. Winds are blowing and mom appears to be addressing the condition of their nest. Do a little spring cleaning?

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wednesday, 5/16, 2:59 EDT
One eagle on nest. Appears to be eating. Not sure if it is one of our pair. It seems smaller.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Wizzyliz said...

5/16/07 at 2:55pm

Oh joy! Rapture! There's an adult eagle on the nest. It's quite stormy so not sure if it could be Mom or Dad or an intruder. Sure is a good feeling, though, to turn on the cam and see a bald eagle. Thanks to everyone who's been blogging. Like to read about the adventures of our Hancock County birds.

Liz (W,DC)

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wednesday, A very wet eagle sat on the edge of the nest from around 2:45PM (when I started watching) to 3PM (when I stopped watching) Probably others can provide additional information about the total length of time or other details about the eagle's visit. I couldn't tell whether it was one of "our" eagles or an intruder.

3:05 PM  
Blogger roxy said...

Love this website. Happened to log in at 2:00 PM EDT on May 16 and caught one eagle having a late lunch. Eagle stayed and til around 2:45 PM and flew to Y branch as another flew in to share the meal, then flew off. Second eagle left around 3:00 PM.

3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:10 PM There has been activity on the nest for at least an hour. Eagle flew in with food, ate, sat there and cried for mate. Flew off nest and 2nd eagle flew in from right immediately. That eagle ate, sat for quite a while and then flew away.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I came back to work after a late lunch (around 2:30) and thought I'd check on the nest while I ate my soup. Lo and behold, I saw one of the eagles sitting on the nest so clicked over to live. His back was to the camera, but I believe is was the male, based on his "sleeker" head. He was munching away and I'm thinking, cool, lunch with an eagle. After a few minutes, I noticed a second eagle sitting on the top branch of the Y. I'm not sure if that eagle was there when I first arrived. At about 2:42, Dad had eaten his fill and flew up to the Y. The other eagle flew off, but seconds later landed on the nest and began eating. I'm fairly sure this was the female because she had the "bad hair" look, but, again, her back was to the camera. At about 2:43, Dad flew off. Mom continued feeding for another five or ten minutes, then sat on the nest and looked around. Eventually, she left around 3:08.

It was a mixed bag of emotions watching them. I was delighted to see both of them again. But because it was foggy and very windy, it brought back the Patriot's Day storm and what a sad time that was.

3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/16 starting at about 1:50 pm saw an eagle at the nest for at least 20 minutes, either picking at the nest or eating something. May well have been there alot longer - but that was what I saw in that period of time..

3:40 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

4:26 on Wednesday
I just checked in and someone's back on the nest. Don't know how long he/she was there before I showed up. The wind is blowing up a gale and whipping up whitecaps on the water. Fortunately, I'm at work and the sound is off. It could be Dad on the next. Once again, his back is to the camera, but the head looks fairly sleek, considering. Wings spread and he's gone at 4:30

4:41 PM  
Blogger Bird Lover in Maine said...


Today the conditions at the nest are all too familiar of sadder times - the howling wind, the pelting rain and the haggard adult eagles...

I logged on to the live cam at 2:05 to find an eagle eating intently. I think it was Dad as I heard Mom in the distance. At 2:43 there was an exit / entrance of an eagle on the nest - not sure if it was the same or different eagle because I just caught flapping of wings after hearing the all too familiar voice of an eagle landing on the nest. That eagle continued to eat whatever was in the nest. And at 3:11 when I checked in again, the nest was empty.

At least one eagle had a very good meal this afternoon!

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One could call us 'Wing-nuts'

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Evening...6:50 p.m. (Wed)

An eagle flew into the nest site this afternoon at 1:42 p.m. I believe it was Dad by the sound. He brought his lunch with him and immediately chowed down. He ate on it for over 45 minutes. Quite the meal!!! At 2:30 p.m., I noticed another eagle high up on the branch to the top right of the window....hardly noticeable at first. I thought it might be an intruder because dad was vocalizing some but at 2:42, there was an exchange on the nest and the one eating went sit on the limb and the eagle there came to the nest and started eating the "leftovers". A few minutes later, dad? flew off and the other eagle, which I presume was Mom, stayed until 3:17 p.m.

I have not been on since then.....maybe others will report sightings.

The eagles can expect rain, at times, this evening, then rain after midnight. Northeast winds are predicted in the 15-20 mph range with gusts up to 35 mph. Temp will be in the upper 30's. they can expect a better day, weatherwise, tomorrow.

Keep the faith,


6:57 PM  
Blogger E H Gillespie said...

5/16/07 I logged onto the Web cam about 4:30 this afternoon and observed 1 eagle feeding at the nest and one sitting nearby almost out of view. After about 5 minutes the feeding eagle flew away, but the other remained for quite some time. Very windy, wet day in Maine.

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5-16-07 2:41
Signed on this afternoon and saw what I thought was Mom rearranging items in the nest. Dad was on the limb just above her watching her work. Looks like she was doing some kind of "Spring" cleaning.

I tried to send this note earlier, but just realised that it never went through. Sorry ... not sure what happened.


8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5-16-07 2:40pm

Forgot to mention that the weather looked much as it had during March and April ... wind blowing etc, just not so servere this time. But, they both were there watching out over the nest. Did anyone else get to see them?

colleen, jacksonville, florida

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I checked out the eaglecam yesterday around 3:06pm edt. and was pleasantly surprised to see an eagle in the nest. I'm not sure how long he/she had been there but he/she flew off at 3:08pm. Yesterday I also had the pleasant surprise of seeing one of our eagles sitting soggily in a tree by Lake Colby on my way to work yesterday.

10:08 AM  
Blogger Vicki in Pembroke, Maine said...

Cut and paste the link below for a story about our local eagles.

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/17 - 6:07pm

Eagle on the nest when I checked briefly shortly before 6pm. Left computer for a few minutes and it was gone when I got back. I think it was Dad.

Maura (VA)

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say thanks for everything. This site is amazing, not to mention addicting and life changing!

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say thanks for everything. This site is amazing, not to mention addicting and life changing!

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5-17-07 I posted three comments yesterday (5-16-07) and none of them have shown up yet, Two of the posts regarded my seeing both Mom and Dad at the signt, even with Mom doing some house cleaning in the nest with Dad close by.
What's happening with this blog?

just wondering ...
colleen ... jacksonville, fl

9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lets see if I can get a post on here,

New to this site, found it threw a friend, after sending her photos of a family of eagles,here close to where I live, which is a small little town in Alabama, we have seen Eagles in the past about and hour or better away from here, but until this year never anything this close to home, what a joy and treat this has been to see and watch...

have a question--- how rare is it for the pair to have 3 eaglets?- everything we have read talks about 2 or just one but I haven't read or seen anything about 3- there is 3 that we have been watching now for over a month, at first we thought there was only 2 but then the 3rd one came out and showed its self,,, we have never seen anything like this before, and we are for sure hooked, and love every minute we have and can view -

I came on the eagle cam I think it was Tuesday of this week, and watched off and one- didn't see a thing, then Wednesday morn- I came on and low and behold- one landed on the edge of the nest-- hung out for a short while and then was gone-- but did see it return later in the afternoon,,

THis was great- to see-
and may I add this is a wonderful site,,,
Thanks for all the work and the sharing

11:15 PM  
Blogger creek said...

new here, and what a treat! Even if I haven't seen much goin on around the nest its a great thing to view, on Wednesday- 5/16 the rain and wind and the waves in the back ground was cool to see-
Tuesday a friend sent me this link, after I had sent her pictures of a family of eagles that we have been watchin here in Alabama, this is new to us-- we have seen eagles here in the past but not this close to home- we'd seen them about an hour or so drive from here- but this has been a first in our area---

it's been great! We are now hooked - have a question-- we have read about eaglets, but most times it reads of only one and sometimes 2- how rare is it to see 3??? Yep- the family we have been viewing has 3 chicks- and its been a joy to see, we thought there was only the 2 and was tickled- then the 3rd showed its self,, talk about feeling like we was seeing something special! Oh the joy we have had in watching them,,,

THis is a great site here, and I'm glad my friend sent it this way---

but this afternoon, we have not been able to view any thing- is the site down right now? windows med- player keeps tellin me server not found-

Keep on doin the work you do, how wonderful this is!
Thanks Creek

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thurs. May 17
Haven't logged on for a couple of days. What's going on? Seems like the 15 second still update has a daytime image and it's late at night. I tried to get the live cam but no luck. Can anyone fill me in on any goings on I might have missed? Hope all is well with the eagles and the loons.
Maggie in NH

12:02 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Friday, 5/18
6:09 AM ET

Have had some difficulty getting the cam up yesterday and early this AM but I am up and running now.

After a rainy, nasty Thursday, the nest site appears to have dried out a bit before getting the next batch of rain coming up the coast on radar today. All is quiet at the nest presently.

Grand Island, NY

6:10 AM  
Blogger Holly said...
eagle nest in Va with 3 babies
I am not sure if anyone has mentioned this nest...It's kinda kool watching the babies...

10:10 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Friday, 5/18

10:52 AM ET

This is the second year that I have been watching the BRI Maine Eagle Cam. BRI has been wonderful to provide us with this "window" into the lives of the eagles. That being said, I believe a field biologist's daily professional activities are vast. Wing, our professional contact and moderator of this blog is out in the field and has many other activities besides attending to updating this site. This may provide an explanation to our newer members who may be a bit frustrated that their comments have not been posted several times a day. Personally, I still feel that it is important for us to post our nest observations. In a sense we are the biologists "eyes" and reporters of activity at the nest site. Although the accounting of activity might not be a crucial as during laying/hatching of eggs or tending to eaglets, I do believe it provides a record of the happenings at this particular site s/p the demise of the chicks last month.

During times when the BRI Cam cannot be brought up, you can keep track of nest site activity by entering a search for National Geographic Eagle Cam. That search will take you to our nest via Real Player. After a short commercial, you will get a "birds eye view" of our nest.

Many of our veteran bloggers on this site have been more and more absent with the declining activity at this nest. Anna thanks for hanging in there with me. Your posts are always appreciated and informative. I know you agree with me that this nest is still worth watching. For our bloggers who have recently joined us, you might find the archived April 2007 section of this blog interesting and informative with regard to this year's happenings at our's been a "roller coaster" ride! Check out some of the videos. Our eagles have had quite an adventurous spring!

Hope this information offers some understanding. I look forward to reading all of your future posts!


10:59 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Anyone else watching the other cams? I have been watching on on the barn owls and somethign seems to be wrong.

The owl shown has not been sitting on her eggs for over 24 hours now. Does anyone know what could be happening. Certainly not keeping the eggs warm is a problem. Did this one lose her mate (I have only seen one owl)? Are the eggs dead? Are all the eggs dead? click on owl cam1

12:49 PM  
Blogger janeee said...

Welcome Creek -- and other new bloggers.

Two eaglets is much more common than three. According to the biologists comments last year there must be plentiful food for 3 eaglets to survive!! Also the adults near you are evidently not disturbed at their "foraging area" so they can go and fish any time they need to and bring food to the nest. Not having a lot of boating and other noise where they fish helps a lot, as well as having plenty of fish, eels, etc available (especially when the eaglets get big)

Your enthusiasm for the eagles near you is obvious!!

I live in eagle "essential habitat" in Maine, but not near the BRI nest. Wait til the eaglets start flying! The longer you live with eagles, the more you will love them! I guarantee it!! It's a very great privilege.

5:22 PM  
Blogger janeee said...

Creek: I forgot to warn you that we had three eaglets last year, but only two survived. You'll see one column and some pictures that were taken when the third one was still alive.

How the third eaglet died is not one of the things I enjoy about eagles! It came as a shock to me that the parents didn't protect the third and smallest eaglet from attacks by the first and biggest one.

But I guess it's their way of letting nature take it's course when there's not enough food, or they are disturbed too much, too often, when they go looking for food to bring to the nest.

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Rain, rain, go away...Come again some other day"....This song has to be echoed all over Maine by all including the eagles.

It is Friday evening here in Maine..8 p.m. I am sure we are all beginning to crave the Vitaman D that the sun affords us. We have been assured by the weatherman that we can expect clearing skies by next Monday...Geesh! They have promised by next Wednesday, we will be back in the 70' it has been in the low 40's. Wednesday seems a long way off!

As for our friends, the eagles, I have not sighted them today, although others may have been fortunate enough to. They probably do not feel like housework anymore than I do when I look out and see a dark, dreary day. I have not been on a lot but did hear the female in the distance at 5:30 this afternoon.

Hang in there, my dear people....I have come to depend on the blogs for info concerning the nest site. You all do such a great job.

I did see a crow land on the limb above the nest this morning. I could not believe how small the crow looked compared to the eagles when they land on it. Even though the crow is a large bird compared to many birds here in Maine, it was drawfed in size compared to the majestic eagles that we have come to love.

Hopefully, you will all still leave your comments here and do not get discouraged if they do not appear immediately....the crew at BRI, I am sure, are experiencing a busy season and will post them as soon as they have time. I have come to depend on you all for sightings.

Thanks to all....keep the faith..


8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fri..actually just turned Sat.
I got the 15 second changing pic back and also the live cam. Haven't been able to log on during the day so I appreciate your updates on the eagles feeding and all. Also I think "wing-nuts" is a great name for any bird enthusiasts! Cracked me up.. heehee. Thanks for all of you wonderful people who keep updating this blog. I enjoy it so much. Hopefully I'll be home some part of the day tomorrow and actually see and eagle first hand! Hopefully, Maggie,NH

12:26 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Sat 5/18 1:30 PM ET

Eagle Chatter. Fairly close. No visual.


PS Sue, I checked the Owl Cam that you are watching. I haven't seen the owl either...just eggs (???)
Hi Anna!

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May 19, Sat.
Looks like an overcast day at the beach. Kind of windy. Aha..I hear eagles! Sounds like Dad's raspy chirping sound. Maybe if I hang around a while I'll see an eagle. That would be great. Here in Southern NH it's been raining for days. At least the thunderstorms are gone which is quite a relief to my dog for she gets petrified to the point of hanging on my leg and shaking and sometimes hiding out in the bathtub. Funny, she usually seems like such a toughie. She's a rat terrier and is full of the dickens. Oh well..since I see no eagles I hope no one minds the dog talk! Hope everyone has a nice weekend and that some sunshine shows up tomorrow. Peace.

3:30 PM  
Blogger Tonya said...

Saturday May 19, 07 3:25pm EDT

Hi all, Just checking in to read what everyone has observed.
Vicki in Pembroke, Maine: thanks for the link to the newspaper story. Sad to read that the eagles didn't nest this year. I wondered if putting the new platform up change their territory just enough to make them nervous, or did they just take the year off. Hopefully they will be back nesting next year.
Just heard eagle chatter close to the nest, but as of yet no sighting.:( It is wonderful to hear the eagles now and then and better yet when we get to see them on occasion. Glad they are still hanging around,especially after all the run ins they have had with the intruders.
I personally have a hard time trying to figure out when the action happens cause some don't put information on their blogs to when it is happening. Maybe you all could try, example:Saturday May 19, 07 3:25pm EDT It would probably help Wing out also when he gets a chance to read and do the posting for us. Thanks.

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eagle at nest at 4:32. Standing, vocalizing. Eagle off camera responds. Second eagle flies in at 6:35 and perches on Y branch. Talked with each other and flew away and 6:39. Vocalizing continued a bit off camera.

6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Evening.....

It is Saturday evening. Just getting home from a dinner out and see my eagle friends are both on the nest site...Dad on the nest and Mom on the limb. It is 6:34 p.m. Something is obviously wrong...Both are calling as for help. They keep watching up and around as if something is circling the nest site. I am late watching this.....What has others observed? Have we had someone else trying to take over the nest? It is now 6:39 and both eagles have flown off in a hurry. Now the site is quiet. I cannot hear any of them in the distance.

The weather at the coast is overcast and in the high fifties. The wind is calm and tomorrow, the weather will hold about the same. 50% chance of rain with highs like today.

I will be anxious to read what others have to say about this incident.

Hope your weekend is a pleasant one.

My best,


6:45 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

5/19 Saturday

Lots of Mom (I think) sounding eagle chatter at 6:27 PM ET. No visual.

Eagle on the nest (sounds like Dad) at 6:31 PM.

Second eagle landed on the Y shaped branch at 6:35 PM (not sure who???). Quite a bit of vocalization between the two. Both fly off the nest at 6:39 PM.

Quick visit..but always a pleasure!


6:47 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

19/2007 6:32 PM EST
This looks like Dad on the nest, shortly followed by Mom on the branch. They stayed for almost 7 minutes when Mom flew off immediately followed by Dad.

Mom and Dad 5-19


6:55 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

5/19/2007 6:32 PM EST
This looks like Dad on the nest, shortly followed by Mom on the branch. They stayed for almost 7 minutes when Mom flew off immediately followed by Dad.

Mom and Dad 5-19


6:57 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Lots of eagle chatter at 8:08 PM... sounds like Dad fairly close. No visual. Suppose it's too late for another visit to the nest...


8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sun. May 20.
The nest is empty on a windy overcast day. I heard an eagle seemingly far in the distance along with some gulls and crows.
Suzanne. Thankyou for the wonderful video you caught of the pair. Beautiful, clear and wonderful to see! Thankyou again.

1:05 PM  

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