Friday, February 22, 2008

More Good Signs

I just reviewed your comments and was excited to see the amount of activity on the nest. Please look for the birds bringing in sticks and preparing the nest bowl. A very good sign is how defensive the pair is of the nest.

Just a note with the snow is that the lens can become clogged up with snow, making the image white/grey. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about this until it melts. This storm is only going to drop a couple of inches so it should be alright.

Thank you for all your excellent observation.

Wing Goodale
BioDiversity Research Institute


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eagle left nest area 5pm eastern time 2/22 after being on the branch for a couple of hours...sure looks chilly there:^)

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feb 22 video around 4:53 p.m. showing what is probably a male leaving after hearing a female calling.


5:30 PM  
Blogger GG said...

2-22-2008 5:35pm

After 3 plus hours, sitting on the branch - Dad hears Mom and finally leaves his snowy perch.

Mom has been a mean gal today and we've pondered if maybe she just isn't quite as receptive yet.

Or, maybe she listened to the weatherman and didn't want a repeat of 2007. Joking - I need to keep this light and positive - just the same, she was mean to Dad!

Maine Eagle - Dad departs

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/22/08, 6:15p

I watched the lone eagle on the front left branch from 2pm for about 2 hours, when I had to go watch Judge Judy at 4pm. When I came back at 5pm the eagle was gone. So it sat there for AT LEAST two hours!!! The night cam is now running, but there are no eagles to view at this point.

6:17 PM  
Blogger GG said...

2-22-2008 7:27pm

After looking at my videos and other bloggers videos and comments, I've reached the decision this pair must be Heathcliff and Cathy from Wuthering Heights. They certainly portray similar characteristics - she is demanding and he just wants her love and the castle on the moor.

This pair is a soap-opera in real life and who couldn't love them?

I've just watched about one dozen videos done in other countries on this couple. Although I cannot read the words, the messages are clear that they love them as much as we.

If the infrared is working then the lens must be crusted with ice/snow as WING said. It's totally black!

Tomorrow is another day!

7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I observed an eagle sitting on a branch to the right of the nest today for several hours. It cried out several times. How exciting!

12:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful image to see first thing this morning. One of our eagles sitting on the Y and the snow cover. Also watching the Norflok Virginia eagles back in their nest and some beautiful close ups of them. I watch when I can and look forward to all the videos everyone captures. It's 0645 and the start of a beautiful day.

6:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feb 23,2008
6:42 AM cloudy and windy
Eagle sitting on Y branch looking at the water.
Nest is filled with snow.
6:50 AM vocalization heard briefly.
6:54 AM more vocalization
6:56 AM Sounds of other birds
7:00 AM Eagle still perched on Y branch.
7:00 End of observation

6:59 AM  
Blogger indiana nesting eagles dave said...

Good Morning Wing;
It is saturday feb 23 and it is
7:15 am and there is snow on the
nest and one of the eagles is
sitting on the the Y branch.Our
eagles are doing ok,we had some
sleet,freezeing rain,and snow
yesterday and when i checked on
them they were ok.
Have a great day
Indiana Nesting Eagles----Dave

7:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/23, 8:15a

Eagle sitting on Y branch with its back to the snow-filled nest bowl. After spending several hours there yesterday during the storm, and back this morning, I think it's safe to assume that this is our resident eagle??? Let's hope for some nesting soon!!!

8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/23/08 @ 8:24 A

Good Morning eagle lovers........

and what a great morning it is here in the great State of Maine. It is sunny out although the clouds want to hide the sun I have been longing for. It is cold out there....the temp hovering around zero. Our Maine eagles are use to this weather and must realize there is quite a bit of harsh weather left to endure before they can breathe in the warm spring air. We can all remember the March winds last year and the sadness of losing our baby eaglet. I hope Mother Nature will treat us better this year. As I am watching an eagle on the Y branch sitting there looking over the water, the other side of my screen shows the mated couple that is sure to make the Norfolk Botannical Gardens their home this spring. They all are so beautiful to watch and am wishing for a successful season for all. I am thinking what a great country we live in where we can turn on the computer and watch the eagles..not to forget what is going on in the world... but to soothe our spirits for a moment, when parts of the world is in such turmoil.

Once again, thanks to Wing and all the workers that make all this possible.

Looks like we may not get snow again until next Tuesday!! Now, that would be a record, I think. LOL

Keep the faith...

8:30 AM  
Blogger GG said...

2-23-2008 8:38AM

Lone eagle in nest this morning at civil twilight:

Maine Eagle arrives very early

8:38 AM  
Blogger bird goddess said...

Eagle visits this morning as many have seen. Dad perhaps? I'll get it figured out eventually, I hope! Have been checking in on the Virginia pair...what a sight this AM, both sitting together in a rain soaked pine. Beautiful! Hope our pair sees fit to try again...we are all cheering for them.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can someone tell me how the blogs work? I used to just put in my ID name and send but now it seems I have to have a "blog account" with username and password and I don't know how or where to set this up. All I seem to be able to use is "anonymous". Thanks to anyone who can help. Judym

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I'm in Napa California "the wine country" my sons teacher told us about the web cam and my son and I are so excited about whatching the eagels. can we see them at night?.and also how do you know the difference between female or male.

10:52 AM  
Blogger bird goddess said...

I had the same problem with the blog. I used it fine last season, but things tend to change...just click on the blogger only takes a minute...

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watching with interest from the UK,hoping for a better outcome than last year.

11:13 AM  
Blogger GG said...

12-23-2008 1:08pm

JUDYM - I didn't know how to get an account either so I went to:
and made an email account, came back and finished signing up.
Good Luck

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/23 For Judym...Anonymous works for me, I can still add a name at the end...and I actually prefer not to have an "account". I'll be interested to hear from others as to the benefits of an account.

J in S.P.ME not a computer-savvy account person

2:03 PM  
Blogger GG said...

2-23-2008 2:46pm

Combined visit - one leaving and another coming in:

Maine Eagles afternoon delight

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watching from the UK,and hoping for a better outcome than last year.
It's good to see activity at the nest.

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

February 23

It's 4:44 PM in Michigan. Eagle just landed on Y branch - there is calling in the distance

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful eagle on the Y branch at 5:09 est. I think it's Mom. Calling for Dad.

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now there's two of them and I think they are doing some nestorations to that snowy nest. This is getting exciting!

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They just flew off, but they were picking over the nest and one of them sat down in it - - as if to see if it was comfortable.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

02/23 @ 17:31

16:57 - eagle on main Y
17:08 - onto left Y
17:09 - into nest
arranging twigs

Second eagle arrives and both are arranging nest. A pair!!

Eagle #2 is larger, looks like Ms. Mom's W (instead of a clean V). #2 briefly tries out the nest bowl as #1 keeps moving twigs.

17:13 - #1 back onto left Y. #2 flies off and #1 follows.

Hooray!!!! Our Ms. & Mr. Mom from the past 2 years just might be back and in control. I hope, I hope.


5:39 PM  
Blogger GG said...

12-23-2008 5:52PM

Dad was waiting -MOM came in and even tried the nest bowl - even with the snow!!!

SMILES everywhere tonight!

ENJOY - thanks BRI and WING!


5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How exciting that around 5:10 p.m. on Feb 23rd both eagles were in the nest moving sticks around! :-)


8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you click on name/url it just lets you put in your name for a one time post:^) And I just leave the URL space blank....

2:06 AM  
Blogger GG said...

12-24-2008 7:45AM

Dad flew into the nest and watched as if he was at the theater, then many birds (some eagles)flew past his perfect roost.

Maine Eagle early morning

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:54 am Feb 24

Both eagles in bowl MATING !!!

8:56 AM  
Blogger Ward said...

Yeh, 8:54 definite copulation. Both on the nest now tending it. Lets hope she doesn't lay those eggs too soon. Beautiful morning on the coast of Maine.


8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday 8:52am
What a sight to see! Mating in the nest then stick moving!!! Both eagles at the nest on such a beautiful morning.
Deb in Pa.

8:59 AM  
Blogger D&B said...

2/24/08. 8:55a.m. Eastern.
Male on limb, Mom flew into nest bowl and copulation occured.
Both eagles remain in nest, Dad rearranging nest while Mom eagle stepped out onto "Y" limb..

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well the deed has been done at 7:55 a.m. this morning. The female then preceded to clean the nest while the male went to the y branch and watched. Ahhhh real life! Lets hope this reunion has been consumated.

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/24 - 8:55 AM EST
Dad eagle arrive earlier looked around the nest bowl an then flew out to the "Y" branch. Mom flew in and landed on the nest bowl, Dad joined and then they mated!!
Now Dad is on the "Y" branch again and Mom is in the snow filled nest bowl. They have shifted a couple of branches around.
Let's hope that with all the snow we have had already, that we may be about done for the season.

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday 2/24/200 @08:55 both Eagles were in the nest moving sticks around,a few minutes later it appeared they were Mating,as one was holding the other down ,going through mating motions?

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/24 8:50 A.M.
Mating took place on the nest. Hope everything goes great.

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

February 24 - Michigan

Eagle in nest at 8:54 AM when I signed on. Just a minute later, the male flew in and mating took place. Then both of them walked around the nest bowl and it looked like the male was arranging sticks. It's 9:01 and I think it's the male sitting on a branch and the female is in the nest. It's 9:05 and they both flew off and for a minute there was lost of loud calling.

9:08 AM  
Blogger GG said...

2-24-2008 9:10AM

The pair mated at 8:55am

Maine Eagle MATE

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just got here. What did I miss? The LiveCam shows an empty nest. The 15-second update shows two eagles either mating or one of them being tossed out. I'm voting for mating.

9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/24 9am
Action on the nest with a capital A!! I may have witnessed copulation on the nest bowl lasting about 10 seconds just before 9 this morning. Both stay around the nest for a bit then the larger(?) Mom to the Y branch, then the other higher up on the branch. After about 5 min. they both flew off. Ahhhhh cool.

Thanks for the URL tip.

J in S.P.ME

9:29 AM  
Blogger GG said...

2-24-2008 10:06AM

Here is the longer version of the Maine Eagle Nest - Mom and Dad mating, and possibly maybe not their first.

No idea what goes on off-cam:

Maine Eagle Mate - longer version

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to Maine Native. I tried the name/url and with this message I'll see if it works.

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm thrilled with the bonding today!!! So Eggs-iting.. Fingers are crossed and toes too!!!

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunday 2/24 1455
Well, we certainly have a domestic scene in the old homestead today. A beautiful, crisp but gorgeous day with Mom and Dad doing chores and nesting is what I'm watching right now!Once again I feel the need to thank BRI and Wing for making this amazing view available to us avid bird watchers. Donation, donation, donation!
It appears that the camera has zoomed out a little and I STILL cannot begin to tell these eagles apart - from eachother or other eagles. I have no doubt that these two are the 'real thing' and not intruders, but cannot see distinctly enough to recognize the markings that many of you folks speak of.
Anyway, take care folks and thanks for all the comments and videos. The moon & Bethoven was gorgeous.......

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:10 pm ET

Hi everyone. I've been out of the loop for awhile due to some health issues. I was happy to be back and see the Eagles at the nest!! Are we figuring this is our original pair?? I'm hoping and praying that the Eagles have much success this season, especially after the heartbreaking season last year.

Thanks again to all with the videos, it really helped me catch up on the goings on, and its nice to be able to see the activity that I've missed when away. So THANKS, THANKS, THANKS!!!!

It likes like Dad (?) is taking in the view on the far center branch while mom is sitting in nest. Lots of vocal activity.

Now both rearranging sticks in the nest

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both eagles in the house today. Nestorations, moving twigs and fluff, and a little practice incubation going on too.

3:16 est.

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

02/24 @ 15:32

Hooray, hooray ... we have an eagle in the bowl practicing incubation! My observations have been sporadic today, but this is what I can confirm:

13:44 - eagle on left Y
14:38 - eagle leaves

I returned to the computer:
14:49 - 2 eagles in nest, 1 standing, then onto
main Y. The other is

15:10 - 1 leaves and the
nesting eagle
15:12 - eagle returns with a
stick ... the other
remains standing.
15:15 - one moves to left
branch, camera side.
15:16 - eagle on branch
15:26 - remaining eagle moves onto main Y.
15:28 - eagle gone


3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/24 312
Lots of nest tending, lots of squawking! The pair have been in the nest since I tuned in earlier today.....they are very vigilant as to the goings on and noise around them.....when one leaves the nest the one remaining calls out with some amount of agitation......staying tuned....
323 No eagles on camera, but lots of off-nest chatter and calling.....

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/24 So Wing..can you refresh our memory - is it about 3-5 days after copulation that an egg is laid?
I also have believed that the incredible eagle vocalizations that we've heard off camera have indicated 'something going on'

Will your next blog entry to us be entitled'More Really good signs'?

J in S.P.ME

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone else think that the male looks a lot smaller this year than the female?

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

505 2/24
Our pair are back at the nest, after having been gone for some time. They are placing sticks very discriminately.....seems to be lots of attention to this nest building! Sometimes the two together are quite comical as one watches what the other is doing.
In response to the ? of males size..I believe females are generally larger for nesting purposes.
Did the nest look deeper last year?
510.....the camera switched to B & W.......

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/24 4:15pm CDT
It is so priceless to watch these two together with their housework. They seem to have been on the nest most of the day. He picks up big stick and she grabs other end and they place it together. But Dad seems to want to make adjustments and Mom pokes him as if to say "leave it alone".

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:21pm est. 2/24/08

Mama's in the house, practicing incubation again. Did a lot of looking around. Then flew off.

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

02/24 @ 17:20

16:53 - eagle flew into nest
16:57 - onto left Y
17:05 - into nest as second eagle arrives

I, too, thought that the size difference seemed more pronounced than last year. In checking, the male (smaller?) does not quite have the perfect V that Mr. Mom always seemed to have. However, the behaviour of this pair is typical of our Ms. & Mr. He is busy fussing and moving sticks. She is more apt to supervise ... sometimes taking the stick from him or moving one that he has placed. She tends to be bossy. Wishful thinking, perhaps ... hoping to have our pair back.

Both testing nest bowl briefly during this session as well as rearranging the nest. She moved onto the main Y for a minute and then returned to the nest bowl.

17:16 - She leaves
17:22 - He again tests bowl with a quick chest down.
17:44 - He leaves


5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was just reading recently ...trying to find the answer to how long between copulation & egg laying....that the female will usually lay one egg every other day until her clutch is complete. The energy requirements for this are so high that the female may produce up to 30% of her body weight in eggs in just a few weeks. "As egg laying approaches she will sit fluffed and immobile near the nest for many hours at a time". This all comes from the Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior. I love the next line,"Meanwhile, the male works on the nest, copulates with the female and hunts for himself and his mate." Ahhhh the good life.
I've thought the female has looked pretty plump lately and agree that the male, the little I've seen of him full on, has not seemed to have the deep well-defined V of last year....maybe it's all that nestoration copulation now she's hungry again work that has him a bit disheveled.

7:16 PM  
Blogger GG said...

2-24-2008 7:45pm

Dad and Mom in the nest. 5:08-pm - 5:22pm. They tried the nest bowl for size, moved some sticks and finally Mom left out, then Dad was last.

Size looks the same, Mom is big and robust, Dad is built like a missile.

Maine Eagle Nestorations

7:45 PM  
Blogger SoCal CBCat said...

Feb 24 5:00 pm Pacific

Hi All,
Been watching but not commenting since last season. Thanks for the videos. They're great. Sure pleased with Mom and Dad's rush of activity. Hooray! They have such 'personality' and I love to watch their interactions. No other eagle cam seems to have such a pair.

Dad was always smaller. You remember his injury last season. I have noticed that, while he lands cleanly, sometimes when he's moving around the nest or on the Y branch he has a slight limp. Has anyone else seen it? Maybe it's all healed but the damage remains. He doesn't let it stop him though. What a guy!

8:02 PM  
Blogger flight of fancy said...

Yes, the size between the two is quite obvious. I guess I don't want to let go of the hope that this is still the famous, persistent pair of the last few season, but...sometimes things happen and one must move on. In any event, I'm pumped to see all the activity. They have been so much more I write this I can hear them, and certainly more active moving things around...I love it when dad puts a stick "here" and then mom moves the stick "there". Men! No decorating sense at all. Well, at least in my experience!
I haven't noticed "dad" favoring his leg, but I will be watching for that. In one sense, if he is favoring it, I guess it's our hero from last season...yea!!!
2/25 @ 6:18 AM

6:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to jam in il

excellent observations, well documented,this gives us the best overview of what the eagles are doing

looking forward to continued posts

unfortunately this morning looks cold with not an eagle in sight, hopefully they will return


6:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning All....

It is 7 A.M. 2/25

Our eagles are enjoying a crisp, sunny morning with the temp in the high teens. It is expected to be in the 40's later today. Sounds like a good day to carry in more sticks to construct a sturdy nest for the March winds that they probably can count on.

Would it be possible to pull the cam in closer to the nest at times so that we might watch them weave the sticks into a magnificent nest?? It would also let us see markings on the birds that would help us to identify the male from the female when the cam is farther away. Just an idea. I will continue to enjoy watching. As I write this, an eagle has landed on the nest.

Enjoy the day....

7:10 AM  
Blogger Grandma Simons said...

7:30 AM -- There's an eagle hanging out on one of the branches just above the nest.

7:47 AM  
Blogger Grandma Simons said...

7:45 AM -- Eagle perched over the nest this morning - Beautiful!

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feb.25 What an exciting weekend. It looks very promising for them. Great to see some nestorations after such a long year. Love the infrared on and not complaining but was wondering if the timer could be set maybe a little later in the day, half hour or so,to turn on and possibly an hour or so earlier to turn off. We miss the beautiful colors of the early morn. Thanks for considering and your quick work at getting the cam working when it goes down. Panic sets in till it's up and running again. Very addicted.

8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think there is any doubt that the male is the same as the previous two seasons. His voice is quite 'hoarse' as it was last year and yes I've also noticed he seems to favor the one leg on the branches. Mom seems more grumpy to me and I don't think she was so bossy the last two seasons! They are getting older....Maybe they have aches and pains like people. Who knows??
Pam in Colo.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feb.25 Wondering when flyovers may be done to observe the nests that may be around. Curious to see if the nests that were destroyed last year have been rebuilt and if the intruders we observed here this past year are nesting anywhere close. I know that a quite few were lost along the coast. Not sure where to find information. On identifying the male from female-The male's tail fans out pretty evenly, almost a boxy square look and when sitting on limb his wingtips don't quite hang down to the tip and they are smooth looking along the edges. The female's tail has a softer roundness to them and while on branch their wingtips hang almost to the tip of tail and the tail is covered more. The edge of wing feathers sort of hang staight down. Also the male's neckline in most cases is pretty smooth looking where the female's is uneven. Our Dad's beak is shorter from the top to the chin making his eyes look a little more narrow and almost a more menacing look to them and a narrower look to the head. Mom's beak is thicker from top to chin and she has a fuller, rounded head. When dad arrives at the nest his legs have a long thin look and is pretty sleek looking all over. Where Mom looks heavier and usually has an all over appearance of being what I call frazzeled. In my opinion from watching this pair on the nest and their actions and overall tretment of each other, our Mom and Dad are back for us to share their trials and trbulations for another adventurous year. I hope for a successful one for them. They were born to be parents.

11:50 AM  
Blogger Wizzyliz said...

Feb. 25 at 12:05pm

Wow!! Who would have thought - years and years ago - that we would be lucky enough to watch two bald eagles mating? This new turn of events is very promising and once again I will be on the Bald Eaglecam more than I care to admit!

Thank you BRI for sharing your resources with us, as well as another life experience with our feathered friends in Maine.

--Liz (W,DC)

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2-25-08 1:23pm EST

Only a few brief visits today. Can hear them occassionally. Very quiet and serene at the nest today.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2.20 feb. 25..Eagle attending to the nest....

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooooo they're sitting in the nest, mom practicing incubation and dad watching over her:^) I'm getting very very excited....2:24 et 2/25/08

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1221 the 2 flew in. Their nesting is wonderful to observe. The 2 in Norfolk are at the nest again. This should be a good year I'm feeling positive about it:-)

2:28 PM  
Blogger Pinestate said...

2:30 Pm Feb 25th Both Birds at the nest on resting in the bowl one on a branch

2:36 PM  
Blogger Pinestate said...

2:30 Pm Feb 25th Both Birds at the nest on resting in the bowl one on a branch

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A video of combined clips from the visit of both eagles that started at 2:18 p.m.

Video at Putfile

Same video that will open in WMP and be clearer:
Video for WMP

2:59 PM  
Blogger Pinestate said...

Feb 25th 3.30 pm Nobody's Home

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lone adult bald eagle in nest for quite awhile now, constantly calling but no response.

Hopefully the other will turn up and has not been lost, just when the season is just starting.

I will continue to watch and post if any news.

Lou in Maine

5:04 PM  
Blogger SYMontgomery said...

5:00PM EST and there is the wonderful sight of an eagle sitting inside the nest and looking out at the water.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

512 pm another copulation :-) and nesting. Things are looking better and better

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Copulation again at 5:10 PM - just before the camera switched to B/W.

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Witnesses eagle "lovin" at 5:09pm, est!!

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They mated Feb 25th at 5:09 p.m.
Here is a short video of the mating. Dad is in the nest when Mom arrives.

Mating Video

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feb. 25, still camera saw one eagle, turned on Live at 5:15 p.m., two in nest! Mom in nest sitting, Dad on Y branch. Soon mon left, then dad, few low cries, hoarse cry. Dog barking in background. Pic in black and white.
Karen in Denmark, Me.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:10, dad called out and mom flew in. mating quickly befor dad jumped up to the Y branch and rested for a moment befor leaving together @ 5:15. It's wounderful to see this happen. THANKS BRI :)

Naugatuck Ct.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both eagles at nest (yeah!) but obviously agitated by car/boat motor revving and almost constant dog barking. I have seen other eagle pairs abandon their nest because of constant disruptions. Can anything be done to isolate this site better? A lost nest 2 years in a row would be terrible.

R.T. from Vermont

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same mating Feb 25th video but at putfile:

Mating Video

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, this is the first in a loooong time I've written, but I guess I'll join the excitement! The couple was a bit frisky just a few minutes ago, say about 4:15pm CST. I wish I knew how to record, but I'm hoping someone with more know-how than I have was watching... gee nothing is private anymore!!! I signed on a bit before 4:00 and the male was already there, then the female came in and then after 'friskyness', about 4:25, they left. I can still hear one or both calling. Well it's all very exciting. And I, too, visit this site far more than I should admit. It's my one(yeah right) vice. Carolej in MN

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:12 PM Mom in nest. Dad arrives and they appear to mate. Happy times in the nest.

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A longer video that includes when Dad first landed at 4:43 p.m. and him trying out the nest bowl and then the mating and some of the time before they both left and their departure. :-)

Video in WMP

Video at Putfile

5:47 PM  
Blogger GG said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

5:47 PM  
Blogger GG said...

2-25-2008 5:48pm

SORRY wrong video - earlier - this is the 2nd mating video

Maine Eagle 2nd mating

5:50 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It was great to see the pair in the nest today but even better to see them mating! Hopefully this year everything will fall into place and we'll have ourselves some babies.

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For RT in VT:
Since the eagles have nested at this site for at least the last 13 years, one has to make the assumption that they're pretty used to the noises. I've viewed them when they've not seemed bothered by noises that were bothering me! I gotta believe that the folks around the nest KNOW how to properly behave at nesting/incubation...they are the true stewards of the property. The eagles would've left long ago if the engine noises & barking was detremental to nesting.
Keep watchin'.....lots of snow predicted for 2/25.

J in S.P.ME

5:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feb. 26th 7:30 A

Good Morning,

Yes, we have yet another snow storm on the way!!! Good old Maine. We have already received 102 inches of snow in Central Maine so far this winter with up to another foot expected today! Our eagles will be under a Winter Weather Advisory effective from 6 P until 5 A.M. Wednesday morning. Rain and freezing rain is expected after midnight where our eagles dwell,then additional snow and sleet accumulation of 3 to 5 inches. Total amount is being estimated from 4 to 6 inches when all is done with ice up to one quarter of an inch. The temp will be in the 30's.

I read in the Virginia news that the eagles at the Botannical Gardens mated over the weekend and they expect egg laying in four to seven days if all goes well. I am writing this as it may give those of us that have no idea, the amount of time before we observe egg laying, seeing our eagles mated recently. If some of you know how long it takes, I would be interested in reading that post here.

Have a nice day and keep the faith!

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/26 0722
Morning all.....
VERY quiet at the homestead this am, and can almost feel the snow in the air..
I'll watch for awhile, but I MUST GET READY FOR WORK!!!
0724 Someone's calling off and on just off camera ....I'm not sure if it's one of the pair, I don't recognize it....
By the way, good morning Anna...
I love turning up the volume and listening to the birds and the ocean.
Well, 0736, and it's still relatively quiet and peaceful.......

7:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Texas
This is incredible and I am so enjoying watching the eagles as well as the snowy weather. Saw both on the nest Sunday afternoon arranging a stick. Then hthere was a crunching noise that seemed to bother them. They stopped, listened for a time, one finally flew away. I could hear a dog barking in the distance. Can anyone tell me what the body of water is below? Is it a lake or the ocean? Sometimes it sounds like waves/trees in the wind. Lookes like a group of something was floating by this morning in a long line...ducks? So fascinated and look forward to watching the eagles continue their mission for survival of the species.

8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

February 26th
9:56 AM EST

Crows are extremely upset about something. Occasional eagle call but mostly crows screaming off camera.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the camera frozen today? I have checked several times and the picture is the same.

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2-26-08 10:40 am EST

Haven't seen the eagles at all this morning. Heard them a couple of times. According to my log from last year, the first egg was laid on March 5. We're almost there!! Hope to see them soon today.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Barbie in Holden, ME said...


I know we are all anxious for the egg laying this year but with the weather we have been having, I hope it won't be too soon. We are supposed to have snow today into tomorrow, more snow on Saturday and again on Monday. I would not want a repeat of last year's events. Is anyone else having trouble with the live feed? I can view the 15 second video fine but the live feed does not work for me.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To annonymous in Texas...that is the Atlantic Ocean!!

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/26 1349
Hi folks,
To Texas - that is the ocean in downeast Maine, I believe in Hancock County.
To Carole/Michigan - I live on the Kennebec River and have a nesting pair of eagles,(as well as many transients) so I know only too well what it means when the crows are making a racket. When I hear the crows, I rush to the yard or the window because I know that there is a raptor either Eagle or some kind of Hawk......the crows put up an awful fuss, dive bomb the offending bird, perch on adjoining branches and make enough noise and 9 times out of 10, drive it away. When I heard the crowsthe other day, I had no doubt what it was.
I have not seen or heard much of anything today, which makes me so uneasy, as I remember the damage that last yrs. disruptive storms caused.
Keep the faith....

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:52et 2/26 logged in to see both eagles on the nest moving sticks around and making things comfy. Wonder if they sense the incomming storm. Mom is testing the nest bowl for a good fit. Hope she holds on to any eggs she may have until after this storm. My step mother was supposed to fly to Florida on Wednesday and her travel agent rebooked her for today because they've already cancelled flights out of Bangor for tomorrow. Maybe if they can just hold onto their eggs for a few more days the worst of the storms will be over for the season..No late March/early April nor'easters!!!

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

February 26 - 2:36 EST

Thanks for the info, Mimi. I hope that's not the case. I would hate to see them driven off by crows but I have faith in Mother Nature. Eagle just landed on the Y branch and the other is calling off camera.

2:45: Eagle just jumped off the Y branch into the nest bowl re-arrange the sticks.

2:51: Both are on the nest now just looking around. It's a gloomy day in Maine but it's a beautiful sight to see them together on the nest.

2:57: They both flew away.

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feb 26, 2:37 - 2:57 Indiana time.

One eagle on the Y branch for about 10 minutes, then flew into the nest and did some rearranging, then the other eagle flew in and they both spent some time in the nest doing housework and testing the nest bowl, then first eagle flew to the y branch and in a minute the second one flew away followed by the first one.

I can't tell them apart as you can tell. There was a lot of vocalizing before the first one flew into the nest.

I'm just glad I finally saw them today. I was worried about them.

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/26 1542
To Carole,
I didn't mean to imply that the crows would drive them away from their own nest site..that I haven't seen. I think that I have nesting crows in my trees, and when a threat arrives in the area, they are very aggressive about driving that threat away. I have a hard job believing that other birds make nests too very close to an eagle's nest. So, they may have been just up to no good, if you will! I don't hear that kind of racket too often on this eagle cam.
Keep the faith, everyone, and boy, I am glad no eggs were laid these last few days. This is hardly their first family,tho, and we won't be truly free of storms for quite a while. These two have been successful for many yrs, and I'm sure have persevered through many of these same conditions. I don't know how, but.....

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Barbie in Holden:
My live feed has been working fine but I haven't had a 15 sec since the end of nesting last April! I've never minded cos nothing was happening but last night I said to my husband - I wonder what's up with the15 secong thing....maybe it'll start up when we have real action. Maybe it's just my computer being old.

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:02 et 2/26 one eagle on Y branch looking out over the water and it's just starting to spit snow. Love the fact that there's eagles around just about everytime I log on to look. Great sign I think:^) Everyone in Maine stay warm and safe. I assume the camera will go down at some point during the storm so I'll look forward to logging on after the storm goes through.

Too bad they couldn't set up a live chat option on the website. Virginia implemented that this year and it's so cool to talk real time with all of the other viewers. I am thinking Bri would need A LOT more donations to pull something like that off:^) But there's always hope:^) :^)

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you to "anonymous" who posted a comment on 2/25 describing how to tell Mom and Dad apart. I've been watching them for 2 years now and after reading him/her observations of the differences between them, I am finding that I now can tell them apart! I could tell who they were by their voices and if they were in the nest together, but now I am able to tell them apart when there is only one on the nest. I do get confused, tho sometimes cuz the "intruder" sometimes looks like Dad. Just wanted to thank you for your bits on information and knowledge on them. Hoping for a successful year. Don't know if I can take another year like last year. Ruined my summer!

cathy h in mass

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tue,2-26-08, 3:40pm CST. Both eagles on nest earlier, around 12:30 or so, then they both flew off. Now @3:40 the male(I think) has been just hanging out for about an hour! And now I can see the snow a bit more regularly. When I go onto my weather site, I can see snow all up and down the Maine coast except around Portland, is that where the nest is? Because the radar shows the snow is finally closing in around Portland now. CaroleinMN

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To those having trouble with the 15 second cam, sometimes it really is down, but often you just have an older image stuck in your cache. If you hold down the control button and then click on refresh, you can get it to clear. If the orange java image comes up then you've done it correctly.

Bill in CT

4:56 PM  
Blogger Ward said...

Male eagle has been at the nest for 1 1/2 hours starting at 3:43. Something, sounded like a dog barking, finally scared him off. Looks like Maine is in for a rough night weatherwise. Nice to see both of them back at the nest together.


5:21 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Good Afternoon Fellow Armchair Biologists!

I see that there is a robust amount of postings and video links directly related to the increased activity of Mom and Dad at the nest. Lots of intimate encounters between our beloved pair ... on and most likely off camera ... some nestorations ... things are looking good for Mom and Dad ... and for all of us who love to follow this nest.

I look forward to reading your posts ... can we have a periodic weather forcast Anna?


5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From approximately 2:45 p.Central Time until 4:15 p.m. eagle has been perched (I believe it's dad) on the "y" branch. A few snowflakes came down but didn't seem to disturb him too much! Does look like the wind is picking up. Let's all hope for some milder weather for our pair.
Jamie, Elmwood Park, IL

5:24 PM  
Blogger flight of fancy said...


So, someone finally has brought up the chat option as they have done in Virginia. What an awesome idea!If it's donations we need then let's get going! I'll be sending in mine this fact we'll be having a bake sale soon at school to let the students help, too.
Lots of activity makes me "giddy"! Yea mom and dad!

7:12 PM  
Blogger GG said...

2-26-2008 9:40pm

Here is a video for those hard working eagle lovers that didn't get to watch the afternoon delights of our darlings:

Dad flies into the nest and patiently waits for Mom. They both do some piddling around in the nest, but what is confusing is Dad tromping into the nest bowl (about 1:12 into the video) as if to see if it’s sound, soggy or just compacting the debris.

Put no stock into the neckline for now – Dad and Mom both haven’t the time, nor inclination yet. Notice Dad has feathers sticking out (especially the front of neck) and Mom looks more suave – this too will change. Mom’s head is still rounder and Dad’s is narrower – the large and small ends of a cucumber respectively (about 4:41 minutes into video).

Here’s my video:

Maine Eagles 2-26-2008

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, This is all wonderful news. And, it is nice to hear who is who. I too, have been watching and reading. And posting for awhile. And thought that I was nuts for not knowing which was mom or dad. I figured it was like a "Magic picture" and one day I would see.. Now, that it has been explained.. I probably still wont be able tell.
Thank you everyone for posting these updates.... And videos...
I was kind and didn't make my husband sit through the mating...ha ha..

Thanks again.
~Amelia in Michigan

10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if the female will lay her eggs in a snow covered nest? If not, what happens to the eggs while she is waiting for the snow to melt?

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:00 pm EST
I also have wondered about the bowl of the nest being filled with snow and what will happen if mom lays her eggs before it melts.
Thanks to all who are posting video's. They are very enjoyable. I haven't seen the Eagles yet today. Maybe late afternoon. Thanks to BRI and Wing. We do appreciate you!!
Pam, Colo.

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

February 27 - 3:11

It's too quiet at the nest today. Has there been any activity? This is the first time I've been able to sign on.

To Mimi - thanks for clarifying the crow issue. This is the first year I've heard them sound so angry and I was concerned the Eagles wouldn't want them for neighbors.

3:15 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I also wanted to thank the person who left such a good detailed description of how to tell Mom and Dad apart. I can now figure out who is in the nest most of the time (all the time if I can see the tail!) Yea! and many thanks.
Cathy in Central Maine

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/27/08 4:16pm
One of the eagles is moving twigs around in the nest.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

February 27 4:15

Just logged on and am seeing a very busy Eagle arranging sticks. This is the most serious housekeeping I've seen and apparently the snow doesn't make a difference. Eagle flew to the Y branch and is looking out over the water. No sound except the wind. 4:51: Second Eagle is there- one in nest bowl and the other on the Y branch. I hope she's not planning on laying eggs in the snow. Both of them are in the nest bowl and I think it's the male who is arranging sticks again. One moved into the bowl again and the other is on the Y branch. It almost looks as though they're settling in for the night.

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/27 5:05pm
Mom is sitting on the nest and Dad is on the Y branch. Could she have laid an egg as she looks like she is sitting on an egg now? Wow!!

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

02/27 @ 17:25

16:44 - found eagle on main y -- female

16:51 - back at computer and now see 2 eagles. She is still on the branch and he is testing the nest bowl chest down, tail up.

16:53 - Female into bowl; male rises and begins rearranging sticks.

16:56 - Female in nesting position and does seem high .. has a flat back line. Male moves to left Y.

17:10 - Male returns to bowl and female stands.

17:13 - Female off
17:14 - Male off

Seems the nest is unattended too long for an egg to be there. Also, we have not yet seen the extended periods of practice incubating yet. If I remember correctly, we know for sure when an eagle is incubating through the night.


5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feb 27th - Dad arrived around 4:14 p.m. and Mom arrived around 4:48 p.m.
Mom left at 5:13 p.m. and Dad left at 5:14 p.m.
Here is the beginning of his visit when he lands and works on the nest like our old Dad! :D

Part I in WMP

Part I at Putfile

Video with combined clips after she arrives and until they both leave. :D

Part II in WMP

Part II at Putfile

5:55 PM  
Blogger GG said...

2-27-2008 7:38PM

The eagles were together at 4:49 - Dad was there much earlier and waiting for Mom.

I just had to add this music for the fun of it and: if birds could choose a song to fit the occasion!!!

So Happy Together

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/27 2008
Just got home from work and was so eager to catch up on things, cuz when I checked the cam from work, I didn't see either eagle. So, glad to read the postings and see the video.
GG - That music is a riot! Thanks for the smiles, really, too funny! Their little movements are so darn comical anyway and put to that music, it was even funnier.
Well, I for one, hope that the egg laying is delayed as long as possible as I'm SO afraid of a repeat from last yr. Every time I put the live feed on at night and hear that wind it reminds me of that awful storm and Mom sitting on that nest through the whole thing. I suppost it'a bad karma to bring it up, I'll try to have only positive thoughts from now on.
Anxious to see what tomorrow brings us.....

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS from Mimi,
As of 2017, the nest looks empty...

8:17 PM  
Blogger GG said...

2-27-2008 9:31PM

In case the other site gives you static, the google videos seem to be very smooth - you can try this site for the same video:

Maine Eagles - Happy Together Eagles

9:31 PM  
Blogger flight of fancy said...

6:00AM, Feb 28
Tuned in to see mom snuggled into the nest bowl, snow and all, and dad on the Y branch. What a way to start the day! Go mom and dad! Getting very domestic I think.

6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feb 28th eagles visited around 5:50 a.m. :-)

Video in WMP

Video at Putfile

6:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning Eagle Lovers..6:50 A.

It is 2/28 and a chilly morning at the coast. Typical Maine weather today. Cloudy this morning with chance of snow showers, then some sun with scattered snow showers later in the day. Snow accumulation should be less than an inch and the temp is expected to be in the mid 20's. Light winds with chance of snow at 70 per cent. Nippy weather this evening with the temp in the single digits. However, we can expect some clearing, that is, until tomorrow night, then we once again, have the probability of more snow showers.

It seems to me like there is a bit of work left to do at the nest before they start egg laying. The bowl does not seem to be as deep as it was last year when they started laying the eggs. I am sure it has something to due to the layer of snow, nevertheless, as it is now, those eggs would lay pretty high and harder to keep warm, I would imagine. It is still very vivid in my mind how that mom last year, clung to that nest during those days of high winds and snow storms, only to lose her baby after days of protecting it.

Anyway, you all have a great day, thanks to all who post and keep us up to date on everything. You are great!!

Keep the faith!

6:57 AM  
Blogger amelia said...

GG, I just love this post, It made ME so happy watching and listening!!!!

Our eagles are keeping us very entertained this time around although they still have some bad weather coming for sure. I hope it doesn't get as bad as last year.

7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feb.28 Thank you GG for such a delightful video. What fun it was to watch. All the blogs and videos are greatly appreciated. I'm thinking it is going to be hard for our eagles to find a lot of new soft nesting materials and twigs with the amount of snow that is covering the ground. The nest looks like it needs it. I know I have at least 2' on my lawn right now that is quite frozen, with more snow in the forecast this week. Maybe this is why we haven't seen the flurry of nestorations that we have in the past at this time. Wonder if it may instinctively cause a delay in the egg laying process. The nest must be quite hard and wet. Only time will tell. Great to see them when they are there. Lots of entertaining antics that go on.

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great vid and wonderful song choice!!! It was perfect and brought a huge smile to my face and heart... Thanks for sharing...

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judy & GG and everyone that can do those videos are awesome. It's always a thrill when I open the web cam and the eagles are there or fly in and I can see them my self, but it's such a big deal when I can review as much as I want later... thanks to you all so much. I'm sure Wing etc appreciate it immensely also. Someday I want to learn how-to as well. Have a great eagle day! CaroleinMN.

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That darn stick!!! It's just like a piece of furniture that won't fit in. Louise

10:34 AM  
Blogger GG said...

2-28-2008 12:48pm

Hi Anonymous (Feb 28) and re:depth of nest bowl

In my video for 2-26 I make mention of Dad stomping down in the nest bowl, and never had anyone venture a reply as to that behavior. Maybe that was his way to help compact the nest and make it a bit deeper?

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yah(my MN accent!), what is it with that stick, anyway!!??? CaroleinMN

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/28 1400
Everytime I've checked in today, the nest has been empty. I don't think our parents are ready to move in yet. Glad to read a few of the postings that say the eagles were there in the early am, I had checked in between 0700 and 0830 and no sign of them. I'll leave the live feed on for awhile.
Keeping the faith......

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:11 pm EST 2/28
Crows calling and then one landed on the "Y" branch and examined the nest bowl.
Looking for eggs to snack on?!?
Mom & Dad don't seem to be in the area right now as I am sure they would have chased off the intruder.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Bald Eaglecam said...

Just a quick note.

We are no longer working with National Geographic on this project. It was a one year collaboration.

Wing Goodale
BioDiversity Research Institute

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/28 1518

Finally! Some chatter...but just off camera, no E's in site yet.....

Yes, the eagle stomping must be significant as to deepening the bowl. Last yr. during the storm, you could just make out Mom's head. When they incubate (practice) this yr., they seem to be sitting higher. But, haven't we had more snow this yr. I keep going back to the knowledge that these eagles have nested here for yrs., and they must be used to these kinds of storms. March and April have plenty...and we've already got more coming in our forecast over the next few days....

1608 More chatter...and squawks, but still no about noisy crows....they sure are making themselves heard now....

Come out, come out wherever you are......

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

February 28 4:03 EST

Both eagles are here. One on the Y branch one in the nest bowl. Does anybody know where they spend the day?

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/28 1610
They are here! Landed together, getting right down to on the branch and the other settling ON TOP OF THE BOWL. I wonder if the bowl is filled with snow or sticks...... or both.

Just the picture of domesticity!!!!!! :) Dad (?) is up on the Look Out branch (Y). Mom (?) is just a-perchin'.....
They both are acting pretty observant, lots of head swiveling, checkin out the situation...
Is this the necessary practice incubation that someone spoke of?

Well, I feel better now!

I'll be watching for awhile.....

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I checked the cam at 4:15 and both eagles were at the nest. Is the camera blurry or is it my connection?


4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feb.28 They both have been at the nest for a liile while now. How calming it is to watch them as they just sit quietly watching the world go by. Such a serene sight. Only fellow eagle watchers understand what it does for us.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Parents back to practice nesting. 2/28 4 p.m. eastern. Cold, moderate wind. Both parents flew to next. Mom shuffled a little then settled down for 20 minutes to incubate the snow, stands ups, stretches, calls, sits back down in the bowl for two more mintes. Pop sits down on the Y branch hunching down in the cold. After 22 minutes the female calls, crows answer, and then both flew off. More crow calls mixed with vocalizations from both Mom and Pop.

Welcome back !!!

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Followup on previous entry - about 1 1/2 minutes after the parents flew off the nest and the mix of crow calls and the eagles - there was a flash of something big flying between the camera and the nest.

Wonder if they are warning about or defending the nest?

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/28 1624

Gone so soon?!?!?!

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rather discouraging, not an eagle in sight, it's cold, even sowing. Maybe they are starting too early for the long winters we have here in Maine. Hoping the pair we have seen recently will return, everyone keep your fingers crossed that we don't have a repeat of last year (I've gone back and read posts from last year, very similar).

Lou in ME

5:43 PM  
Blogger GG said...

2-28-2008 8:59pm

Wing - thank you for letting us know about NG.

Here's 3 videos of todays antics - the last one is strange - Mom tries to fly into the nest. Dad has already landed and she misses the runway - somehow. 2nd attempt (I didn't catch landing but watched her) was perfect! She's so skilled!

Maine Eagle EARLY morning

Maine Eagle Afternoon Visit

Maine Eagle Mom missed landing

8:59 PM  
Blogger Jen G. said...

Jen G. - 2-29-08, 12:13AM - I don't know if my previous posting will show up but I can't wait to see if this season will give us what we missed out on last year. Was terribly heartbroken after we lost the two chicks in the Patriots Day Nor'easter. I believe I was one of the first ones to spot the first chick in the nest. Praying really hard that these two will overcome any challenges that nature brings to them this season.

12:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing does no more Nat. Geographic mean WE daily observers should step up our donations???? We should be anyway now that nesting season is upon us. The next 2 quilts I quilt will be for BRI and not my checking acct.

Bill in CT Thanks for the idea on refreshing. I could tell my screen refreshed (I always get the Java logo) but it doesn't seem to effect the 15 sec. change. It's probably my computer but I'll keep 20 something daughters will be visiting this weekend & I'll bet one of them can fix me right up!!

J in S.P. ME

5:12 AM  
Blogger flight of fancy said...

Here it is 5:48 AM on Friday 2/29/08. Had to come up to with my coffee to say good morning to our favorite feathered family. I can hear them close by calling, but no visual yet.Yesterday's nest practice was heartwarming...certainly looks promising. Mom sure did cuddle down, didn't she?
I must admit the size difference is much more pronounced this year as dad is a shrimp compared to mom. Doesn't matter, they are so beautiful. My school community has named them Jack and Diane...I bet with a little imagination, and if you are old enough to remember that "little ditty", you could put words to the old song with ease! Have fun!

5:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:00 am

GG- Thanks so much for that WONDERFUL video!!!! Started my day off perfectly. The music was an excellent choice too. I wonder if that stick is in its final place?? Thanks all of you talented folks with the videos. They are enjoyed by all of us.

Highland Lakes, NJ

8:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

From Texas
Atlantic Ocean, eh? It has been so calm it resembled the Gulf of Mexico. Thought it would be rougher in winter.Sorry to offend, but great to now know.
Been missing the morning visits due to teaching school M-F but shared web with parents and my 5yr. olds watch at home now. So great. I teach solely through habitats and I appreciate all the eagle info shared by you all. Learning so much.Keep talking.

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/29 9:07am
One of the eagles just flew into the nest and settled down in the bowl.

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

February 29 9:07 EST

Eagle flew in and settled into the nest bowl for a minute. Now it's on the Y branch looking around. There is still snow in the nest but the sun is out and it looks beautiful. 9:21: Eagle left the nest.

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feb.29 I read somewhere that Eagles spend 90% of their time roosting. I'm guessing they probably have a special roosting branch somewhat close to the nest. Where most of the time we see them fly in from our right and fly out to the same side I assume it is in that area. Most of their calls sound to me as if they come from there. Not sure why. Wondering if any one has seen food brought into the since they have been doing their nestorations and testing of the nest bowl these past few days. I haven't and thought it odd. Wonder what that might mean.

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/29 1150
Not much going on today, very quiet, and whenever I check the nest, (except for 0905) there are no eagles on it. I agree with Carole, I think they frequently sit (roost nearby.
Last night, I read last yrs., blog to compare the two years. There was alot more activity at the nest at this time last year. The first egg was laid, I believe, on 3/6.
Wing, is that significant? Should we take the infrequent visits as any kind of indication? Anyone have any insight or opinion?

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

February 29 12:38 EST

Very angry crows. One is very close and it sounds like a banging in the background - almost like the crow is hitting the microphone. There are others answering farther away.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charles from Texas, ever hear of the calm before the storm? We are about to get hit with yet another snowstorm, which is coming in off the ocean. Check in tomorrow (Saturday) and see how calm it is then, LOL! Just guessing, but perhaps the eagles can sense the weather coming and are waiting it out before starting nesting in earnest? After all, they have been seen mating....

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:09 Just a quick visit to the nest by both eagles. Mom had a sit down in the bowl and Dad worked on moving sticks. It was chilly today, about 10 Below this morning here in Bangor. Hopefully it was warmer on the coast. Another storm is predicted for the weekend.

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/29 @ 5:45 P

Good Evening....

Heavy Snow Warning is in effect from 4 A Saturday to 4 A. Sunday.

Snow accumulation is expected to be an inch or less going toward daylight tomorrow, then during the day we can expect snow, heavy at times,to fall on the coast. During the afternoon, snow mingled with rain and possibly all rain will be the forecast for the outer islands and immediate coast line. SW winds from 15 to 25 MPH and gusts up to 35 MPH in the afternoon. A total accumulation of 3 to 8" can be expected. Sunday will bring scattered snow showers.

Keep the faith, fellow eagle watchers and have a happy weekend.

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

February 29 - 5:29 EST

Eagle chatter in the distance.
5:31 - Eagle on Y branch stretching his/her neck looking around - it flew away.
5:45 - Eagle is back on the Y branch and is looking around. Just flew on the nest - back on the Y branch. Flew away again.

5:52 PM  
Blogger GG said...

2-29-2008 6:25pm

this was one of the afternoon visits:
Maine Eagle Nests

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am on the west coast and have been watching every day off and on and enjoying all of the comments. However, today I only saw dad (I think) briefly. I am thinking the comment earlier about sensing the weather is true. I worry about mom.

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unbelieveable news...the Sutton Aviary Research in OK has a nest with 4 eggs! Check it out when you'all have time!

11:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gg...Thank you so much for the afternoon visit video, I was sitting in trafic, so missed it. I will sleep a little easier tonight knowing our couple is safe tonight.

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been watching the eagles on and off for the last few weeks, watching them move sticks around, try out the nest bowl, etc. This morning I went on and watched the video of Mom missing her landing, and thought the behavior of both the eagles was very different. They both seem to be paying close attention to the very center of the bowl and walking around it very carefully and gingerly, like they used to do when there were eggs in the nest. I realize this can't be, unless they lay their eggs over the course of a few days and just need to keep the eggs from freezing until they are ready to incubate them both (or all) at the same time.

6:10 AM  
Blogger GG said...

3-01-2008 8:35am

The 2 videos are of yesterday (Friday)and Saturday early morning.

This morning (Saturday), it appears to be Dad on each landing. He isn't in the nest but a few moments - guess Mom won't join him.

It could be the weather keeping her on a safe nearby tree limb.

Maine Eagle Feb 28

Maine Eagle Mar 1st

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

March 1 9:14 EST

The weather is terrible - can't see the nest but can hear the wind howling. It doesn't look like snow fell - nothing on the branches but it looks like fog is really thick. The camera just quit. Maybe things will clear up later in the day.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing, do the eagles sense the bad weather and will they delay laying of their eggs?? There have been a few comments with regards to this but I've not been able to find any info to back this up. Could you give us a little info on this? Thanks.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks anonymous for the info on the nest with four eggs. Since our pair in Maine are having a terrible weather day, I checked out the nest in Ok and got on just in time to see dad arrive at the nest and give mom a break. Interesting how the Sutton Center rebuilt their downed nest in a tower they made and the Eagles accepted it as their new nest. I too have noticed different behavior with our pair then last year. Dad seems far more interested in working on the nest than mom does. Our pair has been mating for many years. Does anyone know how long they are able to have their young? I'm keeping the faith but they really aren't spending much time at the nest! Thanks again gg for the videos. They're awesome!
Pam, Colo

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

March 1 - 10:30 EST

Conditions at the nest are terrible - maybe there's ice on the lense which I earlier thought was fog but either way, I'm sure all of you are as happy as I am that there are no eggs yet.

10:30 AM  
Blogger flight of fancy said...

Oh-oh...what the heck!? Howling wind, no video, just shades of gloomy gray...the feed was fine earlier, although it was obvious that Maine was in for a slam again. Hope nothing is wrong...has anyone else noticed this?

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/1, 11:50 am
Just sat down & turned on the PC to check on the eagles. The cam seems to be down. I'm wondering if this couple is waiting to lay their clutch due to weather. In Barton Island, Mass. they are already incubating their clutch, along with the pair in Channel Island Cal. The pair in South Florida's young are already 7 Weeks old. Hopefully we will see more activity from this pair soon.

Naugatuck, CT

11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GM.... How about listing the Sutton Aviary link so we can watch that site too. Louise

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

March 1 - 1:30

The lense must be compltely iced over now - can't see a thing except shades of gray and white and the wind is howling more than before.

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/1 1521
Good grief! I'm sure that we are al thinking the same thing.....Thank goodness that our eagles did not lay their eggs yet.
Thanks for the weather report.
Keep the faith, Anna.
Yes, I'd like to see the Sutton site also.
Well, all.....hearing a few words of wisdom from Wing would be great about now.....Mother Nature is an unpredictable gal and you never know what the next day will bring!
The camera is alternately covered, obscured, or only partially showing the fury of that storm. I don't expect it to be any different for quite awhile.
Keep the faith.....

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

March 1 - 3:40 EST

I can see the nest now and there is more snow on it than there was yesterday. The wind is still howling but doesn't sound quite so strong. There's an odd scraping sound that comes and goes- maybe whatever the microphone is attached to is rubbing against something. I'll be surprised if we see any Eagles today.

3:40 PM  
Blogger GG said...

3-1-2008 4:46PM

Carole/Michigan - my feelings as well - I'm glad the eggs aren't laid.

The eagles are probably very acclimated to this weather and take it in their stride.

In the past, the eggs were not laid until after 4March.

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

March 1 5:30 P.M.
I see someone else already mentioned the Barton Island Nest, I just checked in and surprised to see an egg in the nest bowl! Looks like the ice has come off the camera, can see the nest now. I too am enjoying the videos, I don't seem to catch them in the nest much lately.
Karen in Denmark

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mar 1st @ 5:50 pm

Snow mixed with rain is predicted for the coastline this evening, then mostly all snow to continue after midnight.
Temp in the low 20's..gusting winds up to 35 mph after midnight.

Sunday, mostly cloudy. Chance of snow 50%. Clear and brisk with more winds expected. Monday should bring a partly sunny sky for the eagles to enjoy.

Hang in there....our eagles well know this type of weather. It is not always kind, yet they chose this vicinity.

Keep the faith...

5:53 PM  
Blogger GG said...

3-01-2008 10:03PM

Pam in CO - this nest has been here for about (somebody correct me if I'm wrong) 13 years - maybe this (2008) makes it 14 yrs.

Every year, except 2007, eaglets were hatched and fledged the nest.

1 out of 13/14 sounds like a great number to me. *G*

10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I forgot to mention the sight with the nest with 4 eggs. It's No infrared and not as sophisticated a set up as Wing has but the couple have eggs and are sitting on the nest. Hope the weather is better in the morning in Maine. In the Denver Metro area it was in the 70's today but we're getting a storm in after 2am Sun. with snow expected and a high of 35degrees on Sun. Maybe your storm has moved out!!
Pam, Colo.

2:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw something a little upsetting. 3/2/2008 7:47 AM eastern time the nest is absolutly covered in snow. Dad nor Mom are there. Uh-oh!

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

03/02/08 9:16am
Good morning from Winterport Maine(located approximately 35? miles from eagles). According to the weather report, the area near where the nest is located received approximately 11 inches of snow in this last storm. Today is wind-swept and cold. Another storm expected on Tuesday into Wednesday but looks perhaps like rain. Like all fellow eagle lovers, I am happy to be back reading your observations and waiting to see what this amazing pair will do this year. Best to all, Lisa

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

03/02/08 @ 9:30 am

A sunny morning here in Maine. The temp is around 25 degrees at the coast with the wind chill. it feels around 17 degrees. Better weather is predicted for Monday with some sun shining once again. It will be cold and windy but not any accumulation of snow is expected. Rainy on Tuesday but the temp could get into the 40's....guess we will have to wait and see. Then the rest of the week, it is expected to be "yukko" again!!!

If the eagles put grasses, moss, dead leaves, etc. in the bottom of their nest to line it, I have to wonder if they are not having a hard time finding such material when the ground cover consists of 8 to 10' of snow. Even the floor in the forest must be covered with a lot of snow.

Seeing our pair has mated, isn't it time for egg laying??? The female just can't keep them inside until the weather looks good, right? Does anyone know the number of days eggs are expected to be laid after copulation? There appears to be a lot of work to be done at the nest site before eggs can be laid with a safe hatching. I am hoping they do not lay for another week but am wondering if maybe the eggs are being dropped some place else.

I would appreciate any info one might have. Thnx.

9:38 AM  
Blogger June/Central FL said...

To Mimi and Louise

The site for Sutton Aviary Research is

All the sites are soooo interesting!

The trials and tribulations in VA are interesting also. That site is

Enjoy the day!

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/2 1000
It never ceases to amaze me....the strength of this nest......with visions of yesterday, I tuned in this morning and lo and behold, there it is....looking so serene, as though yesterday was just another day. The beauty of that location is truly awesome....the sea is icy blue today, and not quite as choppy as one might expect. Lots of snow on it.
GG, your words are heartening.
Enjoy the day. Keep the faith.

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/2 1023
On second thought, after watching the nest for awhile, I must report that the ice blue sea is VERY choppy, and it is very windy and chilly looking at the tree.........

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:15am 3/2
Thanks gg. Yes, this pair has a fantastic record with their nest. The NWF says they have raised 16-17 chicks in 10 years. I've been watching them for 3 seasons now and went back and reread their info about them ( if anyone's interested.
Also, read on that Bald eagles can mate throughout their life starting from the age of 4. Breeding, however, may not happen every year for a pair due to bad weather, lack of food or absence of a suitable nesting site.
So, apparently they do breed all their life. That was what I wasn't sure of.
Such beautiful and facinating birds.
We woke up in Colo. to a blizard with temps 50 degrees colder than yesterday. I looked out the windows and it looked like the Eagle Cam in Maine yesterday. There's a lot of wind and everything is blowing and snow frozen to the windows.
Stay warm and we'll look for eggs in about a week!!
Pam, Colo

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure would like the Sutton Aviary website. Would be nice to check on it once in a while. But the Maine site will always be my priority.

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/2, 11:25am

Heard chatter very nearby, but saw no eagle.


11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I may be wrong, but I think the camera was obscured by snow yesterday. Being in Maine and needing to go into work, I had too many opportunities to experience the weather on Saturday, the 1st. It was a very wet snow and there were very strong winds which were likely to be even stronger on the coast. I think the wet snow had blown into the camera lens. At times during the day, one could see some images, but as if through an ice or snow covered window. I'm glad that our eagles have delayed hatching into March this year. It's been a rough winter in Maine this year.

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

March 2
3:10 in Michigan

I just signed on to see an Eagle on the Y branch looking out over the water. It doesn't appear to be anxiously awaiting for it's mate -it's just sitting there almost motionless.

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just checked back in, and there is an eagle on the y-branch--the female, I believe, as it's very plump and ruffled looking. She's just watching the ocean and occasionally preening. So cool to watch!
Pam in CA.

3:34 PM  

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