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Hancock Wildlife is reporting that they have learned that the Lafarge nest was lost last night in a storm. The tree has broken and the nest and cams have fallen. There is an artifical nest there which hopefully the eagles will use, but there will not be any cams this year. Most thankfully, it is off season at this nest and no eaglets or eggs were damaged.
For many of the cams, this is the time of year when repairs, refurbishing, etc are done and things are often in test mode. Here are a couple of status tidbits I ran across today:
Duke Farms: “We have pulled down the eagle camera and found out the main issue currently appears to be a corroded connector. We will be cleaning/replacing the connectors and run tests and hopefully have the camera up soon again”
IWS – West end: “We are going to begin some work on the West End cams this week, so they are likely to go off air for hours or days, depending on how things go with renovations. I hope to have at least one cam back up before I leave to work on the Santa Cruz cams next Monday.”
Humboldt Bay: from Sandra, “I got both cams back on air *with sound* Enjoy
The cams at Eagles4kids are up and running for the season. While they do not normally lay eggs until March at this nest, there has been lots of eagle traffic and nest visits seen on the cams! The male at this nest “Larry” has been auditioning females as he looks for a new mate, and it looks like there are lots of eagles checking out the nest. There seemed to be some serious bonding between Larry and a female called “NF” for “New Female” by watchers in the months since Lucy (Larry’s previous mate) disappeared. Just this morning, there was a pair doing some nestorations.
For those who don’t know the history of this nest and the inspirational story of Larry’s mate Lucy, who overcame the loss of all talons on one foot, and was doing amazingly well, but then disappeared in March of 2014, there is great information and more of the story here: http://www.eagles4kids.com/lucy-then-and-now/. Link to cams: http://www.eagles4kids.com/ or two cams with chat page: http://www.eagles4kids.com/two-cams-with-chat/
RRP announced today that the cam was turned back on. They mention that it appears that Mom and Dad have been bringing some material into the nest (N2) Link to cam: http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles the pic above is from today
Wonderful news about the injured Wolf River eagle that was thought to possibly be Martha of the Wolf River eaglecam pair. It seemed certain that she would not fly again, but she had other ideas! The beautiful Facebook album by the Feather Wildlife Rehab Center tells the story https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.760811077317822.1073741871.147964821935787&type=1 Be sure to open the photo album and read the captions to get the story. Be prepared for happy tears!
The season started this week with the official opening of the Northeast Florida and Southwest Florida cams. Chat is up an running periodically at both and frequency will increase as we get closer to egg laying time. Some great nestorations going on at both.
There are also a surprising number of cams whose main activity will be later in the season that are already up and running and seeing eagle activity. I’m doing my best to keep the cam list updated with the official status.
Here’s a list, in order based on previous years, of which nests may have eggs between now and the end of January. All but Sutton are already online, and I included the new Skidaway Georgia cam in the list because being in the south, I would expect it to be fairly early, but it is not online yet.
Northeast Florida (eggs last year in November)
Southwest Florida (eggs last year in November)
Sutton Sequoyah (eggs in December two years ago, last year they used a different nest so exact date unknown)
Berry College (eggs last year in January)
Blackwater Refuge (eggs last year in January)
Carolina Raptor Center (eggs last year in January) click the ‘eacam’ tab in the cam window
Skidaway Savannah (cam to come online when eagles return – expected in December)
Happy watching!! The photo above is a beautiful and amazingly wonderful quality screen capture from the Northeast Florida cam. I think it’s Juliet, but don’t quote me.
Both of the Florida eaglecams are scheduled to start streaming in just 4 more days! Last year, we had our first egg at the Northeast Florida cam on Nov 14, followed three days later by the first egg at the Southwest Florida cam. Both pairs of eagles have been seen in the area of their nests, with reports of mating and nestorating underway. Yay!!!
Amazingly its time to get ready for the new season! Yippee! I’ve done a general reset of the cam list. The link has changed, so be sure to update any saved bookmarks, etc. The current link is http://eagleholic.wordpress.com/eagle-cam-list/ As I get specific information on the status of the cams, I will update the info on the list.
New eaglecam! I know of one new cam so far this year. Another cam for Georgia! They installed the equipment this summer and will go online when the eagles return to the nest. They said they expect that to be around December. Its listed as the Savannah cam – Skidaway on the list at this point. Not sure what they will call it officially, so that may change.
Here are some news tidbits of things that have been happening in the past few weeks:
Cam upgrades and news
Eaglet Scootch has returned to the nest after a scary looking fall and fly-away right after fledging on Friday. It looks like she is no worse for the wear from what folks have been able to tell so far. Yay Scootch, good job! Link to cam: http://www.hornbyeagles.com/HEGPSchat.htm
Folks at the Hornby nest are reporting that about an hour after Scootch fledged, she fell (video link below), was seen flying after that, but has not been seen since. Here’s is what was reported on their Facebook page: “Scootch left the Nest Tree for the first time friday august 8 just before 5pm. An hour later, she lost her footing on the branch & suffered a terrible fall. She was reportedly seen flying away from the fall with both adults. There were two more reported sightings of her, one just after the fall, & one at 8pm. She hasn*t been seen or heard since. Please contact us if you think you see a young Eagle in this area who may be her.” Video of the fall (thanks CrayJ): http://youtu.be/z_5Uy_wzu7w Hoping she is seen again soon!