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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!
Big thanks to MaggiesMom for letting me know and Paintnut for the video of Scootch fledging Friday evening. Congrats to all who love and follow this cam! Link to cam: http://www.hornbyeagles.com/HEGPSchat.htm
Yippee!! Today Mist, the female eaglet at the Humboldt nest fledged and her brother Angel fledged a few days ago on July 23. Wonderful news! Congrats to all who love and follow this nest! Link to cam: http://www.iws.org/hbe.html
Here is a quick summary of recent news: Happily, the second eaglet at White Rock has successfully fledged. Thanks to Chris for the heads up on that one! Great to see both Jules and Indy out and about. The Decorah eaglet “SOAR” (D20) who is rehabbing from a broken wing, is healing well enough that they could remove the metal pin yesterday. Also, there are some discussion, and it make take significant time for his tail feathers to repair. More info and xray pics can be found on the SOAR Facebook page. Finally some sad news as one of the Boonshoft fledged eaglets has perished after it was found with a severely damaged wing. You can read more at the Eastwood Eagle Watchers forum post here: http://eastwoodeaglewatchers.wordpress.com/2014/07/17/reality-bites/
Wow, checked in on the Lake Washington cam and the nest was just plain gone! Thankfully, there is a very helpful thread over on the Hancock Wildlife Forum where watchers have been posting pictures and info as the nest was falling apart in the last few days. They note that they have seen both eaglets. The eaglets are over 11 weeks old. It is not known if they have technically fledged, but they are old enough to, and so are doing fine as far as folks have been able to see. Being fed on the branches by parents, etc. Link to cam: http://wdfw.wa.gov/wildwatch/eaglecam/video_lw2.html
One of the eaglets from the HWF White Rock nest fledged early this morning. Big thanks to Chris for the heads up! Christian Sasse has had one of his wonderful live feeds going with a cam pointed at Jules where s/he ended up in a nearby tree. The live feed with Christian narrating events as they happen can be found here: http://www.hancockwildlife.org/index.php?topic=LiveStream As I write (11:45 am nest time – PDT), Christian has the camera on, but left for a well earned break, and Jules decided to pop to another location just a few minutes later, so at the moment I don’t see Jules on cam. It looks just Indy is on the main nest cam, so not sure where Jules is, but hear screeping and Jules was preening and looking quite comfortable on Christian’s cam feed. Here is the link to the main White Rock cams: http://www.hancockwildlife.org/index.php?topic=White-Rock-Eagle1 Oops, there goes the camera view changing again, so things changing quickly, and I see Indy doing some beautiful branching! Oh, Christian just came back, and I may have seen Jules fly by the main camera. Okay, gonna stop typing and get this posted and get back to watching. Exciting day at White Rock, and oh, how beautiful the view is from that regular cam! Congrats to all the White Rock fans!
I’m very sad to report that D18 (EWOT) was electrocuted today. Here is what RRP posted on Facebook about what happened:
7-8-14 ~ We are Heartbroken to Announce the Electrocution of our Male Juvenile Decorah Eaglet (EWOT / believed to be D18)
Bob Anderson has released this statement:
“This morning the one young 2014 male eagle was seen soaring high over the bluff near Decorah compost site. We were all impressed by his flying skill. We believe that the young eagle was on his way back to the compost site when he attempted to land on the power pole about 1/2 mile from the compost site. This was a high transmission power pole and the eaglet suffered burns on its wing (wrist) and singed feathers on his feet. The electricity either entered through its feet and out the wing or vice versa, and his wing was nearly severed.We are all very saddened as his flying prowess led us to believe that we would have a long lived male eagle to compliment the data from our famous D1″.
You may recall the Decorah eagles D12 and D14 were both electrocuted in 2012, and while many of the power poles around the nest and hatchery were retrofitted, not all poles in Decorah were, and this pole was quite a distance from the nest tree.
We will have more information tomorrow as we learn more.
Just a quick summary update (and I’m not even going to try and use their names LOL): The eaglet with the broken wing, had surgery a few days ago to pin the break and continues to recover at SOAR. They are reporting today that for the first time since surgery the eaglet ate “whole giant chicken leg on his own”, which is great news! The other two eaglets are hanging out at the Decorah Yard Waste Facility mulch pile and are being fed by Dad, and both parents are in the area, keeping an eye on them. So, a different experience than past years, but all seems good at this point.