All Bald Eagles – all the time (mostly)
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While the situation still seems fluid at the the nest. The most recent understanding is that Larry chased away the intruder male, and the intruder female has moved in, and has been accepted by Larry as his new mate. Lucy left the nest on her own on Thursday and has not been sighted since. Darrin (the teacher at E4k) has a great update detailing the situation here: http://www.eagles4kids.com/daily-updates/2014/3/8/a-new-day-and-a-new-twist.html There was a visit by a third eagle today who approached the nest but did not stay. It is not clear who that eagle might have been. All we can do is stay tuned at this point and follow what happens. Link to nest: http://www.eagles4kids.com/two-cams-with-chat/ pic is current pair that seem comfortable on the nest as of this afternoon.
Chatters are reporting that Samson (Sam) fledged this morning and has been seen by ground observers flying and perched! Way to go Sam!!!! We always miss them so much when they fledge, but it is so wonderful to have the opportunity to watch them from egg laying to thrive and fledge. And these two have been such an easy joy to watch! Beautiful! pic: Screen capture of both Samson and Delilah, taken this morning before Samson fledged (as it turns out it was just 4 min before fledge lol I just missed it). This is the first fledge from a North American Eaglecam for the season.
Indy laid her third egg this afternoon. Big congrats! The first egg is currently being incubated away from the nest, and because the nest structure needs some repair, my understanding is that eggs #2 and #3 will also be removed temporarily to safe incubation while they do the repairs to the nest. Link to cams: http://www.ustream.tv/americaneaglefoundation
First light this morning brought the arrival of a different pair of eagles on the Eagles4kids nest. It is clearly not Lucy and Larry. That is all that is known for sure at this point. Pic shows new pair. cam link: http://www.eagles4kids.com/two-cams-with-chat/
There were incidents today of eagles chasing other eagles from the nest, eagles that weren’t recognized standing on the nest for a while and at least one attack that was caught on cam. It is very difficult to tell (although we know we don’t see Lucy, due to her missing talons) who is who. Is there a new pair on the nest? It appeared that it might be. Is Larry working to defend the nest? For a good summary and videos from crayj, visit the daily update on the Eagles4kids page: http://www.eagles4kids.com/daily-updates/2014/3/6/march-6-2014-serious-territorial-dispute.html There is much concern, and frankly I am a little bit too emotional about it to watch the videos and try to figure it all out. I know that thankfully, there are others who are working on it. And we hope to see Larry and Lucy, business as usual on the nest tomorrow, but it’s a roll of the dice at this point what will transpire. This is an amazing opportunity to watch nature! The picture included here is from the eagle attack late this afternoon. The two eagles rolled off the nest during the attack.
After numerous technical difficulties, primarily related to the severe cold weather, the MN Bound cam (Harmon’s nest – although they have made the decision that they will not continue naming the eagles) is up and running! Last year, their first egg was laid March 9, so getting close! So happy to see this cam up and running!! link to cam: http://www.ustream.tv/mneaglecam
Sadly, it doesn’t look like there will be chicks this year for eagles Savannah and Derek at the Carolina Raptor Center. At 40 days after the second egg was laid, they are noting that the egg was probably not fertile. Hatching generally occurs 35-38 days after laying, so it is a bit beyond the expected time range at this point. The other egg of the two that Savannah laid was lost (broken) Feb 10.
The second egg has arrived this evening at the Jordan Lake nest. It looked like Mom eagle had to work pretty hard for this one, and she settled down and dropped right off to sleep after it was laid (without giving us a peek). Thankfully a bit later, we did get a glimpse. Very big congrats to all who love this cam! Also, sound is now turned on at the nest which is great! Link to cam: http://www.ustream.tv/jordanlakeeagles
The AEF is reporting that Indy has laid her second egg this evening. Big congrats!!