All Bald Eagles – all the time (mostly)
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They plan to arrive today at the nest between 11 am and 1 pm Pacific Time. They will work to get the camera restarted (cross your fingers) and then we will be able to watch live. If you have never watched a banding or Jim Spickler’s amazing interactions with the eaglets in the nest as he gathers them up for banding, it is a very special thing to see! He and the entire IWS crew do a wonderful job! For a preview of what takes place during a banding on the Channel Islands, here are photos from banding of another couple of nests in the past few days on the islands (nests without cams) http://z7.invisionfree.com/CHIL_EagleCAM/index.php?showtopic=8277and of course the link to the cams and chat for today’s events, http://www.iws.org/interactive_nestchat_allUstream.html
Last I checked, they were up to 4 eggs hatched, with probably 4 more to go (I have seen that there are either 8 or 9 eggs). Why am I reporting geese hatching? Well, they are on an “eaglecam”. This Canada Goose family nested this year in a Bald Eagle nest when the eagles built a new nest nearby. Amazingly the little goslings will drop/float out of the tree to the ground probably with the first 24 hours of their life and then be walked to the nearby water. For more pictures and info you can visit the Hancock Wildlife Forums and the cam link is here: http://www.hancockwildlife.org/index.php?topic=MissionBC#camera-ptz
Woohoo! The first chick hatched sometime early this morning at the new Whitehorse, Yukon nest eaglecam! This is the first hatch since the camera went live, so big congrats and thanks to Yukon Electrical for bringing us this new cam! I am finding it really interesting to compare the daily routine of this pair compared to nests that are more southern. With such a long daylight period so far north, the diurnal cycle signals must be so different! Cam link: http://www.yecleagles.com/
It looks like we have a good size pip in at least one egg at the Whitehorse nest. Hopefully a new bobblehead soon! Cam link: http://www.yecleagles.com It’s fun that with 20 hours of daylight each day so far north, we can watch almost any time!
The IWS crew is looking at doing banding at the Two Harbors nest (1 eaglet) this Saturday, around 11am pacific time. The date/time have not been finalized, but wanted to pass along a heads up. Also the cam there has been down for a little over a week, so I know they will work to get it going when they are there (and should be able to), it may affect their ability to stream the banding live. Lots of “not sure’s” right now, but generally with IWS things do go as planned, so I’ll be ready to watch Saturday! I will update if I get further info or confirmation. (Pic of eaglet from May 3)
One of our blog followers, Pat, did some great research and found some more info including photos of the nest and its construction! It is really cool to read about how the nest was constructed and what inspired the community, as they came to the aid of eaglets who fell from their tree nest in 2006 and how that evolved into the platform that was eventually built and is now used. Here are some links that she found to news stories that help tell the story. Thanks Pat!
I wasn’t worried, really I wasn’t LOL. What an amazing thing to watch the chick find its way out of a shell half covered by another shell! That was something I won’t soon forget and was a very special moment to witness. Big thanks to HWF for bringing us this great new cam this year and all who monitor and love this nest. Also thanks to Priscillash who caught the video shown below of part of the process. Looking at just after 30 seconds in to the video, I think dad was actually helping by nibbling the shell a little bit! What do you guys think?
Judy B at the Hancock Wildlife Forums (be sure to scroll back through posts) has posted incredible videos of the Harrison Mills nest second chick who is working very hard to get out of his double thick shell, as a large part of the first chick’s shell slid over the second egg after the first chick hatched. Check out the forum link to see lots more pics, videos and info on this amazing story as it unfolds! The cam and zooming and zoomers are great! Link to cam: http://www.hancockwildlife.org/index.php?topic=HarrMills
I had sent an email off to ask some questions of the folks at the Yukon Electrical Company to see if I could find out more about this exciting new nest. Laura Carlson, Senior Corporate Communications Advisor, very nicely and quickly responded to my questions. I have reformatted our email conversation into a Q&A type view, to make it a bit more readable. “Q” is my question, “A” is Laura’s answer.
Q: Do you know when the eggs were laid?
A: We were able to capture when the female laid the third egg, which was on April 15th. (note from Twizz: putting us smack onto day 35 today from the probable lay date of the first egg) We are currently working on getting our YouTube channel up, where we will be posting highlights of the eagle activity. Just as an interesting note, we were able to capture the eagles endure a pretty awful snowstorm. We are hopeful that we can get the clips up by the end of the week.
Q: Are you able to tell us anything about the eagle pair? (approx age, have they used the nest before?)
A: As this is the first year the camera has been installed, we aren’t 100% sure if this is the same female from last year. The nest is in a very high visibility location in town and we have been able to observe the eagles for the past few years. We know that last year there was a pair, but the male was killed. The female was able to raise one chick to fledging. So we think this is the same female as last year.
Q: Has this nest been successful in the past?
A: Yes, it has been occupied since 2009
Q: How high up is the nest?
A: The nest is located in an artificially constructed basket at the top of a utility pole, 40 feet up.
Q: Are there any special markings that help to distinguish the eagle parents (other than the female being larger)?
A: We know the female has much more apparent white in her wings (note from Twizz: I think I am also seeing a black spot on the top of the head of one of the parents, but don’t know which one yet)
Q: What is the most often seen food?
A: So far we have only seen ground squirrel and fish. The nest is located right on the Yukon River.
Q: What can you tell us about the cam itself?
A: The camera has the capacity for sound, however it wasn’t installed this year, we can pan, tilt zoom. There is no night vision, but based on the fact that we get about 20 hours of daylight (Twizz: my emphasis -it is way cool!) from mid-May until the end of July it really didn’t seem like a feature we needed.
A huge thanks to Laura Carlson for her wonderful answers! Since the third egg was laid Apr 15, and you back up 6 days to the likely date of the first egg being laid (typically 3 days apart), that puts us at day 35 on hatch watch today! If there was delayed incubation, then it may be a few more days, but either way, we are in the hatch watch window! Can’t wait!
We have a number of nests where the eaglets are about 7-8 weeks old and are starting to get real flight practice, often with hop jumps and some occasional air time. This will only increase as they gain the skills and strength needed for flying, and is great fun to watch (even if we do all hold our breath that they don’t go overboard when they are practicing lol). Here is a list of nests where you might get to see some of the flight action. (click camera names to go to cam site)
Alcoa Davenport (8+ weeks old)
Blackwater Refuge (10+ weeks old and could be ready to fledge – harder to see, since cam doesn’t stream)
Boonshoft Nest (7+ weeks old)
Duke Farms (7+ weeks old)
Harrison Bay (7+ weeks old)
Lake of the Ozarks (7+ weeks old)
Sooner Lake (almost 8 weeks old)