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Many are asking for more information about A-49 and her history. Cindy, a long time fan of the IWS nests, has posted some great info in the comments section for this story and has given me permission to share it with you as a blog post (see below). Thanks Cindy! And adding to the story, A-49 was seen on the Sauces nest again this morning. hmmm, more of “as the nest turns” as it is being called by chatters, as I hear more! (pic with story is today’s visit by A-49)
Cindy’s comment: Just to add a little more to the story, there were sightings of A-40 hanging around with A-49 in 2010, and in September of 2011. So they have sort of a history. This would have been the 3rd year for a nest for 40 and 27. A-49 is a very large female maybe she intimidated 27 and chased her from the nest. Speculation on my part only. Hoping we hear soon of a sighting of A-27 she is a very sweet eagle. On the other hand it is very exciting to have a cam sighting of A-49 dubbed Princess Cruz – as she was the first natural hatch on Santa Cruz Island since 1949 when she hatched in 2006. This is the first “live” cam sighting of her since she fledged though the biologists have taken pictures of her several times. Anyway, yes for sure many questions remain and it will be interesting to see how things develop. Dr. Sharpe says it is still possible if indeed A-40 and A-49 are now a pair for them to still have a clutch this year. We shall all see together.
The humboldt cam had problems up in the tree, and I don’t know what fixed it (they were hoping it was weather related and would dry out – so maybe so!), but it is up and running again! In addition to that, it has been added to the Institute of Wildlife Studies (IWS) 5 cam page, making it now a 6 cam page! You can see all of the IWS nests, West End, West end wide-adngle, Two Harbors, Sauces, Pelican Harbor and now Humboldt! Very cool! The cams can also be watched individually on their own pages as indicated on the Eagle Cam List page on this site.
Video: A big thanks to Mary Alexander for sharing this video from last night, where not only can you watch A-27 on the Sauces nest on Santa Cruz Island, as she labors to lay her egg, if you watch carefully at about 4:56 into the video, you will see the push that actually lays the egg and a glimpse of the egg as it arrives.
Wow, where to begin? Early in the evening, A-27 and A-40 on the Santa Cruz Island nest were visited by an unknown intruder who was quite vocally notified it wasn’t welcome. Most believe that it was another adult eagle, but it was very difficult to tell. With all of us hoping that tonight might be the night for A-27 to lay her first egg, just before dark, both eagles left the nest. darn. Then after dark, sometime later, A-27 suddenly appeared on the nest and within a few minutes laid an egg! It happened so quickly that chatters wondered that she might not have made it to the nest in time. But thankfully, she did, and what was really cool was that we saw the egg actually being laid, the push that produced the egg! Something I for sure have never seen before! After making us wait a good hour to get a full look at the egg, it was clear that it was positioned out of the nest bowl. She has been carefully maneuvering it toward the nest bowl. It is not clear at this moment, if it is actually there or not yet, but she is incubating it. Whew! A very exciting and unusual egg laying! Congrats to A-27 and A-49 and all the IWS Aunties and Uncles!
A wonderful story of the recent adventures and rescue of A-81 “Buster”, a juvenile Eagle from the Sauces nest on Santa Cruz Island. There is a great video of Helen from IWS rescuing A-81 (click the thumbnail below), and be sure to visit their forum for the whole story with many great pics!
Both of these nests are on Santa Cruz Island. From the info I saw, they plan to do the Sauces chicks tomorrow (June 8) sometime early to mid-afternoon and then the Pelican Harbor chick on Sunday mid to late morning. (All Pacific Daylight time) Pic shown is Sauces from today. They sure all grow up quickly don’t they? All three eaglets are about 8 weeks old.
Here’s my first glimpse of the two. Fun to see both bobbleheads!
yoohoo! will post a pic as soon as I can grab one!
Hoping for a second hatch at any time, Bald Eagle mom endures a soggy night on the Santa Cruz Island Sauces nest. The Pelican Harbor nest is also on hatch watch and probably equally as soggy, but no night cam there.