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Yoohoo! The third chick hatched overnight! Just watched a great feeding, although dad did actually drop a big chunk of food on one as he was trying to position himself and food to the other side of the nest – nothing like being food bonked LOL! While we wish it had hatched a little bit sooner (to be closer in age to its siblings), it had perfect timing in terms of cam functioning LOL. IWS as always did a great job of keeping some kind of cam focused on the nest. When the actual nest cam was down, they used the wide angle cam zoomed waaay in, but managed to get the nest cam up and running in time for beautiful views of the third bobblehead at the nest this morning! Thank you IWS! Congrats to Wray and Superman (eagle parents) and all the aunties and uncles of West End
Just saw a good sized pip at West End. Was able to see the little one moving around, so think we’ve got a good hatch starting! Woohoo!!! Cam link here: http://www.iws.org/interactive_nestchat_allUstream.html
Of course we love all the nests, and we have a number of nests incubating and well worth watching, it looks like we are going into a period of a couple of weeks where hatches are not likely. So I cruised around the nests and summarized a list of which nests are most active now (not including incubation only nests). And of course anything can happen at any nest when mother nature is in charge, so we’ll be keeping tabs on all, but the cam list is getting pretty full of info, so I thought this might be a useful quick guide at this moment. You can click nest names to go to the cams.
On Hatch Watch now!
Nests with bobbleheads (young chicks) to watch
Nests with not so little ones
Also possible watch ideas
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.
Egg number two has arrived! Congrats to Wray and Superman (K-01) and all of the IWS Aunties and Uncles!
Wray laid her first egg of the season this evening! Congrats to Eagle Parents Wray and Superman (K-01) on the Catalina Island West End nest and all of the IWS aunties and uncles who have had 3 sleepless nights waiting for Wray as she sat restlessly night after night on the nest without laying an egg. Happy relief and and hopefully a good night’s sleep for Wray and all of her fans (including me - a fan I mean)!
First want to say hoping all in the path of the storms this weekend are staying safe!
Thinking about which nests I need to try to keep an eye on this weekend, I thought I’d share the list of which nests have (or may have) special activity this weekend. If you come across anything exciting, would love to have you post here in comments or on the mirror Facebook page http://www.Facebook.com/baldeaglecams
Not listed in any particular order:
1. Will the eggs hatch at the new Minnesota DNR nest? According to known info, the eggs are about 39 days old, which is starting to get past the comfort zone for hatch time, BUT in the last 24 hours, I’ve seen extra shimmying, listening and at least one person has reported a possible pip, so crossing our fingers here!
2. Did the currently resident owl pair on the Wolf River eagle nest lay an egg this morning? Looks like it, but not certain. Owls Bonnie and Clyde as they are affectionately called by chatters shared dinner on nest last night and what sure looks like an egg is there this morning. However some also saw a pellet and or light colored prey in the nest, so being a little conservative here (although I’m going with yes its an egg! lol) But we will have to see! And what will happen when and if the eagles George and Martha arrive to this cozy owl use of their nest?
3. Are the West End and Two Harbor’s Eagle moms going to lay early this year? At both of these IWS nests, the Moms stayed overnight on the nest last night, and sure had that trance like thing going on! But no eggs so far. It would be a bit earlier than last year, but not too much.
4. Will the Alcoa parents deliver a second egg today? First one was on Feb 7, so could be about time!
5. Will we see hatching at Carolina Raptor Center? They are right on schedule for hatch time!
6. Will Elsie and Einstein at Lake of the Ozarks nest get in gear and get some egg laying done? The time is right! So, hoping!
7. Will our new owl friend at the Sequoyah nest lay another egg? It has been two days. But is there even a male in the equation? If so, no one has seen him yet!
8. Might be time for another egg at the NCTC nest as well! It’s been three days there since egg #1
I feel like I”m on a roller coaster reporting this week. Tears of happiness at eggs laid in Florida, and in between those happy moments, the so very sad ones of the loss of the little ones we watched and loved earlier this year. First, the report of the loss of D-14 from Decorah and now K-27 (Athena) from the Institute of Wildlife Studies Catalina Island West End nest. In 2012 the West end had 3 chicks. K-24 (Megwich), K-27 and 5Z. Unfortunately K-24 was also found deceased earlier this year. K-27 was seen recently on the mainland near the island, which was great news, that she had made it successfully across the channel to the mainland. She was a feisty eagle and a heck of a flyer and quickly made her way up to Canada where we have now learned that unfortunately she was found deceased. There are not too many details yet, only that she was found and identified.
On a happier note, the IWS eagles are active and busy at their nests getting ready for the new year and the cams are up and running to watch the antics of the parents.