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Sadly, the eaglet at the Catalina West End nest died in the arms of the biologist during banding today. Here is part of what was posted this afternoon about what happened.
We are sorry to report that the bald eagle chick on the West End of Santa Cruz(Note: Assume he meant Catalina) Island died shortly after biologists retrieved the bird from the nest to be banded. The bird was not showing any signs of stress, when it hung its head and died while being held by Dr. Sharpe. This is the only death that has ever occurred during a nest visit and banding. Sometimes there are pre-existing congenita
Here is a link to the cam discussion if you would like to offer condolences to those who loved this eaglet: http://www.iws.org/interactive_nestchat_allUstream.html. I know also that because it happened during banding, many may have strong feelings regarding the situation, so I have started a special discussion post on Eagleholic Talk, an independent forum where you can post your thoughts. http://twizzkid.com/2015/05/banding-share-your-thoughts/
The schedule may change, but the current plan is to band at the Two Harbors nest on Wednesday the 27th, early afternoon Pacific Time, and then West End Thursday the 28th in the morning. The plan is also to stream the bandings live on the eaglecams. Link to cams: http://www.iws.org/interactive_nestchat_allUstream.html
Here is the note from Dr. Sharpe of IWS as of about 3pm Pacific time this afternoon (Tue): “I need to fly out to San Clemente Island on Thursday afternoon, so I will band the Two Harbors chick tomorrow in the early afternoon (can’t leave Avalon until around noon) and will band the West End on Thursday morning around 10 am or so.”
Both eaglets branched recently and today one has fledged! The fledged eaglet has been back to the nest at least once and is nearby according to reports. Congratulations to all who love and watch this nest! Two beautiful eagles growing strong! Big thanks to JoyS for the reports about the fledge! Link to cam: http://www.webcams.dnr.state.mn.us/eagle/
Wonderful news today that Ozzie was moved to the large flight cage and within minutes took his first flight! CROW is reporting that he is looking good and will be in the flight cage for 2 to 3 weeks. Go Ozzie! More in their Facebook post and video here: https://www.facebook.com/CROWClinic/videos/843612692360389 (pic above courtesy of and screen capped from the video)
It is an interesting time at the Dollywood nests. The eaglet that is now being raised by Indy and Frank is not from their own eggs. Because we were getting past hatch time for Indy and Frank’s eggs, they were gathered up and checked and found infertile (darn). But, an egg that had been abandoned by another pair had been incubated to hatch and that little eaglet is now with Indy and Frank! To read more about the story, check out the http://www.eagles.org/Cams/DollywoodNest.html page for details and a couple of very sweet videos by DragonLainey as Indy and Frank met their new eaglet!
Here is a quick report of the latest fledging and branching news:
Both Berry College eaglets have successfully fledged! One of the eaglets was not seen for a couple of days after fledging, but was seen with Dad Eagle today, and the other has been sticking close to the nest and has been visible on cam. So, both doing well!
One eaglet at Minnesota DNR has branched! Looks like sibling won’t be too far behind. Pic above is from the Minnesota DNR nest this afternoon.
Note: in the video – to see B4, you have to look just below the word ‘nest’ in the text logo at the bottom left of the screen – all you can see is a flash of wings and then a quick fly by. After a bit of drama yesterday when a branch apparently broke sending B4 down to a perch below the nest, and not returning to the nest overnight, B4 successfully fledged today! (thanks to Chris for the heads up yesterday of the start of the situation) Reports from the ground are that B4 did a great flyover and is doing good! Link to cams: http://www.berry.edu/eaglecam/
Yay! The little one completed hatching overnight! I had to giggle at baby vocally announcing himself to us laying on its back looking up at the cam. S/he turned over a second later, so no worries there. Big congrats to all who love and follow this nest! Link to cams: http://www.hancockwildlife.org/index.php?topic=HarrMills#camera-north
Sadly, per reports from nest cam watchers and a later IWS report, one of the two chicks at the Two Harbors nest fell from the nest Friday afternoon. There is about a 300 ft drop from the side that the chick fell from so it was very unlikely to have survived. Hugs and condolences to all who love and watch this nest.
Looking like we have a pip in the second egg at the HWF Harrison Mills nest! HWF continues to have some troubles with their websites, so the regular links don’t work to the cams, but you can watch directly on Wildearth.tv. There are great zoomies providing us with wonderful close-up views! Here are the cam links that are working at the moment: http://wildearth.tv/cam/harrison-mills-north and http://wildearth.tv/cam/harrison-mills-south