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The Hancock Wildlife Foundation White Rock nest fell from the tree today. Fortunately the eaglets have fledged and although they have spent time in the nest to eat, etc, their flying skills are great and so it shouldn’t be a problem for them. Link to cams: http://www.hancockwildlife.org/index.php?topic=White-Rock-Eagle1
I’m so very sad to report that we have learned tonight that Bob Anderson passed away this morning. So many of us started watching the eaglecams through the Decorah cam. I just don’t have any words at the loss at this moment. Bob will be missed tremendously. Here is a link to a confirmation post from RRP if you have trouble believing it like I did when I first heard. http://raptorresource.blogspot.com/
The Raptor Resource Project is reporting this morning that the N2 tree has fallen in a thunderstorm. Lightning broke off the eagle nest about 20 feet below the nest. All three young eaglets have been accounted for and one parent has been seen. There is no reason to think that anything has happened to the other parent, it just hasn’t been seen yet. The N2 nest was the main nest used by the eagles this year to raise the eaglets, but since they have fledged it was not being used much at this point. Here is the official statement from RRP, you can also find a picture here: https://www.facebook.com/103786266324668/photos/a.168536729849621.27387.103786266324668/881349975234956/?type=1
“7-18-15 ~ Decorah Bald Eagles Nest 2 Tree Downed In Severe Thunder Storm
As you can see from the photo, our N2 tree took a direct hit and has toppled. We have the following information from Bob this morning, and with RRP folks and volunteers on site for the busy After The Fledge weekend we hope to be able to bring you more information as it is available.
“Greetings all, As if things could not get any worse, early this AM we had a severe thunder cell roll through Decorah and lightning/wind broke off the eagle nest about twenty feet below the nest. All three young eaglets are accounted for and we have one adult eagle being seen regularly. There are many other trees in the surrounding area that have been damaged. We are all glad that all three eaglets are accounted for and once again survived heavy lightning and/winds. Lots of damage to the wood surrounding the nest tree which is now just a stump.”
RRP would like to say, first and foremost, the eagles are fine!
As to other questions: What will happen now? Where will the eagles build a new nest? Is the camera equipment and infrastructure ruined? The answer is, we simply don’t know what next. But we know that the eagles endure all hardships and will build again. We’ll just have to be patient and see what happens as the months continue.
For right now, N2 was not really being used. The Juveniles are using other trees to perch, learning their lessons on how to fish and hunt, as well as flight and chase lessons, and it would only be a few more weeks before they will eventually disperse and head off to follow their own destinies. We’ll continue to bring you those ‘summer stories’ of our family, and update regularly here as we have more news.”
Shortly after my post yesterday on the eaglet that had accidentally fledged to a lower branch, it truly fledged! Yay! Then today the second eaglet fledged! As I write this, I see one is back visiting the nest. Big congrats to the White Rock eagle parents and all of the eagle aunties and uncles who love this nest! Link to cam: http://www.hancockwildlife.org/index.php?topic=White-Rock-Eagle1
One of the eaglets landed on a branch below the nest after missing a landing on an upper branch. It happened yesterday and the eaglet remains on the lower branch this afternoon. I just watched a parent bring food to the nest, so one is eating and the eaglet below is flapping wings like crazy and has been moving around the branches, so all looks good, the eaglet is just hanging out below the nest and hasn’t made it back up yet. Thanks to LC for providing me news reports! Link to cam: http://www.hancockwildlife.org/index.php?topic=White-Rock-Eagle1
Unfortunately the cam systems at both of the Decorah nests have been damaged and have been determined not readily repairable. So they will be down until they can work on them in the fall. Fortunately, all three eaglets have successfully fledged and many folks are continuing to provide ground reports. You can find lots of good info on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Raptor-Resource-Project/103786266324668?fref=ts or if you are not on Facebook, then the Raptor Resource forums have a thread of current info here: http://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php/topic,1974.7950.html
The Institute of Wildlife Studies (IWS) today posted the information they received on the apparent cause of death for the eaglet at the Catalina West End nest that died as they started the banding process about a month ago. Here is their info:
“We have received the necropsy report from the the Wildlife Investigations Laboratory of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on the West End chick that died on May 28. The nestling had symptoms of acute septicemia (bacterial infection in the blood), and this was the apparent cause of death.”
They also said that it was a girl, and many watchers have unofficially named her Angel.
My best understanding of who has fledged and who is branching since my last report.
Decorah: All three eaglets have fledged – confirmed
Ft St Vrain: single eaglet, strong evidence that there is a fledge, no ground confirmation
Harrison Bay: Both eaglets have now fledged
Hanover, PA: Both eaglets have now fledged
Miles City: Both eaglets are branching
Exciting news this morning!!! Ozzie has been released near the nest site! We are waiting for ground reports, but here is a link to the news story from a local news station showing the actual release: http://www.scrippsmedia.com/fox4now/news/Ozzie-To-Be-Released-In-Secret-Location-Today-307836391.html