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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
Lots of activity at the nests in the past week or two. Sorry that I haven’t kept up with reporting all of the fledging and branching. I did a quick tour of the cams today and have listed below my best understanding of recent fledges and newly started branching. Don’t hesitate to correct me if I get it wrong.
Duke Farms: 1 fledged, 1 branched
NCTC: 1 fledged, 1 branched
Ft St Vrain: branched, possibly fledged, not confirmed
Harrison Bay: 1 fledged, 1 branched
Turtle Bay: all 3 fledged
Hanover: 1 fledge confirmed
MN Bound: both branching
Very sad news from the Hancock Wildlife Foundation that Ma Lafarge has been electrocuted. They have not been on cam this year because the nest with the cam fell before the season, but they nested nearby and have two 7 to 8 week old chicks. Many people have continued to follow the pair and it is heartbreaking to learn that Ma was electrocuted. Hoping that Pa Lafarge can keep up with feeding the eaglets. Talons crossed. To learn more and follow ongoing reports, visit the HWF forum at http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=695678&mode=&show=8&page=271
D21 fledged today at Decorah! Always fun to see the expression on the faces of the other eaglets in the nest. (note: I know I am way behind in the fledge report as lots of nest have been fledging – I promise to catch up shortly!) Thanks to Dragonlainey for the video!
It seems one of the Hanover PA eaglets has bumped the camera during flight training and now unfortunately we can only see part of the nest. Lots of good shots of eaglet talons though! And I saw a couple of cute screen captures where the eaglets were sneaking a peek at the camera in its new location. News is that at least one has branched. There were some reports of fledging, but I haven’t seen that confirmed and don’t believe that they are quite at that stage yet. screen cap above courtesy of PGC. Link to now skewed cam: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=1592549&mode=2
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/