A year ago sharp eyed Alcoa employees at Davenport Works spotted what appeared to be a bald eagle nest in a tree near a lightly used facility at the plant. Last spring the pair of eagles successfully hatched two eaglets. In November of 2010, Alcoa consulted with U.S. Fish & Wildlife to install a camera in the tree above the nest and was able to use power from that building to power the camera. Alcoa is working to get the web camera set up for on-line viewing; there are logistical issues as the site is remote from the rest of the facility. In the meantime, new images and videos will be supplied periodically.
The eagles have been seen in the nest in late November and December. Some days they bring additional sticks to add to the nest and other times they use the nest as a place to eat a fish they have grabbed from the nearby Mississippi River. The eagles are not expected to stay in the nest until the spring when eggs are laid.
Until the camera is ready for public access, here are some videos of the eagles in the nest, filmed in December 2010.
- View video 1 Windows wmv
- View video 2 Windows wmv
- View video 3 Windows wmv
- View video 4 Windows wmv
- View video 5 Windows wmv
Photos from the camera installation: