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June 03, 2012

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Judith Hart

Just noticed close up of Faith sitting on the Alcoa branch....Look how far back her beak goes, almost past her eye, further back than the others.

Judith Hart

It might be the angle but I thing her beak is past her eye. Just like her Mom.

Gus Gocella

Justchecking in and it appears the one who departed the nest last evening did not return. Must have spent the night nearby with P and J watching. Maybe they are teaching it to fish or get its own food? I will watch to see if when Sunday breakfast arrives who gets to eat first. Spirit seems to need more nurishment than the other eaglet 'Hope'. Enjoy your day and thanks for all you do Alcoa. Gus frm TN

Mavis

8:11 EDT

Judith, I DID notice the beak and how far it extended under the eye. Isn't she beautiful with this close up view of her?! Now that she has finally made the leap..she loves it up there. I noticed that she loves to look down..wonder what she sees!

Thanks for the sound update, Mr. John. We all miss the calls and other bird chatter. It has become part of the "house" noise and miss it when it is gone. Especially the calls when M/D are coming in or flying by.

Cherrycarol

GM:Someone was up early to post a new tread Mr John!! Hi Hope nice to see u there. Going to be a great day in the nest, not too hot. Im feeling a little bit better.

Mavis

Gus, the third eaglet did return to the nest earlier. I saw her fly in and scavenge the nest for scraps of food. I think she hopped back down to that limb they like to perch on.

I have not seen Mom or Dad yet. The one that slept outside the nest last night did not come in for the fish Justice brought last night and seemed hungry. Maybe breakfast will arrive soon...hope so anyway.

Catherine in  Alexandria VA

Judith - I also noticed that her beak extended past her eye. It appears that H and S do not, but I can't be sure because they move around so much when they are close that I have not been able to really tell. Thanks to such a great group, I have learned how to capture photos, but have been unable to get one close up of the other two yet.

OT

Mavis - I just heard a rattle, have you learned how to post that sound to replace our quiet audio?

Cherrycarol

There r new pic of where the ospreys r at on the river if u haven't checked it out yet today,

Judith Hart

I think three are in the nest now 1 is behind Faith on the branch.

Judith Hart

Yes 3 in the nest....just saw the head, behind Faiths behind.

ColleenM

Good Morning All!! What a way to start my day, open the window ro our eagles and see this beautiful face staring back at me!!! Love the sunshine on the nest. The nest weather today calls for a small chance for storms, but nothing severe.

OT: Mindy, I go to Google search on my I-Phone, type in Alcoa Eagle cam, and my page loads just like it does on the computer. I have AT&T as my provider, don't know if that has a thing to do with it. (4g). Than, I just "stretch" out the eagle window after I hit play.I never downloaded any additional app. or anything.I hope that helps,if not message me and I can call you and walk you through a few tips. Sorry for this conversation folks, but if watching our eagles gives Mindy some "escape" from her heartache, it is worth it.

Elsie Curtis

Faith is being a ham hogging the camera lol such a beautiful site to watch and the Ospreys r beautiful birds to

Janice Reichert


Looks like it is going to be a beautiful day in the nest. Faith is up on the branch so we can all get a great view of her. This has been such a wonderful experience watching these 3 hatch and grow into the beautiful birds they are today. Have a great day.

Cherrycarol

Love it when they look into the camera, It's so cute!!

Mavis

Oh, Catherine...you and Charles both!! That is not a soothing sound! It will make chills run down your spine on a hot day! It will also make your brain move faster than your feet.

Mary B. Eddy

Thank You for telling us about the Osprey nest. It is such a wonderful treat to be able to watch these birds!

beamg

Good morning everyone and Hello there Faith (?) on the branch! Judith, glad you pointed out the beak and eye feature. Isn't she a beauty?

Mindy, hope you get to see this today!

Mavis, hubby was very calm when the bears crashed into MY door! What could he do but wait for that darned bear to stop pacing across our escape route? That's what we did and to me it seemed to take forever. I could have bopped the kids when they were actually cheering for the bears!

Charles, tame bears? HA!

Colleen, I did look up your bear story the other day. The police warned people not to feed the bears. Not to disrespect police but, duh!

Hope everyone has a calm weather day today. Oh those markings on Faith are gorgeous! I'm going to check out the osprey nest. I was looking for more pictures the other day so maybe they are a new addition or I looked in the wrong place.

Libby, glad you're here today!
BBL

Mike

Did the missing eaglet survive its first flight?

Catherine

Three back in nest.

Catherine

Two up on branch.

Cherrycarol

Two on the branch now!! Woo Hoo

RodJ

Two on the branch! Impressive!

beamg

OMG OMG OMG TWO ON THE ALCOA BRANCH! YEA!!!!

RodJ

Ok #3, jump up there too!

Tammy

two on the branch again, the 3rd resing in the nest. Morning all

beamg

Then one back down to the south side of the nest and back up on the branch on the other side of Faith! One laying down in the nest so all 3 are there. Ya know, we'll never keep up with them now! That face is beautiful!

Tammy

would you look at the talons on that baby?! ouch

Tammy

Since I don't know who is who anymore, can anyone tell me who is on the branch right in front of us? It has the white sprinkles on the chest.

RodJ

Looked like #3 just jumped to branch on left front of nest.

Judith Hart

Tammy, it's Faith

beamg

What an exciting morning! At times I can see the third one in the background either on the edge of the nest or on that branch that's there.

OT.......osprey talk
I checked on the osprey nest and saw the pics of the area....BEAUTIFUL! I'm so glad they have such a wonderful view.

Cherrycarol

I can see for Miles & Miles & Miles!!

RodJ

My inexpert observation sees all 3 on branches at same time!

beamg

I'm sure Oma is on her way to the QC area by now. I sure hope she makes it to the Ben B toady and has binocs AND can view at least some of this action. How exciting!

Tammy

either Hope or Spirit was on the branch with Faith, flew down, was doing a balancing act on the edge of the nest, then clearly flew back up to the branch. Awesome sight

Catherine

Did one just fly over Faith's head, from R to L?

beamg

Rodj, proud to have you in our class!

ColleenM

All I've got is...A W E S O M E !!!!!!

beamg

AMEN COLLEEN!

Catherine

Nope, I still see it on her right. I saw a shadow, but it must have been something else. Now I think it was just #3's wing tip.

beamg

Cathrine, I think you're right - wing tip.

beamg

I just saw one in the nest move what looked like fish or part of one. Has that been there or was there a delivery this AM?

Catherine

I looked away for a few minutes and when I came back I saw the fish too. Sometimes, L/J make a quick food drop, but I didn't see it this time. Did anyone else see L/J do a quick drop off?

ColleenM

Yes Catherine, L/J dropped a fish and left. I also see a turtle, don't know if that is new or had been there. Turtle @ 9:00 position. One of the eaglets took a BIG chunk of fish and moved it to the other side of the nest.

ColleenM

One of the eaglets jumped off the branch and is doing some crazy bouncing on the top left!!! Please, don't jump off!! Looked like a trampoline...

Tam

Definitely, the sound, for me, makes a huge difference in the whole experience. Don't forget you can also hear the sound of the wind, and then see the eagles get excited in response... and the sound of the rain... It doesn't hold my attention without this part of the experience. It becomes alive when the sound is added. Thanks.

beamg

Trampoline, yes that's what it looked like Colleen! What a day here in and out of the nest. That teeter-totter branch just might cause a few gasps today!

I miss the sound too. But, they're working on it. Hopefully tomorrow.

Tony

Thank you to the photographer for the photos of the nest/eaglets and thank you for posting them! I am glad the trio are taking their time with fledging. I will miss watching them when they take to the Iowa skies.

beamg

LT......loon talk
I just checked MN Bound loon cam....They have a chick! I didn't see it yet but the comments are all about a chick. From what I've read, theeir chicks are black fuzzballs.

Tammy

@beamg, look at the loon cam, i can see the baby

beamg

Tammy, thanks! I just saw it under the left wing, wiggling and peeking out!

Tammy

yep, that's where I saw it too, under the left wing.

Tammy

Just checked on Harmon, he has really grown. He's resting in his perfect house. No parent with him.

Tammy

Here is a link to the Dollywood eagles. They are cute too.

http://www.ustream.tv/americaneaglefoundation

Raptures are Awesome

Just saw Faith? inch her way out of camera view up the left side of the Alcoa Branch in case anyone missed it...

Tammy

I never could get the Delta 2 camera to work for me. It's probably best, as I am a crier and I'm sure I would have seeing that dead baby.

Raptures are Awesome

oops - make that the Right (not left) side...

beamg

Tammy, I did get the delta2 cam to work. Not pretty, at least yesterday. I don't think I can go back there.

Our Alcoa 3 sure are active this morning! I think Faith just got back up on the Alcoa branch!

Loons...I did some reading on that site and read Larry's Loon blog and some comments. Interesting...the babies don't stay on the nest very long and then are in the water or ride on M/D's back in the water at times.

beamg

Raptures, isn't this an exciting morning?

Raptures are Awesome

Beamg...Exciting and beautiful morning! The weather is so nice and the eaglets are pretty active. The one eaglet moved a bit back down into camera view and another jumped up onto the Alcoa Branch. Two on the branch; they love that branch!

scott

thanks again Alcoa,get the pic now and think i now know thx again fantastic

scott scotland uk

beamg

Did you all see that branch on the right side fall down? Whoever that is that was trying to fix it lost it's grip and down it went! The teeter-totter branch is gone! All eaglets are safe, one on the alcoa branch and two in the nest.

beamg

Welcome scott scotland uk! Aren't they beauties?

Elaine Berger

Sure is fun watching the eaglet flying off and returning with mom, she must be teaching him how to hunt. wonder if one of the others will venture forth this week?

Raptures are Awesome

Wow, I saw it teetering; a "watch out below" moment - it was a good size branch! Don't think the other eaglet appreciated the house keeping efforts of the one who lost it because the second eaglet went over and plopped down right there - no more dropping good sized parts of our nest overboard. They had a couple of beaking communications going on after that!

Judith Hart

Just went to the Delta nest...That is just so sad....I read the article at the bottom and found this,just in case anyone visits that site and sees anything.

Sharing the tragedy may not be to every ones taste. If the bird falls, that is if you see it missing in the nest, I would like to be called instantly as I will have an autopsy done.

Please do not call unless the dead eaglet has fallen from the nest. Instead you may contact me through karen@hancockwildlife.org

beamg

Elaine Berger, I missed mom coming in. Was that just now? I only left for a few minutes.

Colleen, it's an aaaa-chooo moment! Feather on beak!

beamg

Judith, I just can't look there today. Good to hear they want to do an autopsy. I'm sure everone wants to know why that one died. Just too sad. I think I should visit Harmon today again.

G Nash

With Faith sitting on the limb, and Spirit snoozing, I can't see if Hope is still there. He was doing a lot of wing lifts and hopping a few minutes ago, revving up for a big jump. Good to see Faith come back to the nest - trying to nap in a sitting position. Lovely day there & here. --- yes, Hope's still there on the edge of the nest. (all naming is conjecture on my part)

Judith Hart

Beamg, For the safety of the other eaglet and the parents, I would want to get it out of the nest. Just my inexpert opinion.

beamg

Judith, I wondered why they don't just go up and get it but maybe they just can't. Good to know you're still in the class! Rodj joined this AM, too.

beamg

G Nash, are you saying it's your inexpert opinion? You can be in our class, too!

I just want to remove that feather!

ColleenM

@beamg....sneezing again,,,AhhhhChooo!! That branch/twig that slipped, last night I sat quietly and watched the video of L/J building the nest. I think it was that very same branch that they walked around the nest with trying to find that "just right" place. And, here we are today, the kids were using it as a trampoline!! Also in the earlier video, I observed how fresh and clean L/J looked. Simliar to the human parent, those kids can take their toll on them, and us!!! LOL I know when my youngest was in Afghanistan, I spent allot of money on wrinkle cream! as I've said many times, I have visited other nests, but these parents are outstanding! Now, we have to hope this active trio stay safe. I've tried to read up on when the "juvies" will search for their own food....reading different opinions, anyone know? Happy Sunday to all.

Cheryl

DT(Delta Talk)

I'm kind of surprised the M/D hasn't disposed of the dead eaglet. Owls will eat the dead, which we witnessed as we had a few owlets die. I've been told by owl experts that's based on keeping predators from being attracted to the box. Just shows you how different species do life things differently.

RodJ

Colleen, from what I've read, learning to be a skilled hunter will take them a year or two at least. Their parents teach them the basics and they will continue to refine these skills as a they mature. They will also become quite good thieves as they mature, stealing from other eagles or birds of prey. Here in Iowa juvies are also known to hang around hog/pig lots to feed on dead hogs/pigs.

beamg

Colleen, I really don't know when the juvies search for their own food. Differnt times for different nests? Maybe that's the reason for different opinions?

Gee, that feather should just blow away. Open your beak buddy and let it go!

I have to leave for a bit. BBL

Judith Hart

I just played a fun quiz...It's ARE YOU AN EAGLE EXPERT....It took me about 100 tries and I used all the hints.
I finally won 1,000,000 BOZO BUCKS. Does that mean I'm a Bozo, not an expert?
Here's the link try it.....
http://www.quia.com/rr/29395.html

Catherine

Thanks Judith - that was a fun quiz and I learned some new things too. Didn't know they turned their eggs, much less that it is once an hour.

It took me a long time to get to the 1,000,000 bozo points and I used the hints too.

Tammy

Thanks Judith, I am intersted in knowing what happened to it, if she gets the autopsy done. how sad.

Cherrycarol

I did the quiz got 250,000 using all the hints. Not too bad, but some of the questions where very hard. It was fun & I learned a little more. Thanks

Cherrycarol

Faith is smart staying up there in the shade. it's 100 in the sun.

Tammy

it took me a while to get that quiz right, good thing I got lots of chances. It was fun though

Judith Hart

Tammy and Cheryl, I just checked the Delta nest again....I see plastic bags in the nest...they just did a close up....That could be a problem.

Cherrycarol

I didn't do it all the times I could . Im going to put this on my eagleholics pages & see how they do.

Tammy

Judith, what do you mean that could be a problem? re: the delta nest

Tammy

What a beautiful bird. Looks to be a little sleepy....:)

Catherine

Judith, is it because if Lnx eats the plastic, it could kill him?

Greta in Kansas

Happy Sunday, all!

ET
@Libby -- sharp eyes, to see the third eaglet's shadow & confirm its presence! (Of course, I came on too late to see it, but still.)

Judith -- Faith/"Sprinkles" beak extending back almost past the eye -- that's a likely female trait, right? I'm impressed with those of you who notice those fine details -- and share them!

C'mon, kids! I want to see two on a branch, too!

Carol -- I bet they CAN see for miles and miles and miles.... ;-) (glad you're feeling better!)

Catherine

Oops, I just confirmed my membership with the inexpert group. I referred to Lnx as a him. I haven't a clue if its a she or he.

Judith Hart

Tammy, Catherine...Where would the birds be getting plastic garbage bags. I would think plastic bags could choke them, and then what's in the bags. Here is a quote from the article on the site.
"Did our parent eagles pick up something from one of the two nearby refuse dumps? Possibly. Again, poisons are not supposed to be dumped! But this is hard to track. At the other end of options it must also be remembered that for a million years eagles have been scavenging rotting and dying creatures. The eagles are part of nature's garbage disposal system. Most of the scavenging birds, like the corvids, vultures and eagles, have developed an incredible immunity to putrid-based diseases and various natural toxins. They could not have continued as nature's cleanup crew and not have developed this immunity. But, and it is a serious but, we humans have perfected our tools of weeding out vermin. Part of evolving that "perfected targeting" is our ability to develop poisons that affect only one group of animals and not another. Perhaps, if poisoning was the culprit here, we have not effectively done our job."

ColleenM

@ Judith, Tammy, Jill, beamg, Judith and ALL !. From what I understood in regards to the Delta nest, they were talking about the difference between "urban/suburban" vs. "rural" eagles. There is some specualtion that something "could" have gotten into the food supply for the eaglet. There are some observations made that only the dead eaglet ate that particular food in question. But, without an autopsy, i.e., blood work, looking for possible obstructions, all the reasons for the eaglets death at this point are speculation. With the use of certain pesticides, and possible contaminated "road kill", anything is up for guess.as far as the plastic getting into the nest, more than likely brought in by a parent. In a more "urban/suburban" areas, the eagles they say are the "garbage men". Very sad what happened. I look at our three with there fresh fis, turtles, and the obvious "eeeeuuu" feeds, they are very fortunate.

Catherine

Thanks Judith - This brings me back in mind to the time we almost lost our eagles due to DDT. Thank god, Rachael Carson raised the alarm with "Silent Spring". It is worrisome that the Delta 2 site is close to two refuse dumps. Poor Lnx has a lot of obstacles to overcome.

Judith Hart

Colleen, I was shocked and saddened to see the plastic bags in the Delta nest. I've never seen that before.

Yes, Liberty and Justice picked the perfect place for a nest on the Alcoa property. Next to the river, FRESH FOOD. Darn smart eagles.

Cherrycarol

Funny watching her trying to stand on one foot. They do this a lot. After they get the hang of it. lol

Greta in Kansas

DT (Delta eagle talk)
Hmm... Can't seem to view that nest, whether I use Firefox, Chrome or IE. Anyone else have trouble seeing it? All I get is a blank white box where the video should be -- nothing to click.

Cherrycarol

Greta that's all I got too. I thought they shut it off

Judith Hart

RE: DELTA CAM
Are you going here? It takes a little time to load.
http://www.hancockwildlife.org/index.php?topic=Delta2#new-camera

Kathryn Mellecker

2 on the limb

Kathryn Mellecker

Now one, I was wanting all 3!

Kathryn Mellecker

Wow, they go back and forth like yo-yos

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