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Annette Kryske

Mr John: What gorgeous pictures!! . Thank you. Our dear friends ,have been posting pictures also. What a treat for all!!!!You did a great job of photography. Am waiting for the return of Liberty & Justice. They have been hanging around with all the activity going on near their nest.They fly in & check things out, & off they go again. Have a nice evening & thanks again.
Time.3:00 PM PST.

Cherrycarol

Love the pictures. I was on the IL side today & saw about 30 or more eagles around. A dozen in trees just right off the nest. Awsome to watch. So Many here now. Yes the river is open just enough in front of the nest.

Ruth MacLeod

Great pictures. Now we know why there have been so many intruders the past few days.

Carol Issem

Thanks for the great pictures. If only we could know if our 3 from last year are in with this group of juvies!

Judith Hart

Thank you Mr. John for the fantastic view.
The first picture of the adult flying through the trees and the juvie to the right. The juvie has it's wings spread like it wants to be fed. That just has to be Spirit sitting above the nest.
Great photography, as always.

Darlene Nichols

The sky must be crowded with eagles....what a breathtaking sight that must be! I really appreciate seeing the photos.....thank you for posting them.

Carolyn

Mr. Riches, Thank you so much for the beautiful photographs! Such a treat to see.
This definitely explains the careful protection and even the vocal warning, we witnessed this evening from Liberty & Justice.They are letting these young juveniles know that it's their nest!

Here is the link to the late afternoon video of L & J as they worked and got very vocal for a time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbZqsmMbPYM

Annette Kryske

Carolyn,As usual your video was beautiful. Didn't Liberty & Justice's feathers looked like they were wearing Black Velvet coats to cover their backs? You have no idea how much we appreciate your sharing these with all of us. Have a pleasant evening.

Mavis

10:04 PM EST

Mr. John, I bet you were surprised to see all the traffic around the nest tree when you drove up!! That sight must have made your day! It sure would have made mine...and your pictures did!! Thank you.

I hate to see all those sweet juvies compete with the more experienced adult eagles for a fish. I hope when you got out of your car/truck, a few fish just happened to fall out too! Now that would have made THEIR day!!

Cherrycarol posted on NN several pictures she took at Rock River Milan, where the river is not frozen over, and there were so many eagles there...her pictures were amazing!

Mavis

7:57 AM EST 25 Jan

No traffic in the nest yet but there is a dusting of snow. Sure wish there was a way to send some of this warm air up there so the river would open up for the eagles. This will be the first winter for our darlings and sure hope they are making it ok!

Liberty just flew in and digging around a bit on the nest. It is 8:06 EST

Loretta

could any of these juveniles be the triplets from last year ?!?!? I miss them, that was SUCH a joy to witness!!,

GERRI GRECK

Thank you for the beautiful pictures! It's great to see the eagles again. I do catch them in the nest occasionally. Looking forward to seeing the new eggs hatch in March.

Annette Kryske

7:45 AM PST Both in the nest, sqwaking!!Too many eagles around to bother them.Liberty is dong a bit of nest work.Wish I could stay & watch, but have to get ready for bowling .Am sure others will be on station, to continue.

Judith Hart

10:58...Both took off...Justice first then Liberty.
They were huddled close together with their feathers all poofed out, throwing their heads back squawking at birds flying overhead.

Ruth MacLeod

Saw about 15 minutes with both in the nest. Off and on squacking and tracking their unwelcome new neighbors. A little nest work in between. Both gone by 11:00 EST. Thanks for the pictures to let us know who they are squacking at.

Jackie S. Hamburg NY

Mavis - Where in Florida do you live?

My dad is in Lake Placid. My sister is in Cape Coral and my nephew is in Fort Myers.

Carolyn

Liberty and Justice were again the nest this morning, making this video capture irresistible:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FRG9ttkEfU

Mavis

Hi Jackie..I am in N FL...not so crowded where I live. S FL is just too hot for me. All the places you mentioned that your family lives are nice places. I have a place about 70 from Ft. Myers but seldom go down there.

Mavis

4:03 EST

Eagle on nest...

Annette Kryske

1:05 PM PST Eagle in the nest. When it showed I don't know.Just turned on to check up,I think it is Liberty,as I see a black spot over her right eye. Wind is blowing also.2nd time I have seen them today,which is unusual for me.She seems to be calling Justice.1:20 . Will sign off as I don't want to lose my comment.

Annette Kryske

1:35 PM PST> Justice just flew in,Yeah. She had been waiting patiently for him.Usually it is the male waiting for the female. Maybe not in Eagle Land.I think they are protecting their abode. Looks pretty cold there today.
CAROLYN: Loved your video. I was watching while you were taping.I forgot how o REFRESH without losing my comment. For some REASON IT HASN'T WORKED. Lately.Have to go. 1:44 PM PST

Cherrycarol

It's 38 degrees but very windy. So not too bad. Sure can tell there r a lot of others around. They have been in the nest a long time now. I'd take some pic from Il side but my camera doesn't zoom enough too far away to capture them.

Ruth MacLeod

Justice must have left right after Annette had to leave. Liberty hung around for about 20 minutes leaving about 5:05 so was on the nest for over an hour.

Nancy

These are fantastic photos! I love the one of the eagle from the side view. He's not looking for prey - just looking ahead as though he's just enjoying himself. Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks!

Denise Cass

Any chance any of those juveniles are Faith, Hope or Spirit?

Judith Hart

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

Looks like they may upgrade this to an ice storm warning......................

Winter Storm Watch
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL
341 AM CST SAT JAN 26 2013

...SIGNIFICANT ICE EVENT TO AFFECT THE AREA...

.A STORM SYSTEM DEVELOPING IN THE PLAINS WILL MOVE NORTHEAST
ACROSS THE MIDWEST SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT. WARM AIR FLOWING NORTH
WILL RIDE UP OVER THE COLD SURFACE AIR PRODUCING FREEZING RAIN AND
SLEET. THE INFLOW OF MOISTURE IS EXPECTED TO RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT
ICE ACCUMULATIONS...ESPECIALLY ALONG AND NORTH OF HIGHWAY 30.

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BUCHANAN-DELAWARE-DUBUQUE-BENTON-LINN-JONES-JACKSON-IOWA-JOHNSON-
CEDAR-CLINTON-MUSCATINE-SCOTT-WASHINGTON-LOUISA-DES MOINES-
JO DAVIESS-STEPHENSON-CARROLL-WHITESIDE-ROCK ISLAND-HENRY IL-
BUREAU-PUTNAM-MERCER-HENDERSON-WARREN-MCDONOUGH-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...INDEPENDENCE...MANCHESTER...DUBUQUE...
VINTON...CEDAR RAPIDS...ANAMOSA...MAQUOKETA...MARENGO...
IOWA CITY...TIPTON...CLINTON...MUSCATINE...BETTENDORF...
DAVENPORT...WASHINGTON...WAPELLO...BURLINGTON...GALENA...
FREEPORT...MOUNT CARROLL...STERLING...ROCK FALLS...MOLINE...
ROCK ISLAND...KEWANEE...PRINCETON...HENNEPIN...ALEDO...OQUAWKA...
MONMOUTH...MACOMB
341 AM CST SAT JAN 26 2013

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE
SUNDAY NIGHT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN QUAD CITIES HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE
SUNDAY NIGHT.

* TIMING...SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN WILL BEGIN SUNDAY MORNING AFTER
SUNRISE. THE PRECIPITATION WILL TURN TO FREEZING RAIN LATER IN
THE DAY. BY EVENING THE PRECIPITATION WILL BE MIXED RAIN OR
FREEZING RAIN UNTIL THE PRECIPITATION ENDS SUNDAY NIGHT.

* SNOW OR SLEET ACCUMULATIONS...UP TO 1 INCH SUNDAY MORNING.

* ICE ACCUMULATIONS...AROUND ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH.

* TEMPERATURES...AROUND 30.

* IMPACTS...SIGNIFICANT TRAVEL PROBLEMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP
DURING THE DAY SUNDAY. THE POSSIBILITY DOES EXIST THAT THAT THIS
WATCH MAY BE UPGRADED TO AN ICE STORM WARNING.

Judith Hart

Both eagles in the nest 9:45 AM EST

Annette Kryske

6:45 PST.What a beautiful sight to turn on my computer,and there they are. Liberty & Justice,working together in the nest. Looks like a beautiful day there.Liberty is on the large branch,Justice doing branch work. Now Liberty is doing a bit of nest cleaning& branch work.Justice is gone.Liberty is staring at me eye to eye. Think she is telling me to go & put up the coffee for our breakfast this AM..time is 700)AM PST. Liberty still on branch.

Ruth MacLeod

Both on the nest at 10:15 EST. One flew away just after I tuned in and the other at 10:23. I think Liberty left 1st.

Ruth MacLeod

Denise Cass Check out the tweet comment by John Riches a bit below the picture.

Judith Hart

Looks like fresh nesting materials were brought in.

Judith Hart

Eagle in the nest 11:52 AM EST...sitting on Alcoa branch screeching....

Mavis

Judith...that must be Justice...

Mavis

Denise, I would like to think that three of the juvies around the nest are our three. No way to know...but it doesn't hurt to believe that they could be...

Judith Hart

Mavis...With the feathers all poofed out, I honestly can't tell. I thought a female, the way the brow line extends over the eye. With the feathers all standing on end????
It's a toss up!

Mavis

Judith, actually, I thought maybe it was an intruder..I thought the same about the eyes and wondered if it was a female. If it is...I don't think it is Liberty.

Judith Hart

I just looked at this again....I think it's a female.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lARYcL5A50

Annette Kryske

JUDITH: Thanks for that very informative film on the Decorah Eagles. I know we have similar traits on our Liberty, like the black spots, but there really isn't that much on Justice.I will try to look at him more carefully, next time.I am sure we will pick up something ,next time they show up.

Judith Hart

Can anyone tell if that's foxtail grass in the nest.

Mavis

Sure looks like it, Judith! I didn't see them bring that in! They have been gathering a lot of straw today...

Carolyn

Here is a video link to Justice's close up on the upper perch this am.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVKDJwrHib8

gregory

I think it looks like wheat. is that possible?

Annette Kryske

12:30 PST. Eagle in upper middle of the nest.
Keeping any eye out for intruders,probably.It is Liberty.Justice showed up at 12:45.She is doing some nesting work. JUDITH: Hope you didn't mind my sharing that wonderful video of Decorah with
FB & Others!!.It is very informative. They loved it too.I better sign off , as this might not go through. I see whoever??? flew out. Cannot tell yet.

Anita


3:14 pm Saturday... an actual eagle in the nest! Woo hoo! (I have been looking in every night, and it's always been empty. I would have figured they'd at least be home at night)

Annette Kryske

Hi Gregory: Could be wheat, straw or even fox tail. They are all petty similar in appearance on camera. By the way weren't you the one who showed me how to refresh a comment some time ago???? For some dumb reason, I couldn't get it done twice last week., can you please explain it to me.I asked around but nobody offered their help. I bet you would. thanks....Annette

Cherrycarol

$ pm central time eagle with a fish. I was down by the river at 2 pm & I counted 7 what I think were all juvies. I didn't see L or J around but lots of others in the trees. River is open a little more in front of the nest. 2 started flying, I love how they fly. Go around & around & higher * higher. Fun to watch. What a way to reloax after work!! Carol

Ruth MacLeod

Someone on with a part of a fish at 5:00 EST. NOt too hungry as it didn't start eating right away. Once the head turned and I thought I saw the dark spot so it may be Liberty.

Annette Kryske

2:05 PST. Liberty in nest devouring what is left of a fish????? Departed at 2:15,PST> So will I.Have a Nice Evening Folks.
P>S> JUDITH: I think another way to tell it was Liberty, by the eye shadow. Like in Decorah's female. I actually detected it just now. Fascinating......

Judith Hart

Eagle in nest 5:53 PM EST....Brought in some food, can't identify, something dark.

Judith Hart

Liberty and Justice left the nest at 6:30 PM EST.........

ElizabethRIeder

Just checked on the nest and both are there,Justice on the limb and Liberty trying out the nest bowl. They have been real busy with putting up some strong limb around the nest, must be expecting a rowdy bunch of eaglets this year. Got some real crib limb up now. Both look like they are eager to start again. They were quiet today so I guess the neighbors have moved to some other area to hassle some other adult nest. Time is near and I hope they had a nice vacation from the eaglets.

Mavis

Annette, in reference to your post # 45 about refreshing your comment....I posted pictures and explained how to do this on OT on Dec. 30th. Please look at that post again and see if it helps you. If not...let me know and maybe someone else can jump in with another way of doing it.

Mavis

Annette...ANOTHER WAY TO REFRESH...just hit the F5 (function 5) button! This works if you are using Explorer OR Firefox browsers. This is pretty standard so it may work with all browsers but I only know about Explorer and Firefox.

You will be surprised at how many answers will pop up if you just google your computer problem.

I should have thought of the F5 button sooner...sorry...I'm just used to doing it the 'other' way!

Judith Hart

7:53 AM EST....Liberty sitting in the nest.
I wonder if they're getting freezing rain yet?

Judith Hart

Just checked the National Weather Service for the Quad Cities, IA area....looks like it will start within the hour.
Here is a link to the Radar Loop.......

http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=DVN&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=yes

Judith Hart

I've noticed many Sparrows and Starlings pilfering feathers from the nest this morning.
One kept going in and out of the nest, just to the left of the Alcoa branch.

Jo Ann

Thanks, Judith

Ruth MacLeod

Checked in at 11:35 EST and Liberty was in the nest. Justice joined her shortly. No rain yet. It is here in NW Iowa, but has now gotten above freezing so ice should disappear.

gregory

ANNETTE--

MAVIS is probably the best at getting around on the computer with this particular site.

that being said, the way she taught me to do it is like this.

look at the top of your screen and find all that HTTP/ stuff. you can change the page number here. then look to the right of that address and you should see several small boxes.
click the one with the up and down arrows.

let me know how it works for you.

gregory

ANNETTE-

i just tried the F5 button and it works great.

not everyone gets along with everyone but i will bet if anyone were to ask MAVIS for help, she would try.

Annette Kryske

Thanks Mavis, I actually checked back pretty far to find out who showed me how to do the refresh, & couldn't find it. Thanks. All your tips have worked for me so far, & I will check on this one too. I haven't had a chance to check the nest this AM, as we had to do some food shopping before the rains come. It is unpredictable most of the time.We have been house bound because of Leon's cough. Will check our little friends soon.

Jo Ann

I see tiny pieces of ice on the sides of the nest. It must really be cold. :(

Judith Hart

The tree just behind the nest at 10:00, has a glaze of ice on all the branches.

Judith Hart

Eagle just landed...Looks soaking wet...It's Liberty, saw the spot on her tail, she stood on the branches like she was leaving, but jumped back in the nest....back on the branches.

Judith Hart

4:31 PM EST ...She just took off

Cherrycarol

It's warming up now. So most the icwe is melted. But the poor birds r soaked. I think it's done raining now. We even had thunder!! In January?? Weird!!

Mavis

5:50 EST

Been reading your posts. I can't imagine being out there in the temps that they have been in. I know they are equipped to deal with this weather, but it must take a lot of energy to keep their bodies from freezing solid. To be cold AND wet...hard it imagine how anything survives that combination! In a few months, they will be panting from the heat and we will be wishing for cooler weather for them. Life is just full of never ending cycles! I just hope the Spirit, Faith, and Hope are surviving this!

Judith Hart

6:16 PM EST....Liberty just flew in....just there a few seconds....took off.

Mavis

6:19 EST

Judith, I walked away for just a couple to minutes to feed the dogs and I missed Liberty's quick fly-by! Just my luck!

Annette Kryske

3:15 PST. I was just about ready to shut down when an Eagle flew into the nest. I thought I saw a black spot on its tail , but when it flew right out, I wasn't too sure. The Eagle's head was very wet. It looks foggy & cold. I have been on station since 1:45, hoping to see our little ones. It is now 3:30, I hope Liberty & Justice will handle the weather.Goodnight Little Ones.Take care.

gregory

ANNETTE--

rest and go to sleep--

YOU do to much!!

Olivia Braniger

Justice and Liberty are so beautiful.

Judith Hart

11:05 AM EST Justice working on the nest. He just took off 11:07

Ruth MacLeod

Looked at screen at 2:15 EST and one on nest just looking around. Moved and I saw a small fish in talons. Started eating a bit, but then a lot of tracking and squaking so intruders in the area. The turning of head revealed the dark spot so it is Liberty.

Ruth MacLeod

She left about 2:40 leaving a small piece of fish. I looked back several minutes later and she was back and the piece of fish had disappeared. She arranged nesting material and sat on all sides of the nest and was on the Alcoa branch when I had to go at 3:00.

Cherrycarol

I was behind Alcoa when all the squakking was going on. There was a juvie on the left branch, L or J in the nest with a fish. 3 Juvies on the right & L or J also. I posted pic on OT> I got there at the right time. Other adults around too. When I got back to ILL. only Liberty sitting at the top of the tree. AWSOME!!

Judith Hart

6:38 PM EST Liberty just landed....moved one stick and took off at 6:40

Annette Kryske

3:40 PM PST Liberty is in the nest.This is late for her. She flew out 1 minute later.I usually turn this off when it is dark. Good Night Liberty & Justice.!!!!

Anita

8:30 Tuesday a.m. Both eagles in the nest!

gregory

although i ck often--

the nest looks very different each time i view. i am obviously missing agood bit.
i did see a small sparrow this morning and then steal a small feather only to disapear into the the side of the nest and back agaian as if to stuff a little area deep inside. surely she would not be preparing a nest inside their nest. ive heard that smaller birds nest close by to avoid predators.

those eaglets at ft myers get so close to the edge. they obviously love the view.

gregory

WHERE IS ANNETTE TODAY

gregory

i think our nest looks much safer than some others ive seen.

Annette Kryske

9:00 AM , Here I am Gregory!! We just finished doing our daily 6 puzzles in the LA Times & breakfast of course. I made some Polenta (Grits) for us today. We both are still hacking a bit, but almost better. I only saw Liberty for 1 minute ,late last night.She just said "hello" & flew out.All seems quiet in Iowa. Have a few things to do today. Will get back this afternoon. Have a good day!!!!

gregory

she is in the nest now

she is testing the nest. she lays all the way down and shifts around--then makes adjustments

Annette Kryske

Just as I checked before signing off, 9:10 PST,
a friend is in the nest & it is Liberty. She is doing some nest work. Getting ready for the big "drop",am always happy to see one of our little ones.Pretty windy today.Looks nippy out there.Guess,I will hang around a bit now.She is testing the nest out!!!It sure looks like she is ready.Justice just flew in at 9:20 & is doing stick work. Bye Liberty.

gregory

ANNETE--

GO ALL OUT AND BUY A HONEY BAKED HAM!

THEN SEPARATE IT AND FREEZE.

TAKE A LITTLE OUT FROM TIME TO TIME AND CHOP IT UP! THEN ADD TO GRITS,

even BETTER IN OATMEAL!

IF YOU DONT LIKE OATMEAL -- THEN TRY AN IRISH "STEEL CUT" BRAND

STEEL CUT IS VERY DIFERENT BUT YOU CANT DO INSTANT. YOU HAVE TO COOK IT 30 MINS. WELL WORTH IT.

WE ARE FREOM THE SOUTH- WHILE VISITING MY FATHER IN DC.- MY BROTHER ASKED FOR FOR SWEET TEA AND GRITS, THEY WERE NOT AVAILABLE 40 YEARS AGO. MY FATHER WAS VERY EMBARASED.

in short -- ham and grits--oatmeal and maple ham-- HOMINEY

Mavis

12:37 EST

I see one eagle in nest...not sure but think it could be Justice.

I look for the mating to start next week if Liberty is to lay eggs by mid Feb.

Mr. John...now is a good time for the audio! Sure miss it but I know you are working on it.

Liberty just joined Justice. She brought a small stick with her and Justice got out of her way when she approached!

Annette Kryske

9:30 PST. She came back & both are working & looking around. Must be intruders around.I hope someone is taping these. today.....Not sure who is working on the crib just now. The other flew & this one is squawking. How we miss the sound, but I know it will be back soon
Gregory. I never thought about having ham with the grits. Sometimes, I make xtra grits, & put them on plastic wrap & make patties, & fry them in butter, & serve with a meat meal of some kind. One is still in the nest,this time I have to go. Gr4gory, someone take over please.

Mavis

12:41 EST

Liberty just saw something and took off...Justice just followed. We are missing a lot with all the eagles and juvies around and no audio. I'm just commenting...not complaining. The nest bowl is taking shape now. Looks like a good day for them.

Rebecca posted some pictures of the nest yesterday...the river looked thawed out and pretty.

Mavis

1:19 EST

The nest is rocking in the wind slightly and it looks wet. Must be raining. At least the temp in in the low 60s now and not freezing! The forecast predicts a wet afternoon.

Can't help but wonder where the juvies are.

gregory

i am getting a little anxious as i saw liberty sqeeze and hunk down into the bowl this morn. she even followed with the regular shift from side to side as if to get a good feel for what is to come.

GERRI GRECK

Mr. John. Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures. Looking forward to seeing the nesting again next month.

Mavis

2:26 EST

Eagle on nest...not sure...OMG!! INTRUDER..tearing up the nest!!

Steve Arp


Nice pictures!! Is there any chance that the sound will be restored to the webcam? Thanks.

Mavis

2:53 EST

No more excitement on the nest. I was sure surprised. It was an adult eagle with a black spot in the middle of her forehead...that's why I didn't think it was L or J. Then I saw her jump up and down ON PURPOSE...to tear up the nest...tried to pull some big sticks off with her talons. Then she jumped on the Alcoa branch and never showed her head...then flew off. I didn't see L or J but I have a feeling one of them ran her off. Still no sign of either but they have a mess to clean up!

Judith Hart

I just looked at the Decorah nest and it looks like the eagles have been working on it. Has anyone seen them or heard that they've come back to the nest?

Cherrycarol

Judith. The Decorah eagles do come to the nest once in awhile. But built that new one across the street. They heard them doing it yesterday. lol D-1 is back in Decorah too. So maybe some of the juvies here our ours!! Carol

Cherrycarol

No wonder the nest is a mess. WOW They will have some cleaning up to do again!!

Judith Hart

Thanks Carol..I enjoyed reading the post you made about seeing the eagles. What a thrill that must be for you to see them all.

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