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Mavis

10:06 EST 19 FEB

Mr. John and ALCOA was on the Quad City news last nigh...he, Liberty, and Justice took center stage. Here is the link for the interview...hope it works for you!

http://wqad.com/2013/02/18/alcoa-eagle-cam-is-an-internet-sensation/

Judith Hart

Suzanne....FYI...While our camera was out I've been watching the Minnesota DNR nest.
I saw a shift change after watching for 3 hours...caught a quick glimpse of 1 egg...change of position, got a screen shot of three eggs....Don't see signs of a hatch.
Just now saw 2.

Judith Hart

Thanks for the link to the interview.....It works!

Judith Hart

It's 8° in Davenport....wind chill values as low as -10°....wind out of the W at 28 MPH, gusts as high as 38 MPH.

Mavis

10:40 EST

Wind chill -10º ?? I cannot imagine temps like that. What I want to know is...how do PEOPLE start their cars or even open the car doors. How do you afford to stay warm when fuel prices are going through the roof? AND...HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR EYE BALLS FROM FREEZING? Even breathing in through your nostrils would give me a brain freeze...and that ain't good for me! Breathing in that air into the lungs would make my toe nails cold. My hat's off to all of you who get out in this weather to do whatever it is you have to do. I think I would have to build my pups a hot house just for their outside trips to potty. The eagles are doing fine..I'm worried about the PEOPLE! Kathryn talks about layering clothing...I don't have that many clothes!! Y'all stay safe...and stay IN if you can! And, Kathryn, don't look for me to visit you any time soon..meatloaf or no meatloaf!!

Mavis

Bakers in Texas: you asked why the eagle's wings do not freeze. I researched and found that the eagles, (all birds) have oil secreting glands that waterproof their feathers. I also found another article which I enjoyed reading and learned a lot of neat facts from. I am copying and pasting some of that article for you. Hope this helps:

Birds are warm-blooded animals that have a much higher metabolism, and thus higher body temperature, than humans. While the exact measurement varies for different bird species, the average bird’s body temperature is 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius). Body temperature can fluctuate during the day depending on climate and activity, but it can be a challenge for birds to maintain such a high body heat when temperatures dip too severely. Smaller birds are particularly at risk, since they have a proportionally larger surface area on their bodies to lose heat but a smaller core volume to generate it. Even the smallest birds, however, have several ways they can efficiently keep warm.

Continuted on nest post...

Mavis

What Wild Birds Do to Keep Warm

Birds have many physical and behavioral adaptations to keep warm, no matter what the low temperatures of their surroundings.

Physical Adaptations

Feathers: Birds’ feathers provide remarkable insulation against the cold, and many bird species grow extra feathers as part of a late fall molt to give them thicker protection in the winter. The oil that coats birds’ feathers also provides insulation as well as waterproofing.

Legs and Feet: Birds’ legs and feet are covered with specialized scales that minimize heat loss. Birds can also control the temperature of their legs and feet separately from their bodies by constricting blood flow to their extremities, thereby reducing heat loss even further.

Fat Reserves: Even small birds can build up fat reserves to serve as insulation and extra energy for generating body heat. Many birds will gorge during the fall when food sources are abundant, giving them an extra fatty layer before winter arrives.
Behavioral Adaptations

Fluffing: Birds will fluff out their feathers to create air pockets for additional insulation in cold temperatures.

Tucking: It is not unusual to see a bird standing on one leg or crouched to cover both legs with its feathers to shield them from the cold. Birds can also tuck their bills into their shoulder feathers for protection

Suzanne Schwenn

Judith...glad you were watching early as I slept in. There are 3 eggs for sure and yesterday I saw a grey spot or hole in one of the eggs when Mom or Dad rolled the eggs...then sat down on them too quickly for me to be sure of anything. They brought in lots more nesting material yesterday and the one I think is Mom worked like crazy to tuck it all in around her...she was also behaving very differently...nervous, jumpy and defensive of the nest. Hmmm...been a long time but I haven't given up hope yet for at least one egg hatching.

Mavis

Cont from Post # 7 HOW BIRDS STAY WARM:

Sunning: On sunny winter days, many birds will take advantage of solar heat by turning their backs to the sun (therefore exposing the largest surface of their bodies to the heat) and raising their feathers slightly. This allows the sun to heat the skin and feathers more efficiently. Wings may also be drooped or spread while sunning, and the tail may be spread as well.

Shivering: Birds will shiver to raise their metabolic rate and generate more body heat as a short term solution to extreme cold. While shivering does require more calories, it is an effective way to stay warm.

Roosting: Many small birds, including bluebirds, chickadees and titmice, will gather in large flocks at night and crowd together in a small, tight space to share body heat. They can roost in shrubbery or trees, and empty birdhouses and bird roost boxes are also popular locations to conserve heat. Even individual birds choose roost spots that may have residual heat from the day’s sunlight, such as close to the trunk of a tree or near any dark surface.

Mavis

Cont from Post #9 How Birds Stay Warm...last post on this subject..

Torpor

Many birds will enter torpor to conserve energy during cold winter nights. Torpor is a state of reduced metabolism when the body temperature is lowered, therefore requiring fewer calories to maintain the proper heat. Most birds can lower their body temperature by a few degrees, but torpid birds have lowered their body temperatures by as much as 50 degrees. Torpor can be a dangerous behavior, however, as the reduced temperature also leads to reduced reactions and greater vulnerability to predators. Hummingbirds, chickadees, swifts and other types of birds regularly use torpor as a way to survive cold temperatures.

Here is the link to the article...I enjoyed reading about this...
http://birding.about.com/od/birdingbasics/a/howbirdskeepwarm.htm

Suzanne

Mavis...thanks for the great info. Always something new to learn. The birds are emptying my feeder like crazy here...seeds dropped 2 inches every hour...9 degrees, cold double digit below windchills, BUT sunny!!
Every perch is full and the pine tree is full of birds waiting to grab their chance for a free perch. So, all the birds are doing their best and they are equipped to do it...just can't help but feel awful for them. Not a good week ahead for all our eagles on their nests...such a winter!

Sally Glowicki

Thanks, Mavis. The link w/Mr. John & Alcoa worked for me.

Ruth MacLeod

Mavis thanks for all the info. I liked the end of comment 6 best
Continues on NEST POST... The caps are mine.

Suzanne

Just watched your eagle on the nest...howling wind & truly a 'bad hair day' but still a beauty. Also checked in on our Minn. DNR site and saw M & D switch off on the nest but it was pretty crazy...Mom (pretty sure, bigger, heavy brow bone) came with a stick and laid it on Dad's back while he was on the nest...he sort of turned and looked at it/her like WHAT are YOU doing??, didn't move and then Mom just pushed him right off the nest.Think tension between them is equalling that of those who are waiting and watching for this very late, long anticipated hatch!! :):):)

beamg

Suzanne, thanks for the info on the MN DNR eagle cam. I am watching that nest with great interest. If there is still a hatch after all this time it will certainly make a huge difference in eagle research that has been done in the past. Oh, I hope that there is a hatch! How exciting would that be? It would be a story as big as Harmon was last year!

Mavis, great info on how birds stay warm. Thanks for that and the link to Mr. John on the news. I've talked to the man from Wild Birds. In fact I bought a great bird feeder there about 3 years ago. It has a roost at the bottom that spins if something too heavy lands or sits on it. The pesky squirrels have learned not to even climb up to it and eat on the ground whatever happens to fall there.

We have warmed all the way up to 14° here! Wind still howling. I'm ready to go back to FL!!!!

Happy to see the cam is up today. From the posts for the past couple of days I gather it's been up and down but looks good today. Happy viewing everyone! :)

Sherri

I know it's cold, but hang in there Lib and Just.

Mavis

Ruth....you CAUGHT me on that one...NEST POST! I had to laugh..then again...you all know me!

Annette Kryske

10:45 AM PST Liberty looks like she is cold & might even have sea sickness from all that nest shaking. ( just kidding).She is calling her mate Justice. "Please relieve me, I have to go". Where are you Justice?? I will wait to see if he does show up. MAVIS: The article on Birding Basics was quite interesting. I have a four flowered hummingbird feeder, which I have right outside my kitchen window.Love watching them take turns at each flower. I do add more sugar in the cold weather. I also have a large baking pan that is freshly filled with water each day for the neighborhood sparrows & other birds.I guess Justice isn't coming by, right now.

Judith Hart

Suzanne, Right now 3 eggs exposed at the DNR nest.

Sally Glowicki

Did I read a post that says we now have 3 eggs in the Alcoa nest? Is that true?

beamg

Sally, two eggs in Alcoa nest. There are 3 in the MN DNR nest some of us have been watching since info was shared here about that nest.Here is the link for that cam: http://eaglecam.dnr.state.mn.us/

Lin P

I just want to say thank you for keeping us so well informed about what is happening with the webcam/live stream. It is great to not have to wonder if you already know of a problem.

Sally Glowicki

Think I just read that the 3 eggs are in one of the other nests.

Sally Glowicki

Thanks for making that clear. Don't want to give everyone wrong info!

Suzanne

Judith...oh dear...I think they have finally given up on their efforts. Your message was at 1:10 and it is now 1:35...I left the site to answer you. There really is no hope left...it is 15 degrees here with a high and bitter wind...snow on the way and temps of -7 tonight. As I said earlier, she was being very feisty with him on the nest around noon...frustration has finally given way to finality I guess. Sad...three little eaglets less in this world. But I guess I felt all along that things were not right...eggs on Jan. 1st is unthinkable. The DNR sends me emails when anything new happens on the nest and they said a couple weeks ago that if these do not hatch it would be unlikely that this pair will have another brood. BUT...nature is fickle...who knows. Sad, just sad as they tried so hard to make this hatch happen. Guess we'll wait and see what Mom and Dad do now around the nest. Thanks to all who have been following this event...all attention now on Liberty and Justice 'for all'!!

Judy

When was egg #3 laid?

Judith Hart

Suzanne...Sometimes they will lay more eggs.
Wonder if those were infertile?

Suzanne

Judith...being all 3 were seen Jan. 1st by the DNR when they were setting up the camera, it is possible. And they said there was no activity until around Jan. 10th when camera went live...they were then on the nest. But like I said before the DNR said based on what they have studied it is unlikely that they would try again. I was back watching a little while ago when both came back to the nest...that is Dad on the nest now I believe based on his size and facial features. I just don't know what to think...it's like they keep trying and won't give up. But those eggs are goners because they were exposed to the frigid temps and wind for at least an hour. Just so sad and disappointing...I almost wish they would just give it up as those of us who have been watching for weeks are attached to this pair and yet heart broken over the continual lack of a hatch. Again...worth watching to see what Mom and Dad do over the next few days. For those reading this, this is a nest in Minnesota monitored by the DNR...not Liberty and Justice's nest.

Suzanne

So happy to see sunshine on the nest, even though the winds are still blowing. Beautiful eagle on the nest right now...I'm still trying to get to know Mom from Dad.

Judith Hart

I think it's Justice on the nest, calling out for a shift change....no one has showed up yet. It's 20° there now, going down to 4°tonight...Brutal weather!

Cherrycarol

Thanks Mavis for posting that. I shared it on my face book page.

Judith Hart

5:56PM EST Liberty just took over egg sitting, and brought some new nesting material in with her.

Mavis

6:05 EST

Judith, I agree. I know L and J are ok but it is painful to watch.

Has anyone seen any food brought to the nest? Carol, is the river still flowing or is it freezing over in this weather? Justice often brings food to Liberty. I haven't seen that today. Liberty may well have eaten but she has been on the nest almost every time I watched. Doesn't mean she has not been off the nest...just MY observations. I think Justice is on the nest now. It takes more energy to stay warm in these conditions and haven't noticed anyone mentioning food on the nest today.

Mavis

6:13 EST

Need to correct myself...I said I thought Justice was on the nest now...I meant to say I thought Liberty is on the nest now. My feed only stays on for a few seconds before it cuts out again. Was working fine all afternoon. Don't know why it is happening again...my d/l speed is good and I can stream live TV without a problem because I just tried. Anyway...sorry about the mix-up

Sher

SAD to hear about the 3 eggs at the MN DNR nest :(

It's all part of Nature I know but still a bit depressing...

I'm such an avid animal lover and altho they bring so much to our life it's really difficult to handle the sad times..no matter the animal species..

But just as with my beloved Poms thru the years..I find that the love & happiness & memories they give me make it all worthwhile..

Suzanne

Sher...I am the person here in Minnesota who has been watching the DNR site. It did seem and still does seem grim that these eggs will hatch, but low and behold, both Mom and Dad have been back on the nest since they lay exposed for an hour this afternoon...even brought new nesting material. A real mystery to watch, but one that I fear will not come out well. No matter where these nests are, for all of us watching them, well, we do become attached to them and want the best possible outcome...joy for them and us. Guess I'll keep watching just to see how this all works out...nature is still a mystery in many ways and we are just the watchers and learners of it. Thanks for your interest in our Minnesota eagles, just as I am happy to be watching Liberty and Justice.

Lucille Bingham

7:00pm est and what looks like Liberty (to me, but definitely not sure) is trying to shelter those eggs from the terribly strong winds! Feel so sorry for L/J when those winds kick up! As we have seen in the past, Liberty & Justice do whatever they can to protect their young from bad weather conditions! Such great parents they are!

Lucille Bingham

Just catching up on the posts in this thread and found the information about how birds keep warm very interesting. Thank you, Mavis, for providing that info. Also very sad to read about the nest in Minnesota. Let's all keep positive thoughts for Liberty & justice and their two eggs, but also not totally give up on the three eggs in Minnesota yet. Maybe there still is some hope that they will hatch.

Debi Gulotta

Still only two eggs? I was really hoping for three again!

Suzanne

Received an email from Minn. DNR about the troubles at our eagle nest site. I've copied it and will try to attach to this note so those who are following will be able read their info. Some interesting info I didn't know before. Hope it works!


You are subscribed to Eagle Cam for Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.

Hello Eagle Lovers!

Well, it was a long, long weekend. The eagle pair has been diligently tending to and sitting on these eggs for at least 40 days now. While we haven't given up hope that one will hatch, we are becoming ever more humbled by our limited knowledge of these majestic creatures. Keep in mind that this is one of the first cameras ever placed in an eagle's nest. We are learning right along with all of you while we patiently watch. What the eagles will do, how long they will sit, when they will realize that their eggs are not fertile are all mysteries that we just cannot answer. This is the nature of observational research; watch, wait, record. This is also the value of this camera. We can observe without harming or disturbing the birds. The knowledge that we gain from this observation will help us make informed decisions about bald eagle management, research and protection. We just don't know how long the pair will tend to these eggs before they will abandon them. Will they kick them out of the nest? Will a predator come and eat the eggs? Will they just abandon and not come back? We just don't know, and again, we will not intervene.

What we also don't know much about, is this individual pair. One of them is sporting a silver band, which can tell us a lot about the bird. When the bird is standing, we will try to zoom in on the band to read the numbers. If we get the numbers, we will share all we know. Otherwise, we really don't have any way of identifying these birds. We don't know if they are the same ones that were at the nest last year or the year before, if they are the same two birds, how old they are, etc. On one hand, this is a fabulous indicator that the American Bald Eagle population has recovered. We don't need to, nor do we have the capacity to, band and recover blood samples from all of them anymore, and this is a positive sign of recovery! There are more of them than there ever have been and they do very well without human intervention now. Success!!

Many of you have requested more frequent updates and a forum for chatting. The Nongame Program has limited staff and we just don't have the resources to dedicate to someone responding full-time, every day, all day. We felt the value of sharing this camera with the public outweighs the need for constant dialogue. Hopefully, we can get to that point in the future, but for now, we will continue with updates as often as we are able.


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Sher

Suzanne...thanks so much for posting the email you received about the DNR Eagles..

I'm an eternal optimist so I'll never give up hope :)

Suzanne

Thanks Sher...me too...never give up hope.

Mavis

Suzanne, I appreciate the DNR update you shared with us.

Suzanne

Mavis..you are very welcome. I was just glad to finally get an official update from them. Have wondered what they have been pondering. Time will tell I guess. So happy to be able to watch Liberty & Justice.

joefromnc


Suzanne S……in reply to your question about how to get to the last post without going through all of them…Mavis posted a couple of ways to do this….see posts numbers 10 and 11 under the heading “Technically Challenged”. To find that heading, look on the right side of the blog page, find those words and click on them. Then you can hit “next” under each post until you get to Number 10 and 11 for an explanation. When using the latter method, you just have to remember the number of the last post you read before closing the page out. I use the “Sticky Notes” feature on my laptop to jot the number down and then check it when I sign back on. Hope this helps..if you have any questions, just post them and someone may be able to help.

Suzanne

joefromnc...thank you SO much for the help. I will check this out tomorrow as my brain is ready to go to sleep...you explained it very well and I'm sure you have solved my problem. Thanks so much!

Mavis

7:00 AM EST 20 FEB

The nest SOUNDS a tad quieter this morning. L or J is still sleeping and everything looks great! I hope they catch as many fish as they need to stay nourished and warm today.

Good morning EVERYONE!

"Pumpkin"

It would appear that the Quad Cities is in for more snow cover in the next couple of days. Hope that Liberty and Justice 'know' that this weather front is coming.

Mavis

Suzanne, if you do not already use the split sceen set up on your computer, you may want to check out that "how to" on Post #15, under the update, "THEN THERE WERE TWO", on Feb. 11th. This allows you to open up the cam on one side of your computer screen, and open up a new browser on the other side of your screen so you can post AND view the cam at the same time!! Most of us that use this function find it a wonderful way to enjoy the Alcoa experience!

Cherrycarol

Good Morning:: Another cold day Seems the wind hASN'T STARTED YET. hOPE IT DOESN'T. Snow tomorrow afternoon. Then I hope it starts to warm up. Have a good day. Carol

beamg

Good morning all. Looks quiet at the nest this morning.

Carol, I'm with you and hope the wind doesn't start up! It's 3° at my house this morning! BRRRRRRR! Where is that early spring?

I'm watching the MN DNR cam this morning also. Although I realize things might not end well there, it's interesting to see the parents still sitting on the eggs. I'm not giving up hope either and hoping for a surprise...still!

Annette Kryske

6:45 AM PST. It may be a beautiful day after all!! The wind is blowing,but not as bad as the past few nights. Liberty is in her nest, & she is calling her mate Justice. There is sunshine in the sky, snow on the large branch.She is saying, I have to go or maybe I'm hungry. As a matter of fact, that is the message from Leon.,He's saying "come & get it,breakfast is ready"She is getting madder, & is really calling loud & Clear.I 'll be back!!!!

Mavis

beamg, I watched the DNR site for about an hour this morning. Doesn't take long to fall for that dedicated pair of eagles. Don't know which one was on the nest but he/she looked so graceful and dedicated to her hopes of baby eaglets! Tugs at my heart for sure. Sure wish it would turn out good for them. She/he actually managed to LOOK warm in that bed of snow!

I see our nest is alive...Liberty is sunbathing and looking around. Can't tell if the river is iced over. Just hope they are well fed today.

Suzanne

Sunshine, calmer winds and Liberty hollering at her mate to maybe give her a 'Mommy break'...great thing to tune in to this AM! Mavis, so glad that you have taken my DNR eagles into your heart...yes, they are so devoted to their task and each other. We can only hope it isn't for naught. After all these weeks I too have trouble figuring out who is who unless they are together...Mom is much larger and I do believe has a very heavy brow bone, with grey 'eyeshadow' over her eye area...when she looks at the camera, she has a much more fierce look than Dad...he looks quite mellow. May they all have a sunny, peaceful day on the nest before the snow arrives tomorrow and Friday. Love how Liberty has been tidying up her nest and pulling the grasses in tighter for warmth...such a good Mom.

Mavis

Suzanne...I sent you an email

Suzanne

Mavis...it didn't come through...can you try again?

Mavis

Suzanne...just did

Suzanne

Mavis...still nothing. Hmmm...wonder what's up? Did you get it off the DNR report I posted? Should work.

Suzanne

Mavis...still nothing showing up in my email. Really want to hear from you...don't know why it isn't coming through. Keep trying???

Mavis

Suzanne, I was concerned that your email address showed up on the DNR post. I did not realize you were aware of that. I guess you would call that minding someone else's business! Alcoa got over 12 M hits last year from people all over the world....and sometimes if pays to be careful. Some people have shared their email address one this site and that's their choice. I just wasn't sure you were aware that it showed up with the update you kindly shared with us.

If you want it removed...again, your choice, you can ask Mr. John to do it as I think he is about the only one who can. He is usually happy to accomidate when needed.

Suzanne

Mavis...yes thank you. I did not want it to show up when I posted that but it would not let me delete any portion of the DNR report. Who is Mr. John and how do I get in touch with him to have it deleted? You are not interfering...I was concerned myself. Can you get me to Mr. John? Thanks

Mavis

ACCOMMODATE!! I KNEW how to spell that...its ok when I don't...but I KNEW how to spell that word!! Not accomidate! Golly!

Mavis

Yes...Actually...Mr. JOHN reads all the posts. He is John Riches and the man who oversees all the operations of Alcoa Eagle Cam.

Mr. John...can you take care of this or do I need to send an email to you?

Suzanne


Thanks Mavis...let me know if he can do this OK? I would be most appreciative of the help. :)

Mavis

Suzanne, I sent Mr. John an email. His email address can be found but I feel funny posting that on this forum. He does read the posts and stays aware of all that goes on. A REALLY nice man.

If you are on FB...friend request Nesters Nest and join the group there. We are all Alcoa fans and nature lovers. We can send PMs to each other within the group and feel safe. We also talk about a lot of other cams out there. MN DNR is a subject of discussion that is going on now. We also are open to other topics of life...even recipes!

As soon as Mr. John gets the message, I am sure he will take care of this, Suzanne.

Suzanne

Mavis...thank you so much. I will be relieved to know it is taken off...I guard my email believe me and that bothered me. I'm not familiar with FB or Nesters Nest which sounds very interesting. Could you tell me how to join the group? You have been SOOOO helpful...all my gratitude!

Suzanne

Yeah! Thank you Mr. John and Mavis. Your quick attention is most appreciated and I am grateful for your help! Done quickly and now I am relieved :)

Mavis

Suzanne...go check out post #40...then tell me whose da man?!! Mr. John works quietly a lot of times...but he tries to watch out for us.

You have to be on FB to join Nesters Nest. Go to FB...sign up for an account. You can give very basic info...or even fictional info. You have to be 17 years old...so whatever date of birth you put down...make sure it is before 1995. THE ONLY TRUE info you have to share is your email address so FB can send you a confirmation of your account. Once you do that...in the search box in upper left...type in Nesters Nest ...go there and friend request. Once in...we can help you with your FB account to help you keep it private. THe members of NN (Nesters Nest) are all Alcoa posters and fans. Alcoa is the glue that holds us together. We can PM and discuss many things there. It was JC, the groups founder, that discovered your email address and asked me to contact you as he was concerned you were not aware of it. JC is another REALLY nice guy you will like.

Mr. John...thank you!

Suzanne

Mavis...duh, I just figured out what FB is. I am not on it and have never really desired to be for various reasons...but your group sounds so interesting and fun. Will have to think about this. A big thank you also to JC who contacted you with the 'heads up' about my issue. I realize how many hits this site gets and that was why I was so disappointed when the 'entire' DNR post printed out...it wasn't supposed to but, so goes computer communications. Again thanks to all...what a nice group of folks you all are...how refreshing!

Suzanne

DNR nest strange behavior! Tuned in just in time to see Mom and Dad on opposite sides of the nest...eggs exposed...Mom appears to be the one on the right of screen and she has brought in a large dead hawk. They proceed to caw aggressively at each other...Dad finally flies away. If you tune in now I believe Mom is on nest and is sitting on the falcon...you can see it's grey tail feathers under her rear end. Strange pair...tempers short or what??

Suzanne

Not sure if it is a hawk or falcon...hence my mistake in former email. Mom has feathers on her beak...she possibly had consumed some of it before bringing it back to the nest. There continues to be cawing from her with her head thrown back as someone is flying over and around her...possibly Dad??? Haven't seen this aggression between this pair before. Interesting. By the way...camera zoomed in on the eggs while exposed and there is no sign of cracks or 'pips' whatsoever.

Sher

Hmmmm..anyone else getting some sound interference from a Spanish radio station..or..are my ears hearing things???

Also..is it the consensus of opinion that 2 eggs will be the total this year???

Great to see the SUN shining..I know a lot of States are in for some really bad weather...

Suzanne

Sher...yes...I also am being entertained by the Spanish radio station while watching the nest...you're not imagining it...thought I was too :)

Judith Hart

Looks like Justice sitting in the nest...arranging nest material around him.

So far it looks like 5 inches of snow for Davenport on Thursday.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST
This Afternoon: Sunny, with a high near 22. North wind around 5 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as zero. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday: Snow after 4pm. High near 27. Wind chill values as low as zero. Breezy, with a east wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Thursday Night: Snow. Low around 25. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of around 4 inches.

Friday: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 33. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Friday Night: Snow likely before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

jack

Lots of noises going on, including the radio station.

beamg

I also heard the music! This is the first time I've heard it.

If the snow forecast comes true, Liberty is going to get covered again! Was it last year or the year before she was convered in a 5 or 6 inch snowfall? I couldn't be an eagle or any outside creature in those conditions! It's amazing how many creatures do survive in all kinds of weather.

There's the train and Justice (?) calling out. 2:29 cst

Judith Hart

3:33 PM EST Liberty just arrived to give Justice a break, she brought some new nesting materials with her.

Jo Ann

I'm so glad I'm not the only one hearing music. Looks like another cold day on the nest. However, it doesn't seem so breezy. I am guessing March 10 and March 14 for the hatching dates.

Jo Ann

I'm hearing alot of geese today, and those horrible crows!

Jo Ann

I'm also hearing a buzz saw. I don't like the sound of that. I just hope they are not chopping down too many trees.

Sally Glowicki

I thought the buzz saw sound was my neighbor outback. Now, I know it was at the nest site, not nextdoor. Wonder what they were cutting. Even the eagle was lstening.

eerieder

I think Justice just had a coronary , there was some smaller bird,maybe a crow, flew across the view of the cam right over his head while he was sitting on the eggs. He twisted his head around and follow the path that bird took. It was all he could do to stay on the eggs. Bet he is screaming for Liberty to return now.LOL Got to get that sucker now, that will be one dead crow.

ERIEDER

Don't know why my email came up on last comment??
Ok just figured that out. I reversed info entered. Sorry.

Diannwilliams94

It has been nice to sun on the nest today. But the snow still makes it look so cold. I know you have said they are warm, but I'm not!

Annette Kryske

3:30 PM PST I hear the other birds making lots of noise. Justice just joined in.Don't know how long he hs been in the nest. I was watching Florida little ones , before , each one had their own fish that they we nibbling at. They are trying, but they don't seem to get the knack of it yet.THen one waspulling the others fish around the nest. Mama flew in & started feedin them.Can't wait until L/J's hatch.It was a wonderful first for us.Justie is working on he nest, & moving the eggs around.Not too windy weither. Nitey nite my little ones Liberty just blew in at3:45 PM & she's taking over'

Ruth MacLeod

I saw Liberty come in to take over for the night. I have spent a lot of time just enjoying the sound, the 1st time I've done that since the new cam has been going. LOts of ducks and geese and for some time Justice and Liberty were talking to each other. Justice would call out on the nest and I could hear Liberty in the background. This wasn't the calling he does when there are others, just a gentle calling. They really talked to each other when LIberty arrived to take over. Justice was in no hurry to leave this time. I was even able to hear the little birds everyone has been talking about. I had my hearing aids in and could not hear them.

Judith Hart

I didn't think I had my speakers on, everythings so quiet!
Finally they get a weather break, a little peaceful calm, before the storm hits tomorrow evening.

Mavis

8:44 PM EST

I just checked on both DNR and our nest...both moms are settled in for the night. I hate so much that the DNR parents are so devoted to the hatching of their eggs. It just doesn't look like it is going to happen and is sad to watch.

Liberty is having a quiet time on the nest right now. The wind seems calm and she looks comfortable. I watched several times today as she sat on the eggs and called out to Justice. I heard him nearby and a couple of times I saw him fly by beyond the fringe of the limbs. I love how the new cam gives us a greater view surrounding the nest. When the leaves come on this spring, I'm sure that view will again become limited. Right now, I am enjoying it.

Judi Hufnagel

When do these birds sleep?

Judith Hart

8:56 AM EST... Just had a shift change with Liberty leaving the nest and Justice taking over sitting....Temp 13°

Judith Hart

Shift change on previous post was actually 6:56 AM EST..........not 8:56

Judith Hart

A bird or birds just came a little too close to the nest, Justice stood up, with wings spread, protecting the eggs....calling out to Liberty....warning screech.....alerting Liberty. All calm now.

Mavis

7:36 AM EST 21 Feb

Good morning Judith..

The sun is rising and the rays make the nest LOOK warmer than it is. I am hearing an abundance of other bird chatter and is music to my ears to hear.

7:50..I think it is Justice on the nest..he got up to change positions and was raising a lot of rackus. I think he wants Liberty to come change places.
FIGHT ON THE NEST

Mavis

8:06


FIGHT ON THE NEST...INTRUDER..ANOTHER EAGLE..may have been a juvie....

That was a serious fight...another eagle tried to come in...Justice and intruder fought at wall for several seconds...he is still excited and calling out...checking eggs now and settling back down

Mavis

8:43 EST

Change of shift. Liberty on nest. You can bet Justice will be close by as the excitment of this morning's scuffle is still exciting him.

Jim Lindsey

how do you tell Liberty & Justice apart? Thanks, Jim from Ga.

Mavis

8:48 EST

Jim..Liberty is on the nest now. She has a black spot over her right eye and another black spot on her tail..left side..can only be seen when her tail feathers are spread out. The spot on her tail is triangle in shape. Liberty is bigger than Justice but only noticed when they are side by side.

Justice head looks sleeker, better groomed, whiter, and sharper lines along the brow. He is harder to ID so the absence of markings is another way.

Kathryn Mellecker

They are both on the alert! Liberty is in the nest now, notice the dark spot over the right eye. When she turns her head, that is. There is a bigger spot on her tail feathers, but can't see it from this angle. When you see the two together L is bigger than J.

Mavis

Jo Ann...I am going to guess Mar 15 and 17 for the two hatchings. I would have guessed the 14th for egg #1 but because of the "cooling down" periods for egg #1..I am going with Mar 15th. Mar 17th is the date I predict pipping of the second egg.

How about the rest of you? Any guesses?

Good morning K

Kathryn Mellecker

Mavis, those are my guesses, too.

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