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February 27, 2013

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beamg

Good morning everyone.

Hope everyone who had storms of what ever kind yesterday is safe.

Rich, thanks for the FB page you started! I already "liked" it and saw the screen shot you got yesterday of the DNR eggs.

Mr. John, good luck with the repair. You're so on top of things! I'll just make the rounds of the other cams. But ya know, this ones the best.

Mavis

Mr. John...perfect timing! If the router has to go out...glad it is NOW and not when the hatching begins.

beamg and others in the QC area...how much snow did you end up with? I hope we hear from Libby as TX got hit pretty hard.

Mr. John, I can remember the old days when we had rabbit ears on top of the TV. Sometimes we would attach a coat hanger with tin foil and one of us kids had to stand there to keep it turned just right so it would work. Especially when Dad was watching Saturday night boxing! Anyway...naaa...forget it...on the other hand...you are ALCOA!!...you should have plenty of tin foil there!!

Judith Hart

How much snow did you end up with out there?
Looks like you may still be having some light showers.

Isn't today someones BIRTHDAY?????
Let me think!!! Hummm, Who was it???

JUST THOUGHT OF IT....IT'S MAVIS

H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y MAVIS!!!!

Mavis

8:04 AM EST

I read something last night that made me think of Rjim! He PMed me not long ago and is still doing videos and loving his time with nature as usual. He said he would be dropping in from time to time.

Knowing Justice will be bringing fish to the nest before long in anticipation of having new eaglets to feed made me think of Rjim's fish project last year. Do any of you remember if he ever posted the results of his research? Just wondering..

beamg

Happy Birthday Mavis!

I'm guessing we got about 3" here in Durant. I thought about going out to take pictures but, you know, it's cold out there!

I don't remember if Rjim posted results of his fish project last year. Remember the days of multiple fish drops of all sizes and kinds? Good memories!

MJ

What is the name for the FB page?

Mavis

Thank you beamg. JUDITH...you didn't have to do that on NATIONAL COMMENT PAGE!!

FISH PROJECT: Those reports certainly bring back some memories for sure! Any newbie tuning in during fish report would think we were crazy:

" Fish dropped on nest...big fish...silver..think a sturgeon...windy but not rocking nest too much...sun shinning...11:57 am....." next post..."I saw that...it was a catfish..not a sturgeon. Just saw a turtle drop..do turtles count?' !!

That was fun, wasn't it?

Judith Hart

Yes, we had quite a smorgasbord in the nest last year. From Sturgeon to coots, crows, squirrels,turtles,ducklings and that notochord, and crescent shaped thingy.

ERIEDER

Happy Birthday Mavis, You are just like a good bottle of wine. Not older , just better. Hope you have a great day down there in Sunshine land.
Yes we got really bonked by the weather. Not much snow,4-8 inches ,depending on where we were.The wind was the killer though blowing high drifts. I- 27 Lubbock to Amarillo shut down, and I do mean shut down. I bet there were a lot of trucker mad,hubby can tell you about this area if he has traveled here. High wind can pick up a 18 wheeler like a box of popcorn and on solid ice, well you can guess the rest.
I have not stuck my nose out any farther than the bird feeder. I may be old ,but not stupid.
Now we are dealing with severe ice,40 in daytime and teens at night. I guess the whole mid west area is having the same problem.
Cam is off line this morning, hope Liberty has knocked off some of that ice and snow she was dealing with. Poor baby, she looked so cold and alone yesterday. I never saw Justice come when she was calling him. Hope she got a few breaks and a little something to eat. That nest bowl looked nice and dry and she was turning the eggs right on schedule. Never stop being amazed at how she hangs in there and does the right thing, will not be long now ,three weeks give or take a day or two. Hope the cam comes back soon and everyone has a great day. Peace to all.

Judith Hart

I just noticed, on the Alcoa Osprey Cam, several people have posted they've spotted them back around the nest.I know quite a few of us were watching that cam also, and making posts over there.
Here's the link...........
http://www.alcoa.com/global/en/eco_alcoa/info_page/ospreycam.asp

Mavis

I wonder what ever happened to that notochord?? You always wanted that ugly looking thing! Never figured out why they kept it in the nest...it was always in the way...a tough looking spiney thing. I think it is buried in the nest somewhere. I remember a couple of MINKS ended up as supper too!

Hmmm...all this talk has be thinking about breakfast...vegatarian breakfast! Oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins sounds good.

Judith Hart

-----VIDEO BACK ON--------

beamg

YEA! There's the nest!

Mavis

Libby...thank you,. GLAD you posted as I was concerned about you. I know you know how to manage in weather far worse than this but power outages can cause problems for sure.

CAM BACK ON!

Cherrycarol

Happy Birthday!! Mavis. Why didn't I see that on fb? I'm not sure how much snow we got but by looking at my deck I'd say 4 inches. I just shoveled it off! The streets r in good shape. Have a good day. So nice to have Mr John gwet the camera on so fast.

Cherrycarol

Rich or beamg what is the name of the FB page? Is it for our eagles or any? Carol

StaPyFly

Hello, I'm a school librarian in Gaithersburg, MD. Do you have anyone who would might like to Skype with our first graders about the eagles? We've been watching every day.

Suzanne

StaPyFly...I am unable but hope someone on this site is. What a wonderful thing you are doing. Hands-on-learning is the best kind and the children feel totally involved in what they are watching. Good job...keep up the good work and hopefully you will find someone to Skype with your first graders.

Suzanne

Mavis...I will try to be very quiet...and whisper so no one hears...HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!! There, I don't think anyone else heard...just between me and you...have a blessedly, wonderful, all-you-could-want-or-hope for day!!!:):):)

And L & J have come through just fine, so you have them to brighten up your day as well. Each day is a treasure and a gift...may yours be the best!

Mavis

WHOA!! StaPyFly...MR. JOHN would be PERFECT...if he or his someone on his will do it.

This is the Alcoa site so I'm sure, since ALCOA is a big supporter of education, and the PR officials for their cam, will jump on this. Please let us hear back from you,

Mavis

Well...I sure started that off wrong!! Geez!

StaPyFly...Mr. John would be PERFECT!! I bet he, or someone in his PR department will gladly do it!

THAT WAS HOW I INTENDED THE FIRST SENTENCE TO READ...sorry,

beamg

Carol, are you asking about the page Rich set up? It's Everything Eagle Cam. He even has the pic from yesterday of the MN DNR eggs. Lots of links to other eagle cams.

StaPyFly - Yes, someone should be able to do that. Stay tuned for the right volunteer to speak up. Hi to you and your 1st graders and welcome to this awesome cam!

ERIEDER

StaPyFly: Have you looked at that link to the educational material that Alcoa developed with a local school? I am sure John at Alcoa can give you all the age oriented material for your students. Good luck and Hope the children enjoy the lessons. One class last year made a project of showing an area on the floor of their room as a nest. This was so the kids could see how big the nest are and how wide the wings are on an eagle.Your age group would be very impressed with that sort of thing. There are a number of teachers on this site and I am sure they would have many suggestions that would help with your lesson plans.

beamg

I see a few snow flakes at the nest. Shouldn't be too bad today though. At least not like yesterday.

Libby, glad you're safe and staying inside. Smart Lady!

Suzanne

Well, all looks much better at all nestcams this AM. L & J have wind to deal with but no snow at least. DNR nest really rocking today...windy but temp is 33 right now. Dad sitting on nest & seems to be bothered by intruders flying around. MNBound looked serene with sun across the nest...nest bowl starting to take shape. Not long now before we have eggs to watch there. So glad things are calmer in Iowa...that was a tough day for friend and fowl.

Cherrycarol

beamg what is the name of the fb page?

Judith Hart

StaPyFly....I found this link for you,it's on the Alcoa first page, above the cam.
Here is a link to it. This is how it reads...You will have info on how to connect with this teacher.

Alcoa has partnered with the Bettendorf, Iowa, school district to create learning modules for students. If you are an educator interested in connecting education to the Bald Eagle, click here. We have also worked with a local vendor to create some t-shirts and other items related to the Alcoa EagleCam. A portion of each sale will go to local charity. If you are interested, click here to check out those items.

http://eagleeyecamera.wikispaces.com/

beamg

Carol, it's called "Everything Eagle Cam." I did a search from my fb page and it came right up. Let me know how you do with this.

Rich Swanson

Beamg....Thanks for sharing the FB page. I hope it takes off. I am getting ready to do a post there in a moment. The DNR eagles just did a change of command and there didn't appear to be any change in the two remaining eggs. Unfortunately I wasn't prepared to snag a screen shot. So the waiting goes on.

Everything Eagle Cam on FB. Check it out and share your links.

Jo Ann

To Alcoa, Thank you so much for your diligence to provide this opportunity for fans of Liberty and Justice. You work so hard to keep giving us this opportunity to view our two favorite eagles. I see it's snowing again, yet the eggs are safe and warm. Thanks again, Alcoa for all of your efforts. Much appreciated.

Judith Hart

10:50 AM EST
Liberty just got up, turned her eggs, and is now rearranging nesting materials around her..up again, poked some holes in the nest...down again, finally looks comfortable.

beamg

Rich, you're welcome. Should be a hit! With everything that seems to have NOT gone good at the DNR nest, they ARE very quick at changing places.

Our weather report says we have 90% chance of snow most of the day and yes it's snowing. It should taper off to 30% around 5pm. Look at all that nesting material coming in....great insulation and I just wonder if L & J have a feeling about more snow than what we know about!?!?!?

Suzanne

beamg...I believe the eagles and also our birdfeeder birds sense things are coming...could be the affect of barometric pressure on them. I'm like that...barometer changing, I get a headache. I've noticed more activity on all the nests prior to bad weather and our birdfeeder birds get frantic to find a spot on the feeder...waiting in line out on our pine tree boughs to jump in. I've always thought they 'knew' somehow to get ready. Guess we should pay good attention to them and we would be better prepared. However, I could do without the headache forewarning :(

Judith Hart

Let's have a look at the radar loop for the area. Yep, Snow!!

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

Sher

Thanks to all involved for getting the cam up and running again..

Have a question..hope it's not a "silly" one..do I have to have a Facebook account in order to view the new Everything Eagle Cam page???...can't seem to find it...

MAVIS...Happy Birthday..May Your Heart Be Light & Your Dreams Take Flight..:)

Laurie C.

I don't know if you have to have a FB account to see it. Here's the link.. try it and see if it takes you there.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Everything-Eagle-Cam/401012266662259

Mavis

Sher and everyone else...THANK YOU!!

Sher, yes...you do have to have a FB account. You can set up a DUMMY account. By that..you can use any name you want...Rich set up one with the name Everything Eagles Cam...or something like that...anyway...you do not have to use your real name. You can make up of date of birth..make sure you are 20 yrs old though...anytown, USA works for address...you DO HAVE to have a correct email address (which is hidden from everyone), so FB can send you a confirmation. You click on the confirmation and you are set! You can set your privacy settings once you are set up. If you are using it just to connect to different pages,..I don't guess it really matters.

Rich, I guess you know you can set up a group within your FB page for blogging if you want comments seperate from links. That is what JC did on NN. We have our regular page ..and we chat on there because we can,...but he has a separate group page called OT for other talk where we all go to talk about everything. It stays active with something going on all the time. Maybe you can use that to set up a DNR blog page if that is what you want.

Sher

Laurie C...THANKS so much for the link..

It opened the page for me and it's great that I can view it without making a Facebook Account..

Appreciate your help and also THANKS to Rich for making the new page & making it viewable to those of us not on Facebook..

Mavis

WOW! Learned something new about FB. THAT IS GREAT! THank you Laurie C

Judith Hart

Laurie
You can reach that facebook link, but if you try to move around, it will ask you to sign in.....

Sher

When I'm on the new FB page I can click on any topic & it opens for me...

Since there are a lot of Eagle Lovers here who are very well-informed..perhaps someone can answer another question for me...

When the eagles leave the nest and fly to another area off-season...do the "mates" stay together during that time..or..only meet back up in the nest area during the "mating" Season??

Suzanne

Liberty is sitting tight...just watched her give her little chortle supposedly to Justice. Must be break time and she's ready to spread her wings a bit. Love how these two communicate. Wish I could hear that at the DNR site...Dad is on nest there now and yesterday and today I have seen extensive nest building...much more bedding and the walls have been built up. Also both eagles are exhibiting quick, sharp movements with bedding...almost a frustrated behavior. Have not seen that before...who wouldn't be frustrated after all this time. Curious if the nest re-building may indicate that they may throw out the eggs and lay new and try in earnest once again. Every day brings new knowledge from every nestcam out there.

Suzanne

I was wrong...Mom on DNR site. Makes me dizzy watching as the wind is very strong here and the nest is swaying one way and the branch the camera is on goes another. Warm here now...41 degrees, high clouds and sun trying to come out. Wish I could send it all your way L & J!!

Rich Swanson

To all....Although it may seem like I set that FB page up to keep up to date with the DNR situation, that really isn't my intention. I wanted to start a location where anyone interested in anything about eagle webcams could go to and find out about something they might not have known otherwise. For example yesterday when I posted the link to the Scott County webcams to get various views of the snowfall. Several people were unaware of them and found them interesting. So then came the idea of the eagle cam clearing house. I actually think it would make for a better webpage than a FB page. Being able to click on links to enter a particular nest discussion group for example. That would be awesome. But I don't really have the time to create and admin another webpage, so I did the next best thing. Perhaps in the future if and when interest grows......but let's not get ahead of ourselves (really it's myself). For now, I hope everyone enjoys the idea and it really helps to promote eagle cams everywhere.

p.s. I am open to suggestions and good ideas....Thanks Mavis on yours. I am going to try to incorporate this in the near future.

Judith Hart

Laurie C,

Would you by chance be the daughter of "SKEETS" a friend of mine, that flew the "POGO" VTOL Fighter??

lynette milton

does the daddy ever fly in i have yet to see him

Suzanne

Rich...thanks for your thoughts. I think you did the quickest and easiest thing possible with the FB page and I did go on it (though I'm not on FB) and was VERY impressed. I love the idea of it becoming a webpage with links to chat lines for the various nestcams. While I love looking at all the nestcams, I wish the DNR would have set up such a thing with theirs. I love this site and watching L & J but feel badly about posting about the DNR eagles...like I'm imposing. So...maybe in the future that webpage would be a possibility and I for one would love different venues to go in and comment on. Good Work Rich!

Suzanne

lynette...oh yes. Justice (Dad) is a very attentive mate to Liberty. Stay tuned in...he'll appear or you will hear him talking to Liberty as she sits on the nest. They are a very devoted pair and great parents.

John Nield

I think all gods creatures have a sense of impending storms.My Dad would watch the birds and say There's a storm coming Son. And sure enough, one would pass through.

Mavis

Suzanne, sometimes when I read a post I kind of scan it...not often...but sometimes. I did that with your post #42 and got confused (there's that word again) and had to go back because you were talking about Alcoa and I didn't catch where you transitioned right into the DNR site.

PLEASE..may I suggest that when you start talking DNR...would you mind starting a new paragraph and label it as DNR?

ALCOA:-----------------------

DNR: ------------------------

It would make it so much easier to seperate the two nests on the comments page, Just a suggestion with a PLEASE attached.

If you are just going to comment on Alcoa...then no labels are needed at all. It would just be easier if you seperated the two if you are commenting on both nests in same post. THANK YOU!

Judith Hart

Suzanne,
Why don't you let other people know that watch the DNR site about the page Rich set up for you....I don't think you've made a post there yet. He has given you a place where you can all discuss the DNR site. Lucky for you that he set it up for you.

Send an e-mail to the Minnesota DNR, tell them to put a link on their site to the facebook DNR link....You're ready to go.

Suzanne

John...I agree. My Dad is 91 and a nature and weather watcher still, keeping logs of both daily. He has taught me much about impending weather. In fact I talked to him on the phone this AM...he lives in SW Minn. and I'm 3 hours away...and they have been having day after day of fog. He made note of the 1st day of the fog because he said 100 days after the first fog of winter, we'll have heavy rain. Now...time will tell on that, but most of what he learned as a farm boy regarding weather, he learned from watching the behavior of the animals around him. He feeds and watches birds daily and would agree with your Dad for sure.

John Nield

I'm a rookie here. What's the DNR site? To me that means Dept. of Natural Resorces. Is there something bad going on there? Curious?

Suzanne

John...you are correct. It is the nestcam at the Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources. It has been a long and sad journey...Mom and Dad laid eggs noticed by the DNR on Jan. 1st. They have been trying to hatch ever since... of course way past viable stage. A few days ago, one egg ruptured...but they are rebuilding nest and continue to each trade off brooding the 2 eggs. On that same day the DNR got the number off the one banded eagle and we are waiting for history on that one...think it's the female. They may be a young pair who had infertile eggs and just don't know when to abandon ship.

Sherri

Man, look at all that snow! Mama looks like she's handling it just fine.

Sherri

Happy Birthday Mavis!

John Nield

@Suzanne. My Dad's passion for the weather is what has made me the amature weather man I am today. If He were still alive, he would look at all the weather instruments I have around the house and say, "Son, you don't need all that stuff". I'm laughing here as I can hear him saying it.

Sherri

Mavis: I do remember Rjim's research, but it could have been around the time the camera was spotty and not consistently working properly.

Mavis

Liberty is sitting comfortably with fresh bedding around her and just looking around without regard of it snowing on her. She was just calling out and I heard Justice in the background.

Lynnette (sp?), anyway, keep watching. Sometimes when L and J talk to each other, it may mean a shift change is coming up. I saw Justice on the nest early this morning and one other time.

Judith Hart

Enough already about the Minnesota DNR ...A few posts fine..this goes on all day and night...it's getting confusing to people!!
Sorry, but I have quite a few friends that watch this site and don't post...they're all sending me confusing messages.
Just my opinion.

Mavis

Thanks, Sherri!

Liberty has that nest looking comfortable, doesn't she? The snow doesn't even phase her...she just looks around and keeps her eyes on Justice when he is around. I just heard him in the background a moment ago.

Suzanne

Judith...I haven't posted because I have not joined FB and not sure I want to. I can't email the DNR because my computer will not allow their 'program' to download...don't know why. My husband has tried and also failed. Have tried several routes with no success. I guess I have upset people here...didn't mean to. Will stop posting about the DNR nest. Sorry that I've upset things.

John Nield

Thanks Suzanne. That is a sad situation. I am new to this comment site, but I did watch L &J raising their family last season.

Sally Glowicki

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAVIS!
I believe it's Liberty on the nest because from the back of her head it looks like she needs a shampoo badly! Like all mothers, too busy taking care of duties and not herself. Enjoy your day, Mavis!

Suzanne

John...I laughed at what your Dad would have said. But my Dad does have a few new things for watching the weather...Mom says he'd watch the Weather Channel all day if she'd let him. Ha. But they were wiser still from their natural observations than our weather men today don't you think? Wasn't it wonderful that they shared their knowledge of nature with us?

Mavis

Sally, I just saw Liberty reposition herself and I love it when she pulls the "blanket" up around her to protect the eggs from the wind. Just heard the train... That wind SOUNDS awful but the nest is not rocking much. She looks like a Christmas card picture sitting in that nest with the snow coming down and the whiteness of the snow all around her.

Thank you, Sally for the wishes.

Laurie C.

Hmm, so last year we could talk about shingles, etc. but this year we cannot talk about another eagle nest? The rules are confusing.

Sher

Oh dear..here we go again about the DNR nest/eagles...

Why can't we just all get along & enjoy updates and comments from ALL Eagle Lovers..even about other nests???

This is why I usually do NOT participate in chats/comments/etc...eventually things get nasty...

JMHO...

Laurie C.

Alas Judith, that is not me. I don't know to whom you are referring. (Re: post 45)

Suzanne

Laurie...thanks for wondering. I'm pretty bummed but so be it...and this certainly isn't the place for such malicious attacks. Judith...that 'day and night' post just did me in. I feel very, very hurt.

Suzanne

Sher...I agree and I will probably not share again because I feel I've invaded territory. And your last paragraph was something that my own family warned me about...guess I was naive that things on such a wonderful site could take such a turn.

Sher

Suzanne...well I took a chance & decided to post even knowing..from past experiences on other websites..what usually happens..

It's difficult for me to believe that nobody here discussed the Minnesota Bound eagles & little Harmon's adventure last year...

And as far as I recall when you posted about the DNR nest "DNR" was always mentioned so don't how it could be confusing...

Anyways...CHIN UP & SMILE...don't let others determine what YOU want to post & share...

At least it's about Eagles and not "other topics" which I've seen posted many times on here...

CAN'T WE ALL JUST RESPECT EACH OTHER???

Not everybody agrees on everything but "Personal Attacks" on anyone should never be tolerated & accepted...

Again...JMHO

Suzanne

Sher...thanks. I'm grateful for all the great exchanges I have read and received on this site. Fell in love with L & J and found others here were interested in our DNR pair. Just shared what I thought was respectful and worthy knowledge. Yes, chin up indeed but I'm not smiling. I do feel personally attacked but feel 'heartened' to receive your gracious email. Thank you Sher...you are a wise woman.

Judith Hart

Laurie, Sorry, thought you might be his daughter,same name,I thought you posted last year as Laurie Coleman, she lives in California, wrong person.

Suzanne, we've never used the Alcoa site as a BLOG for other eagle nests. It does get confusing.Maybe you didn't notice what was happening.
Sher, Suzanne....we do get along on this site,I posted MY OPINION about an observation I made, no one else. If you don't like it, say whatever, keep the gripes going. Keep a stiff upper lip!

I'm done with any more remarks about it, over, done with, PERIOD.
DROP IT!

Suzanne

Sher...didn't mean email...meant comment. I'm a little rattled.

Sher

Suzanne..your welcome...

If I'm a "wise woman" it's due to my Mom and what she taught me & my Sis about "Life"...I just try to live my life by her example...(she has to be smiling in Heaven about your comment)...

I love "quotes" and this one came to mind in this situation:

“Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners”...

Suzanne

Sher...Yes, your Mom taught you well and I know she's smiling down on you today and I'm sure every day. Love your quote as well. Truth is truth. Be well...stay WISE.

Nancy

I really love to check in on the Alcoa eagles and know that they are coping with this storm. I've learned so much from watching them. They are a wonderful pair of parents!

Mavis

2:59 EST

Liberty just repostioned and I just don't see much let up in the snow that is falling. She turns those eggs with such gentlenes.

Sher, anyone can post about anything. Those rules have not changed.

Suzanne, you always made it clear when you were referring to the DNR and we were with you at the site, taking pictures and commenting along side you. MY comment was, if it wasn't too much trouble...could we keep the nests seperated by paragraphs and label them. Some of us do skim some posts and when we fail to catch the transition of talking about one nest then the other...it can be confusing if we missed the transition. That's all. It wasn't anything more than a suggestion that would be helpful for some of us. I didn't catch that in your post and when you said Dad was building up the nest wall...I went to look and couldn't figure out what I missed. When I went back to the comment, I realize MY error and thought seperating the nests would make it easier for some of us. That's all. No need for anyone to read more into it than was stated.

I think we understood you when you were frustrated about what was happening at the MN DNR and no one to discuss it with. You told us, many became concerned and got involved with the drama. The same thing happened last year with Harmon. We visit the Ft. Myers nest, and someone alerts us when something new is happening. The same will happen with the MN Bound nest and Dollywood. Most of us are interested in more than one nest. When the "alert" is over with, most of us settle back down with Alcoa...BECAUSE..ALCOA is the reason we are here. For most of us that post here...Alcoa is HOME. AND...this is the Alcoa comment page. That by no means mean you can't post about shingles, fish research, hummingbird cams, favorite old time tv programs, or even cornbread recipes. None of these subjects, however, overwhelm the reason this page was set up..for the Alcoa fans to have a place to comment.

Laurie C, you were here last year. You should know the rules have not changed. Alcoa allows you to post about whatever you want.

I think, Suzanne, that your reminder that there was no other place to post about DNR and the help in trying to offer suggestions in an attempt to help you find a solution for that may have been a bit overwhelming. The "alert" is over, more or less, for the MN DNR site... Unless Alcoa says differently, you are as free as me to post about whatever you please.

As some that I know of may want to disagree...the MAIN topic on here has always been ALCOA.

Judith has been a devoted and caring person who has posted here for a long time. She has made a lot of friends and her fondness for this site is well noted. She too, has a right to her opinion.

Laurie C.

I really like it when people also post news regarding other nests. If it wasn't for that, I'd never even know of Harmon last year or the DNR nest this year. Now, maybe I shouldn't add more nests to pay attention to, but I fall in love with them so easily.

I don't feel that discussing other nests should be a bother because it should naturally follow that if you love one nest you love them all. I actually don't consider discussing other nests to be off-topic. But that just my opinion.

Ruth MacLeod

Don't remember who was asking if Justice ever came on the nest. He is the one sitting right now3:45 EST. This was a strange exchange. I was doing something else when I heard Liberty call out. Came and looked and Justice was standing on the upper nest, but Liberty made no move to leave the nese. He stood there for over 10 minutes before moving down beside her and after a beaking she got ready and left and he took over.

Nancy

I get confused if I read that eggs are cracked are broken UNLESS the writer indicates at the beginning of the post that they are writing about a nest other than Alcoa. I appreciate that being said clearly for me. I take it as a kindness. :)

Nancy

oops - misspelling - I meant to write "if eggs are cracked or broken" I am confused if I read that on this site but it doesn't pertain to the Alcoa nest. Thanks.

lynette milton

Im new watching these ones :) what a differance from the Florida Eagles.kinda sad seeing the snow and cold but im sure they are use to this ! does anyone know when the babys are due to come?????

irene

Who is sitting on the nest?
Can you identify the male from
the female ???

Ruth MacLeod

lynette. By the middle of March the babies should be arriving.

Ruth MacLeod

irene Justice the male is on the nest right now. He took over about 3:45 EST and will probably be there until Liberty takes over for the night. Liberty had a small dark spot a bit above her right eye that identifies her for most of us. She also has some black spots on her tail that are usually hidden by her wings.

Rich Swanson

Irene...The easiest way to tell is Liberty (Mama) has a distinct black spot just above her right eye. She also has a black triangle marking on her tail that is less noticiable. Also, Liberty is a little larger than Justice (Papa), who is on the nest at this moment

Sher

I think the "words & tone" of the comments we make can often times "sting & hurt" others...

That applies to myself as well as other posters...

There are ways to comment without sounding "harsh"...and I think it's important that we "weigh our words" so to speak so that others are not hurt and/or offended...while we speak our own personal thoughts, etc..

It's different between people who PERSONALLY know each other (met in person or talked in person..not just on a website)...then it's a bit easier to understand where the person is coming from and what they intend to say..

When people only know each other by the comments posted on a website sometimes it's a bit difficult to comprehend and accept..

I hope Suzanne continues to comment here about whatever topic(s) she chooses...

As to another "topic"...I posted a question earlier today and I think it got lost amongst the other comments..so will ask again:

Does anyone know if the "mates" stay together the entire year..or..only "meet up" again at the nest during "mating" Season??

I've read where eagles "mate for life" or until one dies but I've often wondered if they are together year-round...


Melvin R. Blann III

Appreciative of access to this site, and the work/expense associated with establishing and maintaining this feed for so many viewers - thanks!

Kathryn Mellecker

Sher, these eagles and the Decorah eagles are followed amost the whole year. Both pairs are seen together in the "off" season. They stick fairly close to the nest site and have been seen moving and adding sticks. I suspect the main reason for stayin in the area is to defend it against any other eagles. But the main thing you wanted to know is Yes they do stay together.

Vicki Berg

Hi! I'm a middle school ELL teacher up here in what I really thought was Eagle Central for the Lower 48: Northwest Washington State! But since a friend suggested I check out the Alcoa site, I have to say, it is the best one out there! My students have loved watching the eagles. Last year was just miraculous with all three fledglings making it. Since it was almost the end of school when we finally just saw an empty next, it made me kind of sad since I had to say goodbye to some of my students I've had for 3 years. Looking forward to another year of watching the world's best parents!

Mavis

Laurie, I would not have know anything about the DNR site had I not been told. I was concerned and spent time there..almost against my will because I get so involved with the nests. Harmon was an experience I will never forget and will always be a good memory for me as well. I think most of us WANT to hear about other nests..I do. Even hummingbird nests.

EVEN if you talk OT (off topic)..that's ok too. Sometimes it helps when things get tense on the nest...or when nothing is going on. It doesn't matter. OT is our way of getting to know each other. When we experience something as beautiful as this together....some of us just feel the bond.

Suzanne, I think you are a great poster...always said that and still do. Someone reminded me how upset I was when we were "attacked" by our OT talk last year and we started labeling ET (eagle talk) and OT (other talk) just the way I suggested we label DNR and ALCOA. I remember how upset I got that someone should come in and change the way we did things...I see how I just did the same thing that upset ME! I didn't mean to do that...I really meant the suggestion in a constructive way and that is all.

I really have to run...I would like to see everyone enjoy and get along...that makes the fun even funner (I know...I just made that word up)

Cherrycarol

Sher I heard from someone that knows a lot about eagles. & she said they mate all year. So I would say they stay together all year round in the same area. They keep there own territory.

Annette Kryske

2:10 PM PST.We just had the changing of the guards. Liberty flew in, & Justice departed.No smooching this time.I hear some ladder work going on , and also the little white circle is going round & round. The wind is really howling now. I am getting a little dizzy from the circle, almost like when I have a glass of wine, it gets me the same way. I hear some voices in the distance. Probably Bruce, working on the cam. Thanks Alcoa , we knew we could depend on your expertise in this matter. Keep up the good work Mr.John. We all appreciate your efforts.

Sher

Kathryn & Cherrycarol...THX so much for your replies..

I more or less assumed that was the case..but you know what they say about "assume"..lool..;)

Cherrycarol

your welcome. Carol

lynette milton

has anyone noticed the humming birds all over around the nest????

Judith Hart

Lynette,
I think the Hummingbirds are still staying South where it's warmer.The first migrating ruby-throated hummingbirds have arrived in Gulf Coast states, slightly ahead of schedule,but the closest state to Iowa I can see them in is Tennessee.
Do you think you're seeing snowflakes?

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