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Tim

I see they are hunting as a couple of the pictures the birds have fish with them!

Cherrycarol

Very nice pictures John. Looks like the ones I take a lot. Hope we don't get a lot of snow. Ready for spring!!

gregory

there is oen good picture of the nest with an eagle flying over and you can just see the tip top of libertys head.

ERIEDER

That one picture with the bowing wings and light sky. That Juvies has a little fish in his hot little claws. He must be feeding to prep for the storm. Hope Liberty and Justice got some food on board,be safe our eagles. Easter is the last of March so we are getting close to Spring and the new eaglets. some one said maybe about St Particks Day. Please tell me they are not going to pick Irish names for those sweet little eaglets? lol

Mavis

6:45 EST

Is that Justice on the nest? Looks like it could be. He/She is just lounging there oblivious of the wind. Still no snow accumulation on the nest.

Sandy...your sister building in SANIBEL?? Sanibel? WOW!! What a place to build! Sanibel Island is awesome...surrounded by the blue/green gulf! Sure hope she is building a spare bedroom for you! How wonderful. I would be planning my EXTENDED vacation for down there NOW!

Dadfsr, if you are here to pick up pointers on how to set up and run your web cam...good for you. You picked the right place! I think one of the most important parts of making a web experience the best...are the interactions between the host and the viewers. No sense in me trying to find the words to explain this, just stick around and you will appreciate this for yourself. I think this is the best site around..PERIOD. Am happy we are one of the sites you are looking at. If you and your team do start a new eagle web cam..be sure and let us know as I'm sure many of us would like to check it out!

Rich Swanson

I was thinking of original names......Buford, or Lulu Belle.

gregory

lulu- thats funny- i like it

gregory

how about GERTRUDE! i always liked that name

beamg

Mr. John...Thanks for the awesome pics!!! Calm before the storm sounds about right. I for one am hoping the weatherman is wrong and we don't get that snow!

It does look very calm at the nest right now.

Mavis

Mr. John! Those may not be our "three", but just the thought that they MIGHT me sure brings a smile to my face and a warm, sweet feeling all over!! Last season gave me memories that I never dreamed I would have. I am grateful to Alcoa and the viewing "family" for that.

The pictures are great! I think these are the first ones you have posted with so much snow around. I really enjoyed them.

Tim and Libby...great catch! I did not notice the fish but after you posted I went back and sure enough..there they were!

Rich Swanson

DNR Eagle......Sorry to say I just caught that a second egg is cracked open. I caught a picture of it and will post to the DNR Eagle Cam group. Damn it!

Spotzdadd

Well Those great pictures settle it for me as to which tree the nest is in when viewing sat views,

Just can't help but wonder what the property was before It came to be Alcoa's. Some type day camp or river resort. I mean with the large gravel parking area, screened in area, basketball court, upstairs area, large deck, Hmmmmn..

Lynn

Thank you for the great pics of the nest and of the other eagles. My guess is that they are last years youngsters hanging around, checking up on Mom and Dad to make sure everything is OK. :)

Tracy Vigus

Thanks for the new pics Mr. John! And thanks to Tim and Libby too for noticing the fish!!! I went back to see because I was so into other stuff, I guess. That is really cool that we got to see them with some fish. Yep, I bet it was the kids from last year doing what their ma and dad taught them! Now THAT is exciting stuff!

gregory

previous ownership of property is public domain. it cannot be withheld.

gregory

yepper i have my license. doesnt everyone?

gregory

score 93 atlanta ga

Sally Glowicki

Thanks for the pics. What would you say the span of their wings measure? .... 6 feet?
Have you all noticed that our days are light longer? It's daylight earlier. We used to sit down for dinner and it was dark outdoors. Tonight, we had to pull a blind the sun was so bright. (About 6:30p EST.) Will be checking the nest after midnight to see how the weather is.

gregory

a little like the bar exam. lots of tricky questions.

Mavis

8:23 EST

Liberty is sleeping and the nest is not rocking. Actually looks calm on the nest. You wouldn't know a storm is expected witht the calmness surrounding the nest.

Sally, I was mentally noting the longer daylight hours just before you posted. Someone said the time changes Mar 10th. I need to look that up to make sure. Guess I'll put on some coffee and meet you at the nest around midnight!

Jo Ann

Thank you Mr. John for the beautiful pictures. I absolutely love them. I for one know they are our Faith, Hope and Spirit from last year. And as you say we are all right! Really appreciate those.

Jo Ann

Thank you Tim and Libby for noticing the fish. I checked back, too, and sure enough there it was. I agree with Mavis. I think they were showing mom and dad that they made it and survived. I had a rough day at work today , but, seeing those youngsters has made me smile all evening. Thank you so much for that.

Sally Glowicki

Mavis: Looking forward to seeing you at the nest in the morning. I'll bring my hot chocolate!

Sally Glowicki

Oh, and leave your buddy home, will ya!

Carolyn

Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures! No matter whether it's Hope, Faith, & Spirit or not, The juveniles are a sight to behold!
After such a beautiful day,it is difficult to think of Liberty and Justice facing another snowstorm. I know Eagles are well equipped to handle such adversities, but I worry just the same.
Here is a video of this evening's switch from Justice to Liberty.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81h15rc3YEg

Nancy

Thank you, Carolyn, for the connection to the wonderful video and thanks to Mr. John for all the terrific photos. Another great season for all of us hooked on Alcoa Eagles.

Mavis

Sally!! Just spewed coffee all over my computer screen!!

Popped some brownies in the oven...will bring them to the nest.

Just checked the nest...Liberty sleeping and the wind is calm. If you didn't know better..you would think it was a nice spring night.

Jo Ann

Thanks Carolyn for the video. I love how they talk to each other. I hope "old man winter" is worn out and it won't be too bad. Justice definitely lets it known when he wants Liberty to swap spots with him. Love your videos, Carolyn.

EaglesOnly

Mr. John, thank you so much for the pictures. I am certain that those are our trio from last year. No doubt. And it's wonderful to see them, looking so healthy and showing off their hunting talents. :)

I am two hours east of the nest. I'm watching the news and our weather guy is saying the majority of our snow(10+inches) is going to fall between 10am-10pm tomorrow. I'm hoping he's wrong.

ERIEDER

I had the same thought too, about those juvies. It is like they are flying over to show mom and dad how well they are doing for themselves. two of them had fish,so they are doing fine with fishing. I know some will say it was not them but in my heart I looked at those pictures and felt "yes" it would be so natural for them to come close to show off their catch. I know they understand they can not come home again, but this show they are remembering where that nest is and that Liberty and Justice trained them so well.
These three bonded so well and it seem they are not going separate paths yet. When you think about it, why leave the best fishing spot around?

beamg

I loved the video Carolyn! L & J both had things stuck to their beaks. L's looked like a downy feather and not sure what was stuck to J's...nesting material?

The pics showed such beautiful detail of the under side of their wings. Good to see juvies, no matter who they are, showing they have learned to fish!

No snow falling yet at my house and what fell this morning actually melted. I don't plan to stay up all night so Mavis and Sally have a nice party. Sally, I did actually notice the later daylight time and it makes me realized spring really is right around the corner. Mavis, did you check us on Sunday being the start of daylight savings? We have that 8 months of the year now!

MN DNR...sad news but I think it was what we all were expecting even while thinking just maybe it would turn out ok. I just checked a bit ago and the parent sitting has snow on it's back.

Mavis

2:48 am EST Mar 5th

Just checking on nest. Actually, I don't see any snow. The nest is not rocking as wind must be calm. Liberty sleeping with head forward instead of tucked behind back wings. I think the nest will be just fine tonight.

Mavis

4:04 am EST

Snowing on the nest. Liberty just repositioned and snow is still on her back. The storm is moving in...

Camilla Collins

4:52 am EST

Doesn't look like it is snowing at the moment but there is a good dusting on the nest and Liberty. Liberty is sleeping. Looks a little breezy by her feathers.

Camilla Collins

Train woke up Liberty. She stretched her wings and fluffed up the nest then turned to face opposite direction to go back to sleep.

I think the 3 juveniles are the ones from last year. Where else would they go unless they found an abandoned nest somewhere?

Jack Chao

Thx for the pics Mr. John and Ms. Carolyn for the video.

Currently 2:30 pac. time. The eagle in the nest is lightly but almost completely covered with snow. Can hear the music very clear.

I vote for Mavis to be our live in nest monitor till the eggs hatch. She would have to awake 24/7 and give us the exact time of both eggs hatch. Mr. John, could you arrange some hot coffee, but no punch for Mavis when she agree for the job?

Marcella Rich

Liberty is covered (yes, covered) with snow this morning...thought she was dead/frozen. Should we worry about this snow or are they tougher than we think?

Jack Chao

I am not an eagle expert, but I don't think we need to worry. Many people have been post infos. about how they can keep themselves warm and keep the eggs warm.

Jack Chao

Marcella, do you hear music at all?

EagesOnly

5:05 CST - I can only make out the outline of Liberty in the nest. She's completely covered. Thankfully it's not windy or really cold right now. The snow is actually good insulation. Just starting to snow at my house.

beamg

I tuned in about 5:15cst to see L covered with snow. Barely able to make out her shape in the nest and then she moved her head and I could see better. It's so quiet and calm at the nest but the train sounded really loud. I see there have been some night owls up and watching! Not sure what I'm doing awake at this hour but I put the coffee on so guess I'm up for the day. What a picture at the nest! Hope it stays calm!

beamg

I hear little birds chirping: good morning!

beamg

WOW Blue at the nest! 6:22 am cst

Judith Hart

National Weather Service Radar Loop
Quad Cities, IA

http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?product=N0Z&rid=DVN&loop=yes

beamg

Judith, looks like we'll be getting snow for a while yet. Do you see the blue lighting at the nest?

Sally Glowicki

Yes, I see the blue lighting. What is it. I wondered if it was an infra lite to help warm the eagles. Wouldn't that be nice? It is Liberty on the nest. Bless her heart!

beamg

Sally, good morning. I guess the camera hadn't changed from night to day yet and now it has? It was strange. I was up soooo early and saw her completely covered. The snow is really coming down at my house. Straight down, no wind. Beautiful looking out from a warm house.

Sally Glowicki

Now I see why Mavis is not here. She was watching over the nest till after 4 this morning. Liberty is on the nest and is chirping a bit. She needs a break. I do not hear music! I believe those who do hear it, but I never have. The blue lighting is not there after you've been on the nest for awhile. Here lots of activity down below.

"Pumpkin"

Good morning eagle lovers!

Strange lighting around the nest this morning and yes Bea, it does appear to be blue. Liberty has turned 180º since I first checked the nest around six, however, Justice has yet to put in an appearance?

Okay, the cam view is back to natural lighting again; no more glow on the horizon from an alien source. At least two different bird calls in the distance, but still no sign of Justice. Perhaps Liberty's giving him the day off to celebrate his B-Day?

Thanks for the photos Mr. John. Your skill in getting those clear overhead shots amazes me!

Sally Glowicki

Last night the weatherman said we'd get another snow storm. So, maybe it will be moving across the country to MI. I'm sticking around until I see Justice come and relieve Liberty. She shakes her head but she needs to stand and shake the snow off. She's chirping softly. Maybe she's humming a lullaby. Come on, Justice, get back here.

Sally Glowicki

Good morning beamg & pumpkin.

beamg

Sally, I think I saw on the weather report last night that the storm picks up going across the lake and a higher snowfall will hit MI. I would advise staying in today.

Yes, come on Justice! Where are you? I just have to say the picture I saw first thing very early this morning really did look like a warm, fuzzy blanket on Liberty!

beamg

Hi Pumpkin. Alien source? Oh no!

Camilla Collins

i think the blue is the night vision mode on the webcam.

I think Liberty is doing a good job keeping them eggs warm :D

beamg

Shake shake shake! Liberty is finally out of her blanket!

Sally Glowicki

Walked away for just a moment and when I came back, it looks like L. has shaken off the snow at 8:20 EST Good! Now, she looks a pinch warmer. She's making some serious noises and wants a break. I hear another calling out from a distance. Maybe J. is getting the message.

Judith Hart

The pictures Mr. John just posted truly amaze me. I don't know if it's the angle the picture was taken, but there's the nest, in what appears to be the tallest tree, totally exposed to all the elements. I'm surprised so many small birds hang out in the nest.

Beamg, That blue glow is a mystery to me. Where I live, along the Blue Ridge, whenever I take a picture in extreme cold, usually when there's a lot of ice or snow, the picture always has a blue tint. Even though
hydrocarbons released into the atmosphere by the forest contribute to the blue haze on these mountains and to their color, If I were to take a picture today there would be no blue tint.

Sally Glowicki

It's snowing again at the nest. Liberty shook off the snow a minute ago and it's covering her again.

Mavis

Camilla...I agree with you! I really and truly believe our three babies came home!! They know there is fish and they feel safe here. Such a wonderful feeling to believe this is true...to "feel" like they are all 3 together. Hope got to be such a loner that I was concerned about her. Even though there is no proof...my feelings are good enough for me! Glad so many of us feel the same.

I thought that was you when I read your first post. You posted last year, didn't you? Glad you are back!

Lucille Bingham

Just got back to Alcoa site and feel so sorry for L/J. It must be so cold with all that snow to deal with. They are such great parents doing their best to keep those eggs warm.
Mr. John, thanks for those great photos! You are as awesome as Mom & Dad Eagles. We really do appreciate all the updates & super photos! Like everyone else I would like to believe those juvies are F/H/S. Does wishing make it so?

Good morning all you Eagleholics out there. Hope you all are safe & warm today!

On to catching up with the posts from the last few days. And a special thankyou to all of you who post photos & videos here and on our FB pages. I have been trying to catch up on them the last couple of days.

"Pumpkin"

Has anyone seen a shift change this morning?

Rich Swanson

Speaking of the Blue Lighting, someone posted a nice picture of one of the eagles turning the eggs this morning in the Alcoa Eagle Cam group on my FB page. Totally blue. The first time I have ever seen that. Very different.

beamg

Pumpkin, I've been here off and on and have not seen a shift change yet. Can't tell who is there right now. Snow is really coming down. I've heard calling but not sure of an answer.

Rich, someone said they thought it was before the cam changed to color for the day. Could be but this was my first time seeing it too.

Rich Swanson

Mr. John, can you clear something up for us please. A lot of us can hear AM 1270 WKBF in the background. Do you have a radio playing around the webcam somewhere for some purpose? I am hearing the station right now.

Lucille Bingham

Mom/Pop looks so frozen. Feeling so bad for L/J. Would love to go & take the snow off of the nest and cover them with a warm & fuzzy blanket! Maybe one of you who are close can do it! :)

MFlores

Goodness!! I wish I could go cover them!!

John riches

Rich, I have posted a couple of times. We do not have any music or radio playing in the vicinity of the nest. The audio that some people hear is apparently bleeding through into the electronics either from the radio station signal or our mediacom connection.

"Pumpkin"

Beamg, I've had the nest up on a tab since shortly before 6am, but have been multi-tasking. Did check once when I heard Liberty (?) calling out about an hour ago, but Justice (?) didn't land on the nest. No shift change yet this a.m. to the best of my knowledge.

ERIEDER

THanks Judith for that weather radar loop. Looks like they will get some heavy snow before the whole system move away. Poor Liberty is hanging tough and keeping her eggs nice and warm. Since she is a regular little heater herself with a good feather cover, I thinking she does better than the humans down below the nest in that area.

Mavis

CAMILLA...I think you are right on target with the blue tint. I see this often and always at dusk or early dawn just before cam goes from black & white to color...or vice versa. So I have always thought it had something to do with lens change (?) or transition from BW/Color.

It LOOKS cold on the nest but for the eagles..it is a nice 30º there now. Much warmer than it was a week ago when the temp was in the single digits or low teens. I would think the snow to better than icy rain. So, for the eagles, this should be a nice day unless the wind makes it rocky.

Jack...no way!! Am afraid of heights...Rodj and Judith are fighting for that job...not be. I would have to eat a LOT of brownies just to sit on top of a ladder! Thanks for the vote, though.

Me staying up all night? Y'all, have you ever reclined back in your recliner and woke up several hours later wondering where you were? I guess that comes with old age...woke up about 2 am and stayed up until about 5 watching the nest. Still suffering from a stiff neck and slight headache. Oh, the woes of growing old!!

Marcella, hopefully Judith will repost the link to that good article she posted about a weekk ago on how birds adjust to the cold weather. It is really a good article and I learned a lot from it.

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE!!

"Pumpkin"

Yep, Liberty (black marking above the right eye) just got up and rotated the eggs; then settled back down 90º from her last position. This placed her back to the current oncoming snowfall.

Annette Kryske

6:50 AM PST Oh my that poor Liberty, we all wish we could put a nice warm blanket over her, but we know better.She is doing her job, & believe me she is good at it.While I was writing this, she shook the snow off her back, but there are flurries that are falling on her.I hope her brood pouch on her body is doing the job of keeping the eggs warm. Wish the snow would stop already. It is making me cold here in Ca. Time for breakfast.

"Pumpkin"

Just checked back and Liberty must be antsy; she spun 90º again within the last few minutes!

Darlene  Nichols

The Weather Channel just tuned in to show a picture of the Alcoa nest with whoever is there -L or J- covered in snow......talked about the three babies that they raised last year. Great publicity for Alcoa, Mr. John !

Ann

What/Who is DNR? I saw a post where the 2nd egg had a crack.

John riches

Ann, a number of people posting here are also following the exploits of a nest and cam managed by the DNR in Minnesota.

Mavis

Ann, the reference to the DNR is to the MN DNR web cam where a pair of eagles have been brooding 3 eggs since Jan 10th. The eggs were first seen Jan 1st. We really don't know how long the eggs were in the nest before they were observed. It is sad because it only takes about 35 days to incubate an eagle egg from laid to hatch. It is widely contended that these eggs are not viable....but the pair of eagles continue to brood them day and night. Sad story because of their dedication to the eggs. One egg cracked several days ago and it was just an egg without embryo. Another egg reportedly cracked yesterday. Some people feel that the sooner the eggs are destroyed, the pair of eagles will be forced to give up their fruitless attempt to hatch the eggs. Maybe they will lay another clutch or just get on with their lives.

Mavis

Oophs! DIdn't mean to post over you, Mr. John!!

John riches

Mavis, no problem!

"Pumpkin"

The Emergency Weather Alert sirens are going off in stereo, both at home and on the Alcoa Eagle site!

Kathryn Mellecker

I think I would be safe guessing the siren just heard is a test, only a test.....

Kathryn Mellecker

Yes, thanks Pumpkin!

Judith Hart

11;14 AM EST Shift change about to take place.....maybe

Jo Ann

Justice arrived. I heard Liberty calling a little earlier. He's so careful with those eggs.

Judith Hart

Justice now sitting on the eggs.

beamg

FINALLY Justice on the nest! 10:17 am cst

Sally Glowicki

11:17 EST Yes, shift change. L. was walking around in the nest and he steps pretty deep into the snow. Bet it's 2 inches deep! He watched L. as she got up and flew off. He was probably thinking, well it's my shift, I guess. After he settled in, there was a little gap on the edges around him because her body covered just a pitch more over the eggs. She's hippy, you know, like most of us women!

Kathryn Mellecker

His body is slimmer than hers, see how there is an area around him not covered in snow, yet...

Ruth MacLeod

Justice managed to get a few small snow balls pushed into the nest during the change. That must be cold on that bare spot.

Kathryn Mellecker

Sally, the difference between a 747 and a 737 in width for L and J. She is a jumbo jet. He isn't.

Mavis

Kathryn, just a question because I live where there are no siren alerts for anything.

Why would they TEST during a storm? Wouldn't that confuse people? Why don't they test when people KNOW it is probably a test because the weather is calm. When you explain this..keep in mind that I know nothing about this kind of alert system. Mr. John explained last year the sirens would sound when triggered by high winds greater than ?? I THINK that is what he said...been a long time ago for this memory to remember.

Just curious. My cam was off at the time and I missed the sounds. Last year it scared someone because they thought it was a tornado alert....but is wasn't.

Cathy Heidt

Has it snowed that much in past years after laying her eggs? I'm a little concerned with all that wet snow around her babies. I'm fairly new to eagle watching. Love animals and am so excited be able to watch ALCOA. Thank you so much for providing the world this opportunity.

Sally Glowicki

Sad but true, Kathryn. We women have to live with it. But, men go bald....I have lots of hair and my beautician hates doing my hair. You are A-OK Liberty. Keep up the good work and you and Justice will be rewarded soon.

Mavis

Sally..you and Kathryn are cracking me up!

Kathryn Mellecker

Mavis, I wish I could answer why towns and cities all across Iowa test their weather sirens on a regular schedule, even if there is a storm going on. My own private theory has to do with the bureaucratic mind. "If its the first Tuesday of the month there MUST be a test!" However, that said, it is comforting to know the sirens work and are ready if needed. Tornado season is coming, I'm glad for the warnings!

EaglesOnly

Our sirens are tested all over IL on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 10:00am also. No matter what.

Kathryn Mellecker

Cathy Heidt, last year was exeptionally snow free. There was only one storm, eagles have nested here in the midwest since the end of the last ice age. It was way colder then than now. They thrive in these weather conditions, and have for 10,000 years.

Mavis

Oh...regular schedule for the test! THAT makes sense!! Thanks, K...you cleared that up real easy!

Mavis

EO...you too...thanks for the info. Regular schedule only makes good sense...I was having one of my "duh" moments for asking!

EaglesOnly

Mavis, one time our town couldn't get the siren to work and my subconscious realized the siren hadn't gone off. Freaky, really. I normally don't think about the siren, but around 10:10am on that Tuesday I realized I hadn't heard it. I guess it's ingrained in our brains because we have been hearing it at that time all our lives.

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