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Molly

Today has been awesome. I have loved watching Justice and Liberty with their little one. I can't wait to show the slide show tomorrow at school. If this can inspire just one kids to follow science, them it has been worth it. Can't wait until tomorrow to see if the other eaglet has hatched.

Tammi

So much fun! My second graders are beside themselves already! I hope number two hatches while we're watching!

Cristine

Molly and Tammi...How wonderful for you to share this amazing experience with your students. Am hoping the second hatch will happen in the daylight hours tomorrow so all can see. You are incredible teachers!

"Pumpkin"

Would you believe me if I told you that I just checked the nest and there were two eaglets visible when Liberty switched positions? Na, didn't think so....Good nite all!

Iris

Hi All-I just checked the nest and Liberty was moving positions and it sounded like 2 chicks to me.Could be wrong- but I was listening real close. One or two chicks - it was the sweetest little chirps ever!!

Annette Kryske

9:07 PM PDT. I have a feeling that there will be two eaglets in the nest when you all get up tomorrow. I just checked in to say nitey nite to Liberty & Molly. Liberty was working hard for about 5 minutes moving things around. I did hear one of the little ones, but Lib was quite busy.Pumpkin you might be right. We will see !! Good Night all.Liberty or Justice is calling now. It is quite noisy & hard to see.The nest is moving from the winds.Train tooting in the background now.9:16 PM PDT....

Cristine

60% chance of A.M. snow in the Quad Cities. Light accumulations possible.

beamg

Well fellow eagleholics it's Monday 3-18-13. The time is 12:05 AM CDT - nest time. I have no clue if we have a new eaglet or not. I can make out Liberty's head and it looks tucked under her wing.

I'll have to see along with everyone else at daylight what we have in the nest.
SED!

E. R.

That is the sweetest thing to see that little guy looking up at its parent. He look so tiny and parent is so large. Those two pictures are great, Mr. John thanks a lot. We just falling in love with that little tike standing there so brave and wanting his bite of fish. I get excited just thinking about all those little kids looking at those slides and enjoying the baby eaglets. School will be really fun tomorrow,that is for sure. What a educational treasure we have here, thanks to ALcoa and Mr. John for you efforts. Many kids will go home tomorrow evening and tell parents about the eagles and how Alcoa has let us see nature and our National Bird at its best.

Lucille Bingham

Just checked in at 2:15 pm est and can only see the white head of Liberty or Justice. Mom or pop seems to be fast asleep covering her/his family. Don't know if there has been a second hatching yet.

Granny1

2:30 AM CDT Watching in the night, wondering if a light from the camera is disturbing her. LOL. At this moment she raised her head and stood up to clear a piece of shell from the hatch-ling. It looks like you all will find a fully hatched chick in the AM. Nasty storm blowing over the nest. Rain, wind and thunder. Thank you Alcoa for this peek of the wild side.

Mavis

5:56 AM EDT March 18

I have been up since 4 AM TRYING to get a live feed. I got it on the computer...but using 3 different browsers on iPad and nothing works. I can hold a feed for short periods on Skyfire app. I can stream TV News program but this feed just has a mind of its own..

Liberty has been sleeping for past hour. I see where several comments indicate that we have 2 eaglets now. I am just waiting to see for myself. I am refreshing the video about every 5 minutes and am hoping the feed gets better.

Judging by the noise, the wind is still brisk..maybe we will see something soon.

Sally Glowicki

Can't tell yet. But, hope we find that there is a hatching when we have daylight and can see.

Mavis

6:17 AM EDT

Good morning, Sally...

Liberty just checked under her and I saw AL and possibly the other eaglet. What I did NOT see was an egg. So...judging by the peeps...I think we MAY have two sweethearts to wake up to! Hope so.

Dadfsr

Good Morning All! I've got a good feed but the sound board on my desk computer has been giving me fits so I'm not hearing anything right now. Liberty sure seems to be moving around a lot-similar to what she was doing when little Al was hatching out. I certain that daylight will give us the confirmation of little Coa has been working all night to see the sunrise.

I had a light coating of snow on my deck when I got up and immediately wondered if the nest had also been coated last night but I don't see too much extra white-I would think a snow would be easier for them to deal with than a cold wet rain?

I better to my stuff done while it's still dark so that I can watch the sunrise ;)

Dadfsr

...I can tell my fingers aren't awake yet...sorry for the typing errors but I think it's understandable :)

Lucille Bingham

Sure do hope so Mavis. It's almost 7:00am and don't see any stirring in the nest at this time. Can't wait to see two little ones stirring!

"Pumpkin"

Granny1, thanks for the update with regards to the shell at 2:30 CDT. Hope that you're correct and that we have a hatch!

Mavis

Good morning Lucille and Doug

I heard rain earlier with possible hail or ice mixed in. I think I still hear it. LIb has moved around a couple of times since 4...but I haven't been able to make out much. I saw AL once..and NO egg so maybe Coa has arrived!

Like you...I am justing waiting on daylight!

Lucille Bingham

Good Morning Mavis & All Eagleholics waiting to see if we have another wee one.
I can't continue to stand by right now. My Dobies are requesting my attention. Hope when I return to the screen we will be able to see two little ones! Feel so sorry for that wonderful family to have to endure another storm at this time.

"Pumpkin"

Well Mavis, it would appear that it's just the two of us on nest watch at the moment...

Mavis

7:14 AM EDT

WHERE IS BEAMG? She and Judith are usually up and bubbling by this time!

"Pumpkin"

Beamg was up til after midnight according to her last post; my money says that she's sleeping in?

Judith Hart

NWS Forecast for: 3 Miles SSE Davenport IA
Issued by: National Weather Service Quad Cities, IA/IL
Last Update: 3:18 am CDT Mar 18, 2013

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Today: Occasional snow, mainly before 1pm. High near 38. Breezy, with a southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 14.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 25.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 12.

beamg

Good morning Eaglewatchers!

I can only see a little better than when I went to bed - late. Dadfsr, there was NO flashlight to help me last night. Wish you would have dropped one off there!

Haven't seen into the nest yet so I guess the waiting continues. 1 or 2??? Liberty? Justice? We're all awake and want a peek!

"Pumpkin"

Good morning beamg!

Mindy Gibson Frey

wakie wakie... shake and bakie! What's the word bird? One or two?? I gotta go to work so you loyal posters/watchers keep me updated!

beamg

Who will be the winners?

Prediction List for 2nd hatch today:
Dadfsr @ 1515
beamg

Or
Prediction List for yesterday 3-17 2nd hatch:
Mavis
Ruth MacLeod
Pumpkin
EaglesOnly

It's getting lighter! No snow at the nest that I can see. Not at my house either.

"Pumpkin"

Well, it would appear that Liberty is also trying to sleep in this morning. Tough nite for a mommy eagle with one in the shell and the other one on the loose I would think.

beamg

Do I see moisture of some kind on that back? I hear birds waking up - cardinal? I almost thought it was outside my window!

Oh we have movement on the nest!

"Pumpkin"

It's snowing in my area this morning, but I'd rather have it here than on the nest today!

Judith Hart

Getting no feed on the ipad this morning...

"Pumpkin"

I see Justice's tail feathers at 11 o'clock!

beamg

Not getting the feed here either! Good Grief - here comes the "stress pencil"

"Pumpkin"

Oops, he moved while I was typing....make that 1 o'clock.

Judith Hart

We have Two, COA HAS HATCHED!!!!!!

LeeAnn

and then there were 2....it is still a little dark, Glad I have spring break so I can watch the babies!

"Pumpkin"

And there are two baby eaglets in the nest!!!

beamg

"IE cannot display the webpage" notice here. WHAT? Oh poo!

pjewel

Both eaglets have arrived. Praise God!

Mavis

8:05 AM EDT March 18

COA IS HERE!! YEAH!!!!!

Doug Felix

They are both there!!!!!

Judy

Got a good look at the two babies at "changing of the guard" at 6:00 a.m. MDT. Saw half of the egg shell whisked out of the nest by parent who was leaving.

Elaine Holland

Coa has affect his first appearance. Justice has taken over for Liberty. What a sweet scene. I guess breakfast will be a little later.

beamg

HEY fine for all of you! I can't see it here yet! Stupid IE!

Sandi Moore

"weeble's wobble but they dont fall down". the 2nd hatchling is confused & big hatchling was all over 2. let the fun & fright start!

Judi

Well, it's a beautiful day. Egg number 2 has hatched. Looks like all is well. How adorable the little eaglets are!

Audlor

Two babies this morning. Just saw them.

"Pumpkin"

It would appear that you were spot on with your report of Liberty removing a piece of eggshell from the hatchling in post #11 early this am. Thank you Granny1....

beamg

YEA! Feed is back for me and I can see one little head peeking out. I know there's two but I wanna see too!

So, what date do we go with?

LeeAnn

oh, 1 baby is peeking out in front of the parent. The 2nd baby is all dried off, so it hatched several hours ago. Thanks also for the changing of the color of the feed for the day. It really makes a difference in watching the video feed.

chris

12.25 uk time 2 babies in nest how wonderful.

Mavis

Judith...You are in NC...I am in FL...I have NO iPad feed either...and the computer feed....I'm a bundle of nerves due to the frustration.

If I took Valium...I would be downing a couple right now. Can't remember being this frustrated trying to keep a feed running on the computer and NO feed on idevices. The two days we all waited for...Saturday night...and this morning. What are the chances for that kind of luck..AND I am part IRISH!

Coa is precious. Absolutely darling. We will have to find markers somehow as it won't take long for size to equal out!

WELCOME COA!!

beamg

YEA! I see them! Just too cute:)

Shelly38

Aww the new baby hatched and we now have two babies.They are soooo cute!

LeeAnn

oh,watched the morning feeding. Mom is just so patient. New baby is still just a little tired from the big hatch!

chris

watched feeding of little ones at12.25pm uk time.such good parents.i know that the female is bigger than male but is there any other way to tell them apart please.

"Pumpkin"

First observable feeding of the day and both L & J were there at the start, perhaps to keep the crows from trying to snatch one of the kids? Hatching #1 ate well and #2 actually made an attempt to grab a piece of fish, but failed. Looks like we have a pair of Irish twins folks!

Cherrycarol

Tuned in just in time to see the morning feeding. 7:15 am. AWWW!! Chris the female Liberty has a mark over her right eye & a dark spot on her white tail. Justices head feathers r sleeker than hers. AWSOME DAY!! CAROL

ColleenM

Happy Day!! Two babies! As I have said, buckle up now for the ride...the pecking of each other, the storms they will have to endure, and the many "eeeuuu" moments!! Congratulations to Alcoa for another successful "birth". They are such great parents. @ Chrs, we all learned last year that determining the sex of the eaglets is impossible. No real way to tell them apart. But we all seem to have our individual opinions on boy or girl!! LOL Thank You John and everyone @ Alcoa for this wonderful experience!

Mavis

Chris...there is no way to tell them apart by looks. Even when they are big enough to fledge...we will be guessing. Last year..we jokingly said the cute, sweet ones were girls and the more aggressive ones were boys. It was just a joke. When the get older, sometimes you get an idea by their beak..and size. But no way to tell for sure by looks.

Right now...both look sweet and cute...

Dadfsr

I would say the "official" first time seen for little "Coa" was around 07:59 on the cam timer if I remember the time correctly?

Seen the feeding and another short look at both of them...Coa looks like he/she will catch up Al very quickly.

...and Mondays are my busiest day of the week here at the lab...grrrr.....I'll still watch em every chance I get!!!

Cherrycarol

WELCOME COA!! I LIKE THAT NAME TOO!

Sally Glowicki

Even got my hubby to come watch the first (I believe) feeding of the morning. So cute! Now the fun REALLY begins. We'll see if one of them is a little piggie at feedings.
I must leave for an appointment but expect many posts to update me when I return. It's cold in MI but no snow or rain YET.

ColleenM

@ Sally, you are right! All the anxiety filled days ahead, holding our breath that they thrive, and stay safe!

Carolyn

Here is an early morning look at our two cutie pies!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rQFREueog4

Judith Hart

Found this more detailed weather report....Looks like gusts up to 40 MPH this afternoon.

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL
ILLINOIS...NORTHWEST ILLINOIS...WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS...EAST
CENTRAL IOWA...NORTHEAST IOWA...SOUTHEAST IOWA AND NORTHEAST
MISSOURI.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

A STORM SYSTEM PUSHING ACROSS THE UPPER MIDWEST WILL PRODUCE SNOW OR
A WINTERY MIX OF RAIN...SLEET AND SNOW IN THE AREA TODAY. AREAS OF
FREEZING RAIN WILL OCCUR THROUGH SUNRISE. THE SNOW MAY BECOME
MODERATE TO HEAVY AT TIMES REDUCING VISIBILITIES TO UNDER A MILE...
ESPECIALLY ALONG AND NORTH OF THE INTERSTATE 80 CORRIDOR. TOTAL SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS OF A HALF INCH...UP TO 2 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE ALONG
AND NORTH OF THE HIGHWAY 30 CORRIDOR BY EARLY AFTERNOON. AN INCH OR
LESS IS LIKELY FURTHER SOUTH TO THE INTERSTATE 80 CORRIDOR. DO TO
GROUND AND AIR TEMPERATURES NEAR OR ABOVE FREEZING LATER THIS
MORNING...ANY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE MAINLY ON GRASSY AND
ELEVATED SURFACES. MUCH OF THE SNOW WILL THEN MELT BY THE AFTERNOON.
A LIGHT WINTERY MIXTURE OF RAIN...SLEET AND SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO
FALL ALONG AND SOUTH OF THE INTERSTATE 80 CORRIDOR THROUGH LATE
MORNING.

AFTER THE SNOW DEPARTS THE AREA...STRONG WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS
OF 20 TO 30 MPH GUSTING UP TO 40 MPH WILL BUFFET THE AREA FROM
MID AFTERNOON AND THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING. THE BRISK WINDS WILL
COMBINE WITH COLD CANADIAN AIR FLOWING INTO THE AREA TO PRODUCE
WIND CHILLS OF 5 BELOW TO 10 BELOW ZERO ALONG THE HIGHWAY 20
CORRIDOR BY EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. WIND CHILLS WILL APPROACH ZERO
FURTHER SOUTH TO THE INTERSTATE 80 CORRIDOR.

ColleenM

Thanks Judith, I was just going to post this. It sure looks like a cold miserable day doesn't it.?

"Pumpkin"

Thank you for the video clip, Carolyn...

Mavis

Carolyn, your videos are always great to watch. Thank you.

Finally getting a decent computer feed, God must have heard my prayer!

Earlier someone mentioned that Liberty was shaking water off of her...she had a lot of ice on her back too. I had watching it when I thought I heard ice mixed with the rain.

Wind gusts may get up to 40mph today. Lib will not give us much viewing time today as she will have to keep them warm and cozy. So happy the little family is now here. I hope it is a joy ride all the way...with just a few cardio workouts for the fun of it!

Dadfsr

It looks more like snow hitting now but it's coming from every direction-watched it going both ways across the screen!!

I'm not a big fan of cottonwood trees but I'm betting this one will stand up very well to these windy gusts. I'm sure that Liberty and/or Justice have enough talon power to keep these young'uns very covered and protected!

DonnaLauzon1

I just joined twitter & figured out how to use it so I could get in on this action. It was super fantabulous to see those two little hatchlings this morning! Absolutely awesome!

Mavis

Hey Judith...sorry..didn't see your weather report before I posted...you are always so good with those daily reports...I should have waited. Thanks

We haven't heard for Rich this morning...there will be a lot of happy viewers today.

Judith Hart

Colleen, I woke up to 29° this morn with freezing rain or fog in NC MTS.

Carol

Thank you so much for posting the still pictures as well as the web cam. This is absolutely awesome to watch! I feel sorry for the poor little guy and the bad weather.

Mavis

Donna Lauzon 1....I know there is a twitter page...but I like the comment page the best. Glad you found us and hope you comment often

Rich Swanson

Good motning. I'm here for a couple of minutes now until I head off to work. I get to see the umbrella up this morning. Hopefully there will be enough movement for me to get my personnal view of the bobbleneadsbefore I head out. Very cool day!

beamg

Lots more company at the nest and good to see it! Hello, good morning and welcome!

What a welcome into the world for our newest eaglet! Snow, cold 32°, winds later. Yikes! Looks like the most snow will be north of I80 so that's good since I'm south of it.

I just took another look outside and see that I did get a dusting of snow! Spring is coming but I sure don't think it's early!

After a bad start with the video feed, it seems to be ok now, at least for me. Hope everyone else is getting a good look too.

Carolyn, thanks for that video! That's when my feed was acting up so I really appreciate that earlier look! Just so adorable it makes me grin ear to ear:)

ColleenM

Awe, poor Mama (?) covered with snow.The extreme weather these eagle's go through! Who can forget the blistering HOT days from last year? I'm sure she will keep her "babies" warm today. Thank you for all the great pictures too.

ColleenM

Feeding now @ 9:33

ColleenM

Both babies fed by both parents. The little fuzz heads were getting covered with snow as well...I think they were hurrying it up. Absolutely adorable! Both look healthy and hungry. The "newbie" was having trouble keeping it's little head up. It's amazing what a difference a day makes!

beamg

So precious!

Go away snow! I think Pumpkin wants you. It's falling at my house too,

Colleen, a neighbor reminded me that last year on St. Pat's day it was in the high 70s! What a difference :(

I forgot to notice - are there still bits of shell in the nest?

ColleenM

I know beamg! We were in T Shirts and shorts here last year 77!! Today, we have a winter storm warning!!! I did not see any shell in the nest. But, could be one of the parents was covering it?

"Pumpkin"

Saw that also, ColleenM...

It's interesting to me that both parents have been involved in most of the feedings since first hatch. Not sure if Justice came in to serve as a wind block, to bite off small pieces of fish to pass on to Liberty (which he did do), or to serve as muscle on crow watch as I know that crows are known for taking both eggs and young hatchlings from a nest. In any event, L & J seem to be covering all of their bases.

Lucille Bingham

Just returned and have no picture or live feed on the screen. Thank you Carolyn for that great video of our two newbies. I had to leave the computer for a while and missed the first sight of the newest addition. So glad you are so diligent and post such great photo moments & videos. It is so appreciated by all of us. You have joined the ranks of Mr. John and the wonderful Alcoa staff members who keep us so informed. There are so many eagleholics here who do such a great job reporting details & weather reports, and capture such great photo moments, that even if we miss a special live moment, they provide us with great replays! A great big thank you to all of you who do this!!!! Going to see if the picture is back.

beamg

Mavis, I've been wanting an ipad for a long time but now I'm not so sure if it causes problems just like my laptop! I'd be tempted to throw everything out the window and probably all on the same day.

Colleen, yes, I remember having to restrain myself from doing too much yard work 'cause it was just too early! Not even tempted so far this year.

Pumpkin, are you still getting snow?

I just really hope we don't see Liberty as covered with snow as she was earlier this year.

I'm sitting here wondering if Mr. John will make a sort of official date for our latest hatch. I'm sure he will at the very least put up of picture of 2 in the nest :)

ColleenM

It is amazing the intuition these eagles have. How they protect and nurture. I think everyone has commented on the amount of birds in the area ( crows and other predators). So many things to protect these eaglets from.

Kristel

I just saw mom and dad feeding both eaglets. Of course, the bigger one is getting more food. Drives me crazy...plenty of fish, two parents...feed them both !!!

"Pumpkin"

Well beamg, I really l don't need more snow, but I'll take it to spare the nest. Have about 1/2" accumulation so far with the small patches of grass which were showing their Irish roots yesterday again covered.

I saw lots of small shell pieces in the bottom of the nest during that first feeding when you were having trouble with your computer. Looks like they were smashed post-hatch during the long night on the nest.

Lucille Bingham

Mom/Pop looks so tired. The one I can see keeps on closing. Probably trying to catch a nap. It's 9:54 am est.

ColleenM

@ Kristel, don't worry. You will find that this is how feedings go. Last year with 3, we were all upset because it appeared that one was being "favored" over another, but truthfully, it balances out. They seem to know how much each one needs, and can eat. Don't worry! :)

beamg

Do you all think the youngest is still too "new" for us to worry about it eating? "He" seems pretty wobbly yet.

ColleenM

I agree beamg. The pieces being offered looked fairly big. Probably by this afternoon it will take food. I think it just wanted back under Mama to keep warm!!

E. R.

Signed on to see Liberty making like umbrella. Snow coming down and she is protecting those eaglets. I have not see the second one free of that shell yet,but others say they both are being fed. The older one will get more feeding than the new one. It seem that they have to work up to more food as the eaglet gets older. The new one can not handle a lot of food. Remember these are eagles and Liberty or Justice will make sure they get the amount of food they need.
Kristel in a couple more days they both will be feeding at about the same rate so don't worry about the little one not getting the same as the older one.

Kathryn Mellecker

What a happy morning, another new eaglet! More snow IS on its way to the nest. We took the dog to her yearly check-up right in the middle of the heaviest snow so far. Could barely see the road. Got there and back just fine, Angel loves to ride in the car and go to the vet. Go figure.

I noticed yesterday small fragments of the first egg in the nest, I think the shell pieces just get mixed into the nest material. Haven't seen the little one yet, is it a little fluff ball, too. They are soooo cute as hatchlings.

Judith Hart

I can't remember the exact times, I don't think the 1st one ate for about 20 hours after hatching.
Just looked, Al's first feeding was 3-17-13 at 12:26 PM EDT....What time did he hatch?

beamg

Kathryn, both are adorable little fuzz balls! You will be amazed at what a difference a day makes when you see them. I know, you've seen it before. But, everytime is new and so fun! Good morning!

beamg

Judith, I recorded 5:42 pm CDT as the 1st hatch on 3-16.

beamg

Rich, are you seeing this snow? Don't you wish you were here?

EaglesOnly

We have freezing rain and ice at my house this morning. Hard to see Libby covered in snow, but I'd rather it be that than ice. Last year at this time we had over a week's run of 80+ degree days. I'm not looking for 80's now, but some 50's and sunny would be nice!

Last year Libby seemed ok with making sure the oldest two had enough to eat. She really wouldn't fight them to make sure Spirit got his share. Dad took care of Spirit. I was relieved and happy there were only two eggs this year. Last year was stressful to us humans until Spirit could hold his own.

We finally have a pip at the Ozarks! Their two eggs were laid on the same days as Alcoa, but they are a few days behind. You never know.

WWW.lotoeagles.com - in case anyone wants to check them out.

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