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Tracy Vigus

Awe! Happy Saint Patrick's day to Alcoa too. Thanks so much. (Patty & Patrick are great names too!)

beamg

Good morning everyone. Is today the day?

Here is the Prediction List for today:
Pumpkin
beamg
Judy (not to be confused with Judith H.)
Doug Felix @ 1515 (3:15pm)

If I forgot to put anyone on the list, please let me know.

All is quiet and it's still dark. Better get the coffee going.

beamg

Justice just came to the nest. Liberty is checking under herself as J waits at the top edge of the nest. And L moves about and tries to settle back down. Still dark.

beamg

And Justice took off again about 5 minutes later. I can hear him calling back to the nest.

sandy

I think we are all eager to see the little ones hatch. can't wait. thanks for the zoomed in pictures.

I am enjoying the alcoa osprey cam as Oliveea and Oscar have returned and are building up their nest. audio has been added this year, which is great to hear.

thank you alcoa for all you do for us who so enjoy watching nature up close.

Mavis

7:03 AM EDT

Beamg, did you notice how Liberty took such pains not to let us see anything when she repositioned. She KNEW we wanted to see.

Justice and Lib looked like they were talking over the day's agenda...they seem to enjoy the early hours of peace just like we do.

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE...good morning Bea

Mavis

Sandy, I did not see your post...didn't mean to leave you out, good morning to you.

I hope we get a "zoom in" real soon...would be nice before shift change as Liberty will keep us in suspense as much as possible...she is one good momma!

beamg

Yes, Mavis, quiet morning talk between them. Probably wondering together how they could keep all these prying eyes away from their home :)

beamg

Good morning to you too Sandy. I should go check that nest too. I don't seem to have enough desktop space to watch everything these days:)

Mavis

7:40 reposition...She is so good and keeping her secrets! Could only get a fast glimpse of ONE egg, and Liberty planned it that way!

Should be daylight before long and maybe easier to see.

Mr. John, we sure hope you will put it back on "zoom in" soon. Assuming Lib will let us have a peek at some point.....

Cheryl Bartlett

Good morning everybody! All is quiet - the sun is just coming up - enough to put some light on the nest. Libby is resting with her head tucked under her wing. I am going to fix some hot tea and have breakfast before all of the excitement of the day begins. Thank you, John and Alcoa for making it possible for us to share this wonderful experience.

beamg

Looks foggy at the nest. It is at my house, too.

Cheryl Bartlett

Justice just returned to thte nest. They both looked at the eggs briefly before Libby flew off. I got a good look at the eggs while Justice was looking them over. They seem to be in tact. What I saw last night and wondered about possibly being a pip and crack, I think was some straw. I saw the same type of thing at first as Justice was looking down on the eggs, then when Justice rolled the egg, it was clear that it was a piece of straw.

Mavis

8:12 AM EDT..

Had shift change at 8:06..good picture of eggs posted on Nesters Nest...from what I could see...eggs looked intact with no change.

The nest is coming alive now with all kind of bird chatter..excitement in the air with the first calls of the morning.

Judith Hart

NWS Forecast for: 3 Miles SSE Davenport IA
Issued by: National Weather Service Quad Cities, IA/IL
Last Update: 4:14 am CDT Mar 16, 2013



Flood Warning
Hazardous Weather Outlook


Today: Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 40. North wind 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. East wind around 10 mph.

Sunday Night: A 50 percent chance of snow after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Rich Swanson

Good Morning all....5:30 here in AZ. I asked yesterday about predators last year. Glad there weren't any, but Justice appears to be flustered by a bunch of 'em this morning! :-)

Rich Swanson

I'll go out on a limb and say it....WE HAVE A PIP!!!!!!!

Judith Hart

Was it on the left egg?

beamg

Seriously? All of a sudden my internet connection was lost and I was frantic trying to get it back. I'm good now and ready!!!

Rich Swanson

The right egg (darker). There is a grab posted on my FB group

"Pumpkin"

Good morning fellow eagle watchers!

It would appear that it's going to be a late spring this year around the QC area. However as I'm still farther to the north, would it make you feel any better if I shared that I still have standing snow cover in my yard? Yes, last year my husband went out and played golf on 3/14 for the first time; this year he's need a colored ball and a shovel!

Enough OT:

Rich, I noticed yesterday that Justice seemed to be on high alert while taking his turn on egg watch. It's almost like he's on an adrenalin high. More like on sentry duty than egg-sittting. Also, although I was apparently the only one to view it yesterday am, Liberty did a transformation from mama on the nest to predator drone when that squirrel scattered across the Alcoa branch. That eagle can certainly turn on the evil eye when challenged!

Let's hope that we see a pip today, or we may have to face the fact that we're looking at an lone eaglet on the Alcoa nest this year.

Mavis

Rich...why do you think we have a pip? Did you see something I couldn't see with that last glimpse of the eggs with the zoomed out cam?

Kathryn Mellecker

Rich, L and J do get alarmed by geese and other close flying birds. Last year they did eat a few crows, and I think they really are preventing any other predators from gettint close to the nest. Plus this nest is not exactly in a "wild" setting. Alcoa would take a dim view of any racoons on the property. They do damage to buildings.

"Pumpkin"

Rich, I just zoomed my laptop to the max and I agree. Yes!

Judith Hart

Okay let's see, camera ready....

beamg

ZOOM PLEASE!

Mavis

RIch...I checked out your picture and I have the same shot on NN...it does look like a pip..I think it is a definite!! I see the same thing on my picture!

MR. John...that Zoom would be NICE!!

beamg

Sorry, not shouting. Just wishing out loud.

Rich Swanson

Mavis....I have been trying to friend NN for a couple of weeksnow with no response. Do they just not want me over there?

Mavis

I'm SHOUTING!!

Mavis

Rich...JC accepts everyone...are you requesting as an individual or as Eagle Cam? We love our group..our chats go way into the night sometimes and we have a lot of fun with each other. Almost all of us are Alcoa posters/lurkers that just enjoy each other. If you are asking as an individual...you should have no problem. I have no idea why you have not had a reply. I know that you say when we click on your name...we will be taken to Eagle Cams (which I also joined), is there a way he can contact you without going through your group? Just a thought as I don't know what to say. I will relay this message to our moderator, JC.

beamg

Ok, deep breaths everyone. Calm, calm, calm. I found this stress reliever tip to share.

"Erase a headache with a pencil:
Most common headaches are caused by tension and stress --anybody remember the old 'Excedrin headache' commercials? It turns out these types or headaches can be relieved by gently holding a pencil between your teeth. The wood holds your mouth open just enough to relax the jaw muscles that we unconsciously clench in stressful situations." from March 2013 issue of AcreageLife magazine.

I can "hear" pencils being chewed by all!

Rich Swanson

Eagle Cams is an individual account. The group there is just a group under Eagle Cams.

Mavis

Rich...I have NO IDEA why you have not been contacted because his rule is: every person who friend requests will be accepted. I was just trying to troubleshoot when the real reason is he may have overlooked your request or his reply. I will msg him with your request.

In the meantime...I think you nailed the PIP!! Need to wake everyone up...where is Doug?

Rich Swanson

Forget Doug.....WHERE IS MR. JOHN?!?! Zoom would be real nice right now.

Rich Swanson

Yes, Doug...You need to be here too.

Mavis

I can't believe it did not stay on zoom all night...I know there must be a reason...but I was so excited about the zoom yesterday and couldn't believe it was zoomed back out when I got home from work.

Mr. John is all over the pip...bet he doesn't leave video contact at all today.
I went to refresh my video last night and I got this light blue screen that said EAGLECAM1 was for private viewing only! I thought I was in "Twilight Zone"! I tried to refresh again and got the video. Strange things happen...

EaglesOnly

I've gotten that message about private viewing several times in the last week. When I refresh or reload the page it loads normally. Not sure what that's about.

I'm thinking the ability to zoom in and out is something that has to be done at the facility. Since this is the weekend I wonder if someone is available to do that as needed.

A question: If the egg that supposedly has the pip is the darker one, isn't that the last one laid?

The Ozark eagles eggs were laid on the same day as Alcoa, no signs of anything there yet. Hopefully some news later today.

beamg

I just went to Rich's pic and zoomed my laptop to 400%. Sure looks like a pip to me!

Kathryn Mellecker

Yes, Mavis, I've seen that screen, too. And like you almost had heart failure, but just keep trying it is just one of those things!

Cheryl Bartlett

Rich, I enlarged your grab and I think you are right - I think we have our first pip!!!

Rich Swanson

Now that was a zoom!

Cristine

The zoom, the zoom! How wonderful! Thank you! Went to put my Faith, Hope and Spirit T-shirt on, so now I am ready for anything. :)

Mavis

Mr John...You da MAN!! THANK YOU!! YES! We have zoom!

Ron & Lori

does anyone keep up with the Maryland CAM?
this is the add.

http://www.friendsofblackwater.org/camhtm2.html

they are about 10 days old I think.

Rich Swanson

Thanks Mr. John. I think that zoom is going to be VERY useful this weekend!

Mavis

EaglesOnly...nice to know I'm not alone with the private viewing thing.

Yes, Mr. John said the computer used to zoom in and out was located in a building other than that which his office was located.

I think the pip must have just happened just before that screen shot was taken as I have other pictures taken earlier this morning which I do not see the pip...of course...it may have been there and not exposed to view..but I think the pip is real fresh. I'm excited...

"Pumpkin"

Thanks for the link to the Maryland Cam, Ron & Lori! Do you know how many days apart those two hatched?

EaglesOnly

Well, I was wrong thinking we might not have zoom option because it's the weekend, so glad about that!

Today is my mom's birthday so a hatch would be great, even though I'm past my pick date. :)


Ron & Lori

I think the two that are left are 2 days apart, but the little 3rd. one was like 8 days after the first and could not keep up with the other 2.

Nanette Schuur

I stumbled across this site last weekend while on Facebook. I teach 2nd grade, so I shared my find with my students. They LOVE it (and so do I). We're wondering if there is a way to tell which eagle is Liberty and which eagle is Justice. Thanks for the wonderful site. After showing my students the documentary from PBS about eagles, we are all very excites....Can't wait to see the babies.

Elizabeth O'Gara

haven't checked in in a few weeks. why the tighter shot? will you pull back a bit to the fuller view of the whole nest after the hatching?

beamg

Elizabeth, hatch is very close. The zoom lets us see better what's going on with the eggs and will help when the eaglets are here so we can see them better too. I like it.

Ron & Lori

on the Maryland cam----if you click on
EAGLE CAM LOG on the right side
Lisa has the facts!

Annette Kryske

CRISTINE: Great idea!
I will call JoAnn, & the three of us will wear our FHS T-Shirts today.
Maybe this will give the eggs an extra OOMPF to get out of their shell. Wishful thinking ,on my part.....
7:59 AM PDT.Looks a bit windy in the nest, but does anyone notice the sound of the wind blowing isn't too bad,like it has been all along????Or maybe my hearing is getting worse.

Mavis

I'm ready for fish and a shift change...AND for the crows to go away!

beamg

Just had a thought - Doug will probably be here at 1515!

beamg

YES, go away crows!

beamg

That last crow made me JUMP!

Annette Kryske

8:00 AM PDT. Who is doing that Squawking up there. Was that an Eagle or a Crow?????I am not too familiar with Eagle squawking. We have black Crows out here in LA. that sounded like that.Liberty is resting now.Come on Lib let me see the eggs. She is working around them. Just positioning herself.

beamg

Annette, she IS being very secretive isn't she? Will not let us see what we want to see! The wind here is only a breeze at 7mph.

Sharon Meyers

Camera view seems a little too close to me. Will you be moving it back out just a little? Thank you for letting us share the experience.

EaglesOnly

Nanette - Welcome to the Alcoa site!

We distinguish the difference between Justice and Liberty by a few means. #1 - Females are larger than males. So if you see them together it's fairly easy to tell them apart. #2 - Markings. Liberty(female) has a dark spot behind her right eye in the white crown. She also has one on her white tail feathers, but is sometimes harder to see when she's nesting. #3 - A female's beak goes back deeper on their face, actually ending right at the outer ridge of her pupil. Males usually end around the middle of the pupil. It tends to give the female a more severe or stern look.

Hope those clues help you and your class. Happy viewing!

Cristine

Yes, that crow was VERY close. Liberty was definitely keeping her eye on it, wasn't she?

Laurie

when are they due to hatch.. cant seem to find that on the site.

EaglesOnly

I couldn't see anything on that roll...did anyone see anything?

beamg

Saw nothing on that roll - very protective STILL!

Rich Swanson

EO...I just had to reboot my computer.

Carolyn

I think there is a pip just got a very quick look, have video footage to examine more closely will post asap! Talons crossed!

"Pumpkin"

My thought is that the crows are aware of the approaching hatch and are trying to grab an egg for lunch or dinner. Both L & J are using their bodies to shield the crows vision, not ours?

Mavis

Did y'all just see that?! She just changed positions without every getting off the eggs! Errrrr!

Camilla Collins

Laurie - We are in the hatching time frame, so any moment or day. We think we see signs on one of the eggs trying to hatch. That is why the cam is so close so we can see the eggs when the eagle moves. :)

Camilla Collins

Thank you for the Maryland link, those babies are so Fluffy!

"Pumpkin"

Elizabeth and Sharon, some of the regular posters on this site have asked the site moderator (Mr. John) to zoom in on the nest this weekend so that we may better see the first hatch which is likely to occur today or tomorrow. Of course the downside is that we are then not able to see the surrounding nest area. If you are new to this experience, however, I believe that you will find a closeup view of the hatch to be worth the sacrifice.

"Pumpkin"

Nanette Schuur, welcome! So glad that you've discovered our site, however I did want to make sure that you are aware that after the hatch the parents will begin bringing fish & fowl into the nest in order to feed the eaglets. While this is a part of nature, some of your students might find these rather graphic video images to be upsetting, especially later on when wounded prey can be brought into the nest. I'd recommend viewing the process before deciding to have it available to your students in the classroom.

gregory

REGULAR POSTERS KNOW THE EXTENDED VIEW IN SUCH DETAIL THAT WE DREAM OF IT. BUT FOR A SHORT WHILE, NOW WE WANT AREAL ZOOM IN BECAUSE WE ARE LITARLY STARING AT OUR SCREENS TO GET A GOOD LOOK UNDER HER SKIRT.
AFTER THINGS ARE MADE MORE CLEAR- THEY WILL PULL OUT THE ZOOM FOR BETTER AMBIENCE.

SORRY ABOUT THE CAPS- ILL FIX that

Mavis

Well..I got a couple of shots...of the wrong end of the egg! That liberty is one smart eagle! Did you get anything, Rich? Or anyone?

Carolyn

Here is my video of possible pip. Stop the video at the 17 second mark and go to a larger screen. That's the best look that I got. I want to say in my opinion it is indeed a pip!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePfXvREq0og

Rich Swanson

Nothing here

Carolyn

At 11:11 am , That is definitely a pip. the depression at the edges is clearly visible!

Greta in Kansas

Good morning--all morning--this morning! Liberty sure is good at moving around without showing us much of anything! It's 3 days til my hatch date guess, but I'm all for one today!

I got my new chicks yesterday, so I've got baby birds on the brain all over!

Cheryl Bartlett

Libby just rolled the eggs and turned around. I THINK what we thought we saw as a pip in Rich's picture today maybe extending into a crack. I did not see any activity from within the egg - but what once appeared to be a hole is still there and a line seems to be extending from it. But, then yesterday I thought I might have seen a pip and a crack too and this mornning when I got a different view of the nest I saw that it was a piece of straw. I think this may be the real thing though because when the egg was moved, the anomaly stayed in the same place on the egg. Did anyone else see this? I hope someone got a picture.

Mavis

Rich..I just got a pix that looks like a big crack...but can't be sure...going to post on NN and your group page

Rich Swanson

Cheryl, I stepped away and only saw part of what you descricbed. But what I noticed was a lot of moisture (shinyness) on one of the eggs.

Rich Swanson

Oh yeah....That is a pip!

Judith Hart

Oh Yeah! THAR SHE BLOWS!!

Jo Ann

Change over! I saw pip on the left egg. It was pretty small, but, with the zoom I saw it. It might be a St. Patty's Day baby after all. Anyone else see it?

Greta in Kansas

Oh, I saw it that time! Squeee!

Camilla Collins

I saw the PIP moving!! XD

Ruth MacLeod

Quality control. Back to only low and high this morning. Why does this keep changing? Might be good this way today in case the eggs are visible on one of the 20-30 seconds of a still picture.

cmtkellyb

Pip Sighting!!! Caught it when Justice was delivering "nesting supplies"(twig)!! Liberty saw it too when she was getting re-situated!!!

Annette Kryske

Carolyn, I looked many times. at the first time on the 17 sec.mark, I too thought I saw it, and by the 4th time after going back & forth, I am not absolutely sure. I want it to Be a Pip. Just like the time when I was so sure on Thur.I guess we are all over anxious.....HERE is Justice , it looks like a raised spot on the left egg!!!! Time 9:22 AM PDT.I hope someone saw it, & took a pic.MAYBE soon.....

Cristine

Oh yes! I saw it, too, on the shift change just now. No wonder Liberty has been so restless this morning!

"Pumpkin"

Good morning Greta! Well, I also have eggs on my mind, but right now I'm speaking of the Easter egg variety, so a shopping I shall go.

All of you eagle watchers out there, do your best to keep one of those crows from grabbing an egg while I'm gone. It's amazing to me how some birds can sense an impending hatch or birth. Watched in amazement last year as Elephant Seals gave birth on a California beach. The seagulls could spot which seal was about to deliver and gathered around it so as to be able to grab the afterbirth shortly after delivery. My thought is that crows might be able to do the same with a hatchling....? Stay alert L & J!

Valerie

When Liberty and Justice did the changing of the guards, I noticed that one of the eggs has a crack and a little peck hole in it! Any time now we will see the little ones! So excited!

Darlene Nichols

IF -and only IF- there is a hatch on the 17th how about the name Paddy ? The second egg could be given the whole name Alcoa..... this adds a little frivolitry (sp?)to the wondrous event and still recognizes Alcoa. If there is no hatch tomorrow, forget I said anything !

Carolyn

This video gives an even better look of the pip! We're gonna have a baby eaglet!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLakn0r4tng

Greta in Kansas

Hi, Pumpkin! I've noticed your name here this year -- were you on the site last year, too?

Rich Swanson

Video of the pip is available for download on the FB group

gregory

i missed something. that looks like justice. who i dat?

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