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Cherrycarol

What a beautiful picture. So nice to see blue sky. Dinner & both L&J in the nest. One I'd say Glory is wingersizing a lot now. Now they r standing & looking around. Thank You Alcoa

beamg

We might get sound tomorrow? AWESOME!

Mr. John thanks again. Will wait patiently tomorrow and hope the downtime brings us that sound we all miss. Great picture too btw!

I saw that wingersizing a bit ago with the other eaglet and L or J watching! The parent was getting beat on the head and had to move. And self-feeding also. Sure sorry to have missed the in-between stuff but so grateful to be able to see our most special eagle family again and be assured they are all just fine! Love it!

beamg

Watching the eagles gazing out from the nest towards the setting sun makes me wish I had their view. What they can see must be awesome with cities all around and the Mississippi flowing by. I'm sure it's a view I would never tire of seeing. The eaglets look like they are settling down now, maybe with their heads hanging over the edge. Have a great night everyone.

Jo Ann

Thank you Mr. John and Alcoa for all of the effort you put into giving us this second opportunity to see our favorite eagle family. I finally got my computer back and was so happy to see eagle action in Davenport. Thanks, for everything.

R L ML

Beautiful picture of L or J. Same is true of the new view of the nest. It wouldn't have been the best view earlier when they were just down in the nest, but now it's great. Just saw one wingersizing and was amazed at the span after watching the babes in the MN Bound nest the past few weeks. We missed a lot, but glad to have a camera back on in time for the coming exciting times.

Cara Anderson

Thanks you, Alcoa - so glad to be seeing the eagle family again, and stunned at how the big the babes have gotten while the view was on hiatus! Wondering - does this new camera hint that there might be two camers in action next year? That would be super viewing!

Bakers In Texas

Wow saw Honor and Glory and amazed how much they have grown and like siblings they seem to pick at one another. Sure miss not being able to see at least top of nest but will wait . Thanks Alcoca

beamg

Good morning all!

Wow, the sky is looking a little ominous this morning. We do have a 30% chance of rain and/or thunderstorms most of the day and that chance increases to 100% by tomorrow. The eaglets seem to be laying low this morning. I've only seen the top of their heads a time or two. It's much cooler today than yesterday at 47° right now. A friend yesterday told me we just might get a few snow flakes today and I told her to shut her mouth! NO NO NO - we do not need snow! I just realized we are getting rain now as I type. Can't tell if it's raining at the nest.

Keep hoping the sound plan works out today. I sure miss the geese, trains and other nature sounds!

Happy viewing everyone!

sandy

thank you so much Mr. John for what you are doing for us eagle watchers. I love the picture of the parent in the tree, what a great shot. thoroughly enjoying the view of the nest, nice to see a different angle. hope it works out real easy with the sound installation. thank you and alcoa for all you do. have to check in on the new babies in the osprey nest!!

Joanne

They have gotten so big thanks for bringing cam back o lune missed the eaglets

beamg

I just saw one of the parents come in for a landing in the nest. It was awesome and I sure wish I would have had the picture on full screen to get a good screen shot but I didn't. Darn it! That's the kind of action we are all going to love with this new view we have of the nest! Those wing spans are something to behold!

Pat

Don't like the "new" view of the bottom of the nest. Not much to see.

beamg

Pat, don't you think this view is better than no view? Right now I'm seeing one of the parents on the Alcoa branch and the top of one of the eaglets' heads. In the background is the blue sky, which I can see looks better than earlier than this morning. Just mho (my honest opinion) and everyone is entitled to their own. :)

Jo

Mr John, thanks for bringing "our" little family back to us. The view we had before, into the nest, was great while they were newly hatched, but this view is great, too, 'cause we get to see them as they mature. Watching them flap-er-cise those wings is awesome! Can't wait to see them learn to fly!

Thanks for all you've done, and continue to do, so that we may watch nature in all it's glory!

fran peveler

thank you. L&J and Hope and Glory are a wonder.

Jo

WOW, that swaying branch gives new meaning to the saying "if it's rocking, don't come knocking!" Glad to see Glory and Honor are doing well and growing like weeds! DANG but they got big!

Rich Swanson

This view is going to be VERY useful when H&G start to fledge and branch. Especially getting the wider view on zoom out.

Kathryn Mellecker

The new view does give a whole new perspective on our eagle family. I am fascinated by how "level" the edge is from this view. From the "inside" view it did not look level at all. And, Yes, I agree with those saying we will have a wonderful view of these 2 learning to fly and checking out the near-by limbs. It will be great.

Tracy Vigus

I still love this view. Mom seems to be watching for dad to get to the nest, but I do not know where they are in the daily routine, as I just tuned in. While I know the nest is huge, I cannot hardly believe that they raised 3 last year!! Love the landings from this viewpoint too.

Judith Hart

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

Today: Rain. High near 47. Breezy, with a north wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Tonight: Rain. Temperature rising to around 51 by 5am. East wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Saturday: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 62. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Judith Hart

It looks like all rain for today. Liberty, Justice, Glory and Honor all in the nest now....and all are soaking wet!

beamg

Good morning everyone.

Judith, thanks for the weather report. Have been missing that for a few days. Doesn't look like the rain is going to quit until Sunday. Working in the yard the other day I realized we could use more rain which seemed really strange after just having a flood in the area. But the ground was so dry already! This rain is the kind that soaks in so well.

How awesome to see the whole family in the nest! Yes, they are wet but they can handle it. The way they are perched right now would not have let us see all of them with whoever is on the Alcoa branch blocking the view if we still had the "old" camera view. So, I'm even more grateful for THIS camera right now. But the close-up would be great, too. Sort of mixed feelings on this I guess. No sound yet but I'm sure they are still working on it.

Happy viewing everyone!

ER

Good Morning , Looks sort of gray at the nest. Can't tell if it is rain but will take you all's word for it. It seem they both will stay at the nest when it is going to be bad weather to protect the eaglets. Even when they are so large,they are still helpless at this stage. Liberty and Justice are such good parents and are real troupers with raising their young. With the wind gust to 30, it might get sort of rough up there. Hang on kids.--ER

Tara

THAT'S THE EAGLETS? Wow! Have they grown!!! I checked back in today for the first time this week to see if the camera was back up and my daughter and I saw what looked to be three eagles of the same size! It is amazing how quickly they have grown!

Rachel Gaines

Thanks John, for all you are doing to help us be able to see our eagle family again.
My, how Honor and Glory have grown. They're almost as big as Liberty and Justice!
I too wish I had a view as beautiful as the one the eagles enjoy. It's awesome!
Good morning Liberty, Justice, Honor, and Glory
Good morning everyone

beamg

Oops, I only have a black screen. Maybe the sound is being worked on?

I've checked a lot of other cams this morning, none of which are as good as this site but it looks like there is rainy or snowy weather at most of them!

Guess it's time to get some chores done.

R L ML

Came on and could see all 4, but by the time the circle stopped spinning one of the young ones was hidden. They looked pretty wet and bedraggled so it must be raining. Then the picture went to a still shot. Good to see for sure where the Alcoa branch is. Finally a black frame so hopefully this means they are working on the sound.

beamg

While we have camera downtime again, here is the link to Emma's nest occupied by Tink now. One egg laid early this morning. So cool!

http://www.ustream.tv/worldofhummingbirds

Cherrycarol

O No Off line. Hope IT'S not BAD. RAIN ALL DAY!! yukk!! MY BIRDS R STILL OUT EATING IN THE RAIN. DOESN'T SEEM TO BOTHER THEM.

Jo

DANG, camera down again? Keep on trying to fix it Mr. John and thanks!

Jo Ann

I'm seeing a picture of two big baby eagles. Wonderful picture. Hopefully, we will get the video going soon. I know you are trying to get it going for us, therefore, we appreciate all of your efforts.

Cherrycarol

Poor things look so soaked & Big!! My birds out side here too r soaked. Not so much rain today. Have a great day I'm off to work. Carol

Mavis

7:06 AM EDT May 4th

Ok, Mr. John...it's settled...you can't please everyone! Duh! When the nest tree cam was working, some wanted the branch shot. You get the 'branch' cam going and some want the inside nest shot. Some wanted zoom in..some wanted zoom out. Some wanted a water shot. Even the bleed thru music from another tower was the subject of a lot of complaints...(ya think maybe a little country music would have helped? ). So..from me to you...I think you do one heck of a fantastic job!! Now, I know you have a feed to your desk and see what we see. I don't think I could handle your job because I think I would pull the plug, sit back, prop my feet up on the desk, turn the volume up, the phones off, and watch the desktop feed with a little peace peace of mind and personal enjoyment! That being said...I decided we need both cams next year. This second cam gives us the view that we all wanted so much last year when the branching began. Either way you play it...I say kudos to you, Mr. John, Bruce, your staff, and all of Alcoa associates. That means a big THANK YOU from me.

Good Morning EVERYONE!

Tracy Vigus

Oh Mavis, That was so well said!

beamg

Good morning Carol, Mavis and all our eagleholics!

It does look like a better day today. The sun is shining, birds are singing and everything is SO GREEN. Temp right now is 55. AND I didn't get any of that snow that hit a lot of places the last couple days and for that I'm grateful!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Judith Hart

GEEZ!!! Did y'all forget? Say Happy Birthday to Glory, 7 weeks old today....Honor is 7 weeks old Monday.

beamg

GEEZ!!! Yes, Judith I did forget - Thanks for the reminder!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GLORY! 7 weeks and I'm wondering where that time went so fast. Hopefully Glory gets a special birthday fish today :)

Mavis

Judith, I didn't forget..I was just waiting to see if you remembered! Seems like you were suppose to throw the birthday party with crab cakes and lobster. What time do we come? I'm already planning my trip, girl! Hope to make it for 8th week birthday.

Tracy..thank you.

Cherrycarol and Bea...ya'll stay dry if you can. It's chilly and rainy here.

beamg

YEA! Live feed is back and I was thinking we were going to have to wait until Monday!!! I should really know better than that. THANKS ALCOA and MR. JOHN! The weekend just got better!

Jo Ann

I agree Beamg. Mr. John is working so hard for all of us. What a beautiful picture this morning! Two big babies and mom or dad enjoying some brunch this morning. Thanks so much for giving us this unique picture of our eagle family. Simply, beautiful.

Sandy Stricklin

Mavis,
I agree with your comment, #33 I think, from earlier this morning. No matter what Mr. John does someone is not going to be happy. I'm sure there are times when he just wants to throw up his hands and forget everything. I for one am grateful for all he's done. Any view is better than none. We are lucky he could even install another camera with the eagles still nesting near by. Mr. John I thank you for all you have done for all of us. I feel fortunate to have you and Alcoa associated with this fine project.

Thank you!
Sandy in Omaha

Judith Hart

From this view, I think we might be sitting in a boat in the Mississippi. Is this from the river looking toward the nest? It sure makes you realize how deep the nest wall is..when the eaglets are down in the nest you can't see them, you would think they're flattened out like pancakes in there.

R L ML

Looks like it is really clouding up again almost dark enough now for sunset. Good views of one adult and quite a bit of action and viewing of Honor and Glory moving about and doing some wingersizing.

Cherrycarol

WOW!! The clarity of the picture is AWSOME!! Beautiful with I think mom in the nest & clouds coming in. One baby yawing. Love the view. Carol

Cherrycarol

Judith the camera is west of the other one & facing east. Yes it does look like we could be in a boat looking at it.

J.R.

Is there no way the new camera can be raised to a higher level, to be able to better see INSIDE the nest ????

John L.

Old saying..."Don't look a gift horse in the mouth".

Cherrycarol

Dinner for the family & raining too. L & J were both there together. What a pretty site!!

Judith Hart

J.R. The nest just might be in the top of tallest tree.

Karen Gustafson

i would just like to thank you Alcoa for the wonderful job you have done with the video and the commentary we get every day or two. You have really put a lot into sharing this pair of eagles and their babies with the world. I say kudos to a fantastic job!

Cherrycarol

More dinner brought in. Lots of wingersizing going on too.

Judith Hart

Funny, it looks like Mutt and Jeff standing in the nest. The one on the right must be Honor, he looks so much smaller unless he's standing in a hole.

Judith Hart

Well, just because I said that Glory sat down, now Honor looks taller.

beamg

It's 6:50 CDT and pouring at my house. I emptied 2.1" out of the rain gauge this morning and now it's been raining most of the afternoon. Just got an alert for flood warnings for the Cedar River, which is west of the nest. I can't tell if it's currently raining at the nest but the radar doesn't look like it is. That radar was strange - looked like the rain was headed west when I replayed the last couple of hours. That's just weird!

All I see of G & H are their heads popping once in a while.

R L ML

All of our weather has been coming from the east too, beamg. Forecast yesterday predicted this would be happening.
Nest actually looked brighter just now than in mid afternoon.

Judith Hart

beamg, You're right Bea, that is strange,I just checked the radar and the storms are all moving west. The last blob is just going through Iowa City now.

beamg

Well, not sure what west moving storms mean this time of year but it's never good in the winter - might as well plan on staying put. I'm glad to find out I wasn't imagining this though. Tomorrow is suppose to about 70 and I hope the end of the rain.

Cherrycarol

6:30 am Sunday. They r both up & cleaning themselves. You can really see there feathers now. Awsome!!Carol Have a great Sunday everyone. Still cloudy now. but 50 degrees.

Mary Darlene Horner

Hahaha funny to see the awkard ones a trying to flap their wings~~ FUNNY~ Love it! ~Thank you

Cherrycarol

Were is mom & dad at? I'm hungry!! Lots of hopping & wingersizing going on. I wish the would look towards the camera when they r sitting on the branch. More action on the other side with people working I'm sure

Sheila

CANNOT believe how big they have gotten!

beamg

Good morning everyone!

I can only see the 2 eaglets' heads right now. Looks like they are gazing out at the world and probably wishing they could be out there soaring around. Saw L or J come in for a landing a bit ago and it was awesome seeing that from the back of the eagle, wings and tail spread and then that graceful landing!

It was foggy when I got up but it's clearing now and the sun is trying to shine. Should be into the low 70s for a high today. I was surprised at the small amount of rain in my gauge this morning when there were times yesterday it poured! Only about 1/4" yesterday.

Time to get ready for the day. Have a great Sunday everyone and happy viewing!

R L ML

J or L on the branch and good view of it flying off. Honor and Glory both in good view, but being very quiet at this time.

Cherrycarol

Dinner just flew in. I found the best time to really see Honor & Glory is in the morning. I could really see there feathers this morning. Sunny & hot in the nest today.

Annette Kryske

1:52 PM PDT. I'm back! Was a litle under the weather,but you can't keep some of us old gals down. Everything in the nest is wonderful,Mr. John & Alcoa,& Cam repair. I can't believe how much Glory & Honor have grown. They seem to have had more food in their nest right from the beginnig. After viewing MNBound, other nests, their supply seemed less than ours.I am just so glad to be seeing the leaves coming back to the trees,the clouds are so beautiful right now.The sky is blue.L?J just flew in for a snack with the little ones.Thanks you all.Hava a nice Sunday Evening.

Mary Goldbeck


thank you, Alcoa, and all who are bringing us this web cam. I watch it every day and enjoy Liberty and Justice take care of their little (not so much anymore) chicks and how they care for them. We humans could learn a lot from them. They are just amazing in their feeding and care of them. When should we expect the little ones to try and fly? I can't wait to see that!

beamg

I actually thought one of the eaglets was on the Alcoa branch right now at 6;53pm CDT! But I'm sure it's one of the parents. The sun is starting to go down making a silouete of the parent against the sky. Beautiful!

fran peveler

at this time of day with that bald eagle sitting on the branch, the silhouette of the nest, eagle, etc. is breathtaking! Thank you Alcoa.

Judith Hart

Mary, Eaglets usually fledge between 10 and 12 weeks of age, they are now 7 weeks old.

This is from The Raptor Resource Project

What are branching and fledging, and at what age do the eaglets do these?
Branching is when an eaglet begins the first stage of fledge, when it goes from the nest to a nearby branch, and then back to the nest again which can happen several times before fledge. Branching occurs at around 10 weeks of age and can last a couple days, or a couple weeks before the actual fledge, or as fledge is commonly referred to, their first maiden flight. Fledge is generally between 11 and 12 weeks of age. Once an eaglet (or fledgling) has left the nest and taken its first maiden flight, it is not uncommon for them to stay lower to the ground for a few days while on the wing, rather than return immediately to the nest.

beamg

Fran, you're a better speller than I am. Boy did I murder "silhouette" - used to be a better speller. :(

Judith, would you say the camera is facing west?

The parent on the branch took off when the other one flew in. What an great sight!

beamg

Parent flew in, dug around a bit and took off with.....a carcass of something. G & H laying low right now and there is a bit if wind rocking the nest.

beamg

Parent came back with a big stick and is trying to place it just right on the far side of the nest.

Jo Ann

What a beautiful picture at sunset!

Judith Hart

Look at the jet contrail in the background....Pretty neat!!

Judith Hart

Beamg, I haven't seen the sun yet in the sunset, I'm totally confused...I thought the river is behind the new camera now...Duh..Help, anyone know?

beamg

Judith, I might be confused too. Carol posted the other day the new cam is west of the tree and faces east but that didn't seem right in my mind since I don't see the bright sun shining into the cam in the morning. I'm still trying to get myself oriented. What direction does the "out-of-order" nest face? I thought the sun went down behind and a little right of the nest and to me that means it's facing more west....Anyone else have an idea?

Judith Hart

I THOUGHT the out-of-order faced SSW....I sure I'm totally WRONG!

Judith Hart

Beamg...I think everyones sleeping...just you and I talking to ourselves.
Now we're getting heavy rain in NC, started yesterday, going to last till Thursday. So glad I rushed to plant my geraniums, now they'll rot.

beamg

Judith you're right about the out-of-order facing SSW. Now I need to study and think more. Maybe someone will wake up and get our directions straightened out, or at least mine. I need to get a picture in my head of just where the river is, keeping in mind it runs east to west in this area.

I haven't thought about planting yet, usually wait until after the 15th because of the frost factor. Now it's too wet to even do any clean up. You're going to get rain for 6 days? YIKES! Oh poor geraniums - they don't like their feet wet. Let's hope the weather report is wrong!

Judith Hart

I'll take a wild guess that the new camera is facing NNW

John riches

The angle of the new camera is looking somewhere between WNW and NW.

beamg

Mr. John Thank you so much! Now I have a clearer picture in my head. Really glad you gave that info as I woke up in the middle of the night trying to figure it out. Yes, silly I know...but it was bothering me.

JUDITH, are you up? Mr. John gave us the answer and you were spot on with your wild guess! Good job!

I see one eaglet head poking up above the edge of the nest. Some clouds and the tree looks like there is no wind - all is quiet at 6:59AM CDT.

Cherrycarol

Good Morning Now I'll have to go look where the new camera is. Then I'll have a better picture too. Thought I saw LorJ fly by.Time for breakfast. I got some flowers yesterday it was so nice out. I think they will be ok. Off to run errands. Have a good day everyone.

Cherrycarol

So does that mean the side they sit on most of the time is facing the river?

beamg

Good morning Carol! I think you're right about the side they sit on most of the time sort of facing the river. They are usually on the opposite side from what we are looking directly at, right? I still might have to take a trip and see the nest too, just to get it all straight. But the camera direction Mr. John gave us makes better sense in my head now. You are really brave buying flowers already! I want to do that too but don'e even have my clean-up done yet.

Both G & H have been wingersizing and it's so awesome to watch against the sky! I thought I saw that fly by too Carol. I need to sit and watch until they eat - haven't seen that yet this morning. Going to be another beautiful day today with temps in the lower 70s.

beamg

Almost forgot: HAPPY 7 WEEK BIRTHDAY HONOR!

Cherrycarol

I'm sure they r hungry. I probably won't go til Wed. but I'll post a picture on OT then.

Judith Hart

Thank you Mr. John...I was beginning to think the sunset and river had moved.

beamg

Good morning Judith! Are you still getting rain?

beamg

L or J just flew in. Happened so fast I almost missed it! Beautiful landing!

Judith Hart

Beamg, Still raining....I'm patching the holes in my boat.I hope all the dogs and horses can fit in it.

Judith Hart

How sweet, Glory and Honor, standing in the nest watching the clouds go by. One of the two has a white feather on the upper part of the right wing, can't tell which one it is yet.

Cherrycarol

I went to the river on the ILL> side & saw a guy in a boom at the top of another tree east of the nest tree. It's a lot shorter & I'm guessing he was working on the cam!! Now I see why the cam is facing north west. It's 80 out so it's really hot in the nest.

Judith Hart

Carol, Thanks for the information. Now I know I need glasses, I quickly read what you wrote and thought it said...guy on a broom at the top of a tree.....What?

John riches

Carol, nobody in the lift. The camera is mounted to the lift and is kept below the height of the nest.

Coleen Perilloux Landry

So great to see them eating in the setting sun and watch them walk like little trolls in the nest. Their wing practice is getting good, too.

Cherrycarol

Thanks John. I was too far away to tell that. LOL Judith!! Good Morning I see one is up looking around. Going to be a warm day today again 80. I'm lovin it but I know its hot in the nest. I guess i need stronger binoculars. Have a great day everyone!! Carol

Cherrycarol

I just saw my first hummingbird. :)

ER

Watching Glory and Honor sitting on the edge watching the little birds living in the bottom of the nest. Someone said the it was boring to just see the bottom of the nest,but if you watch for a while, you will see a whole range of activity going on down there. The eaglet are learn about their environment and will be checking out all those little birds camping on their nest. I have seen Liberty lean over the side when the little birds get real noisy. I think if you were a bird and having a grand old time when suddenly there is a giant white head with sharp eyes staring at you,well.... The eagles seem to tolerate some noise,but check out the source if it becomes too loud.

beamg

Good morning all. It's 8:25 and I can already tell it's going to be a great day. 65°, sunny and birds singing away - so happy!

YEA CAROL! I saw my first one too! I was kind of expecting them to be later this year so it's a wonderful surprise. Haven't seen or heard wrens yet and they are usually back about the same time as the humminbirds. Now if I could just see a hummingbird nest in my yard.......

Mr. John, thanks again! You have the best info to share and who would have thought the cam was mounted to the lift - great idea! And seems to me the safest way with the nest being active and the viewers wanting the view back.

G & H are both up looking around and look so big against that blue sky!

Judith and Carol - you both made me chuckle with needing glasses and stronger binoculars! Carol you have been a great source of info when you go check the nest for us! How's that boat repair coming Judith?

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