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December 20, 2013

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Kathryn Mellecker

I had tuned in the nest about 8 am and heard laughter. Thanks, Alcoa, now I know why. Thanks to the employees and retirees for sharing during this Christmas season. The weather is awful, but these people are not letting that stop their giving!

Kathy Littlefield

What a wonderful thing Aloca is doing for those in need. Good job!

R L ML

Good to hear again what a great company Alcoa is. Merry Christmas to all on the giving and receiving end of this great project.

Darlene Nichols

What a lovely gesture on the part of your Alcoa employees, their families and all who gathered to fill the baskets. The generosity of Americans, particularly during this season, is so heartwarming and natural......God's blessings on all of you and on us......or own "family" of eagle watchers...........Merry Christmas !


WVIK News

You forgot to mention WVIK's coverage of the employee food basket story.

Bea Griffore

Bless all the people involved in this awesome giving project! And we get to hear it going on too. Thanks again to Alcoa and workers! You people rock! Merry Christmas and Happy 2014 to all of you. The generosity of so many good people this time of year is so heart warming even in times when so many things seem to be upside down. Americans are the most generous people world wide.

Looks like some of the stuff coming down at my house has been hitting the camera. It's freezing rain and will be followed by a wintry mix. Again, just a cuation to everyone to be careful and stay safe.

R L ML

WVIK Enjoyed your story and another picture of the project.

Cristine

Good morning all! A winter storm watch has been issued for the Quad Cities area. Beginning tomorrow thru Sunday, we are expected to get a "boatload" of snow! We have freezing rain right now. You can see it on the camera lens. Yikes! Tried to get the last of my Christmas shopping done yesterday and also got to the grocery store to stock up. The wind is a key factor for us out here in the country. It's very easy for the roads to get drifted in, and we just can't go anywhere!
It is so unusual to hear the cars, laughter and conversation at the nest. Thank you, Mr. John for giving us a "heads-up" as to what is going on. Thank you, Alcoa for all that you do, by continually giving back to the community. Blessings to all involved.
Haven't seen anything going on at the nest. Probably too much activity right now. Will check in later. Have a great day everyone!

Cherrycarol

Alcoa is such a great company. Helping lots of people for different things! Thank you. WVIK you had a very nice story. Merry Christmas to EVERYONE!! CAROL

R L ML

Only on cam a couple of times today, but didn't see anyone. Did hear some chirping around 5:00 nest time.

Jo Ann

Thank you Alcoa for all that you do for the community and for all of us eagle watchers across the land. You don't know how much we all appreciate your efforts. Thank you for helping the people of the area this holiday season. Merry eagle Christmas to everyone and please stay safe and warm while this big storm heads your way. God Bless You!

Cristine

10:00 CT Offline....... Might as well get ready for the big winter storm headed towards the Quad Cities. We have a Winter Storm Warning now until 6:00 Sunday night. Ice today, and snow and blowing snow tonight and tomorrow. A lot of plans are being cancelled for this weekend. It will be a good time to stay home and prepare for Christmas. Take care everyone!

Cristine

10:07 Back online.... Yay!!

Cherrycarol

Juvie was just in the nest for awhile

Cherrycarol

2 juvies in the nest at 1 pm. One just left.

Mavis

9:01 PM EST Dec 21st

Alcoa...that is what I call the true Christmas Spirit. The gift from the heart is the most amazing gift of all....and Alcoa associates appear to have mighty big hearts. It kinda brings home the real joy of Christmas. Thank you.

Bea Griffore

7:00 am CT and the snow is still coming down!

Good morning everyone. The nest is full of snow, winds are blowing and nobody home. I don't hear any bird sounds at all.

It's not going to be a pleasant day today so I hope everyone can stay put. For those who can't stay put stay safe. It looks like I have close to 6" of snow at this point. The winter storm warning goes until 6:00 tonight. Take care everyone.

Cherrycarol

Good Morning. Lots of snow & no plows out yet. I was going to church but I'm staying home instead. Stay safe everyone. My birds have been out already but I don't know how they found any see. I'll have to put some more out for them.

Mavis

7:00 PM EST Dec 22

Ok..checked the nest several times today but never saw the eagles. The last time I checked around 5, I heard one close by but that was it. The nest is sure full of snow.

The weather today was horrible. The wind woke me up around 2 am and have been up ever since. The next two days promise to be more of the same with with colder temps....nothing near what the Quad City is getting now, but bad enough. I have not stepped food outside all day and plan to keep it that way until I can walk barefooted without my feet sticking to the payment! Am visiting a friend and we made homemade eggnog with a cooked custard base. Sooo good...smooth, tasty, and absolutely delicious....THEN,,,,she brought out the Jack Daniels among other things to put the finishing touch...darn stuff grew legs and could walk on its own! That stuff ought to be illegal! Wish I could offer all of you a glass of it because my friend doesn't need anymore! Hope you all are safe and warm.

Again...I have to repeat...that I think Alcoa has the true spirit of Christmas with the generosity they have shown for the ones who may need help. Now...if Mr. John will throw out a few fish for the eagles...oh my!!

Cherrycarol

BURR!! Single digits today & I have some errands to run. I hope my tenant shoveled yesterday or I'll have to do it. UGGG! Lots of layers today. Stay warm everybody.

Mavis

8:52 AM EST December 24th


**** HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE EVERYONE****

As a kid...this used to be the most exciting and longest day of the year! Santa came Christmas Eve Night...the house was filled with the most delicious smells...Christmas musice played all day on the radio...people came to the house..Momma would wrap presents in her bedroom and bring them out one by one. We would run to the tree to see whose name was on the new present. We kept a tally to make sure we all got the same number of presents. That night, Daddy would take us all to see the Christmas lights. We would hurry home and lay out the biggest clean sock we had and jump in bed before Santa came. There was never any sleep on Christmas Eve night. No, Sir! None at all. We kids would all sleep in the same bedroom that night and try to sleep. The only night of the year we could listen to the radio all night...and Christmas music played...Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Doris Day, Dean Martin, The Chipmonks, Gene Autry, Brenda Lee, Perry Como, Burl Ives, Jimmy Durante, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Aretha Franklin ...and the list goes on. We were not allowed to open our bedroom door until Mom and Dad got up and would holler..."Santa came...you all can come out now!". The magic of our youth still shines in the eyes of our kids...and Santa still lives.

Merry Christmas to all of you and may the magic still shine in your home.

Cristine

Good morning, all! Mavis, that was just lovely. I enjoyed reading it very much. Thank you for sharing your Christmas memories with us.
It is -11 in the Quad Cities right now as I wake up. I could hear the house making cracking and creaking sounds in the night. I guess the wood must be contracting in these extreme cold temps. Haven't seen anything going on in the nest for days. However I haven't been able to peak in as much as I would like to either. I'm sure this cold weather doesn't faze our eagles in the least bit.
On to some more wrapping and cooking. Christmas Eve is here. It comes so fast, anymore.
Wishing our whole family of Eagle Watchers a very Merry and Blessed Christmas.

Cherrycarol

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!! Mavis loved your story. I had great Christmas'a when I was growing up. I'll never forget them. Working til 2 today. Church at 4. Christmas at our house tomorrow. The river is still steaming. Pretty neat! Stay warm. Carol

Carolyn

Just wanted to slip in and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May all your dreams and wishes come true. I wish I had had some time to record today, so I could leave you a Christmas Eve video, but I have been really busy with last minute activities with the family! Peace and Joy to all!

Cherrycarol

Juvie sitting on a branch by the nest. Ft' Meyers 1 egg has hatched.

Cherrycarol

Thanks Carolyn You need family time like all of us. I showered & got ready for our family & juvie is still there.

gregory

if you look very close- you willsee another eagle way back in the top left. there were two but on flew off..

gregory

tons of activity and the eagle in view also likes to perch on our new camera. when he he lands on it it shakes and scrambles for a second. some times you can see a wing and you can hear his cry right into the mic. there are eagles everywhere in and out in and out

gregory

can someone confirm that is an AMERICAN BALD EAGLE. IS IT A GOLDEN?

R L ML

Merry Christmas everyone. Just saw 3 deer below the nest as well as the juvie on the branch. Deer gone, but juvie still there.

Cherrycarol

We don't have golden eagles in this area. Mainly out west Calif. It's probably a bald eagle. Carol. Humm my facebook picture is gone. Carol

Cristine

Good morning everyone! I can't believe I am the first one on this morning. I saw a couple of smaller birds in and around the nest at 8:10 CT, but not much else going on. The first rays of sun are just now hitting the nest. It looks to be a nice day with blue skies right now and a high of 33. A chance of a few snow flurries North however.
Checked on the Whooping Cranes. All eight birds are up and flying! On their way to their next destination. What a beautiful sight to behold. Judith, was that you on the chat this morning? :)
I am enjoying the peace and quiet this morning... this day after Christmas. Having my cup of morning tea and reflecting on the events of yesterday. My daughter, husband and 3 mo. old granddaughter are still sleeping, and will travel back to St. Louis today. We had 22 family members at the farm yesterday, including all four of our children and their families.(five grand-kids!) What a joy to have everyone together.
Have a great day everyone.

gregory

CRISTINE--

you are so blessed! i cannot even imagine such a wonderful Christmas. i am thankful for mine- and iam thankful to read about yours. the way you wrote it-- I could feel it.

lots of activity at the nest this mor and yesterday

R L ML

Intruder in the nest rearranging sticks a bit after 10:30 nest time. Another arrived shortly after this. Lots of squawking which seems to come from very near the cam.

Cristine

12:25 CT Three juvies! One has been in the nest for a while, and now two others have joined him and are sitting in the branches above the nest.

Cristine

11:55 the juvie that's still in the nest starts making a lot of noise, and lo and behold Liberty or Justice swoops in and chases him off. Fun to watch.

Cherrycarol

I went to the nest & got a picture of 2 juvies in the tree about 12:30. I'll post it on OT Saw about 30 sitting on the ice going down river drive.

Mavis

I watched the eagles off and on today and enjoyed a lot of activity. I even watched L or J fly with a couple of juvies and to me...looked like they were enjoying the flying time. I watched several fly-bys and at one time, I saw 3 eagles in the air at the same time. Action pictures are hard to capture...but I enjoyed watching.

@Cristine...the "morning after" is always nice. Number one...you made it!! Number 2...the tiredness has trickled away.! Number 3....it is over. Number 4....plenty of leftovers! You won't have to cook too much today. And..Number 5....you now have 12 months to brace yourself for next time!! You can now sit back and enjoy tomorrow, too. I am the oldest of 8 children...Momma and Dad would have as many as 43 at one time in the house Christmas Day. We still remember Dad saying "don't slam the door" and "stay in or out" to the grandchildren. We also remember those get-togethers as the very best day of the whole year! Momma and Dad are now gone....but those memories will last forever. You are doing a good thing, Cristine....the memories you are creating in the hearts of your family is truely the meaning of "priceless" and will, too, last forever.

Cristine

Beautiful day at the nest today....blue skies and a high of 36 degrees. The melting has begun. I could hear the ice sliding off the side of the house yesterday. It makes the strangest sound when it falls.

A lot of visitors at the nest this morning. A small flock of Starlings was in the branches above the old camera when I got on earlier, and then a Blue jay climbed up the side of the nest into the nest bowl, and poked around. Even got to see the "downstairs" sparrow family flitting in and out of the bottom of the nest. No eagles yet except for the one I could see in the distance flying over the tree by the river. Carol, that is so cool you got to see so many eagles on your expedition yesterday!

Back to the after Christmas clean-up. Still putting things away and really must get started on the laundry pile :) Mavis, you were so spot-on with your comments. Everything you said was so true. Loved hearing about your big family Christmases and had tears in my eyes by the time I got to the end. Thank you. I needed that.

Cherrycarol

Off Line now. :(
Another thing I saw yesterday was an adult & juvie sitting together on the ice. I thought that was so neat. Maybe the same ones you saw Mavis.

Mavis

Off line and it's Friday...just before getting off time for many. Hopefully we will be back online before long.

There has been a lot to see around the nest....don't forget to look for the deer...usually early morning and at dusk. Fun to watch them walk through.

Both Southwest FL eagle cam and Northeast FL eagle cam hatched their eggs last week and this week. Also...if anyone is interested...the Utah Wildlife Federation has been writing articles about some mysterious virus/poison/or whatever that is killing the bald eagles out there. I think the count is up to 30. They have been dying a horrible death and everyone is trying to figure out what is killing them. If you have a chance, go to their site and check it out. So sad.

Carol...I have a gut feeling that some of L and J's kids are back...I just do. I think one of the juvies I saw yesterday was Spirit. The white markings on his breast made me think of him right away.

The nice thing about the New Year....we are past the turkey and ham...and good ole blackeyed peas with hog jowl will be on the plates! I'm excited. Baked sweet potatoes, blackeyes over rice, smoked pork roast....oh yeah!!

Mavis

Just checked the cam...we are back online....Mr. John, you are good. Hope you have a good weekend.

Mavis

2:51 EST Dec 28th

A different juvie was in the nest...he/she was doing a of calling out and I heard another eagle in the background and guess what??? We went offline. Oh well..it was fun while it lasted.

Suppose to rain this afternoon...kinda cold and dreary out so decided the nicest place to be is inside so another day of staying in...which I thoroughly enjoy.

Gotta go check and see if we are back up...BBL

R L ML

Juvie on the nest plus 2 birds on the far branches as they were a couple of days ago at 10 nest time. Went back on sometime around 2 and still a juvie there according to Mavis it is a different one. The Offline came on for just a minute or so and then picture up again and shortly after the juvie had left the nest, but there were a couple of loud screechings around 2:30.

Cherrycarol

It feels like spring today. I went to lock & dam 14 yesterday & there weren't many eagles there. Not like last year at all. A few mostly flying around.

R L ML

L and J on together when I tuned in at about 5:23 after the cam was on black and white. Both flew off within a minute. Nice of them on to tell me goodnight.

Cristine

5:20 CT Both Liberty and Justice in the nest when I checked in, right before it got totally dark.

Cristine

R L ML... You and I were commenting at exactly the same time! It was so good to see them, wasn't it? Think they were enjoying this wonderful weather we had in the Quad Cities today. High in the upper 40's, I think. Not going to last for long though. Tomorrow a powerful cold front is going to blast on through bringing much colder temps.

Cherrycarol

Good morning Boy that wind is blowing like crazy already. I'm staying in. I have some kind of bug. YUK! Have a good day. I do hear a lot of birds. I'll keep it on while I do book work. Carol

Cristine

I'm with you on that, Carol. Staying in today and watching the big Bears vs. Packers game later on. The wind plus the dropping temps. is enough to keep me in where it's warm. Supposed to get down to -1 again tonight here in the Quad-Cities area! Also a chance of flurries or light snow. I have a ham bone left from Christmas so will probably throw that in the pot with some split-peas or beans for some hot soup for supper. (Thinking of you, Mavis, and your black-eyed peas!)
I don't see anything going on at the nest. No sign of any birds whatsoever. I keep looking for those deer I hear some of you mention, but haven't been lucky enough to see any :)
Have a wonderful Sunday all. Carol, I hope you are feeling better.

Mavis

Cristine...,you read my thoughts...why split peas or beans when you can throw in blackeyed peas!

Soup sure sounds good but beef strognaoff is in the works. Savind the peas for New Year's Day! Got to get the hog jowl and sweet potatoes.

Glad you all are staying in. Carol...forget the book work...prop your feet up and pamper yourself a little. Works wonders.

Mavis


Cristine...just for you to go with your soup. This stuff is a real luxury food...sooo good.

Ivy House Corny Cornbread

INGREDIENTS

1 box, Jiffy cornbread mix
1 cup, cream corn (I use one can)
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup, chopped onion (I like to saute my onions first)
1 cup, shredded cheddar cheese
1 stick of butter, melted
DIRECTIONS

Gently mix all ingredients and pour into a sprayed 9x13 baking pan. Bake at 350–400 degrees until golden brown, about 30–40 minutes.

Cherrycarol

Looks like Liberty in the nest. Been there awhile. Mavis I've made that & it is great.

Cherrycarol

It waS SUCH A NICE DAY YESTERDAY. lOTS OF PEOPLE WENT & GOT SOME GREAT PICTURES OF EAGLES. MY FACEBOOK PAGE WAS FULL OF THEM, I LOVE IT. wHEN I SELL MY BUILDING I'M BUYING ME A NICE ONE.

Mavis

2:43 PM EST Dec 29th

I have been checking in and out at the nest and still no activity. The wind is really strong. That is one cold looking nest. Guess they are all staying put trying to save energy.

Cristine

Lost our power out here in the country for a couple of hours. Back on now, but I started a fire in the fireplace. Got the beans soaking for the soup. Thanks for the recipe, Mavis. You are right, cornbread ALWAYS goes with ham & bean soup :)
Apparently I totally missed Liberty while the electricity was off. Maybe somebody will stop in later.

Cherrycarol

Good morning Man below 0 again. Tired of this stuff. I still feel bad so I'm not doing much today. Too cold even for our eagles.

Mavis

Brace yourself Carol...I just saw where your temp NOW is -7º with a high predicted of 10º PLUS snow possible each day up till the weekend. Friday's high may hit 12º I didn't realize it could get that bad! I guess that means the MS will freeze!!

MR. John...do we need to send money for fish?? Will the locks stay "unfrozen"?

I think a big pot of Brunswick stew is in my plans....it freezes well IF there are leftovers. Davenport's forecast gave me chills just reading it! I don't even want to look at MN's forecast...

Carol, I cannot imagine anyone wanting to go out to get their hair done in that weather. Close up, girl!! Stay home!

No eagles yet on the nest...Good morning, everyone

Cristine

I don't remember too many winters that have started this early and have been so cold. With that wind chill last night, it was supposed to have been -20 to -25, and this is still December! Typically the below zero temps come in January and maybe February, but it seems this has been going on for most of the month. And now "they" are talking more snow. Yikes! I am praying for an early Spring. Wouldn't it be lovely if March was all balmy and warm with the migrating birds coming back, and the little purple crocus poking up through the thawed out earth? Those thoughts are what keeps me going :)

I also remember Liberty and Justice laying their first egg on Feb. 7th. last year. That's not so very far away is it? Maybe we are getting all of this horrible weather done with early so they will not have to go through it after the eggs are laid. I always felt so bad for them, dutifully sitting on that nest with the cold wind swirling around them and the snow piling up on their backs.

Brunswick Stew, Mavis? Sounds awesome! We are having leftover bean soup for lunch today. I will check in later.

Cherrycarol

I drove down by the river & it is still open on the Iowa side. Only saw 3 eagles sitting on the ice. They seem to like that. Mavis the water is always open around the lock & dams. That's why they hang out there a lot. My dad said when he was a kid they would cut ice from the river for there ice boxes. I can't remember the river ever being that frozen in my life time. BALS EAGLE DAYS COMING JAN. 10 TO THE 12TH. I'LL BE THERE!!

Cherrycarol

OoFF lINE. Mavis my customers will still be there tomorrow. Getting some light snow now but not going to be much. & no wind which makes a big difference.

Mavis

5:45 EST Dec 30th

Just looked in on the nest...looks like it is snowing pretty good right now. I saw two eagles flying but did not come to the nest. It looks darn cold!

Cherry...I just cannot imagine going out in minus degree weather to get my hair done! I mean...you wear a hat and ear muffs or you will freeze...duh!!

I heard of Niagara Falls freezing over once...I mean, water freezes at 32º and we are talking - (minus) degrees for days. Glad the locks stay open...probably the only hope the eagles have unless someone just happens to drop some fish on the ground.

Cherrycarol

Some guys take fish to the lock & dam & throw them in to draw the eagles so they can take pictures of them. It's usually the gulls that come first.

Cristine

All is quiet at the nest this morning. I don't see a bird, I don't even hear a bird. The wind is very still. It is absolutely beautiful here on the farm with the newly fallen snow stuck to all of the branches of the trees. More snow on the way the next couple of days!
Wishing all of our Alcoa Eagle family a very Happy and Blessed New Year. See you in 2014.

Mavis

4:54 EST Dec 31st

At 4:48 both L and J were on the nest 'fooling' around. One of them called out for a while and it sounded like a juvie was answering..the voice was not as strong as L's so I figured it was a juvie. Then L or J flew off and the other one followed after a couple of minutes. Was nice to see them together again.

******** HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERY ONE ****

Cherrycarol

I still hear them. Just missed seeing them. Busy day at the salon. Staying home for me tonight. We used to always have New Years Eve Party's. Had euchre tournaments. HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE!!

R L ML

One on at 4:50 nest time and flew off in a minute. Loud calling both before and after it left. One back on after a refresh. A few sticks moved around before it flew off a little after 5:00.

Mavis

8:06 AM EST **Jan 1st, 2014

Welcome to the first day of the new year! L and J must be sleeping in after all of last nights hull-a-ba-loo!! Everything except the spanish radio is quiet at the nest. Did not see any movement.

The Times Square Ball was impressive last night...so beautiful with it's light show. Hope I get to see it again next year.

Got to get the blackeyed peas on and fry out the hog jowl. I was wondering what the New Year's traditions are with others. One tradition in our family that has been past down......we do NOT EVER wash clothes on New Year's Day...a BIG no-no. Of course, Dad made us line up and eat a piece of hog jowl when we were young....now, I think it is better than bacon. It was just the thought when I was a kid. Whatever the traditions, I hope they are past down to future generations....a nice way to stick to our roots.

Mavis

PASSED down...not past down. Heck...I'm still half asleep. I knew that did ot look right and as soon as I hit "POST".....i knew why it did not look right. I seldom correct my mistakes...but that one irritates even me. PASSED down...not past down. Geez...what a way to start the year...apologizing.

Cherrycarol

HAPPY NEW YEAR! You don't need to apologize. We all make mistakes. More snow coming today 2 to 4inches. I.m still sick. Sinus infection I think now. I don't have a tradition for today except when we always had party's. I'd be cleaning all day. Making chili today. Carol

Mavis

11:21 EST

Still no sign of anyone around the nest. It is snowing pretty hard and the wind is blowing...not a pretty picture. Hope everyone can stay in today.

Bea Griffore

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Isn't that a sight - snow at the nest again. And it's cold cold cold! Stay inside all warm and comfy everyone. Haven't been here in days and so enjoyed reading all the comments and catching up. I am going to try to be "here" at dusk and look for the deer!

WCs are at their last stop before going to St. Marks NWR and they are stuck today because of rain. At least they aren't still in the snow!

Watching the Outback Bowl, IA vs LSU. GO HAWKS! Score 7-0, LSU. Come on Hawks, let's go! Hubby is watching, I'm faking watching but I'll cheer anyway!
bbl

Mavis

5:44 PM EST

I watched until it started snowing again. I saw some pretty good size flakes and the nest bowl is already running over with snow. It looks too wicked for even the deer to venture out.

Happy to see the WCs have almost made it to their designation. Been over 3 months now but only 43 more miles to go! St. Marks is a beautiful area and I'm sure the WCs will like it there. Heck...I would like it there too!

Today seems like Sunday instead of Wednesday. Holidays throw me off balance with the dates. Hard to believe I have to start writing 2014 on my checks now...seems like yesterday we were counting down to 2000...the big rollover! Why couldn't the years have rolled by this fast when I was 12 wishing I was 18...then 21! I think it took forever just to get to 13. Think I'll go back and watch the nest...

gmarose6

Was just checking in on the nest. Love the new camera looking at the nest tree and the beautiful scenery and river. One of the eagles landed on the snow filled nest with a small twig. Finally found a place to put it, looked around then flew off toward the river. Looking forward to new eaglets on the nest and watching J and L do some nestorizing.

Bea Griffore

I've had the cam on for a while now and just saw a flyby below the nest. It was so quick I wasn't sure if it was an eagle.

Looks sunny at the nest but I know it's darn cold. Last I checked the temp it was 9° so I don't want to look any more. Dangerously low wind chills out there. Stay in and be warm!
bbl

Cherrycarol

I hope L & J are staying someplace warm tonight. Bitterly cold. -20. Hasn't been it this cold since 1897.

R L ML

An adult put in 2 brief appearances late this afternoon. It was at 3:50 and 4:30 nest time.

Mavis

R L...I missed seeing any eagle today. Glad you reported seeing one. I can't imagine anything surviving in that weather. I know...the eagles and other area birds are well equipped to handle the cold...but it is still hard to imagine being ok in -20º weather. And to think other eagles come "South" to Davenport from Canada for the winter.

Minus 20º....sure glad the locks don't freeze over...I worry about the juvies who are not as experienced as the adults in foraging for food.

Hope everyone can stay warm...

Mavis

8:25 PM EST

In my last post I remarked about the -20º weather and the eagles. THe eagles from Canada, WI, MN, migrate a little South...not because of the cold...but because their food source freezes over. I have read several articles and they should do just fine with the freezing weather. They do use more energy to stay warm, and food becomes more important. The locks and dams along the MS River are life savers for a lot of our feathered friends. Exserts from the article below is from : http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/american-eagle/the-upper-mississippi-river-valley/4203/

While most adult eagles that live in southern states will remain in their nesting area through the year, bald eagles that spend the mating season in colder regions must migrate to survive. In October, juvenile eagles in Canada and the northern reaches of Minnesota and Wisconsin are the first to leave. Even those migrating for the first time find their way by instinct. By mid-November, adult eagles that nest in these colder areas will also start to head south as their nesting lakes begin to freeze.

It’s not the cold itself that poses the greatest danger when winter sets in. These birds are actually quite rugged. Instead, it’s the need for a stable food source that drives the migrations. Living in the cold requires more energy, and thus more food. In winter, an eagle must consume 6 to 11 percent of its body weight each day. Their primary food source is fish, supplemented by ducks, coots, carrion and small mammals. When ice begins to form their access to food is cut off, and eagles move to where the water is still open.

Elsewhere on the river, human intervention has unintentionally created a favorable environment for raptors. At one time, the entire Upper Mississippi flowed freely from its source all the way to where it joins the Ohio River. In the 1930s, however, the US Army Corps of Engineers began constructing what is now a system of 29 locks and dams on the Mississippi. Where surging rapids and waterfalls once prevailed, humans created a navigable transportation route that supports both recreation and commerce. As it turns out, these changes were not only good for cargo barges that carry petroleum, coal, and agricultural goods. They were also good for the eagles. In winter, when bald eagles spend upwards of 90 percent of daylight hours roosting in order to conserve their energy, the fish that have been stunned or killed in the turbulent waters around dams provide an easy meal. Elsewhere, power plants use river water for cooling, then pump the warmed water back into the river. In these places, large groups of eagles can be seen gathering around the open waters, freed from the ice, where they can take advantage of plentiful, and accessible, supplies of gizzard shad and other fish.

Near the end of winter, as early as February, those eagles that have migrated south begin to follow the thaw back to their northern homes. Others, like the nesting pair at the Iowa hatchery in American Eagle, never migrate. They stay within several square miles of their nesting site throughout the year. During the spring and summer, all the eagles in the area become very territorial, protecting the resources that will sustain their young. But at least with the migrating “visitors” gone, the riches of the Upper Mississippi River Valley belong to its year-round residents.

Mavis

8:25 AM EST JAN 3RD

Juvie on the nest...just sitting there all alone and looking around. I see a couple of little birds coming out of the nest hotel and hear a couple of eagles and a crow nearby.

Brrrr...it is cold everywhere this morning.

Bea Griffore

Good morning everyone! 7:25am CT and there is a juvie in the nest. This is the first action I've seen in the nest in days. So cold!!!

Mavis, good info you provided. It's amazing to me too that eagles come to the QCA for the winter. It's all about the food, not the temps. Aren't we lucky the locks don't freeze so we get to see hundreds of eagles if we can brave the cold and go look?

Juvie just flew off.

Cristine

Good morning! The actual temp is up to a very lovely -4 here in the Quad Cities area this morning! I keep saying at least the wind isn't blowing terribly, and at least we didn't get all that snow the Chicago area got over New Years. I am anxious to find out if we broke any old records last night. The wind is going to pick up later this afternoon, and the snow we do have on the ground will start drifting. By Sat. night and into Sunday another snow storm will arrive in the Midwest followed next week by the coldest weather we have had in 20 years! Oh my.
We have been gone for a couple of days. I have been reading the comments trying to catch up with the happenings. Loved reading the article you found, Mavis.
Happy Friday, everyone!

Cristine

2:00 CT Liberty? sitting in the nest for about 10 minutes.

Cristine

3:15 CT Two juvies playfully hovering over the nest. Could it be our Honor and Glory? I would like to think so :) The sun is out and the winds are from the South. Warming up a bit.

Mavis

5:27 PM EST

One adult eagle in nest...had a feeling it was an intruder but could have been L or J. Did not stay long...

Cherrycarol

Looks like Liberty eating in the nest. She was squakking at I think that juvie. It finally flew away.

Sherri S

Hi Everyone: Been a very long time since I've checked on the eagles. Anyway, you guys in that part of the country are experiencing such bad weather, I thought I'd check on the eagles. Hope they are ok.

Coffeechugbooks

Good morning everyone, just wanted to let all of you amazing know that the Eagle Eye to the World Bald Eagle Global project is getting ready to start again. http://eagleeyeproject2.wikispaces.com/Main+Hub+of+Goodies

Always a blast to start joining these threads and learning from all of you.

Judith Hart

Just saw two white heads flying through the trees, Liberty and Justice both landed in the nest. I think they had food in their talons, one took off with it. L or J still in the nest.

Mavis

Judy...I saw that! Did you see the juvie make a couple of fly-bys while L and J were on the nest? The juvie tried to join them at least once but no where to land! That was some amazing action this morning...AND...the nest area is flooded with so many different bird chatters. It is sounds like spring around the nest! What fun this has been this morning.

Mavis

Sherri, both L and J seem to be doing just fine with frequent visits to the nest. This winter, I THINK a couple of their juvies have been visiting the nest....and maybe more. A lot has been going on with Mr. John letting us view between cam 1 and our new cam 2.

In about 5 weeks we should be on countdown for the first egg drop!! Time is flying and we are all getting excited.

Good to see you back Sherri...and...seems like I recognize Coffeechugbooks too.

Cristine

10:50 Welcome back Sherri and Coffee!
Two juvies on screen at the moment..... one in the nest and one on the branch to the right of the camera. A little squawking going on as another eagle does a "fly-by" under the nest. Love the action!

Bea Griffore

Cristine, I saw that too! One juvie in the nest right now and I just saw an adult flying in but it didn't try to land in the nest.

I also see a few snow flakes. Still pretty cold but better than it has been.

Mavis, I didn't think about how soon the eggs will be coming. It WILL be soon, won't it? Hard to think about with all that snow but I remember the snow last year and L being covered with it, standing up and shaking it off. Such amazing creatures!

I'm really seeing lots of birds flying/soaring around right now. Think I'll just sit here and watch a while before my eyes get too heavy to stay open.

R L ML

I missed the early morning action, but enjoyed pictures of that, but have really been enjoying all the actions of the juvies the rest of the time. This camera view is great being able to see them come and go. Thanks again Alcoa for the views.

Bea Griffore

Oh my, it's 4:30 ET and I'm seeing sideways snow at the nest! Looks like the quiet but active time from earlier has come to an end. No eagles is sight and I can barely see the river.

Judith Hart

Bea, You beat me to it SIDEWAYS SNOW.....Doesn't look like much fun there, and the freezing cold temps are heading my way.....-5° Monday night for me. This is a tough winter already.

Judith Hart

Three Eagles in the upper left corner in the trees.

Cherrycarol

The snow is starting to stick now. Almost 4 pm. I had my computer at work & didn't turn it on. Darn! Missed everything this morning.

Judith Hart

I'd better not complain, just saw your low for Sunday night -20° and your HIGH for Monday is -12°

NWS Forecast for: 3 Miles SSE Davenport IA
Issued by: National Weather Service Quad Cities, IA/IL
Last Update: 1:06 pm CST Jan 4, 2014


Wind Chill Warning
Hazardous Weather Outlook


Late Afternoon: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a steady temperature around 26. West wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tonight: Snow likely, mainly before 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 3. Wind chill values as low as -10. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Sunday: A 40 percent chance of snow before 7am. Mostly cloudy and cold, with a temperature falling to around -4 by 5pm. Wind chill values as low as -25. Blustery, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Sunday Night: Areas of blowing snow after 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -20. Wind chill values as low as -45. Blustery.

Monday: Patchy blowing snow and scattered flurries between 7am and 1pm. Mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near -12. Blustery. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around -18.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 3.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around -1.

Wednesday: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 20.

Wednesday Night: A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 15.


Cherrycarol

3 eagles sitting in the tree top left. & Just saw the juvie fly by. The weather. GRRR!! I Hate it!!

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