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February 23, 2014

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Tracy Vigus

So happy that I could watch the nest today and this afternoon. I know she has an egg tonight because of the way she is situated in the nest... (and because of their actions today) wish I watching a bit ago though. Loves them much! Praying all goes well with this amazing and special eagle pair!!

Cristine

8:45 CT She just got up and turned again. Egg very visible :)

Joel C

I was watching 6:28 local time she was postured to lay her egg tail raised wings slightly apart, breathing was quickened and I thought it was pretty clear she was laying down the first egg, fabulous that you got a view of it she turned and immediately settled in to cover and warm. Now to wait on another!

Carolyn Issem

Definitely an egg, saw it and got a photo of it. Yay!!!!

Cristine

9:16 CT Another egg roll!

Jo

Woo Hoo an eggie! I didn't get to see the egg but I did sit here and watch her do that little "hootchie cootchie" thingie she does when she's covering an egg. LOVE IT!

Nasgab

The eagle at Decorah had hers today too. What do you know, birthday buddies.

Mavis

Nasgab...I like the way you said that...birthday buddies...YEAH!!

Coleen Perilloux Landry

I feel sorry for Liberty, noble girl. Her nest is not a soft one because there was no chance to bring in straw. She was truly on deadline to lay her eggs whether she liked it or not. I do hope the weather does not make life more difficult for her.
Coleen Perilloux Landry

PattiO

This is driving me nuts ... what is the music that keeps coming over/through the sound? It sounds like a Mexican radio station.

Mavis

Coleen, most of us feel bad about the lack of straw for their nest. I saw her trying to 'soften' it up, I think yesterday, by scratching and pulling at the bottom. I think many of us thought the straw would cushion her and the egg(s) while providing insulation from the weather. They've made it all this time without our help...so she will be ok. Maybe Justice can find some tomorrow...I hope so anyway.

The weather is back on a decline. It is 17º there now with a low tonight of 6º and wind chill of -5º. Tomorrow they are looking at a predicted high of 21º and a low of 10º with possible snow tomorrow night. The eagles at MN DNR nest are buried in the snow...I mean buried...and they are fine.

Sure been an exciting evening...first Decorah, and now we have our first egg too.

Jo

I'm sharing a video someone gave me of Liberty laying her egg.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHt7iJ_AWSY&feature=youtu.be

Jo

Sorry, I meant to give the screen name of the person who gave me the video. I know her as priscillash although there's a different name on the video

Annette Kryske

9:48pm PST. I keep checking on Liberty. She is sleeping rather soundly , not to much action after her egg was laid. I was actually pushing with her when she finally laid her egg. It brought back memories of my own experiences with my three children.All slipped out nice and small. The oldest is 64, then 61,the 2 boys and 54, Nanette.Time to go to sleep. SED, you all.

Cristine

Whoa! I couldn't sleep, so just checked the nest. Liberty is gone, and that egg is just laying there in the open. Where would she go? How long has she been gone? Anybody see her leave?

Cristine

Whew! She's back in the nest.

beamg

Good morning fellow Eagleholics!
What a day yesterday was with intruders, a young female looking like she was trying to take over and then ending with "We have an egg!" Whew!

Cristine, I hope you got some sleep last night. I slept really good for the first time in days - must have been because I knew you and others were on guard.

I can't wait for daylight to get a really good look.

Bea Griffore

6:55am ET Liberty is calling. Maybe it's time for Justice to take over for a while so she can take a little break. The view is getting clearer so it's easier to see. Daylight is coming finally! She looks pretty wide awake and alert.

Maybe the radio station will play a special song today in honor of our first egg? That would be nice.

Bea Griffore

Liberty did some more calling, got up and flew off. Seconds later Justice was there and is settling in on the egg.

Anyone else up yet?

John L.

Present!

Bea Griffore

Good morning John!

Carolyn

Here is my earliest glimpse of the egg this morning. I didn't have any footage yesterday that I could see clearly enough to tell whether there was an egg or not! this was the best I could do with the low light this am. I have an eye exam at optometrist this morning but will be back later today. To get more footage I hope!

Liberty & Justice Have First Egg of 2014! 5:52 am _2.24.14_
http://youtu.be/l3Stfuaf5no

Bea Griffore

Good morning Carolyn! You were on the job early and so glad you taped what I was watching. Good luck with your eye exam - need great eyes for watching. Thanks for the video!

Bea Griffore

All the birds are singing and a woodpecker is doing the rat-a-tat-tat. Oh happy day!

~Sher~

How Wonderful :)

I check in on 5 nests...3 have eggs..1 has a newborn eaglet and the other cam is being repaired and hopefully when it's up and running again there will be an egg there..

And at the end of March it's "Osprey" nest time as well..

Exciting Times :)

Judith Hart

Liberty just brought in some hay.

J

It is soo cool to see the eggs and her turning it!!

Why do we hear music on the cams?? That is kinda annoying?

I LOVE hearing the eagles though

Bea Griffore

So relieved to see hay/grass/straw come in!

Mavis

8:49 AM EST

Good morning everyone...been busy checking on several cams...like Sher said...so many are busy now. EVERY single nest that I checked on last night and this morning...six of them besides ours....have plenty of straw...overflowing straw. Was watching Berry mom pull the straw up around her to keep her precious egg and baby warm from wind drafts. It looks cozy, cushiony (new word?), and comfortable. I need to correct myself...I cannot say that about MN DNR...that nest is so full of snow that I can't tell for sure but I think it has plenty of straw. Anyway, I'm so glad Liberty finally found some. If you remember, MN DNR was the nest that the pair nested for a couple of months on non viable eggs...it was so sad to see then try so hard and long to hatch the eggs that were not to be. MN DNR now have two eggs (first one laid 2-14) and it is possible a 3rd egg could pop up. Hope this nest enjoys a good year...those parents deserve it.

I was watching this morning, and posted on OT a picture I took at 7:04 of our egg when L and J changed places. Justice did most of the nesting duties last year, I wonder how it will play out this year. Since very little is 'normal' this year...this may be more like watching a new box office hit instead of a rerun. I'm excited about this new season..

Cristine

Good morning! And all of Alcoaland is rejoicing!

Short night. Was anybody else up in the middle of the night, and saw that egg laying there all by itself? Wish I could have got a screenshot of it. I was so surprised that Liberty was not in the nest. She was gone at least 15 minutes, while I was watching anyway. Maybe she was close-by, on a branch that we just couldn't see in the dark.
I am hearing a Robin in the background! First time this year! Glad to hear some fresh straw has been brought in already.
Getting on the road to St. Louis shortly, so will miss a lot of the action today. Snow tonight, they are saying. I will check in when I can.
Have a great day Eagle-Lovers!

Annette Kryske

6:56 AM PST. L or J was in the nest when I came on, and then I went to my comment page, and now she is gone and the egg's there by it self...... Now one of them is back and is on the egg. It squawked, and seems to be looking around. Looks like a windy day to me. Oh boy, It must be too cold to leave the nest. Whoever was on there, must have needed to go potty. I will return later. Happy Monday to all in Alcoa Land.

Stephanie

How egg-citing! So happy to see things moving along. I wish, though, that the nest had a better bowl, and more bedding. I'm sure they know what they're doing, though. I hope she lays another egg! It was so sweet last year watching the two eaglets interact, and they seemed so close.
I guess I have to rearrange my daily schedule to check in constantly.

Judith Hart

Just saw the egg sitting there, all alone, with a feather stuck on it. I wonder why it didn't blow off, could there be moisture in the bowl?
When I brush my dogs, I put the hair in a basket outside for the birds to build their nests, I do the same with my horses. When I peek in all the nests, they're full of it.
I'm thinking of sending some out to Mr. John for the eagles. Any specific color? The Great Pyrenees hair is pure white, we couldn't miss it in the nest.

Mavis

Judy, your Great Pyrenees....when you brush Ben...he has enough hair to overflow 3 or 4 nests!! Mr. Johns could put some out and save the rest for next year! White is perfect...we can see better at night if it is white! Start brushing...you can have it "next day delivered", and it can be in the nest by tomorrow...hurry!

Patricia Kruchten

Just got on and see we have an egg. I'm so looking forward to this years babies. Where is the music coming from? Won't this bother the parents if they can hear it?

Darlene Nichols

morning all......just got the tiniest glimpse of the egg when L and J switched duties. I guess that should teach us; there is eagle time and there is people time and don't try to force one on the other. It is a shame that she doesn't have some soft plant stems to cushion and warm her and the egg. If she were here she could have all the tops of the landscape grasses...........would that ever soften the nest !!!!........maybe its time for you to make a trip home, Bea,.......just a few days so that you could throw some straw over the fence. NOBODY ELSE SEEMS WILLING

Cheryl

Judith, you have a Pyrenees. I love them. I have a chi mix who is a rescue and darn near perfect, but I would love a Pyrenees.

For those that are concerned about the egg being left uncovered, I can assure you at least one parent is in very close proximity. They leave them uncovered to be cooler as it slows the growth process and causes the eggs to hatch closer together time-wise. This keeps the eaglets closer in size and gives them a better chance for survival against an older sibling. Mom and Dad know what they're doing.

I missed the actual egg laying night, I hope I'm here for the next. Congrats to L and J.

Judith Hart

I just saw L or J breaking off small chunks from the sticks in the nest, dropping them in the bowl. They're trying hard to line the nest bowl. I feel so sorry for them.

Judith Hart

I wonder if there's a feed store nearby that would deliver a few bales of hay or straw to Alcoa. All they have to do is take it near the nest, remove the strings and let it scatter about.

Bea Griffore

Darlene, I have made sacrifices in my life but I'm pretty sure by the time I make it there L & J would have already found what they need. :) Nice idea though. I just had a thought....Cristine said she is headed to St Louis today. Maybe The Farmer went with her so it would be an excellent time for L or J to sneak onto the farm and take what they need! One at a time of course. Somebody needs to stay at the nest. The Farmer wouldn't even miss that little bit!

Actually, Judith's horse hair idea sounds good too. Send it in by drone! Amazon is working on that kind of delivery.

THE MUSIC....It has been established that it's bleeding in from a local radio station. Mr. John has said they will address that issue at the end of this season when it's allowed to once again get close to the cams if that's where it needs to be fixed. And - pretty sure the eagles can't hear it. It's not like it's piped in to the nest, it's in the transmission.

Getting windier at the nest. So far I haven't seen any type of intruder trouble today. Another sign that the migration back to the north is well under way giving our year round eagle residents a break from defending the nest.

Well, time for a chore or two so I'm ready to sit for the 2nd egg when it's time. I'm thinking Wed. Anybody else have a guess?

Judith Hart

It's hard to guard the egg and chase off intruders at the same time.
Is that Justice on the egg? Has his hands full.

Roger S

Back again with a problem that needs you folks ideas for a cure. I can watch "Nest View" without any problems. But each time I try to view "Tree Top View" I keep getting the message "Can't view this video". Still using my Nexus 7 with the newest Android operating system. Can't recall the nickname for certain but remember "Jelly Bean" If that isn't the newest nickname then it is whatever nickname that came next. So any ideas. Using Firefox as the Browser, but figure if all works OK for Nest View why not Tree Top View. Thanks!

Roger S

Correction....message is "Can't play this video" not "Can't view this video" I doubt this makes Amy difference but want to be accurate in the off chance it does make a difference.

Coffeechugbooks

I have added a new map to our education project. I think it would be awesome to have showing where all eagle watchers are located. If you can please add your location so students can see how far reaching this camera has become. http://eagleeyeproject2.wikispaces.com/Eagle+Watchers

Mavis

Coffeechug...that was fun! Hope everyone does it...

Roger, the only suggestion I have...make sure you close one video before you try to open the other. Both should work without problem.

Judy...you rock! Darlene...send Judy another margarita..she is ordering hay.

Cristine, JoAnn watching the nest the same time you were during the night, when the nest was left uncovered for a few minutes....she was worried too, and stayed up until L or J returned. She said she forgot about the cooling periods that Cheryl explained so well.

Second egg...tomorrow or Wednesday. I'm guessing hatch day for April 1st (37 days...not 35). That seems like a long time...but I'll be waiting!!

Judith Hart

Mr. Johns....Be ready! A bale of straw is being delivered to Alcoa.
From the Alcoa Eagle Watchers
YOUR DEVOTED FANS

Helen Amsbury

Posting from Spokane Washington

Glad to hear about some hay being delivered. Hope it helps.

Anne Armstrong

How long before we can expect the egg(s) to hatch?

Mavis

Anne, I just posted two posts up...I predict 37 days...but the incubation time for eagles is 35 days. I am guessing 37 because I look for Justice and Liberty to slow down the incubation time a little with 'cooling' until the eggs are all laid. March 30th will be 35 days.

Judith Hart

I just noticed that big limb in the nest, behind Liberty. It wasn't there this morning, did they carry it in or did it drop in? What a bonk that could have been!

Bea Griffore

Wow, I go do some things and come back to find out a bale of straw is on the way, a big limb drops in, get to put on the map where I watch from and maybe Justice had to defend the nest!

I'm going to wait with my guess for the 1st hatch until we have another egg or two. I'm thinking 2 this year.

Who is that on the nest? I just can't tell for sure but he/she may want to be relieved for a bit. Calling out but nobody coming. And now it flies off while calling out. Help has arrived! I think this is Justice so I guess L wanted to leave for a while.

Judith Hart

Surprise, I think it's Liberty...thought I saw the tail spot.

Bea Griffore

Judith, thanks for the correction. I was going by what I thought was a slicker head. I'm going to have to watch closer!

Tracy Vigus

I love the map link that coffeechug refers to above! So cool.
Also for any NEW visitors to the eagle viewing world, (or as a refresher course) I would like to submit the following sight that's full of eagle info. (how long till hatch... what do they eat etc)

http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/eagle/eagle4.html

Judith Hart

Bea, I thought it was Liberty on before they switched.

amberdawn

I'm so happy about the hay. My students were thrilled today about getting to see the Berry baby.

Bea Griffore

Tracy Vigus, good link to pass on and thanks for doing that. I've gone to that over the years for answers and found it so helpful.

The map from coffeechug is neat too. The students should love it!

Joyce

Hi from DRY California. Will we be seeing a "hay ride"? Are you guys kidddng me? Loved the "hatch" video posted. She popped that "egger" out with only a wince or two. Waiting for # 2 or # 3.

Cherrycarol

SoHappy!1 When I was at the airport last night she was on the nest!! At least the sun is going to be out this week at home. So that will be much nicer for them!!

Cherrycarol

Now that I'm 4 hours behind you, I see her sleeping with her head tucked under her wing.

Bea Griffore

Carol ALOHA! Do you love it? So exciting we have an egg!

Judith Hart

Liberty sitting on the nest, the wind is blowing her wings straight up, reminds me of a kite.

Mavis

Judy...I keep my sound down due to the "other" noise...but the nest is not moving around so I don't think the wind is causing her to put her wings up like that. I think she has them up like that on purpose and I can't figure out why. She is not hot...it is 18º there right now...suppose to snow tonight...and temps will drop to 10º. Does anyone know why she would sleep like this? It is unusual for her.

Bea Griffore

It does look strange and the wind is not that strong. Her tail is not moving but her back feathers above the tail are blowing a little.

Judith Hart

Maybe due to her position in the bowl, the sides are pushing her wings or elbows up into the air. Looks windy though, you can see her wing tips blowing.

beamg

Good morning - or is it? Tuned in just before 6 ET to see snow at the nest! Liberty is sleeping, head tucked under wing like it doesn't even bother her.

John L.

Enough already with the Polar Vortex Canada! You can stop with the reminders that ya won both hockey gold medals!

amberdawn

Touche, John! lol

rodj

This was in our local paper this morning. I find it interesting that Bob placed some dry grass and straw near the Decorah nest.


http://thegazette.com/2014/02/24/frigid-winter-threatens-decorah-eagle-eggs-2/

Mavis

Rodj....love that article...thank you!!

Mavis

STRAW!!! STRAW!!!

Judith Hart

Well I'll be darned, look what just landed in the nest....STRAW....STRAW STRAW

Mavis

Judy...next time...don't wait so long...bonk!!

Thank you, Mr. John...we know you are the secret Santa...

STRAW!!

Judith Hart

It just dropped out of the heavens!

J

I SAW STRAW IN THE NEST THIS MORNING! Liberty was just enjoying that!!!

Whoever dropped it off, thank you, it was good to see that in the nest this morning!

Bea Griffore

Thank goodness they found straw! It looks so much better now than before daylight today with the snow. Yea!

rodj, Thank you for the article link. Good to know that a little help with nesting material can and is done!

Mavis

OMG! Do you see little mama tucking in STRAW instead of sticks around her? Who would have thought that such a simple thing in life could bring such joy! I was feeling so down about our nest...went to bed last night wishing for straw. Can't believe they have it now. I need to get a life!

Judy, did I bonk you? If I didn't...let me do it again....you should have done this weeks ago...thank you!! You too, Mr. John!

Bea Griffore

9:30am More straw just came in! Looking good and it's a relief. :)

Cheryl

What a wonderful thing to do for our eagles. Thank you Judith and whoever else may have helped. Liberty looks just so cozy now.

Mavis

9:45 AM EST

I predicted 2 eggs for this season. A couple of the reasons were persistent visitors and the lack of straw. Now that I see little mama happy with her nest...I'm leaning toward 3 eggs now. Still sticking with 2 eggs...it has been a stressful winter and nesting. Sure glad things are looking better now.

rodj

This was on the local news. They've never said anything about Alcoa till this year.

http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/First-Egg-of-Season-Visible-on-Alcoa-Eaglecam-247040211.html

Judith Hart

I think Liberty held off as long as she could, unable to find nesting materials. Days before, that nest was full of sloshing water from the melting snow. She finally dropped the egg in that hard cold nest. It looked like a shooter marble rolling around in there.

I'm going for three eggs this year.

The straw is a group effort from all the Alcoa Eagle Watchers and Alcoa.

John L.

Mana from Heaven aka Southern States CoOp!

Mavis

Is is me? Is the music gone?? Is the wind over powering the music? I don't hear it!!!

Wonder how many other birds and eagles have found straw!! We might start seeing it poking out of the hotel nests!!

A good day it is today!! May even get our second egg!

Cheryl

The music is still loud and clear here, unfortunately.

Coleen Perilloux Landry

I am so sorry that my post from late last night was deleted.
Wonderful to see a little more comfort for Liberty with the additional straw. She's sitting up there in the middle of the world like a queen.

Mavis

Oophs...wishful thinking. I guess the wind is drowning it out for me...I will just keep it turned down. So happy about the straw...I may even start singing is Spanish...but I only know one phase...Como esta ustad...and don't think I spelled that right, either!

More straw! I wonder how many other eagles have found it too?!

Cheryl

Did you see that switchover? More straw put down in the nest, Justice got a kiss and off she went. She is a happy eagle today.

Anne Armstrong

awwwwwwww look at all that nice straw! Thanks so much for that!

amberdawn

It gives me warm fuzzies to see the straw in the nest, too. I am sure L and J are very thankful.

I loved the map showing where people have viewed the cam!

C

Ok crazy question!!! How can you all tell the difference whether or not it is Justice or Liberty? I Can not tell them apart one way or another?!

Are you all so obsessed you can tell the difference? LOLOL (in a lovingly joking way)
I am obsessed myself, but I can not honestly tell the difference between the birds..
I had always thought females never had white heads and were different colored..
I do not know a lot about them at all..

Way to go for the straw but that music is just grating and annoying! I had to mute that..

have a blessed day and its great to know that others are watching just the same

fran peveler

Pardon my ignorance, I am a city girl. How did the straw get into the nest??? Did L and J get it from the straw delivery and place it there? It's a wonder and thank goodness the nest looks nice and cozy now. Fran

R L ML

C, I can identify with you. Until the eagles made their come back on the Des Moines River I thought that the females did not have the white heads. I also cannot tell Liberty from Justice. I just know for sure that I was watching Liberty Sunday evening when the egg was laid. Liberty does have a black spot on the white feathers on her tail, but that is usually covered by the wing feathers. Last night when she had her wings spread out it was very visible. fran. Yes L and J brought the straw from wherever the delivery was made somewhere below the nest.

Bea Griffore

Judith - KUDOS! And I'll take Mavis's bonk from her to you. You know, I heard truck back-up beeps way earlier and I just bet that was the delivery! This is all just awesome and you included all the Alcoa fans!!!

rodj - Thanks for your latest link too. Alcoa is on the map and it's so great.


c - I can only tell Liberty by the black spot on her tail when it's exposes just right. Justice has a sleeker shaped head but even then I can call it wrong and have many times. The female eagle is bigger than the male but there too I almost always need to see them side by side. And, yes, we are fanatics on here. LOL So glad you're watching and posting.

I swear L (?) looks happy and content. OH MY more STRAW! They are going to be the warmest eagles around! Oh Happy Day! I just can't get a good enough look to see who is sitting now.

Anne Armstrong

Just watched the "changing of the guard" Sooooo precious!

Bea Griffore

I keep looking on the TTV and scanning the ground to see just where that straw was dropped off. Can't spot it!

Judith do you see it?

I am grinning from ear to ear!!!

Darlene Nichols

Good morning all.....ISN'T THE NEST BEAUTIFUL ?.....I want to go and snuggle up in it with Lib (or Justice) whichever one is there. It certainly didn't take them long to find it and bring it in.....now things are looking the way they should !!!Way to go, gals !

Darlene Nichols

Thanks also to Mr. John for his/ Alcoa's cooperation........there are certainly going to be a lot more birds benefitting from this gift of love.....and to add another uplifting note, the goldfinches at my feeders are beginning to turn gold !.......maybe spring really is on its way

Cherrycarol

WOW!! STAW!! It's heaven. The nest looks so nice & cozy now! Wondering minds want to know where it came from. So happy for them. Eagle flying over Liberty & she's squaking. Speaking of the lovely roaster was at 5:13 this morning & still going. UGG!! I see about 6 out here. Got rain last night & cool 60's. No heat or air here. Going exploring today.

C

Thank you so much for the differences!
I just love eagles and have been taking pictures at the lock and dam..

Isn't it great being fanatics?

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