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March 26, 2014

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Coleen Perilloux Landry

So good to see the Canadian geese that we hear honking all the time.
Thanks for the new thread.

Cherrycarol

I was just down by the river & saw 1 loan pelican. That seemed weird. Darn wind go away! Other wise it's nice out. Didn't see the deer. Lots of geese on the IL. side & herons flying around there nests. Carol

Valerie

I watch for L & J to start bringing food to the nest. That's a good sign that the little one will arrive very soon. Poor thing won't have any siblings this year, so it will be pretty lonely in the nest, but I'm sure L & J will keep a good eye on it. Getting anxious to meet the little one.

Coleen Perilloux Landry

I have not been able to get the camera to work for several tries.

Judith Hart

I noticed the Blackbirds or Starlings made their nightly stop and filled the trees again. They're gone now. Blew away!
Looks like the winds are going to continue through Thursday.

The nest looks like it's filled with straw, preparing for the big day.

Judith Hart

Taking a closer look at the pictures Mr. John posted, I do believe I see some little red buds starting to pop out on the nest tree. Is that the fattest Canada Goose ever?

Coleen Perilloux Landry

The wind is really shaking the nest. I think I see Justice on a branch in the background. I have been known to spot the white head of an eagle for 1/2 mile away.
The egg was laid on my birthday so we should be about 5 days away from hatching. Please calmn down wind.

Judith Hart

If it's the first egg that hatches, it was laid on my birthday also. If it's the second egg laid, it was laid on Mavis' Birthday. Pisces!

Mavis

Coleen....wasn't the second egg laid on your BD? Seems like I remember that.

Just got home from work...was happy to see eaglet #2 hatched out at MN DNR. Makes me all the more excited for our egg to hatch. I'm looking for Apr 1st for egg #1 or Apr 5th for egg #2....don't know which one of the two eggs survived.

I'm like Judy...I'm ready for the nest walls to be built up a bit more. I can see some powerful cardio workouts coming if they are left like they are. That IA wind is might fierce for a little ball of fluff. Heck...I've watched the wind upend L and J a couple of times.

Time to wind down for a peaceful night....

Roger

Mr.John or anyone else who might know, is the small white cylinder looking thingy just below the power supply box (for the camera) is it the microphone? This is in the picture that was just posted along with other views of things around the nest site. The item I'm asking about is also visible in the TTV but not as clearly or close as in the posted picture.

Mavis

8:24 AM EDT MAR 27TH

Nice way to wake up...air is cool out this moring, the birds are chatting away around the nest....and I believe Justice has nest duty right now. This wind is always blowing. I bet head scarfs are a big seller up there.

Good morning everyone..

Cheryl

LOL... Mavis I haven't seen a head scarf in years. We must just accept that wind blown look looks good on all of us.

Peaceful time at the nest, we will be on hatch duty soon!

Cristine

Head scarves! Now there's a topic. I haven't worn one of those since the 60's. Maybe they will come back into style, and we will all be wearing them again. Everything else is popular that I wore when I was younger. I tell you, my eyes were really opened yesterday when I went clothes shopping with the grand-daughters! Remember those denim cut-off fringed shorts from the 70's? The ones with the higher waists? Back in style. Don't think I'll be wearing them again, however:)

Dreary, rainy day at the nest. But it's supposed to be warmer. 54 degrees. Getting anxious for our own little one, as I watch the DNR nest. Just saw the changing of the guard there. Still can't believe the pile-up of food they have. Catfish, Pigeons, and who knows what else! Is that 3rd. egg due to hatch today? Can't remember how many days apart they were laid.

Will check in later.

amberdawn

Yea, new thread! Thank you, thank you! I checked on the DNR eagle. She looks quite cold. Can't wait to get a glimpse of the second baby. That first one is so darned cute.

R L ML

Guess I'm old enough that I don't care about fashion, but I wear a head scarf often when I'm not wearing a jacket with a hood. Need to keep the cold and wind out of my ears. Wind very very strong here yesterday and last night in NW Iowa and drizzly here this morning with possible snow later in the day. That should be moving east later in the day. Worst of this may stay north of the nest.

Joyce

I have many, many scarves. My Mom was a fashionista, who passed on her scarves.They are so useful for accessories. We Harley folks still don scarves because of the helmet head look. We finally got rain and snow here in the Sierras. Not enough to help with the drought. I love to hear how the Iowa folks are dealing with Mother Nature. I love Solo for our birdie-to-be. Joyce in Pinecrest.

Judith Hart

Joyce, I like the name Solo, and I noticed Adele Cox over in the tweets picked that name also along with Skywalker.

I don't wear scarves but my dogs do.

Will that wind ever just blow itself out.....just saw gusts 35MPH

Here's a little weather report for the Quad Cities.

This Afternoon Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 52. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight Rain and thunderstorms before 1am, then a slight chance of rain between 1am and 4am. Low around 30. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 20 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. North wind 5 to 15 mph.

Friday Night A slight chance of rain and snow after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.

Mavis

Who was it that could wear a scarf and look like a million...was it Lana Turner or maybe I'm recalling visions of Liz Taylor? Eveyone wore them...with bobbypins on the side to keep them in place! White and black oxfords and the penny loafers! Scarfs were cheap back then...now they cost a fortune. I always have the wind blown look...even when there is no wind so I should fit right in when I go up there.

When you look at the TTV...L looks like she is sitting uphill and would slide down if she wasn't anchored down. That nest could really use some nestorations...JMO. What do I know? I could never build a nest as good as they do, so I don't need to be the back seat driver on this.

Joyce

Jackie O with big sun glasses! Class of '55 wearing a scarf tied around my neck was my jewelry. I still have my Spaulding brown & white saddles and I still use my scarves as jewelry. Waiting in California for Baby Eagle. It must be a female to be so strong.

Cristine

Oh yes... Liz, Lana and Audrey Hepburn, maybe? It seems like those actresses were always driving some hot little convertibles, too. Oh, and those bobby pins.....

Been watching the radar. Looks like the next round of rain is just heading into eastern Iowa. I know it's not that cold out, but I've had to crank up the heat in the house because of that darn wind. My feet are freezing.

Just saw Liberty turn the egg and do a little digging out the bottom of the nest.

Judith Hart

What the heck is a bobby pin?
Just joking...I remember trying to put them in your hair when the rubber tip came off, you end up poking a bloody hole in your head.

Cherrycarol

Looks like Justice in the nest now bobbing around. Storms on the way. Hope they aren't to bad. My customers in there 80's still wear head scarfs after I do there hair. I bet they don't sell them any where. Carol

Judith Hart

The two MNDNR parents are both sitting in the nest, almost on top of each other, protecting their new hatchlings from the rain and snow. Just amazing to see!
http://www.webcams.dnr.state.mn.us/eagle/

Coleen Perilloux Landry

Grace Kelly looked great in a headscarf in that convertible with Cary Grant or was that Deborah Kerr?.
I get seasick looking at the nest swaying in the wind. I do not think I have an address for these new hatchlings every is talking about. Can someone give it to me?

Judith Hart

Coleen, It's just above your post.
http://www.webcams.dnr.state.mn.us/eagle/

Judith Hart

"THE BIRDS" have arrived again just in time to antagonize our eagle.

Coleen Perilloux Landry

I went to photograph my eagles today and great sadness set in. The nest was empty, the babies have flown.

Coleen Perilloux Landry

Liberty is very much fluffed up on her nest. Reminds me of myself in the days before I had my babies. It is going to be a long night in that wind and her talons will hold her on the nest.

Mavis

10:05 PM EDT

Just checked and that wind has not let up all day long!! I think the wind battering at me like that without a break would drive me crazy!

I saw something today I have not seen before. Of all the storms I (we) have watched the eagles go through at this and other nests...one parent would act like an umbrella. The babies would be sheltered...kept wam and dry by a very protective parent. Today, the weather at the MN DNR nest was just awful...rain/snow/sleet....it did not stop. I watched for a long time while BOTH parents worked in unison to protect the babies. One parent covered them while the other parent draped himself over her back to provide shelter and protection for all of them. I cannot describe what the pictures show...I was so stunned and warmed by what I saw. It was amazing. There is a confirmed pip in the third and final egg. I look for a hatch tomorrow. I still think these may be new parents as they still need to fine tune their feeding style. If I am right...they are starting off with 3 eaglets...a challenge for even experienced parents...so they will learn fast!! They taught me one thing today...they dang sure have good instincts! I love the way they both protected their precious babies!

I didn't mean to carry on so much about the DNR...but we are kind of killing time until hatch time for our Alcoa nest.

Coleen...Deborah Kerr, YES! I think she is the one I really had in mind. And Grace Kelly and Sophia Lorran (sp) could make an old sock on the head look great!!

Goodnight everyone

Coleen Perilloux Landry

Liberty looks very sad at the moment. I hope all is well. I will check during the night (we are expecting severe weather so I will probably be up).

Mavis

Coleen, I just checked and she is sleeping now. She is probably worn out from all that darn wind. I know I would be. Of course, I'm not an eagle...but it has to get to them after a while. Hope you are ok with your weather tonight.

I live way out in the country and a few minutes ago, a heavy plane flew over the house real low! Scared me...that just doesn't happen. Thought it was about to crash but, no...everything must be ok. Couldn't go to bed after that adrenaline rush...so was checking in one more time.

Joyce...Jackie O and her sunglasses and scarves! Yes...she knew how to wear both with such style. Do you remember the plastic snap beads we wore (necklaces)? The crinolines? Safety pins? We never went anywhere without at least two safety pins in our purse....now you can't even find them! Oh yeah...the ink pens...and the ink cartridges that we tried to fill ourselves! What a mess! I don't know how I got on all of this...and I really don't drink.

I hate to say goodnight a second time..it frustrates one poster when I do that...but I'm going to do it anyway...goodnight (again)

R L ML

Mavis, with this new display of posts it doesn't bother me at all. It was when I had to click nest and maybe wait a few minutes for it to come up and all it said was good night that it bothered me. Say it all you want now.

Coleen Perilloux Landry

Good to see Liberty alert this morning. The wind appears to be less.
We have been in storms for most of the night and the lightning and rain at the moment is horrendous. And, we'll have it tonight as well. The live oak trees are shedding their old leaves and putting on the new simultaneously, so my rain gutters on the house are full of leaves and the gutters are overflowing. Springtime in southeast Louisiana! Wisteria in full bloom is being beaten to death One good thing, my car is being washed in the deluge after its trip to the swamp yesterday to see the eagles. Anhingas are in their courting/mating feathers and colors and I got some great shots of them, posted on my web site at www.pbase.com/septembermorn. I am thinking the Davenport egg will hatch on April 7. which is a Monday. What say, all you eagle watchers out there--do you have a date?

R L ML

Everybody must be sleeping in this morning. Mavis guess you really meant that last goodnight. Coleen, I think April 7 is a bit late for the hatch. We don't know which egg was broken, but the 1st laid should hatch early the week of March 30 and the 2nd one around April 4 or 5.

amberdawn

Good morning, all!

Coleen Perilloux Landry

Just saw her turning the egg and it looks fine. She was making a deeper hole for it.

Judith Hart

My guess is....If it's the...
First laid egg will pip Tuesday April 1st, hatch Wednesday April 2nd.
OR
Second laid egg will pip Friday April 4th, hatch Saturday April 5th.

Mavis

Coleen, I'm with Judy on the hatch dates, although, I think she copied my dates! Just joking, Judy...don't bonk me!

Amberdawn, good morning to you!

R L ML, are you sure I would post and just say "goodnight"? I never had anything else to say? Just "goodnight"? You should have bonked me a long time ago! That was a bad "bad".

Got to start my meatloaf...just wanted to say good morning to everyone. Guess it is afternoon now.

Judith Hart

The wind has stopped, everything is nice and quiet except for the sounds of nature.

Cherrycarol

Take a note NO WIND!! Looks like Justice on the nest, He got up & just looked at the egg for awhile then sat back down. Can't wait! I'm not guessing. I'm not good at that. I'll be watching for sure.

Judith Hart

Wonder where the Blackbirds are tonight? They'll liven things up! Soooo quiet, I feel like I should whisper.

Cristine

I'll bet we still see those blackbirds before nightfall. I saw them again last night. Hundreds if not thousands, don't you think? You are right, things will get noisy if they show up! By the way, Judy, you cracked me up yesterday with your comment about the bobby pins :)

Joyce

Don't forget Spoolies. Rubber pink ones. And trying to sleep on the velcro rollers was a really big headache.
We had two days of sun and expecting rain and snow this weekend , which will keep me close to the nest cam.
Mavis, what's with starting your meat loaf so early? I guess you're an early bird diner. Love meat loaf. What time is dinner? Off for my Martini. Joyce in Pinecrest.

Judith Hart

Just what I need Joyce, thanks for the Martini idea, with two gargonzola stuffed olives.
I think I hear the Blackbirds coming!

Cherrycarol

HERE THEY ARE.

Judith Hart

I think they're multiplying, I counted at least a million.

Cristine

Well, shoot. I missed them tonight :(

Denny

Just saw mom or dad feeding 2 babies at MN DNR I wonder if the third egg will hatch

Judith Hart

I think the birds we're seeing at dusk might be Starlings. Has anyone seen them flying forming spectacular patterns in the sky? I believe they're called Starling Murmurations.

Coleen Perilloux Landry

I think they are Starlings. At a certain time of the year we have them in southeast Louisiana. Every evening thousands of them fly over my house to sleep in the trees along the banks of the Mississippi which is 300 yards from my house.

Cherrycarol

GM the birds r singing like crazy!1 & geese too. Going to be a nice one today. HAGD EVERYONE.

Bea Griffore

Good morning everyone!
Looks good at the nest this morning with a little breeze and the birds are singing.

Wow, have I missed a lot! Once again I've enjoyed catching up on all the posts. I remember all those head scarves, bobby pins, snap beads, velcro rollers etc. My mom would do my hair at night with bobby pins making pin curls. And the years later I would do my own hair with those HUGE pink plastic rollers that I'm sure I can now blame my neck problems on. Nobody mentioned rain bonnets, at least not that I remember reading. Good grief, had to hold onto the front so it didn't blow off!

I saw ? do an egg roll and the egg looks just fine. I'm not going to make any guesses on a hatch date either. I'm just predicting it will hatch just fine and we'll have our own little fuzzball to watch very soon. I had a date picked but with not knowing which egg we are left with it's just too hard. All of you who made guesses based on "if this is egg one" or "if this is egg two" I just don't know how you remember all the "ifs" in there! LOL! I'm sure you have your notes - what would we do without notes these days?!?!?! Love those notes but I have too many lists theses days and can't even keep track of those.

I need to get going but will be checking in off and on. Not long to wait now and so looking forward to the fun of a hatch...

Oma K

Snap beads, or pop beads as we used to call them back in the day… I kept wishing that I could find them for my Kindergarten aged G-Babe as they're so safe; you can't strangle on a necklace made of pop breads.. Long story short, JoAnn's Fabrics has them in many colors! Great fillers for some of the Easter eggs this year…

Cool and overcast here this morning and I'm guessing similar weather across state at the nest… Not a good day to be sitting around outside; poor L & J!

Rachel Gaines

I'm hearing the birds' singing as I watch Liberty turn the egg and now she's gathering a lot of straw all around her as she sits on the nest.
Could this be the day, maybe?
Have a good one, Liberty.

Judith Hart

Liberty and Justice working on placing sticks this morning. They're having a problem moving that really long one they brought in about a week ago. One end is now pointing at 10:00 the other end under the right side of the Alcoa branch.

Judith Hart

Looking at the TTV that stick looks more like a pole, about 9 feet long. It had to be quite a feat flying through the woods carrying that, like walking through a small doorway with your elbows sticking out.

We've had heavy fog in the NC mountains yesterday and today, along with rain. Looks like it's what went through where Coleen is.
Now they're calling for winds of 40 MPH gusts up to 60....plus snow....plus my power went out...running on generator, just love burning up my propane. What fun! Always on a weekend.

I see where Annette lives there was a 5.5 magnitude earthquake...Hope all is well with her.

Doubt we'll be hearing from Mavis, her internet and phones are out. Looks like she's having bad storms in FL.

John L.

That "log" is a pain in the tail feathers!

Cristine

Hahaha John L.! That's about right! Just a little bit ago, I saw Justice move that big stick from one side of the nest to the other without getting off the egg, just using his wing and his beak. It still looks like it needs a lot of adjustment :)

Hearing a lot of bird sounds at the nest this morning. A blue-jay among others, and always those crazy geese. The sun is supposed to come out eventually with a high of 53, and tomorrow 64 degrees and sunny!

John L.

Same antics I saw Cristine.

John L.

Has anyone seen the Juvies or sub-adults around the nest lately? Things seem to be very calm and stress free at the moment. If they have in fact moved on, is there an explanation as to why?

John L.

Something is terribly wrong close by. Lots of emergency vehicles coming in. Anyone have a monitor?

Cristine

Just saw two juvies fly by in the trees behind the nest. They were going "full speed" and L or J called out a greeting as they flew by. First time I've seen "hide nor hair" of any of them for quite a while.

Bea Griffore

Oma K - thanks for the JoAnn's Fabric pop bead tip! Great idea for my 3 year old g-daughter!

I missed seeing that huge stick being moved and don't hear sirens at the moment. Maybe the evening news will have info on what was going on. Or Cherrycarol might know. She's very close by.

John L - my guess about the juvies and sub-adults is that they have gone north. Although some may remain in the area I'm thinking they got the message that they are not welcome. Of course, that doesn't mean they won't come around again but for now the massage seems to be sticking in their memory.

I'd still like to tell L & J the left side of the nest needs a wall! In fact I'd like to see the whole nest have walls since to me it only looks like 1 portion has the start of a rail, not a wall.

Gotta run. bbl

Mavis

12:04 PM EDT Mar 29th

FINALLY! I'm back up! Man, when then internet and phones go down, it is like the dark ages!

John L. why don't your click on the Typepad just above the comment box and register/sign in with Typepad? Then you won't have to put in the codes and you can set your display name to John L. OR...sign in with your FB account, and your display name will be your FB name. Either way...you do away with those awful codes.

Whatever you heard in the way of sirens are not disturbing anyone at the nest., They are even having a "good hair" day for a change! Yeah!! About time.

Judy, your propane usage will go up, but is probably cheaper than the electric bill. Seems like everything it up in price now and no stopping in sight, It gets harder every year to just keep up with what we have. I don't know how the young folks do it...let alone those of us on retirement/fixed income. It is just plain hard.

Bea, the watch is on for the pip. The watch may last several days, too! Someone mentioned Solo or Skywalker for names. Both are good choices. I'm not getting into the name game this year...but I like both those suggestions. I like April for a name...but it might be a boy! I just want to see the little one arrive ok.

John L...the juvies and sub adults moved on because the river and waters opened up. They went back from where they came. I kind of wondered about 'our' juvies. If they are still around, they must have gotten the word to stay away. I don't really know the answer.

So glad my internet is back...good afternoon everyone!

John L.

Mavis, could you be thinking of someone else? I've been using Typepad for 3 years now. Thanks for the input on the juvies. Just as i posted that Cristine saw two fly be. Go figure.

Coleen Perilloux Landry

Liberty finally got that big stick in a spot where she wanted it and where it won't roll into the nest. Her nest is such a lumpy mess with little sticks and hardly any cushion, like sleeping on a beach with rocks.
At least the wind has calmed down and the birds are singing, the geese honking and the train is blowing its whistle. The sun is popping in and out on Liberty.
We had such a lightning and rainstorm last night! In two days time we had 8 inches of rain. I am worn out from last night's storm. So much for the blooming wisteria and azaleas, the rain beat them all to death. Spring is definitely beginning.

Cristine

That was weird, wasn't it John L.? Just after you posted that about the Juvies, there they were! There isn't local news at noon on Saturdays, or I could have checked to see what was going on with the sirens.

Coleen... 8 inches of rain. Oh my! That is sad about the blooming wisteria and azaleas. There is nothing more beautiful than Spring in the South.

Mavis...glad to see you got your power back up and runnin'! I was worried about you. Now, we've got to get Judy some power, so she doesn't waste all of her propane:)

Bea... I guess I'm like you and can't guess the date of the hatching. It's going to be fun looking for the pip! I've got a great name in mind... but I am just waiting :)

Judith Hart

That poor little chick in the MN DNR egg, still trying to get out. It's been a couple days now. It started pecking out in one place, then moved to another, that shell just hasn't popped open. I guess it can breathe in there with all the holes.

Cristine

Oh my goodness. Just witnessed some real bonking between the two chicks at the DNR nest. The poor mom was trying to feed them, and all they wanted to do was fight... beaks locked and throwing each other to the ground. I feel real sorry for that third chick if he ever gets hatched.

Judith Hart

I saw that too Cristine...Little brats! Wouldn't even stop to eat, they seem evenly matched, no one backing down.

Judith Hart

I often wonder what goes on when the parent is sitting on them. Do they fight under there, or are they flattened out by her feathers and immobile. Too bad they can't put a camera in the nest, but I don't see how that would work.

My power came on 2 hrs. ago.

Cristine

I was wondering about that too, Judy. Do they just continue where they left off when she gets up? Or are they just constantly "going at it" underneath her?

Glad your power is back on!

Judith Hart

I don't see a pip yet on our egg.

Judith Hart

Here come the Starlings!

Cristine

I see them flying in for their nightly gathering!

Cherrycarol

Liberty is in for the night. I don't see anything on the egg.

Coleen Perilloux Landry

I saw that fight between the two eaglets at DNR, vicious little ones. I do hope the other one makes it, but I feel sorry for it when it does.

Judith Hart

MN DNR nest, I've never really seen anything like that, parents both standing there with food to feed them and they're both fighting. I think they're trying to kill each other. I can't see the little one in the shell making it with those two, and he's just about to pop out. Could end up being a one eaglet nest. CREEPY! JMIO

Cristine

The river looks beautiful and serene tonight. I saw a small boat go by earlier in the day. Won't be long now until we will be able to see the barges! Maybe the river will be open within the next week.

Mavis

I am finally catching up...been a long day.

John L. You are right...I misread your comment. I thought you said the log IN was a pain...not the log IS a pain. Sorry. I thought you were already using Typepad...I should have noticed your name in red.

I can't believe the juvies showed up ....what timing! Kind of glad ...just hope they are "ours". I didn't really want them to leave...just leave the nest area.

DNR nest...an absolute nightmare with those two little nincompoops! They would rather lock beaks and wrestle than eat. Both parents were trying tonight...finally Mom just sat on them! They sure won't get a full crop that way. Feel sorry for that baby that is almost hatched. Hope he/she keeps her shell to hide under!

Rained all day here. Had my first knockout rose bloom today...Spring is definitely here. Liberty knows it too...she is resting good tonight.

Coleen Perilloux Landry

I live at the lower end of the Mississippi River, about 50 miles before it empties into the Gulf of Mexico, as the crow flies, in this instance, the eagle. I did not know, all these years of my life, that the River shuts down in Iowa etc. I take almost daily photos of ships, foreign ships mostly, in the River in front of my house, which is separated from the Great River Road by a giant levee therefore I cannot see it from my porch. I am anxious to see something moving in the River near the nest. Sunday is 31 days of the laying of the egg and I still think it will be the end of the week before we have a hatching. I was so happy this afternoon when I went to "my" eagles nest. It was empty but I gave my eagle whistle that I've been doing for the past 5 years and in a few minutes there she was on a branch on top of the nest. She stayed long enough for me to get a few photos of her. She has been seen circling over the pond in the swamp with her two fledglings teaching them the ropes and how to fish. Some days are good like that.

Mavis

7:48 AM EDT MAR 30th

Was listening to the wake up sounds around the nest. A lazy day is beginning. Liberty was calling out but nothing was in sight...then she was busy tucking the straw under her. I heard sirens earlier but saw no sign of their lights. A train is blowing now.

Coleen, I love your descriptions of the river and home. I have seen several large boats or barges in the river but not recently.

Today is day 35 for the first laid egg. Day 31 for the 2nd laid egg. I guess the watch for a pip is now on! One good thing for this year...NO BONKING!! I love that thought for our nest. It is hard to watch, though experience tells us that the babies usually survive that ritual. I haven't witnessed an eaglet bonked to death yet...but I have read that it has happened. It is frightening to watch regardless. There has been enough irritations and conflicts this past winter...am ready for the peace I expect to have at "our" nest.

I should have dozens of knockout rose blooms this week as I see the buds are about to burst open. I just love this new line of roses.

Good morning everyone

Oma K

Good morning eagle watchers…
Looking for some springlike weather in northern IL in the next few days… Lady Liberty may just need an umbrella or some sunscreen as the leaves aren't out yet to shade the nest.

Coleen, I'm not sure that I understand your comment about the River shutting down in Iowa? Although the Mississippi runs east to west along the stretch by the nest, it certainly doesn't shut down, unless you're referring to the winter season (Nov-March). Lots of barge traffic along that stretch of the river and the Locks there are wide enough and long enough to allow 9 barges (3x3) through the locks at the same time. Lots of industry along the Upper Mississippi, although the river certainly isn't deep enough to allow for the ocean transports which you see near the gulf.

This Oma has been doing some bird watching in her own backyard and I'd like to report that the robins have returned in the last couple of days…. Not sure what they'll eat as the gardener in me keeps checking and the soil is still frozen about 2" down. Guess those robins' diets include other things besides worms? Last year a pair nested at eye level in my vine covered archway and I had so much fun checking the nest each day after I discovered it. Hope mama Robin makes the same 'mistake' this year as to nest location...

Bea Griffore

Good Sunday morning everyone.

I've had some real grins and giggles catching up on my reading this morning. Too many to comment on so I'll just say THANKS everyone for giving me a good start to my day.

Let's see....I think today is 35 days since egg #1 was laid so I'm starting the pip watch. And I guess that means it's day 31 for egg #2. We don't know for sure which egg we are seeing so just have to stay tuned and find out. I'm counting on all my fellow eagle watchers to help me out since I won't be able to be here non-stop - again. The morning sounds at the nest right now sure sound like spring!

I've checked the MN DNR nest this morning and it sure looks like #3 is finally out of the shell. It was still rather dark and now mom (?) is sitting and won't let me see now that it's light.

Time to get ready for my day. Hope you all have a good one. bbl I hope.

Cherrycarol

Good morning. Coleen the barges should be starting soon. I think it's April. Love your description of where u live. How is the temp now. I was thinking about going there this time next year. Lots of birds singing & it's going to be a wonderful day. 60's. I'm ready to get out my deck furniture. Mavis I love roses. But never had good luck with them. Things should start to green up here soon. I ready. Have a good day.

Bea Griffore

Well, turns out I couldn't get ready for the day without checking on the DNR nest one more time. #3 is finally here! NOW I can get ready....

Bea Griffore

Well, Mavis and Oma, I just realized you both posted while I was busy typing my first post. Good to see you watching so early!

Carol, you've been here too already. Guess we're all anxious early in the morning!

Ok ok, I'm getting ready now. bbl

Judith Hart

I haven't caught a glimpse of our egg yet this morning. A corn husk has been added and the vaulting pole is on it's way to the ground, it's sticking straight up on the left side of the nest TTV.

Bea Griffore

Almost ready for my day but have to share this notice I got from Eagleholic. Just a few weeks ago I was thinking exactly what this article is about: "Seems like more nests with 3 eggs this year." Apparently others have been thinking the same and eagleholic is keeping track.

http://eagleholic.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/are-there-really-more-nests-with-3-eggs-this-year/

Judith, I haven't seen our egg either yet this morning but I did notice the corn husk. Sure is windy, isn't it?

Coleen Perilloux Landry

Glad to hear the third egg at DNR hatched and I hope it is capable of surviving. I have seen egret babies peck a sibling to death and it is not pretty. Or, they starved it until its head was hanging out the nest and it died. It's called "survival of the fittest" they tell me, but it does not make me feel any better about it.
Our temperature is in the high 40's in Louisiana this morning with a nice blue sky and sunshine. We, like the entire country, have had a cruel winter and a late spring. Not complaining, really, because the heat and humidity and threats of hurricanes will be here all too soon. Our flowers are late which is not good for the migrating birds, especially the hummingbirds. People are being encouraged to put out their feeders for the hummers.
All of the eagles in the River Parishes are teaching their fledlings to fish and they appear to be doing fine.
Now we wait and watch for Liberty and Justice's bundle of joy, such excitement.

Judith Hart

I watched two feeding tries at the DNR nest, not eating much due to the constant fighting, #2 is starting to wear down but still fighting back, #3 even got pecked. GEEZ!

Yesterday afternoon there was a bird making a loud call at our nest and I can't figure out what it was. It sounded like 5 loud notes...Che Che....Chew Chew Chew, over and over. Does anyone know the bird?

Judith Hart

Here's an interesting article at Journey North. Hummingbirds landed on the research vessel Atlantis in the Gulf of Mexico.
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/humm/spring2014/update032614.html

Coleen Perilloux Landry

Watched the eaglets at DNR. Those two are truly mean, vicious little birds, fighting like life or death right over the body of the newborn. Even the mother cannot stop them by offering them food. This is going to be a long "nursery time".
I think the little bird that visits Liberty has her nest in the sticks below. So interesting, the wonders of nature.

Cherrycarol

In the sun it's almost 80. It's going to feel hot in the nest, but that wind will help. 60's today YAY!!

Denny

I was just at the MN DNR nest I don't think baby 3 made it. It was pushed off to the side at feeding time and just laid there no movement..

Denny

I was wrong just #3 in there getting feed with the others

Denny

there not even any boinking going on, just eat eat eat

Mavis

Mr. John, I'm ready for you to zoom in a little on the nest view so we can spot a pip when it happens! We are ready!!! Seriously, I hope you will do that for us.

Denny and Coleen...I watched the 6 o'clock feeding long enough to grab a picture and it went much better tonight. Not too much bonking and more eating. #3 stayed to itself on the edge of the nest but she/he just hatchec this morning...it will be fine tonight. I do hope it is a male as they seem to have better survival skills...and he will need it to survive those two!

Judy, thank you the article. I love the hummers. As soon as I catch up and catch my breath...I want to read it. Are they at your feeders yet? I put my feeder out and the bees took over...afraid to put it back out.

Am anxious to get a good egg look now...come on, Liberty...take a quick break!!

Cheryl

Just my observation, I saw the eaglet in the broken egg and I thought as developed as it seemed that it was egg #1. If it turns out we are awaiting egg #2, when should we start looking for a pip?

Judith Hart

Cheryl, Thursday will be 35 days for egg #2

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