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April 22, 2014

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Carol

Great Shots!! No wonder those geese are so loud!

Carol

Justice brought in some more corn stalk. Liberty left.

Cherrycarol

I finally got typepad to work the right way!!

Coleen Perilloux Landry

Thank you for the great shots. I especially like the one with the nest and Liberty and the baby sitting up.

Mavis

Wow! The vacation spot has come to them! Must be hard to sit in the nest with all that beauty below. Love the pictures. No wonder we are hearing so much now.

Mr. John.. It would be so cool to get the zoomed out shot again so we could see the ground below.. Like we used to see the deer. That would be wonderful

Judith Hart

I see an unlucky squirrel has landed in the nest.

Little ones voice seems to be changing!

Darlene Nichols

I didn't see Tubby on that list of names, Mr. John.........or Fatso, Two-ton etc......think you ought to rework that list !!! S/he's eating, again...7:34 EDT

Darlene Nichols

........BTW, beautiful pictures......many thanks

Judith Hart

Good idea Darlene, we could add Big Bertha to the list.

Cristine

Warning! Warning! Giant bird on Alcoa branch! :)

Annette Kryske

6:42 PM PDT. Thank you for the wonderful pictures , Mr. John. You do know how we all here on Alcoa Land site appreciate all you efforts to keep us happy, while we view Liberty & Justice and the little guy.I have been busy taking videos of him.He is so much fun to watch. What a cute personality. Things seem to be working out here. Keep up the good work,Mr. John.

Cristine

Hearing the coyotes now. Liberty still on the A branch.

Judith Hart

That's the first time I've seen her sleep on the Alcoa branch.

Skedaddle

She's probably up there because there's no room for her and the little feathered "piggy" in the nest! 😸

Mavis

I wonder if deadwood it still there...

Cristine

I am wondering if the baby in the nest has his head tucked in his wings also?

Cristine

It sounds like pumps running. Goodnight. Meet you at the nest in the A.M.

Darlene Nichols

.......I love Big Bertha, Judy.......and Skedaddle's Piggy works, too

Mavis

Checked on nest around 4:30 am....parent was on nest...she was on A limb when I went to bed.

I heard a lot of chatter below...ducks and birds. Loved the sound.

Has everyone noticed...and I'm knocking on wood...we haven't had the "music" for weeks now. Been so nice just to hear the sounds of nature.

Mr. John...it is not very often that we would get the chance to see the ground with water/ducks/water birds around the nest tree. Would you zoom out so we can see the ground again...like it was when we could see the deer below? The would be a really neat view for us.

Cherrycarol

Good morning. Little one got fed. I'd like the far away one zoomed out too .Going to be another nice day for the family. Going to go see the movie about the boy going to heaven this afternoon. I hope the theater isn't freezing cold. I hate that!

Anne

Ha Ha Little one just pooped right at camera! Little one doesnt seem to like being sat on so much anymore!

Cherrycarol

Happy 3 week Birthday !!

Cristine

A cool 41 degrees now at the nest. High of 60 today with a chance of showers later on. I can't believe how long Liberty stayed on that A branch last night, Mavis, especially when it got below freezing.

Carol... let us know how you liked that movie. That's one I am interested in seeing, although I usually only go to one a year. I just wait 'til they come out on Netflix :)

It's amazing to me how fast the little eagle has grown in just three short weeks! Judith, your analogy between the eaglet and a 4 Lb. roasting chicken was great! It really put it's size into perspective for me.

L and J both in the nest now.

Darlene Nichols

.......it would be nice to see the ground but I don't think that's going to be possible anymore.......the trees are leafing out and I don't even think we'll be able to see the river - only a maybe on that

Tom Weiman

It is understood that there are many great names and the process of selection is fun. It is wonderful that this symbol of our Country has made such a come back and that technology has advanced to allow us to observe them so intimately.

Many of us are voting for "Rudy" for Sgt. Kevin Marxen of the Davenport Police Department who passed away in February 2014. Kevin was a life long resident of Davenport and spent his career serving and protecting the Citizens of Davenport Iowa - where these eagles reside.

For those of us who are voting for Rudy, the process is unique and special because of this exemplary persons passing. But in a larger sense, we are voting for Rudy because of his service to the community and quiet strength of Courage, Character, Commitment and Contribution. These are qualities that are held dear to all of us. His conduct and the way he lived his life personifies what is right and good about our country and all our people.

Thanks for reading. A vote for Rudy is a vote for the unsung-every-day men and woman who put their all into serving others.

Bea Griffore

Good morning everyone, or afternoon as the case may be.

I see the not-so-little one alone right now and can't believe how big s/he is at 3 weeks and also getting around without looking too awkward. I also see leaves are popping out on the branch to the right of the nest.

I hope this post goes. I've had such a hard time the last few days but some of you must have had better success or tuned in at the just the right time to be able to post. Darn internet anyway! I think I'm finally caught up on reading the posts - thanks everyone.

Mr. John - I love the pics you posted! I'm hoping too the flood water goes back down soon as predicted.

Mavis

@ Tom Weiman...that was a nice tribute to Mr. Rudy. I live in another state, but I feel I got a glimpse of the person he was from all I have read. It is easy to understand that he was a very nice man with a lot of character....and love for community and neighbor. Judging by the votes he is getting...well...that just says volumes about how well thought of he was.

Mr. John...thank you for moving the zoom back a little. I can see the river's edge now. Like Darlene, said...not sure the ground can be seen now but I keep trying to see it!

Liberty and Sport are having a lazy day on the nest. I love hearing the chatter from the other birds and ducks.

I still have rose breasted grosbeaks and blue grosbeaks at my feeders. I have never seen them before. Last night at work, one of the ladies said she has both grosbeaks and Indigo Buntings at her feeders, and this is the first time for her to see them too. I wonder if the wild winter we all had has affected the bird's migration patterns. Whatever...I am enjoying them while they are here.

Annette Kryske

11:04 AM PDT. Mom and the little guy are just in the nest. Eaglet is so cute playing with some grass or sticks.In flies the other mate, and now is doing some nestoration.
I got some good shots of the whole thing.Wish I could share them with you.

alicia Lawrence

This is the closest the race has been yet, with PATRIOT just under 1,700 votes! The kiddos are very excited! They are so proud of themselves and it has been hugely rewarding to see them so passionate about a cause! Keep voting everyone!!!!

GO PATRIOT! :)

alicia Lawrence

This is the closest the race has been yet, with PATRIOT just under 1,700 votes! The kiddos are very excited! (freaking out) ahaha. They are so proud of themselves and it has been hugely rewarding to see them so passionate about a cause! Keep voting everyone!!!!

GO PATRIOT! :)

First Grade Teacher

I am the teacher of the first grade classroom pushing for the name Patriot. We learned about the bald eagle as an American symbol and also did a science unit on natural resources; the ALCOA EagleCam has been a great resource for my students.

The name Patriot has special meaning for us, too. Our region is home to the largest military installation in the world. Many of our students have parents who serve in the military (two students recently had parents return from a 10-month-long deployment). We are proud of our men and women who sacrifice so much to protect our great nation; to our students and their families, patriotism is important.

Cherrycarol

The movie was very good. Sure makes you think. There was a girl that HAD THE SAME EXPERIENCE. & it wasn't cold in the theater but it is outside. Mavis I had those Indego buntings on my deck last year. I had never seen them before. Sure are beautiful! Mom & baby just sittin in the nest.

Denny

Mavis; Iget the Rose Breast Grosbeak in my yaed every spring and fall I have never seen a Blue grosbeak but I get the Indigo Buntings at the same time I get American Gold Finches. To me I think the Rose Breasted Grosbeak is the most beautiful of them all

Skedaddle

Ha ha ha! The little piggy seems to have pulled out one of mom's under feathers. Lib doesn't look too happy!

Judith Hart

I think that's poor Justice on the little tank....he has to sit sideways just to cover her. The tank got up from under Justice and took him for a short ride. Too funny!! It'll take two to cover her now!
Is she a little large for her age?

Skedaddle

I think you're right Judith. It was Justice who lost a feather to the greedy little...er...big mouth! Usually I can tell mom and dad apart but if I can't see tail or neck Clearly, I sometimes miss.

Cristine

Oh my! Patriot has pulled into the lead in the name voting! This is shaping up to be quite the competition. Congratulations to all of you that are taking part.

Judith Hart

I've put in the letter codes about 10 times and can't get on??
Skedaddle, I didn't see your post, but I did see the wing feather go up and no spot on the tail.

Judith Hart

I just saw them tugging on the squirrel tail, I missed who finally downed it, Dad or the peeper. I also witnessed a peeper PS, it cleared the Left side of the Alcoa branch. It looked like a field goal!

Cristine

The rain has arrived at the nest. Looks like Mom is doing her best to cover up the "wee one" who is not so "wee" anymore :)

Judith Hart

Rain...wonder how long it's been raining, I just noticed it.

Cherrycarol

Judith it started raining around 5. Just sprinkling. But more coming & we need it. It took me a long time so I didn't have to use the #'s.

Mavis

Denny, I had a couple of yellow or gold finches a couple of weeks ago. I am mesmerized by the grosbeaks. The blue ones are beautiful with the orange stripes on the wings...but the rose breast grosbeaks are the prettiest. I hung a seed/fruit bell for them this morning and the grosbeaks claimed it right away. If they leave...I hope they return again. So neat to watch.

I watched Butterball command the nest for about an hour this afternoon. Sticks were moved...with an attempt to place one on the left wall. The edges of the nest bowl were "fluffed" up and several attempts to look out for Mom or Dad were made before it was nap time. Liberty returned about an hour later. The noise below from all the water birds/ducks/frogs/crickets were too much distraction for Liberty to stay on the nest.

Patriot was in solid 3rd place for a several days. Voting over the days were proportionate, and the rankings remained the same. Monday, Patriot was still behind about 9,000 votes. Patriot is in the lead now by several hundred votes. Sure hope some of "my" political candidates learn how to get some of this voting power this fall.

Jeff

I would name the baby "Freedom"

Coleen Perilloux Landry

Liberty has turned in early tonight. I hope the storm headed across that way skirts her nest. She's had enough for one year.
The Mississippi River here in New Orleans is rising rapidly, very rapidly, almost scary. I know the Bonnet Carre' Spillway will have to be opened. That is when I get my best bird photographs of the Great White Egrets and the Great Blue Herons fishing in the rushing water. They all have babies in the nest and the fish are quite plentiful when the River overflows. Sometimes at night I watch the nest and the little one is roaming around while his Mom is fast asleep, just like any other child.

Mavis

Jeff, I like Freedom but that is the name of the first fledge eaglet a couple of years ago. Big Bertha is beginning to grow on me!

Coleen, we had a lot of rain last week. My lake overflowed, some of the fields have standing water...and all the creeks are running. My son took the tractor to the back fields to repair some of the roads and saw 3..three...diamond back rattlesnakes swimming in the water. He spoke with his uncle who farms across town...and he said they were having a rattlesnake problem, too. Two people, one was a six year old boy, that were bitten by moccasins last week. Be careful..snakes look for higher ground during flooding..and are aggressive. I'm sure you already know that.

Liberty (I guess it is her), is still sleeping. I don't hear any other sounds other than the wind. Hard to tell at night, but she looks dry. Hope she stays that way.

Goodnight, everyone.

Judith Hart

I just looked at the voting, right now Patriot and Rudy are tied, with 38.7% of the votes.

Denny

Mavis; the Rose Breasted Grosbeak is just a traveler in the south, they summer up north and winter somplace south of the states. That's why I get to see them twice a year, but I haven't seen any this year yet..

Mavis

Denny...I have sure enjoyed seeing them..they are just beautiful. Thank you for the info...maybe I'll see them again. I hope so.

Denny

Normally when they come here they stick around about 2 weeks. But like I said I haven't seen any this year,,yet,, but there is still time

Cherrycarol

Good Morning. Another windy day. Sowers later. I don't think it rained last night.64 not bad. Have to get ready for work. Have a good day!! Carol

beamg

Good morning Carol and everyone. The day is starting out rather dreary with showers and thunderstorms predicted for all day with a high of 65°. The eaglet is alone at the moment and looks rather lazy. Must have a full crop! He just stretched out his wing and it looks huge already. He's just growing way too fast!

I'm still having trouble with these comments. FB login tells me there is a certificate problem with this site and I shouldn't continue. What? I don't believe that but it sure won't let me login. Guess I'll have to do the codes again today. I also can't see the voting results when I click "view results" so I'll have to take everyone's word on what name is leading. I'll be glad when we have a name to call the eaglet!

Parent just flew back in and is pulling feathers off something.

Mavis, I'm jealous that you have the blue grosbeaks but not the snakes in your area. Last year I had rosebreasted grosbeaks about all summer and loved watching them. Hope they come back this year.

Time to get ready for my day I guess. Happy viewing everyone.

Mavis

Bea...there is a 5 vote difference with Patriot leading. Rudy is a hometown man of QC area. His death must have touched a lot of people. Alcoa and these eagles are part of Rudy's community. They have never asked or tried to influence our vote before. This must be important to them...we are visitors of their hometown via of Alcoa's eagle cam...they live there. I woke up trying to put myself in their place, and had the words of Tom Weiman on my mind. If they want to name the eaglet, Rudy, as a tribute to a man that made a good difference in their town... then I wish them success. I said I wasn't going to get involved in the voting this year...but those are my feelings. Patriot is a fine and distinguished name for an eagle. I think the schools that are supporting this should be proud of their efforts..and they may very well win. It's just that it is not very often that someone lives their life in such a way that it inspires so many to actually care enough to get out and do something in an attempt to honor him. That speaks volumes to me. Sounds like Mr. Rudy was a patriot in real life for his community and his neighbor. Both names...Patriot and Rudy and good names...and it looks like the new eaglet will be named one of these next Monday.

I'm still loving these grosbeaks! They are such a treat to watch. I understand they are common in the northern areas, but a first for me.

Good morning everyone.

Cristine

Where oh where has our "little butterball" gone? Oh there she is, under the Alcoa branch! Scared me for one split second.

Dry this morning at the nest with rain starting this afternoon.

Mavis, Bea and Denny... how are you attracting those Grosbeaks? I would love to have some at my feeder. Pretty sure they have not migrated this far yet this year, but maybe this summer...

Jo Ann

It's hard for Li'l Bit to walk around in the nest, he is carrying so much weight. Mom and dad are such good eagle parents. The food supply never ends for the little guy. I was one of the people who nominated Rudy because of his local connection to the community, and since he died this year, this seems like an appropriate time to choose Rudy for the name. Although the other names are great, this is the only year we could possibly have Rudy as a name in honor of one of the local heroes of Davenport.

BHappel

I can't see the baby since there is an antivirus sitting right on the picture tht I cannot get rid of. Good luck on the voting. The name Rudy does not go along with the other names over the past several years, but it is a really hard choice on wht to do. Do what's in your heart and you can't go wrong.

Fred Collins

I see that antivirus too. Please get rid of that, ALCOA. Too many hackers out there to trust anyone.

beamg

I have pop-ups on both cam views right now so I can't see the eaglet either. Oh, I guess I can on the TTV but it's far away. Oh well, it's enough to be able to see it's there and is laying low in the wind.

Cristine, I had so many rosebreasted grosbeaks last year that I started asking around the neighborhood about them. Apparently they are one of the birds that are known to alter their migration routes from time to time and I think we just got very lucky to see them so much. I only put out black sunflower seeds and they will sit at that feeder so long to eat that my husband called them pig birds.

BHappel, I agree on the name voting - vote with your heart and you can't go wrong. No matter which name wins, it will be nice to call this eaglet by name.

I hear lots of geese again.....and no wonder with them swimming right below the nest. I guess I should get something done around the house since it's going back on the market next week. Yikes, lots of cleaning to do and yardwork that looks endless. Makes me tired thinking about it.

Judith Hart

Gads! Fix one thing, something else goes wrong. Just like my house!
When the wind blows just right, on TTV, I see two people in a small boat near the waters edge.

Coleen Perilloux Landry

I have pop ups on both views and missed the feeding a while ago. The wind is blowing very strongly, hope little one is bolted down in the bowl.

fran peveler

I would to thank everyone who helps us view these wonderful creatures.

Also, Patriot can include Rudy because of his service too. Personally I feel Patriot is a bit more regal as a name and we may never be able to spot that eaglet once it leaves the nest. I believe Rudy needs a more permanent and visible monument where people can stop and remember him. That's why I am hoping for Patriot as the name.

beamg

Judith, how can you stand to watch the TTV with all that bobbing around? I know, it's both the nest branch and the camera branch bobbing at the same time to make it look worse but even knowing that it makes my eyes go buggy trying to watch, especailly full screen. Love the view actually but the bobbing makes me want to stay inside - I know the wind is blowing at my house too much at only 50 something to make me want to go out and do any yardwork. Good old Iowa wind!

Judith Hart

Bea, I was watching the two people in the boat....I think they were mooning us!

beamg

Judith, if you saw that you have darn good eye sight! btw, people do do that on the river! Both people on shore to the boats going by and people on boats to the people on shore. Of course, a good bon fire and a few beers may be required first. I can only hope no kids are reading the blog today but this is what happens.

Coleen, he looks like he's laying very low and hanging on tight. I just barely see his head pop up once in a while.

beamg

Judith - Mooning us? From the Mississippi River? Hmmmmm, who would have thought? Actually, that happens both from the boats and from people on shore. Don't ask how I know but it does require a good bonfire and a few beers first. Oh, this is daylight and kind of cold - did you put on your magic glasses to see the people in the boat?

Coleen, I think that little one is laying pretty low and has been for a while. As long as the parent is there it should be safe.

Judith Hart

Does anyone remember what day the duck egg landed in the MN Bound nest? Trying to figure out when it might hatch. Don't they walk right after hatching? Poor thing might walk right off the edge of the nest, if it gets that far.

beamg

Oops, there must be a delay in comments posting. It didn't look like my first one posted so I posted again and now I see both. Sorry for the repeat folks.

beamg

I don't remember the exact day Judith. Maybe someone from OT does. Sure is strange some of the things we see at the different nests - things I sure would never expect!

Skedaddle

OK y'all have convince: me to stop voting so much and just the better name win. I understand both points of view better now and will be happy with whichever gets the most votes. After all it is in the Davenport community and many of us are visitors.

Coleen Perilloux Landry

I watch a nest of DNR, perhaps some of you do, too. The parent looks like it has been through a Category 5 hurricane, the nest and nest bowl is soaked as are the three eaglets. However, there are four huge fish on the nest so they are being well fed. The only nest that is neat, must be an Obsessive Compulsive Mom, is the nest at Berry College in Alabama (or is it Georgia). I have never seen anything in that nest except the birds, no fish, no coots, only vacumned clean.

beamg

WOW loud thunder clap just now at my house! It isn't raining yet but I'm sure it will be soon.

One pop-up out of the way and one more fix to go - NV offline for now so I'm sure it's also being worked on.

Mr. John, if you're doing this on your lunch break - thanks a million! Thanks anyway for working to keep us all happy viewers.

Skedaddle, there ya go! Great attitude. Just keep it fun and go with the flow. :)

John

The story of "Rudy" is quite compelling, however, wouldn't you want a name that exemplifies the interest of the larger community that watches this camera? The livefeed attracts viewers not only from the state of Iowa, not only from the United States, but the world at large. Choosing a name dedicated to one person, who is unknown to most people that watch this camera seems to be illogical. I agree that a more perminent dedication should be given in his honor. A name should be chosen that represents everything that the United States of America stands for; something that our military represents and fights for on a daily basis. I will remind everyone that people put their lives on the line EVERYDAY, all over the country, and in many different lines of work,and very few earn the recognition that they deserve. I understand and send my sympathy to the members of the Davenport community, but considering this contest is much larger than one region, we should be open minded. In my own opinion Patriot would satisfy a much larger audience and would reflect our beautiful nation- a nation that is represented by the regal figure of the American Bald Eagle.

Judith Hart

I don't think the majority of us on here are children. We all know what our country stands for, and I for one don't have to be reminded what the members of our military sacrifice for us. My husband was a United States Navy Fighter Pilot.....GO NAVY!

I WILL NOW VOTE FOR RUDY!

Judith Hart

Do I see it pouring on the nest? I wonder if the umbrella will open?

Coleen Perilloux Landry

I am a retired police officer with 27 years of service. Go PATRIOT.

Mavis

2:48 PM EDT

I just got home and I see the nest is wet...along with the parent. I hear sirens, too.

Judy...I don't know how you saw two people in a boat...I can no longer even see the river edge. The camera must be zoomed in again. I miss the seeing the river and the river traffic. So glad we have two views now to choose from.

Give me a few minutes and I think I can pin down that picture date...will get back with you on that.

Mavis

April 19th for duck egg. Don't know what kind of duck...but duck eggs take from 21 to 31 days...and require incubation temp of 99.5º...just like the eaglets. Sure hate to see that egg hatch!

Alice Smigelski

I am asking for support for the name PATRIOT. The children at Oceanair Elementary School in Norfolk VA are dedicated and loyal watchers of the eagle cam. They selected the name Patriot to represent all men and women in uniform who protect and serve our country. Many of these children are disadvantaged and have one or two parents who are deployed in the military fighting for OUR freedom. The name Patriot would honor ALL who love and proudly serve our country and would be befitting to honor Sgt. " Rudy" Marxen as well. Asking for your vote for Patriot!!

Judith Hart

Thanks Mavis, I marked my calendar...for a 25 day hatch, it should be about May 14th.

Mavis

Gosh...I know I am not very good with my words and I guess the whole meaning of what I was trying to say got lost. I said what I wanted to say and I am done with it. I guess I just want to clear up this point:

My impression was that Rudy was nominated for the man he was...not the job he held. He was not the first police officer to die..won't be the last. I could be wrong...but thought he was off duty and had a heart attack while jogging/running. I felt, from what I read, that he lived his life in such a way that impacted a lot of people. People who knew him, or were touched by him...feel his loss...and would like to name the eaglet after him. Almost all these votes must be coming from the people who wish to honor him in this way...a hometown eagle named after a hometown man...which says a lot for him in my book. That's all I was trying to say. I don't think I even mentioned him being a police officer this morning. Patriot is a good name...one that can be worn with pride. Was just saying that this is an amazing testament of a man that inspired so many into action to remember him in this manner. I admire what his friends are doing, and I wish them success.

BTW, In my opinion...Rudy is a namesake that can also be worn by the eaglet with pride.

Wasn't trying to tell anyone how to vote. Was just saying I admire a man who can inspire so many to rally in a cause to remember him. Now I'm done!

Skedaddle

What is that long stringy stuff Justice is feeding Lil Bit?

Coleen Perilloux Landry

That "long stringy stuff" is guts as my daughter puts it.

Judith Hart

Nothings moving, the nest is completely still. This is a first!

Cherrycarol

Yea that doesn't happen very often. A little rain but we need it. More on the way.

Skedaddle

Well, that's what I first thought, Colleen, but it was more than any small animal could possibly have and it wasn't soft or droopy, but white, tough, straight and rigid. I never could get a look at the animal they were eating.

amberdawn

How long has the nest view been off? Hope it's not for long! I haven't seen the nest in a whole week!! :)

Judith Hart

Skedaddle, it could be that leftover notochord from a couple years ago. I think it came out of a fish, right now I can't remember the name of the fish.

Judith Hart

Sturgeon

Mavis

8:19 PM EDT

Just got finished up with supper and I find Liberty all wet and Big Bertha under her skirts. The sounds of crickets and other noise sounds like they are in the middle of a swamp. When I look at the TTV...it looks like a small cloud settled on the nest...erie. Lib doesn't look too happy...like she wants a break. I missed seeing Justice this evening...but I assume he has been there.

I remember that notocord from two years ago, Judy. Seems like you were the only one who knew what it was. It stayed on the nest almost the whole season. About time for a turtle to make it to the nest. I remember one turtle kept trying to climb out of the nest...but L would have none of that!

Amberdawn..it has been a while since you posted...wee one is now a Big one!! Good to hear from you again.

beamg

It was a soggy day today in the QCA and the nest proves it. At least it's calm.

L or J just flew off but one of them is back already. I could swear the eaglet got bigger since this morning!

Lots of eagle calling going on but I can't see any other than the one in the nest as the geese go flying by. And the eaglet sleeps through it all. Amazing!

Mavis

Hi Bea...I wonder if the water is receding or rising. I sure hear a lot of noise below, so assume the water is still high. I wish we could see the ground like we did with the deer. I noticed the trees are ready to burst out with their foliage. Saw some green today and looked like a lot of red buds on the distant trees. I'm ready for the green colors..

Cristine

The water is continuing to rise Mavis, according to the news reports. It will crest over the weekend, but a powerful Spring storm is predicted late in the weekend and into the beginning of next week, bringing heavy and possibly excessive rain into the Midwest. Yikes!

Denny

Christine;I have 2 seed feeders one is mixed seed the other is blackoil sun flower the only place I see the Rose Breasted Grosbeak is on or around the sun flower feeder. They only migrate through here in Georgia twice a year, so I see them for about 2 or 3 weeks. I hope this helps you because they are so dang perty.(a little redneck for ya)

Cristine

You have an accent, Denny? I would never have known :) I was wondering if you might have fruit trees or berries of some sort close by. I think I read they like those in addition to seeds. I hope they make their way to NW Illinois eventually. I'm going to stock up on my supply of black oil sunflower seeds. Last time I bought the biggest bag Farm and Fleet had (50 lbs.) So heavy I couldn't hardly get it in my car.

Liberty wide awke and alert in the nest. I am hearing the train, and lots and lots of what I think are tree frogs. Norton security alert over the TTV.

Mavis

I was just checking in before turning in...Lib is alert and Little fella is trying to get as much as s/he can under Mom. Not having a whole lot of luck...has most of her head under...but still see some of her sticking out. It sounds like it is still raining but hard to see the rain. Those tree frogs are sure singing loudly tonight. Lib looks tired and wet.

Cristine and Denny...I bought one of those seed/fruit bells...may have said that before...but the grosbeaks sure took to it. Can't believe how much of it they ate since I hung it yesterday. They love it. I need to get another feeder for just sunflower seed like Denny suggested. I do enjoy the sparrows at the feeder, though.

The Norton alert says it has 2 more days ....that means Saturday if it is not renewed tomorrow. That won't be good to watch. It has kind of taken over the TTV for 4 or 5 days now.

Goodnight all...

Jo

Howdy all, I've been checking in AND voting but I haven't posted in a while because there's not much to see at night 'cept a sleeping Liberty ;)and a little bit of "fuzz" sticking out the sides of her. Sounds like it's raining like crazy but it's hard to tell because you can't see it.

Update on MNBound's nest. The duck egg was "deposited" in the nest on Sunday 4/20/14. Estimated time for hatch (if it does) is 27-35 days. Watchers have named the egg Frankie "Quackles" Longshot. Ducklings are self-feeders and they usually follow Mama Duck out of the nest within 24 hours of hatch.

All three MNB Eaglets are keeping "Quackles" warm by surrounding and draping themselves over it. Mom also tucks it in under her when she "cuddles" her Eaglets. We all hope "Quackles" will hatch, but since this is the first time this has ever happend at this nest, we're not sure what's going to happen.

From what I've heard in the chat room from
"those in the know", altho the tree the nest is in is 75+ feet up, that's not too far for a duckling to jump...and believe me, with 3 hungry Eaglets, not to mention Mom and Dad in that nest, that duckling may be highly motivated to jump FAST! Wouldn't you? LOL

It has also been noted that Mom may consider it non-viable if it doesn't hatch when SHE expects it to and it might get buried in the nest. However, if that happens, the nest is pretty much a compost pile and may hatch the egg anyway!

Anyway, it will certainly be interesting to see what happens. I will try to update every once in a while.

By the way...GO PATRIOT!! ;)

beamg

Good morning all. Today should be a nicer day with a high of 71° predicted. The eaglet had only her head tucked under mom (?) when I got here. Sure makes me realize how big it's gotten already when only the head fits under.

Norton security alert still on the TTV.

Cristine, I buy sunflower seeds in 50 pound bags too. Then I store it in ice cream buckets so the mice and squirrels stay out of it. Sometimes they chew into the buckets anyway and that makes one heck of a mess. I hope you get some rosebreasted grosbeaks - they are beautiful! Maybe you'll get an indigo bunting or 2 also. I had a couple of those last year that hung around longer than normal too. I need to also watch for hummingbirds that usually show up around the first of May. Oh, and wrens - such a happy sounding little bird.

It's so quiet at the nest right now. Just a few morning sounds and the eaglet acting like s/he doesn't really want to up yet, all snuggled into the nest bowl in a patch of sun.

btw, I enjoy everyone's reasons for their name choices. We all have them, don't we? I think it's fun and I'm especially happy kids are involved in the voting.

Coffee time.......

Mavis

.Little One in nest bowl and seems content to stay there. I see the bottom half of Mom/Dad...and hear the train and the sounds from below....which reminds me of swamp sounds.

Jo, I wasn't wrong when I said 4/19 for the MN Bound duck egg...pictures were taken and FB date stamp of 4/19 when they were posted. 24 hours doesn't make much difference, but I wasn't wrong with the date. Here is a news clip of the duck egg...it has gathered a lot of attention:

http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/clip/10086242/minn-bald-eagle-adopts-duck-egg

Norton is getting a lot of FREE advertisement ...they should give Alcoa a free pass on their security system...

Oh my, three grosbeaks at the feeder...one is a female!

Denny

Christine; No fruit trees, just Black oil sunflower.

Cristine

Good morning! A big fat fish for breakfast. Beautiful sunshine and blue skies ahead.

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