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July 09, 2012

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David

Thank you ... it was working earlier today, an all 3 were on the nest waiting and calling out for mom an dad to bring some food ... wish you had sound

Rachel Gaines

I was watching one of the chicks sitting alone on the nest when about sixteen large black birds flew in and perched on the railing.
The chick soon left; and Oscar arrived at the nest. He didn't look too happy with the croud; and one got brave enough to perch on the closest light pole just left of the nest.
I thought I saw Mom try to chase some of them away.
Oscar looks like he's sitting guard over the nest for now.
Oscar and Oliveea are great parents, looking over their chicks and the home.

Rachel Gaines

It would be so exciting to see the chicks learn the lesson of catching food.
I had thought that flying would be the most difficult lesson for the chicks; but learning the co-ordination of flight and grabbing a fish from the water may be a little tougher.
Oscar and Oliveea are doing a great job of teaching.

Carolyn

Good Morning , great to see the camera is back up. No Ospreys, but we do seem to have a large "group" of what appear to be vultures, or a flock of the biggest crows I have ever seen!

David

It is Tuesday, 11:00 am eastern, does anyone know if those are tents, boats vehicles along the bank on the other side of lake?

Ann

WOW, I count at least 9 birds @ 12:30pm EST!!! Don't know whether or not they are Ospreys, though.

Ann

Some of them even look like wild turkeys!

Nancy

They are certainly vultures. Seems strange seeing them perched on the railings in such numbers.

There were fishermen in a boat this morning on the far side near the bank close to the dam. I hope the Osprey don't get tangled in fishing lines!

Elizabeth Rieder

7-11-12 Good morning can see two osprey on the nest. they are really growing and getting the feather pattern that the adults have. They both are looking around , don't know if it is calling for food from parents or those five large black birds on the dam at the #5 lamp counting from the nest....
Guess it takes a while to get that fishing skill, but when they do, watch out fish!!!
note on the feathers.....the two are showing the front bib of little marking on their white chest feather and the wing and body feathers are getting darker with just small points of white. It will be hard to tell them from the parents in a while.

One parent flew by to the area below the dam so fish is on the way for the chicks.

Ann

At 9:45am EST, there are large birds, like wild turkeys, all along the dam and on the right railings. Can anyone tell me what species of bird?

Carolyn

I believe the birds on the railings are Turkey Vultures. Since they primarily eat carrion, I am guessing there must be plenty of dead fish or other types of animal around since there are so many of them hanging around.

Bernard Veltze

Watching the web cam on 7/9/12 about 8:00am CT
I counted 11 birds on the rails and 2 in the nest. they all look like eagles, Am I right?

Ann

What happened to the sound? I would LOVE to hear the ospreys as they call to their parents.

Nancy

You can check out the long distance photo of an eagle family on Alcoa's Davenport site. http://www.alcoa.com/locations/usa_davenport/en/info_page/eaglecam.asp. The security camera there shows a parent and three young eagle siblings in a field. Great picture! You can see there's a big difference between the eagles and the birds on the Yadkin dam. The large birds on the Yadkin are definitely vultures - Common or Turkey. Not sure which type.

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