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03 May

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Eagle Watch – May 2, 2018

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Hi all,
The breeding season for birds is in full swing and no better example of that is with our very own Bald Eagle pair.  Yesterday, 1 May, I was able to snap a few pictures of the eaglets (nestling eagles) as they were being fed pieces of fish by the breeding female. One looks to be slightly larger than the other (notice the black on one of the eaglet’s bill), which is a common feature of hatching dynamics in birds. If food continues to come in at a good pace, we’ll have two nestlings ready to leave the nest in about 10 weeks! I’ll post better pictures of the activity at the nest sooner than later, but for now, here are ‘our’ eaglets!

Cheers,

Doug Robinson

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14 Mar

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Eagle Watch – March 14, 2018

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Good morning on Pi day everyone,

We have some good news this morning: we have a female Bald Eagle now incubating *something* in the nest! I thought I could see the female on the nest on Sunday night around 10:30pm, but couldn’t quit be certain of my observation. Having looked yesterday and not discerned the female sitting low in the nest yesterday, I was dubious of my observation on Sunday. But today? Yep! She is on the nest and from her behaviors in the nest this morning (https://photos.app.goo.gl/FRNuw1WaicgbxZa02 ), she is clearly sitting atop something in the nest; look at the video at 45s and see she stands and waddles in the nest, movements that indicate she’s adjusting egg/s in the nest. Without climbing to the nest, we can’t be certain how many eggs she might be on, but in about 35ish days, we’ll know.

Below is a picture of the male (on the right) visiting the female while she sits low in the nest (sorry about the quality; it’s windy out there!).

How fortunate are we?!

Cheers,

Doug Robinson

 

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06 Mar

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Eagle Watch – March 6, 2018

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Good morning all, On the eve of another major snow storm, our resident pair of Bald Eagles continues to add to their nest. Since the first sighting of the eagles on campus around 25 January 2018, the eagles have added sticks to broaden the nest by 18” on each side and increased the depth of the nest by double! Over the last two weeks, nest lining material, including grass and pine needles have been brought to the nest, indicating that the eagles seem pretty serious about having a go at raising some young this season.

Attendance at the nest has increased over the last 10 days and the eagles are typically in the vicinity of the nest throughout the day. We’re waiting now to have the female sit in the nest for long periods of time; only then will we really know the pair have eggs in the nest. Once the incubation of the eggs begins, the female will be sitting low in the nest for the majority of each hour of the day (24 hrs a day!). We can’t see into the nest, so we’re banking on reading the behavior of the female to know when we’ve got eggs! Stay tuned!

For now, here are some pictures of our pair from this morning following the arrival of one with another stick for the nest. Enjoy!

Cheers,

Doug Robinson

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