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04/11/2011 03:51:37 PM · #176
A truly awesome eagle nest. 32 million views. I've learned a lot about eagles. Impressive parents! Have you noticed how the parents have increased the portion size from nibbles to big chunks. The eaglets are more coordinated now, so they pretty much stay together in the center of the "nest bowl". The winds and rains of recent days have taught them to stay together in the place where they are fed. My favorite part has been when the dad brings in a big fish and delivers it to the edge of the nest. (muskrat, crow, squirrel, rabbit and many fish) And yet, the nest today looks dry and fluffy. Pretty impressive design.
04/12/2011 08:50:12 AM · #177
Looks as if it's raining in Decorah, Iowa this morning.
Right now, lovely pics of eaglets peeking out.
04/12/2011 09:39:25 AM · #178
I missed watching for a couple of days, they're getting big! And I never saw both Eagles leave the nest before. Well, they were alone for a few minutes...and again right now!

And the ads seem to be getting more frequent (I have the popout viewer on my second monitor). I guess they figured out lots of people are watching. Pretty annoying.
04/12/2011 05:43:38 PM · #179
ummmm.... is the third eaglet ok? It seems to be breathing, but the others are on the other side of the nest being fed, and it has flies landing on it...

Message edited by author 2011-04-12 17:44:30.
04/12/2011 05:49:08 PM · #180
I just assumed it wasn't hungry. Now I'm not so sure.
04/12/2011 05:53:16 PM · #181
Originally posted by GinaRothfels:

I just assumed it wasn't hungry. Now I'm not so sure.


I think it ate a lot earlier and is just a bit tired. There are flies all over that edge of the nest, and not just on the eaglet. Probably due to the warmer weather and older food. I'm hoping all is well. It does seem to be moving around a little, but it's hard to tell since the feed is a bit jerky right now for some reason.

Dave
04/12/2011 06:00:52 PM · #182
Originally posted by DCNUTTER:

It does seem to be moving around a little, but it's hard to tell since the feed is a bit jerky right now for some reason.

Dave


My feed is always jerky. I assumed it was because our internet is on the slow side.

The feeding pattern seems to have changed a lot over the last few days. The parents used to gently put the food into the babies' mouths. Now they are picking up the food and the babies grab it from their mouth.
04/12/2011 06:02:28 PM · #183
The third baby seems to be on the move now.
04/12/2011 06:09:10 PM · #184
Originally posted by GinaRothfels:

Originally posted by DCNUTTER:

It does seem to be moving around a little, but it's hard to tell since the feed is a bit jerky right now for some reason.

Dave


My feed is always jerky. I assumed it was because our internet is on the slow side.

The feeding pattern seems to have changed a lot over the last few days. The parents used to gently put the food into the babies' mouths. Now they are picking up the food and the babies grab it from their mouth.


Usually runs pretty smooth for me, but the chat stream came up by default today for some reason. I usually don't see it or participate in chat so that might be effecting my connection today. Who knows...didn't seem to get much better after I closed it.

Feeding has definitely changed. The portions per bite are bigger now as they can handle it more. It was fascinating to watch a few days ago where the parent would take a pretty decent sized portion in their beak, but hold it tight enough where the little ones could only tear off a small portion of what they could handle. You could definitely tell that the parent was facilitating just how much they would allow them to grab. :)
04/12/2011 06:09:45 PM · #185
no... it's lying completely on its side, with feet one way and head the other way... I haven't seen it lay like that before -- not all stretched out like that.

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04/12/2011 06:17:15 PM · #186
Originally posted by vawendy:

no... it's lying completely on its side, with feet one way and head the other way... I haven't seen it lay like that before -- not all stretched out like that.


someone on the site said they'd been watching all day, and that one's fine. :)
04/12/2011 06:18:50 PM · #187
Originally posted by vawendy:

no... it's lying completely on its side, with feet one way and head the other way... I haven't seen it lay like that before -- not all stretched out like that.


It did walk a bit a while ago and the parent came towards it, then went back to the other two.

I don't know too much about eagle behaviour, but with the birds that lived in our garden, when there was a problem with one baby, the mother went to the sick one and the other had to follow her to get attention.

Message edited by author 2011-04-12 18:19:06.
04/12/2011 06:26:38 PM · #188
ok. He's sitting up now. I'll stop being paranoid. :)
04/12/2011 06:36:11 PM · #189
Originally posted by vawendy:

ok. He's sitting up now. I'll stop being paranoid. :)


That one's being fed now. I think new food arrived a while ago. Maybe he didn't like what was on offer before :)
04/12/2011 06:47:26 PM · #190
I saw an explanation on chat a little while ago that said
the older two are being fed first until they are full and
sleepy so they don't peck the littlest one while it's feeding.

It is a little strange though to see the littlest one on the
backs of E1, E2, saying, approximately, 'me, me, me!'
04/12/2011 10:08:41 PM · #191
Originally posted by sfalice:

I saw an explanation on chat a little while ago that said
the older two are being fed first until they are full and
sleepy so they don't peck the littlest one while it's feeding.


Alice, I've heard the same thing about the order that the young ones are fed. If you have looked at some of the other videos on Ustream, you will see the same thing happening with other Eagles and other species of birds. It seems to work!
04/13/2011 12:05:52 PM · #192
This continues to be an amazing sight. (Yes, and site too.)
The eaglets are huge this morning and mom seems to be expanding to corral at least part of them.
04/13/2011 12:38:05 PM · #193
Whoa, that's GRAPHIC right now! See the beak! See the carcass! See the beak rend the carcass! Sheesh... Amazing.
04/13/2011 05:32:42 PM · #194
Where are the parents? This is the longest I've seen the babies left on their own.

Okay, someone's just come back. Feeding time.

Message edited by author 2011-04-13 17:34:05.
04/13/2011 07:13:34 PM · #195
Yes, all those squirrels, muskrats and fish are translating into bigger eaglets.
What a nature story we are seeing. But I sure hope they get enough donations to afford a really, really good camera for next year.
04/13/2011 07:36:41 PM · #196
Just watching now and noticing how much twittering there is near the Eagle family. During one segment that I watched, the camera panned around to the right and showed a Starling on one of the branches that was part of the Eagle's nest. The Starling then went towards the center of the mass of sticks and disappeared. It seems the Starling felt that the Eagle nest was the safest place it could build it's own nest! The Eagle seems to be annoyed by all of the noise at times.
04/13/2011 11:23:29 PM · #197
Sigh. And again it is night, the adult is sleeping. There's a pile o' eaglets, but I can't see individual ones. They do look bigger. Hopefully I can see them in daylight tomorrow!
04/14/2011 10:41:25 AM · #198
Yes, Deb, I hope you can too. They are remarkable little creatures.

I came across this blog by Amy Ries at the site who gives more facts about this family and eagles in general. Amusing to note that the eaglets' legs seem to grow faster than other portions of their anatomy.

04/14/2011 11:32:46 AM · #199
I think I've had a separate browser window open on my main monitor for a couple weeks now. It's been great to watch the progress.

Two things I've noticed. The eaglets are large enough and have developed to the point they can moderate their own body warmth. Prior to now, they needed the "incubation" warmth of the parents to stay warm. Now, they stay warm most of the time on their own, especially when they sleep side-by-side. And, they are now so large they just don't fit in the nest cup under either parent. Although, both parents still try to tuck them under. The eaglets do seek shelter under the parent during rain and high winds.

The dad brings in fish on a regular basis. They like fish.

Stormy weather (possibly severe) approaching from the Northwest. Decorah weather.

Message edited by author 2011-04-14 11:36:07.
04/14/2011 01:22:06 PM · #200
I see a reference to owls on the website. What did I miss?
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