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Re: Eagle Cam! Watch Live!

Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:53 am
by shireling
There's an egg! Laid 6:24 PM, EST to Flotus and Potus! It's been named DC4 :D .

I went back and looked at the recording of Flotus's labor, and it's very touching how Potus watches over her. I mean, after all, it's no different than giving birth, except that the embryo isn't ready. Bird's bodies don't have the room to handle a developing fetus, so they stayed with the egg - just like their dinosaur ancestors began with. So very, very cool. Go watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dwp6QzCZsao

Re: Eagle Cam! Watch Live!

Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:07 pm
by shireling
Second egg was laid yesterday - I missed it by an hour! But, the Real First Family is now complete ;) , and we have DC 4 and DC 5.

Re: Eagle Cam! Watch Live!

Posted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:50 pm
by shireling
Serious situation :( . One of the eaglets has gotten its foot caught in a branch fork. It's been like this for more than a couple of hours, and I hope to God that the decision is made to rescue. I know they rarely get involved, but to leave this baby is suffer...

http://www.dceaglecam.org/

Re: Eagle Cam! Watch Live!

Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:24 am
by shireling
About 8:30 PM EST, a rescuer was sent to collect DC4 (the older chick, who by now is the size of a baked chicken), and placed it in a bag to go. The DC5 is real still, like "I don't know what this thing is, but I'm not letting it know I'm here." So, the cam-feed is down for the time being; the folks, I'm sure, came back as soon as they could for the other baby. Wow, I'm so glad it's gone well.

After hearing that my diet soda is killing my brain cells, this is the best news I've had all day :D !

Re: Eagle Cam! Watch Live!

Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:35 am
by shireling
This is from the American Eagle Foundation, around 10 PM, EST. :

Late this afternoon (April 20) DC 4’s leg became lodged in a Y-shaped stick on the edge of the nest. The eaglet was unable to free itself, so the American Eagle Foundation, in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, arranged for the eaglet to be rescued. Initial examination of the eaglet on the ground by a USFWS eagle expert found that the leg did not appear to be seriously injured. However, the eaglet will be taken to a veterinarian tomorrow where a radiograph of the leg will be taken to absolutely confirm that the leg is generally OK. Hopefully, the eaglet will be returned to the nest to rejoin its sibling and parents in a few days.

Re: Eagle Cam! Watch Live!

Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 1:25 am
by shireling
The AEF sneaked the chick back into the nest sometime early in the afternoon, and it was Flotus (at least I think it was Mom), who fed the babies just before bed. I think it was the size of the eaglet that really threw me; it looked like an average-sized guy who climbed into the nest, and DC4 was plopped atop his palm like a rotisserie hen from the deli. I'm not kidding. I can't believe how big they are - they hatched on the 29th and 30th of last month, and they aren't even a month old.

Btw, I do apologize for the cooked chicken references :paperbag: .

Re: Eagle Cam! Watch Live!

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:15 pm
by shireling
Eagle Parents Rearing Baby Red-Tailed Hawk Chick with Their Three Eaglets


http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/ ... es-rivalry

Re: Eagle Cam! Watch Live!

Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:22 pm
by Padfoot
I hope it goes well. Would love that!

Re: Eagle Cam! Watch Live!

Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:21 pm
by shireling
I do too. So far, so good. I've been checking and the chick is still with us. He's so tiny compared to the eaglets, and these folks have done a great job rearing all of them. This is the first time I've seen three big birds raised up like these, but I just started following the nests last year. The raising of the red-tailed chick is not uncommon, I guess. We don't have bald eagles around here, but we do have red-tails, a few species of owl, and peregrines.

Btw, Glory, the younger of this year's DC eaglets, fledged yesterday. Actually it looked like the falling of a stone - I don't think it was on purpose. He/she is okay, and estimated to be perched about twenty feet down the tree trunk. But, the older female eaglet, Honor, is still in the nest. Glory's been called an over-achiever, ever since hatching within some 30 hours after Honor.

Re: Eagle Cam! Watch Live!

Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:57 pm
by shireling
This morning I checked in on the eagles and it looked like Honor had decided to sleep, at least part of the night, in the nest. Then Glory came down and cuddled up next to her. I wonder if these guys are ever nostalgic for those carefree baby days. When I looked again, just a bit ago, the nest was empty and the kids were up under the canopy. But now it looks like both of them have gotten fish from Flotus and Potus, and they're busy packing it away.

Re: Eagle Cam! Watch Live!

Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:23 pm
by shireling
Rescued D.C. Eagle Is Likely Celeb Birdie Grounded By Storm

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/ ... d-by-storm

As for the baby red-tailed hawk, it fledged and has left the eagle nest. And I hope it does well. I did see a couple of posts that the foster parents have taken it food. It's been dubbed Stephen Hawklet.

Re: Eagle Cam! Watch Live!

Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:38 pm
by Padfoot
I hope the baby hawk will make it! Somehow I refuse to believe that the eagles hatched it just to eat it when it has grown up. Sometimes, the most unbelieveable stories happen!

Re: Eagle Cam! Watch Live!

Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:06 pm
by shireling
They think that the chick was taken from the hawks to be eaten by the eaglets. But it began begging to be fed, so the eagles fed it. The hormones kicked in, they see an open beak and put something in it :lol: . I have seen ospreys scared off their nests and their hatchlings stolen by bald eagles - nature's way or not, I'm no fan of that. But this little red-tail was such a gutsy so-and-so, that he made it to the fledge. And this nest had three eaglets to begin with! I think he'll be okay. One tough little dude.

Re: Eagle Cam! Watch Live!

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:48 pm
by shireling
They've finished with the DC Eagle nest until next winter. The kids looked good and strong; I hope they're successful going out, and that Potus and Flotus have a safe winter as well. If all goes accordingly, there will be new eaglets come March.