I recently stumbled across a YouTube video of the Blair Taylor nest. I googled to find the cam site. I was looking for a history of this nest on your website. If I overlooked it, could you send the link? If not I was wondering if anyone has recorded things like how long the nest has been monitored, whether Blair is one of the original builders of the nest, a history of her mates, a history of her offspring, the number of eaglets hatched each year, whether eaglets survived through fledgling? I just feel closer to the eagles I watch when I know some history. I am a fairly new eagle watcher and already I have seen so much of the tragedy that eagles can experience like the loss of eggs and mate that Blair experienced last year. I was an avid AEF DC cam watcher last year. It is what made me so interested in learning more about these majestic birds. Nest cams give us such insight into their natural instincts, their struggle just to survive and their never ending quest to continue their species. I look forward to watching as much as time allows. Thank You.
Sometimes Nature is hard to understand, please know that I'm proud of the kids and they are sad but the events of the past few days but also know that your teacher is doing a wonderful job explaining this all to you. XXXOOO to all involved
Deb, we will look at doing something about your question. Here is an article from RRP on the subject.
Can you add ZW sex-determination explanation in 'frequently asked questions' section to answer: Who determines the sex of the eaglet, the male or the female?
Steve, there has never been a sighting of Lucy or Larry. We do hold a little hope that Larry may simply be at a nearby nest with another female. There was some news that spring that Lucy left of a male that was rescued nearby. Larry was still with us then. Maybe it is possible that he simply formed a bond at a new nest, or at least we would like to think that.
Has there been any info or sightings of Lucy or Larry?
We sure can, DebMV63Seattle! An owl pellet will have bones mixed with the hair or fur from the animal. An eagle pellet will not have these bones because the acids in their digestive system will dissolve them. Hope that helps. Check out the blog dated March 23, 2015 from NEC here: http://www.eagles4kids.com/nec-blog/
I found a pellet but wasn't sure if it was an owl pellet or eagle. It was found in an area where all several types of birds of prey live. Can you provide me the difference between the different type of pellets cast by birds of prey?
Aug 25, 2015. Glad your cameras are on 2015/2016 season. When can we kind expect the Eagles to show up in this nest? Excited ito see if it will be Blair & Taylor.. They worked hard...stayed with those eggs so long..praying this year that they will raise some babies..😊
Just got a "Thank you" from Mr. Briggs' class. What a nice surprise to come home to. My family was eager to see what was in the envelope from WI. Now it is my turn to say thank you once again for sharing your thoughts, experience, and videos with the world. Thank you for also sharing your knowledge and for bringing nature right into our homes. It's been a great first time watching your eagle cam and learning about the other eagle cams that are out there. As a bird watcher this has been a whole new exciting adventure for me and I don't need to use my binoculars, but I am eager to go eagle watching sometime in the future. Wishing you all a safe and fun filled summer!
Haha! Was wondering what was blocking the camera. Thought it was frost this morning, but it never cleared up. Yes, I suppose the sign would make it worse. Well I hope things work out for B & T next year. Our family has fallen in love with them. Looking forward to next year's nesting season, but looking forward to warmer weather first.
I agree; people need to just invest in a good pair of binoculars and watch from a safe distance! I was watching live the day that guy was seen on camera parking his vehicle and getting out to look at the eagles. It made me so angry. I believe acts like that result from a combination of lack of common sense and selfishness. Like you have said, there seems to be a lot of interest in the nest by other eagles so I'm sure we'll have some pair tat the nest next year but I'm crossing my fingers that since it won't be Larry & Lucy that it will at least be Blair & Taylor!
We have watched the Hanover nest. It looks like the camera took a direct hit from an eaglet poop shoot. It is hard to see right now. We also wathc MN Bound, Decorah, Berry, and other nests. We have wondered about a sign and talked with the DNR. It is thought that it might be worse and cause more disturbance. It is sad that people can't just watch from a great distance. Trout fishing starts this weekend, May 2. We expect tot see more people fishing which is legal according to the regulations here. Hopefully the eagles get used to people as this nest is near highway and a side road that is public. The creek is public too. Thanks for watching. We are wondering how many more days it will be before the eggs break apart or they decide to leave them for good.
I've still been watching from NJ and have a couple questions about the disturbances of the "visitors" of humans. It's worrisome that Taylor gets so stressed. Will this make them less likely to come back to nest next year? I'm supposing not since they haven't abandoned the nest this far. Is there a way for you to post a sign saying "Shhhh!! Eagles nesting." ? Although that would probably make the situation worse cause you'd probably have more people checking out the nest. Humans...we're our own worst enemy! Another nest cam for the students to see is the Hanover, PA Eagles. Don't know if you saw the news about 2 months ago, but they showed how the Eagles were so dedicated to their eggs. They were burried up to their heads in snow sitting on the eggs. It would be a good thing for the children to see. Thank you again for all your postings and videos that you share with the public. One last question is who is Lucky? I've seen him scare B & T a couple times on your videos. I can't make out what he/she is.
Good question Gerberd90. We think the fact that Taylor came back, and took over incubation duties has showed that he is up to the challenge. Barring anymore tragedy here, they should be able to come back after the summer and start the nesting season this fall and be stronger for what they endured this season. We seem to have a number of eagles that love it here so we look forward and see what will be next season, but this one isn't complete yet. We would like to see when there last day here is. We think they will take a couple months off from the nest. How far will they go, or will they feel the need to stay closer? What do their instincts tell them? We hope to gain some insight, and remember this is a new pair even though they have several months "Under Their Belts."
My understanding of bald eagles is that new pairs aren't fully bonded until they raise young together. So my question is what do you think the odds are of Blair and Taylor remaining a bonded pair for next nesting season? Do you the the experience of sharing incubating duties was enough to bond them?
Hi, I've been watching from Madisin, NJ. When I was out at The Mayo Clinic last month, my brother and I spotted some eagles while driving to Zumbro Falls, MN for fun. I had never seen an eagle and I became inspired. We visited the NEC and I started watching your web cams when I came home. It's sad to see that the eaglets haven't hatched and it's sad to see Blair and Taylor still incubating, but I guess that's nature. Thank you for all of your work. You guys are doing a great job!! I'd like to let you know about another eagle cam I learned about when I came back home. It's at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ...you can google it and it will come up. The eaglets are getting big and are very cute and are becoming more active and daring. Today they hobbled over to the edge of the best. While I was watching, I was holding my breath. The first one hatched on my birthday and a few of my friends have named it after me...Renee. This eagle cam is great, but it doesn't have the cool "voice" transmission like yours and you're not able to view at night. I hope you get to see it and I look forward to next year's season on your website. ~Renee
Thank you for the question asking if eagles can sense the viability of their eggs. From my own experience watching nest cams, specifically the MN DNR cam a couple of years ago, they do not sense the viablity of their eggs. That pair incubated until each one broke apart and finally there was nothing left to incubate. If they could, the eagle would have quit about one month earlier. Yes, that's right, they incubated for about another month after the time the eggs were suppose to hatch. We could experience that here as well. Eventually, if the eggs do not break down, the eagle may simply leave them and call it quits. We do not have a way to tell if the eggs were fertilized from the beginning. Now the confusing part is, the brood patch gives the eagles the ability to sense when to roll the eggs in the beginning. After a certain time, the eggs really do not need to be rolled but they do it anyway. I hope this helps some, and is only what I have learned or watched myself.
I am holding on to the tiny amount of hope that we will still have a hatch here. I have a question and my question is how much you know about whether or not eagles have the ability to sense if their eggs are viable or not? Thank you.
we homeschool and are loving watching the Eagles! We can't wait for them to hatch!
Dear 3rd Graders,We've been watching your website for about one month. We hope that Blair's eggs hatch and that we can watch a video clip of them hatching. The daily updates are fun to read! We also hope that Taylor starts sitting on the eggs soon :)Sincerely,The Melrose 1st grade class
We might do dissecting of pellets. This is normally done as a 5th grade science lesson so it might be an issue. We will check in on it. Thanks for asking.
This morning, Friday Feb 27th, Blair cast a pellet. Do you plan to dissect owl pellets? I have fond memories of when I did that in school. Very interesting. http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/dissecting-owl-pellets
GerberD90, we are not certain why that is. Is could be she may not fully trust him. Maybe some instinct she has. It is a unique situation for sure. We appreciate your question, and wish we could provide a better answer. As with most questions here, there are no good answers. We are learning with everybody else.
I had the pleasure of driving by on the hwy yesterday and today--I could see one eagle both days sitting on the next--Feb 25th it was around noon and this morning it was between 8:30 and 9am. This morning I also saw one eagle flying in the valley across the hwy from the nest. Very cool to see these are new eagles. Have enjoyed following them for quite some time!
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