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02-22-2008, 10:21 AM
I just got caught up on the happenings lately... I haven't been following it that closely. Very interesting, I must say. Hopefully, it isn't too late to rekindle the love...:wink:

Hey Alffe, can you just go in chat and just listen?

02-22-2008, 11:05 AM
Yes, I seldom say anything....unlike real life. *grin

Now they have posted that the squirrels have built a nest under the eagle nest.

02-22-2008, 03:47 PM
Now they have posted that the squirrels have built a nest under the eagle nest.

What better place to be than, hidden below your enemies?

02-22-2008, 06:23 PM
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I'm lazy today... didn't want to go back to page 1 to find this link....


02-22-2008, 07:38 PM
I saw a little squirrel this morning snagging stuff from the eagles nest to build his nest. it was actually pretty interesting.

02-23-2008, 07:05 AM
The original pair has been at the nest this morning...6:55 and I think they've discovered the squirrel nest. :o

02-23-2008, 11:58 AM
and the saga continues :wink:

02-24-2008, 03:00 PM
It looks like the original female has driven off the "loose" eagle :)


02-24-2008, 04:21 PM
New beginnings are almost as wonderful as happy endings! :D

02-26-2008, 09:12 AM

I visited the raptor forum and on it Raptorman says that female eagles are
the more aggressive bird. That males are smaller as chicks and adults and learn early to defer to the females. So I guess it is more likely that the female drove off this intruder.

The males only incubate about 20% of the time, so while the resident female was busy he did not sit on the eggs long enough.

I think also it is possible that the intruder wanted to mate, and then she may have gone to another nest to lay there. I wonder (and this is a human response) if the resident eagle helped the younger intruder to make a nest for herself? That is why she was gone? Or that she drove the intruder off so FAR that it took days? I guess we will never know what exactly happened, but we may have chicks yet!

I keep checking in daily anyway.

02-27-2008, 06:59 AM
is on the nest this morning! I just tuned in and she was carefully rearranging the "furniture" and then carefully sat down to brood. I wonder if there is an egg there already? The sun is coming up and shining on her this morning. It is a beautiful sight!

02-27-2008, 07:03 AM
thank you Mrs.D...what a great way to start the day.


(taking my cue from Abbie..it's easier to find this way. *grin)

02-27-2008, 05:09 PM
a very long detailed mating....

Not much postcoital affection however. LOL (pardon me :p )

But I bet the biologists had a field day with this! It was so well documented!

Those talons on the feet have gotta hurt! :yikes:

02-28-2008, 03:40 PM
Here is a link to the transcript of a chat with a biologist at Norfolk, about the eagles situation. It is really interesting:

link has changed:


02-28-2008, 03:55 PM

MRS. D!!!! :eek: :eek: :eek: :D


02-28-2008, 08:39 PM
a very long detailed mating....
But I bet the biologists had a field day with this! It was so well documented!
No pesky branches in the way to block the view.... :D

Not much postcoital affection however. LOL (pardon me :p )
I dunno, she looked like she was looking for a cigarette on that last frame... :wink:

Those talons on the feet have gotta hurt! :yikes:
"Honey, where did you get those scratches on your back?

03-02-2008, 10:35 AM
Today the camera seems to be off.

But I found a video from yesterday on YouTube...complete with a nice guitar
for sound effects!

It appears that other vids are there too!

This one was done 3-1 and shows the male eagle struggling with a big
stick for the nest. While the female waits on her favorite perching spot.

It is called Sticks N' Such:

This one is from last year.... just after the eaglets hatched:
Very cool!

03-03-2008, 10:49 AM
I love this You Tube. It's stills of the babies last year. I love when the momma sits on the eggs, it looks like her and papa are kissing, lol. .

03-03-2008, 11:06 AM
I think the eagles are playing hide and seek with me.....:eek:

Everytime I look... the nest is empty.....:(

03-03-2008, 11:59 AM
Me too Abbie! :confused:

03-03-2008, 12:35 PM
That montage really brought the tears to my eyes. sniff sniff

I've been watching the feed when it is on, and the female looks
rumpled and tired to me. She is holding her feathers like the old sick birds
that come to our feeders, and who are on their last legs.

I wonder if she cannot lay more eggs. The gardens filmed her laying a 3rd egg...where is it? Not stuck in her I hope. I hope she is not ill, and that may lead to a failure this season. I wish the biologists would release some information about the two eggs they took. If they were fertile or not.
This suspense is driving me nuts! :confused:

03-03-2008, 04:10 PM
I know Mrs. D! Brought tears to my eyes too! Ahhh, the circle of life.

And the suspense is driving me nuts too.

03-03-2008, 05:51 PM
There's an eagle there!!! Guess I snuck in without being seen...:)

. ( . )

Ok... spoke to soon... she/he flew away... guess I made to much noise.:(

03-04-2008, 10:27 AM
This cam at Blackwater, just had a baby hatch:


This cam does not refresh as often, but it is interesting:


03-04-2008, 07:08 PM
this is really cool! it is really dark but you can see an eagle sitting there!

03-04-2008, 09:59 PM
That's so neat Mrs.D...why don't you start a new thread for this other nest...hopefully it will have a happy result. :hug:

03-05-2008, 09:25 AM
2nd egg has hatched. I can see both babies clearly this morning!


The blog here has alot of details. It appears that the male of this pair is not
helping the female or bringing food.


I hope this new Mom can feed both herself and the new babies!

03-07-2008, 04:37 PM
is doing well. The little chicks are growing FAST!

So cute!

03-09-2008, 07:59 AM
Here is a cute picture showing the chicks being fed:

More at:

And here is a YouTube from last year...Barton Cove (I haven't visited that one yet)
It shows an egg hatching very clearly.
If our eagles had not been interrupted we would have seen this about now at
the Norfolk site!


03-09-2008, 11:10 AM
awesome view right now.


03-09-2008, 06:00 PM
I'm gonna have to smack whomever is running the eagle cam....

I was admiring one of the eagles with the snow in the background and the camera person zoomed out!!! :eek:

Now I can't see the beautiful bird at all!!!!


03-10-2008, 06:09 AM
What cam are you watching?

There is no snow at Norfolk. Their weather has been in the 50's for a while now.

The white you see in the background may be a building roof, or a walkway.
They are also next to an airport.

Since there is little activity now at Norfolk, they turn off the cam, mostly on weekends now. Also they pan around looking at stuff now and then.

What I have noticed is that they put up slide shows, listed on the right side of your screen, showing the most interesting moments of the day.

The Blackwater cam is nice...I've been watching the new hatchlings there

03-10-2008, 07:03 AM
both eagles there now...:D

03-10-2008, 07:10 AM
just saw the male doing his "barking" thing...removing the bark off that main

They are building that nest to huge proportions! I wonder if the squirrels
underneath are giving them some stimulus to "build up" ?

The little hatchlings at Blackwater are alone now, and easy to see also.

03-10-2008, 10:35 AM
It looked like a light dusting.... not much.... could have been the lighting??


either way it was pretty....

03-10-2008, 05:45 PM
At Blackwater...there is a novel construction just appearing in the nest.

One of the eagles put some sticks across the nest edge, and then heaped up
the straw over them, making a TENT...

This wasn't there a hour ago. We just finished dinner and voila...
there is a new thing there! Amazing! ;)

03-11-2008, 02:35 PM
Here is a new video posted from Blackwater...showing the new chicks
fighting! (the mother ends up sitting on them to stop it).

Tomorrow they will be adding this to their blog. I am interested to see what
they make of it.


03-17-2008, 07:46 AM
The blog over at Norfolk says there is a new egg:


I hope this is true. I did see the eagles last night at dusk worried
about the squirrels...they were watching and listening below the
nest for a LONG time.

And I have been watching the Blackwater babies. They are growing nicely.
The father eagle is not providing food reliably there, so the mother is leaving
the chicks alone alot, but they are surviving. They are starting to crawl around
the nest some. I'd say they are twice the size they were since hatching.

Mom is sitting here this morning hoping food will be delivered, but I don't think
it will, and she will have to leave and hunt for the babes!

03-18-2008, 09:42 PM
Wanting to add to this...I checked the Norfolk eagle cam at 10p.m. Eastern Time tonite and saw an empty nest.
Next thing I know I see mama (or perhaps papa can't tell in the dark) come flying in! She appeared to actually be checking and turning the egg with her beak & feet. After a few mins of checking things out, looking left & right it appeared...she nestled down and actually seemed to be warming the egg by spreading out her wings and actually sort of tucking her head down in front of her body into the nest. When she'd raise her head, it was all that appeared visible above the top rim of the nest.
Keeping our fingers crossed that this second time around is a success for them.


03-19-2008, 03:17 AM
like that when it is raining. They might have been having weather.

I watched the Blackwater eagle protect her newly hatched chicks that way
a week or so ago. They "mantle" spread the wings to keep the nest dry as

Last year in Mid April there was a terrible storm, and this female eagle kept
her chicks dry successfully thruout. The National Geographic eagle nest,
lost their chicks during the same storm. It was too late by then for the eagles
to make a second clutch and they abandoned the nest. Everyone was very upset about that then.

Also I just learned this week, that the eagles walk on their knuckles in the nest..they turn their talons inward so as not to damage the babies or the unhatched eggs. So they appear awkward, as they settle in to incubate.

03-19-2008, 10:59 AM
Our Virginia girl is having some wild ride this morning! That's quite a wind. :eek:

03-19-2008, 04:31 PM
They just put up a slideshow for yesterday 3-18...

Some great pics there! How huge these birds are!

30 days is a long time to sit on that nest..... DUH?

03-19-2008, 06:03 PM
sleeping and taking a big nap for about an hour.

I've only caught one other nap attack, the male on the nest during the
first clutch (which was lost).

It can't be easy sitting on the nest for soooooo long!

03-20-2008, 02:09 PM
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03-20-2008, 04:01 PM
which is very close to Norfolk, BTW...has updated their blog.

This blog gives very interesting information, including pictures of an eagle fight
between an adult and a juvenile .... We have seen areal displays of eagles fighting or practicing over our summer home like this!

They explain the chick behaviors in detail, and offer many interesting
pieces of data not found elsewhere!

03-21-2008, 08:55 AM
Our Eagles at Norfolk lost their eggs yesterday.


Both eggs are lost again!

They are hoping for another clutch. :(

03-21-2008, 08:59 AM
Oh no, so sorry to read this! :(

03-21-2008, 12:28 PM
It's like Mama Eagle doesn't realize her own strength..comes in for a hard landing on top of the eggs and BOOM, there they go:(

At least they're reported as "still doin it"....so there's still hope for babies this yr.


03-21-2008, 01:16 PM
Here is a link from another cam, that has sound...recorded from small chicks
about the size of the Blackwater ones:


It is really interesting. And they are quite vocal too!

I think she (the Norfolk Mom) had just laid the 2nd egg... drat!

03-21-2008, 05:24 PM
are doing very well.... I am watching the Mom feed them right now.

They are starting to get their second color chick down in...it is darker
gray... and they are noticeably larger and better coordinated.:)

I feel sad about Norfolk...that nest has been empty all day! sigh! :(

Here is an extended story about the eggs:


03-22-2008, 03:37 PM
I just happened to look in there and caught this chick with his beak wide open
waiting for the food! It was a really good catch time wise...to get this shot!

And our Mom at Norfolk appears to be sitting on another egg? She left the nest briefly and the camera zoomed in to look for an egg...and none was visible at the angle it was fixed to. But it is possible she was ready to lay the 3rd egg, and now she has?
Either that or she is just tired and sitting for a while? Certainly is not for lack of "trying" as they are still very active in that regard! :p

03-22-2008, 04:16 PM
Well, if you want to make an omlette...ooops! Bad analogy! :D

03-24-2008, 08:11 AM
I'm at work but wanted to let you know that our Norfolk lady has laid another egg. :D I'm hoping and praying that this little eaglette will make it.


03-25-2008, 01:51 PM
I have to say our Norfolk mom is looking very good today.
(although I caught her napping this morning ;) )

I thought she was looking ragged the past few weeks, but today she is
looking good. The cam has tight close-ups on her too.

Don't miss today!

03-25-2008, 04:46 PM
are growing and doing well. There is a blog that explains sibling rivalry for these two chicks, since food is not as plentiful for them (Dad eagle is not bringing much for them). The link to the blog is on the site:

The plumage of these chicks is changing to the darker gray, BTW.

There was a great shot on Easter showing the larger eaglet exercising his/her wings:

Life is tough for all of us, I guess!

03-26-2008, 01:47 PM
apparently the momma eagle cracked at least one of the eggs when she was startled by an owl... :(
I dont know how to put the link from the other site here so you can watch the video of the man explaining
what happened...


this was the url from the site... i dont know if it will work or not.

03-26-2008, 07:54 PM
Someone needs to give our Norfolk mama owl a lesson on "nesting behavior". As I've said before, she doesn't realized her own weight when she's startled and then comes back into the nest onto the eggs. There's still hope if they were seen mating again Thursday evening:eek:

03-29-2008, 05:57 PM
Here is a video with sound that shows the sounds the eagles make and
the little sounds of newborn chicks. It is pretty interesting:

You get to see a parent feeding them gently too.

04-06-2008, 03:48 PM
our Mother Eagle is having a tough day!


What mothers do!
The Blackwater site is also cold and wet.

04-15-2008, 09:30 AM
There is also a falcon cam at WVEC and today there are close pics
with high detail of the 3 new chicks newly hatched:


They were just fed and now are nestling under their mother's wing.

Very cute!

04-15-2008, 11:04 AM
windy day for the eagles...

can't tell if its the tree where the nest is or the camera that's moving... but the sun is out and there is an eagle sitting in the nest...


04-15-2008, 03:22 PM
Oh no, I can't believe they lost more eggs. :(

WELL! I blame it all on that hussy intruder who tried to steal away our lady eagle's man! Our poor momma is all stressed out. :winky:

04-16-2008, 08:19 AM
Looks like the last (4th) egg is about to hatch today.... this cam is very close.
It appears cracked.

When the chicks get fed, it is amazing to watch!


04-16-2008, 08:58 AM
I can't get the Falcon cam. on my computer. :(

the Norfolk eagles have mated yet again. :rolleyes:

04-16-2008, 09:38 AM
I can't get the Falcon cam. on my computer. :(

the Norfolk eagles have mated yet again. :rolleyes:

Boy those Norfolk eagles are, um...well, they really really like each other, LOL!

Right now they have such a closeup that you can see the eagle's face quite clearly, it's so cool!

04-16-2008, 09:44 AM
:D I just read the article about them mating and what a cool picture.

LOL the article says this...The eagles were noted mating yesterday. This behavior won't result in any more eggs. Rather it serves to further strengthen the pair bond of these two eagles.

Aw, ain't love grand? :rolleyes:

04-16-2008, 02:32 PM
stalls out.

If you cannot view it, try again. Then if it is really your IP, that's that.

But I have failed 3 times myself. I just go back later.

It is really very close up and interesting.

There is a time in mid afternoon like now...3:00Pm to 5PM when you can't
see anything. Morning and early evening are best viewing times.

04-16-2008, 02:54 PM
Mrs.D..I get this sign..The AXIS ActiveX Camera Control, which enables you to view live image streams in Microsoft Internet Explorer, could not be registered on your computer. Every time I've tried I get that same notice.

04-16-2008, 03:58 PM
I use Mozilla, we don't use IE at all. :confused:

04-17-2008, 08:09 AM
I tried to save an image of the Falcon cam for you, Alffe and for others who
may have problems viewing it. But it wouldn't work for me.

So I clicked on the Portland link and did this one from their news story.

The Falcon cam chicks are similar in appearance:


04-17-2008, 05:30 PM
This eagle averages 35 days. But it has been warmer with this last egg..
so we may see hatching next Tues or thereabouts!

04-18-2008, 09:36 AM
A . 's a wedding going on in the park.... so pretty....

Ok..now it don't know if it's a wedding or not... maybe a beauty contest or graduation...but the main girl is up there in a white gown and looks like she has a flower girl.

Oh.. I'd rather be looking at the eagles.

04-19-2008, 04:49 PM
They had a beautiful day for it too!

There is another falcon cam:


This one is very popular locally...and the eggs are due to hatch any moment.
Right now the mother Falcon has been sleeping on them alot! LOL

By this time next week we should see a new eagle chick at Norfolk!
It has been a LONG month!

04-28-2008, 06:36 AM
After all the struggles this pair has been through, they finally have a baby :hug:


04-28-2008, 07:27 AM
Finally, this was a LONG time coming.

I watched all weekend and suspected activity, but missed the actual hatching shown in the video below:

Here is a video of the hatching.

You can view annava's other pictures at that photobucket site too.

It looks like the female eats the old egg...getting her calcium back.

If you watch very carefully you can see the parents walking on their knuckles while in the nest.
It shows up pretty clearly during some of the videos. This is to prevent the talons from hurting the chick.

04-28-2008, 08:27 AM
I just watched both parents feed the chick!

The Dad handed over pieces of fish to the Mom and she gave it to the
chick! A real family endeavor!

How different from the Blackwater chicks, whose father ignored them and the mother for many days, and forced her off the nest to get her own food.
Some of the people working on that cam thought the chicks would die of exposure!

This Dad eagle however, really built up that nest after the early problems with intruders. The walls are so high you can only see the top the chick's head!
The camera angles are not as nice as last year's nest. But at least we have one chick, now, after all that drama!

As the chick grows, its crop get bigger, so feedings are larger and stored in the crop. So it is less easy to catch a feeding on the video.

These very early days with this new chick there will be frequent feedings, so viewers here may be lucky and get watch some live.

Here is Ann's video on photobucket of the Mom and Dad feeding the chick this morning...

Ann has also provided many YouTubes over the years...she is devoted and a great nature lover, and talented too.

05-01-2008, 06:02 AM
There are some really cute slides in the slide show for 4/30
showing the chick pretty clearly.


This babe is pretty active. I've watched several feedings now, and he is
very eager for the food, and grabs it right out of the parent's beak!

It is so nice to see Dad Eagle helping so much. The other cam at Blackwater,
was not like this at all. That male there was not helpful at all, and the survival of the chicks at one point was in doubt!

05-01-2008, 06:10 AM
Finally! That brought me to tears!

05-01-2008, 12:29 PM
You know last year I missed the really small chicks..since I had to work.

Today the feeding by the parents is just fantastic. You can see the little guy's head and face now and he seems very active and healthy.
Sometimes he looks right at the camera!

05-01-2008, 07:44 PM
Has anyone else gone into the actual Live Chat for the Eagle Cam at Norfolk?
I was in there tonite, there were 20 people in there, many away.
The ones that WERE there were just so rude and such. It sounded like a bunch of teens. No talk about the eagles or anything of that matter. A lot of teasing one another and cursing with using different letters so it wouldn't be blocked as words. I was accused of "being a baby that was dropped on my head when I was born" !!!!
Just wondering if Norfolk Botanical Gardens knows of what all's going on in their "live chat"?????


05-03-2008, 07:21 AM
There are some really great shots on the slideshow for 5/2.

Shows the male feeding Mom, with the chick watching.
This is great modeling behavior! So this chick if male, may grow up like
his Dad! (and not like the Blackwater male who ignored them)

Last year I missed this part, the early chick days, due to work.
I think these moments are the most interesting of all!

05-05-2008, 04:05 PM
Well, this video shows the little squirt...doing his/her thing:

Look closely about 3/4 of the way into the video:


05-05-2008, 05:32 PM
I was watching this at work and it's amazing how long he/she is holding their head up now. This afternoon dad came with a fish, gave mom a little love peck, and they shared their fish with the little one :hug:

05-06-2008, 08:45 AM
Oh I love it! :grouphug::grouphug:

05-06-2008, 06:12 PM
Here is a new video of the baby eagle climbing out of the "nest cup" ..and
into the other parts of the nest..


Very active. It is so much fun to watch this. Who would have imagined the
level of intimacy and cooperation these birds engage in ...before the
computer age and cams?

There are other very nice videos at that photobucket link too... check them out!

05-07-2008, 01:18 PM
Here is a really good link that explains the progression from egg/chick/nestling/fledgling.


and this from the behavior link from the same site:
For bald eagles, this critical period is from nine days to six weeks of age. Until it is nine days old, the chick's eyes cannot focus well enough to distinguish humans from mother eagles. However, from nine days and up to about six weeks of age, the baby chick will imprint on a human if the human appears to be its food source. If this happens, the eagle will be permanently imprinted on that person or humans in general. This causes the eagle to look for humans to provide food. Possibly a worse result is that, once mature, the imprinted eagle will refuse to mate with other bald eagles.

If you watch some of the video (esp at the photobucket site) you can see the mother interacting with the baby.
She nudges him/her with her beak, and encourages it to move over, and I even saw a sort hug thing.

05-11-2008, 01:35 PM
Is having a tough day today, on Mother's Day...

Take a look..

The wind has just picked up.

I saw the little one dive under her a couple of hours ago...guess he/she
doesn't like the wind!

05-14-2008, 11:18 AM
There are some nice close ups with Mom and eaglet today.
The weather is calmer and they have the cam on extreme close up.

Nice shots of a healthy fast growing chick!

05-15-2008, 08:00 AM
Its about 8:00 central time and momma is feeding the baby... its so sweet!!!

05-15-2008, 04:12 PM
There are some very good close ups of the eaglet coming out now...


05-20-2008, 11:28 AM
It has been noted that there is a growth on the eaglet's bill.


Thursday they are going to climb up, retrieve him, and check him out.

Avian pox?
pretty awful.... no treatment?

The word is that the procedure to remove the eaglet will begin at 9am on Thursday.
He will be examined and if the biologists decide...may NOT be returned to the nest. He may
go to a rehab place instead. The chat room at WVEC will have a special event stream beginning
at 9am Thursday. :(

Let's cross our fingers for a speedy recovery. (and that he won't have to be separated from
his parents).

05-22-2008, 11:18 AM
The details about the eaglet can be found here:


He/she was removed from the nest, and sent to a rehab center for
diagnosis and treatment. This was necessary to protect the parents from
contagion, and to help the chick whose beak tumor was growing very fast
and interfering with his breathing.

The cam is over for this season. It is still on, probably waiting to see
parents' reactions to the loss. Right now the nest is empty and no sign
of the parents.:(