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July 22, 2007

Hornby Island, BC

~May 1
~May 5

July 21
not yet


Hornby eaglets
Doug Carrick's photo - July 17
"Thunder and Lightning"

Doug Carrick reported July 21, "First flight! Thunder was sitting on top of the tree stump (8 feet above the nest) and flew in a 50 foot circle, returning to the stump. Lightning was looking on from the edge of the nest. Thunder has been right on schedule - 35 days from egg-laying to hatching and 84 days from hatching to flight (generally considered to be 85 days).
Lightning should be 4 days later, but seems no where near as advanced as Thunder in the way of wing-flapping and short hops. It hasn't once made it up to the upper camera or the tree stump. I feel it will be another ten days yet.
The parents were not involved in the first flight in any way. One was on the Peters' Tree watching for fish as usual and I don't know where the other was. It's my impression that eaglets don't need to be coerced or induced into flight. It is just something they want to do when ready.
I set up a telescopic cam-corder aimed on the nest, hoping to capture Thunder's second flight, but half an hour later the two eaglets haven't even moved. It can drive you nutty waiting for eagles to do something. I gave up."

Kent, WA

April 30
May 1

July 15
not yet

Kent eaglets
Sherri's photo - July 20

After his(?) rocky initial flight July 15, the fledgling took it easy around the nest until July 19; since then he's been flying more and spending longer periods of time away from the nest.

The "nestling" is getting very good at flying up and down to the high branches, and getting good height during flapping practice; I think s/he is very close to fledging.

Puget Sound, WA

April 26

on or before
July 20

Puget Sound eaglet
Shoebutton's photo - July 20
looks like an eaglet flying in to see what the parent has brought -
closest thing to proof of fledging I've seen so far!
(parent had been eating in the nest about 4 minutes before eaglet arrived)

Sidney, BC

April 20

July 12


Sidney eaglet
SharonFeeney's photo - July 17
Skye has been spending most of his time away from the nest, but does return to eat -
and to check for nestovers if no one has provided him with new food lately.

link to Skipper's video "A Visit to the Nest (5:13 am)" (2:52)

link to harrymilt's video "A Day With Skye, Ma, Pa, Vultures, Crows" (3:20)

Santa Cruz, CA

April 13

June 28


Santa Cruz eaglet
Lori's photo - July 18
Cruz (last year's eaglet) drops by to visit Limuw at the nest
Limuw was not terribly amused - and after assessing the situation chased Cruz off his perch. Laughing

link to Patti's video "The Surprise Visit" (4:03)

Barton's Cove, MA

April 6
April 8 or 9

younger fledged
June 28
(81 days)
older fledged
July 11
(96 days)

Barton's Cove eaglets
's photo - July 21
(15 weeks old)

SharonFeeney reported, "July 17, I paddled tonight at the Cove between 7:15 and 8:30. There was a parent perched on a tree next to the nest, and there was one 'let in the nest. I went far from the nest, and turned a corner and I'm afraid I might have spooked one of the 'lets who flew toward the nest out of site. About 20 minutes later, I had the nest in view and there was still one 'let and one parent there. Later, I heard where the other 'let was calling from (about a half mile or so on the other side of the nest). The parent near the nest left quietly when I wasn't looking. Minutes later, a parent arrived with a live fish in its talon. I was too awestruck to even think about the camera. The parent was flying up from the water when I first saw it, so I must have just missed the catch. Rolling Eyes Very Happy The 'let on the nest was very happy, and then the 'let away from the nest started screeching. By the time I had the wherewithall to pick up the camera, this is what I saw. I think something went wrong with the audio as it was much louder, so you might want to turn up your speakers." Very Happy
link to SharonFeeney's video "July 17 " (43 sec)

Two Harbors
Catalina Island, CA

April 6
April 8

by July 3
(K-78 - male)
by July 10
(K-79 - female)


No new pics - the cams are down and while the fledglings are doing fine, they're not posing for pictures

I did learn more about the parents at Two Harbors, thanks to cdn-cdn with info from Dr. Sharpe:
male K-81 - produced at the San Francisco Zoo in 1998 and fostered into the West End nest
female K-82 - hatched in 1998 from an egg removed from the West End nest and fostered into the Pinnacle Rock nest

And here's a link to Cumbrian's Two Harbors Nest tribute
"Thanks For All The Memories : Two Harbors Nest"

West End
Catalina Island, CA

April 1
April 1
April 4

June 22-25
June 25
June 28-30
cam down


West End eaglets
photo by r.e.s. - July 18

I also learned about the parents at the West End nest, thanks to cdn-cdn with info from Dr. Sharpe:
female K-69 (Dianna) - removed as a chick from a nest at Union Bay, Vancouver Island, BC, 1986, and released from Sweetwater Hacktower, Catalina Island
female no tags (Wray) - removed as a chick from a nest in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, BC, 1986, and released at the same time and place as Dianna
male K-01 - hatched at the San Francisco Zoo in 2000 and fostered into the Pinnacle Rocks nest

And I finished my page for the West End nest! Very Happy
It's the first to have a new feature - the first picture shows the nest from a distance
to give you a sense of the surroundings - I'm hoping to add that to the other nests
over the next few days - at least those for which I can find one.

link to the Cumbrian's video
"Thanks For All The Memories - WE Nest" (8:41)
[Thanks, Pat and Roy!]

Norfolk, VA

March 10
March 12
March 14 or 15

May 29
June 1
June 2

Norfolk eaglet
BIRDER's photo - July 15
(about 18 weeks)

BIRDER found this posted on the Norfolk Blog..

Monday, July 16, 2007
“It's Been Fun”

The season is drawing to a close. On July 15th the barriers erected at the Norfolk Botanical Garden were dismantled. These barriers created a perimeter around the nest tree, ensuring that the Eagles weren't disturbed. Now that the young are growing increasingly independent the barriers are no longer necessary. The camera feed has been disconnected for this season. Be sure to check in for next years Eagle Cam.

The adults will have some additional work next season, as a portion of the nest has fallen away. This is not uncommon as Bald Eagle nest can grow quite massive. The juvenile female has continued to use the nest as a roost and feeding platform. The adults have grown less and less responsive to her calls for food and she'll soon have to fend entirely for herself. Observers have noted her successfully fishing.

So Long & Thanks For All The Fish

posted by VDGIF Wildlife Biologist at 8:16 AM

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Thank you for letting me use the images for this compilation.