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Sequoyah NWR, OK.. Bald Eagle Nest.. 2018

Post by IrishEyes » Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:08 pm

Welcome to the 2018 season of the Sequoyah Eagles.

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Note: We now have a new cam as of Sept. 20 2018 .. This cam has IR for seeing the nest at night and No sound !

I am posting this with thanks to Judy B......this is all her documentation.

The nest is in the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, near Vian in eastern Oklahoma, near the Arkansas border. This is the Sutton Center's second nest with a cam (their first features a pair that nests about 125 miles away, at Sooner Lake in north central Oklahoma). Their primary cam page shows two views of Sooner Lake and two of Sequoyah.

The pair laid three eggs in 2011, the first year with a cam, though one disappeared before the cam came online. The two remaining eggs hatched, and both chicks fledged successfully; the younger was given a GPS transmitter, and you can follow his travels here. The pair again laid three eggs in 2012, and all three hatched, but the youngest chick was significantly smaller and fell behind in development, probably because food was a bit scarce; he was holding his own, and usually getting some food - but sadly died, probably of exposure, when he was about 5 weeks old - there was a heavy rainstorm, and his older siblings had feathers to help protect themselves from the cold rain, and he still had mostly down. The pair has laid two eggs to start the 2013 nesting season, so we are hoping both hatch and thrive.

Well, 2013 was an unusual, and ultimately non-productive nesting season here. There appeared to be an intruder or intruders who disrupted the nesting starting about 3 weeks into the incubation period; adults were off the eggs 30-60 minutes initially, and eventually only incubated for a couple of hours per day; they eventually resumed incubation, but the eggs had been uncovered in freezing weather for hours at a time, and often uncovered overnight, so sadly there wais no realistic chance the eggs will hatch. One egg collapsed January 30 (52 or 49 days after laying) and the adults were last seen on the nest February 2 (and incubated the remaining egg for a while that day). Then a great horned owl started visiting on February 3, appeared to incubate the eagle egg during the night Feb 4 & 5, spent the day on the nest Feb 6 - and laid an egg Feb 7! She laid a second egg two days later, and incubated them and the remaining eagle egg. The eagle egg and one owl egg disappeared overnight Feb 15-16; the second owl egg and the owl were gone when cam came online the morning of Feb 26; as of Feb 28, the owl had not been seen, though there would be no reason for her to return to the nest if she lost the egg. The eagles have not been seen since Feb 2; both owls visited the nest the morning of March 3rd, and one was on the nest as it got dark that evening, though there's no IR, so she(?) may have left as darkness fell. A pair of osprey also visted the nest later in the spring - busy nest!

No one used the nest in 2014 - though a local observer believes the pair had a successful season, though it wasn't clear which alternate nest was theirs, so we don't know how many chicks they raised.
2015 was a sad year - we think there may have been a new pair (chatters felt the female did not look like the one from previous years, and the male seemed very tentative the first few times he tried to incubate their two eggs); I focused on other nests once the eggs were laid and things looked OK, but when I checked back after a couple of weeks, it appeared that only the female was incubating the eggs; the male was in the area, and would come to the nest some of the time when the female left, but we didn't see him bring food or tend to the eggs, which were left uncovered (often for long periods of time, given the chilly weather) while the female was off getting food.. Against all odds, the first egg began hatching but couldn't complete the hatch process and was removed from cam view by the male; it looked as if there was a pip in the second egg, and I'm hoping the hatch process had stopped before the female abandoned the nest. I know new/young pairs often don't get all the necessary skills in the right sequence initially, so am hoping for a better year in 2016.
Rest in peace, little almost-chicks
The nest cams failed in 2016, but they reported at least two chicks; I haven't been able to find out if they fledged. There were two eggs in 2017, one hatched, and that chick fledged successfully.
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s'cap with thanks to Judy B

Based on past experience, look for eggs in late December/early January, chicks in early February, and fledging in mid April.

2018 Nesting Season

Eggs .....Egg #1 seen Dec.31..2017 (Note: several experienced observers who post on other sites said it looked as if the female was getting ready to lay the first egg as the cam went dark on Dec 30 and saw her up and turning the egg as it got light the morning of the 31st - so there may well be almost 4 days between the eggs ~JudyB)

Egg #2 Jan.3 at 5:21 pm


Egg # 3 ..seen Jan .8 at 8:44am ( Note: Good morning, everyone! I just saw on Facebook that there are now 3 eggs, and have asked permission from Elfruler Elf to bring her lovely screenshot here. She first saw them around 8:44 am - and so far no one has reported seeing three yesterday, so it may have been laid overnight, 4 days after #2 and 8 days after #1.
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Courtesy of Elfruler Elf.


But the other side of that is that I was watching quite a bit yesterday (and the day before) because I sort of wondered if they might lay three - and I don't think I ever got a clear look at the two eggs I know they had either of those days, between the weather and the angle of the cam... .~ Posted by JudyB and added here by Bev/IrishEyes..
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Hatched.......Feb. 8 ..Egg#1 .5:07pm( 40days).....Egg # 2 Feb11?late..seen Feb12( 39days ).. as per Judy B's Eagle Inf. spread sheet.

Hatched.......Feb. 8 ..Egg#1 .5:07pm( 40days).....Egg # 2 Feb11?late..seen Feb12( 39days ).. as per Judy B's

March 3......Cam is down

Update from Sutton..MARCH 16
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Branching ......Unknown ..

Fledge Unknown

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Re: 2018 Sequoyah NWR, OK.. Bald Eagle Nest

Post by IrishEyes » Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:19 pm

Mom feeding chick #1
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Mom feeding both chicks
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Re: Sequoyah NWR, OK.. Bald Eagle Nest.. 2018

Post by IrishEyes » Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:40 pm

Welcome to our new HWF Forum and our Sequoyah Eagles nest.. :hi:

I took this picture earlier

Mom on the nest with the two chicks
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It was a good day on this nest ... Good Night Sequoyah Eagle Family , Judy, Philjo , WV Eagles and all who watch this nest... :grhug:
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Re: Sequoyah NWR, OK.. Bald Eagle Nest.. 2018

Post by Dino » Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:48 pm

Hi Irish Eyes. Just joined but learning a lot. Been following for years and finally joined up. Are the two chicks in this nest possibly from egg #1 and egg #3? The size difference seems like it is possible.

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Re: Sequoyah NWR, OK.. Bald Eagle Nest.. 2018

Post by Philjo56France » Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:45 am

Good morning all
A first try with 3 pics, to see if i'm good or bad ?
It seems i'm almost very good
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Post by Philjo56France » Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:52 am

Where is Mom ?
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Post by IrishEyes » Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:42 am

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26
Goos late monning Sequoyah Eagle Family and welcome Dino to our new forum and the Sequoyah nest thread.. that is a a good question about the chicks..if you look at the time line line in the opening post .. you will see that the eggs were all laid 4 days apart ..so i am thinking the chikcs hatched from egg# 1 and 2 .. so chick # 1had a very good start over chick # 2... and I suspect that accounts for the size difference, :) .....thanks Philjo for your posts and great s'caps.. you did wonderful :thumlft:

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Mom is on the nest with the chicks and Dad is perched to the right .I think I missed a feeding .
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Post by IrishEyes » Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:49 am

Checking in and I think Dad is seated with the chicks.
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Post by IrishEyes » Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:25 am

1:21pm
My goodness it is hard to see what is going on here on this nest ..I think this is mom and i did see the chicks moving in front off her

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Post by IrishEyes » Mon Feb 26, 2018 12:10 pm

2:05-2:06pm
I tuned in to see what looks Dad moving a stick .tucked in some bedding and is brooding the chicks
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Post by IrishEyes » Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:25 pm

6:20pm,
WOW ! the fog is rolling in and Mom is seated with S1 and S2 out in front if here sleeping
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7:29pm
It is dark at the nest now...

Goodnight Sequoyah eagle family and all who watch here ..
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Post by IrishEyes » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:57 am

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Post by Philjo56France » Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:21 am

Good morning all
Sunny morning is coming
06h14
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Post by Philjo56France » Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:51 am

Both seems awake
but just one question, who is in charge of the wipers control ?
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Post by IrishEyes » Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:19 am

Good Morning Sequoyah eagle family and everyone.. thank you Philjo for the s'caps and obs.... Good question LOL ... the cam lens has been like that since the last rain storm ... I doubt if anyone will go near the nest during nest season....

Current Weather
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8:12am
Nesting eagle on the nest.....I can hardly the chicks

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Post by IrishEyes » Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:19 am

10:10am
Nesting eagle feel of the nest ,, landed on opetch to the right above the nest.I can hardly see the chicks in the nest ...
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Post by IrishEyes » Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:26 am

10:23am
I am pretty sure there is an adult perched on the right above the nest and the two chicks are up in the nest
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Post by IrishEyes » Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:29 am

10:28am
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Post by IrishEyes » Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:29 am

11:17-11:24am
Mom feeding the chicks .... I saw S1 getting lots at first and S 2 joined and Mom de -furring more of the prey and the chicks are waiting for some..
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Post by IrishEyes » Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:34 am

11:29-11:30
\Both are eating .. this nest is a challenge to watch '\\
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Post by IrishEyes » Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:39 am

11:35am
S2 getting lots now or so it seems
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DiD I say it was raining and over cast!
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Post by IrishEyes » Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:34 am

1:31pm
Pouring rain... visibility is poor .Mom is keeping the chicks warm, dray and safe.Cl for bigger
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Post by IrishEyes » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:57 pm

3:53pm
OH! Dear ! the visibility is awful.....I suspect this is Mom brooding the chicks
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Post by IrishEyes » Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:03 pm

7:01pm
I just came back and it is dark at the nest....

GoodNight Sequoyah Eagle Family , Philjo and all who watch this nest ...
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Post by Philjo56France » Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:47 am

Good morning all
First meal at 06h44
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Post by IrishEyes » Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:03 pm

WEDNESDAY , FEB.28, 2018

Good Afternoon Sequoyah Eagle family, Philjo and all who peek in here...thank Philjo for your early morning reports..

Weather Report
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1:54pm'
It is raining and Mom is brooding the chicks
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Post by IrishEyes » Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:29 pm

5:22pm
Feeding S1 is eating.... S 2 is waiting
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5:26pm
S 2 seems to have a nice crop .Hmm Maybe he atebefore I tuned in .. hope so
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Parent is calling
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Post by IrishEyes » Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:34 pm

Parent is quiet now
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5:30pm
]I don't tink S2 ate ,everytime he went to get some S! threatened him
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