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Big Bear CA 2017-2018

Post by RitaR » Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:51 pm

With a big thanks to FlyForeverFree, we have another eagle cam in California! Another big thanks to JudyB for doing the initial start up with this history and the maps! Thank you both very much!

Welcome to the Big Bear Bald Eagle Nest at Big Bear Lake near Fawnskin in the San Bernadino National Forest, inland from Los Angeles.

Link to the cam at YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNdo6wu_Xug

Cam with Chat, courtesy of Institute for Wildlife Studies - http://www.iws.org/interactive_nestchat_allUstream.html

Link to the old forum:
http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/vi ... 639#911639

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Re: Big Bear CA 2017-2018

Post by RitaR » Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:53 pm

Past nest history.
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For those who watch the Institute for Wildlife Studies cams on the Channel Islands, Santa Catalina where the Two Harbors and West End nests are located is identified as the Catalina Island Essential Fish Habitat on the map above, and Santa Cruz island where the Pelican Harbor nest was (and probably still is, but the adults have been moving frequently so hard to find) and the Sauces Canyon nest is and the new Fraser Canyon nest will be - is the island labeled Channel Islands of California.

I saw on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Big ... 029491602/) that the adults are called Lucy and Ricky, but I have no idea how official that is. It appears that they are early layers, with a possibility of eggs in late December or early January - and unfortunately that doesn't always work out. Again from the Facebook page, they successfully raised an eaglet named Jack (who turned out to be female) in 2012, but lost eggs or young chicks to cold snaps in 2013 and 2014. They were raising a chick named Shadow in 2015, and I didn't find a report of a fledge, but he/she was looking good and was near full-size in posts I did find, so here's hoping that went well.

Dr. Peter Sharpe from IWS noted in their chat that "This nest is at an elevation of ~7000 feet, so it is probably one of the highest bald eagle nests." It does make me wonder why they nest so early - the Channel Island nests are later (though many of the eagles there - or their parents - were imported from further north where eagles were more plentiful when the bald eagle restoration project on the islands began, so they may be on a northern schedule). Here's a map of the US, showing that this nest isn't that much further north than the nests in Florida, and a bit south of the Carolina Raptor Center, in the southern part of North Carolina.
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Post by RitaR » Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:58 pm

Current nest history.

A young adult was seen at the nest in the fall of 2016 and was joined by another young eagle in January 2017; the new pair spent a lot of time working on the nest. We have been calling them Mr and Mrs BB (short for Big Bear of course). In 2017 Mrs BB was still just a bit too young and didn't have eggs. Thankfully they returned to the nest for 2017-2018 nesting season.

Egg Summary:
First Egg Laid on 1/3/18. Chick hatched 2/11/18. Named Stormy.
Second Egg Laid on 1/6/18. Chick hatched 2/12/18. Baby Big Bear passed away on 3/23/2018

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Post by RitaR » Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:00 pm

Mr BB is quite a bit smaller than Mrs BB. He has the full white tail.
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Mrs BB is a very big female. She still has some dark speckled spots on her tail.
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Both eagles.
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Post by RitaR » Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:32 pm

Got this scap yesterday. Mr BB babysitting the kids. Just had to post this one.
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Post by stephaniemhood » Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:35 pm

Hello everyone!!

A HUGE thank you to Rita for getting us set up here...how exciting :ty:
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Post by RitaR » Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:41 pm

Thank you Stephanie! The new forum is quite nice.
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4:40 pm Mrs BB is on duty.

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Post by stephaniemhood » Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:58 pm

It is quite nice!

4:55p - We've got an eaglet butt sneaking out from under Mrs. BB for a ps
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Post by RitaR » Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:10 pm

The IR is going to be on soon. The kids had a really nice long meal though.
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Post by Dino » Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:15 pm

Oh how I wish that blue fishing line would just disappear. It has reappeared today and the little ones were in it at one point today but are now not in the fishing line. Just hoping and praying that this wonderful family gets all the advantages they need to get these two little ones fledged.

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Post by RitaR » Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:34 pm

Hi Dino. Oh yes that blue line needs to go! Thank you for your thoughts. We too wish to see these two raised to fledge.
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Post by RitaR » Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:51 pm

5:49 pm Mrs BB tucked in.
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The IR came on and Mrs BB woke up.
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Post by RitaR » Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:16 pm

6:11 pm Mrs BB is tucked in.
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Post by stephaniemhood » Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:20 pm

6:18p - Mrs. BB might be ready for bed but the kids are still squirming
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Post by RitaR » Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:32 pm

6:31 pm Mrs BB keeps waking up.
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She tucked in again.
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Post by stephaniemhood » Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:55 pm

6:52p - Mrs. BB is still tucked and sleeping
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Good night Rita, Carole, and all other Big Bear watchers. Thanks again Rita for getting us set up here!!

See everyone tomorrow :zzz: :offtobed:
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Post by RitaR » Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:57 pm

Mrs BB is still tucked in.
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Good night Stephanie, Carole and all Big Bear eagle viewers.

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Post by stephaniemhood » Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:25 pm

Per iws.org chat:

"The Big Bear eaglets have names! Stormy and Baby Big Bear (aka Triple B or BBB) were named by the 3rd graders at Big Bear."
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Post by Kitcat11848 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:42 pm

But now comes the task of deciding which one is Stormy and which one is BBB. Help :dunno:
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Post by RitaR » Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:08 pm

stephaniemhood wrote:
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:25 pm
Per iws.org chat:

"The Big Bear eaglets have names! Stormy and Baby Big Bear (aka Triple B or BBB) were named by the 3rd graders at Big Bear."
Thank you for posting the names here Stephanie. So I guess Stormy is the first hatch, and Baby Big Bear is the 2nd.

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Post by stephaniemhood » Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:00 am

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Good morning everyone :bye 1: I guess yes, the oldest is Stormy and BBB is the youngest!

Today's weather...glad to see some sunshine in the forecast
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5:58a - Mrs. BB is awake and looking around
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Post by stephaniemhood » Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:36 am

6:20a - Mrs. BB is up and off
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Stormy on the left, BBB on the right. For now, BBB still has more fluff than Stormy and is slightly smaller
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Post by stephaniemhood » Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:39 am

6:26a - Mr. BB is home
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He grabs one of the coots from the nest and starts feeding the kids
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Post by stephaniemhood » Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:46 am

6:40a - The feeding is over and Mr. BB has them tucked in the best that he can
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7:32a - Mrs. BB is back
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Post by Dino » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:45 am

Sorry he moved that stick. Kept the eaglets away from that blue fishing line. Hoping it just disappears for good.

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Post by stephaniemhood » Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:05 am

Hey Dino :bye 1:

7:59a - Feeding time
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8:17a - The kids are finished eating and huddled together
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Post by stephaniemhood » Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:02 am

9:01a - Mrs. BB is keeping them nice and warm
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10:21a - Mrs. BB is up and she flies off
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Post by stephaniemhood » Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:26 am

10:25a - One of the kids is picking at a stick
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Chicks are enjoying some air time
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Post by stephaniemhood » Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:36 am

I need to double check on which chick is named what. I assumed that Stormy was BB1 and BBB was BB2 but I might be wrong!

ADDED:
I couldn't find anything other than what their names are :puzz: SO we will just keep them what we said until someone tells us otherwise LOL.

ADDED AGAIN:
I just saw this: BB1: Triple B and BB2: Stormy


So we had them backwards!
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Post by stephaniemhood » Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:43 am

10:38a - Mr. BB is in and he has a stick
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