Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Wed May 22, 2019 12:31 pm

stim wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 11:37 am
I popped in to check on our young ones here to see one self feeding off prey on the nest, around 11:32.
Great to see you here, stim - and I'm glad you caught that! That looks like Dee, the older eaglet, though they are only a day and a half apart, and Ess is catching up fast. I've seen them picking at food an adult is preparing or serving, but don't think I've noticed one of them working on the leftovers before - though it is close since they're a bit over 5 weeks old.

Here's an interesting pose - Ess is on the left.
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I've been trying to tell if Ess is catching up in size. Dee's feathers seem to be coming in more quickly - though it's hard to be sure - and sometimes Dee still looks bigger - but not always. Definitely fun to watch!

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Wed May 22, 2019 12:40 pm

12:33 pm
Res just arrived with a large fish (or at least the larger size of the two sizes they usually bring).
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Dee is first in line for food.
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Ess is also reaching, but Dee has gotten most bites in the first minute or so.


12:36 pm
Wow. Mom was picking off a piece and looking towards Ess when Dee reached in and grabbed a big piece off the fish and managed to swallow the whole long chunk!
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I initially though Dee had gotten the rest of the fish, but there was some left, and Ess also got a larger piece and was able to swallow it down.

Res flew up to the perch at 12:38, and then flew off.

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Wed May 22, 2019 5:50 pm

5:48 pm

I saw at least one feeding and another visit that might have involved food - sorry that I don't have details, but know that all is looking good.

Chicks are sleeping, and there's an adult nearby.
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by IrishEyes » Thu May 23, 2019 5:52 am

THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019


Good Morning SR and everyone ~ and thank you David Hathaway and all for getting us back on line ! :thumlft:

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5:44a
Dee and Ess are down in the nest and the N Cam is pixelating
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Thu May 23, 2019 8:14 am

Good morning, everyone!

Looking back quickly....

Brief visit by an adult at 6:11 am - love the light, and the big eaglets!
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Feeding around 7:30 am - not sure which adult or what was on the menu. I did see Dee grab the item and the adult grab it back - they're learning!
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Going way back to yesterday evening, there was a feeding at 6:33 pm that seemed to go on for a long time; I know Dee had a good crop and think I saw one on Ess as well, but shifting shadows and their feather patterning makes it hard to get a picture.

An adult flew to the little perch then to the nest at 8:24 pm; no food, and the chicks didn't get up; adult stayed with them a bit, went back to the perch, back to the nest, back to the perch, and stayed on the perch until around 4:29 am, when she(?) went to the nest for a moment, then back to the perch, and off.


North cam was fine when I stopped watching around 6 pm - but was pixelated through the night; interestingly it didn't go back as far as the South cam, though both said 12 hours - so I think one of them jumped.

I've rebooted the North cam, and it's fine for the moment - and I'll try to keep an eye on it.


It's now 8:15 am, and the chicks are sleeping, sprawled across the nest.

I'm seeing lots of white fluff float by - is that from the cottonwood trees?

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Thu May 23, 2019 10:01 am

Sur (I think) arrived with food around 9 am, and Dee was up first.
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I think it may be a squirrel - there was a fluffy black tail hanging down.


The feeding continued a half hour or so, and both chicks seemed to have plump crops at the end.
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It's now 10:00 am, the chicks are dozing, and Sur is on the little perch, keeping an eye on the neighborhood.
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Thu May 23, 2019 10:06 am

Big sleeping eaglets :love:
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Dee in the front has such an angelic expression - if a fierce young eagle can look angelic. :%:

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by IrishEyes » Thu May 23, 2019 1:22 pm

1:18pm
Peeking in here ..Is that Ess below Dee that has one leg stretched out above
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Too early to know but I do wonder if Ess if a Male ... JMO
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Thu May 23, 2019 2:04 pm

I'm not sure who is who there, Bev - not easy for me to tell unless I can see the dark feathers. And I am wondering about genders, but keep changing my mind.

1:40 pm
Res arrived with some sort of bird - and the chicks are ready for lunch!
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I do worry when I see the chicks eating bones - but I know it's what eagles do - and they are getting good at it.


Feeding was over around 2 pm and Res flew to the little perch to clean her beak, and then flew off. Dee and Ess are dozing, and Dee is closer to the cam this time.
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Thu May 23, 2019 3:11 pm

3:05 pm
Sur in with one of the larger type fish.
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Dee is willing to help out!
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3:09 pm
I saw Ess look over, but s/he is not getting up. They did have a good feeding earlier, so Ess may not be hungry - but if s/he wants some, s/he had better get moving because fish goes fast.


3:14 pm
Dee took his/her really big crop and walked away - and then Ess finally got up and and is eating - and there seems to be quite a bit left for Ess.
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by IrishEyes » Thu May 23, 2019 3:17 pm

JudyB wrote:
Thu May 23, 2019 2:04 pm
I'm not sure who is who there, Bev - not easy for me to tell unless I can see the dark feathers. And I am wondering about genders, but keep changing my mind.

1:40 pm
Res arrived with some sort of bird - and the chicks are ready for lunch!

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I do worry when I see the chicks eating bones - but I know it's what eagles do - and they are getting good at it.


Feeding was over around 2 pm and Res flew to the little perch to clean her beak, and then flew off. Dee and Ess are dozing, and Dee is closer to the cam this time.

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Thanks Judy and I know what you mean..... most of the time I go by size !
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Thu May 23, 2019 3:23 pm

Ess is pretty big when s/he stands up like an adult. :love:
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I'd like to see them sitting side by side - it seems as if one is always nearer to the cam, or they're in different positions so it's hard to know who is who. Ess definitely has a nice full crop here:
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And I think Dee's might be bigger, though I didn't get a screenshot before Dee went back to sleeping.

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by IrishEyes » Fri May 24, 2019 4:45 am

Good Morning SR , Judy and everyone and thanks nightowl for starting the day here !

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4:40a
Dee and Ess are sleeping in the nest and Res is on her perch close by
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Fri May 24, 2019 8:07 am

Good morning, everyone, and thanks for the weather and the early update, Bev.

Here are my notes from earlier this morning, along with some images from the dvr.

When I first looked in around 6 am, the chicks were snuggled close together - did seem breezy so it makes sense they were sharing heat. I was wondering if Ess had her/his head tucked under Dee, the way they do under the adults, but now that I'm seeing them on a larger screen on rollback, I think Ess's head is back over her/his shoulder, and Dee is doing the same. I've seen Ess do this before, but it's the first time I've see Dee do that.
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6:29 am
Adult arrives with something - I think Sur with a fish because it didn't seem to need any prep. Dee arrived first, but Ess was there a moment later.
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6:34 am
It's fun to watch when they both grab at something and have a little tug-of-war over it - and I suspect it helps strengthen their muscles, too.
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Fri May 24, 2019 8:15 am

Continuing....

6:37 am
Res arrived - maybe with straw. She did find a piece of something to feed Dee, while Sur continued feeding Ess,
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Then Sur flew up to the perch, and then off, while Res continued the feeding. Ess was still interested, but Dee took a break.
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Sur returned around 6:44 with something - I think a bird. While Dee and Ess were waiting for him to prepare it, they were nibbling on nest material, or maybe a scrap of food.
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Res watched this, and flew off a minute later. She was back around 6:50 with some straw or something of that nature.

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Fri May 24, 2019 8:22 am

Continuing....

Both adults spent some time on the nest while the chicks were preening and dozing.
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Res (I think) flew off at 7:09 am; Sur stayed with the sleeping chicks until 7:40, then he also left.


It's now 8:21 am, and the chicks are dozing in the nest.
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Fri May 24, 2019 12:09 pm

Looking back....

8:48 am
The chicks are working on some sort of leftover food item - I don't think they're getting anything, but they are trying.
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11:42 am
Adult arrived with some sort of food - maybe fish? Dee standing up to reach for food (he was reaching higher - hard to catch the shot).
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Ess is thinking about joining in.
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North is badly pixelated - off to do a reboot.

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Post by JudyB » Fri May 24, 2019 12:15 pm

12:15 pm
I think this is Res with the sleeping eaglets.
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Post by gemini » Fri May 24, 2019 4:18 pm

Res in with a decent sized fish at 3:11 pm.
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The eaglets consumed all the fish and Mom dug up some leftovers. Kids ate their fill and then Mom had some as well.
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Mom left at 3:48 pm and Dee and Ess explored the nest for awhile until they settled down for a nap about 4:10 pm.
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by gemini » Fri May 24, 2019 7:24 pm

There was a feed around 6:00 pm (live prey, didn't watch)

6:58 pm Dee currently preening, Ess sleeping.
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Check out that undercoat
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And those wings as Dee tries them out!!
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Post by IrishEyes » Sat May 25, 2019 4:33 am

Good Morning SR, Judy , gemini and all ..thanks nightowl for staring the day here :grhug:

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4:24a
Windy , Dee and Ess are sleeping in the nest and Res is tucked in perched close by
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N cam is sputtering !
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Sat May 25, 2019 8:21 am

Good morning, everyone! Thanks for the weather and early report, Bev - and I rebooted North around 6 am.

Quick look back, and it appears the chicks have been alone since then (it's now 8:80 am). I'll take a longer look back on the South cam....

Dvr is still going back 12 hours, so almost back to your posts, gemini.

Res (I think) was on the nest doing some feeding around 9:10 pm (cams still in color - long days out there!)
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Ess joined the feeding after a while
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Feeding was over at 9:17 pm, and Res flew to the little perch, and stayed there until 4:54 am, when she flew off. As others have noted, the downside of having the rollback go 12 hours is that the thumbnails jump as you scroll down the timeline so I might have missed something, but all I saw was everyone sleeping and occasionally stretching or preening or moving around a bit.

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Sat May 25, 2019 8:26 am

Continuing to look back....

Cams went to color around 5:48 am this morning, and both chicks were sitting up and preening.

They've been up a few times, preening and flapping, then back down again. As far as I can tell, there has not yet been a visit from an adult yet this morning.

It's now 8:25, and Ess in back is dozing, while Dee is looking around.
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Sat May 25, 2019 8:53 am

8:46 am

Sur(?) in with something small. Dee was there first.
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Ess also got some, though not as much.
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Happy to not see any agression, though both were probably hungry. Feeding was over at 8:49 and the adult flew up to the perch, then flew off at 8:52 am.

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Sat May 25, 2019 9:01 am

8:56 am
Adult (I think Sur) back with something larger - and I think with someone following him.
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9:01 am
He's continuing to stand on the food item and call. My guess is that it's a bird, possibly alive - and that I'm going to take a break from the computer for a while.

9:03 am
Sur flew off, leaving the bird in the nest.
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I'm out for a while.

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Sat May 25, 2019 11:44 am

11:36 am
No change since my last post, except that it's been raining for a while. No sign of an adult, the bird that was brought in 2-1/2 hours ago is still on the nest, untouched (and not moving as far as I can tell, thank goodness).

The chicks are almost 6 weeks old, and the temperature is maybe up to 15C/59F so not freezing - but I'd expect one of the adults to be on the nest with them. The Delta 2 chicks are only a day or two younger, and one of the adults has been partly sheltering them every time I've looked. Strange behavior - but this is the first year we've watched this pair, and every pair is different.
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12:15 pm
We have wet eaglets....
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Note - Dee is not that much bigger - but standing up like an adult does make him/her look much bigger!
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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Sat May 25, 2019 1:07 pm

1:06 pm
Little eaglets with big feet.
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I haven't seen Res since she flew off at 5 am, and haven't seen Sur since around 9 am. And the chicks are alone a lot during the day, so that's probably not unusual, but they usually have a couple of little meals in the morning, and so far they've only had one small feeding, although there's a bigger item on the nest waiting to be prepared by an adult.

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Re: Surrey Reserve 2018-2019 Observation and Discussion

Post by JudyB » Sat May 25, 2019 1:58 pm

1:52 pm
Wet adult in with food. Fed that, then started preparing the bird from earlier. One chick has gotten most so fat - probably Dee but they’re too wet for me to be sure. Will add pictures later.

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Adult in
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I'm still not sure, but I think this may be Ess eating first - there's a lot of down visible between the feathers.
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The chick further from the cam also got well fed later in the feeding.
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I could not get a confirmed ID from the larger screen, but my impression is that this may have been Res. I'm hoping it was, because I'm a bit worried about her, since I would have expected to see her during the day, especially once the rain stopped.



4:43 pm
I haven't seen any additional visits. The rain seems to have stopped, and the chicks are sitting on the nest, looking around.

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