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NCTC - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2017-2018

Post by Debs » Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:21 pm

Welcome to Belle and Smitty's 2017- 2018 Nesting Season

This thread is a tribute to Belle, Smitty the resident pair at this nest and their kids :love: specifically to document the day to day events at their nest over the year. Right at the beginning of the critical phase of egg laying Belle and Smitty had to contend with an intruder; first a sub adult appeared on the nest. Later an adult eagle was seen and heard in the nest territory. These intrusions have upset the resident pair and as of Feb 24, 2018 Belle has not laid an egg yet. After their sad loss last season we hope that this pair is blessed with healthy chicks this year. We do not know if the recent intrusions have upset Belle's egg cycle or if it is something else ... we remain hopeful that things settle down and this pair is blessed with chicks this year.
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Belle and Smitty have been spending more time in the nest performing nest repairs, bringing in new branches, mating and most recently Belle spent the night on the nest. The recent behaviors of this pair tells us that they are gearing up for the 2018 nesting season. We hope you will join us in maintaining a journal of their activities here through nest observations (NO), screen captures (scaps), pictures, reports from the ground and video footage!

Nest Location - Shepherdstown, West Virginia
This eagle nest is located approximately 75 miles from Washington, D.C. on the campus of The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services' National Conservation Training Center. The campus is in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, approximately 1/4 mile from the Potomac River. The eagle nest is on the west side of the National Conservation Training Center campus, about 100 feet high in a large sycamore tree, and is about 6 feet across and 5 feet deep, and weights several hundred pounds. It is made of branches and large sticks with a softer grass and leaf lining. Over the past couple of years there was been concern that the nest tree is dying ... so hopefully this pair is looking to build a new nest soon.
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Belle & Smitty's - Resident Pair - 2011 - Present

Belle and Smitty became a couple after the long time resident male, Liberty went missing in the spring of 2011; Smitty first appeared as an Intruder around the same time Liberty disappeared. Belle initially rejected Smitty she treated him like an intruder, but this young smitten male refused to give up and eventually over a period of months Belle warmed up to him and accepted him as her new mate.

2012 was Belle and Smitty's first nesting season together and it was a memorable season. As Smitty was a young male this was his first nesting season so there were many "firsts" during the season. Belle and Smitty were also a brand new pair building a relationship and raising two young together for the first time. There were many memorable moments in 2012. Smitty's youth was obvious as he was still sporting a few dark feathers on top of his head and a few blended into his tail feathers as well. We could sense his awkwardness as he learned to cope with his new role(s). Watching Smitty mature as a loving parent was definitely one of the highlights of the 2012 season especially watching him feed his sweet baby chicks for the very first time.

All of us here were touched by the "magic of this beautiful pair" and we look forward to watching Belle and Smitty and their kids for
many more seasons too.

2018 Important Milestones
Mating seen at Nest: Dec 2017
Adults Return: This pair does not migrate they remain in the nest area all year long as there is food aplenty.
Intrusions: Young Eagle heard but not fully seen Dec 31, 2017; Jan 27, 2018 - Sub Adult Eagle - Landed in Nest; confronted Mom on nest; spent time in the nest doing restorations! Another intrusion occurred in Feb ... a second mature eagle was seen on the nest. The resident pair were on alert much of February; the intrusions were likely the delay in eggs at this nest.

2018 Nesting Season
The season got off to a late start likely due to intruders that threatened the resident pair.

Egg Laid: Feb 26, 2018

After the egg was laid things came to a head at the nest ... a territorial dispute left Belle with a significant injury! Belle landed on nest and she appeared to have issues standing and with mobility. Her wing or leg (perhaps both) were injured! Several different eagles appeared at the nest and Belle and Smitty did their very best to defend their nest and their egg. After the territorial dispute Belle failed to return to her nest ... many of us watching feared she died from her injuries. Over the course of several weeks and months there were different females and possibly a new male seen at the nest. On May 31, 2018, after a severe thunderstorm storm the live and still cams went down. 2018 was a very sad season at this nest!



Here is a capture of one of the intruders and Belle! There were many different intruders seen at this nest!
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Belle and Smitty - Season Highlights 2011 to 2017
2017 - Two Chicks; both chicks died shortly after hatch (chick one within 24 hours and the second chick died on Day 3).
2016 - Two Chicks; both fledged; we called them Big and Lil One; New PTZ Cam; Owl Intrusion March 30; Mom protected the kids! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1o2G3YP4ys
2015 - Three Chicks - one died at 10 days old; may have been accidentally crushed; two chicks fledged
2014 - Two Chicks - both fledged; we called the chicks Big and Lil
2013 - Two Chicks; both fledged; we called the chicks Kate and Will
2012 - Two Chicks; both fledged; we called the chicks Big and Lil
2011 - Smitty becomes Belle's new mate late in the season

Important Dates - 2017 Nesting Season
1st Night Female Spends on Nest - Jan 7 2017 - Belle spent night on the nest.
She stayed 13 hours on the nest (556 pm to 7 am)
Eggs Laid: 2 - Feb 17, Feb 20 2017
Hatched: Mar 26, Mar 28 2017
First chick died shortly after hatch.
Second chick started to show signs of stress in the early evening of Day 3; not interested in eating; Belle did not brood the chick at night fall; chick appeared sluggish. After dark the chick could be heard peeping. April 1 There was no sign of the chick; presumed it passed away during the night; Mom removed the body from the nest. Heartbreak for this pair!

Intrusions: This pair has occasionally experienced threats from other eagles, as well as, Owls.

Here are some dates that the intrusions occurred.
Intrusions: Dec 23 2016 - Adult - Young - Likely 4.5 years old; visited the nest; mostly white head and tail feathers; some dark feathers blended in tail and head feathers but nearly all white.
Intrusions: Dec 24, 2016 - Immature Adult - Visited Nest - Likely around 3 years old
Intrusions: Feb 25, 2017 - Young Adult Eagle - Entered nest; Dad lunged at it chased it out of the nest; two eggs appear unharmed.
Intrusions: Feb 26 2017 - Intruder Above the Nest - No visual

Belle and Liberty - The Lovees - First Resident Pair - 2002 to 2011 :wub:
Belle and Liberty were the first resident bald eagle pair at this nest. This pair was very devoted to each other and everyone watching via live bald eagle cam grew to love watching their sweet interaction as a pair. Belle and Liberty were attentive parents to their young and they spent ten years together fledging a total of 11 chicks!

When Liberty disappeared in 2011 just a day or two before the hatch of the first chick was to occur ...it was indeed a sad turn of events at this nest. Liberty's absence had devastating consequences for Belle and the newly hatched chick. A young male eagle arrived on the scene around the same time ... his presence kept Belle on the nest leaving no opportunity for her to hunt and at the same time protect and care for her new baby chick. Belle stayed with her chick protecting her from the intruder. Sadly the baby chick died of starvation; it was a heart breaking loss for Belle and everyone watching via live eagle cam. The Intruder entered the nest and Belle pushed him off the nest. Sadly Liberty was not seen again and sometime later staffers at NCTC found the carcass of a dead eagle ... likely Liberty.

Belle & Liberty - 10 Wonderful Seasons Together
2002 - Belle and Liberty take up residence at the NCTC near the Potomac River
2003 – Belle and Liberty establish their territory & work on their nest
2004 – Belle laid her first egg on Valentines Day; Belle & Liberty raised & fledged two chicks
2005 – Belle and Liberty raised and fledged one chick
2006 – Belle and Liberty raised and fledged Triplets
2007 – Belle laid three eggs; none survived the spring storms
2008 - Belle and Liberty successfully raised and fledged Triplets
2009 – Belle laid three eggs only one hatched and successfully fledged
2010 - Belle laid four eggs during fierce winter storms; one egg survived nicknamed “Spring” & she successfully fledged
2011 – Belle laid two eggs; resident male Liberty disappears just prior to the hatch; likely deceased; intruder arrives and threatens the family; one chick hatched but died from starvation as Belle was not able to leave the nest to hunt. Intruder is eventually accepted by Belle as her new mate; the new male was nicknamed Smitty as he was so smitten with Belle.


Important Links
The live cam was down most of the fall but it is live now for the 2018 nesting season]

Link to the 2017 NCTC Nesting Season
http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/vi ... ue#1048516
Link to the 2016 NCTC Nesting Season
http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/vi ... pic=816353

Link to live bald eagle web pan tilt zoom cam view
http://outdoorchannel.com/eaglecam

Still Cam can be found here
http://www.fws.gov/nctc/cam/stillimage.html

Here are some Face Book sites that support and provide information on Belle, Smitty.

Bald Eagles 101
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1690426617860075/

Outdoor Channel Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/LiveEagleCam ........... Live Eagle Cam

Eagle Cam Updates from the NCTC & Outdoor Channel are shared here
http://outdoorchannel.com/content.aspx?id=3933

Friends of the National Conservation Training Center

http://www.friendsofnctc.org/index.htm

Hatch Timelines
Experience shows that the first egg often hatches around Day 38 and the second egg hatches a bit earlier often Day 36 or 37 as a result of the "cooling period" of the first egg thereby promoting a closer hatch of the eggs. Once all the eggs are laid then the birds generally incubate the eggs continuously. In 2014 Belle cooled the egg one night for 6 hours straight and we speculated it was because she had a third egg to lay, which turned out to be the case.

Here is the Hatch Timelines for 2016 for comparison purposes.
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Recognition and Thanks :ty:

Our small team here at HWF would like to extend our warmest thanks to everyone that contributes to our journal here ... your nest observations, screen captures, pictures, reports from the ground and video footage helps to document the daily events at this nest making the educational experience more enjoyable thank you.

We look forward to another wonderful season growing along side of Belle, Smitty and their kids :wub:

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Re: 2018 NCTC Nesting Season - Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Post by Debs » Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:01 pm

2002 to 2018 - Belle, Liberty & Smitty - Season Highlights
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Map of Nest Area
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Here are some captures that show a bit of the territory that surrounds the nest.
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Re: 2018 NCTC Nesting Season - Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Post by Debs » Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:21 pm

Some screen captures from past seasons

Smitty 2012 sporting his small patch of dark feathers blended with his white head feathers
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Belle 2010 - Winter Storm
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Belle and Liberty - Winter Storms - 2010
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Re: 2018 NCTC Nesting Season - Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Post by Debs » Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:49 am

Belle and liberty 2002 to 2011
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Winter Storms
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Post by Debs » Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:59 pm

Feb 25, 2018

The adults were in the nest quite a bit today and we heard mating in the tree at least twice.

I love the early am visits to the nest.
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Re: NCTC - Shepherdstown, West Virginia - 2018

Post by Debs » Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:12 pm

Dad was super busy today bringing in sticks and doing restorations.
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As a pair they worked together to move crib rails and loosen up the egg cup area.
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Re: NCTC - Shepherdstown, West Virginia - 2018

Post by Debs » Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:16 pm

Dad was determined to remove some of the green bark and he did a good job of it.
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Momma Belle did her share too.
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Dad takes a graceful departure from the nest.
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Re: NCTC - Shepherdstown, West Virginia - 2018

Post by Debs » Mon Feb 26, 2018 6:04 am

Feb 26 2018

Morning Doreen, Terri and Friends of this nest :bye 1:

Belle and Smitty were in the nest together just before dawn. They did some restorations and tracked their territory.

It was a long visit; Mom left first then Dad followed here out.
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Re: NCTC - Shepherdstown, West Virginia - 2018

Post by Debs » Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:52 pm

Eggciting news ... Belle laid her first egg of the 2018 nesting season this afternoon.
So so happy for Belle and Smitty they are so deserving of this ...

Will do a video shortly and post it after it uploads to Utube.

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Re: NCTC - Shepherdstown, West Virginia - 2018

Post by Dino » Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:22 pm

Great news here. They deserve a great year.

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Re: NCTC - Shepherdstown, West Virginia - 2018

Post by Debs » Mon Feb 26, 2018 6:48 pm

:vid:

Feb 26, 2018 - Belle Lays 1st Egg - 355 pm - Feb 26, 2018
https://youtu.be/CElh2_6w1Y8

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Re: NCTC - Shepherdstown, West Virginia - 2018

Post by Debs » Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:21 pm

Dino :wave:

Congrats to Belle & Smitty on their first egg of the 2018 Nesting Season :rh:
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Re: NCTC - Shepherdstown, West Virginia - 2018

Post by Debs » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:30 pm

Feb 27, 2018

Upsetting news tonight ... Belle looks to be sporting an injury tonight ... likely a territorial dispute. There has been an intruder eagle bothering our pair ... its been ongoing for a few weeks already!!

Here is a couple of videos that show Belle is have mobility issues ... i am heartbroken ... please keep Belle in your thoughts and prayers tonight. Terri and i both came to the same conclusion so i sent a message to Steve Chase so they are aware. Hopefully we are wrong.

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Mating Off Nest - Switch - Belle's Mobility - Feb 27, 2018 - NCTC Eagles
https://youtu.be/WnJi_mxMN94


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Belle's Mobility - Possible Injury - Feb 28, 2018 - NCTC Eagles
https://youtu.be/P-Hu1MA-8YQ

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Re: NCTC - Shepherdstown, West Virginia - 2018

Post by JudyB » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:44 am

February 28, 2018

10:36 am
Nest is empty. I haven't read the info about the current cam - if the red bar is for rolling it back, I tried that and saw no change in the nest over whatever period of time it shows. It's overcast, so I can't use shadows to judge passing of time. I'm not seeing the egg, but there seems to be a lot of nest material where I think it is, so it's probably covered or blocked from cam view.


10:41 am
Adult arrived - I think Belle because she does seem to be having trouble moving now that she's there.
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She(?) has called a couple of times; I haven't heard a response.

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Re: NCTC - Shepherdstown, West Virginia - 2018

Post by JudyB » Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:14 am

Belle flew off at 11:08. While I was trying to fiddle with the rewind to watch her go (didn't work - the feed is slightly choppy and she was there one second and gone the nest so no view of her legs), Smitty arrived, and as of 11:13 he's incubating the egg.
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Post by JudyB » Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:21 am

Belle arrived at 11:14 and is calling.
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I tried to rewind to see her feet as she came in.

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And got totally lost. As of 11:18, I think this is Smitty perched on the side of the nest near the cam, and Belle is perched on the back side of the trunk of the tree. I think.
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And I'm afraid I need to do a bunch of other things, so will try to keep one eye on the cam, but won't be able to post that much.


11:24 am
Spirit off to the left at 11:24 and calling; Belle (or someone) still perched mostly out of sight behind the trunk of the tree.

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Post by Debs » Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:34 am

Judy wonderful to see you here and thank you so much for checking in on Belle ... i am so worried about her.

Here are my nest observations from this morning.

I posted a few videos on utube too.

Feb 28, 2018 - NCTC - We continue to worry for Belle as she appears to have an injury to her leg or foot, which was observed after dark last night when she came to the nest to take over for the night. Belle has been defending the nest from an intruder and it appeared she gave chase on several occasions so an injury is not surprising. Terri and i did some videos that show Belle is struggling with her mobility. This morning Belle left the nest and went up to the attic; she never walked around the nest so we were unable to see the extent of her injury. During the night although dark i could see Belle was not incubating the egg very much if at all ... as she appeared to struggle even more when she attempted to sit down to incubate ... her wings would span out to balance her body ... so i think she chose just to stay clear of the egg or that is how it appeared to me.
Steve Chase of NCTC has been notified and there are lots of eyes on Belle ... we are storming the heavens praying that whatever is causing Belle problems heals quickly. I am heading south today and will be gone for a few days ... if you are watching please leave a nest observation, screen capture or a report from the ground (from our dedicated locals) to help us update everyone following this nest ... thanks and wishing Belle and Smitty aka Shep or Ben a positive outcome here!!! I hope the Intruder is gone!!!

Nest Observations
550 am - Belle is in the same place she was from when she had the poop shoot earlier; she has not moved to the egg cup region.

616 am - Belle calls for a switch; she flies out of the nest (never walked at all so no visual of her injury) as she exits from the nest we see Dad fly out of the attic.

617 am - Dad flies into the nest lands near 7 o'clock. Dad approaches the egg cup area he looks down and gives the egg a look then it appears he rolls the egg so we know the egg is intact ... hooray! Dad repositions himself finding the comfee spot then he settles into incubating the egg.

655 am - Dad is incubating .. he rises up and checks the egg appears to roll the egg; the crib rails are high so we cannot see the egg but his behavior indicates its there :-) Dad positions himself and resumes incubating again ... he is doing a good job of keeping the egg nice and warm. Quiet in the attic.

710 am - Dad was up and moved his position again now he is facing 12 oclock. Dad calls out and we see a landing in the attic; Belle is back. They greet each other with calls love how they sing to each other.

711 am - Dad is up he calls trills a few times and we can hear Belle doing the same from the attic; Dad exits the nest. Eggbert is alone.

722 am - Adult lands in the nest trilling and calling think this is Mom. Tracking and searching her territory she pans the area frequently something is there ... or very near and Belle is not happy.

725 am - Belle remains in the same place standing near 9 oclock. She bows to look doing periodically but no attempt to walk.

728 am Belle's back feathers are puffed up a bit like she is going to shuggle or shake out her feathers; but she does not ... i wonder if she is in pain.

733 am - Dad lands at 7 oclock he brought in some bedding.

1044 am - Belle is in ... as she approaches the egg cup she struggles when she puts her right foot down. Belle has trouble weight bearing ... bless her heart our hearts break for her she wants to incubate you can see it ...

1107 am - Belle is standing in the same spot; she appears to be tracking her territory as if she is watching something.

1108 am - Belle exits and Dad takes over. Dad incubates the egg.

1113 am - Belle comes flying in from across the field ... she has not problems in flight she soared into the nest and landed like nobodys business bless her heart. Both adults are on alert mode calling and trilling.

1128 am - Dad exits the nest lands in the attic by Belle; mating is heard; Belle cries and whimpers during mating so Dad's weight must hurt her leg or injury.

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Re: NCTC - Shepherdstown, West Virginia - 2018

Post by Debs » Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:38 am

:vid:

Belle Injury - Trouble Weight Bearing - Possibly Right Leg - Feb 28 2018
https://youtu.be/7navphNQ98w

Mating - May Cause Pain for Belle - Feb 28 2018 - NCTC Eagles
https://youtu.be/Y2rp9AnXOT4

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Post by Debs » Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:58 am

Belle flying into the nest
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Belle's legs as she comes into the nest. No visible injury seen.
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Post by Debs » Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:15 am

210 pm - Dad is incubating. Unfortuately i have to leave now ... praying that Belle recovers quickly from her injury and that the Intruder is gone!!
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Look forward to your reports as i will be gone till Sunday :bye 1:

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Re: NCTC - Shepherdstown, West Virginia - 2018

Post by Darlene » Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:48 pm

6:48 Smitty is on the nest with the intruder and there has been no sign of Belle. I hope she is ok! :luck:
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Re: NCTC - Shepherdstown, West Virginia - 2018

Post by Dino » Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:57 pm

On the nest with the intruder? I wonder why is not chasing the intruder away. Any idea if it is a male or female based on the size? I hope Belle is ok. I am anxious here for a positive outcome.

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Re: NCTC - Shepherdstown, West Virginia - 2018

Post by Darlene » Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:10 pm

I am confused about the intruder because it seems smaller than Smitty in my opinion. Smitty flies off and then the intruder flies off, Smitty returns and then the intruder returns. It's sticking to him like crazy so he has been unable to incubate the egg.. It almost looks right now at 8:09 like the intruder is in the bowl incubating.
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Re: NCTC - Shepherdstown, West Virginia - 2018

Post by Dino » Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:15 pm

I wonder but certainly hope not that Smitty has hooked up with a sub adult female and she is taking over the nest from Belle. Would be the worst case scenario because as a young female she would not be able to help with the egg even if she wanted to. Where is Belle is the outstanding question right now, intruder or not.

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Re: NCTC - Shepherdstown, West Virginia - 2018

Post by JudyB » Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:35 pm

I'm pretty sure the other eagle we were seeing was a full adult, Dino - though you may have caught something I didn't. The head looked completely white, and it's harder to be sure about the tail, but I didn't see any major dark streaks remaining. That said, it may be a young adult. And like Darlene, I thought it looked smaller than the resident adult on the nest - and when I saw both resident adults together earlier, the one with the injured leg looked bigger, suggesting it was Belle - and Debs watched them together more than I did, and she also thought it was Belle who was injured.

I'm going to post a few pictures to go with the descriptions here.

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Re: NCTC - Shepherdstown, West Virginia - 2018

Post by Dino » Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:42 pm

Thank you Judy, I am learning more about eagles everyday by following the forum and the different nests. I was so hoping these two would have a prosperous and healthy season this year. I have not given up hope and wishing them the best along with all who follow and love this nest. Come home Belle, you are missed by all.

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Re: NCTC - Shepherdstown, West Virginia - 2018

Post by JudyB » Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:45 pm

From 10:40-10:50 am

This is the injured eagle. Her weight is on her left leg and the injured right foot/leg is out in front. Here are three pictures, for better ID. The first are as she landed, the others looking around. She didn't move from that spot before flying off.
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