Link to the Cams: https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams ... ergy-cams/
There is also a public Facebook group that follows this nest - http://www.facebook.com/groups/445733962172528/
[Admin note: Because there are not many posts, I'm going to continue this thread for the 2019 Nesting Season ~JudyB]
Thank you to Xcel Energy and Raptor Resource Project for all you do for this nest. Fort St. Vrain is near Platteville, Colorado, on private property near the Xcel generation station; it's in the mountain time zone. The nest is in a large cottonwood tree near the junction of the St. Vrain and Platte rivers. It measures eight feet, one inch by six feet, seven inches by nine feet, ten inches and "has excellent flyways – perhaps due in part to stick-snapping and nest-building activities." The cameras got an update in August 2017 - the existing side-view cam was cleaned and repositioned, and a new PTZ cam was added, providing a great look down into the nest. The Raptor Resource Project reported that they "did the best we could to position all of the cameras out of poop range!" (Read more here, with thanks to the Raptor Resource Project.)
Mom and Dad Fort St. Vrain do not really migrate but they move around the area during the summer, but also visit the nest area. They usually begin nestorations in early October. Eggs are laid in mid February. Eaglets hatch in March and the eaglets have fledged in early June. Both eagles have been banded. Mom has 2 bands and Dad has one. He may have a orange-ish yellow, maybe faded tag on his right leg. With the new cam we may be able to get a better look at the bands. The top view we have been seeing the last few years has not afforded us a very good view of the bands. Mom has a deep inverted v on the front neckline. Dad's is more of a rectangle in shape but also can appear to be even along the front of the neckline.
2017-2018 Nesting Season:
- eggs laid: February 12, seen 10:08 pm; February 15, 9:34 pm; February 19, 5:23 pm
- hatched: FSV36 - March 24, 9:45 pm (40 days); FSV37 - March 25, 12:27 pm (38 days); FSV38 - March 28, 7:00 pm (37 days)
- named: FSV36, FSV37 and FSV38
- fledged: between June 14 and 22
- last seen: all three fledglings were seen in the area July 19;
- eggs laid: February 13, 8:40 pm; February 17, between 1 and 4 am; February 20, before daybreak
- hatched: FSV39 - March 25, 9:43 pm (40 days); FSV40 - March 26, 12:34 pm (37 days)
- last seen:
Thanks to the Raptor Resource Project and Xcel Energy for providing this wonderful look into the world of eagles.
Link to the 2017 thread for this nest on our old forum