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Trio of Eagles 2018-2019

Post by RitaR » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:30 pm

Welcome to the Trio of Eagles thread!

First off I'd like to give a huge thank you to Debs for starting this thread in 2016. Most of the text below is all due to her hard work in putting this together. Thank you Debs!

Welcome to the observation thread devoted to a Fulton Trio of eagles ... yes three adult bald eagles, one female and two males that share a nest at Fulton, Illinois.
Apparently this trio have been together since 2013 although the Trio's activity has not been documented via live cam until 2016. Please see the Past Nest History for more details. These birds are not banded or wing blinged.

We look forward to your contributions and extend our warmest thanks to the members and viewers that contribute to our journal here ... its your observations, captures and videos that enhances the learning process, which makes our experience here much more enjoyable ... so warmest thanks to you all! There is a copyright requirement when sharing screen captures, video or any images so please read the posting guidelines below.

The nest is located on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Fulton, IL

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Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge with Cam Link

http://stewardsumrr.org/

Direct Link to the Trio Eagle Cam

http://stewardsumrr.org/webcams/bald-ea ... -cam-live/

Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge - Facebook Link

https://www.facebook.com/stewardsoftheu ... CH&fref=nf

PAST HISTORY OF THE TRIO NEST

• 2004 – The nest and eggs were destroyed by high winds.
• 2005 – The nest and eggs were destroyed by high winds.
• 2006 – One mate died after flying into an electrical power line. The other mate abandoned the nest and eggs.
• 2007 – Two young fledged.
• 2008 – Three young fledged.
• 2009 – One chick fledged, but flew into an electrical power line and died.
• 2010 – Three chicks fledged.
• 2011 – The nest was relocated and webcam installed. Wooden supports were added to the old nest for stability.
• 2011 – Eggs were laid, but parents abandoned nest. The tree collapsed in June, due to wind.
• 2012 – Nest was rebuilt in old location, near Lock and Dam 13. Two eggs were laid and eventually hatched. Behavior of male (Valor) indicated that he was young and didn’t know exactly what to do. He had limited interest in incubation and feeding. Both eggs hatched, but each eaglet at 3 days old perished.
• 2013 – New nest location. Three adults were around nest. Behavior indicated that Valor I was replaced with Valor II. The pair successfully raised 2 eaglets.
• Working on moving camera to new location. We need to raise some money to purchase electrical wire.
• Camera was placed in mid November, 2013 at nest location. However, there are several new nests being built. We are waiting to see where they settle before proceeding with camera setup.
• 2014 – unable to see nest due to vegetation, saw three adults eagles around the nest.
• 2015 – Eagles worked on two different nest locations. Nest that was used in 2013 was the site they used at the last minute. Unable to get camera hooked up due to disturbance. 3 eaglets were fledged. Three adult eagle were seen around the nest site.
• 2016 – Trio of eagles (two males, one female) successfully fledged 3 young. Finally documented that indeed all three are sharing in all aspects of nesting. Video was taken of all three copulating, building the nest and raising the young.
Note: The cams went down in April of 2016 and unfortunately we missed quite a bit of the 2016 nesting season.

2017- Two eaglets hatched and one egg remained for the duration of the season. On March 24, 2017 Mom Hope went into battle with intruders. An extensive search was conducted the by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for her. She was never found. Both Dad’s stepped up and did an amazing job of successfully raising the 2 eaglets to fledge.

2018 - Starr would be a first time Eagle Mom this year. She had two eggs. Orion (as we named her on this thread only) hatched on March 20th. She is called E1 by the Stewards. Little Sirius (or E2) joined her in hatching on March 21st. Unfortunately we lost little Sirius on April 18th. It’s never easy to lose an eaglet. This was extremely hard to watch and it truly was heartbreaking.

We still had Orion and watched her grow with the loving care of her 3 parents. She truly is a big beautiful eaglet. Unfortunately the bugs on the nest got to be more than she could tolerate any more and she took the big leap on May 19th at the age of 8 ½ weeks. A bit too early to fledge. She was seen on several occasions at the refuge on the river where her parents continued to take care of her. Orion never returned to the nest.

Photo from SueB of the Orion just before she lept from the nest.
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Re: Trio of Eagles 2018-2019

Post by RitaR » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:32 pm

Identifying photo of Valor 1.
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Identifying photoe of Valor 2.
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Both of the Valor's.
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Post by RitaR » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:33 pm

Meet the Trio! Starr, Valor 1 and Valor 2.
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Post by RitaR » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:36 pm

Summary of the 2019 Season

Eggs Laid:


Hatch Dates:


Branched:


Fledged:

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Post by RitaR » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:43 pm

In Memory of Mom Hope

Even though Mom Hope is no longer a part of the Trio she deserves a special section. She lost her life protecting her babies, defending the nest from intruders. Mom Hope may you fly free and soar high.

Mom Hope feeding the little Trio in 2016.
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Mom Hope is standing. She truly was a very beautiful eagle.
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Mom Hope feeding Stormy and Sunny in 2017.
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You will not be forgotten Mom Hope. We still miss you.

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Post by RitaR » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:48 pm

Last year the Valor's found a new mate. In January the Stewards announced her name.
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Post by Ferenz » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:26 pm

Thanks RitaR for the amazing introduction

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Re: Trio of Eagles 2018-2019

Post by Sandy_W » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:52 pm

Thank you, Rita, for opening the forum for the 2018-19 season.
4:24 pm Valor 2 at the nest having a meal. Looks handsome as always.
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Post by Sandy_W » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:53 pm

4:24 pm Valor 2 flies after his meal.
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Post by Philjo56France » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:58 pm

RitaR wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:43 pm
In Memory of Mom Hope
Even though Mom Hope is no longer a part of the Trio she deserves a special section. She lost her life protecting her babies, defending the nest from intruders. Mom Hope may you fly free and soar high.
You will not be forgotten Mom Hope. We still miss you.
i :rh: that, :ty: for her RitaR, like you wroye Mom Hope deserves very much our thoughts. :rh:
Good luck to the Trio and their followers for the new season ! :bye 1:
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Post by Sandy_W » Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:00 am

10:35 am caught Valor 2 and Starr at the nest this morning. Valor 2 flew shortly and then Starr hung around for about 10 minutes before she flew. I didn't catch her leaving.
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Post by Sandy_W » Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:01 am

10:35 am Starr at the nest this morning just watching. She stayed for about 10 minutes after Valor 2 flew.
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Post by Philjo56France » Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:18 pm

Good Morning all, bonjour Sandy_W
The cam seem to be 6 min late
01h08 Empty nest
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Post by Philjo56France » Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:08 am

04h00 an eagle in the nest !
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Sorry, i have to go, have a good Sunday (11h08am at home)
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Post by Sandy_W » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:04 am

Sunday - October 14, 2018

Good morning Philjo. Thanks so much for checking in on the Trio. Wow, we do have an eagle in the nest. What a wonderful surprise to see one of our Trio sleeping in the nest.
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Post by Sandy_W » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:05 am

OH as Philjo mentioned, the clock is about 6 minutes behind.
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Post by Sandy_W » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:39 am

6:19 am Starr awakens and preens and picks around the nest.
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Post by Sandy_W » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:40 am

6:25 am Starr is watching the area.
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Post by jwin36 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:42 am

So great to see an eagle on the nest. :yes: It does look as if they have done a lot of work on it too. :mihihi:
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Post by Sandy_W » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:47 am

6:36 am Valor 1 drops into the nest. Both Starr and Valor 1 vocalilze. Starr then hops up to the pesky branch.
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Post by Sandy_W » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:50 am

Good morning jwin. It is great to see the Trio at the nest.
6:40 am Valor 1 hangs around and then flies after Starr left.
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Post by Sandy_W » Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:29 am

7:22 am Valor 2 comes to the nest and then as quickly flies.
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Post by Philjo56France » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:34 am

Cor! Sorry, i (haden't the time to post) these two others this Morning at 04h06 and 04h07
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I see Sandy, you have the possibilty to rewind the video … ?
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Post by SueB » Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:09 am

Philjo56France wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:34 am
Sorry, i haven't the time these two others this Morning at 04h06 and 04h072018-10-14_11h11_50.jpg2018-10-14_11h12_32.jpgI see Sandy, you have the possibilty to rewind the video … ?
Hi Philippe! Thanks so much for your posts. Unfortunately we don’t have the ability to rewind the Trio cam. I think Sandy is recording at times, and I will too eventually, so that way we don’t have to sit and watch 24/7. If you have the ability to record that would be great. Sometimes we will post our YouTube recordings.

Thanks again for checking in on this beautiful Trio.

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Post by Sandy_W » Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:32 pm

7:28 pm from what I observed today, there was not activity at the nest. The Trio must have been out enjoying their day.
Thanks so much, Philippe and Ferenz for your posts. Welcome again to the Trio forum.
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Post by Philjo56France » Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:06 pm

Good Morning all, Bonjour à tous !
23h55 Windy and rainy at an empty nest. (no sound)
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Post by Sandy_W » Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:33 am

Monday, October 15, 2018
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Post by Sandy_W » Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:32 am

If anyone has noticed, we do not have sound on the cam at the moment. The following information was shared by the Stewards' FB notice for future maintenance:
...The lack of sound is courtesy of a JCWIFI glitch. We also await their resolution and restoration of sound. We still have some fall maintenance and upgrades to undergo. There is no schedule at the moment as we once again wait for high water to drop.

So it seems, the maintenance crew is awaiting for the area to clear of high water before going in.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day. If by chance, anyone catches a glimpse of our Trio, please share your observations. Thank you again, Philippe, for checking in on the Trio nest in the wee hours.
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Post by Philjo56France » Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:15 am

Sandy_W and SueB you're :hi:
Still windy at 06h06
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07h15
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Just at and before 07h54 nest cam one eagle was there (I just saw it flying away)
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Post by Philjo56France » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:04 am

2 are nestorating
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