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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -19

Post by KcShylo » Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:28 am

Both parents have been very diligent in keeping the eggs warm. Patiently waiting for hatch in a couple of weeks.
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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -19

Post by MaryF » Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:55 pm

The first hatch of the season should be happening quite soon! Maybe in as soon as another 10 days or so!! Meanwhile I thought I would post these two photos from the JBS FB page of the adults. We normally don't get to see nice close ups of these eagles--posted with permission. Thank you JBS!!


From Dec 25th--I suspect this might be Mom. Check out those talons!
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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -19

Post by KcShylo » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:05 pm

Thanks Mary for posting the pics! They are marvelous. :) :)
Check on the nest throughout the day. Don't get to see eggs often,
Waiting anxiously for the hatch. Thinking in about 8 to 9 days left. :hatch: :hatch:

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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -19

Post by KcShylo » Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:06 pm

Cameras have not been working for 4-5 days. Sure hope up before hatch. :cry1:

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Post by MaryF » Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:45 pm

I hope they get it working too! I keep checking! :banghead:
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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -19

Post by KcShylo » Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:17 am

Still no camera. :cry1: Probably a hatch today or tomorrow!
So disappointing. :hlp: :hatch:

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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -19

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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -19

Post by KcShylo » Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:09 pm

Second try on posting! Kicked me out once.

Only info I could find on nest. Seems we won't get to watch this year.
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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -19

Post by JudyB » Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:56 pm

The cam was down all season, but both eggs hatched (around January 23 and 25 we think, based on activity seen from the ground and some guesswork), and JBS11 and JBS12 both fledged successfully, around April 18th when they were about 85 days old.



Thank you JudyB for that information. It was hard to keep track without a working cam! :thumlft:

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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -19

Post by MaryF » Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:20 pm

I think we will start the 2019/2020 season right here!


I found this information on FB this afternoon ~~~

John Bunker Sands Wetland Center

A RETURN ENGAGEMENT: Mom and Dad are back for the eleventh year. Often asked: How do you tell the male from the female? It's very difficult.....unless you see them in this manner, side by side. The female is larger by about 20-25%. So it's pretty easy to make the comparison here.

Live camera coverage.... We are working on two projects simultaneously. Nothing live as yet. The logistics of building a protected system that can't utilize 110V power from the grid is daunting. We will keep you posted.

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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -20

Post by MaryF » Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:36 pm

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Stats for 2019/20 ~~~

* Eagles returned -- Not sure but they were both seen on October 8th

* Eggs laid -- Shift change suggesting incubation seen January 4

* Eggs hatched --

* "Branched" --

* Fledged --

* Last seen --
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Post by MaryF » Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:43 pm

.We have been notified that there will be no cam this season :( but they are working on something new for next season. We will attempt to see what is going on here this season by posting what shows up on the JBS FB page! :roll:
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Post by JudyB » Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:04 am

This was posted January 4 on the JBS Facebook page:

Jan 4th
Journal Entry #9: I arrived at 9:00 to find about a dozen fans (human) of our eagle pair on site. Shortly after, one of the eagles flew by the tower and continued to a large tree to the north (this is a frequent perching tree). He (gender tentatively assigned based on observations) stayed about 5 minutes. He returned to the nest arm of the tower a little after 10 AM. He remained there for about 10 minutes and then Mom rose up from the nest (first appearance in two hours by report). She flew off the nest made an arc and returned to the upper part of the tower. After a few minutes Dad moved over and onto the nest. I like to think of this as a “shift change”... meaning we now have parents incubating one egg or more. The likely date for the happy event(s) was between Christmas and New Years. The timing follows the precedent set last year.....now, about the picture. The male in the tree was seen bent over and preening. There is nesting material in his beak. One possible explanation is a behavior called “feaking”. It's like preening feathers but instead he is cleaning his beak – usually after feeding. Image: Tom Fleming


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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -20

Post by JudyB » Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:12 pm

This was posted February 3 on the JBS Facebook page:

Feb 3rd
Journal Entry #12:PROGRESS..... How can you tell if a chick has hatched? The behavior of the adults will give clues to what is happening. When there are only eggs, the adult will raise up periodically and move the eggs around (aeration) and fluff up the bedding. This only takes a couple of minutes. Once the chick has emerged, feeding becomes a major deal.One or both parents will stand near the perimeter (the crib rails)and begin to feed the chick. None of this can be seen but you can see the adult's heads bobbing up and down as they attempt to put strips of meat in the chick's beak. This is a tedious process with frequent missed connections and dropped meat. The time needed for feeding usually runs around 10 minutes.
Happily, this is what I witnessed today. This behavior lasted from 10:42 to 10:50. I feel confident we have a chick. Just how many chicks will there be? The answer will have to wait until they are large enough to be seen as they stand up. That will take about a month or a little less.Don't worry about the coming cold snap. Eagles raise and protect babies in sub-zero temperatures routinely.


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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -20

Post by MaryF » Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:12 am

.Thank you JudyB for the two updates from the nest. Since I was given permission the first year of this cam to post anything from their FB page I am going to attempt to post the other entries and photos from their Eagle Journal done by Tom Fleming :D

This was the first entry that I found! I want to thank John bunker Sands Wetlands and Tom Fleming for this coverage of the nest and the eagles. Without this journal we would have no idea what was going on with this eagle family



I will be providing observational information and interpretive commentary on the eagle's activities after each of my visits to the Wetlands. It is my hope that this information will enrich your experience when you come to visit. And for those too far to make it here, it will be a pipeline on progress thru the breeding season........Tom Fleming

Oct 16th
Mom and Dad showed up at the tower about 8:20 this morning. It was cool, windy and overcast. I see this couple casually perched 120 ft above the ground faced into a brisk wind and I can't help putting human values to this scene. I think this kind of experience adds to the awe we feel that is part of the high regard we hold for this species.

Energy is always carefully managed among predators in general. And so our eagles spend a lot of time at rest surveying their territory. After perching for about forty minutes into this visit, Dad gets restless and becomes airborne. The wind is blowing out of the NE where it runs into the tree line and hill on the far west side of the Wetlands. Dad uses the barrier and the updraft winds it provides to get around simply by soaring. As he moves a little south of the tower, he is now closer to the various ducks settled on one of the ponds. I hear the ducks begin to vocalize. Their calls are short and nervous (they are alerting each other and coordinating a lift off). The calls escalate and in just a few seconds they simultaneously take to the wing. This is the safer move relative to being a 'sitting duck'. Doubtless the eagle, at a distance of about 1000ft, is looking for the weak or unwary as possible prey. No opportunities today so he veers off to the west beyond visibility. Eventually Mom leaves the tower as well. They will have several preferred perches in their territory.
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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -20

Post by MaryF » Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:16 am

.Eagle Journal: Entry #2 Oct 22nd Tom Fleming

I visited the site today for 2 hours around noon. While most of the tornado headlines focused on North Dallas, there was a 2nd super cell running parallel but south of the big one. This cell was on a track to intersect Combine and the Wetlands. It had a small tornado but the storm weakened before reaching us. The eagle nest has survived a number of severe storms without issue and the same occurred for the evening storm on the 20th. Interestingly, part of the cool air outflow from the southern storm found its way into the northern storm and replaced the warm inflow to the tornado. This helped to dissipate the destructive tornado quicker than it might have otherwise.

Today both adults were perched on one of the functioning electrical towers about 2000 ft from the nest tower. This perch is the site of the original nest from years back but is still a favored perch.

Activity: One of the adults left the tower for about an hour and then returned. The eagles use this quiet time to watch for feeding opportunities and to preen. Maintaining a healthy set of feathers is essential to their survival and so they are often engaged in preening.

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Post by MaryF » Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:24 am

.Nov 9th This is the third entry in the Eagle Journal.

The pair was enjoying the tower perch today where the first nest was established years ago. They stayed a while and then flew off to the east. Today I want to feature the nest itself. In the picture below, you can see a number of sticks dangling below the body of the nest. Sticks fail over time. The ones on the bottom break under the weight of the nest. Weathering, moisture and insects also weaken the individual pieces of the structure. So the nest, in general, compresses over time and it becomes important that the adults refurbish it each year as they return. If you look closely at the top of the nest, you can see individual new branches being installed. This buildup around the perimeter of the nest will create the “ crib rails” that will help keep the young eaglets within the safe portion of the nest. Nest restoration will continue over the next couple of months and is also part of the bonding process that the pair experiences each year. Dad usually brings the new branches to the tower and then Mom stitches them into the structure. Sometimes Dad tries to help sort the new branches but Mom gets fussy about his intrusion into her part of the arrangement. So he leaves in search of more branches and order is restored.

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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -20

Post by MaryF » Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:29 am

.Nov 15th
Mom and Dad spent about an hour this morning perched at the top of the nest tower. I refer to this location as the guard post. They prefer this location once the nest becomes active with eggs or young. About 45 minutes into my watch, several flights of White Pelicans passed near the tower. I was interested to see what our eagles might do. I have seen them in the past leave the tower and harass the pelicans when passing too near. However, without the eggs or young today, the response was not as aggressive. Mom did finally voice a warning cry as one of the last flights came by.

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.Dec 3rd

Both eagles were perched on the lower tower arm near the vertical part of the tower. This was about 8:15. They flew off about 8:30 and perched on another tower about 2000 ft away. The eagles aren't spending all that much time on or near the nest. This casual approach to the intensive part of the breeding cycle suggests the normal late January time frame for the arrival of the eggs. Last year everyone was take by surprise with the arrival of the eggs before Christmas. This image is taken from a distance of a half mile and shows one eagle in each tower. The right hand eagle is inside the top arm of the tower.

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.Dec 9th

This morning finds Mom nestled in the bowl of the nest. Dad was out foraging for nest material. Around 10 AM he brings in a stick vaguely resembling Reindeer antlers in keeping with the season. After pausing on the top spar for a minute or two, he dropped down onto the nest leaving the stick for Mom to place as she saw fit. About 10:15 the pair left for another perch. It's good to see the typical nesting behavior being evident. In this image you can see Mom's head above the nest between spars of the tower arm.

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Post by MaryF » Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:46 am

.Dec 18th
It was a perfect eagle day. The winds were light with a bright Sun and moderate temperatures. The pair was on the twin towers from about 10:00 to 11:30. They each departed in a leisurely fashion using thermals to get a little altitude. These forays have a dual purpose. They are part pleasure and part casual, opportunistic hunting. After the young hatch the hunting pressures will intensify. (No eggs here yet.)

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Post by MaryF » Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:02 am

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December 26, 2019 ·

The early morning was heavy with fog. Both adults flew in to the nest around 9:15. One was carrying bedding in its beak. While sticks will be added on a regular basis, now is the time to begin to add new grasses to form a padded mattress in the central part of the nest. Both adults departed shortly after adding the bedding. Then one returned about a half hour later (likely Mom) to give the nest a 'test drive'. While brooding eggs and young, the adult's head may point in any direction (usually into the wind) so it is necessary to try out the nest in different body orientations and make necessary adjustments to sticks and bedding.

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Post by MaryF » Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:10 am

.Jan 4th

Journal Entry #9: I arrived at 9:00 to find about a dozen fans (human) of our eagle pair on site. Shortly after, one of the eagles flew by the tower and continued to a large tree to the north (this is a frequent perching tree). He (gender tentatively assigned based on observations) stayed about 5 minutes. He returned to the nest arm of the tower a little after 10 AM. He remained there for about 10 minutes and then Mom rose up from the nest (first appearance in two hours by report). She flew off the nest made an arc and returned to the upper part of the tower. After a few minutes Dad moved over and onto the nest. I like to think of this as a “shift change”... meaning we now have parents incubating one egg or more. The likely date for the happy event(s) was between Christmas and New Years. The timing follows the precedent set last year.....now, about the picture. The male in the tree was seen bent over and preening. There is nesting material in his beak. One possible explanation is a behavior called “feaking”. It's like preening feathers but instead he is cleaning his beak – usually after feeding.

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Post by MaryF » Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:23 am

.January 6

Eagle Journal Entry (continued from Jan 4th): Once the first egg is laid, the job becomes 24/7. If you're not on the nest then you're on guard duty. It will remain that way for the next 4 months. After the shift change mentioned in the previous entry, Mom remained on the top arm for a few minutes and then flew off. Being on the egg for hours begs for a chance to work out the kinks of inaction. So there's an opportunity to exercise and enjoy a few minutes of 'freedom'. (Any human parent can relate.) It was a beautiful day with light winds and so Mom took a moment to indulge in the joys of flight with some tight turns and sweeps. A couple of things of interest to note when you click on the images.... When raptors rotate their bodies and wings while maneuvering, their head stays aligned to the horizon as long as possible. Notice also in high “g” maneuvers, the tail is fully flared to give maximum torque in the turn.

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Post by MaryF » Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:27 am

.Jan 20th

PLUMMETING DESCENT...... I was on station starting around 1 PM watching for any activity. All was quiet until a few minutes before 2 PM. One of the mates approached the tower from several hundred feet above the tower arm. When it was positioned high above the tower it began a series of banking dives and leveling off to spill altitude. It settled on the guard post and screamed a greeting/wake up call from the perch. After a few minutes the mate rose up, walked to the edge of the nest and took off for a break. The recently arrived partner descended and took over nesting duties. So, all progresses normally. Using our estimated dates for laying the eggs, the emerging young should arrive sometime in the first few days of February.

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Post by MaryF » Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:40 am

.Jan 25th
TERRITORIAL...... As I came on station this morning, the guard eagle made a flyby and gave me a scream. Sort of a “I have my eyes on you.” After settling on the usual perch in the large tree (800 ft to the north), the eagle was harassed by what looked to be, a Mockingbird. That lasted a few minutes and the bird then left after 'setting the eagle straight'. This image shows the small bird momentarily perched. Its strategy was to fly and perch left and right behind the eagle in order to safely harass the perceived enemy.

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Post by MaryF » Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:45 am

.Feb 3rd

Journal Entry #12:PROGRESS..... How can you tell if a chick has hatched? The behavior of the adults will give clues to what is happening. When there are only eggs, the adult will raise up periodically and move the eggs around (aeration) and fluff up the bedding. This only takes a couple of minutes. Once the chick has emerged, feeding becomes a major deal.One or both parents will stand near the perimeter (the crib rails)and begin to feed the chick. None of this can be seen but you can see the adult's heads bobbing up and down as they attempt to put strips of meat in the chick's beak. This is a tedious process with frequent missed connections and dropped meat. The time needed for feeding usually runs around 10 minutes.
Happily, this is what I witnessed today. This behavior lasted from 10:42 to 10:50. I feel confident we have a chick. Just how many chicks will there be? The answer will have to wait until they are large enough to be seen as they stand up. That will take about a month or a little less.Don't worry about the coming cold snap. Eagles raise and protect babies in sub-zero temperatures routinely.

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.Feb 7th

Journal Entry #13: A KILL............ During other times of the year when the adults are not busy raising eaglets, they hunt for themselves and usually eat their kill on a nearby tree limb. When the eggs are being nurtured,one adult sometimes brings a kill for their partner who is occupied on the nest........ but not always. Typically, they still hunt their own prey. BUT, once the eaglets arrive, food is brought to the nest two or three times a day. The adults actually end up eating most of it but there is plenty for the young birds. This image shows a fish being brought to the nest on this afternoon.

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Journal Entry #13 continued..... Later during my Friday visit several raptors came close to the nest at about the same time. This prompted the guard eagle to leave its perch and urge the visitors along. This time there were no aggressive pursuits, more like “Don't make me come over there.” Everyone moved off. Here, our eagle is upper left and a Red-tailed Hawk is lower right.

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February 12 ·

Journal Entry #13 continued..... Feb 7th Friday afternoon was just about perfect. Light winds, temps around 60 and sunny. The adults took this opportunity to enjoy 4 or 5 minutes of flight together over the tower. This usually entails calling to each other (our male is particularly vocal) and making close passes by each other along with swoops and dives on the way back to the nest.

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February 17 ·
Journal Entry #14: WE HAVE AN EAGLET!.... Feb 17th. I arrived just before 1 PM. The first few days of life are eat, sleep and eliminate waste. They are very busy growing. But now we are at about two weeks. The time between feedings increases and some play/exercise time becomes part of the routine. Also around two weeks of age, young eagles can begin to regulate their body temperature so the adults begin spend more time on the tower above the nest. So it was today with no sign of the young bird. At least no sign until the last 15 minutes I was on station. I was able to image our eaglet as it stuck its head above the crib rails and started messing around. There could still be a 2nd eaglet several days younger and not as active....time will tell.

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Post by MaryF » Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:51 am

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February 25

Journal Entry #15:A WINDY DAY.....Spring is coming.

Feb 24th Moderate temperatures and winds gusting to 30 mph means it is a good day for a controlled burn on the East Fork Wetlands. The team at the NTMWD was busy creating the optimum environment for new growth of the marsh plants in the coming months.
The eaglet (still a possibility for two) wasn't very photogenic today. I'm thinking it declined its appointment for a portrait sitting. Anyway, it is now beginning a more intensive wing (stretch and lift) exercise as it begins to develop its flight muscles.

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one parent on top of the tower

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February 27 at 8:01 AM
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Journal Entry #15 continued..... This afternoon Dad proudly announced 'Honey, I'm home' as he brought in a clutch of soft bedding for the nest and the eaglet. To do this properly you have to fly directly to the nest and release your claws there. This is Standard Operating Procedure for bringing sticks, food or bedding. But today Dad veers upward to perch on the spar at the guard post next to his mate. As he approaches (you guessed it) he opens his claws to secure a footing and the bedding drifts forlornly away on the wind. !!! This isn't the first time. I've seen this a couple of other times over the years. It's a bit comical to see the majestic bird break out of the successful behavior stereotype and goof up.

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February 28

Journal Entry #15 continued....... After the fiasco with the bedding, the afternoon continued to be interesting for Dad. Mom took a break and Dad went on guard duty. He is becoming more aggressive towards interloping raptors and today he left the tower twice to chase some away. I always track the male in the air in case the offending raptor lets him get close enough to engage. So, on one of today's forays he was hit by a strong wind gust in the range of about 35 mph plus his own air speed. In this image you can see he has been rotated about 130° from the normal flight plane by the force of the wind. Very dramatic to see and capture but for the eagle, it's just another day at the office. Recovery was quick and he resumed his patrol of the sky.

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