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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -20

Post by MaryF » Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:08 pm

.March 11

Journal Entry #16 March 10th THE EAGLET....... Yes, the singular form of the word. I watched the male bring in a fish and later a small rodent to feed the young. During those feeding intervals only one bird showed itself. Were there two, the second would have certainly been seen as they fed. In this image, the young bird looks to be under the adult but is actually to the right in the nest. Last year's young were designated JBS 11 and JBS 12 so this year our young bird is JBS 13. Our eaglet is now 5 weeks old. It has most of its dark body feathering and the large flight feathers will be next.

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March 11

A Red-tailed Hawk comes too close the tower where our eagle pair raise their young

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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -20

Post by MaryF » Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:21 pm


March 11


Journal Entry #16 Continued.......... Our eagles continue to take exception to raptors coming into their no-fly zone. Today there was one Vulture eviction and one encounter with a Red-tailed Hawk. The Red-tail didn't show any inclination to deviate from its flight plan, so Mom undertook to correct its thinking. When she got within striking distance, she flared back and extended her formidable claws.
This image is of the moment of contact. The eagle's wings are extended back to reduce drag and engage with more force. The Red-tail has rolled over to extend its claws and defend itself. Neither bird gripped the other as the eagle slid past the Red-tail and they disengaged without either being harmed. There was no further pursuit and the Red-tailed Hawk moved off.

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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -20

Post by JudyB » Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:28 pm

Wow - great pictures of Mom fending off the red-tail hawk! Thanks for bringing Tom Fleming's pictures here, Mary. :thumlft: I'm glad the hawk knew how to protect his/her self - and didn't try to push the matter!

And I'm sorry there's only one chick this year - but happy there is one. :love:

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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -20

Post by MaryF » Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:02 am

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March 19


Journal Entry #17 March 19th KNEE BOOTS and an umbrella are the order of the day. 7 inches of rain in 7 days means a lot of slogging through the mud to the nest. So it was overcast and misty during the time of my shoot today. JBS 13 is nearly full grown in size now but short of adult weight. He's attempting to feed himself but needs more practice. The hard work is over for Mom and Dad. Now it's mostly some help feeding and standing guard. JBS 13 did not cooperate today by doing anything interesting that I could image . The main highlight was seeing Dad drop another stick on the way to the nest. Not sure what's up with that guy.

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One wet soggy eaglet!
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Post by MaryF » Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:06 am

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ournal Entry #18: March 24th

Since the eagles don't live in Dallas County (and neither do I ), I arrived at the tower this afternoon to give everyone an update. This time of year, I make most of my observations from a property to the west of the tower. Our young eagle finally took time to stretch his wings today. I have found the lack of 'wingercise' puzzling until I remembered that JBS 10 in 2018 was also a single offspring and he didn't do much stretching either. He fledged in 90 days. It could be that the presence of a sibling prompts wing stretching as a sibling-to-sibling dominance behavior and so, is seen more frequently.

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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -20

Post by JudyB » Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:17 pm

Fund Drive for Hard Drives

Good afternoon, everyone! I have just learned that we do not have the hard drives we need to record our cams as we approach little chick time - and we do not have the funds necessary to buy them.

These are the high resolution drives that are connected directly to the cams at the site, making it possible to record high quality videos of events at the nests - and we usually have them up and running before the eggs are laid. As you know, we already have eggs at three of our four nests, and they are likely any day now at the fourth nest - so time is of the essence.

Our tech person Ken is estimating that it will cost about $7000 to buy the high quality, high capacity drives needed for our 9 cams, and while we are keeping up with our regular monthly expenses, we don't have the extra money needed to buy and install the hard drives.

I know this is a hard time financially for many of us, with many businesses closed - but it may also be a time when some of us are staying home and watching the eagles after cancelling planned trips or dinners out - and I'd like to ask those who can to contribute towards these hard drives.
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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -20

Post by MaryF » Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:29 am

JudyB---are we talking about $63,000??



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Journal Entry #18 Continued.


During my two hour visit Dad left the tower once to give chase to an intruder. I always think of the Turkey Vultures as 'innocent victims' of the eagle's protective instincts. They drift along on the wind and pose no threat but 'ignorance of the law' is no excuse as far as the eagle is concerned. Aerobatics ensue and the vulture is required to raise its energy level to escape the attack.

Now that the travel ban area has been enlarged, this will be the last report for a while. I hope that we will somehow be able to get an update!


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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -20

Post by JudyB » Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:29 pm

MaryF wrote:
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:29 am
JudyB---are we talking about $63,000??
:w00t: No :w00t: - and thanks for pointing out that I wasn't clear. The total needed is $7000 Cdn.

We'll be doing a follow-up post in a day or so on at least some of the threads, and I'll be more careful then.



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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -20

Post by MaryF » Wed Apr 08, 2020 10:45 pm


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Journal Entry #19: April 7th

The eaglet is now about 67 days old. The window for fledging is mainly between 80 and 90 days. During the first half hour of my visit, the young bird stayed below the profile of the nest. During the afternoon the eaglet only did one wing stretch and no vigorous wing beats that precede branching or fledging. Typically the eaglet's head is lowered during a wing stretch. So the image will show mainly the uplifted wings.

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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -20

Post by MaryF » Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:36 am

> John Bunker Sands just had a virtual "Eagle Walk" this morning which I attended on my PC. They usually have a well attended one at the Wetlands every year but they are closed just like everything else is. It was quite interesting and when they get the video of it loaded I will try to post it here. :thumlft:

Eureka!! I found it!! :thumlft: :woohoo:

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Post by MaryF » Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:33 pm

.A visit with the John Bunker Sands Wetland eagles, featuring JBS 13, April 9, 2020. In this short video you can see the non working cams


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Post by MaryF » Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:39 pm

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Journal Entry #20: April 19th...... LAAAZZZEEE! I visited the nest site on the 16th. I was there for about 3 hrs. During that time, the JBS13 raised itself above above the rim of the nest to look around for about 10 minutes and resumed resting. No wing stretches, no wingercise; just a look around.
As mentioned previously, this is not really unusual for a nest with one baby. Two young eagles keep things stirred up as they run on different sleep/active schedules. This means more moving about and wingercise becomes a form of dominance display. Fledging should come near the end of the month.


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..Journal Entry # 21 April 25th …JBS 13 has fledged! After 6 hours on watch over a two-day span, he showed himself. Observations from this week suggest that the most likely date for the event was Earth Day April 22nd. This is 82 days since the estimated time of hatching. I saw him on the wing on the morning of April 24th a few hundred feet from the tower. The image confirms the correct color for the beak and correct feather pattern for the underwing. JBS 13 was at a distance of a half mile as the image was taken.

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Post by MaryF » Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:49 pm

..Journal Entry #22 May 6th …......... I saw JBS 13 briefly today. It came in towards the tower that holds the nest, flew by and then caught a thermal taking the escalator up several thousand feet while drifting westwards. It looked to be in fine health. Interested fans of our eagles have expressed concern regarding the risk to the eagles and their nest in severe weather. The recent passage of two storm systems was sufficiently violent to bring down two large trees in the vicinity The nest along with the eagles have handled it well.

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Journal Entry #23 May 14th......... WE ARE FAMILEEE.........(Song lyrics from the 70's). I found JBS 13 on the nest today feeding on a meal likely provided by Mom or Dad. He then joined them on the tower for this family portrait. In spite of my hand motions urging them to pose closer together, they maintained their regal disregard and moved no closer.


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Journal Entry #23 Continued................ THE TRAINING WHEELS are off. JBS 13 has quickly mastered the skills of flight. In this image, he is in the midst of a vertical drop from a height of about 2500 ft to come to rest on the tower.

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Journal Entry #24 May 22nd......... I saw JBS 13 for a short time this morning. He was on the tower and then left to tackle the daily task of surviving.

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Journal Entry #25 June 2nd …....... APT FOR RENT.... When the vultures begin to take advantage of the high perch on the tower, that is a sure sign that all concerned eagles have dispersed and are seldom visiting the nest. So this will be the last post for the successful 2019-2020 Eagle Season.

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Post by MaryF » Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:10 pm

We will begin the 2020/21 season here on this post! Hopefully this season they will have the cams working for us :D

LINK TO TNE NEW CAM --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auBp_vU ... dvllEClyMQ

YAY! We have a brand new cam on the tower for this season!!


The new view ferom the tower cam--Thank you John Bunker Sands!
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Enjoy the Sights and Sounds of our NEW Eagle Tower Camera.
After 1 ½ years of planning and design, our new eagle camera is now available to view at home, office or on the run. The new cam is equiped with PTZ so we should be able to have great views of the nest, the eaglets and the surroundings Tune in to keep up with the progress of our eagle family for the 2021 breeding season!

Funded by the generous donation of Katherine D.

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Post by MaryF » Fri Oct 09, 2020 4:58 pm

Stats for 2020/21 ~~~

* New cam on -- October 6, 2020

* Eagles returned -- Not sure when they returned but they are back in the area.

* Eggs laid -- Egg #1 December 14, 2020 - 3.33PM, CST

* Eggs hatched -- Solo egg was hatched on January 21, 2021 at 2:34 PM

We sadly lost tiny JBS14 at less than 2 full days old, on the morning of January 23, 2021 to unknown causes. Fly high and free little one!! :cry1: :brknhrt:

* "Branched" --

* Fledged --

* Last seen --

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Post by MaryF » Fri Oct 09, 2020 5:13 pm

The announcement of the return of the adult eagle pair and the new eagle cam!


"It is time for our eagles to return. They head out for parts unknown each summer and meet up again in late September. This image is of their reunion. It was accompanied with courtship displays and some of their haunting calls. The eaglecam announcement picture shows the male leading the female. He is fully inverted with talons extended skyward as part of his display."

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Here is a video showing the installation of the new PTZ cam and the solar panels.


The new much larger solar panels scap from the JBS video
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Installing the new cam---what a view from up there! -- scap from the JBS video
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Take a behind the scenes look of the installation of our brand new Eagle Tower camera. Many thanks to all partners involved and for Katherine D. for her gracious support and funding for the project.


A different view of the nest and tower -- scap from the JBS video
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Post by MaryF » Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:08 pm

I just found a wonderful video made by Trudi Kron from the cam showing visits by the parents to the nest. Thank you Trudi!!! :thumlft:


A great looking pair of eagles
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Re: Seagoville, TX -- 2018 -21

Post by KcShylo » Fri Oct 23, 2020 7:31 am

I am so excited to see the new camera up and working. :woohoo: Placement is wonderful so there will be some great viewing. :vid: Thanks for the first pics. Raining this morning so no eagles in attendance at 9:30 am. :bye 1:

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Post by MaryF » Sun Oct 25, 2020 12:36 pm

One of the adults in a tree on October 20th

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Three days earlier Crestred Cara-Caras were spotted in the same area! WOW!

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Post by MaryF » Tue Oct 27, 2020 1:03 pm

It's cold and windy in Texas today but there is one of the eagles at the far end of the tower.
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This was on the JBS FB page today -----
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Post by KcShylo » Wed Oct 28, 2020 8:30 am

Wednesday Oct 28 2020 9:32 am to 9:45 am Central Time

Had the pleasure of watching Mom and Dad working on the nest this morning. First Dad, but Mom came shortly thereafter. One stick brought and lots of rearranging.
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Post by KcShylo » Wed Oct 28, 2020 8:36 am

Camera operator zoomed so some good closeups.
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Not bothered by cold or wind.
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Post by MaryF » Fri Oct 30, 2020 3:40 pm

Both had a visit to the tower this morning---these are from the DVR ----

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Something seemed to upset them
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