NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by Debs » Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:46 pm

215 pm
Bella was incubating when all of a sudden she alerts to something.
Bella exits the nest then a minute later Smitty flies in and takes over
incubating. Not sure if Mom saw an intruder or whether she just wanted
a break.

We have heard owls in the area and there were intruders flying thru their
area recently but no visuals of any visitors today.

Switch from Mom to Dad

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Bella Incubating - Alerts - Switch from Mom to Dad - 214 pm - March 10, 2019 - NCTC Bald Eagles
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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by Debs » Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:48 pm

214 pm
Bella calling for a switch
Mar 10 214 pm Mom wants a switch.JPG
Bella exits the nest
Mar 10 215 pm Mom exits nest.JPG
Dad takes over
Mar 10 215 pm Dad takes over switch occurred.JPG

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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by Debs » Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:51 pm

425 pm
Mom incubating
Mar 10 425 pm Mom.JPG
627 pm
Dad lands on nest
Mar 10 627 pm Dad lands on nest.JPG
Smitty and Bella Comparison
A Collage Bella and Dad Differences March 10 2019.jpg
Have a good night y'all :bye 1:

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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by Debs » Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:10 pm

April 2 2019

Good Evening Friends :bye 1:

I have been on vacation but am back now so wanted to update this thread right away.

Congratulations to Bella and Smitty on the safe arrival of two baby chicks.

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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by Debs » Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:13 pm

Hatch Dates
Chick #1 - 1235 pm - March 29, 2019
Chick #2 - 730 am - March 31, 2019

Collage - March 31, 2019 - Second Hatch - Welcome #2
A Collage March 31 2019 Second Hatch NCTC.jpg

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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by Debs » Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:04 pm

April 2, 2019

The chicks appear to be doing well despite some sibling rilvary seen on cam.
Bella appears to be a new Mom so it took her a bit of time to catch on that the chicks need to be fed frequently.
This is also Smitty and Bella's first season together so lots of interesting "firsts" at this nest.

Here are a few captures of the sweet letts :rh:
April 2 643 am feeding perhaps.JPG
April 2 745 am chicks.JPG
April 2 943 am feeding.JPG

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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by Philjo56France » Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:41 am

Hi Debs, just there to say hello and bravo to this new team, Bella and Smitty and also a big welcome :woohoo: to #1 and #2 :woohoo:
Take care all of you, this nest deserves it so well :huggie:
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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by Debs » Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:58 am

April 4 2019

Good Afternoon NCTC and Philjo :bye 1:
Thanks for dropping in always good to see you :huggie:

The chicks are growing leaps and bounds.
Chick #1 sometimes bonks down the younger chick, normal when the chicks are competing for food.
We think Bella is a new Mom so she is going thru a learning curve too and today we saw some calmer feedings likely because there is more food.

Smitty delivered a nice sized partially eaten fish earlier so the kids had a nice feeding of fish.
The last feeding looked like it may have been leftover duck from yesterday.

Here are a few captures
April 4 1020 am.JPG
Chick #1 has a nice crop
April 4 1256 pm big crop.JPG
Chick #1 has moved away from the egg cup and over to the crib rails ... she is a big girl now.
April 4 1257 pm big girl parked away from Mom.JPG

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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by Debs » Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:00 am

Chick #2 had his right eye closed earlier during a feeding so hopefully it's eye is not injured; we will keep an eye on that.

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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by Debs » Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:05 am

Nice calm feeding earlier today
April 4 Beautiful feeding.jpg
April 4 1030 am Dad and the kids.JPG

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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by Debs » Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:33 am

:vid:
Tandem Feeding - Bella & Smitty Together Feed the Chicks - April 2, 2019 - NCTC Bald Eagle Nest
https://youtu.be/nBH7TRS3AXc

Nice Feeding for Both Chicks - 940 am - NCTC Bald Eagles - April 2, 2019
https://youtu.be/RmQrgpVKBUA

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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by Debs » Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:28 am

April 7, 2019

Morning NCTC Friends :bye 1:

A heartbreaking loss at the NCTC nest this morning; one of the baby eaglets has passed away possibly due to trauma although we do not know the cause for sure. Things were going well at this nest so the loss is especially sad.

Yesterday the two chicks explored the nest for the very first time ... they moved up to the rails and enjoyed two feedings at the side of the nest. Food was plentiful and the chicks were adventurous and active everything looked great last night.

This morning we woke up to one of the chicks laying lifeless at the top of the nest by the fish pantry! So unexpected and a shock for all of us that follow this sweet eagle family :cry1:

Soar High and Soar Forever Free Lil One

Here are two videos that i did yesterday of the eaglets when they were exploring the nest bowl for the very first time.

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Sweet Baby Eaglets - Earn Explorer Badge - 1 Week Milestone - NCTC Bald Eagles - April 6, 2019
https://youtu.be/w4jyfJ0qcKM

Big & Lil One - Sweet Eaglets - Best Friends - NCTC Bald Eagles - April 6 2019
https://youtu.be/waJLw7Bwras

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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by JudyB » Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:32 am

Oh, Debs, I'm so sorry to hear the news. My sympathy to all who are following this eagle family. :grhug:

Fly free, little one. :brknhrt:

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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by Debs » Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:38 am

Judyb thanks so much ... it was quite the shock this morning; both chicks were doing so well :brknhrt:

We think the chick might have been stepped on ... as it was located outside the egg cup ... up near the fish pantry.

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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by Debs » Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:58 am

:vid:

Sweet Baby Eaglets - From Joy to Heartbreak - Loss of One Eaglett - NCTC Bald Eagles - April 7, 2019
https://youtu.be/w4jyfJ0qcKM

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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by bev. » Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:21 pm

so sorry. I have been watching but no time for me to post. so sad. but let us watch , with joy , this other one grow and prosper

nature can be cruel. :(
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Post by Debs » Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:20 pm

Bev :bye 1: yes i agree ... hugs to you :huggie:

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Post by Debs » Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:18 pm

Although it was a very sad day at the NCTC nest there were good moments too.

The remaining chick was alert, active and had plenty of fish so great in and output.

Bella and Smitty doted over their chick :rh:
April 7 1205 pm chick and Mom.JPG
April 7 1122 am.JPG
April 7 525 pm chick.JPG

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Post by Debs » Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:21 pm

527 pm
Nice feeding for the baby
April 7 527 pm feeding fish.JPG
738 pm
Just before dark tonight ...
Bella moved the body of her dead chick; she ate part of chick then moved the body closer to the egg cup.
I wonder if she wanted the baby near or whether she was going to consume or feed the body to her chick.
It looked like the body was going to be consumed, which is common behavior in these situations ... no food source goes wasted in nature.
April 7 738 pm Bella picks up dead chick.JPG
April 7 742 pm dead chick body.JPG
Bless Bella and Smitty and their remaining chick ... we pray the rest of the season is joyful and uneventful for this family :luck:

As i have done for many years i continue to document observations at this nest; now via a spreadsheet as it is shareable. I would like to thank Terri WestVA as she helps me maintain it ... I could not do it without her help.

Dee i miss you here :brknhrt:

Here is the link to our Daily Journal for the NCTC 2019 Nesting Season spreadsheet

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing

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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by Debs » Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:40 pm

830 pm
Bella is brooding her chick ...
April 7 830 pm Bella.JPG

Good Night Friends :nite:

Hugs all around :huggie:

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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by Philjo56France » Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:36 am

Hi Debs, i read the bad news yesterday but so sorry, and so sad, i was unable to write something. :(
Be sure this little one is now on the other side of the mirror in a better place wher i'm sure this beautiful eaglet met Belle who is taking care of Him/Her. This beauty isn't alone now and as Belle he will take a look at this nest, parents and sibling like do all the others at their own nests. :cry1: :brknhrt:
Do you know which one fledged to the Heavens, the older, the younger ?
:huggie: :grhug:
Fly free, fly high with Always a full crop NCTC Eaglet !
All the best for the second one, Bella and Smitty
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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by jwin36 » Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:30 am

Checked in this morning and caught this lovely scap.
Shep11041319.jpg
Peaceful foggy morning
I don't check in here very often but it is very beautiful here. :yes:
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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by Debs » Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:14 am

April 22, 2019

Good Morning NCTC Family :bye 1:

We are pleased to announce that the eaglets have been named by Rachel Weaver's 4th Grade Students from the Chamberlain Elementary School in Charleston. The students picked the name Hope Ann Faith for the eaglet. Angel was suggested for the eaglet that passed on :wub: Please join me in extending our appreciation to the 4th Grade students for choosing excellent names for the NCTC eaglets ... well done! There was also another teacher that mentioned they had chose the same names hats off to them as well! We love the names Hope and Angel a perfect fit for the NCTC eaglets :rh: :rh:

Thanks to Clayton at NCTC for pulling out the live cam yesterday so that we have an expanded view (default position) of the nest. Hope has been exploring out of our view so now we can keep track of the "explorer" 24/7 :-)

Hope has reached its 3 week old milestone and with that comes tremendous growth! The eaglet is getting its first feathers (sometimes called blood feathers) that combined with its very large feet makes walking comical as the chick tries to balance itself! On many occasions i thought the chick was going to tip over and do a face plant as it leaned forward to line itself up to have a poop shoot! The sweet lett is more active (when not digesting a big meal) and often copies Mom and Dad; yesterday the chick was moving sticks and greenery placing it all around himself such cute interaction to watch!

There has been signs of intruders or unwanted visitors in the territory hopefully those visitors have left the area!

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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by Debs » Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:17 am

Philjo56France thank you ... in your write up could you please include the name Angel for the eaglet that passed on ... RIP Lil One :rh:

Jwin36 thanks for the lovely capture ... always love the early morning fog captures :yes:

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Post by Debs » Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:21 am

Here are some captures of Hope ... she is sure growing up fast!
A Collage April 17 2019 NCTC Sweet Lett Big Crop and Mommy Time.JPG
A Collage April 16 2019 Early Morning Fish Delivery and Feeding NCTC Bald Eagles.jpg

A Collage Bella & her Eaglet 2.5 Weeks Old April 18 2019.jpg

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Post by Debs » Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:24 am

April 11 2019 Massive Crop.JPG
April 11 531 pm nice crop.JPG
A Collage April 11 2019 Bella Smitty and their Chick.jpg

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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by Debs » Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:35 am

930 am
Hope is snuggled up nest center.
Bella is in the attic and Smitty is nearby too as we just heard them alerting.
Perhaps Bella is telling Dad to go fishing ... hope that is all it is.
April 22 930 am.JPG
April 21, 2019
April 21 Chick plays with green branches 854 am.JPG
From April 20 2019
April 20 1208 pm snuggle with Mom.JPG

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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by Debs » Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:25 am

940 am
Smitty delivered a nice prey for breakfast.
Bella followed him in and promptly claimed the meal.
Hope is enjoying a nice meal now.

1030 am
Feeding just wrapped up; look at Hope's big crop he is nearly
tipping over trying to balance himself while he moves to nest
center for a nap!
April 22 1030 am Hope.JPG

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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by Philjo56France » Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:20 pm

Debs wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:17 am
Philjo56France thank you ... in your write up could you please include the name Angel for the eaglet that passed on ... RIP Lil One :rh:

Jwin36 thanks for the lovely capture ... always love the early morning fog captures :yes:
Hi Debs, i did it and so i wish to HOPE :rh: a long and beautiful life and i know :rh: ANGEL :rh: will be there each time Hope will need help and also s/he will protect as best it could be done her/his parents, futur siblings and nest area ... :huggie:
:rh: E9 :rh: 2.5 years old
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Re: NCTC Bald Eagles - Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 2018-2019

Post by jwin36 » Thu May 16, 2019 4:06 am

5.16.19 / 6:58 am
I was surprised when I checked in today. This young eaglet is so grown up. And I love this nest. It is so pretty and peaceful here.
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They grow so fast.
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