Thanks to MaryF for finding much of the background information for this nest, and to Ferenz for letting us know the cam was live for the new season!
Link to the Cam -- https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/features/we ... index.html
MN non-game Facebook link -- https://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaNonga ... m/?fref=ts
DNR group FB page -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/227557260721558/
Minnesota is in the central time zone.
HWF would like to thank the Minnesota DNR, Floyd Security and Xcel Energy for setting up this Bald Eagle Cam for our entertainment, enjoyment and education!.
This eagle camera is brought to you by the Minnesota DNR's Nongame Wildlife Program, which helps over 700 species of Minnesota wildlife thrive. We are watching live video of a Twin Cities eagle nest. This pair of eagles has nested in the same area since about 2010, fledging at least one chick in that time. The initial cam for this nest was installed in late 2012 - and there is a new cam for 2019 with infrared light for viewing at night and (if all the bugs can be worked out) sound! The nest is in an undisclosed Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul) metro area location.
Links to the start of the current and previous season's discussion in this thread: Link to the 2017/2018 thread
2020-2021 Nesting Season:
- eggs laid: February 16, 4:47 pm; February 20, 2:54 pm
- hatched: #1 1:15 pm March 26, 2021, #2 3:24 pm March 28, 2021
- fledged: #1 4:55 am June 7, 2021--It was an accidental fledge; #2 9:04 am June 13, 2021--Another accidental fledge.
- last seen:
- eggs laid: February 6, 3:47 pm; February 9, 12:11 pm; February 12, 2:42 pm
- hatched: March 15, 7:42 am (38 days); March 17, 6:32 am (37 days); seen March 19, around 9 am (36 days)
- named by observers: E1/Bandit; E2/Smokey; E3/Bambino
- sad news: youngest eaglet E3 died April 12; it was quite a bit smaller so may have had trouble competing for food, and there was a cold front
- fledged: June 16, 9:15 am (93 days); June 20, 5:53 am (95 days)
- sad news: local observers reported that E1 died July 3 after flying into a power line
- last seen:
- eggs laid: February 19, 1:17 pm; February 22, 3:47 pm; Feb 25, 5:17 pm
- hatched: none hatched
- last seen:
(From the Minnesota DNR) -- The nest is very high in the tree and a bucket truck was needed to install the camera. This work was done early in the winter, before the birds were displaying courtship behavior or even frequenting the nest. The eagles are not fed by humans, nor does anyone physically visit this nest. They are completely on their own, in their natural environment with no assistance from humans. This is the way nature intended and this is also why we keep the location of this nest discreet. Any disturbance could threaten the nest, or habituate the birds which could turn out to be deadly for the new family. We do not want that to happen! We are very grateful to be able to witness this fascinating and amazing process. Our generation is very fortunate to have this opportunity. We hope that you are also enjoying every minute of spying on the natural world and learning from these beautiful and majestic birds.
Note to viewers (from MN DNR): This is live video of wild bald eagles living in nature. Natural struggles will occur and some of the feeding or other wild bird behaviors may be difficult to watch. Please use discretion when watching this cam. DNR staff monitor this camera and nest.
To our EagleCam followers, the purpose of the EagleCam is to allow researchers and the public to witness the natural processes of Bald Eagle courtship, egg laying and incubation, hatching, eaglet care, prey selection, and fledging. It is important to remember that in addition to observing successes, it is also valuable to observe and document failures, including eaglet fighting and potentially the causes of eaglet mortality (sibling rivalry, starvation, exposure, predation, etc.). We do NOT plan to cut the live feed to censor these natural processes. NOTICE- You have to decide for yourself if/when you need to turn off the feed in the event that difficult-to-view events transpire.
We will not be naming the EagleCam Bald Eagles. These are wild birds, not pets, and we want to avoid the personification of wild animals.