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Trio of Eagles 2019 - 2020

Post by SueB » Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:46 am

Welcome to the Trio of Eagles 2019-2020


Please Note: Because of the loss of the Trio nest in August of 2020, this nesting season we will continue with this current thread to post any updates from the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi Refuge. Information about the loss of the nest can be found on page 398 of this forum.

At this same point, we will begin posting the sighting and updates of our beloved Trio eagles. Because of the loss of the nest and cam, the nest will not have a online cam to view this year.


We wish to extend a special Thank You to the ground photographers and observers for allowing us to share photos of the Trio Eagles as they go through their day to day activities of building a new nest. Following is a list of those people who have provided permission to share:
Gary Sterk
The Stewards of the Upper Mississippi Refuge & Bonnie Thoren
Sue Halverson Heckman
David Becht
Connie and Wade Inskeep - C&W Photography
Cory Hapgood
Jay from jwolf WILD photography
William Sattler


This is a link to beginning page for the 2020-2021 nesting updates. Also information about the loss of the nest in the storm is posted on this page.
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Welcome to the observation thread following the Trio Eagles of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. The purpose of this thread is to observe and document the daily behaviors of the Trio Eagles, two males and one female named Valor 1, Valor 2, and Starr. We wish to thank the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge for providing us with cam coverage and a look into the lives of this unique eagle family. As noted below, the Stewards have been following this nest since 2004. While there were many changes along the way, since that time the past two years have brought an established raptor family. We hope to see another successful year of eaglets growing into fledglings to soar free into their life’s journey.

Please join us in posting observations of this fascinating and unique eagle family. Noted are descriptions of the past history, links to information about the Trio Eagles, and identifications images for the eagles. And we need your help with observations. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact SueB, JoanD, or Sandy_W, TAs for this thread. We welcome your thoughts and questions as we wish for this time with the Trio Eagles to be enjoyable and educational for everyone watching, reading and posting. We can guarantee observing the Trio Eagles will be a remarkable experience.

The nest is located in the backwaters of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge near Lock and Dam 13, Fulton IL on the Mississippi River. The Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge work hand in hand with the US Fish and Wildlife Service staff that is located at the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, Thomson, IL.
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Photo credit from Google maps: Sharon Gatzke Eckstein

A look at the massive size of the nest. On June 16, 2019, the cam operator adjusted the cam and gave us a look at the nest.
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Cam and Important Links:
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The Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge website
Link to 2018 - 2019 Season
Link to 2017 - 2018 Season

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 adult 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 eagles 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.
  • 2017 – Trio has returned and has been working on the nest periodically. Copulation has been seen on 1/19/17: 1/26/2017 – 1st egg was laid, 1/29/2017- 2nd egg was laid and 2/1/2017 – 3rd egg was laid. 3/7/2017 – 1st eaglet hatched, 3/9/2017 – 2nd eaglet hatched. Third egg never hatched. On the evening of March 24, two adult bald eagles attacked the nest. The webcam recorded the attack that lasted over an hour and shows two adult eagles battling on the ground in a desperate talon clinching struggle. When the struggle ended, both eagles hopped out of sight of the webcam. Hope did not return to the nest that night and still was not present at the nest on the morning of March 25. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service staff intensively searched the area under the eagle nest and adjoining land areas. The nest is located on a narrow-forested peninsula that is surrounded by Mississippi River backwaters. The searchers found no sign of Hope nor of feathers on the ground where the struggle occurred. Valor 1 and Valor 2 were disturbed by the searchers and remained off the nest during the search and for several hours after searchers left the area. On the evening of March 26, two adult bald eagles made a second recorded attack on the nest. Valor 1 and Valor 2 boldly defended the chicks and prevented the marauding eagles from entering the nest and no injuries were observed. Daily attacks occurred throughout April with an occasional flyby in May. Two males continued to raise the eaglets to fledging. They fledged on 5/30/2017. Hope is considered MIA and not expected to be found.
  • 2018 – 09/01/2017 – New female was seen with both males. Female is a young adult due to few darker feathers on her head. Periodically all three are seen at the nest bringing in and moving sticks around. This is part of the bonding ritual that they do. 2/10/2018 – first egg was laid, 2/13/2018 – second egg was laid. 3/20/2018, the first eaglet was observed, 3/21/2018, the second eaglet arrived. 4/18/2018, #2 eaglet died of unknown causes. 5/19/2018, #1 fledged early at 8.5 weeks of age. It spent the next several weeks on a platform below the nest. The parents changed the feeding to that location. It was seen in a tree on the opposite side of the island a month later doing just fine.
  • 2019 – 2/18/2019, 1st egg was laid in the morning, 2/21/2019, 2nd egg was laid in the late afternoon. 2/24/2019, 3rd egg was laid in late afternoon. 3/2/19, E1 hatched. 3/29/19, E2 hatched and 4/1/19, E3 hatched. 6/6/2019, E2 was making a running approach to land on the limb with E1. In so doing he/she caught E3 off guard and knocked he/she over the edge of the nest. The eaglet learned the first lesson on how to swim. It was later spotted south of the nest and then again north of the nest. Parents continued to feed E3 at that location. 6/22/19, E3 was back at the nest with E1 and E2. 6/17/2019, both eaglets fledged at 5:42am and 7:38am.
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Re: Trio of Eagles 2019 - 2020

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Meet the Trio! Starr, Valor 1 and Valor 2
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Re: Trio of Eagles 2019 - 2020

Post by SueB » Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:47 am

Summary of the 2020 Nesting Season:

Eggs Laid:
1st egg: laid February 14, 2020 at 5:18 pm (Note: laid on Valentine's Day)
2nd egg: laid February 17, 2020 at either 5:50 or 6:08 pm but without confirmation with a sighting. (Note: laid on Presidents' Day)

Hatch Dates:
1st egg: Snowy- first sighting 5:48 pm March 23, 2020
2nd egg: Spring- first sighting 7:42 am March 24, 2020

Branched:
#1 eaglet: Sunday, 8:03 am May 24, 2020
#2 eaglet: Friday, 9:32 am May 22, 2020

Fledged:
#1 eaglet: Wednesday, 9;28 am June 10, 2020 78 days old
#2 eaglet: Tuesday, 11:16 am June 16, 2020 85 days old

Summary of the 2019 Nesting Season: Starr's 2nd nesting season with the Valors.
Eggs Laid:
1st egg (Harmony) laid February 18, 2019 at 8:35 am
2nd egg (Joy) laid February 21, 2019 at 4:14 pm
3rd egg (Peace) laid February 24, 2019 at 5:14 pm.
The Eaglets:
1st egg (Harmony) - hatched on March 27, 2019 - branched May 27, 2019 (60 days old) - fledged June 17, 2019 (81 days old)
2nd egg (Joy) - hatched - March 28, 2019 - branched June 6, 2019 (69 days old) - fledged June 17, 2019 (80 days old)
3rd egg (Peace) - hatched - April 1, 2019 - no branching was done before accidental fledge on June 6, 2019 (66 days old)

Summary of 2018 Nesting Season: Starr's first nesting season with the Valors.
Eggs Laid:
1st egg (Orion) laid Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 3:44 pm
2nd egg (Sirius) laid Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 6:10 pm
The Eaglets:
1st eaglet (Orion) hatched - March 20, 2018 - fledged on May 19, 2018
2nd eaglet (Sirius) hatched - March 21, 2018 - passed away of unknown causes on April 19, 2018

Summary of 2017 Nesting Season: Hope's last nesting season with the Valors
Eggs Laid:
1st egg (Stormy) laid January 26, 2017
2nd egg (Sunny) laid January 29, 2017
3rd egg laid February 1, 2017 (egg wasn't viable)
The Eaglets:
1st eaglet (Stormy) hatched - March 7, 2017 - fledged on May 30, 2017
2nd eaglet (Sunny) hatched - March 9, 2017 - fledged on May 30, 2017


Please note that the eaglets do not have official names in keeping with the policy of those managing the Upper Mississippi River Refuge; we have chosen to use nicknames on this thread to help us identify them as they grow. Please do not use our forum nicknames anywhere except on this forum. Thanks.

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IN THE NEWS

This section will include articles of interest pertaining to either the Trio Nest or Eagles in general that will enhance the learning process.
Also included here will be any news or announcements that the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge put out on their websites that we feel should be shared with everyone.

During the season, if any viewers find any articles of interest that they would like to share here, please let me or Sandy know and we will include those here as well.

My two dads: Eagle trio sees parenting success in Illinois news article from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service know that families come in all shapes and sizes, and that’s true for wildlife too! Meet Valor I, Valor II and Starr, a breeding trio of bald eagles that live along the Mississippi River in Illinois. For several years, fans from all over the world have been watching this nontraditional family through a webcam as the eagles deal with the trials and tribulations of parenting. ...https://www.fws.gov/midwest/news/EagleT ... PHmhGYXDas
Eaglets have 2 daddies — and a mom. Near Fulton, a rare bald eagle throuple, or three-way couple, have come together to mate and parent.
In the leafy backwaters of the Mississippi River, a bald eagle named Hope was losing patience with her handsome young mate.
While male eagles typically share egg-warming duties, jumping in when the females need to hunt and eat, Hope’s mate, Valor I, couldn’t bring himself to incubate the eggs for more than a few minutes. While other males work hard to feed their ravenous offspring, Valor I provided only for himself. https://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyl ... MisI9jHcY8
Article credit: By NARA SCHOENBERG
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Guidelines for the Trio Eagle forum:

This forum is for discussion, daily observations, screenshots and videos related directly to the Trio Eagles. We are asking the following points be considered while posting to provide a wonderful experience.

* Copyright issues from photos: all screenshots from the Trio cam are considered the property of the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi Refuge. Screenshots or videos provide the necessary copyright information. However, we are asking for any cropped screenshots give credit to the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge Group (Stewardsumrr.org) (© 2020 StewardsUMRR) Any other photos not of the origin from the cam, permission from the rightful owner should be obtained. Last year, we did find out the Stewards’ photos from their Facebook page can be used. But only those of the Stewards and credit provided. Many times, individuals may post on the Stewards' FB page and should someone wish to share those photos, permission to use on this forum should obtained and credit noted. We want to give credit where credit is due for photos of the Trio Eagles.

* Please limit emoticons to no more than three per post.

* Articles of Interest: We have a “In the News” section on the first page. To accumulate in one space all news about the Trio eagles, we are asking you to share the “news” with us to add to this section. Simply contact Sue or Sandy. Should you wish to post outside information about the Trio in an individual post, please provide the copyright information to the article to give credit to the source.

* When posting, adding the time is helpful to keep up with the daily activities.

* Please keep all posts and photos of a positive and professional manner about the Trio Eagles.

Thank you for helping us keep the Trio Eagle forum a positive place to share. Again, if there are any questions, please contact either Sue or Sandy.

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Post by SueB » Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:01 am

JoanD wrote more about the history of the Trio Eagles. So sharing here to keep it up front and forward. Thanks, Joan for sharing. Sandy_W

Someone asked for the history of the Valors at the Trio nest. I said I would write it this evening. I like to expand from what is written on the Stewards site, because some pieces are left out, which makes Valor 1 look bad. For all of us who know & love Valor 1 knows he is a hard worker, protector, & cares for his entire family.

First of all, in 2012, Valor 1 became Hope's mate. As you can see from the first picture I found on Hancock Wildlife, he was 4 years old & most likely not mentally mature enough to be a father. He didn't seem to understand or know what was required of him (for those who watch the West End Cam, he was a lot like Akecheta last season, but Valor 1's eggs hatched). V1 was most likely in it for the sex, like a human teenager. Lol He did not know or understand he needed to provide food for the eaglets. Both eaglets died when they were three days old.

The next season Hope decided she wasn't going to have another season like the previous, so she dumped Valor 1 & took Valor 2 as a mate. As you can see in the first pic again, Valor 2 was either 4 years old or approaching 5 years old. But Valor 1 wouldn't leave. I think he watched what was happening, even following them to their new nest area. I think he helped them build their new nest & was helping guard the area & providing food. Whatever he was doing, he had to be doing a lot for both Hope & Valor 2 to accept him. He definitely was making their lives easier by contributing. Two eaglets were successfully raised that year. They do not know exactly what year Valor 1 became a true part, forming the Trio, but Hope mating with both of the Valors was finally observed, when cams went on, in 2016. You have to remember both Valors were young, so it was probably easy to become accepting of each other. Valor 1 made Valor 2's life easier with helping with all the work. And Valor 1 got Hope back, but also had someone helping him.

In 2017, another eagle nest fell during nesting season. Those two eagles from that nest were in a rush to find a nest before nesting season ended, so they could lay eggs. It was already March, with the season of laying eggs ending typically at the end of March. They decided they wanted the Trio nest, despite the Trio already having two 2 week old eaglets on the nest. One of the Valors fought the male, while the other guarded the babies & nest. Hope fought the female. Hope walked away from the fight, never to be seen again.
There was a search around the nest for Hope, but it was keeping the Valors away from the nest on 2 different rainy days. The eaglets needed their dads, since they no longer had their mom, so they gave up on the search (the area below the nest floods quite a bit, also). The Valors had to fight intruders quite a bit. When they finally got rid of the couple wanting the nest, other intruders kept coming. I think they kept coming for two reasons. There were times one of the Valors would be gone 2 or 3 minutes & come back with food with an intruder following. Some of us think at times they were stealing food, so they could get back to the nest more quickly. If that was the case, the other eagle wanted the food back. But the Valors are also excellent hunters, too. There was something else that may have attracted the intruders. The Valors also brought in a lot of coot...in fact they survived a lot on coot that season, because that was the quickest, easiest thing to get. Sometimes it appeared they were competing with each other on who could bring in the biggest or best food. There was a lot of food & scraps on the nest. Their eaglets always had large crops. But that nest definitely looked like a bachelors' nest with all that food laying around. All that food was attracting other eagles, who were wanting to steal the food. Eagles tend to think it is easier to steal than to fish.

The Valors worked as an awesome team, like they were psychically connected, when fighting off intruders. They really developed a strong bond between them. We were worried they would each find their own female & fight over the nest. But luckily Starr came along & accepted both of them. The bond remains strong with the Valors. During the 2019 season, right before the 3rd egg hatched, Valor 2 had some sort of injury that caused him to limp a lot & the area around his eyes turned dark. He had brought in a catfish. A lady, who knows a lot about fish, told me she saw him step on one of the barbs. The barbs contain poisons, which can be released when the bard goes into someone. Both Valors love their babies & want to be with them. But Valor 1 gave up all of his brooding time, so Valor 2 could rest, while brooding the eaglets. Valor 1 also provided enough food to feed the whole family of 6. He continued to provide over 90% of the food for the rest of the season, where all had nice size crops. One day, when V2 was brooding the eaglets, soon after the accident, V1 came in with a stick. We all know what male eagles are like with a big, wonky stick. V2 kept getting hit in the head with it. He finally got up & left. V1 didn't realiz he left. When he turned around & saw the eaglets by themselves, he checked on them to make sure they were ok, then he called V2 back. After he saw V2 settled back over the eaglets, he left. That shows you what kind of bond is between the Valors.

Some of my favorite moments with the Valors are when the eggs are being brooded. Sometimes, when one Valor is brooding, the other lays right next to him. It reminds me of that season when they worked so hard to raise their eaglets together.

Sometimes I think the bond is stronger between the Valors than the one with Starr & I feel she gets a little left out. I have read people writing saying she is mean. But I think she is one of the sweetest eagles around. I am hoping building a nest from scratch together will strengthen their bond with Starr as strong as what they have with each other. I hope this helps you understand the Valors from the Trio nest better.

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Post by Sandy_W » Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:35 am

September 27, 2019, Sharon Gatzke Eckstein and Ryan Eckstein visited the Trio Eagle Nest area at the Lock n Dam 13 because the Trio eagles have been spotted in the area.
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The Trio Nest in center right in the tree that looks like it has a Y in it.
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Can you find the eagles? Two are on the left hand side & one is on the right hand side. The nest is there too.
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Post by Sandy_W » Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:38 am

September 27, 2019, Sharon Gatzke Eckstein and Ryan Eckstein visited the Trio Eagle nest.
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We believe Starr is the one underneath one of the Valors. She is primping or cleaning her feathers.
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Probably one of the Valors.

Thank you so much, Sharon, for allowing us to share your wonderful pictures of the Trio Eagles.
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Post by Sandy_W » Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:13 am

9:11 am Update from the Stewards:
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Our Trio Cam will be live in November. Stan is still working on one of our servers and would like to have had branches cleared for the transmission signal line of sight. Flooding has remained a constant problem preventing access. Once equipment tweaks and updates are completed we will announce a launch date. Bear in mind, the Trio won't start serious nesting behavior until late December into January. You aren't missing activity it's too early
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Post by Sandy_W » Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:04 pm

October 24, 2019 from the Stewards Facebook page.
The #1 use of the nest during non nesting periods is as a feeding platform. Here is Valor II with an American coot as prey.
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Valor 2 looks beautiful here.
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Post by SueB » Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:49 am

Good Morning Trio Lovers! Although the cam is not yet live, the Stewards have posted a couple pictures from their cam while testing. Here is one from Monday, 10/21/2019 with all three of the Trio on the nest. Assuming this is a current picture, no time/date stamp was included. This is Starr on the nest....Valor 2 up on the left, and Valor 1 up on the right.
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Post by Sandy_W » Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:42 am

Good morning to all who follow the Trio eagles. Another image shared by the Stewards of our Trio eagles from October 14, 2019.
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A notification from the Stewards as of November 3, 2019.
We had an internal server crash Two weeks ago. In the life of a non profit that means a replacement had to be proposed and voted on for approval. That vote took place the 24th after our FWS appreciation luncheon. Stan will be busy setting up our software on the new server to get us up and running. To the best of my knowledge that is the final bit of per-season maintenance...read that as final hoop to jump through
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Post by SueB » Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:38 pm

Good Afternoon Trio Lovers! We are opening the 2019 - 2020 Trio season thread now. Although we don't know much more than anyone else about the cam, the Stewards have indicated that the cam will be live soon....not sure exactly what that means but we thought we should get ready to document our Trio Nest once it is live.

If anyone is following this thread and would like to post to let everyone know you are watching and waiting, it would be great to hear from you. Would love to know how long you have been watching the Trio, how you got started watching, and whether this is the first you are posting here. Don't be afraid, we would love for more people to chime in once the cam goes live.....the more the merrier!

Looking forward to hearing from you all! We are getting very excited to see our first sightings of the Trio!

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Post by Sandy_W » Sun Nov 03, 2019 4:44 pm

Thanks so much, Sue, for opening the Trio forum thread. It is so exciting to think we have a new season with our Trio eagles. I discovered these eagles early in January, 2017, soon after the eggs were laid. Began keeping an eye on them around the time Stormy and Sunny were hatched. And of course, I remember the dreadful night in March when we lost Hope. Fell in love especially with Valor 1 and Valor 2 when they stepped up to take care of those little ones. About that same time, I stumbled into the Hancock Wildlife forum and found I loved observing and documenting their daily activities. They taught me so much about eagle behavior as well. And now we have beautiful Starr to carry on with Valor 1 and Valor 2. Looking forward to 2020 Trio nesting season.

Hope many of you will join us this season.
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Post by SueB » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:51 am

Good Morning Trio Lovers! I haven't heard any updates on the Trio cam but thought I would mention that the Migration cam is up and has a new look....seems to be a really crisp picture....seeing some seagulls fly by and someone is out there fishing. I'm sure if you watch long enough there could be eagles flying by as well.
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Post by Sandy_W » Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:17 pm

4:15 pm notification from Bonnie at the Stewards. Looks like we are getting closer and closer. Yay!
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Re: Trio of Eagles 2019 - 2020

Post by Sandy_W » Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:51 am

5:49 am 11-10-19 update from Bonnie from the Stewards. We are ready for the announcement this week when the cams go live. The Starr, Valor 1 and Valor 2 are looking good!
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Re: Trio of Eagles 2019 - 2020

Post by Sandy_W » Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:49 am

6:48 am checking on the weather at the Trio nest, it is going to snow this morning. It is very cold but the eagles got this!
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Re: Trio of Eagles 2019 - 2020

Post by Philjo56France » Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:45 am

Good Morning everyone ! :bye 1:
First pic of the season but i'm not sure of the time ?
10h46 or 09h46 CT here ???
Empty nest
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10/11h48 ? one of the Valor
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Re: Trio of Eagles 2019 - 2020

Post by SueB » Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:57 am

Philjo56France wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:45 am
Good Morning everyone ! :bye 1:
First pic of the season but i'm not sure of the time ?
10h46 or 09h46 CT here ???
Empty nest 2019-11-12_16h43_10.jpg10/11h48 ? one of the Valor 2019-11-12_17h44_58.jpg
Oh My Goodness Philippe! Thanks for being the first to capture our Trio nest and even caught one of our Trio! So great to see!

Yes, I think the time may be off.

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Re: Trio of Eagles 2019 - 2020

Post by SueB » Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:59 am

12:00 pm - not sure of the time, although the clock says noon time.....it's noon on the East coast so I thought Trio was one hour behind me??? Maybe they forgot to set their clock on the cam back an hour. Everything seems to be ticking away, but then slows down and skips a beat....no sound. So maybe they are still working on it and it's not really officially up? Not sure.

In any case, found one of the Trio on the nest and they flew off....luckily it was all in slow motion so caught a couple good ones! Not sure who this is though.
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Post by SueB » Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:07 am

Forgot to post this one just before they flew off. Can kind of see their collar but I still don't know who it is....have to get back into practice of ID'g our Trio.
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Re: Trio of Eagles 2019 - 2020

Post by Sandy_W » Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:32 am

11:30 am just came home for lunch for the great news. Woohooo. Not sure who we have here but excited to see.
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Hi Sue and Philippe. Thanks, Philippe for checking in early this morning to get the first s'caps of the nesting season.
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Post by SueB » Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:34 am

Sandy_W wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:32 am
11:30 am just came home for lunch for the great news. Woohooo. Not sure who we have here but excited to see.
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Hi Sue and Philippe. Thanks, Philippe for checking in early the this morning.
Sandy, I don't know for sure but thinking it's Valor 2 up top and Valor 1 on the nest. I will have a video shortly.....it was very choppy as every time someone came into the nest there was a blip so I never saw anyone land....they just appeared....Poof!

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Re: Trio of Eagles 2019 - 2020

Post by Sandy_W » Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:39 am

11:37 am vocals from both.
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Yeah, Sue, I am going to have to get back into the swing of things. Was watching a bit and looked like Valor 1 down in the nest too. And possibly Valor 2 up on the branch as was trying to see his eyes. But guessing.
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Post by SueB » Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:03 am

Here's a video from around 12:15 pm today.....I've sped it up a little to try to get rid of some of the stuttering but it's still slow in parts. Thinking it was Valor 1 (right), and Starr (left) at the beginning and then Valor 2 came in. Then I think it was Starr that flew off, and maybe Valor 2 up on the high branch, and Valor 1 on the nest, at the end.....Of course I could have it all wrong.

:vid: First glimpse of the Trio

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Re: Trio of Eagles 2019 - 2020

Post by JoanD » Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:59 pm

1:56 pm cam time (which I believe is 12:52 actual time at the nest). I have a video of Valor 1 hanging out on the nest, talking in eagle-ize, like he is known to do. I think he brought in food for Starr, because he stood there for a long time, then finally started eating. The cam does freeze up from time to time. All of a sudden Starr magically appeared on the nest, then they both soon flew away. I will post video as soon as Google solves it problems & I will post it in this post. Here are some screen shots.

1:56 pm cam time: Valor 1 magically appears on the nest.
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1:57: V1 talking to someone.
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2:07 pm (time on cam): V1 starts cleaning a bird & I think was eating some.
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Here is the video I captured of my first view of the Trio nest this season. Since it was my first view, I couldn't bear to edit it. :D The best part begins at the 17:32 mark, when V1 & Starr start alerting, then fly off in tandem. V1 on nest and V1 & Starr's Tandem Flight
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Re: Trio of Eagles 2019 - 2020

Post by JoanD » Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:01 pm

2:12 pm (time on cam): V1 watches over area.
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2:14: Starr "magically" appears on nest (cam froze up, then jumped in time) & both she & V1 are alerting.
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Re: Trio of Eagles 2019 - 2020

Post by JoanD » Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:03 pm

2:14 pm (time on cam): Both Starr & V1 fly off together. I thought this was so cool, since we rarely see a tandem fly off like this.
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