Hi Gary, JudyB, Rita & all!
Gary you are so right about JudyB! She is phenomenal when it comes to data collection! We are so lucky to have JudyB at Hancock Wildlife!
We also appreciate having you back with us again Gary & for all of your valuable insights & information & your incredible spreadsheets! We are incredibly lucky to have someone with your skills on our Team!
Those are indeed yellow-billed magpies who moved into the eagle's territory about 2 years ago. Since then they have set up 5 nests in nearby trees on Eagle Island so they will be frequent visitors in the nest area again this year! They tend to pester the eagles a bit, dive bomb them at times, similar to crows that way, but nothing our eagles can't handle! They are also quite vocal so I'm sure you will hear them squawking in the background a lot on the Eaglecam!
Sorry I've been so out of touch for the last week or so! My hubby & I took a much-needed vacation last week after finishing up the Eaglecam Project!
We just got back on Friday so I'm still a little worn out from all of the driving!
I stayed in touch with some of our awesome Ground Crew members while I was away, and I was over the moon excited to hear from Sue & Barbara that Miss Liberty was spotted on Pond Perch one morning!!!!! It is always such a relief to see her back & healthy each year, especially as she gets older!
I can't wait to see her myself but I have been looking each day since Saturday & have not spotted her or Guardian quite yet! I'm sure they are out & about exploring and reclaiming their nesting territory! We have received a few reports of eagles hunting the river down along Riverview Golf Course. They do normally spend some time down in the southern part of their nesting territory too!
Here is Sue's photo of our lovely Miss Liberty looking as beautiful as ever, who is now 22 years old, on Pond Perch last week...