Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:50 am

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Welcome to the Duke Farms Eagle cam page--We have been documenting this nest here on the HWF forum since 2009!

Both 2020 adults in the nest tree
DF   Adults   2020.jpg

September 21, 2020
A new cam was installed and went Live again.

LINK TO THE CAM WITH CHAT-- https://www.youtube.com/user/dukefarmsfdn/live

ANOTHER LINK TO THE CAM -- http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/education/eaglecam/

The link to this cam seems to change often

FB PAGE -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/DukeFarmsEagles/


"Duke Farms is a 2,700-acre estate in Hillsborough, New Jersey, and is owned and supported by the Duke Farms Foundation. The mission of Duke Farms is to be a model of environmental stewardship in the 21st Century and inspire visitors to become informed stewards of the land. Duke Farms in Hillsborough, N.J., is one of the largest privately-owned parcels of undeveloped land in the state. The mission of Duke Farms is to serve as a model of environmental stewardship and inspire visitors to become informed stewards of the land. (© 2009 Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. All rights reserved.)

This eagle nest has been observed on the farm since 2005. This Eagle Cam was installed to provide researchers with an opportunity to monitor a pair of nesting Bald Eagles without any disturbance to the birds. It is being shared with the public to provide viewers with a glimpse of wildlife in its natural environment. In 2008 a camera was set up by Duke Farms in a neighboring sycamore tree 110 feet up, capturing footage of nesting seasons in 2009 and 2010. This camera permitted the public to get a unique glimpse of the nesting, feeding and fledgling of Bald Eagles in NJ.

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The 2020 Duke Farms eaglets
DF   2020 eaglets.jpg

In the late fall of 2012 the original nest , tree, and cam were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy

The Bald Eagle nest at Duke Farms suffered considerable damage after battling sustained 90-mile-per-hour winds during Hurricane Sandy. The damage was discovered by Duke Farms staff members during ongoing damage assessment after the storm passed.

Staff approached the 80-foot-tall nesting tree and found the large sycamore split in half and the crown (the branches and leaves) resting on the forest floor. Twigs and other remnants of the next were also found in the area.

it appears that the Duke Farms eagle nest was the only casualty of Hurricane Sandy’s wrath. Conserve Wildlife of NJ stated that none other of the known 100 nests were adversely affected by the storm.

The nest visible high up in the nest tree
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LINK TO 2020 THREAD ~~ viewtopic.php?p=249886#p249886

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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:51 am

. NEST STATS FOR 2021 ---

The 2015 eaglets---what a cute pair!
DF   get off me   4-3-15.jpg

*Cam on -- September 21, 2020

* Eggs laid -- Egg #1 - January 17, 2021, 2:51 PM ~~~ Egg #2 - January 20, 2021, 2:50 PM ~~~ Egg #3 - January 23, 2021, 5:20 PM WOW!

* Eggs hatched -- Egg #1--February 26, 2021 ~~ Egg #2 - March 1, 2021 ~~

* Branched --

* Fledged --

* Last seen --

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Adorable 2015 eaglets
DF   2015 eaglets.jpg



A total of 25 eagle chicks have been raised and fledged from this nest since 2005.

2005- 1 chick
2006- 2 chicks
2007- 1 chick
2008- 2 chicks
2009- 3 chicks
2010- 2 chicks
2011- 2 chicks
2012- 1 chick
2013- 2 chicks
2014- 3 chicks
2015- 2 chicks
2016- 2 chicks
2019- 2 chicks
2020- 2 chicks


The 2016 eaglets
DF   2016 chicks   2016.jpg
There was a new female at this nest in 2017 and there were no eggs for the 2017 season!

2017 was the only year the Duke Farms eagles has not laid an egg since the creation of the nest 14 years ago. It was disappointing for many who follow this nest. Between 2005 and 2016, we had 11 straight years of Bald Eagle nest productivity resulting in 23 Bald Eagles raised at Duke Farms. During the middle of February 2017, our “winning streak” came to an end (or we’d like to hope – a “pause”) when a very dominant intruding female started making a play to replace the current female. The timing of the harassment by the intruding female interrupted the couple’s mating behavior of courting, bonding. (From the Duke Farms Blog)

In 2018 2 eggs were laid here. I'm not sure what happened to these eggs so close to hatching time!! It seems like a few days apart they both sort of "imploded". I know that in egg 2 there was an eaglet but it was not alive!

*On the night of April 30, 2020, a strong storm hit Hillsborough, New Jersey. The Duke Farms Eagle Cam went dark. Within a few days, we knew that luckily the nest was intact, but the severe weather took out the camera feed. No cam coverage for the rest of 2020


The 2016 eaglets checking out their big yellow clown feet :D
DF   clown feet   4-21-16.jpg
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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:51 am

A few quick facts----


The original pair built a new nest in a sycamore tree 100ft south of the eagle camera in late December 2012. The view of the nest was limited by branches and leaves during the 2013 nesting season. The nest is about 80 feet high in the tree. In the fall of 2013 the camera was moved to the new nest tree. The camera is in the nest tree positioned above to view the nest from above. The camera can be maneuvered remotely to pan, tilt and zoom.

The cam mounted in the nest tree
DF   the cam.jpg

Duke Farms hosts the eagle camera and the internet connection. The Endangered and Nongame Species Program and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ support their work and conduct the on-site banding and provide biological consulting.

Our Dad is a banded eagle -- Here is some info on him so far.

After some close looks at the bands it appears the male eagle was banded in NJ in 1999 and is either from a nest in southern NJ or warren county NJ. Please let us and the state fish and wildlife non-games species department know if you see the 2nd # on the green leg band on the eagles foot (the state leg band format for 1999 is A5X, with the X being the unknown last digit).

Dad's bands
DF   Dad's bands.jpg


*There is a new female Bald Eagle in the Duke Farms nest for 2020. If you’ve been counting, this is the third female to occupy the nest at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey. Our nearly 20-year-old male, resident serial monogamist Bald Eagle has sired over 25 bald eagle chicks since the nest creation in 2004.

The new female for 2020
DF   New Mom 2   1-23-20.jpg

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Year Chicks Were Banded ~~ Chick Sex
2007 1 Male
2009 3 All Male
2010 2 Both Female
2011 2 Both Male
2014 3 2 Male, 1 Female
2016 2 Both Female
2017 0 N/A
2018 0 N/A
2019 2 1 Male, 1 Female
2020 0 (Covid-19) Unknown


*Do we know what happened to any of the chicks that were banded at the Duke Farms nest?

The oldest of the three males from the 2009 nest (C-96) was identified while fishing in 2013 at the Conowingo Dam in Maryland. The smallest male from the 2009 nest (C-94) was observed nesting in Connecticut and has fathered at least four chicks as of 2015. Finally, another male that was banded at Duke Farms in 2014 (D-98) was found near Little Sebago Lake in Maine. Unfortunately, local residents witnessed him being attacked by a nesting adult bald eagle, and he was later found dead.

The 2019 eaglets
DF   new babies 2   4-2-19.jpg
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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:51 am

New Jersey map showing where the Duke Farms (#32) nest is.
DF   NJ map.jpg


There is a lot of good history on this nest and some great pictures can be found at this link --

http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/education/eaglecam/

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The eagle gate at Duke Farms
DF   Eagle Gate.jpg

.Wonderful information on the founding of the host "park" and the Duke family

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Farms


The nest area at Duke Farms
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The 2020 eagle family with the new Mom
DF   2020 family.jpg

An article about the new female for 2020--

https://patch.com/new-jersey/hillsborou ... farms-nest

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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Wed Nov 04, 2020 10:47 am

WOW I found an eagle on the cam this afternoon! AND I remembered to unlock the topic! :D

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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:43 pm

The cam is finally back on but nobody was home---just a big new pile of fluff :D
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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:07 am

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I finally caught an eagle in the nest very early this morning.
DF   eagle in nest   12-16-20.jpg

Aerating the nest
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Still there a while later
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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Thu Dec 17, 2020 11:43 am

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Lots of snow in New Jersey today!
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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Fri Dec 18, 2020 11:10 am

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An eagle in the snow early this morning
DF   eagle in snow   12-18-20.jpg

Lying down in the snow---BRRRR!!
DF   lying in snow   12-18-20.jpg
The now smooshed snow in the nest :D
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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Thu Dec 24, 2020 2:08 pm

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Bot eagles made 2 short visits to the nest on Christmas Eve afternoon. They were quite busy moving things and Mom tried out the nest bowl :)
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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Sat Dec 26, 2020 12:19 pm

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There was more visiting today by both of the eagles. Dad did a little work while Mom mostly watched. the cam was pixelating :angry:


They brought new grass to the nest and Dad was busy spreading it.
DF   new grass   12-26-20.jpg

He jumped partway up the branch
ND   up we go   12-26-20.jpg

And then Mom appeared
DF   both 2   12-26-20.jpg

They both sort of looked around for a while and then Dad tested the nest :D
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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Sun Dec 27, 2020 11:43 am

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The cam is still pixelating a lot. There was an early visit by one of the eagles this morning. It picked and dug at the nest and then did that wiggle thing down onto the bowl. It looks like a bowl is starting to form in the nest.

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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Sat Jan 02, 2021 10:08 am

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!


There was a nice long visit by the eagles this morning. They had breakfast which may have been a crow--it was a large bird anyway.

Incoming eagle---Dad to the nest
DF   incoming  1--2-21.jpg
Dad eating his breakfast---not sure just what it is
DF   not sure   1-2-21.jpg
Mom makes a beautiful landing
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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Sat Jan 02, 2021 10:14 am

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Dad's back to find out what Mom is doing
DF   he's back  1-2-21.png
Quite a bit of beak fighting over who is going to dig out the nest bowl
DF   beak fighting   1-2-21.jpg
Dad on the branch while Mom has her breakfast
DF   brekkie for Mom   12-21.jpg
Now I'm sure it;s a good sized bird--look at that wing!
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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:13 pm

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WOW---there is what's left of the bird from the other day
DF   bird from other day   1-6-21.jpg
An early morning visit from one of the adults
DF   early morning visit   1-6-21.jpg
Quite a bit later---one is working on the nest bowl
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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:17 pm

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Time for a break!
DF   time to go   1-6-21.jpg
Mom I think trying out the bowl while Dad I think watches.
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Bye Dad!! :bye 1:
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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:38 pm

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The eagles had two longish visits today. A solo visit earlier by I think Dad and one with both of them later. Dad did a lot of nest testing :)

Incoming---it might be dad
DF   incoming   1-8-21.jpg
Checking out the nest
DF   checking the nest   1-8-21.jpg
Leaving already :%:
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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:47 pm

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These are from the second visit this morning.

Dad? wiggling down into the nest
DF   wiggle-wiggle   1--8-21.jpg
moving a few sticks
DF   fixed a few sticks   1-8-21.jpg
a lot of preening
DF   a lot of preening   1-8-21.jpg
Here's the other one--Mom I think. They did some beaky-beaky over who should sit in the nest bowl and were gone not too long after
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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:11 am

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They sure have been working on this nest in the last 4 days. It is now perfectly round and well made!

The nest bowl is a little off center :D
DF   off center   1-12-21.jpg
Mom trying it out
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Beautiful round nest
DF   good nest   1-12-21.jpg
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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:43 pm

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Incoming eagle
DF   incoming   1-13-21.jpg
Followed by the other one---careful!
DF   other-careful   1-13-21.jpg
Something out there is bothering the trumpeting esgle
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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:47 pm

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The other joins in the calling---the one on the right tool off to give chase
DF   something out there   1-13-21.jpg
All is good
DF   all is good   1-13-21.jpg
Chercking that bowl---it has to be perfect!! :thumlft:
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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:09 am

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Here comes Dad
DF   hello   1-14-21.jpg

Followed quickly by Mom
DF   Mom   1-14-21.jpg

Both of them poke around in the bowl
DF   poking around   1-14-21.jpg

And Mom tries it out again
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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:52 pm

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This pair was in and out all morning and into the afternoon. They mostly fooled with the new fluff for the nest bowl and tested it. They did a lot of just standing around :D

Here comes Dad
DF   here I am   1-16-21.jpg
He does a little work with the new nest fluff
DF   working new fluff   1-16-21.jpg
Mom works the bowl while Dad supervises ;)
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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Sat Jan 16, 2021 2:02 pm

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Somebody testing the bowl
DF   good old dad   1-16-21.jpg
They both spotted something and watched it for a while but no panic
DF   see something   1-16-21.jpg
Bye Dad!! :love:
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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by MaryF » Sun Jan 17, 2021 2:42 pm

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AND just like that---surprise---we have an egg!!! 2:41 PM
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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by BillA » Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:54 pm

And then Dad requests and receives "egg duty".
She shows Dad her handiwork:
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Dad says "Lemme' have a turn".
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Re: Duke Farms, NJ -- 2020/21

Post by BillA » Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:00 pm

The egg "labor" starts around 14:45:45 with the serious business getting done around the 14:51 mark. Watch the feathers on her back!!! That ain't the wind.😉🤭 The first sneak peek at the egg is at the 14:52:44 mark.
:vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyScdQg1hhI
This screen capture or video is courtesy of "Duke Farms"

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