Big Bear CA Eagle Cam - 2020 - 2021

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Big Bear CA Eagle Cam - 2020 - 2021

Post by Maddy » Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:02 pm

Welcome to 2020-2021 Nesting Season
in the Big Bear Bald Eagle Nest at Big Bear Lake that sits in 15-mile long Big Bear Valley, inside the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California near Fawnskin, inland from Los Angeles.
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The cam is up and running with chat thanks to the Friends of Big Bear Valley.

Link to the cam with chat - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7utMaDb1W08


Hosted by FriendsofBigBearValley.org - https://friendsofbigbearvalley.org/

Friends of Big Bear Valley Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Big ... 8029491602

LINK TO LAST SEASON'S THREAD
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Big Bear Valley's current weather conditions: http://www.bensweather.com/
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Re: Big Bear CA Eagle Cam - 2020 - 2021

Post by Maddy » Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:10 pm

The nest is about 145 feet up in a Jeffrey Pine tree ~7000ft above sea level:
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Photo courtesy of Sandy Steers
This is one of the highest elevation Bald Eagle nests in the US.
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This nest has been in active use since the fall of 2013. The surrounding area is closed to the public during nesting season to protect the eagles—bald eagles have been known to abandon nests when disturbed by humans.
Historically, bald eagles only wintered in Big Bear Valley to find sources of food (waterfowl and fish) not available in the frozen lakes further north. However, a pair took up year-round residence. In 2012 the “first in recorded history” bald eagle chick was hatched in Big Bear Valley. She was successfully raised to fledge.
History of the nest can be found here at the Friends of Big Bear Valley website:
https://friendsofbigbearvalley.org/eagl ... e-history/
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Re: Big Bear CA Eagle Cam - 2020 - 2021

Post by Maddy » Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:42 pm

The nest is the current home for Jackie and Shadow, a local bald eagle pair.
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Jackie is larger than Shadow. She has a more "fierce" or "stern" look.
Jackie’s beak is both longer and thicker from top to bottom than Shadow’s.
Jackie is 8 years old and Shadow is 6 years old.
My photo of Shadow and Jackie from 12-29-2019:
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Current photos of Jackie and Shadow
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This is Jackie
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Jackie is larger than Shadow. Jackie’s beak is both longer and thicker from top to bottom than Shadow’s.
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Re: Big Bear CA Eagle Cam - 2020 - 2021

Post by Maddy » Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:56 pm

2020 Camera on extension above nest
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2020-06-30 Power unit: solar panels and battery
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Re: Big Bear CA Eagle Cam - 2020 - 2021

Post by Maddy » Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:23 pm

SEASON SUMMARY

Eggs laid:
1st clutch
Egg #1 : L 1-06-2021 ---> 1-07-2021 eaten by ravens
Egg #2 : L 1-09-2021 ---> 1-14-2021 eaten by raven
Egg #3 : L 1-13-2021 ---> 1-13-2021 broken during laying

2nd clutch
Egg #1 : 2-09-2021 at 2:42 pm
Egg #2 : 2-11-2021 at 5:21 pm

Hatched:

Branched:

Fledged:
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Re: Big Bear CA Eagle Cam - 2020 - 2021

Post by Maddy » Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:26 pm

The first visit of the season happened on 4th of October
a video by Cali Condor
​📽Big Bear Beakersons Kick Off The New Season🦅Shadow Delivers The 1st Stick🌲Dusk Rendezvous🌛
:vid: https://youtu.be/YceJbFOSE8I

I was posting it here:
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videos by Cali Condor:
:vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrpQilrcV6w
Big Bear Eagles 🦅 Dusk Rendezvous 🌛 Shadow Delivers A Stick 🌲Jackie Delivers Beak Kisses💕2020-10-11

a video by Cali Condor
:vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zg_m8Rqh7Yw
Big Bear Eagles 🦅 Missed Landing, Sticks & Nestorations! 🌲😊2020-10-15

After that there posted the rest of October and the beginning of November.
The last visit was on November 5
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And First Snowfall Of The Season happened on November 11
a video from Cali Condor:
:vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRWZ4Lfpil4
Big Bear Eagles 🦅 First Snowfall Of The Season! ☃Time-lapse, Camera Pan & Chortles 🎶😊2020-11-07
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Re: Big Bear CA Eagle Cam - 2020 - 2021

Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:27 am

November 10
Good morning everybody!
2:27 am vocals
4:25 am vocals
5:02 am vocals
5:24 am vocals again
5:31 am more vocals
5:48 am and am more vocals
5:52 am
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Re: Big Bear CA Eagle Cam - 2020 - 2021

Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:31 am

6:00 am vocals
6:05 am vocals again
6:13 am Nuthatch hammering on the trunk
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6:16 am it's time of sunrise, it is 5.8ºF and no wind
6:18 am Mtn Chickadee visits
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Re: Big Bear CA Eagle Cam - 2020 - 2021

Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:47 am

Over the course of the year, the temperature around the nest typically varies from 22°F to 81°F and
is rarely below 14°F or above 88°F. But from yesterday it was below 14°F and this morning it was 5.8ºF.
6:30 am it is 9°F now, sunny and almost no wind
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6:47 am it is getting more foggy
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It is going to be a warmer day today, hopefully snow in the nest will start melting a bit.
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Re: Big Bear CA Eagle Cam - 2020 - 2021

Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 7:07 am

7:05 am fog over the lake
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7:07 am vocals
7:50 am
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Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:05 am

8:08 pm it's getting less foggy, 19°F, sunny and almost no wind
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8:22 pm Mtn Chickadee is around the nest and leaving
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Re: Big Bear CA Eagle Cam - 2020 - 2021

Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 10:22 am

9:59 am Northern Flicker visits
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10:00 am
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it is sunny, 35°F and windy

10:51 am vocals
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Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 1:23 pm

12:21 pm calls
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it's getting windy
1:29 pm it is sunny, 40°F and pretty windy at times, the nest starts rocking
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Re: Big Bear CA Eagle Cam - 2020 - 2021

Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 2:19 pm

2:17 pm Raven calls from near the nest
2:18 pm gets into the nest
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talking to another one
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getting small sticks from under the snow
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Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 2:37 pm

2:19 pm the raven is looking around
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and then back digging under the snow
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Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 2:43 pm

2:19 pm the raven is getting the stick
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and moving it to the left
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another raven is calling from somewhere very close
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Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 2:49 pm

2:20 pm the raven is listening to another one
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and starts calling
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Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 2:56 pm

2:21 pm another raven is joining the first one
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2:22 pm the first raven leaves
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Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 3:01 pm

2:22 pm another raven leaves too
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Cali Condor
​A mess it is! 📽 NOFL/CORA Recap: Northern Flicker & Ravens Raid The Nest🌲⛄️Mess Up The Pristine Snow❄️
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Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 3:13 pm

3:09 pm eagle's calls
3:10 pm an eagle is coming to the EB
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and lands on it
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3:11 pm there are ravens around
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Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 4:52 pm

3:13 pm is that Jackie? She jumps on the EB
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looking around
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3:19 pm
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Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 5:16 pm

3:23 pm Jackie(?) is looking around
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3:27 pm
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3:28 pm
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Re: Big Bear CA Eagle Cam - 2020 - 2021

Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 5:33 pm

3:29 pm Jackie keeps looking around
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3:31 pm it's windy
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3:34 pm
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Re: Big Bear CA Eagle Cam - 2020 - 2021

Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 5:55 pm

3:39 pm Jackie is leaving
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3:41 pm vocals
4:06 pm vocals
4:07 pm vocals again
4:21 pm calls and vocals
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Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:22 pm

4:47 pm
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5:00 pm Shadow lands on the EB
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5:01 pm and jumping into the nest
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Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:35 pm

5:01 pm Shadow is looking around
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and starts moving sticks that ravens moved
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Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:43 pm

5:01 pm Shadow is moving a stick
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and then looking around
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Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:44 pm

5:02 pm Shadow keeps looking around
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Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:59 pm

5:02 pm Shadow keeps looking around
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5:03 pm
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Re: Big Bear CA Eagle Cam - 2020 - 2021

Post by Maddy » Tue Nov 10, 2020 7:27 pm

5:04 pm Jackie is in
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