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Trio of Eagles 2020 - 2021

Post by Sandy_W » Thu Dec 31, 2020 5:44 am

Welcome to the Trio Eagles 2020 - 2021
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Photo credit: Dennis Becht - October 20, 2020
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, one female named Starr, and two males named Valor 1 and Valor 2. 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. 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 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 new nest built by the Trio eagles when their nest was lost in a storm this past summer.
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Photo credit: Dennis Becht
Cam and Important Links:

Live Cam
Please understand this link may change from time to time when the youtube link is reset. If the Live Cam link doesn't work, please refer the the link below for the Steward page. Click the Trio image in the middle of the page to get to the cam link.
The Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge website
Link to 2019 - 2020 Season
Link to 2018 - 2019 Season
Link to 2017 - 2018 Season

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
Ryan Eckstein
Timothy Dohse


And a special thanks to SueB for developing the past history of the Trio eagles.

A special thanks to the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge for providing a cam to watch the Trio eagles this year. Because of the late nest location, it was impossible to install a close up cam of the nest. Early in December the Stewards along with FWS partners were able to place the recovered and restored Trio Nest Cam. The positioning was courtesy of existing wiring. The positioning is also limited by that existing wiring location. So the Stewards did the next best thing by installing the old cam from a distance. This provides a look at the daily comings and goings of Starr, Valor 1, and Valor 2.
“Eagles: When they walk, they stumble. They are not what one would call graceful. They were not designed to walk. They fly. And when they fly, oh, how they fly, so free, so graceful. They see from the sky what we never see.” – Unknown

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Re: Trio of Eagles 2020 -2021

Post by Sandy_W » Thu Dec 31, 2020 5:44 am

Summary 2020-2021 Nesting Season

Eggs Laid:
1st egg: Sunday, February 14, 2021 - Stewards indicated the egg was laid between 4:45 - 5:15 pm
2nd egg: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - Stewards indicated some egg laying 18 minute activity after sunset, possibly indicating a second egg

2020- 2021 History from the Stewards:
We were able to confirm on April 5th that there are three eaglets.
Eaglet 1 fledged on June 7
Eaglet 2 fledged on June 11
Eaglet 3 fledged on June 13

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
“Eagles: When they walk, they stumble. They are not what one would call graceful. They were not designed to walk. They fly. And when they fly, oh, how they fly, so free, so graceful. They see from the sky what we never see.” – Unknown

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Re: Trio of Eagles 2020 -2021

Post by Sandy_W » Thu Dec 31, 2020 5:45 am

Meet the Trio Eagles: Starr, Valor 1 and Valor 2
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“Eagles: When they walk, they stumble. They are not what one would call graceful. They were not designed to walk. They fly. And when they fly, oh, how they fly, so free, so graceful. They see from the sky what we never see.” – Unknown

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Re: Trio of Eagles 2020 -2021

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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.
                                      * 2020 - 2/14/2020 5:15 pm 1st egg laid - 2/17/2020 5:50 pm 2nd egg laid - 3/23/2020 1st egg hatched -3/24/2020 2nd egg hatched - 6/10 1st eaglet fledged. - 6/16 2nd eaglet fledged. Derecho hit this area in August resulting in the nest being blown over. In early fall, the Trio eagles began building a new nest not far from the old nest in a snag tree.
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                                      Photo Credit: Gary Sterk September 29, 2020
                                      Credit: Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge StewardsUMRR web page

                                      A Narrative History as developed by JoanD:
                                      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.
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                                      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.

                                      By Joan Dice - October 17, 2020
                                      “Eagles: When they walk, they stumble. They are not what one would call graceful. They were not designed to walk. They fly. And when they fly, oh, how they fly, so free, so graceful. They see from the sky what we never see.” – Unknown

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                                      Derecho topples bald eagle trio’s nest
                                      A catastrophic windstorm, known as a derecho, sadly ended the unique wildlife documentary of our local bald eagle trio on Aug. 10. Tornado force winds ripped down the tree branch in which the massive eagle nest was cradled in.......
                                      Derecho topples nest article
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                                      My two dads: Eagle trio sees parenting success in Illinois
                                      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.
                                      Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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                                      Eagle trio has triplets
                                      Ed Britton Special to the Herald
                                      Our local bald eagle trio is once again celebrating new additions to their family. A spying webcam has captured three tiny heads intermittently peering over the rim of the nest. This is great news considering the trio’s nest that had been used for many years was destroyed by last August’s hurricane-force derecho winds.
                                      Eagle trio has triplets article
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                                      “Eagles: When they walk, they stumble. They are not what one would call graceful. They were not designed to walk. They fly. And when they fly, oh, how they fly, so free, so graceful. They see from the sky what we never see.” – Unknown

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                                      “Eagles: When they walk, they stumble. They are not what one would call graceful. They were not designed to walk. They fly. And when they fly, oh, how they fly, so free, so graceful. They see from the sky what we never see.” – Unknown

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                                      Update from the Stewards - December 30, 2020
                                      This morning all three were at the nest.
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                                      Post by Sandy_W » Thu Dec 31, 2020 1:05 pm

                                      3:02 pm had the cam up and saw someone come into the nest. Maybe had a stick with them.
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                                      “Eagles: When they walk, they stumble. They are not what one would call graceful. They were not designed to walk. They fly. And when they fly, oh, how they fly, so free, so graceful. They see from the sky what we never see.” – Unknown

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                                      Post by Sandy_W » Thu Dec 31, 2020 1:08 pm

                                      3:04 pm then our eagle hopped over to the branch. Of course it is difficult to see but based on size, I would guess this would be Starr. Then off they flew.
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                                      “Eagles: When they walk, they stumble. They are not what one would call graceful. They were not designed to walk. They fly. And when they fly, oh, how they fly, so free, so graceful. They see from the sky what we never see.” – Unknown

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                                      Post by Philjo56France » Thu Dec 31, 2020 10:38 pm

                                      Goodnight/ morning everyone, bonjour SandyW, ...!

                                      01-01-2021

                                      HAPPY NEW YEAR !

                                      00h35 Sorry, it seems nobody is insight
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                                      :rh: E9: 4 yo. E14 :rh:
                                      One day in the wild is worth a lifetime in a cage. B.Shofstall
                                      RIP 2017-18-19-20-2021

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                                      Post by Sandy_W » Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:14 am

                                      11:12 am Good morning, Philippe and Happy New Year to you too. And Happy New Year to all Trio lovers.

                                      Looks like some snowy weather is moving in. Looking rather snowy this morning at the nest tree.
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                                      Post by Philjo56France » Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:27 pm

                                      Goodnight/ morning everyone, bonjour Sandy_W, ...!

                                      01-02-2021

                                      I can hear the train going away through the night
                                      01h25
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                                      :rh: E9: 4 yo. E14 :rh:
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                                      Post by Sandy_W » Sat Jan 02, 2021 5:44 am

                                      7:41 am tuning in to see someone in the nest tree.
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                                      Good morning, Phillipe and all Trio lovers. It is going to be a very cold day at the Trio nest.
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                                      Post by Sandy_W » Sat Jan 02, 2021 5:59 am

                                      7:53 am doing some preening and off they go!
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                                      Post by Philjo56France » Sun Jan 03, 2021 4:14 am

                                      Goodnight/ morning everyone, bonjour Sandy_W, ...!

                                      01-03-2021

                                      During the night, the same pics as my previous from yesterday
                                      06h11 fog
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                                      :rh: E9: 4 yo. E14 :rh:
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                                      Post by Sandy_W » Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:49 pm

                                      4:47 pm have kept an eye on the nest all day and I didn't see our Trio eagles. It has been a very messy, cloudy day. Hi Phillipe. It sure looked foggy when you checked in this morning.
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                                      Post by Sandy_W » Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:44 am

                                      6:41 am looks to be snowing. And the weather today calls for fog and snowy conditions.
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                                      Post by JoanD » Mon Jan 04, 2021 5:11 am

                                      7:06 am: Suddenly the camera cleared up to this view...a winter wonderland.
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                                      It's a great event to get outside and enjoy nature. I find it very exciting no matter how many times I see bald eagles.
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                                      Re: Trio of Eagles 2020 - 2021

                                      Post by Sandy_W » Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:38 am

                                      8:35 am someone just landed in the nest tree and appears to be eating. Can hear eagle chatter in the background.
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                                      Post by Sandy_W » Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:48 am

                                      8:45 am now appears to just be watching. Pretty wonderland this morning with the ice covered branches.
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                                      Post by Sandy_W » Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:54 am

                                      8:50 now our someone hops down to the nest and looks to move a stick and dig some.
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                                      “Eagles: When they walk, they stumble. They are not what one would call graceful. They were not designed to walk. They fly. And when they fly, oh, how they fly, so free, so graceful. They see from the sky what we never see.” – Unknown

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                                      Post by Sandy_W » Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:56 am

                                      8:54 am now our someone hops back to the branch.
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                                      “Eagles: When they walk, they stumble. They are not what one would call graceful. They were not designed to walk. They fly. And when they fly, oh, how they fly, so free, so graceful. They see from the sky what we never see.” – Unknown

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                                      Post by Sandy_W » Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:59 am

                                      8:57 am then our someone flew.
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                                      Post by Sandy_W » Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:01 am

                                      8:59 am now two eagles are in the nest. One of them looks like Starr to me based on size. They look to be working around the nest.
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                                      “Eagles: When they walk, they stumble. They are not what one would call graceful. They were not designed to walk. They fly. And when they fly, oh, how they fly, so free, so graceful. They see from the sky what we never see.” – Unknown

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                                      Post by Sandy_W » Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:09 am

                                      9:05 am who I think is Starr hops to another branch with one of her Valors to the long branch. Then who I think is Starr flew.
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                                      If anyone is watching, please share observations. I will be out for most of the morning. Thanks!
                                      “Eagles: When they walk, they stumble. They are not what one would call graceful. They were not designed to walk. They fly. And when they fly, oh, how they fly, so free, so graceful. They see from the sky what we never see.” – Unknown

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                                      Re: Trio of Eagles 2020 - 2021

                                      Post by Sandy_W » Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:05 am

                                      1:05 pm checking in and the cam is offline. Hopefully will be back on soon. Edit: just saw where the Stewards are working on the technical problems.
                                      “Eagles: When they walk, they stumble. They are not what one would call graceful. They were not designed to walk. They fly. And when they fly, oh, how they fly, so free, so graceful. They see from the sky what we never see.” – Unknown

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                                      Re: Trio of Eagles 2020 - 2021

                                      Post by JoanD » Mon Jan 04, 2021 5:27 pm

                                      The cam is back on. I forgot to check the time when I noticed it was back on this afternoon.
                                      Here are two videos I uploaded to YouTube of the 2 visits to the nest this morning. I did not find any additional visits.
                                      :vid: Breakfast In Nest Tree
                                      :vid: Two From Trio Visit Nest

                                      So great to see visits to the nest tree on live cam again!
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