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Big Bear CA Eagle Cam - 2021 - 2022

Post by Maddy » Fri Oct 08, 2021 4:57 pm

Welcome to 2021-2022 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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2 cams are up and running, one of them is with chat, thanks to the Friends of Big Bear Valley.

Link to the cam with chat - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4-L2nfGcuE

NEW Wide View Cam provides an opportunity to see the eagles fly into the nest from the lake
https://youtu.be/Xx0nese3zL8

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

Friends of Big Bear Valley Facebook Page:
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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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Post by Maddy » Fri Oct 08, 2021 5:01 pm

The nest is the current home for Jackie and Shadow, a local bald eagle pair.
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Jackie and Shadow at the end of May of 2021 on the snag tree (from my scap)

Eagle History

Since before the Forest Service eagle counts started about 30 years ago, bald eagles only came to Big Bear in the winter, to find food when their home lakes further north were frozen over. But around 2009 a tagged juvenile from Catalina decided to spend the summer in Big Bear. And then a pair started staying year-round in Big Bear Valley and built a nest on the north side of the lake.

2012. The first eagle chick in recorded history was hatched in Big Bear Valley. That original nest was in the top of a dead tree. The nest is considerably smaller. The parents were called Ricky and Lucy.
Photo courtesy of Jim McClune
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That chick was named Jack, after a long-time volunteer eagle counter.
Eaglet Jack and parent. Photo courtesy of Roger Vieau
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Eaglet Jack a few days before fledge.
Photo courtesy of Sue Klump
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Before the chick fledged, it grew to be bigger than both its parents, meaning it had to be female. So, Jack’s name changed to Jackie.
With the combination of Jackie’s flapping practice and a big wind storm, the nest blew down after Jackie fledged. Ricky and Lucy built another nest about 50 feet from where Jack/Jackie was raised.
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2013. Lucy laid eggs in this new nest, but the eggs did not survive an extreme cold spell and did not hatch.
2014. Ricky and Lucy had two chicks, but neither survived a major 4-day rain and snow storm.
2015. Ricky and Lucy raised one chick in the nest. That chick successfully fledged and was named Shadow by the valley’s 3rd graders.
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And one sub-adult bald eagle the right age to be him was seen around the valley for the next year and a half.
The fall of 2015 Friends of Big Bear Valley installed the eagle nest cam. Ricky and Lucy had found a more sheltered tree and built a new nest about 1/4 mile from this one. They successfully raised 2 chicks–named Midnight and Sky (by the 3rd graders) while the nest with the camera on it sat empty.
2016. Ricky and Lucy apparently left the area.
From the time Jackie fledged, there was one sub-adult who was in Big Bear all summer each year that was the right age to be Jackie. Since the only other bald eagles in the valley during the summers were Ricky and Lucy, it was determined that this sub-adult might be Jackie.
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2017. A sub-adult female the right age started hanging out at the nest deserted by Ricky and Lucy, she was called Jackie, with the idea that it was possibly that first chick, though that cannot be known for sure and may even be unlikely since chicks usually leave the area of their hatching.
Nevertheless, the name stuck and this sub-adult female, called Jackie took over the old nest with the cam on it, with a new mate, that the Forest Service named Mr. B. It was not known where Mr. B might be from since he also was not tagged.
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Jackie and Mr. B mated (on camera!), but Jackie did not lay eggs. Since she was only just five years old (determined by her feather coloration patterns), it is possible she was still too young.
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2018. Jackie laid eggs.
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They hatched and were named (again by the 3rd graders), Stormy and BBB (for Big Bear Baby).
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BBB did not survive a severe 24-hour rain storm and the following freezing temperatures. The chicks at that point were 6-1/2 weeks old, too big to fit completely under their parents to stay dry and did not yet have all of their waterproof plumage, so we believe he died from exposure.
Stormy survived. And went on to worldwide fame thanks to U.S. Forest Service press releases that were picked up by the media. When Stormy was almost eight weeks old, he was banded, with a band on each ankle. Stormy’s identifying band is purple with the number JR1 on it. He fledged successfully on April 26th.
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Stormy on May 11, 2018, from my scap
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Stormy, photo courtesy of photographer in Big Bear Mike N Trish Marzell ‎
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Stormy left the Big Bear Valley a couple of months later.

During the summer when the eagle family was still using the nest with Stormy, an adult male intruder showed up to the nest and with great tenacity, refused to leave no matter how much Jackie, Mr. B and Stormy tried to chase him away. The new male was called Shadow because initially it was believed him to be one of Ricky and Lucy’s fledglings named Shadow.
This is a video by knarley123 of Shadow being seen for the firs time on 29 of May
https://youtu.be/5NHP02lLiCI
and my scap from it
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He started moving sticks around right away! :D
And back again in June, a scap of RitaR
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And here he is with Jackie in July, a scap of jwin36
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Mr. B eventually left the area. It was later determined that this intruder eagle’s plumage showed it to be a year older than the Shadow who was hatched in Big Bear. But by then the name stuck and Shadow is the resident male eagle and Jackie’s current mate (and not her sibling).
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Post by Maddy » Fri Oct 08, 2021 9:51 pm

2019. Jackie laid her eggs on March 6 and 9th, and the eggs hatched on April 14 and 15th. The chicks were named Simba and Cookie.
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Both Cookie and Simba were banded, Simba with ID # ZR1, Cookie #ZJ1. Both eaglets were determined to be males during the banding process.
My scap on May 20.
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At six weeks old, Cookie did not survive a rain and snowstorm followed by freezing temperatures. We lost our precious Cookie on May 27, 2019. :brknhrt:
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Post by Maddy » Sat Oct 09, 2021 11:50 am

Simba continued to thrive and fledged successfully at 100 days old on July 23, 2019.
Simba on my scap the day before he fledged.
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Simba on July 30, my scap
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Jackie and Simba in August.
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Simba eventually left the Big Bear Valley.
He was last seen on August 18th. Photo courtesy of Richard Diamond
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Post by Maddy » Sat Oct 09, 2021 12:54 pm

2020. Jackie laid her eggs on January 8 and 11th.
The eggs failed to hatch and were determined non-viable. After incubating the eggs for more than 60 days, in mid-March Jackie and Shadow started leaving the eggs unattended for periods of time. This was normal behavior given the situation. A raven came to the nest, cracked the eggs and ate some of the contents. The eggs did not have any noticeable development; they were either not fertilized or development was stopped early on. Jackie and Shadow continue to work on the nest and visit often.

2021. Jackie laid the first egg of the 2021 season on January 6.
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But for unknown reasons Jackie and Shadow were not fully incubating or protecting the nest after this egg was laid. The next morning a raven destroyed that first egg. Jackie laid a second egg on January 9. She and Shadow incubated it a bit more than the first, but it was still often left unattended. On January 13 Jackie laid a 3rd egg that seemed to have been broken before the laying process was complete. After that, Jackie did not seem focused on incubating the egg #2 and it was eaten by a raven the next day.

In February, Jackie laid a 2nd clutch of eggs, the first one on the 8th and second one on the 11th.
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They diligently incubated and protected this clutch.
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On March 18 the first egg started the hatching process. Even though we heard the eaglet’s chirps that evening, by the next morning there was no progress in the hatching and no longer heard or saw any signs of life. The eaglet did not survive the hatching process.
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Jackie and Shadow continued to incubate the second egg. After 51 days of incubating (normal hatching time is usually 38 to 43 days), Jackie and Shadow started leaving this egg unattended for short periods of time. On April 17 a raven cracked that now-unviable egg open. It appeared that the chick had never fully developed.

Though the loss of the eggs seemed to impact Jackie and Shadow, they recovered over the next few days and continued to visit the nest. Since then they have visited the nest most days, often in the early morning or late afternoon, bringing sticks and nesting material and bonding as a pair.
(The information from https://www.friendsofbigbearvalley.org/ ... e-history/)
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Post by Maddy » Sat Oct 09, 2021 3:53 pm

Jackie and Shadow, Jackie is on the right
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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 9 years old and Shadow is 7 years old.
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Post by Maddy » Sat Oct 09, 2021 7:58 pm

The nest is about 145 feet up in a Jeffrey Pine tree ~7000ft above sea level. This is one of the highest elevations Bald Eagles nest in the US.
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Shadow is in the nest and Jackie is on the UB of a FP
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This nest has been in active use since the fall of 2013. The fall of 2015 Friends of Big Bear Valley installed the eagle nest cam.
In September 2021 a 2nd cam was added with a view of the nest and opportunity to see the eagles fly into the nest from the lake!
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.
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Post by Maddy » Sun Oct 10, 2021 12:14 pm

Bald Eagles bring a lot of sticks and nesting material each nesting season, so you can see on the pictures how the nest have been changing:
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October 14
Good morning everybody!
☀️ Happy Thursday! ☀️
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​Fawnskin Forecast:
🌄Today: Sunny. High near 55F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Clear skies. Low near 30F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
Bensweather.com Forecast Updated:
Enjoying nice and cool fall weather out there as temperatures remain about 10-degrees below average with a gradual warm-up expected through the weekend. Chilly nights under clear skies with light winds as lows drop into the mid-20's. A developing offshore flow will drive fairly light east to northeast winds around 5-15mph on Thursday with highs in the mid-50's. The northerly flow could also draw a little drift smoke into the area for hazy skies. We're not expecting a full-fledged Santa Ana, but we could experience gusts to around 25 mph below passes & canyons Thursday night. Fair Friday with highs reaching the upper 50's as light offshore winds continue. A surface ridge will amplify over the area into the weekend pushing daytime highs back into the mid-60's Saturday, cooling early next week as our forecast remains dry.
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9:09 am an eagle is flying to the nest
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Shadow is bringing a stick
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Post by Maddy » Thu Oct 14, 2021 10:05 am

9:09 am Shadow is moving the stick
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9:11 am Jackie is on the way to the nest
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Post by Maddy » Thu Oct 14, 2021 10:22 am

Shadow delivers the 1st Stick Of The Season, followed closely by Jackie with Stick #2!
Let the nestorations begin! 🌲
9:11 am Jackie brings a stick
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Post by Maddy » Thu Oct 14, 2021 10:47 am

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9:15 am Jackie is about to jump on the FP
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Post by Maddy » Thu Oct 14, 2021 11:08 am

9:24 am Shadow is leaving
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9:48 am Jackie leaves
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Post by Maddy » Thu Oct 14, 2021 1:01 pm

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​📽Let The Nestorations Begin❗First Sticks Of The Season🌲
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Post by Maddy » Thu Oct 14, 2021 5:28 pm

5:27 pm vocals
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5:49 pm the cam pans
5:50 pm it's windy
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Post by Maddy » Fri Oct 15, 2021 8:20 am

October 15
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☀️ Happy Friday! ☀️
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​Fawnskin Forecast:
🌄Today: Plentiful sunshine. High 58F. Winds ENE at 10-15 mph.
Tonight: Clear skies. Low 33F. Winds ENE at 5-10 mph.
Bensweather.com Forecast Updated: Friday, Oct 15
Enjoying cool fall weather with temperatures still running about 5-10 degrees below average, a gradual warm-up is expected through the weekend. A weak offshore flow will also generate relatively light Santa Ana winds and very dry conditions through Friday, elevating the fire danger, improving next week as the onshore flow returns bringing higher humidity. Expect mostly sunny skies today with highs in the upper 50's to around 60-degrees, easterly winds 5-10mph, gusting to around 25mph below passes & canyons through the morning hours. The offshore flow will slowly transition back to an onshore flow this weekend pushing highs into the 60's tomorrow and Sunday, while overnight lows drop into the upper 20's and 30's. A trough of low pressure will swing inland to our north on Monday, knocking highs back into the 50's with gusty west winds around 10-20 mph at times. Troughing will remain in place along the west coast next week holding temperatures slightly below average with dry weather for now. There are still indications a deeper trough could dip further south towards next weekend or early the following week, but too soon to see if we'll receive much if any precip.
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2:26 pm an eagle is flying by
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Post by Maddy » Fri Oct 15, 2021 7:07 pm

6:07 pm it's windy
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6:15 pm an eagle is flying to the nest
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Post by Maddy » Fri Oct 15, 2021 7:12 pm

6:15 pm Shadow lands with the stick
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it's a huge one!
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