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Port Tobacco MD 2020 bald eagle cam

Post by JudyB » Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:39 pm

This nest is located in the Port Tobacco River Park in Port Tobacco, Maryland, and is sponsored by the Port Tobacco River Conservancy and several other organizations. The nest is in the eastern time zone.

Cam Link - https://porttobaccoriver.org/eagle-cam/

Charles County Recreation & Parks cam link - https://www.charlescountyparks.com/parks/eagle-cam

YouTube cam link with chat - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj8hyeR ... e=youtu.be
(as of Feb 6 2020, chat is open from 9am-noon and 4pm-dark Monday-Thursday, and from 4pm-dark Friday & Saturday; if the YouTube link doesn't work, check the Charles County page above for a new link)

Port Tobacco River Conservancy Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/PTRiverConservancy

Southern Maryland Audubon Society Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1197507733686785/

There is no night vision for this nest. There is a video on the Charles County page that shows the area around the nest, taken in March 2019.

The adults were named Chandler (M) and Hope (F) in a naming contest by the cam sponsors; the names honor a local landmark, the Chandler's Hope estate.

2019-2020 Season:
  • adults return: October 17, 2019, per PTRC Facebook page
  • eggs laid: February 3, 4:20 pm
  • hatched:
  • named:
  • fledged:
  • last seen:
Thanks to the Port Tobacco River Conservancy, Wild Streaming, and everyone else involved in bringing us this cam!

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Post by JudyB » Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:42 pm

History

Background information courtesy of the Port Tobacco River Conservancy:

I believe the cam was installed for the 2019 nesting season. The pair fledged two chicks in each of the two previous years (2017 and 2018); in 2019 they laid three eggs, two of which hatched, and PT1 and PT2 fledged successfully.

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Post by JudyB » Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:50 pm

February 3, 2020

Hi everyone! This is a new nest to me, though they did have a cam last year - and I discovered that they laid their first egg of the season earlier today, at 4:20 pm (eastern time)!

I believe this is Hope, the female, giving us a peek at her egg, from 5:34 pm:
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This is from 5:46, and it's sort of a family picture, but the cam operator was getting a closer look at the egg, so we only saw the feet of Hope leaving and male Chandler arriving to take over for a little while. Chandler is on the left, and moved in to incubate shortly after Hope left.
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I would expect Hope to return before it's fully dark to take the overnight shift - but this cam doesn't have night vision, so it's hard to know.

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Post by JudyB » Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:18 pm

Februaru 6, 2020
3:16 pm

Looks like a wet afternoon in Maryland.
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Post by JudyB » Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:11 pm

Second egg (we think) at 3:32 pm - she looked very pouffy!
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:vid: Second Egg at Port Tobacco (3 minutes)

I wasn't watching when she laid the egg, but started watching a few minutes later - and thought she'd laid it at 3:41 pm.
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I have no idea what she was doing, but I recorded it, so maybe someone can tell me what's going on here!

:vid: Residual Contractions? (5 min 30 sec)


Added -
I just added the video of the actual egg laying (the cam has dvr) - and it's now 5:24 pm nest time, and Mom Hope still hasn't shown us the eggs - it's still raining there, and keeping things dry is her priority.

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Post by JudyB » Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:16 am

Good morning, everyone!

There was indeed a second egg, though it wasn't seen until this morning (the cam doesn't have night vision - and was offline part of the time because of the storm there).
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As of 12:12 pm (good afternoon!), the eggs are alone, partly hidden from us by moisture on the cam.
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The pair laid three eggs last year, so it's not unusual to leave them uncovered for a bit to slow development.

And it looks as if a large branch just moved over the eggs.
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And one of the adults was there immediately to move it off the eggs.
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She or he then settled down to incubate.

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Post by JudyB » Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:20 am

The second adult just arrived with something (big leaf??) and decided the best place for it was on the first adult.
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The second adult did move the stick further off the nest bowl (and the first adult got out of the way during that), then the second adult flew off, and the first returned to incubating.


1:34 pm
Family portrait (or at least portrait with feet of family)
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This was a shift change - I don't watch this cam enough to be sure who is who, but my guess is that the male arrived and is taking a turn on the eggs.

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Post by JudyB » Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:12 pm

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Still only two eggs.
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Hope is back now, incubating the eggs - so we'll see if anything happens before dark. If there's a third egg, this is the most likely day - though it could be tomorrow or (much less common) even later.
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Post by JudyB » Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:36 am

Monday, February 10, 2020

There are now three eggs, and the third was most likely laid after dark yesterday evening, though it could have been any time before 7:02 am, when we first saw the third egg (from the dvr):
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Post by JudyB » Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:42 pm

Saturday, March 14

It's been a while since I checked in - and there's a chick! Unfortunately they also have an egg that failed to complete its hatch; the chat moderators appear to be saying that it's the first egg that hatched and the second that failed, so I'll go with that.

This is from 7:30 am today, day 40 for #1 and day 37 for #2; the egg that is hatching is on the right, and you can see that the other one looks to be collapsing more than hatching, though there is sadly a near-term chick inside.
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This is 8:37 am - I saw someone say that's when the hatch occurred - and it's very close; I haven't seen an official time given.
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These are 8:41 and 8:42 am - definitely out at this point.
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I apologize for the extra picture - only two in the next post.

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Post by JudyB » Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:42 pm

Continuing the story, here's tiny PT3 sleeping at 11:04 am after the hard work of hatching.
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And here's a feeding from 1:56 pm; I understand the tiny one has been feed several times today.
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Today is day 34 for the remaining egg, so with a bit of luck, there will be another chick tomorrow or the next day.

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Re: Port Tobacco MD 2020 bald eagle cam

Post by JudyB » Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:57 pm

Fund Drive for Hard Drives

Good afternoon, everyone! I have just learned that we do not have the hard drives we need to record our cams as we approach little chick time - and we do not have the funds necessary to buy them.

These are the high resolution drives that are connected directly to the cams at the site, making it possible to record high quality videos of events at the nests - and we usually have them up and running before the eggs are laid. As you know, we already have eggs at three of our four nests, and they are likely any day now at the fourth nest - so time is of the essence.

Our tech person Ken is estimating that it will cost about $7000 to buy the high quality, high capacity drives needed for our 9 cams, and while we are keeping up with our regular monthly expenses, we don't have the extra money needed to buy and install the hard drives.

I know this is a hard time financially for many of us, with many businesses closed - but it may also be a time when some of us are staying home and watching the eagles after cancelling planned trips or dinners out - and I'd like to ask those who can to contribute towards these hard drives.
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