Thursday, May 11, 2006

Heavy Weather Thursday

Wow. The cold front came through about six this evening, with wild winds and heavy, heavy rain. One of the adults got down in the nest and helped the trio ride out the storm. As said in the comments, they did look like a bunch of drowned rats. I too was worried that one was missing for a time, but by 8:30 or so you could again see all three.

25 comments:

Iris said...

Thanks for letting us know you thought one was missing too Steve. When the parent was in the nest with them for awhile there I couldn't find the third one. I've been reading and watching since they were eggs, but this scare motivated me to post a comment. Thanks for all the hours that have gone into this site, it is wonderful to watch.

Anonymous said...

Regarding that picture of the man holding the eaglet in the May 4 blog entry. That is Dr. Peter Sharpe from the Institute for Wildlife Studies out in California. He's doing pretty amazing work restoring the eagle population at the Santa Catalina Islands. You can check it out here and see more information about him and the eagles (and foxes) he works with: http://www.iws.org/Photos%20and%20Video.html

Anonymous said...

Amazing how involved we can get! I have even checked the weather for your area. Thank goodness they can dry out today! Was very afraid for them yesterday when the storm came through.

WVDragonlady said...

Why is the camera stuck on the 2pm pic? Camera broke? whats up? Thanks for the site.

Janice said...

I never use chat rooms or blog or anything like this , but I have been observing these babies since the first picture! I think you have provided something that spans all tpes of people, Steven. I have been so touched by all the concerns and love for these birds and I wonder how many people like myself are watching but not posting. I am so thankful to God for these wonderful creatures and to you and your associates for providing te means for all of us to participate in their growth! It has been a wonderful experience for me and I will be saddened when they leave the nest!

Steven said...

Thanks for all the kind comments. It really is our pleasure. We really like these birds too.

Remember they'll likely be back next year.

sunny said...

Steven, Does your site have any way of knowing how many hits a day, or how much traffic? I usually log in when I get to work in the morning, and keep the screen minimized. Then log in again when I get home. I check in whenever I get a chance.

Anonymous, thanks for the site you provided. I'll check it out later.

paula www.eagletmomsters.com said...

Looks like the eagles are hungry this morning after fighting through the storm last night. They are againg attacking a piece of fish in the nest. I'm glad I didn't see it when it looked like there was one missing, don't know if this "surrogate" mom could have taken it!

Anonymous said...

Love watching this site, and I'm glad they all made it through that horrible storm last night, which I got from reading the postings. But the pic is still on 2:06 yesterday, and though that is before the storm, they look wet. Are they alright today? I miss seeing them today! Need my Eagle fix.

Nancy said...

Thanks anonymous for the website address. The videos of the hatchlings are just great to watch! Not a natural environment, but it's so cool to observe all the work being done by professionals. I particularly enjoyed the "photo op" video in which some of the eaglets were being moved by someone to show them off to their best advantage to the cameras.

Anonymous said...

Not only is the cam site stuck on 2pm but it looks like "big boy" is laid out spread eagle so to speak with a claw out to the side and his head down and to the side. I fear the worst but hope for the best. Hopefully this just represents normal I'm wet and cold behavior that unfortunately is frozen in time. I have been watching since the eggs were laid--and would be devastated. Thanks for the website.

sunny said...

For those of you who don'thave the live feed, all is well this morning. Breakfast just arrived a few minutes ago, and all three critters seem to be fine!

marie said...

Sunny, thank you so much for letting us know that our babies are ok. I can't get the video at work and was getting upset at the picture of the baby on his side.

Nancy said...

My video on the live web cam seems pretty blurry today (maybe just the computer I'm on), but from what I can tell, it looks like all the eaglets are okay. Mom or Dad was just there, feeding, it looked like. Anyone else have any thoughts on the status of the eaglets? Sunny, just read your post - glad you're confirming my take on it.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the info---glad the eagle family is intact. I'll be glad when I don't have to look at that still pic anymore.

Kathy0717 said...

Thank goodness they are ok. I've been checking back all morning and they weren't moving. I was so worrrid.

Kathy

belle said...

My husband and I are here in San Diego and have been watching this amazing site since my cousin in WV sent it to us. I remember when the eaglets were so small they looked like small pieces of gray fuzz.. my how they have grown! Thank you so very much for letting us share in this experience. I was watching yesterday during the storm and was so impressed with how the adult came into the nest to protect them. I saw the little one nestle under the adult's wing so I wasn't worried, but I can imagine how panicked I would have been if I hadn't seen it happen. We loved the shot of all of them huddled together and the babies all had their heads under the adult and their "fat" bodies sticking out in the rain. We had also been watching the Horby Island eagles whose eggs turned out not to be viable so it makes this WV eagle family even more amazing. Thanks again for your hard work!

Anonymous said...

Sunny, thanks for letting us know the babies are alright this morning. It was a terrible storm last night, and I got really nervous when I saw big boy just laying there and the pic not moving. But even though I still can't get a picture, I'm glad to know they're alright and feeding away.

Anonymous said...

Another interesting site to watch are the Peregerine Falcons in Harrisburg, PA. This is the 6th year for this couple to nest and have hatchlings. She usually has 4 eggs, this year she had 5! They've all hatched and are doing well. The first two hatched on 3 May, one on 4 May, 4th one on 5 May, and the 5th hatchling arrived on 8 May. It's neat to watch the sites side by side.
http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/falcon/

sunny said...

Gee thanks, guys. Now I'll have to be watching birds all over the country, and won't EVER get any work done. Think my boss will mind? Thanks for all the great info!!

Anonymous said...

Oh thank you, thank you, thank you. Eagle cam is back up! Sure did miss those little babies!!

paula www.eagletmomsters.com said...

Anonymous,
It is very interesting to me how these birds sleep, the picture that was stuck from yesterday. I can see how everyone was worried about them. At night, they sleep on their stomachs with their heads turned to the side, and their wings slightly out.

Jude said...

I have been watching "our babies" for quite awhile now but have never left a comment. I had to share this with you all today...I just stood outside my office (in Stevensville, MD)with a pair of binoculars and watched a bald eagle lazily floating in the sunshine above a park across the street. What a wonderful thing that the hard working conservationists have accomplished bringing these birds back to a number where we can actually see them in our "backyard". Thank you all for the hard work!

Chris said...

What's up with the camera?

paula www.eagletmomsters.com said...

Chris,
Seems to be ok now, try hitting your refresh button

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