i think she just left!
oops sorry,,dagone shadows
No he is still in nest he is giving me heart failure!
He;s making me crazy!!!!! I might have to get off the site....I can't stand this. lol
like waiting for the pot of water to boil.....
Next year we could start a fund to pay someone overtime for going to reset the live feed. I know I would be willing to donate to the cause. It would be worth its weight in gold!
Sure would Sharon!!
it's a darn good thing that they gave us a new one, i think we were about to make the other blog comment section explode!!!!!!!!!
He's spreading his wings again...watch.Jim
This is like watching a race and waiting for somebody to wreck! Driving me nuts.
Wow! Just came back to blog; nice to see Sharon and some are here. Thought maybe you all aready starting chatting on the yahoo site and I didn't know how to get to it. I need to know and read others thoughts about our last eaglet.
Does anyone know if shes been fed this morning?
I think someone might be nearby talking to him... he's is intently staring.
Is he gone?
WHERE IS HE????????????
OMG OMG OMG OMG> there is no but at the trunk> DID HE FLY? Did anyone see it? I refreshed and he was gone!!!!!!!!!
I think I see his butt!
i'm right here how did i miss it, is that spunks head under the big branch?
wait! that's a wing at six o clock.
I think he is hiding over around the tree....he better be. I wanted a pic of him leaving....
Where is he? I only left the screen for a minute to let the dog out. Did I miss the third flight also?
He needs to come back out in plain view. I don't like looking at that empty nest. I think we might be heading into "bird flew III".
Yeh, he is behind the tree, but giving me worse bird flew symptoms.
something at 6 position....I think?????
Marie, I think he is at the trunk of the tree. See a little butt sometimes sticking out.
I just got on for the first time this morning.........is Spunky gone??
I haven't seen any feeding either.
he's there, he keeps stretching his wing out and you'll catch it on a refresh now and then. but if he flys from that spot i'm going to be soooooooooooooooooo mad.
everytime I refresh and see this empty nest i want to cry.......... spunky come back into view will you?
I still think he is there but where we can't see him at the trunk of that tree. Listen spunky...the launch pad is where the others left atleast without the live feed go to that area if you are going to fledge...pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee...us Mommyeagletwatchers are having a fit with where your at!!!
Okay, I have not seen a butt or wing for a couple of minutes. Has anybody else?
I haven't seen a butt or a wing in awhile. anyone else?
OK you guys I leave for a storm and no spunky where did you hide him. Who has the most recent picture of him at the "Usual launch site?"
I quite honestly think he flew away. He was looking intently at something over there and then all of a sudden he jumped. I saw some wing spreading,and then NOTHING.I think he might have flown away over there cuz he's camera shy. silly spunky!
I'm looking Glo. Get right back to you.
Glo. he want to the tree trunk and launched from there we think.
LOL There he is
WE HAVE SPUNKY
He must have heard I was lookin for him LOL
I see nothing.....
Glo, I have one from 10:25 at the launch pad.
Bad... BAD spunky! don't you go hiding like that again, we thought you left us!
There he is !!!!
He just wanted to get our hearts pumping this morning. It surely worked.
my last is 1025 too.
10:48 a.m. spunk is there.....
Ok Well it is raining here still but not exactly storming.. Then I am going out around 11 my time for a couple of hours, guess i'll have breakfast and lunch for Spunky...Hopefully we will always have someone here with some kind of update fromt he launch pad...This little guy need shis own send off too, IF he is a good boy!!!
I had a shot of him at 10:37 by trunk of tree. We might think he is camera shy. But he has put on alot of show this morning. Shots I got earlier. No food yet either.
Look at him laying there now....what a teaser!
I think he is resting now so we can breathe a little bit!!
You guys crack me up...Its nice to chuckle in all this happy sad stress relief kind of a day!!
Paula don't forget to get more info our about the Yahoo group
Glo I just sent you a second picture.
10:50 I am having one major anxiety attack! That live feed is so great if you have it when you are using the blog because you can see what it happening as you write.. Now I just keep flipping from one to the other, afraid I am going to miss it...Our blog comments read like the number 1 best suspense story of this event about to take place. You can get nervous just reading - I think we should publish some of our blogs! Just went back to the cam to be certain Spunky was still resting in the center of the nest. Thank you so much Steve for giving us more space - Maybe you'll also go out & check out the Sycamore for the other two????? I haven't seen any feedings - could mean that tomorrow is the day - all the others took off in the morning & it is now almost 11:00am. Everyone keep blogging!!!!
Please post information about the yahoo group. I would love to be on that too.Thanks,Kathy
Glo how do I get on the Yahoo Group; if it has started yet? Has it?
I just uploaded the three images i took today to my blog... the empty nest one is so depressing.
Jo, I was just thinking the same thing. May be too late in the day now for a fledge. I hope so. I have to work tomorrow so I will be on here early to hopefully catch whatever is happening.
Ok think I have my blogger working again I hope. Nice pics xomissmeixo!!! Has anyone seen a feed for today, I haven't.Oxomissmeixo How did you get your pics to your blog??????
I think brunch just arrived.
Paula left info last night that she has reserved one and would get back with more info. It is something like eaglet momsters LOL. Someone else has reserved one too can't remember exactly...similar name with inderslash or something.. Her post is on yesterdays BLOG somewhere. Thought since Paula did the first original name that I would check in there, but if we don't hear more today will go back and sign up for the other. I don't think I can keep up with 2 groups and 3 eaglets LOL
I hope the parent brought food. it was nice to see a quick visit anyhow
I think he is having a good meal. I am so glad to see that. besides now I will only have to eat for one myself. I am going to a Smorgasbord LOL
Counting on eagle eyes to get pictures if Blogger goes down on us today... Its getting slower :-(I will soon be gone til about 2 or after eastern time. Think a few are here, and hopefully someone will always be as long as we have pictures to take anyway LOL
HEY GLO----I can't get to your web page with the site given---http://www.mychristiansite.com/personal/glo77/grammy's.html----I visited your site by clicking on your name in your post----I would like to see your blog after Spunky SOARS-------what am I doing wrong?----this eagle watch has really been a learning experience----the caring ways of these parents----AMAZING --we have eagles in our area----on the Trough Road (Potomac River Road)--the first time I saw one, I got chill bumps-----I have been a birder for a long time----lots & lots of birds in my area--my lawn adjoins a 100 acre Westvaco property----Your blog is awesome---I am still learning this blogging, etc.--want to join the Yahoo group-need help------ENVY YOUR EXPERTISE!!!!
Hi allI have been wathing these eagles for a few weeks and am happy to see them thriving.this site made me look for more and for all who have the empty nest syndrome check this site out in washington state, no live feeds, but 10 sec refresh and closer camera.http://wdfw.wa.gov/wildwatch/eaglecam/
norma, where are you writing from? Near the Patomic? I am in Virginia and also big into birding.
12:05pm Spunky looks huge next to mom/dad. Was that a feeding?
12:05 Looks as though mom/dad is paying a visit to Spunky. Maybe he/she is eating the leftovers. Nice to have company, I'm sure.
also a good spot is beakspeak.com go to birdcams then to bald eagle site on hornby island british columbia canada. it has live feed and audio. I think the 2 eaglets have a few more days before they fledge.
He is flapping again!! Getting my heart to pumping again.
To All: I will email Barbara in Maine to discuss the Yahoo Group, since we both created a group. It was her idea originally, I just wanted to get the name registered. She had the same idea as me, to get the group going, so I will contact her asap and see who wants to do it!
12:20 Adult is gone -- Alone again - need some more time for practicing. Please get away from the launch pad!!
He is back at the launching pad again.
Hi all,The eaglets in British Columbia were born about April 11th I think, so they are about a month from fledging. Should give us an eaglet fix when we need it??? Go to http://www.infotecbsi.com/wildlife/Love all your comments!IrisF
Looks like adult is back with food! Spunky is getting to eat for sure today, Glo!!
It looks like Spunky is wet again. Must have rained at NCTC again.
12:43pm Yep! There's the adult again. Looks as though Spunky needs a little coaxing - maybe he should take a nap....
And even more food. My, my, mommy and daddy are attentive today. I don't think this is going to be the day. They know our little feller ain't ready yet!!
12:46 So who is watching the other kids??? Maybe one of them will come along next time.
Jo, that would be really cool. Drop in for a quick visit to let us know they are okay.
Okay, Spunky is not eating. Must not be too hungry. He is not near as aggressive with food that BigBoy and InBetween were.
ANG--I am in Romney, WV (about 1 1/2 hrs. from Shepherdstown----on the South Branch of the Potomac----beautiful area----have ridden the train through The Trough--travel is by boat or train ----there is at least 2---3 nests----I wonder if BigBoy might find his way here----- HOW COOL WOULD THAT BE-----
Momma has been in the nest with Spunky for about 20 minutes. It has been a while since they have spent that much time with them.
Just came back from making lunch and doing some cleaning in my apartment i see the parent is there with spunky.If you want to add pictures to your blog you type in a blog entry and click the picture button and just click browse and choose the picture you want to add
I wonder why mom/dad is spending so much time in the nest today?
http://www.nu.com/eagles/default.aspThe link above is another eagle nest with 2 eaglets waiting to take flight. This site is on the Northeast Utilities web site and has awesome video feed for those who need a "baby fix!" Lets hope the last eaglet here sticks around until the cam is up again! Thanks to all of you who keep us all informed and up to date on what the little ones are up to.
OHhhhhhhhhhhh thank you soooo much for that. what a fix! two babies being fed by momma! That was wonderful to see!
1:12pm Melissa-I think it is called 'comforting the lonely'. These parents are something else - I think that when BigBoy left, the adults once again were in the nest for a longer period of time with the remaining 2. Lots of lessons here to be learned from Mother Nature.....
I am wondering if there is a predator nearby and she is staying there to protect him. She has looked around a lot while there. She has been there about 30 minutes so far.
1:17pm Ok, Sharon - are you saying to keep your eyes on Spunky in case he gets the Pinging attack ? I so hope not. Maybe she hears the other kids in the tree.....
probably for some reassurance since others are gone, a little one on one with mom/dad
Pinging attacks happen, I saw it with my own 2 eyes!! LOL. Maybe she does hear the others close by. It could happen!! I will take that explanation. Much more positive than mine!!
Mom's acting awful nervous.
1:23pm Something is concerning the adult. Both their eyes and heads are following something all around the nest out there..
See ladies, that is what I am saying!!
I wonder whose refresh button will wear out first!!
And you wonder if it is instinct to lay down like he is to protect himself. If there is something nearby, Momma will take care of it like I saw her do the other day. She is on it!!
what was there the other day??
She has been right there beside him for about 15 minutes or so. Mother Nature is soooo awesome!!!
1:28pm This is getting very intense! Don't lilke it that Spunky was told to just lie there... Hey! Maybe NILLA is climbing up the tree - !
Well, we had a pinging of one of the eaglets by a smaller bird (I saved it on Fraps). Then a few minutes later, Mom was there, they hunkered down. She took off. I saw a bird land in a tree over from the nest and she flew right to it and it looked like she flew off with it in her talons. That clip did not save on Fraps though I did try.
Maybe Nilla is. That would be cool!!
It looks like the only thing Momma has moved for 15 minutes is her head!! WE NEED THAT LIVE CAM BAD!!! But I am grateful the stills are up though!!
haha i think spunky fell asleep.
Hey Gang, Nope im not climbing up the tree..lol But i am going to ride over, i did see something black on a tree limb about 11 o,clock but it was not in the nest... a tree behind the nest. Then Poooofff it was gone. I have really good binoculars so should be able to see something.. More later,,
I wonder if she is there because of the wind?
and there goes mom....
1:41pm Oh, NILLA ! Thank you so much! I thought you wouldn't be online today but knew you had said yesterday that you were thinking of going over. Hope the gateman lets you in. Tell him you have to return an unbrella to the main building & then just go on down that Eagle Path.. We'll be waiting for your return! LOL
Now she is gone...must not have been the wind!
Wants to go so bad
OK So did we have some excitement or something tried to get spunky or something...can't tell for sure but sounds like I missed something OH and nilla is on route I read GREAT!!!!
Jo, Will she call you from there and give a report? If she does, will you post it?
Momma was in the nest with Spunky for about an hour Glo. Unusual at this stage in the game.
1:56pm Welcome back, Glo - Hope you enjoyed your 'quick' lunch. Nothing actually attacked Spunky - it was the length of time the adult stayed - the position that Spunky took by lying down - the position of their heads as though they were following something all around the nest. Was just a bit erie... All seems to be calm now & yes! so glad Nilla is taking a run over & hope she gets through the gate.
Looks like Spunky is giving us a little break. Boy, I sure could use one. I am off work today and what am I doing -- sitting in front of this danged computer the whole time. Crazy! But worth it!!
2:00 pm Sharon, If she calls, I'll post immdeiately. Since she already blogged a comment earlier, I hope she has access to do so again once she goes down.
Norma I will send you a direct link if you email me email@example.com OR anyone else actually. As I tried to explain BLOGGER drops off the end of the uRL so you have to retype in the end of the address to get there. If you don't understand how to do that, just email and I can send you a direct link by email.I will try typing in the whole link myself here and see if BLOGGER will co-operate that way; here goes:Nope I just tried and had to delete it.http://www.mychristiansite.com/personal/glo77/grammy's.htmlthe last part of this address should read /glo77/grammy's.htmlyou will have to type in a couple of missing letters that Blogger drops off for some "strange reason oR just email me I would be happy to help you.
Oh OK gotcha thanks. Does kinda make you wonder what was going on. I had watched a good size shadow over the nest a long time this morning, but assumed it was probably "just a parent' Maybe that is what she was stiking around for...sending the "You better split on outa here"! message to an unwanted lurker.
Hopefully everyone knows I updated the website last night, so Ms-In-Between also has her own video...not exactly the fledge moment but cute none the less. Another thanks to the watchful eye of Sharon and her trusty FRAPS program..LOL
Spunky is really relaxed now, got the feet stretched out too!
He's resting up for the big day!!
I know this is better for my nerves although I love the excitement when he starts flapping.
3:00pm Motherly speaking: I would just love to reach through that monitor, rub Spunky's little head and just tell her/him how much she/he is loved by all of us...............LOL
Jo, I am with you. I was wishing his mother would snuggle up to him for us.
3:11pm Another visit from the adult. No time for napping.
Well speakin of Mamas or maybe PaPas LOL
I thought one of the babies had come back when I first clicked refresh but it is both adults. Shoot!!
Wow both of them!
3:13pm Or maybe one of each! Pretty popular place today.
3:15pm Sharon - my heart jumped also thinking it was one of the other eaglets. Spunky is getting all excited again. Better watch very carefully for awhile...
Did anyone capture a shot of BOTH adults there? I stepped away from the computer for like 5 mins geesh I would like that. I haven't seen them both there for quite a while and as you know I did use several BOTH parent pictures when they were younger This is really a neat pair of eagles they do great together!!
Ok Gang im back from NCTC and sorry to say the gate was locked and closed. But i went further down the road and parked and had a great view of the tree, because it sets alone in the field. The wind was blowing so hard and from that advantage point the tree is covered with leaves, so really nothing to report.. sad But i watched for awhile hoping to see a parent soaring above.. Ok Jo i dont think the unbrella suggestion would have worked..lol So i see Spunky in the nest and a parent eating.. Will check in later today, Jo i would have called you from over there but left your number at home..duhhh will program it in cell.. Later Gang, Hugs Nilla
OK Nilla Thanks for making the drive over there ...You tried. You might have been Mary Poppins though had you brought that umbreela. Up in the tree without even climbing.
3:33pm Nilla, your trip wasn't wasted because we know what isn't there in the tree at this time. Helpful info. Thanks so much for scouting it out for all of us. GLO sent you a shot of both adults in the nest. They are so beautiful!
Got it Jo I love the picture. Thanks Yes they are gorgeous in everyway!!!
Thank God Spunky is resting for awhile....finally able to get some work done!
Okay, here is the deal. I have to leave now and will not return until about 11 p.m. That is a long time to be away from this computer so I need everybody to keep it posted about the happenings. Hopefully, I won't miss anything much this evening. Everybody have a good evening!!
I have made an eagle BLOG contact group in my email and have sent a notice (some of you might get two, (ooops sorry about that) to let you know I have you in the group. If you want to be in the contact email list and did not get my email, do two things, Check your spam folder and 2 send me an firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be happy to include you. If you got the email and want removed...please reply to me, and I will remove you from the group. I will use this for eagle related info...I won't be sending you lots of cute little forwards that will load up your inbox I promise.
Checking in and really worried Spunky is setting at the exact spot the other two took off from. Just setting there looking down. Glo got your e-mail thanks, when i told Jo many many post ago she had the "Bird Flew" tell her doctor that to come over to NCTC that monday . Now i think we have an epidemic..lol Ok gona watch Spunky for awhile and then go for dinner.
hi Nilla...Yep I see he's back up and worth watchin again for a little, not sure how closely for me, but i'll be back and forth. Got a neat shot about 3 mins ago though.. I have so-o-o-o- many of him these last 36 hours or so. ya just never know LOL
Nilla Could you run back and see what is so interesting over where he keeps lookin AND probably the direction he is going. hmmm watch him!!
Well that was a really quick visit At least I think I saw a "Bird flew in" Looked like a parent Tell me you saw it too!!!LOL
6:17pm Nothing here. Must have been Spunky's wings. Just got up from a long nap - I was exhausted. Only see 1 bird.
well i'm back. glad to see spunky is still there, but he's on the perch (behave now spunky)
Jo You've got mail I don't have "Bird Flew In " this time!!! Well at least it's not acting up at the moment LOL
I swear she did not stay more than a very few seconds...certainly NOT the whole 30 anyway. Silly oh could be dad..yep probably a man thing "Honey would you go check on Spunky"? Yep sureYep I checked on him, he's there! Hmmm LOL
6:27pm She sure was there - picture worth a million words! Thanks, Glo. Really was a quick one - She wasn't there at 6:15pm So maybe a 3 second visit - I wonder why? You may be right about luring her/him out.
Gosh you guys pop in and out as quick as dad just did LOL Ok back to my stuff I'm trying to get done too.
Oh you're back hi yep I swear it was fast I had just snapped one of him leaning with a wing out I thought There he goes...then next frame its mom..OH he was greeting Mom (DAD LOL) Next frame...No mom,, and spunky just sittin like nothing happened. i was hitting refresh quick cause I thought he was leavin us...he was greeting a really quick visit by a parent
"Ok I'll fix him some supper"
what is that in th enest with him???
supper and my guess is its wiggling
6:37pm Mom/Dad is playing with us - back again for another 3 seconds or so. I thought that Spunky had just decided to nap - & in pops mom/dad again for a quick visit. I thought Spunky was being told that he would have one more night in the nest. I bet his wing flapping starts pretty soon - it's that time of day. I think he is just looking a some his food -
Checking in again..lol ok i see Spunky at the take off point again. Speaking of taking off 1 of the Falcon's in Harrisburg took it's fledge also. I just checked that site and they are saying he is on a garage building not far away( you can see on live cam) scared to death and parents are trying to lure him back to ledge. Well Jo i hope you had anice nap whats for dinner??? LOL If i really thought there was anything to see i would drive back over beleive me, being its only 20 minutes from me. Maybe tomarrow i will and have something to report. I would park .. climb the fence and really get a good look if it weren't for going to jail.. NOT to mention the Ticks Oooooo LMAO Ya'll gona pay my bail??????? I think NCTC has camera's on its ground so thats out. Whatcha think Jo?
OK little guy this is where you are supposed to use your hunt and fish instincts Go for it Spunky!!!
Looks like Spunky has a fish in the nest???
6:41pm I think you're right Nilla about the cameras - I still don't know who took the pictures that Steve posted on this site. They weren't any of mine or Sunny's pictures & I didn't see any other cameras. So 'hidden' - I think so. I really wanted the group pic posted for everyone to associate a name with a face (not that my face is associable - glad they just showed my backside.) I see Spunky may be eating his dinner now.
6:52pm He is hovering so high - Think he/she has a new launch pad spot. He is just going to go over that edge of the nest it he stretches his/her neck any farther.
7:53pm Could someone post a comment on this blog. The last one was the one I did around 6:52pm & once before I got stuck in the blog & couldn't see other comments that had been made. Please let me know you are out there
yep I'm out here playing solitaire wondering if It's just me and Spunky. I don't think he'll go tonight but he does catch my interest every now and then. I wish he would eat!!!
JO----7:59---I am watching-----She is way up there---don't think she will go today-----TOO WELL FED----I think she is letting us know she is the "TOP GUN" now-------I think that's a "man thing"-----??????
See now I'm not sure he has eaten all that much today, but then I was gone around lunch time for a couple of hours. Guess he did eat some kinda brunch that I say
So did anyone see some meals that I missed I would love to know that. You know I worry about Spunky and eating!!!!
8:08pm Glo & Norma-- thank you, thank you! I feel much better now that I've heard from you. I felt so alone - guess I know first hand how Spunky feels with the shadows closing in on him. Wish someone would come visit him. Last night as Spunky laid in the nest,the spider's web kept getting larger & larger, but it looked as though it was placing a protective covering all over Spunky. It was so cool to see. But then before I retired for the evening, I looked again & there was Spunky up on the side of the nest. Nothing is going to stop this little one!
I was surprised and very happy to see the last Eaglet (which I call "Baby") still in the nest when I got home from work. It's as if nature has a way of letting it's creatures know when the time is right and although impatient, they wait. I feel much better knowing that Baby's had this extra day to grow and mature. God's Speed, little one...
8:12pm Some food was there around 6:40 or so. I haven't seen anymore brought in to him/her. I can't confirm if much of the food was really eaten.
Yep I know It's hard to tell if anyone is out there when you post a few comments and don't get a response. Yesterday i kinda thought Man your're all gonna get sick of seeing that granny at the computer so I think I'll quit talking to myself til some people get back. It's the weekend so figure lots for some to do. etc. I made a quidk supper and then back here til spider dark time. Then I need to do some laundry hmmm
No he did go ove and maybe pick at it a little but not much at all.
Actually now that I know there are a few people sticking around in here to watch I think mmy dogs owuld love to go for a walk. Back in a few.
8:38 VISITOR IN THE NEST !! NOT SURE YET JUST WHO IT IS - BUT IT'S A HUNGRY EAGLETE....... A SIBLING
Looks like Big Boy paying a visit.
There are two babies in the nest. Is it Big Boy or Ms. In-Between?
Wow!!! Spunky has company! I can't tell if it is BigBoy or Ms InBetween. Now about the Yahoo group: Paula and I are getting ourselves organized, and there will be one group and we'll be able to send e-mails to the group, have a photo album, etc. Come join as soon as you can -- the group is eaglet_momsters.
cool Is it big Boy when did he get here I mean how long has he been here?
I am so happy to see that BUT look at the size difference Are you sure everything is OK
8:45PM That'll teach you to walk those dogs again! I have emailed you pics... It was only minutes ago...LOL
barbara OK thaks for that info That's great!!!
LOL Oh Jo a thousand Bless you your way Yep see what happens when I leave..This morning it sounded like our buddy was attacked over lunch oh and when I went for coffee you guys had him hiding for like 2 minutes.. Tonight sibling pops in. Well arrives. Without live feed we can't exactly tell how graceful the landing was LOL
Oh and about the dog walk...Dexter especially says Gracias :"That was a great idea and just in time"
I hope sibling is there to spend the night!!!
Look Spunky has just kinda settled right down. He will stay tonight now unless sibling leaves. man I hope they both stay.
Yippee!! I've been away all day, and now I'm checking in and see 2 eaglets! How exciting! We know at least one of the fledges was successful.Steve, If I were to bike the towpath, do you know the approximate mile-markers that would be close to NCTC? I feel a bike ride coming on tomorrow!!
ok more heart failure here!!! Geeesh
Sunny Oh a bike ride !!! Great idea!!!
So do you think they're having a little chat about how its been going?
8:54pm Looks like the sibling is a little hungry - after the fish. I surely hope he spends the night. The landing wasn't that visible - all of sudden it just looked as though Spunky had a double image on the launching pad site - but it was his brother/sister. I would only be guessing if I tried to ID the visitor-Maybe if I can watch longer, I'll get a clue.
Well for now we'll just call it the sibling LOL
8:58pm I thought they would rub beaks or touch wings to show they missed each other - but none of that carryingon! I feel better now, but I think BigBoy(?) MsInbetween(?) will probably take off shortly-- Only the spider may know as it gets much darker......
Well for Spunky's sake I hope the sibling stays the night, but either way, we know we have seen one return That is great..and spunky knows it can be done...all good!!!
there's a parent its a reunion
9:01pm An adult was just there - did not get a pic... in & right back out. Maybe they are rounding up the whole crew......
I searched Yahoo groups fir eaglet_momsters and nothing comes up. How do I join?
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