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Monday

Christmas Eve Thread.

Wednesday

New thread.



Update--Picture from Paula:

Sunday

New thread. Lots of rain here last night.

Yesterday, we turned south onto a road called the Snickersville Turnpike near our house. Up in a tree I saw a bird, likely a hawk I figured, perched 30 feet over the road. As we got closer, we saw it was not hawk, but an adult bald eagle. We stopped the car and watched it for a while. The bird didn't seem the least bit bothered by us...

Wednesday

Wednesday morning eagle picture, and thread.

Friday

New thread.

Update on a raw and cold Friday--4:55PM:

Thursday

New thread. Cold morning.

Update 4:50 PM:

Friday

New thread.


4:25 at the nest:



Wednesday

New thread.




Update 4:45pm A fresh squirrel for supper.

Tuesday

New thread.

Saturday

New thread.

Thursday Update

Jo Sent Steve W and I a few pics from this AM. Above is one of them.

Steve is pretty convinced now that the bird hanging out yesterday is one of the original fledges from the NCTC nest, probably a male. He will likely set up a territory with 5-10 miles of here, find a mate, and work to build a new nest.

Wednesday

The shot above was captured this AM. Steve W. and I have discussed, and it seems like there are a couple of things that could be going on. First off, it is one of our adult eagles that has been eating carrion of some sort, like a dead deer and has not cleaned up yet.

It could be an adult that has gotten into a scrap with another critter.

Steve's first impression is that it may be a new eagle, and if so, because of the mottling on the head, could be one of the eaglets hatched four years ago in this nest. We'll need to keep a close eye to determine if this is the case. If it is a juvenile, it will be chased off by the adults.

There are other scenarios as well, but these seem the most likely to us.

Update 1:27 pm:

Steve W. just stopped in and said that he is more confident that the bird this AM is a four year old eagle. There's an eagle perched over the nest now, so we'll keep watching.

Thursday

I looked at 7:10 and nothing, so I was ten minutes to early...new thread with snapshot from Suzanne.

Tuesday

photo from Suzanne.

New thread.

Monday

New thread.

Addendum:

It was quite a scene this morning as major construction was done by the eagles on the nest. It is sure looking good for another nesting season.

Thursday PM

Eagles in the nest...

Tuesday

Finally some rain thread.


Update:

Thanks for continuing to keep our cam at number one on Birdspeak!

Pictures

Here's a couple of snapshots I took from yesterday.

Visiting the tree

Jo sent these pictures she took today when she visited the base of the nest tree. John was there installing our fuel cell for the cam system.

Tuesday

Its been an extremely hectic day. The guys are still in the midst of the fuel cell installation, but as you can see the cam is finally back thanks to a fix out in Denver.

We have been working hard on the Open House, scheduled for this weekend here at NCTC. Make sure you all come out. Lots of critters to see, and the Momsters will have a table.

Monday

Regarding the FIX, the guys are working on getting the fuel cell installed that will eliminate this problem with the battery that we have been dealing with forever. Keith tells me they are trying to get it done today.

I had FOX on the brain yesterday because the Piedmont Hunt rallied in front of my house Saturday morning. Nobody likes to see any foxes killed, and they rarely are, but the spectacle is really neat.

Thursday

New thread.

Saturday

New thread.

I know we're all frustrated at the lock up again. I'm guessing this has to do with the fact that we must send the cam signal through another site to get it out to you, and the security issues that swallow up everything we try to do.

We are trying to get a solution that allows for good security while providing a consistent picture. Obviously not there yet...

Thursday

New thread.

Friday PM

Windy up there.

Thursday

New thread.

Update, pic from Suzanne.

Thursday

New thread.

Update:

You have noticed that the cam continues to struggle in the mornings, getting better as the sun charges things up again. An integral part of the new cam is a fuel cell system, that will ensure constant power, despite the temperature and available light. We do not have that fuel cell yet, but soon.

Wednesday

Fresh thread.


Update: Here's a shot from Last night. Thanks to Vicki for this one and Jo for another shot a few minutes later.

Thanks

I pulled this of Beakspeak.com at lunch:




It really is amazing that the NCTC cam is on the top of both lists when our webcam has been off and is only now getting put back online.

Thanks for all of your support and contributions to our efforts. We all really appreciate it.

Monday PM

From the nest looking northeast

Mike has a few more shots on his photo site of the ongoing work.


Solar panels and microwave dish

Friday Update

We have the cam up at on the NCTC closed circuit system. We still have some technical glitches to deal with and some other work to get the picture online, but we're getting close.

The new cam is framing the nest a bit differently, it seems a bit closer than the old cam.

If I can get a frame shot I'll post it.

Thursday

New thread.

I've been wondering if our activities in the nest had caused any disturbances with the eagle pair. I'm told that they have been back since the work, most recently seen last night at 6:30 PM.

Polar Bear Shot

Couldn't resist posting this incredible picture. Click on it for full effect.

A few More Pictures

The truck at the tree.



Long shot of the tree and truck.


Nu in the nest.



Nu pulling up the rope.

and here's a shot of the tree in the winter:

More shots

View from the nest looking North.

Mike Gurson has a photo site up with more shots from up in the tree. See it here.

Photographs

You get a whole new perspective standing at the base of the tree. The bucket is fully extended, and up 75 feet.


Here's our talented climber, Nu, in the nest with the new cam.


A closeup of Nu. The new camera is small.


Here's the FWS crew on the ground.


Here's me (l) and Mike Gurson looking at a monitor of the cam signal.


Here's Mike watching the cam.


All of these photos by our resident photog' Todd Harless.

Thursday

The tree folks were here at 7:00 AM. I was out around 8:30 at the tree, and it was amazing to watch the tree climber up in the nest. We took a bunch of pictures. I'll post some a little later. Our adult eagles have been hanging around, working on the nest, and were there this am before we started work. They are around a fair amount in the evenings.

Also, walking out in our blue lot last night an immature bald eagle flew over us.

more soon.

Saturday

New thread.

Update:
We had a good meeting with Bedington VFD. We all determined that getting a fire truck to the tree would result in one significantly stuck firetruck. Thank you for all of your assistance on this. We have move to plan B, the tree service, and we have made progress on that front. Also, the new microwave system is being installed, we don;t need the tree truck for that. Its all very nice new equipment.

Thursday

New thread.

The hot weather continues, yecch.

We are anxiously awaiting the new equipment we have ordered. Should be here very soon.

I will be leaving on travel for the next week and may or may not be around a computer. I'll do what I did last time and set up a few threads for you for the week.

Tuesday

Another nice morning thread.

I signed off on the orders for new equipment late last week. It includes a more robust power system (will prevent all of the previous problems), better microwave (less interference), and a new camera with audio.

Install in a few weeks.