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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.