Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Friday, December 12, 2008


I'm up in CT and just looked at the cam. We have replaced the video card, thus the more reliable signal. I was worried about the flapping I saw, thought it was tape. I called the NCTC, and they told me they had seen it too and had headed out with a spotting scope. One of the eagles was on top the camera flapping in the wind to dry out. And a piece of tape is now loose. Keith is working to get the tree folks back up ASAP.

More later.

New thread.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


Things seem to be back to normal at the nest.

The pair was back in the nest soon after the tree service left. Around 4:00 pm yesterday the pair was there and at one point one of them seemed to be looking at the cam.

Looks like there's been more action this morning as well.

Fresh thread.

Monday, December 08, 2008

One More

Monday take 2--In the Nest

Here are some shots from this morning. Thanks to Nu for his great work. The cam is mounted in a way that makes precision aiming difficult. We think that the shot we have will work pretty well.


New thread.

Work on the cam this morning. The system is not powered fully, so I don't think the cam will make it to the web right now.

We'll take some pictures and post them.

Thursday, December 04, 2008


New thread.

The new equipment is going through our procurement process, and the tree guys will be here on Monday.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Happy day before Thanksgiving. As you've noticed, the cam is having power issues. We have ordered a new solar panel, a new battery, some other electronics, and will have the tree service in, hopefully next week, to do some trimming up around the cam before things get busy on the nest.

Couple this work with the new website and streaming video, and we'll be ready for the next nesting cycle. So bear with us as we get this work done.

New thread.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


New thread. Cold morning.

Want to also thank our new IT guy, Rob, for his excellent work in making the new live cam work.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Rainy Day thread.

We've been working on the cam on several fronts. We plan on some fast maintenance up in the nest hopefully next week.

We have also set up a new, flash-driven live feed that will be run out of NCTC. We hope that will make things more reliable over the past couple of years.

More on this soon.

Sunday, November 09, 2008


New thread. We had a huge crowd at the Film Festival yesterday. More films this afternoon.

Thursday, November 06, 2008


New thread. Make sure to check out the American Conservation Film Festival at the NCTC tonight and this weekend. More here.

Sunday, November 02, 2008


Fall back thread. Heard the first white throated sparrow of this season, a sure sign of Fall.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


New thread.

Here's a cool story about efforts to get a nesting pair to setup shop in Michigan.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Sorry for the late post. Just got back from a trip to Mercersburg to get my daughter for the weekend. Very rainy travel today.

Evening thread.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday, October 03, 2008


Afternoon thread. Here's a message from a biologist friend:

"Hi all, just wanted to report that I saw four eagles, one mature and three juveniles, flying in a line right over Shepherd University and over the new solar house- heading west and very low. Several students saw them too. It was great! Don't know if they were our NCTC birds - no way to tell. Perhaps it was one of our parents and the eaglets from this year flying to their summer roost? Craig Koppie said that it could be or that this is the time of year juveniles from other years at NCTC (under 4-5 years old) and also eagles from other areas are moving around and looking for nesting/ territory sites. "

Thursday, October 02, 2008


New thread.

We passed a milestone a couple of weeks ago that I didn't notice at the time. We are now at post 1017 for this blog. Thanks to all who help make the NCTC Eagle Cam Daily an active and vibrant world-wide community for folks interested in eagles and all other critters as well. A thousand posts about a nest in little Shepherdstown, WV is a lot!

We did some work yesterday to cut back trees that were interfering with the microwave signal from the nest. In addition, our guys are planning for the next season, which will happen sooner that we all think. We're working on some technological improvements to allow more reliable video. More on that later.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


New thread. The cam is having power issues. John will head out to the tree this PM to work things out.

Hang in there.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008


Been going through my emails and have found a number of shots you folks have sent of our pair hanging out in the nest. They seem to be their in the 6:00 am hour each day.

Sunday, August 17, 2008


New thread. I'm headed on vacation for seven days, so the posts will be automted.

see you next weekend.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Saturday PM

Thanks for sending the picture Sharon.

And they're there right now...

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Late post today, been really busy.

The weather continues to be mild here. Anyone seen our birds?

Thursday, August 07, 2008


New thread . Everything went smooth. Reston Surgical Center treats their patients like royalty.

Friday, July 25, 2008


New thread for the end of the week.


from an email I got from someone working at the day camp at NCTC this week:

"I'm happy to report that the Audubon Nature Camp students saw one of the eaglets swoop down and catch a fish on the river here today at NCTC! They also saw one of the adults fishing. "

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Birds at NCTC

We have a workstation at NCTC that allows guests to input birds that they see as the walk around the campus. Here's the link. Not a lot of data, but still a pretty big number of bird species.

Fresh thread.


Fresh thread.

Monday, June 30, 2008

More Monday

Back in the nest thread.

Fledgling Pics

A week or two ago, some of our folks saw one of the fledglings on the ground near the NCTC Day Care Center. Here they are:

This one is certainly at ease with human development...


New thread.

Thursday, June 19, 2008


We got some statistics of how many folks accessed the still cam last month, and the numbers are big:

total hits are 3,402,750
Unique visitors was about 13,500

and we had visitors from 71 countries around the globe.

This bird site was a big referrer.

Remember these numbers are just for May. I suspect the numbers were much higher earlier in the season.


New thread.

Friday, June 13, 2008


After the fledge thread. The cam is still goobered up and we're still trying to track down the cause...

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Cam Problems Update

We have identified the source of the signal problems we've all seen this week. Our microwave signal is being blocked partially by some tree limbs that have leafed out really well, and that may have been impacted by the storms over the past week.

We've requested that the limbs be trimmed. Hopefully it will happen today.


New thread.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Saturday Afternoon

Just got in and saw the long roll of comments. We all get frustrated when the live feed goes down, and the NCTC folks work hard to keep things going, amongst their other long list of responsibilities... I just spoke to the front desk clerk and the closed circuit feed at NCTC is working, so the eagle guests today can see the live cam on the monitor in the front lobby.

Another note, I live 40 miles from NCTC, so popping in is not an option. :>)

Hot day, new thread.


New thread.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Video of Fledge 2

Watch the reaction of the littlest eaglet.

Thursday PM

Looks like an eagle (eaglet?) at 10:00 to the nest. Our poor little guy misses his siblings...


The DC TV station meteorologists are calling the storms that roared through this region yesterday the most widespread and vicious that they have ever seen. Tornado warnings were widespread, and huge areas of Northern Virginia and Maryland and parts of WV are without power. Where I live there is no power anywhere, despite little visible damage.

So, yesterday, as I was driving out about 4:00 pm, I did see our first fledgling, perched at the top of a sycamore about three hundred yards to the southeast of the the nest tree. Have not gotten any reports this AM, other than the second fledge occurring less than an hour ago.

Here is the link to that event, thanks Glo.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Heavy Weather at NCTC

Just had a big line of strong storms, including tornadoes come through here. The two eaglets are wet, but acting normal. No sign of the adults or the fledgling right now. Live feed is down.

tree shot

Here's a shot of the tree, see about 10:00 oclock from the nest--is that our youngster?

Also, It is very dark here, storm is coming.

Wednesday PM

Fledge One, approx 11:55 am.

We have video, I believe, and I just requested a clip. When I get it I will post.

I know that you folks have video too.... here's the link.


Looks like a lot more rain today.

New thread.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Friday, May 30, 2008


End of the week thread.

Update: When I drove up to our four way this AM, I could see one eaglet flapping hard and lifting off the nest 2-3 feet. I'd say the fledge is getting close for our oldest one, and the other two not far behind...

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Thursday PM

Above are the latest rankings of bird cams at Beakspeak. NCTC continues to be number 1, amongst a group of wonderful birdcams from around the country.

Thank you all for your support.

New thread.


New thread. Cool morning.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tuesday part 2

First turtle of the year in the nest. Eagles are opportunistic predators, and one unlucky turtle just gave an opportunity.

These birds are just itching to fledge.
Fresh thread.


New thread.