Update: I have a bit more time now so I thought I would fill you in on the cam issues. First off, the power supply issues were cased by a combination of losing our standard power feed and having to rely on the solar panels that have not been charging up the batteries well. With all of the rain and cloudy weather, that was causing continuous problems with the cam feed.
Second, we are in a major finance system transformation at NCTC. This means we have not been able to do procurements for more than six weeks, and will not be able to get rolling again for several more weeks, or longer, if we don't have a permanent funding bill for the year. This is why we could not get up in the tree in August, as we usually have. We now have to plan to go up in the tree in early November, and we are hoping it can be done in the normal way this year without a crane; the tree looks healthier than it did last year. Once we get up the the tree we can work on the sound and clear any su…
There is a power supply problem that has not been resolved. This is keeping the cam down. Unless we get some sun this week, the cam will not be operational until we have our hard wired power fully installed.
New thread. The cam hopefully will be back up tomorrow. The original problems were caused by a huge carpenter ant infestation in the box that had all of the electronics. It has taken some timw to get the system stable after the ants were dealt with...
We have additional news that could relate to our missing resident male. A few days ago, our land manager found the remains of a bald eagle near the waste water treatment plant. The bird was not in good shape, so performing a post-mortem on it is not really possible. The degree of decomposition and proximity to the nest indicates to us that there is a good chance that this is our missing bird.
We will never know for sure though.
Wanted to let you folks know about this as soon as I could. It has been a rough season for bald eagles around the Region.
The eagle we brought over to the rehab center in MD on Monday is still at the Vet. No broken bones, but blunt force trauma (hit by a car), that caused some internal injuries. We are told that the eagle is being fed by a feeding tube right now, and will likely be moved back to the rehab center tomorrow. We'll keep our fingers crossed that it is recovering.
Also, a Pittsburgh paper published this article a little more than a week ago.
Update: This morning a gentleman dropped off at the NCTC gate an injured adult bald eagle. The bird had been hit by a car near Harper's Ferry. We brought the bird over to a wildlife rehabilitator in Keedysville, MD. The bird stayed calm in the car, and was able to hop out of the transport carrier. Looked like a leg injury, but it could not fly.
There is a new update up on the NCTC Eaglecam site.
Yesterday we were contacted by the National Park Service at Antietam. They recently found a dead bald eagle near the Burnside Bridge parking lot and wanted to let NCTC know. We went over and examined the bird, which had been dead for about two weeks , they are estimating. We took a series of measurements, and those show that this could very well be a male bird. Final identification is not possible without a necropsy. The standard procedure for this type of thing is to transfer the bird to the FWS Eagle Repository in Denver. This will happen very soon.
We will never know if this bird is our missing male, but it could be. I will post more as we get more info.