I just got the prognosis for the latest problem, and it is not good. The cable used to power the wireless transmitter from the tree to the server has been chewed partially through in multiple places by some sort of small critter/rodent. The transmitter is located about 15-20 feet up the tree, and there is a ton of poison ivy surrounding it and the chewed cable.
We're going to have to take care of the poison ivy, and then see what we can do to get the wireless back, with a new cable. This replacement may not be possible right now, so we could be looking at a problem that ends the season. I'm not going there yet, but we'll need to stand by and see what can be done. We are discussing a few alternatives.
Some of you may know that we have had some drama with our birds the past few days.
We had indications that an intruder was in the vicinity of the nest on Saturday and again on Sunday morning. Yesterday afternoon, our pair was involved with an extended altercation with another adult Bald Eagle who is likely interested in our pair's territory.
One of our birds stationed itself on an adjacent tree watching, and soon, the other (likely the male) came flying across our entry road chasing another adult bald eagle. These birds fought overhead while our other bird stationed itself in the top of the nest tree. The fighting went on for some time, with the interloper bird was finally chased west away from the nest tree.
We are not sure what the conclusion of this altercation was, but both of our birds are back in normal mode. We'll see if there is any additional challenges.
Remember this is wild nature we are watching. Nesting habitat is at a premium, thus nesting pairs will be ch…
We were able to diagnose the problem. The camera and power supply were undamaged (good thing). The problem is in some of the communication gear that gets the signal to the Internet, some of these connections were cooked by the power surge. We will order these parts immedeately and will get things rolling again as soon as we can.
The power spike yesterday apparently zapped the communication link between the camera and the link to the Internet. NCTC folks are working to diagnose and fix ASAP, while ensuring there is no impact on the birds.
There was a power outage at NCTC that has impacted the cam. I am on leave but have been in contact with the tech folks. As soon as they get clearance from the NCTC land manager to go within the nest exclusion zone they will be able to reset things. Please bear with them; it will likely be tomorrow AM.
I have to admit--back in November, we were very worried that the birds may have moved on to another nest. It is normal that a nest is abandoned after six or seven years. We had heard from local folks that there were potentially two other nests within a few minutes flying time of our tree, and the fact that the birds were not hanging around very much had us concerned.
Based on the past few weeks though, things seem pretty much going the same as in the past. Let's keep our fingers crossed that it is a smooth start to the nesting season.