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Monday

Good Morning.

As you can see the cam has been centered on the nest.  We hoped to either move the cam mount up a bit, or try a different limb, but that was not possible this year.  The limb that the cam is on continues to deteriorate, and other live limbs are not big enough.

We plan a full upgrade of the cam next year, and we will engineer a mount that will allow for the optimum view.

Thanks again to our friend Nu, who was up in the nest for his ninth year.  The guy is fearless as he is hoisted up on a crane cable.

New thread.

Thursday

New thread. 

Live cam season is just about up.  I anticipate Outdoor Channel will be wrapping up for the season.  Maintenance on the cam is scheduled for August 25.


Monday Part 2

The cam took a direct lightning hit on Wednesday night.

Tuesday

Watched an interesting interchange today with our two juveniles.  One was on a limb near the nest, the other came soaring in,  and slowly landed on the head of the other, which rousted the perched bird, who flew off.  Looked kinda playful and was a cool thing to see.

New thread.

Sunday

My apologies for the scarce posts.

I have been on travel out west and am now up north the past week or so.

I have been contacted by several folks about the future plans for the cam.  We have the crane booked for August and will move to fix things during that time, with more ability to do the work carefully until literally the last available hours that we had in December.

New thread.

Friday

Cam will hopefully be back up next week.  The new part we got last problem was the one that was damaged by the storm/lightning.

Clayton is doing everything he can.

Fresh thread.

Thursday

Here's the scoop on the problem:

"I have confirmed the severe storms did damage the power box for the EagleCam. We are having a replacement unit sent to us ASAP. I won't know if the camera was also damaged until we have the replacement part. Hopefully we will be back online in a few days"

New thread.

Wednesday

Back from my trip...we are waiting for the box to arrive that will fix our problems.  It has been ordered and hopefully is on its way.

New thread.

Tuesday

Today we see the resilience and determination of these birds.  Snow whould subside later today, then a cold day tomorrow, and then, hopefully some spring weather.

Fresh thread.

Tuesday Part 2

Hi Folks,  We are all waiting with baited breath to see how this nesting season is going to work out.  I recently contacted the Regional Bald Eagle Coordinator for FWS, Craig Koppie,  and he sent me this message a few minutes ago:

"There could be several reasons for this issue. There could be a replacement nest they constructed during the fall and they are visiting less frequently at their usual location as you suggested. There might be a mate replacement so they are starting later due to a new pairing. Or lastly, they are the same pair and just sense a colder than normal year and are holding off a few weeks or so because of icing on the river and greater snow fall potential. I believe somehow, nature knows."

We know that these are the same two birds, so we need to figure this year's delay is caused by  a new nest or the cold weather. 

I am betting that the cold weather is impacting timing this year.  This is the coldest stretch of weather in many years.  Combine …

Thursday

We are all watching to see if a nesting season materializes in the nest this year.  In past years we have seen eggs in the next week, with a good deal of presence in the nest during the second half of January. 

We suspect that the lack of time spent on the nest could indicate that our pair has another nest, a normal occurrence after using a single nest for this many years.  The cold weather could also be an impact, slowing things down a bit.

Time will tell, and I will keep you posted.

New thread.