Nest notes 4/24/16

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4/24/16 – The eaglets are doing well and growing rapidly! Here they are having brunch and second brunch? The eaglets are fed too often to give a name to each meal time! Thank you to chatters sheba and Bet BC for submitting these great screen shots of the eaglets! Images courtesy of PixController, ASWP, The National Aviary and Wild Earth.

Harmar eaglets feeding time on 4_24_16
Harmar eaglets feeding time on 4_24_16
Harmar eaglets having brunch on 4_24_16
Harmar eaglets having brunch on 4_24_16
Harmar eaglets having second brunch 4_24_16
Harmar eaglets having second brunch 4_24_16

Nest notes 4/19/16

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4/19/16 – Oh my, the Harmar eaglets showed themselves fully for the first time today! Thank you to chatter dolly for sending these great screen shots showing both Hr 2 and Hr 3 having a feeding side by side. You can watch a short clip here!

Harmar female feeding the eaglets at 18:47 on 4/19/16
Harmar female feeding the eaglets at 18:47 on 4/19/16
Harmar female feeding Hr 2 and Hr 3 at 18:48 on 4/19/16
Harmar female feeding Hr 2 and Hr 3 at 18:48 on 4/19/16
Harmar female feeding Hr 2 and Hr 3 on 4/19/16 close up
Harmar female feeding Hr 2 and Hr 3 on 4/19/16 close up

Nest notes 4/18/16 – Welcome Hr 3!

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4/18/16 – We saw the second chick today! Glimpses of movement were seen yesterday that might have been a second chick, but it was too difficult to say for sure there were two chicks in nest until we saw two heads reaching up to be fed today. Because of this we can’t be sure when the eaglet hatched, but I am guessing yesterday based on the adult’s behavior. Thank you Pix for posting a video! Images courtesy of PixController, ASWP, The National Aviary and Wild Earth.

Hr 2 and Hr 3 on 4/18/16
Hr 2 and Hr 3 on 4/18/16
Hr 2 and Hr 3 on 4/18/16 - close up
Hr 2 and Hr 3 on 4/18/16 – close up
Harmar adult feeds Hr 3 as Hr 2 looks away 4/18/16
Harmar adult feeds Hr 3 as Hr 2 looks away 4/18/16

Nest notes 4/15/16

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4/15/16 – Most of watching were able to see a glimpse of the eaglet’s head today during feedings, although we still can’t see much. The eaglets grow remarkably fast and we see more each day, thank you to the sponsors for bringing us the cam!

Harmar female feeding Hr 2 at 15:37:32 on 4/15/16
Harmar female feeding Hr 2 at 15:37:32 on 4/15/16
Harmar female feeding Hr 2 at 15:37:42 on 4/15/16
Harmar female feeding Hr 2 at 15:37:42 on 4/15/16
Harmar female feeding Hr 2 at 15:38:56 on 4/15/16
Harmar female feeding Hr 2 at 15:38:56 on 4/15/16
Harmar female feeding Hr 2 at 15:38:58 on 4/15/16
Harmar female feeding Hr 2 at 15:38:58 on 4/15/16
Close-up
Close-up

Here, the female opens a new ‘package’ of fish for the young eaglet.

Harmar female with fish 16:43 on 4/15/16
Harmar female with fish 16:43 on 4/15/16
Another feeding at Harmar 17:10 on 4/15/16
Another feeding at Harmar 17:10 on 4/15/16

Nest notes 4/14/16 pm Hr 2’s first day

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4/14/16 Рevening update: Well, by the late afternoon the little eaglet had enough strength to sit up some for feedings and we caught quick glimpses of movement on the nest cam. Bald eaglets grow quickly, so we should be seeing more each day for now. Here are some screen shots of an afternoon feeding attempt. Thank you PixController, ASWP, The National Aviary and Wild Earth for these images.

Harmar female attempts to feed Hr 2 at 13:57 on 4/14/16
Harmar female attempts to feed Hr 2 at 13:57 on 4/14/16
Harmar female feeding Hr 2 14:02 on 4/14/16
Harmar female feeding Hr 2 14:02 on 4/14/16
Harmar female feeds Hr 2 14:03 on 4/14/16
Harmar female feeds Hr 2 14:03 on 4/14/16

The Harmar female shows her bulging crop as she broods Hr 2. What is the difference between incubation and brooding? It’s a matter of timing, incubation keeps an egg warm, brooding keeps chicks warm.

Harmar female broods Hr 2 on 4/14/16
Harmar female broods Hr 2 on 4/14/16

Later in the evening the male arrives and begins eating some nestovers, the female gets up to feed the chick and they all have a family meal together!

Harmar family meal 18:33 on 4/14/16
Harmar family meal 18:33 on 4/14/16
Harmar family meal 18:33:51 on 4/14/16
Harmar family meal 18:33:51 on 4/14/16

Finally, the female takes another break off the nest.

Harmar male takes evening brooding shift 4/14/16
Harmar male takes evening brooding shift 4/14/16

Nest notes 4/14/16 – We have a hatch! Welcome Hr 2!

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4/14/16 – Well, yesterday had the female sticking to the nest and frequently getting up and looking underneath, signs that she was feeling a hatch in progress. This morning it appeared that the hatch did indeed occur, though we have not actually seen the chick or any feedings yet. There are frequent checks in the nest cup and the adults have nestover food waiting for when the chick is hungry. Feedings often don’t occur for many hours after hatching as the chick continues to absorb nutrients from the yolk and rest from the exertion of hatching before they are ready to eat.¬† Here are some screen shots from this morning, images courtesy of PixController, ASWP, The National Aviary and Wild Earth. And please join us in watching the nest cam if you are not already!

Harmar eaglet Hr 2 getting a first look at the world? 4/14/16
Harmar eaglet Hr 2 getting a first look at the world? 4/14/16
Harmar female and Hr 2 greet the morning 4/14/16
Harmar female and Hr 2 greet the morning 4/14/16
Beautiful sunrise to welcome a new eaglet, Hr 2 on 4/14/16
Beautiful sunrise to welcome a new eaglet, Hr 2 on 4/14/16

Later this morning the hawk felt it had to pay its respects to the new arrival! The female lets them know what she thinks about that, with the male in hot pursuit (too fast to get good screenshots of the pursuit).

Harmar female shows local hawk away from Hr 2 on 4/14/16
Harmar female shows local hawk away from Hr 2 on 4/14/16
Harmar female shows local hawk she means business about protecting Hr 2 on 4/14/16
Harmar female shows local hawk she means business about protecting Hr 2 on 4/14/16
Harmar female shows local hawk she is serious, soon the male swoops after the hawk on 4/14/16
Harmar female shows local hawk she is serious, soon the male swoops after the hawk on 4/14/16

Later, after things settled down, the male arrived to take his first look at the chick, and give the female a break.

Harmar eagles greet Hr 2 at 9:54:13 on 4/14/16
Harmar eagles greet Hr 2 at 9:54:13 on 4/14/16
Harmar eagles greet Hr 2 at 9:54:31 on 4/14/16
Harmar eagles greet Hr 2 at 9:54:31 on 4/14/16
Harmar eagles greet Hr 2 at 9:54:37 on 4/14/16
Harmar eagles greet Hr 2 at 9:54:37 on 4/14/16
Harmar eagles greet Hr 2 at 9:54:40 on 4/14/16
Harmar eagles greet Hr 2 at 9:54:40 on 4/14/16

Then the female begins?…I have placed amusing captions under the pictures, you tell me what you think is happening! Leave a comment below!

Harmar female 'nest-dancing' in celebration of the arrival of Hr 2? 9:55:05a 4/14/16
Harmar female ‘nest-dancing’ in celebration of the arrival of Hr 2? 9:55:05a 4/14/16
Harmar female 'nest-dancing' in celebration of the arrival of Hr 2? 9:55:05b 4/14/16
Harmar female ‘nest-dancing’ in celebration of the arrival of Hr 2? 9:55:05b 4/14/16
Harmar female 'nest-dancing' in celebration of the arrival of Hr 2? 9:55:13 4/14/16
Harmar female ‘nest-dancing’ in celebration of the arrival of Hr 2? 9:55:13 4/14/16
Harmar female 'nest-dancing' in celebration of the arrival of Hr 2? 9:55:14 4/14/16
Harmar female ‘nest-dancing’ in celebration of the arrival of Hr 2? 9:55:14 4/14/16
Harmar female heads off the nest at 9:55:16 on 4/14/16
Harmar female heads off the nest at 9:55:16 on 4/14/16

Nest notes 4/12/16

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4/12/16 – Well, today was day 34 since the first egg was laid and we know bald eagle eggs can hatch roughly between day 34 and 37, so…did some of our chatters see evidence of an egg shell late this evening before dark? We won’t know if there was a successful hatch until we see evidence of a feeding, so keep watching! Thank you Pix, ASWP, National Aviary, Wild Earth, and all the sponsors who helped bring the Harmar cam to us!

Harmar female nears end of incubation period - What's happening under there? 4/12/16
Harmar female nears end of incubation period – What’s happening under there? 4/12/16
Harmar eagle pair as darkness falls 4/12/16
Harmar eagle pair as darkness falls 4/12/16