6/17/16 – This seemed like a busy week, with the Hays eaglets and C1 fledging all the attention seemed elsewhere. Of course, Pittsburgh is still giddy over the Stanley Cup Championship, and now they are hosting the US Open!
But this morning served as a reminder too, of how lucky we have been to have this first season with the Harmar Bald Eagle nest cam! In the early part of the season chatters fretted over the cam placement and we were told how difficult it was to get a cam placed at all in this location. When we realized how much we really could see, there were worries that leaf-out would block our view. Last night’s storms served as a nice reminder of three things:
1. The folks who installed this cam did a fantastic job with a difficult situation! The nest tree is so huge that there are no trees nearby that could provide a view from above, so the team had to place the cam way up the hill to see into the nest. How did they find the window that provided this view?
2. The sycamore nest tree is the only tree in the area with such a late leaf-out that we are still able to see fairly well into the nest.
3. The electrical storms did something that made the cam ‘re-boot’ or at least re-set the zoom function. We woke up this morning to a beautiful view of the area surrounding the nest, but could barely see the nest. Fortunately, Bill Powers at PixController was able to zoom back into the nest. We are really quite fortunate to have this look into the lives of these eagles!
Thank you Bill Powers and PixController for providing the live stream of the cam, and for maintaining this special look at the Harmar eagles!
So, for a few highlights from the past week, the lessons in feeding continued. The female brought a fish to the nest and partially opened it, then lets the eaglet take over to finish feeding. Later, she supervises as the eaglet self-feeds. However, that does not mean the female has completely stopped feeding the eaglets, she still feeds them sometimes, but it is becoming less often. Usually the adult makes a food drop and lets the eaglets feed on their own. All that food needs to be put to use growing, and that takes some exercise too!