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Weekly Nest Notes: Mighty Wings Catching Air!

E15 and E16 are making great progress and are gaining strength and confidence. They catch the wind with their mighty wings, flapping, hopping, and jumping around the nest. E15 visited the veranda branch over the week and is comfortable perching, preening, winging, and watching the world go by. E15 studies the upper branches looking for the way to get there. Hovering to higher heights is on the way.  E16 “wingersizes”  in the breezes gaining the courage to make it up and out to a branch soon. E15 and E16 are… Read More »Weekly Nest Notes: Mighty Wings Catching Air!

Weekly Nest Notes: Breaking Records Along the Way

E15 and E16 are intelligent and observant Eaglets taking the lessons of Eagle life in stride. At 8 weeks old they are almost fully grown with magnificent wingspans that allow them to flap away,  jump, and gain airtime in the breezes. They are balanced and confident in their jaunts around the nest and time perched on the rails. E15 has been eyeing the veranda and porch branches and looking curiously the Starlings perched there. Seeing Mom and Dad in the upper branches may have been an invitation for adventure. On… Read More »Weekly Nest Notes: Breaking Records Along the Way

Weekly Nest Notes: Brilliant Beauties

E15 and E16 have begun to look so much alike over the week it is hard to tell one from the other. It was just about 7 weeks ago that these two were little helpless Hatchlings.  They now stand with balance and confidence while preening, walking the perimeter of the nest and flapping their amazing wings. E15 and E16’s dark Juvenile feathers are brilliant and their stature is stunningly beautiful. E15 and E16 are progressing at a steady pace and will soon be adult-size. They spend more time awake scanning… Read More »Weekly Nest Notes: Brilliant Beauties

Weekly Nest Notes: Winging, Walking & Watching

E15 and E16 are turning 6 weeks old and have come a very long way in a short time. They experienced rapid growth over the first month and are now building strength and coordination. They are becoming beauties with sparkling eyes and dark Juvenile feathers sprouting all over. E16 is catching up nicely to older sibling E15. They started with baby steps and are now standing upright and walking more.  Their wings are impressive and sprawling as they flap away in the breezes. They courageously teeter on the rails watching… Read More »Weekly Nest Notes: Winging, Walking & Watching

Weekly Nest Notes: Braving the Boundaries

E15 and E16 are becoming more and more adventurous as they transition to the next phase of their growth. They spend more time on the nest rails where the air is cooler and the views are more interesting. Their bottom-heavy bodies will keep them anchored so they won’t fall over. Earlier in the week, Harriet coaxed them away from the edge but many times they went right back. Pushing the boundaries equals lessons in confidence and survival for these curious young raptors. Harriet and M15 provided plentiful meals for E15… Read More »Weekly Nest Notes: Braving the Boundaries

Weekly Nest Notes: Here We Grow!

Harriet and M15 focus on the constant care of their lively Eaglets. The rate at which E15 and E16 are growing requires a great amount of nutrition to fuel their sprouting bodies. Hatching just about 3 short weeks ago, E15 and E16 weighed about 2 ounces and were around 3 inches tall.  Darker thermal down feathers have mostly replaced their natal down allowing them to regulate their body temperatures. They gain around 5 ounces per day, are about 1 foot tall and close to 3 pounds. Pin feathers start to… Read More »Weekly Nest Notes: Here We Grow!

Weekly Nest Notes: Exchanging Places (March 10)

Harriet and M15 kept up their efficient exchanges incubating their treasured Eggs through the week. As one arises to stretch and take a break from nest duty the other is on the spot to take their turn. They while away the hours on the nest watching the comings and goings in the vicinity. This is their second go-around of incubating Eggs this Season and in a few weeks, their consistent commitment will reveal the fruits of their labor. Harriet and M15 appear especially sensitive to visitors in the territory. They… Read More »Weekly Nest Notes: Exchanging Places (March 10)

Weekly Nest Notes: A Window Into Eagle Life (Feb. 17)

Harriet and M15 have been working diligently, fortifying their nest with many branches and sticks over the weeks. The Nesting Season has taken a new direction after E14 passed away and their Egg 2 didn’t hatch. This part of their journey is unknown and each day presents new lessons. There is some documentation of nests where Eagles laid a new clutch after eggs or very young hatchlings were lost. The time frame for more eggs ranged from about 2 to 5 weeks after the loss. Harriet and M15 are approaching… Read More »Weekly Nest Notes: A Window Into Eagle Life (Feb. 17)

Weekly Nest Notes: Mysteries of Eagle Life

Harriet and M15 have engaged their amazing abilities and instincts doing their share to add to their legacy and that of the Eagle population. They follow along a common thread of thousands who have come before them dedicated to the cause. There are preparations to be made and challenges to be overcome. The goal is always in sight even if it is far off in the future. The path is a combination of successes and missteps, joys and sorrows, and knowledge and mystery. Harriet and M15 remain in their territory… Read More »Weekly Nest Notes: Mysteries of Eagle Life

Weekly Nest Notes: Perfect Timing is Everything

Harriet and M15 execute perfectly timed exchanges almost like a dance as one leaves the nest and the other arrives. They have become an efficient incubating team. There were a few cooler evenings and breezy days over the week that required continual brooding of their Eggs. It may seem as if those hours spent on the nest are tedious ones but Harriet and M15 instinctively time the moments they rise up to roll the Eggs keeping the developing Chicks at an even temperature. M15 delivered beak and talons full of… Read More »Weekly Nest Notes: Perfect Timing is Everything