Weekly Nest Notes: Growing Strong (Jan. 1)

2020-01-01 21:49:38 GMT

Harriet and M15 provided a wide variety of food for growing E14 over the first week in the big new adventure. Fish, fowl, and mammals were stacked in the nest pantry as Mom and Dad took turns feeding E14 and feasting on the “nestovers” themselves. Harriet likes to lead at Family dinner time taking the items offered from M15 and then feeding E14. All the attention and good eats equal rapid growth as E14 approaches 2 weeks old. Little bobbling head E14 now sits upright tall and strong, peeping for and grabbing bites of food until good and stuffed. In a record time, E14 is nodding off and drifting to sleep and sprout.

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Nature’s workings follow a path that is not always easy to understand. Egg 2’s time has come and gone and for reasons unknown, will not hatch. Harriet and M15’s purpose in life is to procreate and now they each will come to terms with Egg 2 in their way. They may continue care for Egg 2 or, as observed, M15 will cover it with grass and Harriet will uncover  it to incubate. It could be removed or just buried to become part of the nest. Living day to day, moment by moment and accepting what comes their way is the reality of life in the wild. Harriet and M15’s immediate task is the nurturing and nourishing E14 to ensure the best opportunity for survival.

E14 is extremely alert and takes in all the activity around the nest. E14 is very mobile scooting about the nest bowl trying to climb up that steep slope to a new level of freedom. E14 is starting to preen new down feathers emerging that will help regulate body temperature. Mom and Dad provide shelter from the rain and shade from the warm mid-day sun.  Harriet and M15 shared some special minutes perching, strengthening their bond, and admiring their smart and curious E14.  All efforts are focused on the guidance and encouragement of E14 in their journey through Eagle life. Nest Notes by dadsjazz.Header photo by Sharon Dunne (from SWFEC camera)

Video Highlights

Ground Video by wskrsnwings  

Video by JCsEagleCottage (from SWFEC cameras)

Video by Lady Hawk (from SWFEC cameras)