Shepherdstown, West Virginia 2011

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Re: Shepherdstown, West Virginia 2011

ViestiKirjoittaja Annie » 20 Maalis 2011 04:31

Molly kirjoitti:This seems to be such a sad story :what: But still....let`s keep our hope up that everything would turn out to a better direction in the end :prayer:


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Quote: I must agree w several who have posted already that we have a 4 yr old dirty girl who didn't breed this yr. She is HUGE. .... Much bigger than Belle, but does not look threatening today at least not to Belle. Cannot confirm sighting of Lib. Questionable. Trudy comes in and sits on the limb above the nest and appears to be more of a guardian than a threat, at least how she may perceive at her young age.

She is dirty girl with size and stature more like a vulcher and still has dark markings on her head and tail. Lib would not stand a chance with this one. I think she, however, is not meaning harm to the nest. Trudy flew in to the nest unattended nest and simply went to the top limb as if in watch. She looked down at lPaddy and Paddy was looking up at her, Perfect opportunity if Trudy wanted to take the nest or the contents within, but she was just in protective mode.

That's all we have folks, wait Trudy just tried to land on the nest from the upper limb I still think she just wants to be a part of it, odd as it seems, she just doesn't know how It all works or she'd have brought a fish by now.

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During mom's feeding, eaglet's crop gets bigger.
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Eaglet has made chick's poop, defecated - yesterday twice.
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:love2: Perhaps we will get a happier story in the end. :prayer:

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Re: Shepherdstown, West Virginia 2011

ViestiKirjoittaja Annie » 20 Maalis 2011 05:19

Kuva

The night is calm and quiet. The moon lightens caring Belle.

Kuva

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Re: Shepherdstown, West Virginia 2011

ViestiKirjoittaja Annie » 20 Maalis 2011 13:15

Just before taken pic.
Kuva
The chick is up and moving... can not see the egg more specific ... intruder somewhere above, Belle rocketed after the other. Chick is chirping alone the nest. :unsure: :what:

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Re: Shepherdstown, West Virginia 2011

ViestiKirjoittaja robbo » 20 Maalis 2011 15:21

All looks ok at the moment


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Re: Shepherdstown, West Virginia 2011

ViestiKirjoittaja Annie » 20 Maalis 2011 16:40

Kuva Kuva
Kuva That is truth, robbo. Today has been a more quiet time,

Kuva... then Belle again looking up, wailing miserable voice - on the top of camera is someone...

and right now it attacked the nest, Belle chased it away... quickly pass me, seemed to me an eagle.Kuva

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Don't know what it is, but something Belle is also today giving to the baby eaglet. :chick:
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Re: Shepherdstown, West Virginia 2011

ViestiKirjoittaja Molly » 20 Maalis 2011 21:12

Such a tragedy. Mom`s finally got the fish but the little one hasn`t been moving for a while now. I hope to be wrong.

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All the birds have flown up and gone; A lonely cloud floats leisurely by. We never tire of looking at each other - Only the mountain and I. -Li Po-

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Re: Shepherdstown, West Virginia 2011

ViestiKirjoittaja Millan » 20 Maalis 2011 21:21

Surullista...So sad...
Marita...sääksikummitäti

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Re: Shepherdstown, West Virginia 2011

ViestiKirjoittaja Pb » 20 Maalis 2011 21:26

Kuva

Bye Bye Paddy... :what:
Life is too short to be taken seriously.
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Re: Shepherdstown, West Virginia 2011

ViestiKirjoittaja Annie » 21 Maalis 2011 11:16

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Re: Shepherdstown, West Virginia 2011

ViestiKirjoittaja Annie » 21 Maalis 2011 11:43

:what: The new day is begining... Belle has been up and checked the nest cub couple of times. Think, if the egg should be fine and yet hatchedl! Can it be even possible?? I guess, I'm dreaming... :(

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Just now it's peaceful, only wind. I try later put some pics here from yesterday.

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Re: Shepherdstown, West Virginia 2011

ViestiKirjoittaja Millan » 21 Maalis 2011 16:49

I did come at this touching moment
Kuva

Belle was calling like careful
Kuva
She went off
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Re: Shepherdstown, West Virginia 2011

ViestiKirjoittaja robbo » 21 Maalis 2011 17:55

Sadly I think its safe to assume that this breeding attempt has failed this year, I have not been watching the nest for long so does anyone know did something happen to the male at this nest site, has he disappeared ?


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Re: Shepherdstown, West Virginia 2011

ViestiKirjoittaja robbo » 22 Maalis 2011 14:08

I think the eagle shown is a new female, probably the intruder that caused the nest failure, it must be one tough bird as apparently it has succeeded in driving off both the resident pair, as the resident male has been seen at the nest site regularly


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Re: Shepherdstown, West Virginia 2011

ViestiKirjoittaja Mimmu » 22 Maalis 2011 19:29

Robbo, this from NCTC Eagle nest updates:


March 21, 2011

In upcoming weeks, we will do our very best to post regular, factual updates that are grounded in science. Over the weekend, we were able to confirm the presence of a third adult eagle near the nest, and we are almost certain that it is a breeding age female. Typically, the presence of a new female means she is competing with the established pair of eagles for the current nest and the territory that goes with it. Nest competition is a common occurrence in areas with healthy eagle populations, meaning the total population of eagles near NCTC has likely increased in recent years.

We have also confirmed multiple sightings of the male eagle who is part of the established breeding pair. The male does not appear to be injured, and seems to be in good health. The eaglet which hatched on March 17th has died and the remaining egg is not likely to hatch given that it is not being regularly incubated by the parents.

We do have biologists on staff here at NCTC who are available to share their expert assessments of the situation. In addition, our land manager has been communicating with another raptor biologist based in our Chesapeake Bay field office. There is general agreement that if the new female eagle is successful in chasing off the current female, the new female will then need to recruit a male to join her. However, it is likely too late in the nesting season for success in laying, incubating and hatching any new eggs.

You may wonder why there is competition over this nest - and there are several potential factors. Eagles prefer to nest in the tops of large trees located near rivers, lakes, and other wetlands. The NCTC nest is located very close to the Potomac River, which is a plentiful source of fish for nesting eagles to hunt. In addition, eagle nests represent a considerable investment of effort to construct: they can be up to 10 feet in diameter and weigh up to 2,000 lbs. And finally, as mentioned above, nest competition frequently occurs in areas with a significant eagle population.

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Re: Shepherdstown, West Virginia 2011

ViestiKirjoittaja Annie » 22 Maalis 2011 21:22

As I promised here some earlier pics. Couldn't make it yesterday and
had great difficulties today figure out of a large number of images...


The Sunday 20 March 2011, when Paddy died.

Paddy weakened. After couple of minutes Mom came, she saw... I thought, now she will go for a fish! She left. ( I turned the cam off)

Kuva Kuva At 18:17 - 18:21 CET

When I some hours later turned on... It had happened. Belle screamed painfully a while... later angrily to an intruder (?) upwards looking... again and again... and then watched quietly at Paddy standing in place for a long time... Began eat the fish and several times like asking, Paddy, you want a bit? Once the fish almost fall to the nest cub on Paddy, Belle frightened it very much.

Kuva Kuva Kuva Pain, Grief.

Kuva The Fish ~ You want some?

Kuva Brooding. Lost.

Belle vocalized painfully many hours...Night came, and she began to incubate them, she was sitting on the egg and dead Paddy tending them.

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Following day Belle buried Paddy and the Egg in the nest cub - today she did it a second time.

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Re: Shepherdstown, West Virginia 2011

ViestiKirjoittaja Molly » 22 Maalis 2011 21:35

This was one of those so sad stories that are taking place in the nature all the time......without us knowing anything about them :what:
But still..... Thank You Annie for sharing that with us :sad2:
All the birds have flown up and gone; A lonely cloud floats leisurely by. We never tire of looking at each other - Only the mountain and I. -Li Po-

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Re: Shepherdstown, West Virginia 2011

ViestiKirjoittaja robbo » 22 Maalis 2011 21:37

Thanks Mimmu and Annie for the updates and pictures. :cry:

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Re: Shepherdstown, West Virginia 2011

ViestiKirjoittaja Annie » 22 Maalis 2011 22:40

robbo kirjoitti:I think the eagle shown is a new female, probably the intruder that caused the nest failure, it must be one tough bird as apparently it has succeeded in driving off both the resident pair, as the resident male has been seen at the nest site regularly


Kuva


Agree with you robbo: One tough bird! :? Saw this, the Intruder came after Belle had just flew off, maybe fishing. Intruder examined the grave of Paddy and the Egg and arranged places!! :x - - - This is Belle's and Liberty's nest for long time.

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Cource this is the nature, but... :roll: :? :what:

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Re: Shepherdstown, West Virginia 2011

ViestiKirjoittaja Annie » 23 Maalis 2011 00:01

Here's something too, even in the message which Mimmu sent, were already said a lot.





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