Hello Eagle Lovers!
February 28, 2014
Hi Eagle Lovers!
Happy Friday! Lots has happened in the last two weeks. Exactly two weeks ago today, The first egg was laid. Within the next three days, two more eggs were laid, for a total of three. This pair laid three eggs last year as well, except that they were all laid in the first week of January. Last January was just about as cold as it has been this year. We are cautiously optimistic that the birds have a better chance of hatching this year for two important reasons: 1. The nest is built better this year. It has more grass and is MUCH deeper than last year's nest and 2). The parents are much more diligent than they had been last year.
Of course we cannot see the nest at night, but to our knowledge, the birds have not left the nest for more than one minute. The only lift off of the eggs to rotate them and to switch incubators. Both of them seem to be very dedicated to making this nest successful this year! We certainly hope that this means they learned something from last year. Assuming, of course, that this is the same pair of birds. While we are relatively confident that these are the same birds, we really don't know for sure. Especially with the unbanded bird. We have some numbers that we read on the banded bird last year, but we have not gotten a good view of the band this year to compare numbers. If we do, we will for sure let you know!
I will continue to send out these updates on Fridays and will send this message to our Update page on the MNDNR website. The BIG difference between last year and this year with us is that we have a FACEBOOK page! Our fans and staff are constantly talking about our celebrity eagles, so please, go to the page and "like" it to receive even more news and photos about the eagles! Check it out here: Nongame Facebook page.
The big question this week: Will the eggs survive the cold? A: We really don't have anyway of knowing how warm those eggs are. The camera is so new and this experience is only two years old. We do know that they can freeze if not properly incubated, because that is likely what happened last year. But, will a differently shaped nest keep them warmer and therefore more likely to hatch? We hope so!! Only time will tell.
Meanwhile if you have questions, post them on facebook! We will answer them there, or here. We hope you are enjoying the eagle cam as much as we are and have an excellent weekend! Send the birds your warm thoughts!
This is the second year broadcasting a live feed from a Bald Eagle nest in the Twin Cities metro area. We believe this is the same pair or eagles that have been using this nest for several years. This year there are again a total of three eggs in the nest. The first egg was laid on Friday, Feb. 14th and the following two over about the next six days. Eagles typically incubate their eggs for about 35 days. Although the nest looks chilly this year covered in a blanket of snow, Bald Eagles in Minnesota have adapted to laying and caring for eggs in these conditions. These diligent parents have kept their eggs warm and dry in a deep pocket in the middle of the nest throughout the snow and cold of our February this year. Please check back often to see how the nest is doing, observe great behaviors like parents switching off incubation duties, feeding, and protecting the eggs from cold and snow.
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