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On Thursday, July 3rd, Nongame staff was alerted that one of the eagle chicks was dead on a power line near the nest. This power pole had been modified for bird safety, but the chick hit the line itself. It was not electrocuted, but must have died on impact. The chick was identified as E1, and was removed immediately by Xcel staff and retrieved by Nongame.
It's time for me to fly
What if I fall?
"Oh but my darling, what if you fly?" the iconic words of Australian poet Erin Hanson, come to mind this week as we watch the nest with trepidation. E1, the older and likely female eagle chick took her maiden flight out of the nest this week. It was an admirable sail from the nest, through the trees behind the nest. E2 was clearly surprised by the exit and ran to the other side of the nest to see where it's sibling went. Later in the day, E1 came back to the nest to hang around for a while, likely looking for food.
Final Newsletter for the season
The camera will remain on until the third week in August, so you may still have the opportunity to see the eagles in the nest from time to time, even after they leave the nest, but this will be our last update for the season.
This has been an exciting and challenging year for us and for the new parents on the nest. We hope you have enjoyed watching Minnesota bald eagles raise a family right in your living rooms, classrooms or wherever you viewed from.
View happenings that we have captured in the nest.
- All three chicks feeding
- Parents snuggling at night
- View two chicks being fed
- View the first egg being laid
- View the third egg being laid
- View the first egg hatching
- View the second egg hatching
- View the 2020 YouTube playlist
- View the extras YouTube playlist from 2018 and 2019
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The Nongame Wildlife Program depends on donations to keep your EagleCam going. Please tell your tax preparer that you would like to make a tax-deductible donation when filling out your tax form. Or, make a donation right now at: NongameDonation. We sincerely thank you for any amount you give, it all makes a difference in the life of Minnesota's animals!
We thank you again for all of your generous contributions to the Nongame Wildlife Program so we can continue to bring this amazing view into the lives of Minnesota bald eagles.
Rewind video for instant replay: Click anywhere on the red timeline bar below the image to go back up to 4 hours. Click on the "LIVE" button to return to the live feed. Make the video full screen by pressing the double arrow in the lower right. To escape from full screen, press the ESC key, or tap "Done" on your mobile device.
Note to viewers:This is live video of wild bald eagles living in nature. Natural struggles will occur and some of the feeding or other wild bird behaviors may be difficult to watch. Please use discretion when watching this cam. DNR staff monitor this camera and nest.
Learn about the EagleCam
About Bald Eagles
Once pushed to the brink of extinction, the Bald Eagle has made a powerful comeback since the pesticide DDT was banned in the early 1970s. Minnesota has more Bald Eagles than any other state in the lower 48 states.
Are the adult eagles male or female?
The only visible physical difference between adult male and female American Bald eagles is their size. Females are about 1/3 larger than the males - the females have especially larger feet and beaks. Both parents incubate the eggs and switch several times a day. With this pair, the female appears to have a brighter, whiter head than the male.
Learn more about eagles »
Places to see Bald Eagles
An eagle camera is a great way of getting a close-up view of nature without even leaving home. But if you live in the Twin Cities or elsewhere in Minnesota, there are lots of places outdoors such as state parks where you can watch eagles and other wildlife, and do fun things like catch fish, paddle a canoe, and more.
We'd like to thank our partners in this webcam adventure: Floyd Security and Xcel Energy.