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June 13, 2019
New Territory Established
Eagles often displace other eagles and territories are highly sought-after. Territorial disputes cause altercations between adults, juveniles and pairs and can result in injuries and displacement of a resident pair. These disputes have been happening at our EagleCam location for the past few seasons and they signal a healthy population of eagles in the area.
In March this year, the resident pair was displaced from the camera nest. It is very likely that "Mom" - the female with the band, was ready to lay eggs and had reached her tolerance capacity in defending the nest. Shortly after we last witnessed her on cam, we were informed that the pair was spotted nearby in an abandoned nest and appeared to be incubating eggs. We were not able to verify this, because the nest is located on private property that we do not have access to. However, it is encouraging to have knowledge of possible success once again for this pair.
The "New" Pair
Very shortly after the departure of the established pair, a new, presumably mated pair moved in and made themselves at home. They seem like a very bonded pair - spending a lot of time together bringing in new sticks and arranging them. While we didn't witness mating on the nest, it very much appeared like they would lay eggs. After arranging large sticks, they began bringing in softer grasses, which usually signals eggs are imminent. And we waited. And waited. Finally, it is safe to assume this pair will not produce eggs this year.
The new eagle adults have been spotted on cam still visiting the nest from time to time, but not with any consistency or frequency. This behavior will likely continue throughout the rest of the summer and fall as they protect what may now become their territory. The original pair could try to reclaim the nest this fall or winter, but wildlife is fickle and unpredictable and that's what keeps us watching!
Can you hear me now?
Not this year. Our new camera came equipped for sound, but the camera vendor was unable to get two different microphones to function last fall. The source of the malfunction is still a mystery, and now that courtship is well underway it is too late to disturb the nest and territory.
We will have our IT staff at the nest as soon as chicks leave this year - July or August - to run tests and get sound working for next season.
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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.
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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.
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