xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Mar 3 01:25 AM
Mar 4, 2009: Cold Eagle
Everyone should be pretty much aware of the winter storms that blew up the Eastern U.S. these past few days.
Aliantha Tuesday Mar 3 01:29 AM
At least if she doesn't have an appetite the fish will keep for a few days.
sweetwater Tuesday Mar 3 07:46 AM
She's probably bored just sitting there. Maybe Pop Eagle should bring her a movie, too.
capnhowdy Tuesday Mar 3 08:08 AM
I've always been amazed at the dedication animals have for their offspring. The humanoid could learn a lot from this. Most fowl will die before they let you take their eggs. And there are humans who will toss their young like so much trash. Very sad.
Sheldonrs Tuesday Mar 3 08:16 AM
And the baby's name will be Swanson.
monster Tuesday Mar 3 08:22 AM
I'll take my eagle eggs over easy, thanks :p
rasafrasit Tuesday Mar 3 09:03 AM
Trilby Tuesday Mar 3 09:20 AM
The determined set of her snowy head let's us know that she will be a good mother!
floatingk Tuesday Mar 3 09:28 AM
I was under the impression that the males camped with the eggs and the female was out hunting, but that might just the penguins...
janet Tuesday Mar 3 12:47 PM
Feathers are great insulators, but that beak is probably really cold.
lumberjim Tuesday Mar 3 01:15 PM
that's cool, Janet!
lumberjim Tuesday Mar 3 01:17 PM
Diaphone Jim Tuesday Mar 3 02:33 PM
This seemed pretty early to me, but some research shows that Bald Eagles lay eggs all the way from December in Florida to May in Alaska.
Diaphone Jim Tuesday Mar 3 03:02 PM
I forgot to ask if it is now the Xe National Wildlife Refuge.
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Mar 4 04:04 AM
capnhowdy Wednesday Mar 4 08:10 AM
OK. I give. Sure it's cold eagle.
classicman Wednesday Mar 4 09:08 AM
In a nice broth with some carrots, onions and asst other veggies.
Katkeeper Wednesday Mar 4 01:55 PM
There is an eagle's nest along the GW Parkway just south of the main part of Alexandria. Very public; easily visible from the highway. The food should be good in the area, but I am sure there may be car accidents because low-flying eagles are pretty spectacular. The fledging might be a problem as well. That nest got 6 ish inches of snow on it on Monday. I didn't know eagles had their young so early.
Sundae Wednesday Mar 4 03:07 PM
Do you know how to spot a changeling? Boil an egg and put the egg in one bowl and the shell in the other. The changeling will be unable to resist the eggshell, and having been tricked it must return the child.
So you see, we have a very good reason for needing this bird's eggs!
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Mar 4 03:36 PM
2nd good reason... Bacon.
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Mar 4 04:23 PM
The Eaglecam in Gorham, ME is still waiting. In past years they've had eggs laid as early as mid-February but it's usually March. In winters the lakes are frozen over until April, the Eagles seem to wait for the thaw. Probably to insure a food supply for the nesting Mom Eagle and the hatched chicks.
The Sutton Center Eaglecam near Stillwater Lake, AZ, had 3 eggs laid between 2-6 and 2-13.
Both the Kent EagleCam, and the Lake Washington EagleCam , both in WA state, report no eggs yet.
The Platteville, CO, Eaglecam, has 3 eggs laid between 2-17 and 2-24.
I'm also surprised the start so early, but I guess that gives the fledglings a better start before next winter.
classicman Wednesday Mar 4 04:34 PM
Damn bruce - thats some really cool shit right there. You have way too much time. srsly, thanks that is very interesting.
glatt Wednesday Mar 4 05:14 PM
I've seen so many bald eagles in the last couple years, it's amazing. I love the comeback they have made. I saw one flying over my neighborhood a couple years ago. Last summer, I was sitting on the balcony at a pizza joint by a river in Maine and one flew to a tree right nearby. You go to Mason Neck about 10 miles away from me and with a decent pair of binoculars, you can see about half a dozen within 5 minutes. Just flying around over the river.
Katkeeper Wednesday Mar 4 06:26 PM
I have a friend who used to go down to the Conowingo Dam in Maryland (where Route 1 crosses the river) every January to see eagles. They and other unusual birds would look for fish below the dam where the water was too active to freeze and warmer because of having gone through the turbines. One year she counted 50 eagles. This was probably in 2001 as the parking lots have been closed since then due to fear of terrorists so that it has been too difficult to get a vantage point to see the birds.
Undertoad Wednesday Mar 4 07:00 PM
It's a great sign for the whole ecology. The birds of prey can't come back unless they have enough prey to feed on. The prey fish are strong because the waters are full of insect larvae. The insects and larvae are there because the waters aren't choked off with algae and poisons.
Leokins Thursday Mar 5 10:14 AM
This one caught a seagull in mid air and landed in the middle of the road to eat it while I was waiting for the bus. I have two other regular hawk visitors to my backyard and I've seen about 5 others while driving highways this week.
It is hawk week and someone forgot to tell me?
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Mar 5 12:11 PM
Hawks and particularly Peregrine Falcons can thrive in urban settings. Pigeons, Seagulls, squirrels and rats are plentiful in many cities. The air is getting cleaner too. Thanks for the picture Leokins.
Katkeeper Thursday Mar 5 07:01 PM
Pigeons, don't forget pigeons, the ultimate food!
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Mar 5 11:48 PM
Sundae Friday Mar 6 09:30 AM
Since moving back here my Dad has pointed out a lot of Kites to me. I'm used to seeing Kestrels, but these are new. Then again, as a child we didn't have a car, so unless they were over our field they wouldn't have been a familiar sight. They are mostly carrion eaters, so they are common on rural roads.
Coign Friday Mar 6 09:57 AM
xoxoxoBruce Friday Mar 6 12:00 PM
You're right they've all gone Hollywood, becoming the darlings of the internet, but SG was talking about 20 years ago.
Sundae Friday Mar 6 12:09 PM
Nope, they still live wild here.
Trilby Friday Mar 6 12:35 PM
My sis and I kept saying that while we were in New Orleans.
Pie Friday Mar 6 01:44 PM
All this talk of wildlife has encouraged me to go buy a fieldguide to back yard birds. I have the binox (russian military surplus, natch) and a primo view from my kitchen table.
xoxoxoBruce Saturday Mar 7 02:44 AM
Peregrine falcons on light poles, very cool, sure, great, sitting up there all pretty and shit, wonderful... until you have to get out and change a flat tire.
Shawnee123 Saturday Mar 7 11:16 AM
Coming this spring to a computer near you, watch the peregrine falcons nest, pop out babbies, and nurture said babbies at the Boonshoft Museum webcam in Dayton OH.
Sundae Tuesday Mar 10 11:41 AM
I bought some Eye-Spy books when I lived in Leicester. Because I wasn't confident that what I so confidently identified was in fact correct.