Posts Tagged ‘Maine eagle nest’

Eagle Update: Mid-April

April 14, 2011

The three baby eagles in the Decorah, Iowa nest are thriving.  Thus, today was the first time I saw both Mama and Papa, at the same time, feeding the hungry little ones.  As they grow, the eaglets need more food, and both parents have to help in the feedings.

Our couple in the Maine nest are still dysfunctional.  The egg, if viable, should hatch around the end of this month.  The father, bless him, continues to sit on the nest.  The mother is still spooked from the attack by another eagle and human taunting that took place a few weeks ago.  Thus, while she will roost on the branch above the nest when the father is off hunting, she cannot bring herself to sit on the egg.

Watching these two nests over the last month has underscored to me just how chancy, precarious and dangerous life can be.  But it also drives home the fact that, when the elements and life-supporting events cooperate, the result is sweet.  I remain cautiously optimistic about the viability of that egg in the Maine nest.  Regardless of the outcome, at least this couple, the mother of whom is a young bird, will gain more experience in the process and this will increase their chances of parenthood in future years.

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Younger Than Springtime

April 7, 2011

Holy Moly!!  The third egg in the Decorah, Iowa eagle nest has hatched (great video of the actual event)!  Wonderful news.  These two eagles will have their hands full but so far, they have been nothing short of stellar parents.  For the live webcam for this nest, click here.

Meanwhile, back at the Maine eagle’s nest, the father, as devoted as ever, continues his sitting.  The mother got spooked last week and only relieves the father for a few minutes at a time.  We will not know the status of these egg(s) until their hatch date at the end of this month.  This is a younger couple than the Iowa birds and they have not been as diligent or successful in rasing their young as have the eagles in Iowa.  Let’s keep everything crossed for them.

To celebrate the arrival of Spring and the renewal of life, I submit the following photos.

Maribel's forsythia shrubs, now over 20 years old.

As sunny as my Maribel is!

Yo Mama's daffies.

Enjoy your Spring.