Good Evening, Fellow SoakedPerchers!
Tuesday started rainy, cold, and a little snowy. The weather that hit the nest today is the backside of the storm that blew through yesterday. That meant the wind shifted around to the northeast and became colder. The snow didn’t stick but it was not a pleasant sight to see. The eagles were hunkered down waiting for a change and staying put. Dad came early again to give Mom a break. Mom returned at 0748 as Dad was feeding Arky and Dakota a few bites. Mom sat on the eaglets as Dad had some breakfish and also fed her a few bites. During this the last of Skye was consumed so she now lives on only in our hearts and in the eagles.
Arky has become a little more aggressive about bonking Dakota as they start to feed. This is never good to see but is also a fact of life on the nests. Hopefully in the next week or so she will settle down and get along a little better with her sibling.
It was observed that during a feeding at around 1247pm Mom was working on another female duck and found another egg. She broke it as she worked on feeding the eaglets but the shell could be clearly seen. Birdbrain56 caught all the action in one of her videos posted below. I was out at the time so I am very happy she did. Please leave comments for her on Youtube and also for Dragonlainey telling them how much we all appreciate the hard work they put in to give us these daily gems. Thanks!
Dakota did get her fair share of food after Arky was sated and both had good sized crops through the day. The rain came in spurts and the eaglets were fed during the letups. Mom and Dad traded places several times, as always reluctantly on Dad’s part. Mom has become an expert at chivvying and hip checking him off the nest. I think she needs to replenish his account at Sticks Depot as he has really cut down on the stick action this year. Or maybe he and his therapist made a breakthrough on his OSD and we have seen the last of his stick antics for the year. Personally I think that stick on the trunk early this year got the better of him.
As evening wore on and the light faded the kids were treated to a late meal and then settled in for the night under Mom. The wind dropped after dark and we could hear the night sounds again. We also heard some strange noises that we couldn’t identify. Maybe the rain brings out all of the night creatures and they were having a party. If you want, listen to the archive and tell me in a comment what you think the sounds were. They happened between darkness and around midnight.
Mama Goose was observed still sitting on her nest on the island eyeing the rising waters again today. The rate of rise slowed today so her nest is safe for the moment. Dad Goose was not seen during the pans but I am sure he was hunkered down close by to protect his family. We hope her nest survives and her brood hatches healthy and happy!
On to the vids and pics of the day!
MNBound Eagles ~ Rain, Hover Wing Flaps, Geese, PS, Feeding…
MNBound Eagles ~ SNUGGLE BUDDIES ~ Arky & Dakota
MNBound Eagles ~ Fresh Duck ~ PS Into The Wind ~ Early Aftern…
MNBound Eagles ~ Grasses ~ Fly Over Head ~ Close Ups
MNBound Eagles ~ Super Dad ~ Time Lapse ~ PS ~ Mom Shove
MNBound Eagles ~ No Singing in This Rain
MNBound Eagles ~ Mid-Morning Meal
MNBound Eagles ~ Another Duck Egg
And some pics of the day!
Well, the weathermen are calling for another 2 days of rain but hopefully it will be showers with large breaks in between. Can’t wait for the next sunny day.
We’ll see you on the nest tomorrow.
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