Nest Update 5-03-14 – Of Stuffed Crops and Bonking

Good Evening, Fellow Cottonwoodites!

Congrats again to Eaglessoarfree on her wonderful blog yesterday. She now has the record for comments here and I think on the SS site too. I am going to have to step up my game a bit after that one! 🙂 

Yesterdays events in the Eagle Nation deserves a blog of their own so look for that coming up in the near future. I am glad they rescued Snap but I do have a few things to say about what happened that won’t be pleasant to hear. It will be better to hear them after the whole affair has been resolved. As of now Snaps condition is rated as poor by the Raptor Center. Here’s hoping the little guy rallies and makes a full recovery.

On to todays doin’s at the MNB nest.

The day started bold and beautiful on the nest with a lovely sunrise and a nestover breakfish. Arky didn’t seem too interested in food early on and at around 0830 she showed us why. She horked up not 1, not 2, but three pellets of the stuff that she couldn’t digest over the last few days. I am sure she felt much hungrier and much thinner after getting rid of those. Dakota had his fair share of food although it was usually after Arky was too stuffed to move. Both eaglets had pillow crops for their late morning naps. 

Early afternoon saw Dad break his unlucky streak at his favorite fishin’ hole and come back with not one but two very nice fishys for an lovely afternoon lunch. Mom took care of the feeding chores as Dad was out fishing and filled first Arky and then Dakota to the brim. Arky has been a little stinker toward Dakota the last few days and today was no exception. She bonked Dakota many times today mostly just because. We are hoping that abates in the next week or so but I am also hoping Dakota just hauls off and smacks Arky a good one when she isn’t looking! 🙂 

The kids spent a lot of time today just sunning by themselves on the nest as Mom and Dad went off to tend to other things. Naps were the order of the day and as evening came on their crops were topped up again in preparation for the overnight hours. After sunset the cam gnome found Dad on the high branch across the way and as the last light left the skies all was good in the cottonwood.

On to the pics and vids of the day!

I will include the 2 Highlight vids from yesterday for those of you too busy with the DNR nest circus. 

MN Bound Eagles 5-2-14 Friday Morning Highlights

MN Bound Eagles 5-2-14 Friday Afternoon Highlights

MN Bound Eagles 5-3-14 Daylight thru 9 am Highlights

MN Bound Eagles 5-3-14 Dakota Feeding Highlights ~ Full Crop

MN Bound Eagles 5-3-14 Saturday PM Highlights–GhpD__mo

And some pics from yesterday and today!


Shouldn’t you be working?? The boss is right behind you!


Really, he is right behind you!!


I’ve got my eye on you, Dakota!



No dear, I don’t think dividing the nest will stop the bonking!

It IS much quieter over here!


Touch my rib and you lose a finger!

It really was a lovely day today on the nest with in-n-out sunshine, a breezy wind and full crops stuffed with fresh fish. I hope your Saturday was a good one as well. We’ll see you on the nest tomorrow.


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3 thoughts on “Nest Update 5-03-14 – Of Stuffed Crops and Bonking

  1. PiggyP

    Thanks for the great blog Talon. Will be interested to hear your take on the happenings around the eagle world. I too was hoping to see an empty canoe floating by the nest 😉 You dare give ribs to a baby?? LOL. That outfit will be stained for life. She looks like she likes me tho! ♥ Thanks for sharing and for all you do

  2. Jo

    I was hoping you’d catch and include the canoeing accident! Did I miss it somewhere? Glad to see you did catch the horking up of the pellet, though…and I must say eeeewwww! lol

    You caught Arya’s expression perfectly, either that or your caption sure fit that look! Too cute! You must have ribs for dinner a lot huh?

    Great job on the blog Talon, I always enjoy them! And wonderful cam work BB and Dragon! THANKS to all!


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