Good Evening, Fellow RailBuilders!!
It’s amazing what a few days of good weather and stuffed crops can do for ones attitude and outlook. Arky has settled down and is tolerating her sibling much better these last couple of days. Dakota came out of his shell and is hanging with Arky playing Scare the Chatters and getting a full share at meals. Speaking of meals, the last couple of weeks we have seen constant feedings of these two. That will begin to change this week as we see the parents go from lots of small feedings to 2-3 large ones each day. The eaglets now have the crop capacity to hold them longer between meals.
The dawn came up like thunder (who said that first? I like to shake his hand) and proceeded into a fine Minnesota spring day. Breakfish was nestover fishy from the night before and that was tiring so everybody laid back down for a nap before brunch. Arky and Kota spent a lot of time together today and kicked off the Scare season with a fine game. They started out pretty mild with a trip to the left side of the nest and capped the game off with full head hangs near the trunk where Harmony and Peace had such success scaring everyone last year. Chatters everywhere took to their keyboards to beg them to move back so I think the first game was a rousing win for the eaglets.
Late afternoon Mom came home with a huge fish and rewarded the kids with fully stuffed crops. A little bit after she finished feeding them Dad, not to be outdone, showed up with a slightly larger fish and started feeding them again. Mom came down and took over as usual. All of this set the stage for the funniest incident of the day. Dad came back to the nest early evening and tried to reclaim his fish. Mom took it away. He then tried to take her fish. Mom dragged that away from him also. This went on for several rounds with the two of them playing tug of war alternating between the two fish. Finally they stood there side by side and ignored each other while keeping a wary eye out. It gave a great opportunity for some family portraits as they studiously looked anywhere but at the other. Finally Mom moved across the nest and stood over the two fish and looked at Dad like she was daring him to try something. At last she gave it up and Dad snagged a fish and had a small meal. He then went across the way to the fledge perch branch and faced away from the nest. It’s a good thing eagles don’t carry grudges or he would be in the doghouse for a week.
The goose looked to be having a great day on her island nest and was seen on several pans throughout the day. A couple of the deer came to visit again today and feasted on the new buds on the bushes below the tree. Several of the downstairs tenants of the nest were seen hard at work flying things in and out of their apartments and the local squirrel was heard nearby. All in all a fine day in the cottonwood tree.
On to the vids and pics of the day.
We have one from Dragonlainey leftover from yesterday and lots from Birdbrain56 for today
MNBound Eagles ~ Dad Perched Up High ~ Great Zoom To Tower ~ Sunsets
MNBound Eagles ~ Whack-a-Sib, SEDs & Clown Feet
MNBound Eagles ~ Morning Hellos, Distant Screams & Breakfish
MNBound Eagles ~ Nestorations & Corn Husks
MNBound Eagles ~ Standing Guard
MNBound Eagles ~ Mother Goose
MNBound Eagles ~ Pin Feathers & Eaglet Toes
MNBound Eagles ~ Ma, She’s Pickin’ on Me
MNBound Eagles ~ Grazin’ in the Grass
MNBound Eagles ~ Who’s the Boss? Pt. 1
Thanks to BirdBrain56 for filling in on the vids today. They are all great!
And some pics of the day!
Wow I didn’t realize how late it was. Thanks for coming by and we’ll see you on the nest tomorrow.
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