Nest Update 5-14-14 – Neck Stretching And Scaring The Chatters!

Good Evening, Fellow Cottonwoodlians!!

Today looked the way May is supposed to look and feel (well except for the temps). Fluffy clouds in an azure sky, trees filling in with foliage, grass springing up and young animals growing larger. 

Arky and Dakota are growing rapidly and every day brings change. Feathers are filling in, talons are growing out and hineys are getting heavier. It seems every time I look up at the screen they are starting to eat, are eating or are just settling into a food coma after finishing eating. Mom and Dad (despite some chatters going “There’s nothing on the nest, they must be starving!!”) are doing a great job of delivering food and plenty of it. The menu has been varied and filling. Fish and ducks have been the staples with a few more exotic noshes thrown in. The kids are well on their way, after a month of existence, to becoming the great eagles they were hatched to be.

Arky and Dakota spent most of the day in the prone position near the edges of the nest for the next round of Scare The Chatters. A lot of the chatters have gotten wise to their tactics so they stepped up their game a bit today. Full neck stretches over the back side of the nest were just one of the ploys they used today. They would take turns sitting up and looking innocent when they thought Mom or Dad was looking their way.

Arky was a bit of a stinker at times today but it seems more routine than vicious now. Dakota gave it back a bit but seems to be resigned to his fate. Wait until food deliveries start and Arky will always be last to the plate!

Some great eagle flying was caught on cam again today and Mom and Dad both posed again today. Mom (or it might have been Dad) also did the round trip in and out of the nest with some skunky nestovers again today. This is a new thing for them this year and has given us some great fly-ins to watch. As darkness slowly fell the full moon rose through the clouds and BBC left the cam on pond view again for a spectacular view of the moon on the water.

On to the vids and pics of the day!

MNBound Eagles ~ Lazy Morning Stretches ~ Sounds Of Nature

MNBound Eagles ~ Breakfish and Fishing Pole ~ Time Lapse and Slo Mo

MNBound Eagles ~ Fly Off ~ Fly In ~ Mom & Dad Eat Nestovers

MNBound Eagles ~ “When All Is Right In The Eagle World”

MN Bound Eagles 5-14-14 Arky Still Shows Dominance ~ Dakota Submissive

MNBound Eagles ~ Panning ~ Duck Bill ~ Talon Show ~ Face

MNBound Eagles ~ Mostly About Dad ~ Get Your Screen Captures

Dad In & Out In & Out In & Out ~ Time Lapse Over Water ~ Sharp Talons

MNBound Eagles ~ Never Still For Long ~ Arky and His Twigs

MNBound Eagles ~ Kayakers and Eagle Fish Delivery

MN Bound Eagles 5-14-14 Big Fish For Dinner

MNBound Eagles ~ Sunset and Moonlight ~ Time Lapse

And some pics of the day!


These wing things do get heavy after a while!


The flying pipe organ is filling in.


Behave over there or you’ll get one of these!!


It’s lonely at the apex!! OK, who’s got the cheetos??


Tiptoe, through the moonlight, past the starlight, by the pond I’ll be…….

Thanks to Dragonlainey for the prolific output once again today. I don’t know how they do it.

Tomorrow I will have an extra post to bid adieu to BirdBrain56 who has decided to stop making vids this year.

Hope you all had a wonderful Hump Day on the nest today. We’ll see you on the nest tomorrow.


If you have been wondering where the mods went we are here: If you tire of the arguing, lack of answers, trolls, and bad information in the unmoderated chat at the cam page please come visit us and we will welcome you with open arms. We set up the new chat to be a safe haven for discussion and information after MN Bound unwisely decided to go without mods for the rest of the season. Also click to join the MN Bound Chatters group on Facebook: It is a closed group so just click and one of the admins will add you toot-suite. Thanks! 

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