Good Evening, Fellow PeltGnawers!!
Dawn. It was another gorgeous one on the nest today. Even the cam wanted it to look different as it took on a decidedly green cast this morning. The kids spent the early morning watching the sun rise and waiting for breakfish to arrive. Mom decided to take advantage of the enhanced green and brought a small leafy branch to the nest and draped it over the eaglets. They seemed to be a little puzzled by this as they were waiting for a fish delivery. They did get their wish about an hour later when Mom returned with the catch of the day. Crops were filled again and everyone seemed content.
Late morning Dad delivered a stiff squirrel that looked like rigor mortis had set in a week ago. That didn’t stop anyone on the nest from enjoying the snack, though. Today’s crops rivaled yesterdays and may have outdone them. It seems from the feeding pattern that things have changed over to a one large meal a day system. This happens as a natural progression towards making the eaglets less dependent on many meals a day and gets them used to food deliveries at odd times of day. There is more competition for bites, we have noticed, and Mom had a hilarious tug-o-war with the two of them with a pelt piece she had half swallowed. The fishtail and the rest of the squirrel were polished off early evening and the family watched the sun set through the beautiful greenery that has filled in the trees at last.
Many today seemed puzzled, curious or downright worried that Mom was spending a lot of time hanging out on the nest the last few days. Some thought it meant danger in the neighborhood or that one of the eaglets was sick and something else dire in circumstance. Let me and jreagle, of last nights blog fame, suggest an alternative explanation. What Mom hanging on the nest actually means is everything is going GREAT! It means the kids and Dad are fed so there’s no reason to hunt. It means the chores are done so there’s no reason to get her talons muddy. And it means there is no threat to her nest nearby because if there was she would be off the nest chasing it across the skies and out of her territory. So, don’t be concerned when Mom is hanging with the kids! It just means all is right with the eagle world.
On to the pics and vids of the day!
MNBound Eagles ~ Serene Sunny Morning
MNBound Eagles ~ Really? Camouflage? And You Leave It On Me?
MNBound Eagles ~ Veggie Diet or Trap ~ Finally The Escape
MNBound Eagles ~ Smorgasbord ~ Fish & ~ Arky’s Instincts
MNBound Eagles ~ Panning, Perching, Narrow Runway
MN Bound Eagles 5-22-14 Bulging Crops and Panning
MN Bound Eagles 5-22-14 Lazy Evening ~ Panning ~ Sunset
And some pics of the day!
A day like today on the nest makes one want to bottle it and save it for a cold day in winter. The thought of days like today is what gets people through the winter with their sanity intact. I hope your day was as pleasant as the one on the nest was.
We’ll see you there tomorrow!
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