Good Evening, Fellow BrellyUsers!!
Saturday started very nice on the nest but it was warm and the dew point was high which portended the storms that developed later in the day. Breakfish was small and furry and could have been nestovers or fresh as no one saw a delivery. Arky and Dakota have made a game of talon grabbing if one of the parents lands on the nest without food. They had Dad hopping away on one foot several times today. Its actually a very good sign as they are grabbing for any food that is brought in. Arky mantled a talon a couple of times today. 🙂
Around noon the first of the storms hit the nest area and the kids were soaked. The plus side was they got relief from the gnats for awhile. The gnats did come back when the rain stopped and there seem to be black flies there now too. Mom made a visit to the nest later in the day and then sat on the tree trunk overlooking the pond. The flies were so thick around her it was like a flock of birds over the pond. Instead of flying away she made a leap almost straight up and disappeared from view. The rest of the afternoon was mostly on and off rainy with drying off periods in between.
The panner was with us today and gave a a good view of one of our deer nibbling on tree leaves on the road in to the nest. We also spotted what looked to be a large snapping turtle parked near where the goose nest was. Mama Goose wasn’t nearby when the turtle was there but when the cam panned back the turtle was gone and she was near her old eggs and sat on them as we watched.
In the late evening a squirrel was delivered and dinner was started. Another rain shower hit about then and dinner was delayed in the darkening evening. The cam went to night mode early as the clouds were so dark it looked like night very early today. Dinner was finished during a break in the rain and the kids settled in for the night. They, and us, were treated to another light show after dark that is still ongoing as I write this.
As an aside, there seems to be an effort by several chatters and one self-proclaimed eagle “expert” in the SS on the cam page to create drama by proclaiming that the food supply this year is much less than last year and that one or both of the eaglets aren’t getting enough to eat. They claim that since we aren’t seeing as many fish on the nest as last year that the hunting must be bad. The “expert” even made a highlight in the archive video from today of the turtle we saw and gave it a title that implied that the turtle was keeping Mom and Dad from fishing in the pond. http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/48258703/highlight/510468 Seriously???? Really, Seriously????
Nothing could be further from the truth. There are no fish in that pond. At least nothing bigger than a minnow. How do you know this, you say?? That pond was 2-3 feet deep and froze solid last winter so if there were fish in it last year they were killed when the pond froze. It’s called winterkill and it happened in lakes and ponds all over Minnesota this year. MN Bound even did a segment on winterkill a few weeks ago. http://youtu.be/WW6lcA1sy1Y
Most of the fish we see on the nest come from the large lake that is about 3 miles away from the nest or from the river. Fishing the river is tough right now because it is still running high and is filled with silt which makes it hard for the eagles to see their prey. So, most of the prey we have been seeing lately has had fur or feathers and to imply that food is scarce because fish aren’t prevalent on the nest is Hogwash! Other than a different mix of prey there is plenty of food here, at least as much as last year if not more. Both eaglets are fed every day and eat until they are satisfied. They are both healthy and growing as expected if not ahead of the curve slightly. So, any drama here only exists in the minds of a few and it is a disservice to all the new chatters in that SS to infer that something is wrong just to generate some attention and drama.
On to the vids and pics of the day!
MNBound Eagles ~ Mom & Arky Have A Tug O War With Mom’s Foot
MNBound Eagles ~ Before, During & After The Rain
MNBound Eagles ~ Nibbles, Panning, Deer and How To Clean The Kitchen
MNBound Eagles ~ Turtle? Goose, Blackbird ~ Arky & Dakota & Tree Climbing Mom
MNBound Eagles ~ Dinner Intermission Due To Rainshower ~ In Time Lapse
MNBound Eagles ~ Lightning Storm ~ Time Lapse and Real Time
And some pics from the day!
Well, this has gotten long and it is late so I will leave with a hearty thanks to Dragonlainey for todays and every days vids. They make the blog so much better and I am forever grateful to Elaine and Rick for all they do for us.
We’ll see you on the nest tomorrow!