Good Evening, Fellow FledgeCheerers!!
Thursday dawned lovely as all of the days of this Independence Day week have. It was very quiet in the nest tree for most of the morning with no breakfish served and a very minimal amount of squeeing by Dakota heard. Arky’s squee was heard faintly several times but no sight of her was to be had. Our intrepid panner scanned the area slowly several times but had no luck spotting Arky. Speculation was rife, things got testy in the cam SS and BBC came on to say if things didn’t settle down chat would be closed. That seemed to calm things down a bit but worries still ran rampant.
The DNR was contacted by the mods on the NestsRUs chat and the local ranger did a check on the nest area. His words from an email he sent: Eaglet is alive and appeared healthy…it flew across the Crow River when it saw me. And after the mods thanked him: Glad to help. The Eaglet was right next to the river about 10-15 yards from the base of the tree (toward river). Our sincere thanks from all of the chatters, lurkers and lovers of the MNB nest to the DNR for being Johnny on the spot when it was needed.
Early afternoon saw both parents do a fly in with what looked to be a coot from the feet that were seen on the nest. The feeding started on the high perch with Dad and Daki squeeing up a storm. Mom landed between them and looked to try to take over. In the scuffle that followed she ended up falling off the branch and ended up in the nest with the snack a few seconds later. Daki came storming down from the high perch to reclaim his lunch. He snatched it from Mom and mantled like a pro. Mom left and Daki finished off the meal on the cam mount perch trying to swallow the last leg whole. He struggled with it for a bit and then it seemed in one of his gyrations of trying to get it down he dropped it over the side. Oh well, they aren’t that nutritious anyway!
Late evening saw Arky return to the treetop. We could hear her coming from her squees and Daki’s too when he saw her approach. The panner scanned around several times and finally spotted her on Dads perch on the yonder branch. It turns out he was over there too as we saw him do a great fly-off as the darkness deepened.She stayed there until full dark and the panner gave us the standard night road shot.
On to the vids and pics of the day.
Dragonlainey is on a roadtrip back to Pigeon Forge with their grandkids for the weekend. We have one vid from them today and one from Birdbrain56 of Arky’s return.
MN Bound Eagles 7-3-14 Food Delivery ~ Parent Falls Away ~ Dakota Eats at Nest
MNBound Eagles ~ Arky & Dakota Both Present & Accounted For ~ 07/03/14
And some pics of the day!
I hope you have a GREAT 4th of July tomorrow! May your beer be cold, your firecrackers explode and your fireworks be spectacular!!
We’ll see you on the nest tomorrow! Maybe Daki will make it a Fledgy Fourth!!
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