Good Evening, Fellow Nestizens!!
When the sun rose on the nest today the cam was down and it stayed down until the early afternoon. When it did come back up Dakota was lying in the nest taking it easy and catching some rays. He pretty much spent the rest of the day hanging out there and on Arky’s branch doing his best to give the impression that he hadn’t fledged yet. I know I mentioned in Sunday’s blog that some of us thought he had fledged because we hadn’t heard him all day. Well, that was just an impression and it is entirely possible he hasn’t fledged yet. So we will keep watching and still cheer wildly when we see him fly from the nest for the first time.
In the evening as he was hanging out on Arky’s branch Dakota all of a sudden turned around, went into a mantle, and began his juvie peal call at something close to him. The panner quickly looked around and lo and behold there was a sub-adult eagle intruder on the branch across from him under the mount perch. The intruder didn’t make any answer to Daki’s calls and in short order made it’s way to the nest. When it got there it nosed around a bit looking for a snack and settled on the turtle shell we all love so dearly. About this time, while still screaming fiercely at the intruder, Dakota bravely came storming onto the nest and scared the intruder away. Way to go, Dakota!! He then went to the mount perch on the trunk and gave us a look like “ Ha! Showed him, didn’t I??” He then went up to the high perch and we believe Mom and Dad both came home for the evening a little later. We did not see Arky at all today but we may have heard her as darkness fell up on the high perch with her brave little brother.
There was talk in the SS’s of whether or not bands were seen on the intruder. I have blown up numerous stills and watched the vid many times and I believe that it was not banded. From everything I have read on the net if it was a banded bird the bands should have been different colors and not both white or silvery in appearance. Also when blown up as far as possible there is no dimensionality to the light areas on its legs. What I mean by this is it appears there is no extra bulk in the band area and the line of the legs is straight from the pantaloon feathers down to the feet. Since the scaps and vids are basically low resolution what I have observed is only my opinion and in no way conclusive. But also please consider that this bird looked very much like the one that was chased off the nest early this year and that no bands were seen then. And consider bands would mean that this bird was in a care facility of some kind, which I will grant could have happened, but is more unlikely than not. Unfortunately we will never know.
I would like to thank all of you who commented (except for one clueless maroon) on yesterdays blog both here and on Facebook. I have read them all and deeply appreciate all of the support and prayers you are sending my way. I hope I can keep being worthy of the love you have shown to me.
On to the vids and pics of the day!
MNBound Eagles ~ Our Dakota ~ Home On The Nest ~ Part 1 ~ July 8, 2014
MNBound Eagles ~ Juvie Bald Eagle Intruder ~ Chased Off By Dakota ~ July 8, 2014
MN Bound Eagles 7-8-14 Our Dakota ~ Home On The Nest Part 2
MN Bound Eagles 7-8-14 Our Dakota ~ Home On The Nest Part 3
And some pics of the day!
I hope you all had a wonderful Tuesday! We’ll see you on the nest tomorrow!
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