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Nest Update – 31 July 2014- And So It Goes..….

Good Evening, Fellow FellowTravellers!!

The day on the nest, which turned out to be the penultimate day of our 2014 season, was a lot like the rest of the days this week. The cam was parked on the nest for a good part of the day and we only had some short viewings of the juvies as they bounced around the tree squeeing at Mom and Dad to bring them something to play with. We could hear them both near and far away and when the cam pan man did show up he scanned around to all the usual places but they were nowhere to be seen.

During his scan the Great Blue Heron was spotted in the bushes in the pond that are all that remain of Goose Island, otherwise known as Atlantis. The cam became a GBH cam for a good portion of the afternoon as we watched an exercise in avian patience that is a hallmark of a GBH on a hunt for snacks. His patience was rewarded several times as he caught and swallowed what were probably frogs and maybe some minnows that might still exist in the pond.

Toward the end of our time with the GBH what has to be one of the best fly ins we have seen occurred. Who I think was Arky came flying from the far perch right through the frame and gave us a great highlight to almost end the year on. The vid and some really great scaps are below.

In case you didn’t see my previous post this was posted on the MN Bound Live Eagles page about 3pm today:

We want to thank all of you for another wonderful season at the eagle nest. Tomorrow will be our last day of live broadcast from the nest. We will be turning off the camera for the 2014 season and looking forward to 2015. We hope you have all enjoyed watching and learning once again this year – another successful year at the Minnesota Bound Eagle nest! From all of us at Minnesota Bound and Broadband Corp, thanks for watching, and we’ll see you next year!

It is kind of short notice and it would have been nice to have a little bit more warning but a lot of us felt that it was coming soon even though we have had no communication from MNB at all. Tis better to be over with quickly.

Tomorrow late afternoon and evening we will have an end of the season chat at the For The Love Of Nests and Critters Ustream page. Please join us as we relive the season and look forward to next year.

The rest of the evening at the tree saw a few more fly ins and outs and both of the juvies showed up for a squee session on the nest and lower branch. They did a double fly-off to wherever they are spending the night these days and we listened as they squeed at the sun going down. Dad came home and parked on his favorite perch as darkness overtook the tree.

On to the vids and pics of the day.

MNBound Eagles ~ Quick Visits ~ Morning Highlights ~ July 31, 2014

http://youtu.be/_vhDPVxk2zo

MNBound Eagles ~ “Juvie & Blue Heron” ~ With Slow Motion ~ July 31, 2014

http://youtu.be/0UH80KR_xZ4

MNBound Eagles ~ Flight & Double Flight by Arky & Dakota ~ July 31, 2014

http://youtu.be/Xdqt6yPKq7I

And some pics from today!

Lovely collage of the fly in by Elaine Black. Thanks!

Lovely collage of the fly in by Elaine Black. Thanks!

there goes

Doesn't that heron know there are no fish in there??

Doesn’t that heron know there are no fish in there??

What noisy neighbors!! I think I'll try the next pond down!

What noisy neighbors!! I think I’ll try the next pond down!

Dakota, why u hide under there??

Dakota, why u hide under there??

My final daily (mostly 🙂 ) blog of the season will coincide with the cam shutdown tomorrow night. I will continue to post updates as warranted and will try to keep you abreast of happenings in other parts of the cam world. I may even enumerate my dealings with the labyrinth of the health care world which has already been an adventure and we haven’t even gotten to the juicy parts yet!

We don’t have an exact time for the shutdown but I feel it will be after full dark tomorrow. There was no indication whether or not the Social Stream at the cam will be shut down also. I guess we will have to wait and see.

We will see you in the tree tomorrow!

TalonStrike

If you have been wondering where the mods went we are here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/for-the-love-of-nests-critters. Also click to join the MN Bound Chatters group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MNBoundEagleViewers/. It is a closed group so just click and one of the admins will add you toot-suite. Thanks!

Cam Update 31 July 2014 – Cam Shutoff Tomorrow

Just announced on the MN Bound Live Eagles page about an hour ago:

We want to thank all of you for another wonderful season at the eagle nest. Tomorrow will be our last day of live broadcast from the nest. We will be turning off the camera for the 2014 season and looking forward to 2015. We hope you have all enjoyed watching and learning once again this year – another successful year at the Minnesota Bound Eagle nest! From all of us at Minnesota Bound and Broadband Corp, thanks for watching, and we’ll see you next year!

 

TalonStrike

Nest Update 30 July 2014 – A Panner Patrolling Day

The panner left the cam on patrol today so we were treated to many views of parts of the tree. Early this morning the kids put in an order for breakfish that went ignored by the powers that be at that time. Later on in the morning another duck specimen was delivered and a bit of the usual gymnastics over food took place. A Red Headed Woodpecker also came to call. Lots of fly ins and outs were seen today as the cam panned around. The afternoon and evening were quiet around the nest until the juvies showed up to try their hand at nest building and repair.  After a nice comical interlude of the two of them trying to place the stick, the stick tired of the game and took the easy way out by diving off the nest. He is probably better off wherever he ended up. As darkness fell completely it was thought Daki was spotted sitting on Dad’s perch up across the way.

On to the vids of the day!

MNBound Eagles ~ 5:49 A.M. Call For Breakfish ~ July 30, 2014

MNBound Eagles ~ Food Delivery ~ Arky Fends Off Dakota ~ Beautiful Flights ~ July 30, 2014

MNBound Eagles ~ All About Arky Being Arky and Doing The Swan Dive From Tree ~ July 30, 2014

MNBound Eagles ~ I Spy Mr Wilson Kilroy Was Here Hey It’s A Juvie July 30, 2014

And some pics!

Elaine's Montage of the day

Elaine’s Montage of the day

It goes over here!! No, it goes over here!!

It goes over here!! No, it goes over here!!

The coward jumped!! And just went it was getting interesting, too!

The coward jumped!! And just went it was getting interesting, too!

Sure hope Dad wasn't watching!!

Sure hope Dad wasn’t watching!!

Hope you all had a pleasant midweek day today. We’ll see you on the nest tomorrow!

TalonStrike

If you have been wondering where the mods went we are here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/for-the-love-of-nests-critters . Also click to join the MN Bound Chatters group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MNBoundEagleViewers/. It is a closed group so just click and one of the admins will add you toot-suite. Thanks!

Nest Update – 29 July 14- Back To Business….

Good Evening, Fellow LonelyPerchers!!

Tuesday in the cottonwood was a lonely one. We only had a few short glimpses of the juvies today but they did keep up a chorus of squees from near and far to let us know they were around. Mid-afternoon there was a feeding frenzy-like cacophony of squees in the tree out of sight of the cam that suggested they were picnicking on a branch somewhere. That lasted for quite a while and then things quieted down again with one heard far away and one closer. The panner scanned around quite a bit but no sign of them in the tree or out at the speeder tree was seen. The evening saw a couple of fly-ins, one of the adults and the juvies, and then things settled down for the night. Darkness fell on a lovely Minnesota day and we hope tomorrow will be just as nice.

On to the vids of the day.

Some lightning that Rick Black captured 2 days ago outside their apartment.

Lightning Strikes ~ Oak Ridge, TN ~ July 27, 2014

http://youtu.be/VopJ94HGjCk

MNBound Eagles ~ Well How About The Great Blue Heron~ July 29, 2014

http://youtu.be/fnGVxoPmHpo

MNBound Eagles ~ Beautiful Fly In From Mom ~ Arky On Nest ~ To Branch & Off ~ July 29, 2014

http://youtu.be/NkiZ7D6AG7w

MNBound Eagles ~ Birds and More Birds ~ Arky Then Dakota ~ July 29, 2014

http://youtu.be/CEdkBROR6_Y

MNBound Eagles ~ Dakota Fly In ~ Dakota On Nest ~ Dakota Fly Off ~ July 29, 2014

http://youtu.be/Y4ARQX3ClHg

And some pics of the day and yesterday.

Mom and Dad on the Nest Together!!!!!!!!!!!- Thanks, Lovebirds!

http://internetgreetings.com/mom-and-dad-on-the-nest-7-28-14.html

food

Ya know, the food deliveries have gone to heck around here!!

 

Hey Granpa, want some frosting???

Hey Granpa, want some frosting???

Hope your Tuesday was pleasant and warm like the day at the nest! We’ll see you there tomorrow!

TalonStrike

PS: Thank you all for the support you have shown me in the comments for yesterday’s blog. I deeply appreciate every one. And Schwesh/Sue, you really should get that paranoia looked at.

If you have been wondering where the mods went we are here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/for-the-love-of-nests-critters. Also click to join the MN Bound Chatters group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MNBoundEagleViewers/. It is a closed group so just click and one of the admins will add you toot-suite. Thanks!

Personal Update – 28 July 14 – Trust No One – Part Deux

Good Evening, Fellow CottonwoodDwellers!!

For the 250th blog I have posted on the web I thought I would make this one all personal.

It used to be betrayers were keel-hauled, drawn and quartered, given the lash, put before the firing squad…. We have become a kindler and gentler people since those days so I will settle for exposing the betrayer here on the net.

Here, in her own words copied verbatim from Facebook with only a name removed to protect the innocent, is the evidence of her duplicity:


Pat Burke Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:55am PDT

btw no one at MNB knows me as gr8lakes but XXXXXXXXXXXXXX. I never told them there. Gracie knew when she asked me to mod, she asked me for my experience, everyone else was new at modding

Pat Burke Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:56am PDT

I said I would help out last year.. wasn’t sure I’d be back

Pat Burke Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 12:00pm PDT

I mod with gr8lakes, but use mibirder when I am not modding, gracie asked me to mod when I was in SWF chat visiting as mibirder, asked if I was gr8lakes I said yes, but said just leeave me as that for MNB.. didn’t want to confuse people… lol didn’t think I would be around long


Emphasis is mine. Spelling and punctuation are as written. I have obviously left out the other half of the conversation this was copied from as it is irrelevant to my purpose here today.

So, Pat Burke = gr8lakes = mibirder = ???? Who knows what other personas she is hiding behind on the net.

She will probably tell you that I made this up. She will say it’s all a lie. That’s OK, she can say whatever she wants but we have the file from Facebook and these are her words. You may draw whatever conclusions you want from them.

She says above that she “didn’t think I would be around long”. If I had known then what I know now she would never have been asked to mod again after modgate. Instead, she was asked back, and remained as a mod to spy on the mod team. She reported what was said by myself and the other mods to various people who were working to destroy our reputation and get us dismissed as mods from the MN Bound Eaglecam. Unfortunately, they succeeded.

The mods at most cams have a Facebook or other type of chat channel where they discuss what is happening on the nest and in the Social Stream/Chat away from the eyes of the chatters. Things are said in there that are not for publication anywhere else. Taken out of context the things that are said can be made to seem derogatory or unpleasant without the rest of the conversation to give it it’s true meaning. Unfortunately, it seems that she has been reporting just the juicy bits to the mod detractors to curry favor with them and help them slander the mods.

Confidential information, that she agreed to keep secret, was also discussed in the mod chat. She has betrayed those confidences as well.

If you follow multiple cams you will have noted that gr8lakes likes to install herself at unmoderated cams as the faux “eagle expert”. Perhaps this was her motivation for helping get the mods dismissed from MN Bound. We will never know as she will never admit it.

I am a trusting sort. It is the way I was raised. I always try to look for the good in people even if I only know them electronically. I couldn’t believe that someone we mods trusted and who was part of our team for so long would betray us the way mibirder/gr8lakes has. I also found it hard to believe that she would actively work against us to have the mods dismissed from MN Bound.

But I believe it now.

And I will trust no one from now on.

TalonStrike

PS: She may talk of suing me for slander. Unfortunately for her you can’t be sued for telling the truth. 

PPS: They may also claim other things about me. Please don’t believe them. We have seen how trustworthy they are. And as I have said in previous blogs and comments “Put up or Shut up”. The innuendo and gossip have gone far enough.

Nest Update 7-27-14 No Vids But Some Pics

The feed from the cam was so bad today that Dragonlainey couldn’t make any vids. Which is too bad as today, like yesterday, had some great food action on the nest. Full crops were sported all around and there was even nestovers in the nest for quite some time today.

Hopefully tomorrow the feed will improve and we’ll get some usable video.

LovebirdsJGA’s pic galleries of the day:

THREE WORDS – O M G ! ! !

http://internetgreetings.com/three-words-omg.html

I Love You ….

http://internetgreetings.com/i-love-you-7-27-14.html

Deliveries 7-27-14!!

http://internetgreetings.com/deliveries-7-27-14.html

Hope you had a wonderful Sunday wherever you are and we’ll see you on the nest tomorrow!

TalonStrike

 

Nest Update 7-26-14 – Vids and pics for Saturday

MNBound Eagles ~ Early Highlights ~ Arky Perched ~ July 26, 2014

http://youtu.be/Aj3POpDAgHQ

MNBound Eagles ~ Arky On Branch ~ In Double Time ~ July 26, 2014

http://youtu.be/STGY4rX-L2U

MNBound Eagles ~ Avian Delivery ~ Arky & Dakota Tussle ~ July 26, 2014

http://youtu.be/zEsgl34R2IY

MNBound Eagles ~ P Not Allowed Close To Food ~ Both Perch On Balcony ~ July 26, 2014

http://youtu.be/O8zxgFHJCGA

MNBound Eagles ~ Dakota & Arky ~ Beautiful Sunset ~ Time Lapse ~ July 26, 2014

http://youtu.be/UJG7qRwW_yw

And some pics from LoveBirdsJGA

Juvie Up The Tree

http://internetgreetings.com/juvie-up-the-tree-7-26-14.html

FLY FLY FLY!

http://internetgreetings.com/fly-fly-fly-7-26-14.html

Amazingly beautiful!!!

http://internetgreetings.com/amazingly-beautiful.html

We’ll see you on the nest tomorrow!

TalonStrike