Nest Update 7-25-14 – Ins And Outs And Hanging Out…

Good Evening, Fellow TreePerchers!!

Sorry about no blog yesterday but it was so blah that there wasn’t even any highlights to show you. A couple of glimpses of the the kids were had during the day while the cam was on autoseek and lots of off camera squees were heard. The panner did arrive late in the day to find them out counting cars again but that was about it for yesterday.

Today started wet and wild as a thunder front moved through around dawn. They must have gotten wet and tired as the kids spent a lot of time on the nest today resting and preening. No feedings on the nest today but we did hear feeding squees in the tree and the panner followed one of them to a perch way back in the leaves to the right of the nest as the feeding was going on. Good job, panner!!

As evening darkened they were both out at the far perch watching for speeders. We kept hearing strange loud noises near the mic which is buried in the nest where the mount attaches to the tree. Dragonlainey found the culprit in the 2nd video below. You won’t believe what was making all that noise. As the darkness deepened both of the kids left the perch on their own and returned to the tree to spend the night.

On to the vids of the day.

MNBound Eagles ~ Highlights Up To 5 PM ~ July 25, 2014

http://youtu.be/xYShQBkdrns

MN Bound Eagles 7-25-14 Little Noise Maker & Evening Highlights

http://youtu.be/OGLlSs61Rks

And some pics of the day!

LovebirdsJGA has a nice collection from today.

http://internetgreetings.com/little-bits.html

I hope your Friday was good and that it put a nice period to the sentence of your week. We’ll see you on the nest tomorrow.

TalonStrike

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Nest Update 7-23-14 – Touch And Go’s And Some Flubbed Landings…

Good Evening, Fellow ControlTowerDwellers!!

There was so much traffic in and out of the tree today it seemed we had moved to O’Hare Airport. The cam was down for most of the morning and when it finally came up we saw Mom come in for a landing. The juvies took turns flying out to the yonder dead tree perch and returning for a stay on the fledge branch below the cam. Some nice close ups of both by the panner gave us some great scaps. Later in the day both took turns on the nest again playing hockey with the turtle shell, moving sticks around, looking for the diving board from last year and resurrecting the bones from the fawn leg that had drifted over the edge of the nest.

The evening saw Dakota out on the yonder perch enjoying the sunset. Arky came flying in to join him but flubbed the landing and ended up somewhere below on a different perch than she had planned on. Dakota eventually went down to keep her company and both were seen flying off and then heard landing in the tree somewhere out of cam range. The resident orioles sang a lullaby as the light faded and another gorgeous MNB Nest day came to an end.

On to the vids and pics of the day!

MNBound Eagles ~ Fly In & Close Ups ~ July 23, 2014

http://youtu.be/D_F41V2OW6o

MNBound Eagles ~ Fly In with Slow Motion ~ Stick & Turtle Play ~ July 23, 2014

http://youtu.be/kDP9rwpzMWg

MNBound Eagles ~ Lots Of Surprise Fly By’s ~ July 23, 2014

http://youtu.be/OtQv7adE0t4

And some pics of the day!

Yo Camera guy! I'm over here!!

Yo,Camera guy! I’m over here!!

1296,1297,1298.....

1296,1297,1298…..

I know Dad put that diving board over here somewhere!!

I know Dad put that diving board over here somewhere!!

This post grad work is exhausting!!

This post grad work is exhausting!!

You guys are still here?? Aren't there ant cams or something you could be watching??

You guys are still here?? Aren’t there ant cams or something you could be watching??

Grampa, did that Boodee just fall off the tree??

Grampa, did that Boodee just fall off the tree??

I hope your air traffic problems were less than we had at the nest today! We’ll see you on the nest tomorrow!!

TalonStrike

Nest Update 7-22-14 – Blindly Feeling My Way…

Good Evening, Fellow Nestizens!!

As my internet was out for most of the day and I could only watch the nest on my way too small iPhone screen I will refrain from commenting on the days doings and let the vids we have speak for themselves. Thanks Dragonlainey for saving me again.

MNBound Eagles ~ Duck Dinner ~ It’s A Family Affair ~ With Slow Motion ~ July 22, 2014

http://youtu.be/3avk9QwqtIc

MNBound Eagles ~ Note The Stance ~ Intruder Alert Possibly? ~ July 22, 2014

http://youtu.be/2eReaRdci4c

MNBound Eagles ~ “Dakota” ~ July 22, 2014

http://youtu.be/YnOfs9ztqwc

MNBound Eagles ~ Beauty & Sunshine ~ July 22, 2014

http://youtu.be/zGZXUf2Shsc

And some pics of the day!

Mom!! Wait up!!

Mom!! Wait up!!

Do ya think breakfish will show up today??

Do ya think breakfish will show up today??

Handsome devil!

Handsome devil!

Maybe lunch will come soon??

Maybe lunch will come soon??

Nodding in the sunshine!

Nodding in the sunshine!

How come I don't have a nice nest like the Boodees do??

How come I don’t have a nice nest like the Boodees do??

Hope you had a great Tuesday and I hope I can join you on the nest tomorrow.

TalonStrike

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Nest Update 7-21-14 – Gazing At Haze And Nest Feedings

Good Evening, Fellow VeilPiercers!!

Hot and humid was the order of the day in the nest area. Hazy sun made the cam a little dull to look at and also made finding the kids on the far perches a little harder for our intrepid panner. Mom and Dad did make it a little easier to see them as they delivered no less than three meals to the nest during the day. Arky and Dakota were on and off the nest tree all day as they waited for food deliveries. They were even seen soaring out over the pond after nice takeoffs from the far perches. My internet was out most of the day but it was reported to me that there was one furry item on the small side that Daki got to eat in peace and the next two deliveries were fish that they shared so each had something to eat today. It wasn’t a crop filling amount of food but both did get a fair sized meal out of what was brought in. And who knows they may have had something to eat off the nest today also. And wouldn’t you know it, I lamented last night that they were staying away more and they spend most of today around the tree. And my internet decides to take a vacation! LOL

On to the vids and pics of the day!

MNBound Eagles ~ Fly Off Dead Tree ~ Fly By Across Pond ~ With Slow Motion ~ July 21, 2014

http://youtu.be/-pTY3_o_wbM

MNBound Eagles ~ Double Goodness ~ Perch & Fly ~ July 21, 2014

http://youtu.be/voJ5rZVoL3k

MNBound Eagles ~ Together We Sit ~ Together We Fly ~ Arky & Dakota ~ July 21, 2014

http://youtu.be/_2wcZ-grPQk

And some pics of the day!

Hope I can get this down before Arky shows up!

Hope I can get this down before Arky shows up!

Hey, you had a furry thing! I'm eating this one!

Hey, you had a furry thing! I’m eating this one!

When does hunting class start??? I'm hungry!

When does hunting class start??? I’m hungry!

Is he watching eagles on the other screen?? They are huge!!

Is he watching eagles on the other screen?? They are huge!!

I'll bet eagles are glad they don't have to eat like this!!

I’ll bet eagles are glad they don’t have to eat like this!!

Did the Boodees get lots of fishy today??

Did the Boodees get lots of fishy today??

I hope your week started well and all was good in your cottonwood today! We’ll see you in the tree tomorrow!

Talonstrike

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Nest Update 7-20-14 – Squee Sunday

I call it Squee Sunday because that’s about all we had today to tell us that there were eagles in the tree and the area. The panner did catch a few glimpses of them on the high perch and out at the far perching tree but except for a short time this afternoon we didn’t see any of them around. I think the ducks in the pond got more airtime than the eagles did today. Arky and Dakota did come to the nest late in the afternoon to rest up for more squeeing later in the evening.

The difference between last year and this year post fledge is quite marked. Last year it seemed that the nest was still the place to hang out, nap, eat and play. This year they took to the high branches early and have made them their main places to spend their days. Every nest is different every year and even though they have made it harder for us to keep track of them this year it is still fun to watch and speculate what is going on with them.

Hopefully tomorrow we will have some plans set for an end of the season chat party and what I will be doing here on the blog for the rest of what’s left of the season and beyond.

Sorry there are no vids from today (hard to have a highlight video when there were none!) 🙂

If you need some video to watch there is a highlight from last night of the cops shining their spotlights on the nest: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/50285051/highlight/529650

I hope your Sunday was every thing you wanted it to be and we’ll see you on the nest tomorrow!

TalonStrike

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Nest Update 7-19-14 – Perches, Poles, Fly-ins And Fly-outs

Good Evening, Fellow TreeCounters!!

First off, I apologize for no blog last night as I was on another of those all night filming affairs. Hopefully, those are done for a while now but they seem to run in streaks. We’ll see.

Yesterday and today were pretty much a continuation of the post-fledge lifestyle. Fly-in, fly-out, sit in the tree and squee, sit on the car counting perch and squee, chase each other, chase Mom and/or Dad, be chased by smaller birds, laze in the nest and get some rays, and finally, nap as much as possible. No food was seen on the nest since the three-way evening gymkhana 2 nights ago. That’s not to say they haven’t been fed somewhere else but we haven’t seen any feedings up close and personal. All of the highlights from the last two days are in the vids below.

In the yonder chat today I promised to have a graphic showing the relationship between the nest, the car counting perch, the road, and the furthest right power pole we can see that looks like its right behind the far perch tree. Here it is: 

Screen Shot 2014-07-19 at 8.27.17 PM

As you can see the distances are much greater than what we think we see when looking through the lens of the camera. Most of the misperception of distance is due the magnifying effect of the zoom lens when it is zoomed in all the way. A 20 power lens like we have brings things 20x closer than they really are and compresses the distance between objects 20x also. That’s why everything looks like it’s sitting right next to each other when in reality they are very far apart. So, there is no danger of an eagle being electrocuted while sitting on the car counting perch.

On to the vids and pics from yesterday and today!

MNBound Eagles ~ Daily Highlights ~ One Chased By Two Little Birds ~ July 18, 2014

http://youtu.be/fXbLFYxmpck

MNBound Eagles ~ Short Glimpses ~ July 18, 2014

http://youtu.be/-lUWiar55d4

MNBound Eagles ~ Soar High & Free Arky & Dakota ~ July 19, 2014

http://youtu.be/y5NH9vuwwh4

MNBound Eagles ~ Get Your Screen Captures ~ July 19, 2014

http://youtu.be/QbpE9onU-Go

MN Bound Eagles 7-19-14 Afternoon Highlights

http://youtu.be/2lkVtd_3b3I

And some assorted pics of the days!

To start us off a set from LoveBirdsJGA called “Her Arkyness” :  http://internetgreetings.com/her-arkyness.html

Are the juvies getting camera shy??

Are the juvies getting camera shy??

New species spotted today: Eagleaholicus Cameratoterus Longlensicus!

New species spotted today: Eagleaholicus Cameratoterus Zoomlensicus!

Nice to have the room all to myself!!

Nice to have the room all to myself!!

Well I am off to bed to catch up on some sleep. I hope you had a great first half of your weekend! We’ll see you on the nest tomorrow.

TalonStrike

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Nest Update 7-17-14 – Trees, Squees, And A Late Supper

Good Evening, Fellow EarPluggers!!

Another fine day on the nest that had plenty of squees, sitting in trees and a late evening wrestling match over a duck for supper. The morning started quiet with the cam on the nest. Late morning brought an audio treat of the kids squeeing up a storm in the tree at what we don’t know. Things were quiet after that with the occasional call from near or far. A Parent and a juvie were spotted in the car counting tree late afternoon just taking it easy. A hawk was seen again on the far pole waiting for its meal to put in an appearance. A couple of deer were seen grazing on whatever is growing across the road but they were spooked by something and made a quick exit stage right into the woods. The ponds duck family was out and about today but seemed smaller than the last time we saw them. 

Evening brought us the highlight of the day. The cam was pointed out over the pond when we heard something land on the nest. This brought both of the juvies flying in over the pond and the quick exit of the Parent back in the same direction. As the cam panned to the nest we spotted both Arky and Dakota there engaged in a struggle for possession of the duck that was delivered. The duck went back and forth several times with each one getting some bites in before possession changes. Mom came (or returned) to the nest during this and things got really interesting. I have never seen a meal on a nest like this. It was everyone for themselves and the duck became the hot potato flying around from talon to talon. Mom tried to feed Arky but for the first time I have seen she wanted to do it herself and fought Mom for the food. Dakota tired of the fracas after a bit and went out to the branch to squee her displeasure. Mom stood on the nest waiting for Arky to give her an opportunity to steal it again. She eventually did and then still fought Mom for a final piece. All in all supper lasted for an hour and 20 minutes and when it was finally done both juvies were on the high perch and Mom was off to her other night perch. Quite the ending to the day. Oh, I forgot to mention turn your sound down, the squees are loud and constant during the meal. Dragonlainey’s vid below has the highlights.

On to the vids and pics of the day.

MNBound Eagles ~ P & J On Dead Tree Perch ~ July 17, 2014

http://youtu.be/bl0vV91WVIo

MNBound Eagles ~ Wildlife Beauty ~ Deer ~ Ducks ~ Eagles ~ July 17, 2014

http://youtu.be/ySSO25WKCXU

MNBound Eagles ~ Feeding Lessons Between Mom ~ Arky ~ Dakota ~ July 17, 2014

http://youtu.be/HJoNMDhkags

And some pics of the day!

Keep a good count! I will check your work later!

Keep a good count! I will check your work later!

Hey! Watch where you point that!!

Hey! Watch where you point that!!

Ok kids! Once again, YHIS is how you mantle!

Ok kids! Once again, THIS is how you mantle!

Boy, you try and teach them manners.....

Boy, you try and teach them manners…..

I wish Mom would let us eat in peace!

I wish Mom would let us eat in peace!

Maybe next year we can add that balcony....

Maybe next year we can add that balcony….

Hey Dash! How about a window???

Hey Dash! How about a window???

Boy I'll bet my mom is glad I don't squee like that!!

Boy I’ll bet my mom is glad I don’t squee like that!!

I hope your Thursday was as nice as it was on the nest. We’ll see you on the nest tomorrow.

Talonstrike

PS: The Ostrich chicks have come out of their post hatch torpor and are getting very active. Why don’t you drop by for a visit??  

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ostrich-egg-cam-live

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