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By: JudyB (offline) on Saturday, October 14 2017 @ 06:27 PM EDT (Read 1901 times)  
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Redding, CA - 2018 - Bald Eagle Cam

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Redding Eagles POV cam - https://hdontap.com/index.php/video/str ... gle-nest-2

currently off-line - Redding Eagles IR cam - https://hdontap.com/index.php/video/str ... gle-nest-1
(The IR cam was damaged as a result of the flooding that submerged the island over the winter of 2016-2017 and was offline for the 2017 nesting season; keeping fingers crossed for 2018.)

With thanks to HDonTap and the Friends of the Redding Eagles, you can also watch Liberty and Spirit on our site here - and for those who want to sneak a peek at work, there's a smaller version here. Enjoy!


2017-2018 Season:

  • adults return:
  • eggs laid:
  • hatched:
  • named:
  • branched:
  • fledged:
  • last seen:



initial photo soon, if Liberty and Spirit cooperate

Forum member CA Wildlife put together an excellent chart with data about the eagles nesting at Turtle Bay - click here (link last updated September 9 2017)

Link to last year's thread for this nest

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By: JudyB (offline) on Saturday, October 14 2017 @ 06:27 PM EDT  
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History - part 1:

The camera was initially installed by CalTrans (the California Department of Transportation) to make sure that nearby highway construction didn't have a negative impact on the eagle nest. Back in the fall of 2007, Caltrans had tried to discourage the eagles from nesting so near a planned highway project by placing a large cone in their nest, but the eagles were not easily discouraged (read the story here)) - and public sentiment favored the eagles - so CalTrans decided to work with the eagles and the public, installing a camera to make sure they weren't disrupting the nesting behavior - and making it available to the public (thank you!). The construction project was completed, and the Turtle Bay Exploration Park took over the cam for the 2012 nesting season - thank you! However - the eagles had other ideas, and moved to a new location - near their old nest, but out of view of the cams - so we were not able to watch them in 2012, but the great local observer team took up the slack, and provided great coverage. Money was raised to move the cams to the new location for the 2013 nesting season, though there were some challenges getting the cam online; unfortunately shortly after it finally started streaming, the wide angle cam was apparently damaged when a limb fell down, so the only view of the nest in 2013 was a very zoomed in closeup that let us see the feet and tails of the eagles, but not much more. The folks from Turtle Bay did some work on the cams after the 2013 season, and we had a much better view in 2014.

The pair, named Liberty (F) and Patriot (M), successfully raised two eaglets in 2008, and three eaglets in 2009 and 2010. They laid two eggs in 2011, both of which hatched, and the eaglets fledged successfully. Because there was not a cam, we don't know how many eggs they laid in 2012, but we do know they fledged two charming eaglets.

2013 started out like other years, but became a year of loss and transition, with the death of Patriot and the loss of two newly hatched chicks (please click here for more information). As summer ended, Liberty was still being seen in the area, and was being courted by at least two younger males.

The eagles usually return in October - and we all were watching to see if Liberty would return and who she would choose for a mate. A male who appeared similar to one of the ones that had been in the area over the summer appeared first, and then on October 6, 2013, GlassCutter7 caught Liberty and a male working on the nest; Liberty's new mate was named Spirit in a contest run by the Record Searchlight newspaper. The pair laid three eggs, but unfortunately none of them hatched. There were several disruptions which might have resulted in damage to one or more of the eggs (though they looked all right afterwards), and the logistics of mating are quite complex, so it is possible that they didn't achieve the type of contact needed to transfer sperm, or at least not enough to fertilize all the eggs. That does seem to be a skill that improves with practice, so we all had our fingers crossed for 2015.

And it worked! Liberty laid three eggs in 2015 - and she and Spirit raised three healthy eaglets, named Pi, Paddy and Poppy! I'm thinking it was a bit of a steep learning curve for new Dad Spirit - but he came through with flying colors, learning to brood eggs that wiggled and pecked at him, and bringing a whole lot of food to his growing chicks! There are a few pictures from 2015 here.

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By: JudyB (offline) on Saturday, October 14 2017 @ 06:28 PM EDT  
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History - part 2:

2016 turned out to be another year of changes, happily ending with the successful fledge of two eaglets. We were all excited to learn that with a big thanks to the Friends of the Redding Eagles (FORE) and technical support from streaming partner HDonTap, two new high-definition cameras (one with night vision and both with sound) were installed for the 2015-2016 nesting season. Unfortunately, we forgot to ask the eagles, and they started a new nest not far from the one they had been using - but then moved on to a tree near the 5th hole on a private golf course a couple of miles away (and some excellent research by eaglewoman and Roger who works at the golf course and who is a great photographer uncovered the fact that Liberty and her previous mate Patriot checked out this area in 2012 - the last time they changed nests!). Unfortunately, because it was an active private golf course, access to the nest was limited to one day a week - though the staff did provide updates when they saw interesting behavior - so we knew when there were likely eggs in the nest, and when there was likely at least one chick - and the exciting day the second chick was seen. The chicks were named Birdie and Bogey, in honor of their new nest location - and both fledged successfully. Click here for eaglewoman's great summary of the 2015-2016 season, and there are a few pictures here.

2017 was another year of changes. The adults returned to the golf course, worked on their nest, and we think laid at least one egg - and then the nest came down February 11 as a result of a series of bad storms; one of the people at the golf course thought he saw pieces of egg shell amid the debris, and Liberty does usually lay her eggs in the first part of February. They appeared to check out an old hawk's nest - then in February 17 eaglewoman confirmed they were near the Turtle Bay nest - and that's where they laid what we think is a second clutch in early March. Unfortunately, there were a lot of issues with cameras (including the electrical equipment at the base of the tree being submerged - and replaced - twice when heavy rain necessitated releases from an upstream dam) and they were not on consistently until May 1, but our intrepid observers reported that they appeared to be incubating on March 10, and appeared to have a chick on April 18 (the cams showed two eggs but the other didn't hatch); the chick was named Solo about a week after the cams came back. We had hoped that the rest of the nesting season would go smoothly, but that was not to be. There were record high temperatures for at least a week starting in mid-June (when chicks who hatched in the first part of February would be fledging, and able to follow the parents to the cooler spots by the river), and it proved too much for Solo; he lost his footing while branching on June 24, and was found and rescued the next morning, but died shortly afterwards; eaglewoman/Terri's in-depth report of the events begins here. There was a necropsy, and no diseases or toxins were found, which was good news for the adults and the chicks we hope they have in 2018. Eaglewoman's summary of the 2017 nesting season.

Eaglewoman's photo of Liberty and Spirit back at Turtle Bay:


Carole's screenshot of Liberty and Solo, May 8, almost 3 weeks old:


RitaR's screenshot of the family, June 4, when Solo was almost 7 weeks old; Spirit at the top just delivered a fish, and Liberty is arriving to serve dinner:


Eaglewoman's last photo of Solo, taken Saturday morning, June 24:

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By: eaglewoman (offline) on Tuesday, October 24 2017 @ 01:43 AM EDT  
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Very HappyVery HappyVery Happy Liberty & Spirit are baaaaaaaacccccckkkkkkk!!!!

Yes, I am just a wee bit excited to share that news with you!

JudyB is setting up the new thread & we will be closing this chapter & starting a new chapter in this exciting adventure with our Redding Eagles!

There have been numerous sightings of our beloved pair this past week!

Sue spotted both of them on the X-mas Tree one morning on her way to work at 7:40am, but she wasn't able to capture that moment. However, on her way home from work last Friday, she again spotted both L & S on top of the X-mas Tree! This time she captured the moment for us!

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My first sighting of Miss Liberty last Wednesday was absolutely incredible!!! (Actually, I didn't even realize it was Liberty until I looked closer at my photos, I thought it was Spirit the whole time because I couldn't see the notch in her collar!) Titter

I had been out looking for the eagles for about an hour & took a break at a spot where L & S had started building a nest back in 2015. This was right above the river trail & they brought sticks in for a few weeks & then headed south to the Riverview to nest that season. Anyway, there I was looking out over the Sacramento River when a flash of brown & white flew by. Quckly, I realized it was an eagle! It circled around and came flying right toward me & then landed in a tree above my head! A tree right next to where the tree they had been building a nest in! (Unfortunately, that tree was cut down by the City because it was not marked and they did not know it was almost a nest tree!)

So, Miss Liberty, as it turned out to be, perched above the River Trail for about 20 minutes while I stood there in utter amazement!

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By: eaglewoman (offline) on Tuesday, October 24 2017 @ 01:49 AM EDT  
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Liberty in all of her glory eventually lifted off...

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By: eaglewoman (offline) on Tuesday, October 24 2017 @ 01:53 AM EDT  
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Liberty headed down over the river and swooped down on the other side hitting the water! I didn't realize it while I was shooting my pics, but she had caught a fish!!!


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