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By: Debs (offline) on Monday, January 01 2018 @ 02:45 PM EST (Read 329 times)  
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Welcome to Belle and Smitty's 2018 Nesting Season.Wub
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This thread is a tribute to the NCTC resident pair; Belle, Smitty and their kids specifically to document their daily events over the course of the year.
Please note we call the resident male Smitty but some other forums call him Shep , Ben and even Spot

Belle and Smitty have been spending more time in the nest performing nest repairs, bringing in new branches, mating and most recently Belle spent the night on the nest. The recent behaviors of this pair tells us that they are gearing up for the 2018 nesting season. We hope you will join us in maintaining a journal of their activities here through nest observations (NO), screen captures (scaps), pictures, reports from the ground and video footage!


Nest Location - Shepherdstown, West Virginia
This eagle nest is located approximately 75 miles from Washington, D.C. on the campus of The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services' National Conservation Training Center.
The campus is in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, approximately 1/4 mile from the Potomac River. The eagle nest is on the west side of the National Conservation Training Center campus, about 100 feet high in a large sycamore tree, and is about 6 feet across and 5 feet deep, and weights several hundred pounds. It is made of branches and large sticks with a softer grass and leaf lining. Over the past couple of years there was been concern that the nest tree is dying ... so hopefully this pair is looking to build a new nest soon.
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2018 Important Milestones
Mating seen at Nest: Dec 2017
Intrusions: Young Eagle heard but not fully seen Dec 31, 2017
Eggs Laid
Chicks Eating on their Own
Branching
Fledge
Last Seen at the nest


Important Dates - 2017 Nesting Season

•Adults Return: This pair does not migrate they remain in the nest area all year long as there is food aplenty.

•Intrusions: This pair has occasionally experienced threats from other eagles as well as Owls.

March 30 2016 - Owl Lands at Nest; Mom protects the kids! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1o2G3YP4ys

Important Milestones - 2017 Nesting Season

Intrusions: Dec 23 2016 - Adult - Young - Likely 4.5 years old; visited the nest; mostly white head and tail feathers; some dark feathers blended in tail and head feathers but nearly all white.
Intrusions: Dec 24, 2016 - Immature Adult - Visited Nest - Likely around 3 years old
Intrusions: Feb 25, 2017 - Young Adult Eagle - Entered nest; Dad lunged at it and chased it out of the nest; two eggs appear unharmed.
Intrusions: Feb 26 2017 - Intruder Above the Nest - No visual


2017 Nesting Season
1st Night Female Spends on Nest - Jan 7 2017 - Belle spent her first night on the nest. She stayed 13 hours on the nest (556 pm to 7 am)
Eggs Laid: Two; Feb 17, Feb 20 2017
Hatched: Mar 26, Mar 28 2017
First chick died shortly after hatch.
Second chick started to show signs of stress in the early evening of Day 3; not interested in eating; Belle did not brood the chick at night fall; chick appeared sluggish just before dark.
April 1 No sign of the chick; presumed it passed away during the night; Mom removed the body from the nest. Heartbreak for this pair!

Important Links
The live cam was down most of the fall but it is live now for the 2018 nesting season]

Link to the 2017 NCTC Nesting Season
forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=907409&lastpost=true#1048516
Link to the 2016 NCTC Nesting Season
forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=816353

Link to live bald eagle web pan tilt zoom cam view
http://outdoorchannel.com/eaglecam

Still Cam can be found here
http://www.fws.gov/nctc/cam/stillimage.html

Eagle Cam Updates from the NCTC & Outdoor Channel are shared here
http://outdoorchannel.com/content.aspx?id=3933

Friends of the National Conservation Training Center

http://www.friendsofnctc.org/index.htm

Here are some Face Book sites that support and provide information on Belle, Smitty.

Bald Eagles 101

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1690426617860075/

Outdoor Channel Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/LiveEagleCam ........... Live Eagle Cam


Hatch Timelines

Experience shows that the first egg often hatches around Day 38 and the second egg hatches a bit earlier often Day 36 or 37 as a result of the "cooling period"
of the first egg thereby promoting a closer hatch of the eggs. Once all the eggs are laid then the birds generally incubate the eggs continuously.
In 2014 Belle cooled the egg one night for 6 hours straight and we speculated it was because she had a third egg to lay, which turned out to be the case.

Here is the Hatch Timelines for 2017 for comparison purposes.

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Posting Guidelines

We welcome all observations and discussions about eagles here and we ask all members to treat each other with mutual respect.

For continuity please use this video symbol to introduce your video Video Camera

Please keep bold and color text to a minimum.

Please do not use animated or altered screen captures here.

Smilies are okay please limit them; smilies are not allowed during the body of the eagle observations.

Please limit the pictures in each post to no more than a total of 150,000 bytes (150KB) and to avoid horizontal scrolling pictures or scaps (screen captures) may not exceed
500 pixels wide - though it's fine to post a 500-pixel-wide thumbnail that clicks to a much larger picture. Three captures per post is recommended.

From time to time we may deleting posts that are not directly related to maintaining an accurate journal here.


Recognition and Thanks

Our small team here at HWF would like to extend our warmest thanks to everyone that contributes to our journal here ... your observations, screen captures, pictures and video footage helps to document the daily events at this nest making the educational experience so much more enjoyable so thanks again to everyone involved.

We look forward to a great season ... growing along side Belle, Smitty and their kids Wub


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By: Debs (offline) on Monday, January 01 2018 @ 07:35 PM EST  
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Here are some captures that show a bit of the territory that surrounds the nest.

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By: Debs (offline) on Monday, January 01 2018 @ 08:00 PM EST  
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By: Debs (offline) on Monday, January 01 2018 @ 08:12 PM EST  
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January 1 2018

Happy New Year Doreen, Terri & Friends wave

Belle spent the night on the nest ... i just happened to peek in and find her sleeping on the nest.
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Adult Awake & Resting in Nest - 0310 am - Jan 1, 2018 - NCTC Nest
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Later Belle is awakened by what sounds like gun shots.
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Gun Shots Wake Up Belle - 447 am - NCTC Bald Eagle Nest - Jan 1 2018
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Belle just before she exits the nest to the branch above the nest.
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By: Debs (offline) on Monday, January 01 2018 @ 09:08 PM EST  
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The adults visited the nest just before dark tonight too.

Belle arrived first then Dad followed her in.
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By: Debs (offline) on Tuesday, January 02 2018 @ 08:16 AM EST  
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Jan 2, 2018

Morning Doreen & Friends wave

I sent an email to the NCTC webmaster asking if they could re-instate the daily tour at 1 pm and also if they can re-boot the still cam since it is stopped on Dec 22, 2017.

The nest has been MT since i tuned in this morning and i will soon be heading to work.
If you are watching please share an observation; thanks in advance.

Morning light at the nest.
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By: Debs (offline) on Wednesday, January 03 2018 @ 09:04 AM EST  
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Jan 3 2018

Morning Doreen & Friends wave

Still Cam is back up nice to have both cams to watch.

9 am
Nest is MT.
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