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By: Pat B (offline) on Tuesday, September 28 2010 @ 08:58 AM EDT (Read 354693 times)  
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NCTC Shepherdstown, West Virginia - Bald Eagle Cam

http://www.fws.gov/nctc/cam/eaglecam.htm
This is a still cam that refreshes every 30 seconds and is on 24 hours a day.
There's also streaming video with sound - http://outdoorchannel.com/eaglecam/ - during the nesting season.

Liberty and Belle have been in this location near the Potomac River since late 2002, built their nest mostly in late 2003 and early 2004, and Belle laid her first egg February 14, 2004. The pair raised two chicks in 2004, one in 2005 and three in 2006; they had three eggs in 2007 but none survived the spring storms; they raised three chicks in 2008; they laid three eggs in 2009, but only one hatched - and that chick fledged successfully.

Based on past experience, look for eggs in the first half of February, chicks in mid-March, and fledging in early June.

2010-2011 Season:

  • adults seen: Adults seen regularly as this pair does not migrate as there is plenty of food in their immediate area.
  • streaming video on:
  • eggs laid: February 5, 6:27 pm; seen February 9, 6:50 am (likely laid before 10 pm previous night)
  • hatch: March 17, seen 6:45 am (37 days) (the first egg did not hatch)

  • Sad News: The eaglet nicknamed "Lil Paddy Cake" died on March 20 at 1:50 pm; cause of death was starvation.



Just prior to the hatch Liberty, the resident male, disappeared leaving Belle to tend to the newly hatched eaglet herself. During this critical time period, a young male intruder arrived and started to threaten Belle and Lil Paddy by perching in the attic and landing in the nest. This intruder's behavior caused Belle to remain close to the nest to protect Lil Paddy and the remaining egg, which never did hatch. At times we observed Belle offering her beak to Lil Paddy which Lil Paddy accepted. This beak to beak behavior continued during Lil Paddy's short life but there was never any food exchanged. Belle was not able to leave the nest area long enough to hunt and fish to provide for Lil Paddy because of the male intruder that threatened the nest so unfortunately on day four Lil Paddy succumbed to starvation. Ironically, Belle was able to leave the nest briefly and returned to the nest with a fish just moments after Lil Paddy died. It was a heartbreaking turn of events for this family. Liberty the long term mate of Belle was never seen again. Weeks later a body of a adult bald eagle was discovered on the grounds, which may have been the resident male Liberty. As time went by and given the long absence of Liberty; Belle eventually accepted Smitty as her new mate.



(Information from the National Conservation Training Center;
May 7 2010 Spring and Parent - screen cap by IrishEyes)

Link to last year's thread for this nest



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By: Pat B (offline) on Tuesday, September 28 2010 @ 08:59 AM EDT  
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By: IrishEyes (offline) on Tuesday, September 28 2010 @ 02:42 PM EDT  
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:hello: everyone..... Thanks PEB... Hard to believe , another season!! Very HappyVery Happy

We are ready and eager for another season with this beautiful pair of Eagles ... WubVery HappyVery Happy Mom and Dad were on the nest this morning.... will post the caps... Smile


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