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By: golden1 (offline) on Wednesday, September 21 2011 @ 01:13 PM EDT (Read 35246 times)  
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Fort St. Vrain, Colorado - Bald Eagle Cam

We have a new link to the live cams with sound as of 2/20/12

http://www.farmyou.com/falcon_cams/index.html

You can also access the cams from http://www.raptorresource.org/

You will still find the cams at the links below

http://birdcam.xcelenergy.com/eagle.html
Click on the blue bar that reads: Fort St. Vrain Eagle Cam. The cam is solar-powered, so might be a bit uncertain on very dark days. They also have issues with their video from time to time. There are photos for the day saved in ten-minute increments, so you can see what has happened in the previous 24 hours. There is an overhead cam that can be found here: birdcam.xcelenergy.com/EagleCam/bird.jpg There is night vision. The cams seem to stay on for varying periods of time after 10:00 p.m. They usually are on by 8:15 a.m. They are hoping to bring on sound as well- so keep your fingers crossed! The cam is sometimes offline during the fall and winter.

This nest is at Xcel Energy's Fort St. Vrain Power Station in Platteville, Colorado. Local time is Mountain time. The nest is 6 feet wide and 5 feet deep, and has been active for years. The camera was installed in 2003. This pair successfully raised 3 chicks in 2008, 2 chicks in 2007, 3 in 2006, and 2 in most of the previous years that they've been watched. The nest failed quite tragically in 2009. Their three eggs hatched in late March, but all three chicks died April 17; apparently one of the parents was lost or incapacitated around April 14. The remaining parent wasn't able to keep the eaglets warm and fed during a bad wind/rain/snow storm. A second adult was seen shortly thereafter, leading to speculation that one of the adults might have eaten a poisoned prairie dog and been unable to function for a few days.

There was speculation that there was a new female in 2010, possibly a relatively young adult as there appeared to be a few brown feathers remaining in her head. The male appears to be the same as last year, though it is hard to tell. Both eagles are banded, but the cam resolution isn't strong enough to see numbers on the bands. The pair successfully raised two eaglets in 2010. They laid three eggs in 2011, two of which hatched, and both eaglets fledged successfully.

Based on past experience for this pair, look for eggs in middle to late February, chicks in mid-April, and fledging in late June.

2011-2012 Season:

  • cam on:
  • eggs laid: February 15, 6:06 pm (seen morning of 16th); seen February 19, 9:06 am
  • hatched: March 25, seen 6:34 pm (38-9 days); seen March 27, 6:25 am (37 days); March 29, seen 2:43 pm (36 days)

    This nest failed on April 12, 2012. All chicks died from over exposure to cold/and or wet conditions.

  • sad news: April 1, the two older chicks (7 and 5 days old) were exploring the nest, and made their way over to the edge; one (probably the older one) was able to return, but the other one wasn't able to make it back, and at one point looked as if it might be tangled in something stretchy that pulled it back when it got close to the center of the nest. The adults fed the wandering chick, but as darkness fell, Mom settled to brood the two in the nestbowl, leaving the other one uncovered. At some point during the night the male arrived and brooded the wandering one for a while, but there had not been any movement observed for a while before that, so it may have been too late. By morning the little one was clearly non-responsive. Rest in peace, young one, and fly free forever.

    April 12 More sad news. Thunderstorms blew through the Fort ST. Vrain nest area about midnight. Both parents were on the nest trying to protect the eaglets. The rain was heavy for a short time and the winds were strong. SuziQ, the youngest chick was in the center nest at 6:53, but moved to the fence at 11 by 6:55. PatiO the older chick was already at 12 along the fence on the side view cam. At 8:40 mdt it was announced by Raptor Resource Project staff that the chicks had not survived the rainy, cold night.



(Information from Xcel Energy and the BirdCam Forum;
2010 s'caps by golden1 - and yes, that is snow in the first one)

Link to last year's thread for the Fort St. Vrain bald eagle cam



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By: golden1 (offline) on Wednesday, September 21 2011 @ 01:14 PM EDT  
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Remembering #2 chick, Goldie.

Goldie was laid overnight on the 19th of February. The second egg of the 2012 season was seen at 9:04 a.m.
On March 27th there were two hatchlings in the nest and Dad was feeding both of them. The second eaglet appeared to be eating a few bites and was bobbing up and down. It may have hatched sometime late on the 26th or early on the 27th. In the afternoon of April 1st the eaglets were out of the nest bowl and at the fence at 4/5 (side view cam) They were fed there before 7 pm. The oldest eaglet returned to the nest bowl, but the middle chick did not return. Mom went to the chick over and over through the evening. The chick was not able to move past a certain point near the nest bowl and would be shifted around and away from the nest bowl over and over. Dad came on the nest and rested near Goldie for almost an hour near midnight. Goldie did not survive the night cold. We believe but cannot be certain that the chick was caught on something and could not move the distance to the nest bowl.

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Jannicemull did this video on March 27th. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Dm8o5bd7Dc
The eaglets are small so look for wiggling in the middle of the nest.

The details of this unfortunate, sad event begin on page 26 of these daily notes.

Rest in peace little one and soar free!



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By: golden1 (offline) on Thursday, September 29 2011 @ 02:50 PM EDT  
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Remembering chicks #1 PatiO and #3 SuziQ

These two were hard to keep tucked in and away from the fence around the nest. The days had been unusually warm and the nights not as cold. On April 11th a strong thunderstorm blew down from the mts along the front range at approximately 11:30 p.m. Both parents were on the nest during the heavy rain and strong winds. They tried to protect these eaglets, but the weather did not make it easy and the eaglets did not survive. The following video by Jannicemull shows a day on the nest. It was taken on April 5th and gives us some wonderful memories of these two eaglets. Soar in peace little ones. Lovethebabies has also shared a video of life on the Fort ST Vrain nest.

lovethebabies set the following video to music to celebrate the happy times at the nest
Video Camera April 8 A day of sunshine, parent time and food on Fort St Vrain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKpPLzfg9lM

We all set you free ~ soar high little ones.

The following pages detail the journey of the eaglets of the 2012 season.



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By: golden1 (offline) on Saturday, October 08 2011 @ 01:19 PM EDT  
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The eagles are back!!! I did not see them but Beth from BCAW got this early morning picture.

Today the 8th it is 40F and rain snow mix south of the nest with the wet weather moving northeast. It will warm up again by Monday.

Happy eagle watching everyone......

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The overhead cam is working right now, but the other cam is down most likely needs sunshine as it is solar powered.



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By: golden1 (offline) on Sunday, October 16 2011 @ 01:40 PM EDT  
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I have not spotted the eagles, but I do believe new sticks are piling up along the fence. The 3 side surely needs more, but it seems to have some new construction.
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Anyway I sure hope so....am missing this pair.....



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By: golden1 (offline) on Monday, October 24 2011 @ 12:54 PM EDT  
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The eagles were on the nest on the 18th doing nestorations. Kittenface spotted them. It is good to see the changes at the nest and to know that the eagles are BACK.



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By: IrishEyes (online) on Wednesday, October 26 2011 @ 12:14 PM EDT  
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Quote by: golden1

The eagles were on the nest on the 18th doing nestorations. Kittenface spotted them. It is good to see the changes at the nest and to know that the eagles are BACK.



Wed. Oct. 26, 2011

Wonderful news Donna.. I check the stills at times and today i see the nest is full of snow..Wooh

Cap from 7:32am
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eta
Nest at 6:56pm
No eagle prints in the snowy nest
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Thursday Oct. 27, 2011.
9:36am Nest time
No video this morning...

eta
11:18am
Video is back

No sign on the eagles... would love to see them... hope the snow melts some
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By: golden1 (offline) on Friday, October 28 2011 @ 04:19 PM EDT  
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late yesterday afternoon Ma and Pa SV were in the snowy nest. I will post pics later....when I figure out how to do that with this new computer. Good learning time. Thanks BEV for the pics of the nest. IT is really great to see the eagles at the nest. I can then be sure they survived the storm. It was such a heavy snow and got cold so fast. WE had a 30 degree change in temps.



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