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By: JudyB (online) on Saturday, September 07 2013 @ 10:18 AM EDT (Read 32750 times)  
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Maine Coast - Bald Eagle Cam

Link to the cam: http://www.briloon.org/oae/webcams/eaglecam1
Link to the cam on UStream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/brieaglcam (starts with ad which can be noisy)


Link to the Maine Bald Eagle Cam forum: http://www.window-on-wildlife.com
Link to Maine Eagle Cam Forum Archives: http://www.hostingphpbb.com/forum/index.php?mforum=tdbc

Bar Harbor, Maine, is a coastal town in Hancock County that should have similar conditions when checking the weather.

This is a streaming cam with sound; it did have night vision but that has stopped working, and the tree where the cam is located is unsafe to climb so that cannot be fixed.

The cam is located in coastal Hancock County, and the eagles have nested at this site since 1995 and raised 22 offspring, making them one of the most successful pairs in Maine when the cam first came online. This is a beautiful nest on the coast of Maine.

They fledged two eaglets on cam in 2006 (a third chick was lost, likely due to sibling rivalry), but had tragedy in 2007 - the weather was brutal right after the chicks hatched and they lost them; they did not lay eggs in 2008 or 2009 (taking a year or two off after a nest failure is apparently fairly common). Eagles were seen at the nest regularly in 2010, though it's not certain if this is the pair from earlier years or if a change occurred at some point since the loss of the chicks in 2007; they did not lay eggs. The current pair actually laid two eggs in 2011, and we all had our hopes up for a successful season - but it was not to be; it's not clear quite what happened, but there was a bad storm shortly after the eggs were laid and the female (who might be relatively young) was gone for several days; when she returned she didn't resume incubating, and the male was unable to do it all, so the nest was eventually left untended and subsequently failed; there may also have been one or more other eagles in the area, adding to the stress.

In both 2012 and 2013, the pair hatched two chicks - and both years the younger one was lost to sibling rivalry when food deliveries were suddenly reduced in the wake of a major rainstorm in early June, after doing quite well for 5-6 weeks. It seemed to me that the adults spent less time with the chicks than at most other nests I watch - the chicks were alone during the rainstorm in 2012, though they were less than 5 weeks old, and my impression is that the surviving eaglet in both cases did more self-feeding at a young age than normal. The older eaglet did fledge successfully both years - and we're all hoping for a less stressful season in 2014.

Before 2011, eggs were generally laid in the first half of March, with chicks in mid-April, and fledging in early July; more recently, eggs have arrived in mid to late March.

2013-2014 Season:



(Information from BioDiversity Research Institute)


May 1 2013 screen cap posted by JudyB - morning light


May 16 2013 screen cap posted by Debs - Mom and the kids


June 26 2013 screen cap posted by JudyB - feeling the wind beneath the wings

Link to last year's thread for the Maine bald eagle cam

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By: JudyB (online) on Saturday, September 07 2013 @ 10:18 AM EDT  
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By: JudyB (online) on Wednesday, September 25 2013 @ 06:30 PM EDT  
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

6:25 pm
One adult landed in the nest.

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Followed a few seconds later by the other.

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One left after three minutes, the other a minute later.

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By: JudyB (online) on Thursday, September 26 2013 @ 06:42 AM EDT  
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

6:41 am
Lovely morning at the nest.

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I've heard some calls, but haven't seen anyone yet.

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By: JudyB (online) on Wednesday, November 06 2013 @ 10:51 AM EST  
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November 6, 2013

The cam has been down for a few days, but is back this morning. No eagles yet.

10:49 am eastern time
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