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By: golden1 (online) on Thursday, October 03 2013 @ 03:37 PM EDT (Read 79751 times)  
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Fort St. Vrain Colorado 2014 Bald Eagle Nest

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1. http://www.farmyou.com/falcon_cams/index.html newest address for cams

2. http://www.raptorresource.org/ 2 views, side and overhead on the same page

3. http://birdcam.xcelenergy.com/eagle.html side view

4. Birdcam.xcelenergy.com/EagleCam/bird.jpg overhead view

Sound was installed in 2012.

Nest History
This nest is at Xcel Energy's Fort ST Vrain Power Station in Platteville, Colorado. It is in the mountain time zone. The 6 foot nest has been used by a variety of eagle pairs. The cam was installed in 2003. The eagles have raised
3 chicks in 2006
2 chicks in 2007
3 chicks in 2008
3 chicks in 2009 The nest failed in 2009 Snowstorm and absent parent.
2 chicks in 2010
2 chicks in 2011 2 of the 3 eggs hatched. One was inviable.
3 chicks in 2012 The nest failed in 2012 Middle chick was stuck and died of hypothermia. Storm of over 2" of rain in a short period of time caused the other 2 chicks to suffer hypothermia also.
3 chicks in 2013. The youngest hatched 4/1 died on 4/16. One of the chicks that was hatched on 3/29 died on 4/17. There was a snowstorm that lasted 3 days. The wind and snow caused the chicks to die most likely from hypothermia. (report in next post)
eggs laid #1 2/17 #2 2/20 and #3 2/23
chicks hatched #1 3/29 #2 3/29 #3 4/1
#1 died in snowstorm on 4/17 #3 died in snowstorm on 4/16
#2 The surviving chick fledged on 6/15/13 ( there were reports that it fledged on 6/12, but Survivor could be heard near the nest and
most likely branched elsewhere in the nest tree. Survivor was on the nest soon after)
Eggs are usually laid mid to late February and hatch in late March. They have usually fledged by early June.

Eagles usually begin nestorations in early October. Last year cam did not stream until February, but stills were posted earlier.

Link to 2012/2013 discussion

All streaming is out of the Raptor Resource operations in Decorah, Iowa. We thank them for streaming this nest for our viewing.



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By: golden1 (online) on Thursday, October 03 2013 @ 04:02 PM EDT  
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The area where the nest is located was flooded in the historic flooding in Colorado from September 10 to September 13. The nest tree is near the banks of the St. Vrain Creek. The camera equipment and the solar panels were covered with 5 to 7 feet of water. Once the waters have receded they will see what has happened. It is unknown if the cam equipment and solar panels will be replaced.

The camera equipment was checked, cleaned, and were operating on December 13, 2013. The cams went down on January 19, 2014 and then they no longer streamed. They were back in operation on March 28, 2014. There are 3 eggs in the nest. These are hatches #25,#26 and #27.

Eggs laid: 2/21, 2/24, and 2/27or 28.
Eggs hatched: 4/1, 4/2, and 4/5. They have been named Amara = elegance and grace, Argos =alert and vigilant, and Ajax=powerful eagle.
May 1st we began to notice Argos was wheezing. Argos passed on May 8th due to a respiratory illness. Sad

Branched: Amara 6/12 8:56am Ajax 6/20

Fledged: Amara 6/27 Ajax 6/28 (These are the dates from RRP) I believe that Amara fledged on 6/25. It has been difficult to confirm any dates for branching or fledging due to the side view cam being out of service. There are also blind spots at 6 and 12 on the overhead view that make it difficult to know for sure if the juvies are there or branching. My dates are from seeing the juvie go off to the perch branch at 3 on the overhead cam. Usually the juvies have gone up to the branches over 5 and 7. The branch over 7 broke in a windstorm. I noticed the parent sitting and moving about on the branch off of 3 before either juvie started to hop out there. Hopefully the cams will be cleaned in the fall and adjusted so that they does not take a direct hit in the future.



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By: golden1 (online) on Thursday, October 03 2013 @ 04:02 PM EDT  
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By: golden1 (online) on Saturday, October 12 2013 @ 08:21 AM EDT  
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October 12, 2013

Sometime during this week Gmabird went to the nest area. Her pictures are pretty graphic of the flood damaged area. She did see one of the eagles in the nest. I used the slide show option to view her pics. If you put your mouse arrow at the top of each picture, you will see her caption.


http://s235.photobucket.com/user/gdasch ... 20part%202

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By: Woodlands Bleu (offline) on Saturday, October 12 2013 @ 09:19 AM EDT  
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Thanks Donna for bringing over those pictures from Gmabird. They certainly show how things are. The nest tree looks intact luckily.
And an eagle therein!
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By: JudyB (offline) on Wednesday, October 16 2013 @ 07:09 PM EDT  
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Thanks, Donna and Gmabird! Wonderful to see an eagle on the nest - and I agree with the WOW at the force of the water that did all that!

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By: IrishEyes (online) on Friday, October 18 2013 @ 06:13 AM EDT  
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Thanks Donna and Gmabird ..exciting to see an eagle on the nest... the power of the water is incredible..... nature can be cruel.............


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