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By: eaglet999 (offline) on Tuesday, October 08 2013 @ 09:29 AM EDT (Read 17841 times)  
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Sooner Lake - 2014-2016 - North of Stillwater, Oklahoma

Sooner Lake, Oklahoma - Bald Eagle Cam

http://suttoncenter.org/pages/live_eagle_camera

There have generally been two streaming cams here, one giving a closeup of the nest and the other mounted away from the nest and able to pan the area as well as provide a side view of the nest.

The nest is on Sooner Lake, near Stillwater in north-central Oklahoma. Until 2010, the pair nested on an artificial tower erected by the Sutton Avian Research Center and local utility OG&E to replace the original dead nest tree used by this pair after it fell down. The pair first built a nest in the dead tree in 1995, and laid their first eggs in 1996. Since then, they've fledged 24 eaglets, with three eaglets in 2000 and 2002. 2008 was the first year they've known how many eggs were laid; they do know that three eggs hatched in 2007, but the youngest chick was unable to compete for food with its older siblings, so only two of them fledged. There were four eggs laid in 2008, but the cam was down for a month shortly after they started to hatch, so we don't know how many of them hatched; there were two eaglets when the cam came back, and both fledged successfully. There were three eggs laid in 2009, and one hatched; the eaglet fledged successfully at about 12-1/2 weeks, and was seen in the area until it was about 19 weeks old. In 2010 the moved from the artificial tower and, after apparently trying a few nearby locations, settled on an old hawk nest in a dead cottonwood tree. They managed to do some work on the nest, but it was still quite a bit smaller than the average eagle nest, with some rickety areas and a few holes when they laid their three eggs. It was a sad year - one of the eggs didn't hatch; the younger chick fell from the nest and died when it was two days old, possibly after being blown into an unfinished area near the edge by gusty winds; and the remaining chick fell from the nest and died when it was 36 days old; analysis by the Sutton Center suggests it may have backed up to the edge of the nest for a poop shot, lost its balance, and stepped backwards over the relatively low edge of the nest as it tried to recover.

As far as we know, they didn't nest in 2011.

They did nest in 2012 and produced 3 eggs. One egg didn't hatch. One eaglet got accidentally stepped on when it was 8 days old. The third eaglet grew and fledged successfully.

In 2013 the pair again laid four eggs, and all hatched though the fourth chick died shortly after hatching and the third died when it was 6 days old (it was two days younger, so visibly smaller, and probably had trouble competing for food); the remaining two chicks fledged successfully.

(Thanks to Alan Jenkins, Assistant Director of the G. M. Sutton Avian Research Center, for the background information)

2014 Season
Update - October 2014: The adults were seen on the nest with the cams starting in October 2013, but didn't appear to be working on the nest - and it was reported by the Sutton Center on February 17 that they were nesting at another site. The cameras went down shortly thereafter, and Sutton Center reported that it appeared to be a faulty radio on the nest tower, and would be difficult to repair or replace. They said they would try to get it fixed, and/or move the cams to an active nest, but that hasn't happened. I asked if there was an update on the eagles, and Chat member nesty said they had successfully fledged two eaglets this year at their new nest. At this point the folks at Sutton Center are waiting to see where the eagles nest, and then will decide if they can repair/replace/set up cams to view them - keeping fingers crossed. ~JudyB

2015 Season
Link to the First Post of the 2015 Season
A local observer said it looked as if the pair was using an alternate nest as of mid-February (and I'm not sure how that worked out), and then someone laid an egg on the platform nest on March 26 (over a month after eggs are usually laid), though there was only a minimal amount of incubating before it was abandoned; folks at the Sutton Center said that there was a failed nest attempt attempt about a mile away earlier in the spring, and that pair might have been starting a second clutch, but didn't carry through because of the lateness of the season. They said the egg might also have been laid by a young female not yet ready to complete a nesting season. It is amazing what we are learning from these cams! ~JudyB

2016 Season
Link to the First Post of the 2016 Season

2017 Season
Link to the First Post of the 2017 Season



Parent with 4 eggs. 3/16/2013. s'cap by mia
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Feeding the two chicks. 3/28/2013. s'cap by Bev (IrishEyes)
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Back at the nest after fledging for some 'home' cooking. 6/16/2013. s'cap by mia
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By: Debs (offline) on Friday, October 11 2013 @ 01:56 PM EDT  
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Oct 11 2013

Afternoon Sooner wave

Nest has been MT every time I checked
today.

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By: Debs (offline) on Wednesday, October 16 2013 @ 12:45 PM EDT  
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October 16 2013

Morning SL wave

The nest view is out likely not enough sunlight
to keep it going...this area has had some cloudy, rainy
weather the past few days.

The wide angle cam is working and yesterday i saw one
of the adults visiting.

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By: Debs (offline) on Thursday, October 17 2013 @ 12:37 PM EDT  
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October 17 2013

Morning SL wave


Sunny at the nest today so hopefully the nest cam will
come up again soon.

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By: Debs (offline) on Friday, October 18 2013 @ 02:38 PM EDT  
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October 18 2013

Afternoon SL wave

135 pm
Cloudy, rainy and windy at the nest
right now.

Nest is MT right now.

1124 am
Adult perched on the crossbar.
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