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By: eaglet999 (offline) on Tuesday, October 08 2013 @ 09:39 AM EDT (Read 30611 times)  
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Sequoyah 2014 - National Wildlife Refuge near Vian, Oklahoma

http://suttoncenter.org/pages/live_eagle_camera

There are two cams, streaming but no sound, giving different views of the nest.

The nest is in the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, near Vian in eastern Oklahoma, near the Arkansas border. This is the Sutton Center's second nest with a cam (their original nest cam features a pair that nests about 125 miles away, at Sooner Lake in north central Oklahoma). The cam page above shows two views of Sooner Lake and two of Sequoyah.

The pair laid three eggs in 2011, though one disappeared before the cam came online. The two remaining eggs hatched, and both chicks fledged successfully; the younger was given a GPS transmitter, and you can follow his travels here.

In 2012 three eggs were laid and hatched. Sadly the youngest passed away at 39 days old during a spell of rain and sleet. The young eaglet did not have feathers and therefore couldn't insulate itself from the elements and died likely from exposure. The other two successfully fledged.

The pair laid two eggs in 2013, but appeared to be distracted by intruders about 3 weeks into the incubation period, and began leaving the eggs untended, at first for minutes, and then for hours at a time in freezing weather, until there was no realistic chance the eggs will hatch. One egg collapsed on January 30 (about 7 weeks after the eggs were laid), and the adults were last seen on February 2 (when one incubated the remaining egg most of the day). Then a great horned owl started visiting on Feb 3, appeared to incubate the eagle egg during the night in February 4 and 5, spent the next day on the nest - and laid an egg February 7! She laid a second egg three days later, and incubated both of her eggs plus the remaining eagle egg until the night of February 15, when the eagle egg and one owl egg disappeared. She continued incubating the remaining egg, but sadly it didn't hatch - the nest was empty when it became light the morning of February 26. The owls visited the nest March 3, and one (likely the female) was on the nest as it got dark, but was not there in the morning. There was also a brief visit by a pair of osprey - busy nest, but no chicks of any kind.

(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 it looked as if the eagles were nesting at another site. The pair was seen at the nest in May (after their chicks would likely have fledged and left the area, so perhaps they will use this nest in 2015. At this point only the wide-angle cam is streaming, and it's pulled back far enough that it's hard to tell if the eagles are visiting the nest. The folks at the Sutton Center have said that they will try to get to get the cams fixed if the eagles nest there, or consider relocating them to an active nest if they don't, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I asked if there was an update on the eagles, and Chat member nesty said they had been successful, but it was hard to tell which of the nearby nests was the new nest of the pair we've watched, so nesty couldn't tell how many chicks they fledged. ~JudyB


2015 Nesting Season

  • eggs laid: February 7, about 3 pm; seen February 11, 7:09 am (probably laid overnight)
  • sad news: This may have been a new pair (chatters felt the female did not look like the one from previous years, and the male seemed very tentative the first few times he tried to incubate their two eggs but he seemed to be learning fast) - and the few of us here who watch this nest focused on other nests once the eggs were laid and things looked OK. When we checked back after a couple of weeks, it appeared that only the female was incubating the eggs; the male was in the area, and would come to the nest some of the time when the female left, but we didn't see him bring food or tend to the eggs, which were left uncovered (sometimes for an hour or more in chilly weather) while the female was off getting food. Against all odds, the first egg began hatching but couldn't complete the hatch process and was removed from cam view by the male; it looked as if there was a pip in the second egg, but the hatch didn't go any further, and the female abandoned the nest. Rest in peace, little almost-chicks. ~JudyB
  • report: from Dr. Sherrod from the Sutton Center



New/young pairs often don't get all the necessary skills in the right sequence initially, so we are hoping for a better year in 2016.

2016 Nesting Season posts start here - forum/viewtopic.php?topic=839916#839916

2017 Nesting Season posts start here - forum/viewtopic.php?topic=912231#912231

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Link to last year's thread for this nest.



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By: Debs (offline) on Friday, October 11 2013 @ 01:58 PM EDT  
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Afternoon Sequoyah wave

The cam positioned on the nest has moved
a few times today.

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By: Debs (offline) on Wednesday, October 16 2013 @ 12:37 PM EDT  
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October 16 2013

Morning Sequoyah Byebye


The cam has shifted again perhaps during the
tstorms this area had over the course of a couple
of days...so we have a partial view of the nest.

I cannot remember was that neighboring tree to
the left of the nest ... has it always been swayed
or has it been hit by a wind event recently.

The eagles if they are going to reclaim this nest
should be back to the nest soon fingers crossed
so i have been checking on them regularly.

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By: Debs (offline) on Thursday, October 17 2013 @ 12:34 PM EDT  
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October 17 2013

Morning Sequoyah wave

I think the cam was pulled in a bit.

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By: Debs (offline) on Thursday, October 17 2013 @ 06:47 PM EDT  
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