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By: MaryF (offline) on Thursday, January 01 2015 @ 02:51 PM EST (Read 7926 times)  
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Click on image to download --Mom and Dad MNB


We would like to welcome the MN Bound bald eagle cam back for out 4th year of coverage here at HWF!!


LINK TO THE CAM -- http://www.mnbound.com/live-eagle-cam/

MN Bound Facebook page -- https://www.facebook.com/Minnesota.Bound.Live.Eagles


This is a live streaming video of a nesting pair of Bald Eagles located in South central Minnesota. This nest is positioned 75 feet up in a cottonwood tree less than 30 yards from the flowing waters of the Crow River. The nest is over 7x6 feet in diameter and as well about 7 feet deep. The tree's main trunk has 2 large branches (approximately 12 inches in diameter) that the nest sits on as it hugs the main trunk.

The camera is placed on the trunk as it bends away from the nest. The camera is placed about 10 feet from the center of the nest. The camera is powered 100% by solar energy and is equipped with audio and pan tilt zoom features. Thanks to Broadband Corp's wireless network, they are able to bring you this rare look into nature. Special thanks to Broadband MN and Hutchinson Co-op Agronomy for making this possible!

Working through the harsh Minnesota winter, the eagles start rebuilding their nest in early February, preparing to lay their eggs in March.

Mom with her three 2014 chicks in a row--we sadly lost the tiny one on April 27th

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Minnesota Bound is a popular Minnesota based television show that has now been on the air for 16 years. They highlight anything and everything to do with the Midwest outdoor lifestyle. Hosted by Ron Schara and his love able black lab Raven, these two have shared thousands of stories. From unique animals to incredible characters, they’ve covered nearly everything. They’ve had an interest in web cams for the past 4 years and their most popular one thus far has been the live loon cam. They really enjoy bringing nature to everyone, LIVE. Their dream is to continue growing the amount of camera’s they have placed and to give several great experiences throughout the entire year.

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Link to the 2014 thread -- forum/viewtopic.php?topic=571072#571072



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By: MaryF (offline) on Thursday, January 01 2015 @ 02:52 PM EST  
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Three little eaglets from 2014--we lost little Skye. the youngest, on April 27th

A tribute to little Skye -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_Gg3Ts ... e=youtu.be

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Highlights of the 2015 nesting season

* Cam on -- Feb 24, 2015

* Eggs laid -- Egg #1 - Feb 28, 2015 - 3:58PM ~~ Egg #2 - March 3, 2015 - 5:53PM

* Eggs hatched -- Egg #1(M10) - April 6, 2015 ~~ Egg #2 - April 8, 2015

* Named -- Spirit (M10) and Scout (M11)

* Branched --

* Fledged --

* Last seen --

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Click on image to download -- beautiful Mom


A great video on How to Tell the Difference Between Mom & Dad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV0UVWABVkE

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Click on image to download -- Nice shot of the nest area in S.C. MN



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By: MaryF (offline) on Thursday, January 01 2015 @ 02:52 PM EST  
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Click on image to download -- Handsome Dad MNB


Some history about this nest and cam ~~

Information posted March 2, 2012 on the Minnesota Bound site:

Three years ago (from 2012) MN Bound attempted to do an Eagle cam for the first time. This was in a nest on the West side of Hutchinson MN. This nest was chosen because it was new, it had been created just the year prior but no eagles had raised any young in it.

We installed the camera and had the usual challenges and just as soon as we thought we had everything resolved.....a Great Horned Owl moved in. We watched in anticipation of the Eagles returning home and chasing the owl out. We then learned that Great Horned Owls do not make their own nests, and they often take eagle nests! Who would have thought?! That's when the Eagle cam became the Owl Cam.

Then we took another stab at it and decided to go to a nest that was more mature and maybe more of a sure bet. We found this nest about 2 miles away from the other nest. This nest is located on the south side of Hutchinson on the Crow River. It is 75 feet in the air and it is estimated to be about 7 years old. It sits a good distance from anything, there is a lucky house on the river bluff that gets prime viewing.

I was told by the property owner that when the nest was first built he mowed a trail through the tall grass so people could walk down to the nest, but he felt like all the people traffic was effecting the birds so he stopped mowing the trail. The eagle nest over looks a pond and big grassy field. There are many deer and water foul in the area as well as river critters!

It was also communicated that several years ago one of the folks walking around the base of the tree found the remains of an adult eagle at the base of the tree. The eagle was brought in and it was determined that it had died from lead poisoning. Mind you this is all hear say and I can not back any of it up as factual, but I can't say I have any reason to doubt it.

Last year (2011) when we placed the camera, we thought we were being clever in its placement but in fact we had terrible placement for seeing inside the nest. Live and learn! We were still excited and were able to see some great footage but gain little knowledge of their habits.

This year we revamped almost our entire system from camera to sound to power to internet connection. Remember, this is a completely stand alone system meaning solar powered and wireless internet signal from the nest site to the top of the Hutchinson Coop Agronomy elevator and then to a tower near Silver Lake where it talks to another radio mounted about 150 feet in the air that connects to Broadband's Internet Network.

Click on image to download -- underview of the nest


This link will take you to a news story and a video about the nest by KARE-the local TV station.

http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article ... yid=969012

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A new cam & IR light was installed just before dusk on Nov.15th from a cherry picker. Many thanks to BroadBandCorp for the new cam, IR light & installation.

Installation of the new cam in 11/13 -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycicJgOUy0g

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By: MaryF (offline) on Tuesday, February 24 2015 @ 03:05 PM EST  
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I just by chance checked here and---the cam just went live a few minutes ago!!! Here are a couple of shots of Mom on the nest--she has been moving a new load of grass around the nest.

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By: MaryF (offline) on Tuesday, February 24 2015 @ 03:29 PM EST  
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Mom and Dad posing for everybody! Happy first day of the cam!!

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Mom and Dad MNB---side by side --- love

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