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By: golden1 (offline) on Tuesday, October 20 2015 @ 12:47 PM EDT (Read 20970 times)  
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Links to cams: http://birdcam.xcelenergy.com/Cams/Eagle_Top
http://birdcam.xcelenergy.com/Cams/Eagle_Side These 3 links are not working as of 2/6/16 Try this one: http://raptorresource.org/birdcams/xcel-energy-cams/
http://www.farmyou.com/falcon_cams/eagle/html

Fort St. Vrain Colorado nest is near Plateville, Colorado. It is on private property near the Xcel Energy Generation Station. The nest has been viewed since 2006.

This is a solar powered camera set up that is streamed from the plant to Raptor Resource Project. We thank Raptor Resource Project and Xcel for their involvement with this nest.

The parent eagles are not named and are called Mom and Dad Fort St Vrain.

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 eggs, both hatched and both fledged.
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. Two of the chicks died at 15 and 18 days old, probably from hypothermia during a snowstorm that lasted 3 days; the remaining chick fledged successfully.
3 chicks in 2014. The middle chick was observed wheezing in early May, and died of an apparent respiratory illness about a week later, at about 5 weeks of age; The youngest also appeared to wheeze occasionally, but not as much - and fledged successfully, as did the oldest chick..
3 chicks in 2015. Two of the chicks died but the third survived and fledged.

Eagles usually begin nestorations in early October. Eggs are usually laid mid to late February and hatch in late March. They have usually fledged by early June.



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By: golden1 (offline) on Tuesday, October 20 2015 @ 12:48 PM EDT  
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The parents are seen at or around the nest year round. They are usually actively working in the nest as early as September or in early October. The eggs are laid in mid to late February. The eaglets usually fledge in early June.

* eggs laid 2/16; 2/19; and 2/22
* eggs hatch 3/28 at 9:23am; 3/28 at 6:29pm; and 3/31 at 6:47pm
* eaglets branch
* eaglets fledge
The nest failed during a rain/snow storm on 4/16/16. All three eaglets died by 9:24am most likely from hypothermia.

This is an excellent article on the harsh springtime conditions at the Fort St. Vrain nest and the announcement of the nest failure on 4/16
https://www.facebook.com/RaptorResourceProject/?fref=nf

These picture of the nest and nest area are courtesy of Robin Dasch.

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By: golden1 (offline) on Tuesday, October 20 2015 @ 12:48 PM EDT  
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By: golden1 (offline) on Tuesday, October 20 2015 @ 12:50 PM EDT  
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The eagles have been spending time on the nest since the beginning of October. They are moving sticks as well as bringing in new ones.

10/17/15 Both eagles are working on the nest. I saw the bands on their legs so I believe this is the same pair as last year.

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By: golden1 (offline) on Tuesday, October 20 2015 @ 12:57 PM EDT  
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10/20/15 One of the eagles has brought food to the nest at about 10:32am. There is something on the nest, perhaps a mouse that the eagle is going after but not catching.

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By: Darlene (offline) on Tuesday, October 20 2015 @ 04:56 PM EDT  
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Yeah, thanks for the heads up Donna!


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By: Darlene (offline) on Friday, October 23 2015 @ 12:24 PM EDT  
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10:22 I thought I would check in on them and the cam came up with both on the nest doing nestorations! love
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By: golden1 (offline) on Friday, October 23 2015 @ 03:37 PM EDT  
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Hi Darlene and all.

I saw them earlier this morning too. They were nestorating and then very watchful. (I had to leave to volunteer in a second grade classroom)
7:58 am
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It is so good to see them so busy already. It has been raining the last few days. We will be warming up and drying out over the weekend. Smile



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