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By: MaryF (offline) on Friday, September 30 2016 @ 01:02 PM EDT (Read 318 times)  
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Welcome to year 5 of our coverage of the Minnesota DNR Bald Eagle Cam ~~


Link to the cam -- http://www.webcams.dnr.state.mn.us/eagle/

MN non-game Facebook link -- https://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaNonga ... m/?fref=ts

DNR group FB page -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/227557260721558/

Link to the 2015/16 thread -- forum/viewtopic.php?topic=827296#827296


Click on image to download -- The 2016 DNR family (erikas9999)


HWF would like to thank the Minnesota DNR, Floyd Security and Xcel Energy for setting up this Bald Eagle Cam for our entertainment, enjoyment and education!.

This eagle camera is brought to you by the Minnesota DNR's Nongame Wildlife Program, which helps over 700 species of Minnesota wildlife thrive. We are watching live video of a Twin Cities eagle nest. This pair of eagles has nested in the same area since about 2010, fledging at least one chick in that time.
The camera was installed above the nest in late 2012 with help from an Xcel Energy crew with a boom truck, and Floyd Security. The nest is in an undisclosed Twin Cities (Minneapolis--St. Paul) metro area location

(From the Minnesota DNR) -- The nest is very high in the tree and a bucket truck was needed to install the camera. This work was done early in the winter, before the birds were displaying courtship behavior or even frequenting the nest. The eagles are not fed by humans, nor does anyone physically visit this nest. They are completely on their own, in their natural environment with no assistance from humans. This is the way nature intended and this is also why we keep the location of this nest discreet. Any disturbance could threaten the nest, or habituate the birds which could turn out to be deadly for the new family. We do not want that to happen! We are very grateful to be able to witness this fascinating and amazing process. Our generation is very fortunate to have this opportunity. We hope that you are also enjoying every minute of spying on the natural world and learning from these beautiful and majestic birds.




Note to viewers: This is live video of wild birds in the natural process of raising their young. Life and death struggles occur all the time in the natural world. DNR staff will monitor this camera and will evaluate incidents as they occur, but we do not plan to, nor do we condone, any interference with this nest or its occupants

To our EagleCam followers, the purpose of the EagleCam is to allow researchers and the public to witness the natural processes of Bald Eagle courtship, egg laying and incubation, hatching, eaglet care, prey selection, and fledging. It is important to remember that in addition to observing successes, it is also valuable to observe and document failures, including eaglet fighting and potentially the causes of eaglet mortality (sibling rivalry, starvation, exposure, predation, etc.). We do NOT plan to cut the live feed to censor these natural processes. NOTICE- You have to decide for yourself if/when you need to turn off the feed in the event that difficult-to-view events transpire.

We will not be naming the EagleCam Bald Eagles. These are wild birds, not pets, and we want to avoid the personification of wild animals

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By: MaryF (offline) on Friday, September 30 2016 @ 01:02 PM EDT  
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We don't have too much history on this nest before the installation of the cam. That was most certainly the first year for this pair as Mom was quite young (a 2009 hatch bird)

The first year of the cam, 2013, this pair had laid their eggs during a very snowy and cold January. There were several factors in 2013: they laid their eggs in the first week of January while it was very cold out. The parents left the nest for periods of time that were probably far too long for the eggs to have been kept warm. Particularly on one day in early February when both of them were gone for more than 20 minutes when the outside temperature was well below zero. Unfortunately, the birds incubated for a very long time, until all three eggs eventually broke and were found to be empty. Both parents did their best but there were no eaglets that year.


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2013/2014, was much more successful. There were three eggs laid and three hatches. *** Beautiful eaglet #1 who was somehow injured, was euthanized on the morning of May 5th at the The Raptor Center at the U of Minnesota after being rescued from the nest. Both eaglets #2 and #3 fledged sometime on July 3rd!! #2 went first followed by #3 who was not going to be left behind!!


Click on image to download -- Mom's leg band


We do have some history on the banded Mom here at this nest. She was injured as a very young eagle and spent time at the Raptor Center at the U of Minnesota. She had been brought into the center unable to fly or even stand. She had an abscess in her right foot and had a large number of intestinal parasites. The doctors at the Raptor Center determined that she was hatched in 2009. She was later banded and released. This is the same place that eaglet #1 was taken after being rescued from the nest and later euthanized.

MNDNR: Female band information --

"Bald Eagle update! This week we were finally able to get a view of all the band numbers on the banded EagleCam eagle. Here is what we learned:"

- The banded eagle is confirmed to be the female.
- She was hatched in 2009
- She was banded near Bloomington, Minnesota.
- She was banded 11/20/2010. (at the Raptor Center)


Click on image to download -- A beautiful shot of Mom showing her gray eye shadow



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By: MaryF (offline) on Friday, September 30 2016 @ 01:03 PM EDT  
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During the 2014/15 season there were three eggs laid and all three hatched. One chick had great difficulty hatching and did not survive long but the other two eaglets thrived and both fledged.


Click on image to download - 2015 chicks just a few days old and lined up!



In the 2015/16 nesting season we once again had three eggs and all three hatched. They all fledged within 2 days of each other near the end of May.


Click on image to download -- 2016 eaglets (erikas9999)

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Stats for the 2016/17 nesting season ~~

* Cam on -- Nov 17th

* Eggs laid --

* Branched --

* Fledged --

* Last seen --


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Click on image to download -- Very wet 2016 eaglets all in a row Grin (Harleygma80)




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By: MaryF (offline) on Friday, September 30 2016 @ 01:03 PM EDT  
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I have 3 more pictures from the 2016 season that I would like to post---just because I hated to leave them out! Smile


Dad would often feed Mom while she was either incubating or brooding. What a lovely thing for him to do! Wub

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This was such a precious thing that I saw often. The tiny one would pop up for a meal---facing the wrong direction. love

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These little ones were not shy about squawking for a meal! Green LOL

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