Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 04:10 PM EDT
Contributed by: richardpitt
Friday, June 22 2007 @ 01:10 AM EDT
Contributed by: Anonymous
Two golden eagles found killed in Iron County nest
Third eaglet is found injured at the bottom of a 100-foot-deep pit
CEDAR CITY - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are offering up to $3,500 in reward money for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the shooting of two golden eaglets in Iron County.
The birds were found Thursday at a historic eagle nest site north of the Iron County Firing Range near the Three Peaks Recreation Area.
Two eaglets, within a week or 10 days of being able to fly, were killed at the nest site. A third eaglet managed to escape the poachers and was recovered at the bottom of an adjacent pit approximately 100 feet deep. This male eaglet is being treated for its injuries and will be in rehabilitation for some time. A preliminary examination of the two eaglets indicated that the shooting occurred within the past few days.
Monday, June 04 2007 @ 09:58 AM EDT
Contributed by: JudyB
I might notice that one eaglet has stubby down-covered wings while another that I thought was about the same age has suddenly sprouted feathers – and, having a bit of scientific curiosity, my immediate question is "just how much older is the eaglet with the feathers?"
That isn't as easy to discover as you might think. At the very least, it requires checking the web sites for the two eaglets in the hope that they have an announcement of the hatch dates posted. If not, one needs to wander through the website blogs and the various forums where that nest is discussed until one finds the date in question.
Friday, May 25 2007 @ 08:36 PM EDT
Contributed by: Anonymous
If you look carefully, you'll see that the nest is made up of a lower layer of mostly dry grasses, which is completed with a downy layer of feathers. The birds create a cup shape as they are building the nest by pushing towards the sides with their wings outstretched. When they do this you can hear their little legs trying to get a good grip on the floor.
If by any chance you have violet-green swallows nesting near you, I suggest you try offering light, downy feathers to them. If you blow one up into the air, they'll probably swoop down to catch it and take back to their nest. If you are interested in plans for building your own nestbox, we'll be sure to post.
We hope you enjoy viewing these birds over the coming weeks as much as we do! I'll post more information soon, including photos.
Wednesday, May 23 2007 @ 09:30 PM EDT
Contributed by: beans
Three eggs were laid. Before they were hatched, a female falcon entered the nest while the father was brooding the eggs. He flew away, she inspected the eggs, then left, never to be seen again. The three chicks hatched April 14 and 15. On April 22 another female falcon arrived and attacked the mother. The fight began at the nest box and continued in the woods a short distance away. The mother was driven from the nest and possibly mortally wounded because she did not return. The father then took over the responsibilities of feeding and raising the chicks by himself. The chicks were 7 and 8 days old, much too young to be without a mother.