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Discussion: D.C. Eagle Nest Cam

in: Orienteering; General

Apr 1, 2016 5:37 PM # 
chitownclark:
Mr President and the First Lady have a couple new additions to the family...born last week. And unlike the private quarters in the White House, two 24/7 web cams have been placed so you can see how the babies are doing.

For those orienteers who enjoy seeing flora and fauna in natural settings, this is pretty interesting.
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Apr 1, 2016 5:57 PM # 
Sandy:
Cool. Thanks for the link!
Apr 2, 2016 12:39 PM # 
chitownclark:
About 8:15 ET Saturday morning, what looked like a nice fat DC rat was brought into the nest, and the First Lady proceeded to dissect it and feed choice bits to the youngsters. Fascinating.
Apr 2, 2016 1:18 PM # 
JimBaker:
In our capital one wants to be the one pecking not pecked. Around here it's mostly just deer nibbling grass, though I do see the fox from time to time. Indeed fascinating to watch; most of the bald eagles I've seen have been in Canada, though I did see some over Quabbin Reservoir (which has a nice O map) in Massachusetts.
May 2, 2016 8:15 PM # 
chitownclark:
Well the fuzzy pair of American Eagles are now almost fully grown at six weeks old. And they're getting ready to 'fledge.' That is, finally fly from their nest.

If you haven't checked lately on this pair that were born March 18-20 in a tall tree in the National Arboretum near the Anacostia River in the District of Columbia, you may be amazed at how they've grown, developed a full coat of black eagle feathers, and spend much of their day pacing back and forth in the nest, flapping their wings, practicing for the Big Takeoff! Humorous and endearing!

So do your bird watching soon; it won't be long before they've 'flown the nest!'
May 2, 2016 9:58 PM # 
JanetT:
Six weeks old seems a bit early for leaving the nest. They're looking like they still have a lot of down, even though there's some black mixed in. Still quite interesting to watch from afar.
May 3, 2016 12:52 AM # 
chitownclark:
Well tonight a dramatic thunder-n-lightning storm rolled over the Arboretum. And Mama eagle (The First Lady) was there, providing shelter in the storm, while rain drops appeared on her beak and dropped to the nest. And the two eaglets burrowed underneath her sheltering wings...just as any human babies might...seeking refuge from the scary lightning and thunder!
May 3, 2016 1:16 AM # 
sevin:
Thunder, lightning, and hail! Fierce storm.
May 3, 2016 1:24 AM # 
gruver:
They need names. I vote for Eddie. And Donald.
May 3, 2016 2:10 AM # 
peggyd:
Good names! But they've already been named: Freedom and Liberty.
May 3, 2016 9:28 AM # 
chitownclark:
The trouble is, no one seems to know yet if they're male or female. Maybe Carly and Hillary would have been appropriate?

And thanks for that good link Janet...very interesting!
May 3, 2016 8:17 PM # 
slow-twitch:
for those who prefer their nestcams to be seabird flavoured, this one should be going for a fair bit longer: http://www.doc.govt.nz/royalcam
Jan 28, 2017 9:50 PM # 
chitownclark:
Happy 2017! Despite the drastic change of the nation's administration in Washington DC, the pair of American Bald Eagles has returned to the same nest on the Anacostia River in which they raised two healthy eaglets last spring.

This is mating season. And if you watch long enough, you may actually see 'The Act' in progress, with a lot of feathers flying and shrieking. In addition, the pair are preparing the nest. And maybe several eggs will appear before long. The same nestcams are functioning well, with the nice addition of audio.

Watching this pair, living in nature and raising a family, is a nice reminder that despite all the changes going on near by, some things never change. And the world continues to turn....
Jan 30, 2017 3:15 AM # 
hhhgorby:
Camera in Ft Myers FL
http://dickpritchettrealestate.com/eagle-feed.html
Mar 14, 2017 10:56 AM # 
chitownclark:
During the current snowstorm and freezing rain, our pair of DC eagles are huddled together in a heartwarming display of dedicated parenthood.

On Monday night, 4"-6" of snow fell, filling the eagles' nest. Then freezing rain began to drench the mother eagle on the nest, as she tried to warm her two eggs due to hatch around April 1. So around 4-5am this morning, her mate, Mr President, joined her to protectively share his body heat.

Now at 7am, covered with snow and ice, drenched to the bone, the pair make a touching scene of dedication and love enduring through misery.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFFr9_JhCD4
Mar 15, 2017 8:56 PM # 
chitownclark:
Don't mean to intrude on O discussions. But a second pair of eagles we've been watching in Washington DC just hatched their first chick about 2pm today. And in the middle of a nest still full of snow and ice! If you scroll down on that page, you'll see photos of the laborious hatching, which has been going on for several days since the first crack appeared!

Mother eagle is very protective of the newborn, keeping her safe from the elements. But with patience you may catch a glimpse of the chick. One more egg still to hatch in this nest. Meanwhile papa eagle is piling up the edge of the nest with large fish. Great entertainment for us bird watchers!
Mar 15, 2017 10:17 PM # 
peggyd:
Great look at the eagle! And you can see how windy it is here today. Brr.
Mar 29, 2017 10:34 AM # 
chitownclark:
The first 'pip' in one of the eagles' eggs has appeared! Which means it won't be long before the nest has a couple fluffy eaglet chicks, and attentive parents, feeding bits of fish to impossibly small beaks!

http://www.dceaglecam.org/

Perhaps this is why we go into the woods? To be surrounded by such miracles of life?
Mar 31, 2017 10:47 AM # 
chitownclark:
OK. Sorry to keep intruding on discussions about maps, The Pig, and the latest Garmin. But the second eaglet chick (DC5) was hatched yesterday while the mother (The First Lady) was industriously feeding her first-born bits of fish. The family is now complete!

DC5 emerged into the world soaking wet, scrawny, and looking like a preemie. And was quickly covered up by his mother's sheltering wing...before she took a break, and left the twins to their father, who arrived seconds after her departure. I hope you will check this site often over the next two months, as these eaglets mature and learn to fly. 'Armchair' birding at its finest!
Mar 31, 2017 8:49 PM # 
JimBaker:
On a subject that's related only by the category of things that we see when out orienteering and in the woods, I saw my first crocuses of the year today while setting a land navigation course.
Mar 31, 2017 11:37 PM # 
eddie:
Saw my first disemboweled mallard duck of the season on the eagle nest this afternoon :)

They've been eating all sorts of interesting things - some other small birds, a squirrel and lots of fish. About half catfish and half "other." Don't think I've seen a snakehead yet.

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