Live Bald Eagle Nest Camera
Feed from Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge near Vian, Oklahoma
Feed from Sooner Lake north of Stillwater, Oklahoma
Date: 03/28/2015 12:36 pm CDT
Comment: LOL! Oh man.... Perhaps there are so many sharp sticks and they poke her too much?
Date: 03/28/2015 12:27 pm CDT
Comment: Was gone when she left, so don't know when that was, will agree with mama, she usually know what she is talking about. BBL, need to make a showing for the day, have a good one everybody.
Date: 03/28/2015 12:14 pm CDT
Comment: Oh geez, not again? How long has the egg been left alone? These eagles may know what they're doing, but I'm just afraid some intruder could take that lone egg in a second.....
Date: 03/28/2015 12:01 pm CDT
Comment: A lone egg in the nest
Date: 03/28/2015 11:44 am CDT
Comment: Ethel has her wings spread in the back exposing some of her white underfeathers - as I recall that is for cooling - it is quite a bit warmer now than when this pair normally raises chicks - I am willing to believe she knows what she is doing
Date: 03/28/2015 11:37 am CDT
Comment: Me either Okmeme, am washing and had to take care of that, glad she is back.
Date: 03/28/2015 11:36 am CDT
Comment: She's back, but I don't know when she got here.
Date: 03/28/2015 11:04 am CDT
Comment: Thanks Mama for that info, is so sad for the chicks, the parents and all eagle watchers.
Date: 03/28/2015 10:55 am CDT
Comment: Story on chicks, nests and storms - link below
Date: 03/28/2015 10:54 am CDT
Date: 03/28/2015 10:54 am CDT
Comment: TY for your comments. Helps when you can't check in. Still no E on the SL egg. Here we go again! They need to bring some sticks and grasses. I think Fred and Ethyl know something we don't with this egg. This is not like them at all!
Date: 03/28/2015 10:53 am CDT
Comment: Good Morning. Still one little egg on SL nest, not covered and no adult eagle in sight. Thank you to GMSARC for wc at SL.
Date: 03/28/2015 10:48 am CDT
Comment: Lol, they have to start with one egg....then another in a few days...just sayin'
Date: 03/28/2015 10:34 am CDT
Comment: I wonder if Ethyl is going to wait to brood until she has enough hormones to lay another egg and then she will do 2..no one does just 1 egg to start.. well,it is a thought.
Date: 03/28/2015 10:32 am CDT
Comment: well who knows what is going on at sooner but it will be interesting to watch :) We now know eggs can be left a long time and still hatch per Sequoyah this year
Date: 03/28/2015 10:28 am CDT
Comment: OK, so now we have an egg and no adult.
Date: 03/28/2015 10:19 am CDT
Comment: Yay, all cams working now, come on mom, get back on SL nest.
Date: 03/28/2015 10:06 am CDT
Comment: ...and she is gone again....(Sooner Lake)
Date: 03/28/2015 9:55 am CDT
Comment: are they nesting at sooner lake now?
Date: 03/28/2015 9:53 am CDT
Comment: The adult eagle has finally settled down on the egg at Sooner.
Date: 03/28/2015 9:42 am CDT
Comment: (SL) Eagle is sitting on the edge of the nest facing the egg.
Date: 03/28/2015 9:10 am CDT
Comment: Bottom Left Camera Not Working For Me..
Date: 03/28/2015 8:43 am CDT
Comment: Cool news about the egg at the SL tower but is she sitting on it? No one home right now. Been busy and can't keep watching all the time
Date: 03/28/2015 8:34 am CDT
Comment: Woodie cam is up again, woodie duck is setting on 3rd set of eggs.
Date: 03/28/2015 8:27 am CDT
Comment: Good Morning All, I have 3 cams. Fay must have taken the SL WC with her , since she could see an E on the xbar.LOL
Date: 03/28/2015 8:20 am CDT
Comment: Good Morning all, 3 cams working, see eggs in both CU nests, guess the SL one has been off the nest for a good while, hopefully WC will start working so we can see if Es are close.
Date: 03/28/2015 6:48 am CDT
Comment: Finally light enough to see both eggs @ nests.... Parent still just sitting on xbar.
Date: 03/28/2015 6:36 am CDT
Comment: Cool ! WC back ! At least we can see a parent on the nest edges! Better than nothing. Still can't see the egg @ SL CU. Probably beneath all the debris!
Date: 03/28/2015 6:34 am CDT
Comment: gm all i zoomed in and there is an e an the right edge of the sl nest on the wide came does not look like it is brooding
Date: 03/28/2015 6:09 am CDT
Comment: Yippee! The wide Sooner tower cam is back!
Date: 03/28/2015 5:14 am CDT
Comment: Oh man, LOL! Too confusing you guys!! lrg, lg, light !!!!! I just read (for a 2nd time) all of the posts from last evening! I am doomed to be confused !!!!
Date: 03/28/2015 5:12 am CDT
Comment: Just zoomed in on SL CU, don't see any eagle outline/white etc. on the nest. Course the nest is such a mess there could very well be another egg though, and it's/they are um, too visible !
Date: 03/28/2015 5:08 am CDT
Comment: Ugh... Another sad story from Mother Nature....No way could any chicks survive a "fall" from a tornado..Doesn't matter where it was....
Date: 03/27/2015 7:48 pm CDT
Comment: @david-I understood what you were saying. There was nothing from anyone about the nests on these cams being destroyed by the storm, or we wouldn't be looking at them right now!
Date: 03/27/2015 7:39 pm CDT
Comment: @mamafrog yes, sorry if i confused i thought that mayb sutton would put more info on their site about it.
Date: 03/27/2015 7:37 pm CDT
Comment: The nests which were reported destroyed are along the Arkansas river - they are not in the vicinity of either nests which are on these cameras
Date: 03/27/2015 7:37 pm CDT
Comment: very sad and all those tall trees gone that they need to nest.
Date: 03/27/2015 7:35 pm CDT
Comment: okmeme-- I think Channel 6 sited Sutton as the source of their info on the eagles and the lost nests and chicks.
Date: 03/27/2015 7:32 pm CDT
Comment: off the egg already, think I will give it up for the night see what happens tomorrow, SEDs everyone.
Date: 03/27/2015 7:31 pm CDT
Comment: @okmeme, i'm not sure but sutton said they would come back next year to nest, it's right off the lake, i think they said they found 7 dead chicks. That's why i checked here cuz i thought u would b talking about it and i could get more info. very very sa
Date: 03/27/2015 7:17 pm CDT
Comment: off to bed nice to e on nest @ this sight! see ya all tomorrow.
Date: 03/27/2015 7:16 pm CDT
Comment: Beautiful way to end the day :-) Goodnight evry1
Date: 03/27/2015 7:15 pm CDT
Comment: lg-don't just drop by, stay and chat more. You know most of us are always here! Gotta go for the evening. Have a safe and restful night...SED
Date: 03/27/2015 7:13 pm CDT
Comment: Is the way it should be, can rest good tonight, LOL.
Date: 03/27/2015 7:06 pm CDT
Comment: i think she is finally down and that would be cool if there would be another egg
Date: 03/27/2015 7:05 pm CDT
Comment: Finally on the egg.
Date: 03/27/2015 7:05 pm CDT
Comment: since last yr. Just not chatting.
Date: 03/27/2015 7:04 pm CDT
Comment: Thanks okmeme, been watching SL
Date: 03/27/2015 7:04 pm CDT
Comment: Nest work.
Date: 03/27/2015 7:03 pm CDT
Comment: She's moving more over the egg now, but still wanting to stand. Do you suppose she is getting ready to lay another one???
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26 March 2015: The subadult eagle ate a meal on the tower this morning.
And an adult was making itself at home this afternoon.
SURPRISE! The adult laid an egg sometime today.
Later in the afternoon, two adults were present at the nest.
Leaves are just beginning to show on the Sequoyah NWR nest tree.
20 March 2015: This subadult eagle spent some time on the tower today rearranging nest material.
About an hour later, an adult was perched on the crossbar above the nest.
19 March 2015: Regular viewers are aware of the incident at the Sequoyah nest yesterday in which an adult eagle removed an egg from the nest, and the subsequent abandonment of the remaining egg today. We are disappointed in what now appears to be a failed nest attempt, though longtime viewers of our nest cameras know by now that not every nest is successful.
Here, the eagle has grabbed one egg in its bill and is preparing to move it to the
edge of the nest where it is then dropped.
The remaining egg appears to have been abandoned today.
Here are some thoughts about the incident from Sutton Center Director of Conservation Dr. Steve Sherrod:
Yesterday, March 18, was one of perplexing behavior by the eagles nesting at SNWR. Accounts captured on the cameras and witnessed by video observers show visible, independent movement in one or both eggs, with an apparent yellow blob beyond the top of one egg in the nest. The female that was incubating became upset, was vocalizing, left the nest, and returned with the male. At least one of the eggs appeared misshapen at that time, as if either hatching or partially broken. One of the adults then appears to pick up the misshapen egg in its beak and drop the egg over the edge of the nest. Incubation of the single egg left in the nest then continued, but today, March 19, the remaining egg has appeared unattended for over 6 hours at the time of this writing and will likely no longer be viable.
I have studied and maintained raptors for much of my life and have either hatched in captivity or have overseen captive hatching of nearly 300 bald eagle eggs and many more hundreds of peregrine, gyrfalcon, and prairie falcon eggs. Unfortunately, I cannot say with absolute confidence just exactly what happened yesterday with this bald eagle pair, but I have a reasonable idea. It is likely that at least one if not both 2014-2015 Sequoyah bald eagle eggs were hatching with almost completely developed chicks in the process of turning or rotating within and breaking out of the shell(s). Both captive breeding and wild breeding peregrine falcon adults have been observed, in rare cases, to pick at hatching eggs with their beaks, sometimes appearing to “assist” the young out of the egg shells. Usually, no “help” for the hatching chicks is exhibited or needed. On very rare occasions, adult falcons have been observed to continue picking at the cracked shells and actually into the hatching chicks, so that the latter are either killed or eaten by the adult. Older (about 2 week) peregrine chicks have been consumed by adult falcons in very rare instances as captured by nest cameras.
During the hatching process the chicks often, although not always, vocalize. A chick that is having trouble completing the rotational turn during hatching or in freeing itself from the shell halves can vocally protest rigorously. Also, a hatching chick that is sickly can remain inside, weak, and silently pass, or can protest vocally while continuing to struggle. This is especially true when the chick has a yolk sac infection, often resulting from bacteria invaded through pores in the egg shell. Such infections are usually fatal for the chick. Adults might react to the complaining chick by trying to brood it, feed it, or by eventually killing it, sometimes feeding the deceased chick to the other chicks in the nest or sometimes discarding the individual out of the nest. Such behavior might function to actually spread the infection or might serve as conservation of energy for the family group. If the second Sequoyah bald eagle egg ends up deserted, it could possibly be infected as well. We do know that when eggs are warm from incubation, and an adult must get off the eggs to eat or otherwise departs during a rain storm, the cold rain on top of dirty, but warm eggs, facilitates invasion by bacteria on the shell. (For that reason, we always clean eggs in captivity with a warmer solution than the temperature of the incubated egg). Without tests for disease in the deceased eggs/chicks, or without ability to hear chick vocalizations we can only speculate about what might have happened in this instance at Sequoyah, but the preceding scenario is likely.
13 March 2015: There is a hardware problem with the camera equipment at the Sooner Lake site. We are not sure when we will be able to have it working again.
11 March 2015: The incubating adult went through a stretching and preening routine this morning. While the series of photos below shows a variety of awkward looking postures, keep in mind that after sitting in one spot for several weeks incubating the eggs, it must feel good to stretch once in a while! Preening is also important for maintaining the feathers in good condition. Once grown, feathers are not a living part of a bird, and must be maintained from the outside to ensure that they remain effective in their jobs until they are replaced during the next molt. Preening helps remove dirt, smooths and relocks the feather barbs together, and helps maintain the lift need for flight as well as the insulating properties of the feathers.
And, finally, back to the business at hand!
6 March 2015: Two adults stand side by side on the nest, and the eggs are turned (below).
An adult eagle enjoys a meal on the tower at Sooner Lake.
5 March 2015: The Sequoyah nest camera came back online today, perhaps partly as a result of the sunny weather providing power after many days of overcast skies. Incubation continues.
An awkward looking preening posture results in a rather strange looking eagle photo.
27 February 2015: Incubation continues, with a weekend of snow, sleet and freezing rain coming up. In the photo below, the eggs are being turned by the incubating adult.
With head tucked beneath a wing, the incubating adult begins waiting out the winter storm.
20 February 2015: Both adults were photographed at the nest for a brief period this morning, and incubation of the two eggs continues.
19 February 2015: The weather is cold but clear at Sequoyah NWR, and the snow is mostly gone. It does look like it could be a rainy weekend coming up.
17 February 2015: The snow is melting slowly at this point.
16 February 2015: The very early nesting season of eagles in Oklahoma often leads to challeging weather episodes during incubation and even brood rearing stages. A combination of rain, sleet and snow has recently been impacting the Sequoyah nest. The eggs can withstand brief exposure while the adults exchange incubation duties as pictured below.
12 February 2015: Here the incubating adult makes an adjustment to the position of a large stick in the nest. Eagle nests are regularly repaired and added to, mostly in the late fall and early winter prior to nesting.
11 February 2015: The nest at Sequoyah NWR now has 2 eggs! Two eggs is a common clutch size for Bald Eagles, although some of the previous nests on our cameras have had three or even four eggs. We should all know by this weekend if any more eggs are on the way.
9 February 2015: After seeing frequent eagle visits and nest remodeling for some time recently, an egg was laid in the Sequoyah nest on Saturday, February 7! The "action points" in the video below occur at about 6:40 and 10:40, with a glimpse of the egg visible at about 13:55.
8 October 2014: We are waiting for an indication regarding where the eagles will nest later this year to determine if the existing camera equipment should be replaced. It is both time consuming and expensive to replace the equipment, so we don't want to do so if a nest site is not used. Here's hoping for cooperative eagles!
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