Warm Up

We had a big warm up yesterday. The temps rising to around 50 degrees. Thoughts of spring entered my head. The forecast had been for clear skies but the light was awful in the morning. The skies did clear out in the afternoon. It was a slow day where I was without much activity. Which often happens after an active day. It could be I spent my time looking in the wrong places which is always a possibility…

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Exciting Eagle Activity

It has been enough years observing eagles for me that I don’t get that excited anymore. Yesterday an intruder at one of the nests made for some excitement. One thing that drives my desire to be outdoors is there is always a chance to witness an occurrence that shows unexpected wildlife behavior. The morning as the photos show began calmly and normal. An early morning swap out on the eggs when the pair did nothing at all exciting or unusual. Not even spending any time in the nest. Just one flying in and landing at the nest tree the sitting eagle flying out and the returning eagle flying in to the nest for its turn incubating.

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The normal calm calm morning is about to be changed as the intruder glides in towards the nest. As it turns out it is the same eagle I caught perched by the lake earlier. Note the disturbed feathers on the top of one leg. I had one shot that showed a bit of bare skin at the top of the messed up feathers.

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Notice the fish in lower right side of the photo above. The intruding eagle attempting to steal it out of the nest.

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The eagle on right returning to the nest to knock the intruder out again. Which it did quickly knocking it out of the back side. When I returned for an hour in the afternoon the intruder was still hanging around. Once again the eagle flew out of the nest running the intruder off before returning to sit on the eggs. Which hopefully were not damaged with the fighting in the nest. Also the time when the parent was off the eggs again is a concern. It is not unusual for an intruder to come around the nests and the pair will run them off. This was the first time I have observed an intruder entering the nest with an an eagle sitting on eggs. Another surprising thing was no sign of the eagles mate which normally would have returned to the nesting area when the sitting eagle did all the screeching and chasing the intruder high in the sky?

Finally the eagle settles back down on the nest still keeping an eye on the intruder circling high above.

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What will today bring?

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Rainy Morning Eagle Shift Changes

I got out a while yesterday morning the rain diminishing to a drizzle. I was lucky and caught the shift change at a couple eagles nests. At one nest the eagles stayed off the eggs for almost an hour. Both eagles leaving the nesting area. Which is unusual but does happen. The eagles may get nest fever as I get cabin fever when staying at home to long. My wife could sense my discomfort and said go out.  My grumpiness was getting to her I think. Will have to work on changing my attitude when I get that way. I recall my grandmother telling me when I got that way, get outside or she would tan my hide…

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Operation Success

Glad to pass on that my “Little Woman’s” knee replacement surgery went well. She came home the next day. Now the work of physical therapy to regain range of motion. I got out a few times the last two days early. The eagles at the nests I know of are all setting eggs now. Caught the eagle in the photo below right after coming off the eggs over night. First time I have seen one with frost covered back.

Will still need to stay around the house most of the time for a while. Will try to post again Tuesday. Have a great weekend…

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The Eagles Fly

Congratulations to my old hometown team the Philadelphia Eagles. I spent my morning watching eagles. Which I would rather do than watch the super bowl in person. Will try to post again next Saturday depending on how all goes with my “Little Woman’s knee replacement tomorrow. Not sure how much time or when I will be able to get out and about …

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