An Eagle Egg Has Landed

“Protecting eagles from the threat of extinction
is a conservation success story that we
must prudently safeguard
for future generations to come.”
Frances Beinecke

The Eagle Egg Has Landed

Anyone who follows my blog knows my passion for Eagles. I follow a blog, The Eagleholic News which gives me updates on what’s happening with Eagles throughout our country. There are video cams setup throughout the United States for people like me to be able to watch Eagle families daily.

Recently, I received a notice about an Eagle in Pittsburgh Harmer which was captured by The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, laying her first egg of the season. I don’t know about you, but this video blew me away.

Shine On

Check it out:

New Flock Arrives

“Great men are like eagles, and build their nest
on some lofty solitude.”
Arthur Schopenhauer

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There’s a new President and First Lady in Washington, D.C. and the election isn’t even over. These two birds flocked to Washington, D.C. after a 70 year hiatus. But they are not your typical Presidential Family.

The two birds I’m talking about are a family of Bald Eagles who built their nest recently in a Tulip Poplar tree amongst the Azalea Collection at the U.S. National Arboretum District. The nest is approximately five feet wide by six feet deep.

The “First Lady” laid her first egg on February 10th, and laid her second egg on Valentine’s Day. The high flying couple are expecting the arrival of two eaglets in mid-March.

Their story began in the spring of 2014 when a lone male Bald Eagle started roosting on Kingman Island, it was observed that this male would survey the Anacostia River system on a daily basis and return to Kingman Island every sunset. During the fall Bald Eagles began migrating through the area and it wasn’t long until the male seemed to have found a mate.

Why would these Eagles choose to return to D.C. after over half a century?  What I read was that the Ar­bore­tum has a num­ber of old trees that are large enough to sup­port an eagle’s nest. Even though the nest is in an urban area, the Ar­bore­tum pro­vides qual­ity wildlife habi­tat and enough open space to dampen the noise from the city. Also, the Ar­bore­tum’s close to the Ana­cos­tia River, which is a sig­nif­i­cant food source.

Thanks to the American Eagle Foundation and the National Arboretum who installed and stream two high definition video cameras from the top of the nest tree, you can watch these iconic birds 24/7.

Bald Eagle fans can check out the live video of the birds through an “eagle cam” that went live on President’s Day, hence their pet names.

I know I’ll be watching this Bald Eagle First Family daily. Who knows, maybe I’ll be the first to see these eagles when their new flock arrives.

Shine On

 

Selfless Selfie

“It’s a great event to get outside and enjoy nature.
I find it very exciting no matter how many times
I see bald eagles.”
Karen Armstrong

Eagle Saved Selfie

While hiking in Windy Lake Ontario, Canada the other day, two young brothers Michael and Neil Fletcher found a bald eagle stuck in a trap.

When they approached the bird, he was stressed and tried to fly away. To calm the giant bird, the brothers wrapped a jacket around the eagle to calm it down, and then managed to free its talon. But, before leaving the eagle to fly away, the Fletchers decided to take a quick photo with the rare animal.

Thanks Fletcher Brothers for not only saving a majestic Bald Eagle from sure death, but for also taking a rare selfless selfie.

Shine On

The Eaglet Has Landed

“It’s a great event to get outside and enjoy nature.
I find it very exciting no matter how many times
I see bald eagles.”
Karen Armstrong

Eagleholic UpdateAs some of my followers know from a previous post, I have been following the progress of a family of Bald Eagles in Pittsburgh.

In my researching of Eagle Cams online, I came across a blog that is actually called: The Eagleholic

This blog is great! It gives you all the current information from all over North America about Bald Eagles and their eaglets.

Unfortunately, last week one of the eggs in the Pittsburgh nest broke, leaving only one egg to hatch for the season. Then yesterday another egg broke in the nest in Santa Cruz, California.

The good news is the first hatch took place yesterday in the Turtle Bay, California nest.

The eaglet has landed !

Shine On

Eagleholic Addiction

“Eagles come in all shapes and sizes,
but you will recognize them
chiefly by their attitudes.”
E. F. Schumacher

Eagleholic Addiction

Pittsburgh Hays Bald Eagle parents caring for their two eggs. Which are due to hatch in two short weeks.

Last year I discovered the Pittsburgh Hays Bald Eagle cam website. Everyday when I woke up, I would watch the progress of a mother and father nesting and raising three eaglet babies. It was such fun to watch these eagles both taking turns caring for the eaglets up to the day all three eaglets flew away.

My family couldn’t believe how obsessed I had become about these iconic birds. The funniest part about watching them daily was interacting with the other eagle followers. As we chatted online daily about the eaglets and the birds daily activity, we each had names for the three babies. I chose to name them after the Bonanza Cartwright family. The smallest eaglet was Little Joe, the middle one was Adam and the largest eaglet I called Hoss. All the eagle followers finally succumbed to my names, and after the babies were about three weeks old, everyone online was calling them Adam, Little Joe and Hoss. My eaglet claim to fame.

This year, once again, I am watching the eagle parents sitting on their nest in the coldest winter recorded in history. On the news tonight, they had a brief story about the family of eagles in Pittsburgh and how people such as myself are also following them as well.

I’m happy to report that the eagle following has become quite large and the public now has a name for us. I am proud to say we are called Eagleholics. I definitely will not be entering a twelve step program for my Eagleholic addiction.

Shine On

BTW,
I’ve got to warn you upfront, it’s very addictive, but if you are interested in following along, you too can become an Eagleholic by watching at:  Pittsburgh Hays Bald Eagle Nest