Two out of Three

It’s been ten days or so since the first two eagle chicks have hatched. They have grown and become much more active.

The two eagle chicks are much more active than when they hatched ten days ago. They have moved away from the central part of the nest.

The third egg, though, is probably not going to hatch. Today, the mother eagle stopped brooding the egg entirely.

Like babies everywhere, after eating, it’s nap time.

Even if the last egg did hatch, the chicks get fed on the basis of who has their mouth open the biggest. The two chicks in the nest now would out compete the late comer, and it would starve.


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Two eaglets are doing fine; waiting on the third.

Two of the bald eaglets seem to be doing fine. Mom and dad take turns feeding them.

Dad feeding one of the eaglets.

But if the third egg is going to hatch, it needs to do it soon.

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Not one, but two eagle chicks!

When I checked in on the bald eagles this afternoon, I thought I saw two balls of fuzz.

But it was really hard to tell.

Then the mother eagle stepped back, and I could see a bit better.

Two little heads, one egg!

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First Bald Eagle Chick at Fort St. Vrain Nest!

The first bald eagle chick at the Fort St. Vrain nest has just hatched! In the first screen shots I took this morning, the eagles hadn’t even moved the egg shell out from under the adult!

Eaglet #1 is presented to the world.

According to the Excel website, the chick made it’s way into the world about 10:00 last night.

The eaglet is still a little wobbly on it’s legs, and has momentarily dropped out of sight.

Father cleaning up the nest.

Good comparison of father (left) with mother (right). In an earlier post, I said I thought the male was bigger, but the Excel Power biologist says it is the female (as is normally the case).

Mother and chick (and father) are all doing fine.

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Bald Eagles in Wild Storm

With Winter Storm Ulmer crashing in, the bald eagles at their Fort St. Vrain nest (https://amylaw.blog/2019/02/10/eagle-cam/)have had a hard day today.

It started off with driving sleet that soaked our birds.

Both of them huddled together for about half an our — the longest I’ve seen both birds in the nest during the day.

But by 10:00 am, they were soaked.

1:03 pm Then the snow began to build up.

1:32 pm What the still photos don’t really show is how much the wind was howling, and the nest platform shaking. Denver International Airport, ten miles away from the nest, recorded 80 mile an hour gusts — hurricane force winds!

1:49 pm We kept losing power and internet, so I would go for a time without seeing the bird on the nest. When internet came back up, she’d still be there, patiently keeping her eggs warm and dry with her body.

2:11 pm She’d shake her head once in a while, but mostly she did her job — she sat on her eggs, and let the snow pile up.

4:31 pm Both eagles were back on the nest.

To all those who had to be out in this miserable storm — to keep the power on, to keep the internet up, to keep us safe, and to keep eggs warm — thank you.

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Zoe the Mighty Hunter

Winter Storm Ulmer has been an incredible storm so far — we woke up to rain that quickly changed to sleet, then snow. The atmospheric pressure keeps dropping — Pueblo, Colorado, set an unofficial low pressure record already this morning, and it’s supposed to drop further.

But even in the middle of a bomb cyclone, animals gotta eat. And so we had a robin and a squirrel at the feeders this morning.

And there are those who must keep watch…

The feeder is in the top of the photo, Zoe is waiting in ambush behind the steps, as my husband took this picture from inside our sunroom.

We called her in after we took this photo. If an animal is trying to eat in this, it must be really desperate. And Zoe was glad to come.

Just after we took this shot, five hours into this storm, we had a significant peel of thunder.

Stay home if you can, and stay safe.

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Angry Eagles

This morning, one of the bald eagles at the Fort St. Vrain nest was very upset about something.

She had several different calls. Some sounded like a song bird, others a little like a gull.
https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/baleag/introduction

None were the bold dramatic call we hear in movies — that’s actually a red-tailed hawk.

My husband thinks there was a hawk nearby. Spreading her wings out like this looks like an attempt to look bigger than normal.

Her call here sounded a little like a goose.
She cried …
…and cried…
…and cried…
…and cried. She called incessantly for at least an hour.

I didn’t get to see what finally calmed her down. But when I checked the next day, all the eggs were still there.

As always when talking about the St. Vrain Bird Cam, all photographs are courtesy of Xcel Energy.

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Snowy Bald Eagle Nest

It was a cold morning at the Bald Eagle nest.

Photo Courtesy Xcel Energy Bird Cam
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Bald Eagle Egg #3, Day 1

The Fort St. Vrain Bald Eagles have been busy. They’ve added more sticks to their nest…

Male brings another stick to the nest — this seems to be an ongoing remodeling project, kinda like our bathroom renovation.

… they are eating well…

… and as of this morning, they’ve laid a third egg.

If I’ve counted correctly, we should start seeing eaglets around March 20.

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Bald Eagle Egg #2 Day 1

The Fort St. Vrain Bald Eagles fussed about their nest again today. Those sticks just aren’t quite right!

The eagle in the foreground stood up when the smaller eagle in the background flew in. The smaller eagle is fussing with the sticks that make up the nest. Photo courtesy Excel Bird Cam.
Moving the stick. Photo courtesy Excel Bird Cam.

The larger eagle, in the foreground, flew off, and left us with a view of the smaller eagle — and two eggs.

Eagle with two eggs, as of sometime today. Photo courtesy Excel Bird Cam.

Of concern: snow and single digit night time temperatures for the next few days…

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