Evening folks…I received word last night that a few eagles have started visiting the location in Maine where I have been setting up to photograph them. I plan on heading back up in the next few days for a little more work on the site and blind I installed last week. It seems like they have taken to the blind, that was step one!
Evening folks…on this nice rainy day/night! I've been getting a few request for an update on the local eagle nest. Here is what we know so far. It looks like we have a pair forming a bond and establishing a territory. One of the eagles is a MA banded bird with a State band of A/D. This bird hatch in 2007 at a nest in South Central MA. The second bird appears to be a third year eagle with no bands. They have been coming to the nest most morning at daybreak for a bit and then some days at sunset. So does seem they are roost at night on the Lake.
Here are links to recorded videos from the evening of June 1st and yesterday morning June 6th.
June 1st 40 minutes http://vimeo.com/67804162
June 6th 16 minutes http://vimeo.com/67802032
Have a great weekend everyone and stay dry if you are in New England!
Dad on the nest before the banding team arrived.
Climber entering the nest, eaglet had this surprise look. Note all the flies.
Based on the age of the eaglet with a weight of 7 1/2 pounds and the shape of the beak Bill Davis thought is eaglet is a female. The eagle was banded with a MA. State band “D6” and a Federal band “0066”
More photos from the banding can be viewed here
On the next flight D1 flew to a tree close to where the male was perched. A few minutes later D1 flew to the pine snag at the end of the cove. Over the next 30 minutes D1 seemed to learn how to use it wings, though some of the landings were a bit amusing!
Below is one of the first photos I captured of D1 in flight. More photos can be viewed here, the next 9 photos are from today.
From Pat Huckery
“Hi all - Flo called from Tufts Wildlife Clinic to say eagle #D0 died on July 4. She reported that the bird was anemic, had some kind of infection indicated by a high white blood cell count, and could not keepdown solid or liquid food. Necropsy showed a heavy infestation of liver flukes, possibly picked up by eating encysted fish. Hopefully our other eaglet will fare better. Keep your eyes open and let us know if you see anything unusual.
Northeast District Office
68 Harris Street
Acton, MA 0172"
This was one of the last photos that I took of DO in the nest.
The eaglet was spotted of the ground on the about 250 feet to the north side of the nest by Frank Esielionis earlier in the day. The eaglet was not real responsive and Frank contacted the State to report the eaglet's condition. When Pat arrived the eaglet had made it's way back to the base of the tree, but was still not real responsive. Pat has transported the eaglet to Tuffs Veterinary Hospital in Grafton, MA with hopes it will be returned soon to the nest.
Many thanks to Frank!
Pat with eaglet
Dad at nest looking pissed “where is your brother”
Mom and eaglets.
Dad you brought home a stick..... where’s the fish!
Dad and eaglets.
We have a pair of bald eagles nesting in the area!
This is the first nesting pair in the Nashua River area for many years. Many thanks to Bill Davis for reintroducing the bald eagle back into the Massachusetts as well as Marion Stoddart for her efferts to clean up the waterways!
There is at least as one chick in the nest as sighted by myself today and a Bill Davis earlier this week.