Friday, March 27, 2015

Nesters

Bird watching and doing OK.

I have not written two posts in one week in a very long time, but when my hubby showed me some pictures of the hatching of some new eaglets in Hanover, PA, I wanted to share.  Though no longer on the endangered species list, the Bald Eagle is a rarity to see in many areas.  This serene bird, the symbol of the USA, is a magnificent sight and when the nesters were spotted, camera crews went to work.   For 35 days theses birds sat on eggs while millions watched their every little move. There is no privacy in Birdland ( I am sure the NSA and Google were also hiding in the trees). This particular pair are comprised of a 12 year old female who lost her mate in 2012 and a much younger male who, according to those that know, is a first time dad.  It takes between 24 and 48 hours for the chicks to peck their way out of their shell.  I like that the kids are given responsibility from the beginning.  Baby # 1 arrived on March 24th and the lazier one on the 25th.  Mom, dad and babes are doing fine. 




I am wondering which is the male and which is the female.  One seems a little clueless.

The chicks will start flying in June but will hang out at home till December.  Then they are off to see the world.  At least, that is the parent's plan. 



73 comments:

  1. Enjoyed reading your post. Came to know about the bird hatching!

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  2. Aren't bird cams magnificent! I didn't know about the eagles until the bird seed store switched from Cornell to Hanover.

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    1. Everybody is under government and Google surveillance, why not the birds.

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  3. A fascinating clip, Arleen. As to which bird is male, one does seem a "little clueless" --which is itself a clue. I too am male and know the feeling.

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    1. One was definitely interested in keeping the house in order first, the other one flew away as soon as it heard the loud peeps. Hard to tell who is the better parent. They might need counseling.

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  4. What a treat to see. Thank you.
    Is there a parent anywhere (of whatever species) who hasn't been tempted to fly away...

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  5. Love that video of the little chick hatching and very easy to see who's the Daddy.

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    1. My thought is that Mama sent Daddy out for a few mice. He flew around but then forgot what he was supposed to get. He headed home, and decided to do manly things and made repairs on the house, completely ignoring what was going on. Mom seeing this, quickly flew the nest to get the babies what they needed. Then daddy saw something different was going on in his house and went over to check out the ugly fuzzy things. He knew at first sight that they were his. His first impulse was to protect them. Love and nature does that.

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  6. Don't you just LOVE those bird-watching videos? I've following a couple eagle families here in Georgia through those online camera feeds, and never get tired of watching them. (Well, ALMOST never...) Yeah, I think the clueless one must be the new dad... HA!

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    1. Hubby enjoys watching these things for hours on end; I prefer to just be there for the big moments. Better yet is a replay at a convenient time. However, I was really thrilled when I saw this. Maybe it was because it was in Pennsylvania.

      I am looking forward to May and hearing of your adventures, Susan. Take care and be good to yourself.

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  7. Arleen. I get hooked on on thse videos. A few years ago I was obsessed with an owl-cam. I would check it as soon as I would get home from school, and couldn't stop watching. I was so relieved when each hatched, and finally fledged. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend! Bonnie

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    1. We humans are a nosey lot, aren't we. Imagine if birds lined up on our bedroom windows and stared at us. Maybe if they were good singers, it wouldn't be too bad.

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    2. Humans: voyeurs at heart.

      Blessings and Bear hugs, Arleen!

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  8. How exciting! I've been watching a hummingbird webcam where the mama sits on her nest of eggs. I noticed she comes and goes all throughout the day. It's been kind of fun watching the progression.

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    1. My heart skips a beat when I see a humming bird. They make me happy.

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  9. How great to be able to watch the eagle's nest. They are magnificent birds. I like the "plan" the parents have for the fledglings....don't we all! And when they come back home....it's usually with a few more...at least in the human world. Lol !

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    1. That is so true, Linda. All my children left and then came back and stayed for a little time. They all have homes of their own now, but I still have their stuff.

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  10. Now that was amazing to see!

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  11. How absolutely wonderful. I'm keen to learn more about their progress. Beautiful!

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    1. It will be interesting to see how quickly they grow, Lee.

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  12. ..... er - the 'clueless' one is the male! But at least he did eventually get around to doing his duty. A lovely piece of film.
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    1. Bazza, I think we all know which one was the male. As all new parents do, he will learn quickly about responsibility.

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  13. Mama might be wondering why she hooked up with a boy toy. To give him his due I think he might have been scanning the sky for predators before sitting down. The first time we looked at our house the tree by the gate was filled with eagles. At first I thought they were buzzards and started wailing about a bad omen but it turned out to be a very good one.

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    1. What a thrill to see so many Eagles, Susan. We get lots of turkey vultures and they definitely are not as pleasant a sight.

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  14. It was amazing to see how the eagles switched places! Funny, how your hubby could watch this for hours on end. He really should plan a zoo visit with my husband who waits for the animals to wake up! You timed this just right, Arleen!

    Julie

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  15. How nice that the female eagle found a new mate and has two chicks with him.

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  16. A beautiful image! The video allows us to see something to witness.

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    1. I love seeing it, but I feel a little guilty about spying on them.

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  17. I saw your comment on Laurie's post today (Cloudy Day) and love the name of your blog...so here I am. I am your newest follower and will put you on my sidebar so I catch your posts.
    I, too, retired 3-1/2 years ago . I've been so busy I don't know how I ever found time to work. Have a wonderful week- Diana

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    1. I have found my retirement to be both busy and a what the heck am I going to do with myself today journey. The
      latter usually happens in the winter. I became a follower of yours also, NanaDiana.

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  18. Hello, my Mr Him would love to see those eagles via youtube. I really must tell him when we're speaking again. Thank you for sharing. Magnificant birds

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    1. Your hubby can watch them 24 hours a day if he goes to the PA Game Commission/eggs. If my Mr. did.not have to go to work, he would be streaming it all day.

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  19. I am thinking back and remembering the US Spacecraft to the moon. Wasn't it called "The Eagle," and the comment was "The Eagle Has Landed." An amazing bird.

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  20. LOL- I am thinking the clueless one is probably the male. lol Great post here. We live along the lake and the place right next to us used to be called The Eagle's Nest. We see them quite often here. They are AMAZING and awesome looking birds.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a sweet comment about my family's Easter day. xo Diana

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  21. Those are magnificent birds. I believe the smaller one is the young male. At least he thought to go over and cover up the baby. Nature is so amazing. Thank you for posting this and also for all your support.

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  22. Hi Arleen,

    The clueless one, according to Penny the dog, is definitely a male eagle. Nice hatching and wonderful to watch the video.

    Thank you, Arleen.

    Gary

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  23. that's some fabulous footage! i have mockingbirds nesting in my orange tree. i wish i could mount a camera like this to watch the miracle of life in my backyard.
    wags, bailey unleashed

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    1. I have mostly robins. They nest, they feed for a week or so, then they move on. .

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  24. I too am enjoying the eagle cams. The husband and I have been going to Conowingo Dam in MD to watch the eagles there.

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  25. I expect the clueless one is the male! Wonderful birds aren't they and thank you for drawing my attention to this wonderful event. In England we have a programme called Springwatch and over Easter we were watching that and enjoying the live footage. Such an exciting time of the year, don't you think.

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    1. It is the best time of year, Stella, and I try to enjoy every moment of it.

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  26. I really enjoyed watching this video. The bald eagle is truly a majestic bird and it is lovely to see the baby chick too.

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    1. It gas been weeks now. I should check in on them to see how they have grown.

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  27. Very impressive! We have lots of bald eagles here, I saw 2 yesterday. Before I moved to Nova Scotia I had never seen one in my life.

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    1. I have only seen them in captivity. It was be wonderful to see them flying around in the wild.

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  28. Fun to watch, so thanks very much for sharing!

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  29. It’s officially the second half of A to Z. Time to catch that second wind, rest up on Sunday, then it’s that mad dash toward the finish line!

    Stephen Tremp
    A to Z Cohost
    N is for Numerology

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  30. You're hilarious! I don't think I've ever seen a bald eagle in real life, and I didn't even know they could live so long. Yes, I'm guessing the clueless one is the male. lol Yay for healthy chicks and thanks so much for sharing - the post put a smile on my face. :)

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  31. Arleen-- this is amazing. I had not ever seen baby Eagles before-- nature is so marvelous.. Thanks so much for sharing this. On a similar note..... I was cleaning out my attic 2 weeks ago and found that one of our outside cats had managed to climb into the attic and had 4 kittens in a box in the attic!!

    Xoxoxo
    Vicki

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    1. Oh my, Vicki, what a surprise that must have been. At least now you can catch her and have her fixed. Our local slut is pregnant again and is hanging around in my yard. We can always catch her kittens but she won't go near a cage. Good luck with your new family.

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  32. Beautiful creatures and fantastic pictures. Thanks for posting.

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  33. Dear Arleen, thank you so sincerely for your kind words in the two comments you left this evening. I do plan to return to reading blogs and also to posting occasionally. But the various ills that began in mid-November have continued and have tired me out. I'm so hoping that within the next few weeks the results of tests will show that all is fine. I've lived with the belief that "all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be exceedingly well" as Julian of Norwich said so many centuries ago. And so I am content. But, in truth, I've missed reading the postings of friends like you. I see you haven't posted since the end of March. I'm hoping that all is "okay" with you. Peace.

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    1. I hope the news was good, Dee. All your followers miss and care about you. Take care,
      Arleen

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  34. Hi Arleen- Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me kind comments all the time. If you get a chance could you send me your direct email? Mine is dianakos1@gmail.com. Thanks so much...then I can reply directly to you---if that's okay. xo Diana

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  35. This is wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

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  36. Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog about Tom today. I don't have a direct email for you to say thanks! xo Diana

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  37. Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog about Tom today. I don't have a direct email for you to say thanks! xo Diana

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