Monday, March 15, 2010

Three eaglets have a fish snack

All three eggs at Norfolk Botanical Gardens have hatched. Mom and dad eagle now have the job of making sure they are fed. In the picture below the three little ones are looking up at mom waiting for her to feed them the fish she has under her left talon. At this size a fish goes a long way. For a video of mom feeding the little ones go here. The littlest one is hiding on the far side of the other 2. At about 2:40 into the video he moves so you can see him.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Eaglet video

Below is a video someone pulled from the live feed on the morning of March 12, 2010 of the Norfolk Eagle nest cam. At first you see mom on the nest looking very wet. She calls and calls. At about one third in she gets off the nest and you can see the new eaglet pop up. Her little head is so heavy that she kind of bobbles as she looks around. That is where the term 'bobble head' for the newly hatched eagles came about. Since the camera is tightly focused, on the nest you do not see dad arrive, but you do get to see him get into the nest bowl and settle down. If the video is unclear look for the original here.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

New Bobble Head

All day today the mom eagle at Norfolk Botanical Gardens has been restless and looking down at the nest a great deal. At 1:10 PM EST she got off the nest and visible in the front of her was half of an empty egg shell. The eaglet isn't really visible, but you can see some gray fluff just behind the shell.

Since then she has gotten off the nest several times and the young eaglet is visible in the the nest. She is still very attentive to the activity underneath her. There are still two more eggs to hatch, but it may take several days as they are younger.

There is a short video of the event at the VDGIF/Norfolk Botanical Gardens Eagle Blog

Sunday, March 07, 2010

More Eagle Cams

More of the eagle pairs that have live cams on their nest have eggs. Three of the nests are listed below.

The two eagles at Sooner Lake in northern Oklahoma have built a new nest in a tree and are sitting on 3 eggs.  This nest cam supported by the Sutton Center. Of the three eggs last year, one hatched and successfully fledged. 

The pair worked on the new nest over the winter while still doing a bit of repair work to the old nest on the platform. No one was sure which nest would be used, so cameras were placed in the new nest tree while leaving the cameras at the old nest. Below is fun a short video someone captured from the live feed. It shows both eagles on the nest. The female s in the center on the eggs. The male has arrived to take his turn, but she will not leave. He leans on her, shoves her with a foot and leans a bit more, but she refuses to leave her eggs. He finally flies to a near by branch.

Both the male and female eagle has a brood patch on their breast, but the female's is larger. She usually spends more time on the nest with the eggs. If you want to chat with others while watching the nest, visit the TV station KJRH  website.

The pair near Sidney, British Columbia have been busy restoring their nest over the winter. They have been together for a long time. For the past 2 years they have raised 3 eaglets to fledgling. The female laid her first egg on March 5. Hopefully more are to come. Here is a video someone recorded and edited from the live stream. It shows much of the interaction between the pair. It does not show them brooding the egg, but that's not a problem at this time.

The cams for this nest is supported by the Hancock Wildlife Foundation. For more information and pictures, visit their forum.

There is still one more nest I am watching. No eggs yet, but both eagles are active in their nest at Hornby Island.   This nest has been observed for years by Doug Carrick who lives on the island. He first put cameras in the nest in 2004. There is a website with good information and a forum with more information and pictures.

Below is a video of the eagles returning to their nest. They spend part of their year migrating and following the salmon runs. The video shows the pair begin their work  on restoring the nest in preparation of this years eaglets.

And don't forget the pair at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. Their eggs should begin hatching this week.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Bungalows, Hearts and Moons

I love these bracelets.

They are all available at Sharon Solly's Etsy Store The combination of the textured polymer clay on top of the copper is wonderful. I also like the way each bracelet has an unique clasp. She creates beautiful things and is always exploring new techniques, materials, and colors. I am lucky enough to own several of her pieces.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Angel of Hope

Someone has moved into my craft room. Do you see her?

There she is, on top of the bead shelves.


Angel of Hope came from Woodland Wanderings 


She is beautiful. I am hoping she will help me organize the rest of the room to be as functional as the seed bead shelves are. I also wouldn't mind a bit of help with my creative muse. She hasn't been here long, but I find her presence to be calming and reassuring. The wonderful fragrance of lavender probably helps. Woodland Wanderings has an Etsy store, Whimsy Hollow where she sells handmade soaps and balms. It is worth the visit.

Angel of Hope and Woodland Wanderings were part of the One World One Heart project created by Lisa Swifka. This was the fourth year of OWOH. Over 1,000 bloggers from 40 countries signed up. Each blogg on the list agreed to give away at least one item to another blogger who left a comment on their page. On Valentine's Day the winners were randomly selected. Even though the give away is over, the list of bloggs is still available. If you have a few minutes, stop by and visit a few. They are all fun, creative, and enjoyable.