Eagle hatching webcam
Posted 04 May 2011 - 07:06 PM
Not the one we are watching here, but an female eagle was killed by a plane in Virginia.
[QUOTE]Biologists believe a bald eagle that was a star of a popular Virginia eagle-watching webcam was killed Tuesday morning, struck by an airplane that was landing at Norfolk International Airport.
A U.S. Airways jet
Posted 04 May 2011 - 07:32 PM
Yeah. Mary Beth's dad saw one last week, dead on the NYS Thruway as it goes through the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge west of Syracuse. I guess as their numbers increase, so will the encounters with our machines.
I used to work at a bird sanctuary and we had the most beautiful injured bald eagle (his name was Luke). The classes that came each day were always in awe of seeing a live bald eagle--they really are amazing to see (preferable alive:undecided: ).
Posted 12 May 2011 - 12:13 AM
Q. Out of twenty eaglets, how many will live to be adults?
A. This varies with the population in question. From our work releasing eagles in new york, about 2.5 adults would survive for every 20 ( 1 in 8). Mortality is highest for eagles in their first year of life, especially their first six months. The first winter is crucial. Some biologists (two studies) have estimated mortality as high as 72 % within one year of fledging (leaving the nest). Another study estimated that only 11 % of eagles were alive after 3 years of life. In general, we believe that only about 1 in 10 eagles survive to adulthood ( 5 yrs of age ).
Q. How old are they before they can fly?
A. 11-12 weeks, when they leave their nest.
Posted 12 May 2011 - 10:36 PM
Q. How old does a baby have to be to leave its mother?
A. 10-12 weeks to leave the nest, although fledglings then often stay around "learning from their parents and honing their flying and feeding skills for another 1-2 months.
Posted 26 May 2011 - 02:30 AM
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 09:14 PM
Yeah, I hope that eaglet is OK. It's still lying around... assuming it's the same one.
One of the babies was kinda just laying in the nest this am...had me a lil worried. Hope he's ok and was just tired. The other two looked full on ready to start flying off.
I'm worried too
Posted 14 June 2011 - 10:55 PM
RRP hopes to band these juvies and place a satellite transmitter on one of them. The juvies will be captured on the ground a couple of weeks after they fledge. The small band with its identifying color and number goes around one of the ankles and does not bother or endanger the bird. The transmitter is mounted loosely and comfortably like a tiny backpack, and it does not interfere with flight or with head or neck movement. The process takes just a few minutes and does not frighten or harm the birds. It is possible to take measurements of the juvies as they are banded to determine their sex. Banding eventually gives researchers information on how far the bird has flown from its birth nest once it has died or is found injured; the band might also be spotted during feeding, nesting, or migrating and thus can be useful in tracking the eagle's movements. The transmitter will allow researchers to track the juvie regularly via GPS and will yield invaluable information on its behavior. The transmitter is designed to fall off after a few years. Banding and placing the transmitter will be done by Bob Anderson, Director of RRP, and other raptor experts who have banded many birds before and who always follow the safest protocols, and who will have obtained the required permits to do so. This is a good web site that describes the process