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Name: Fay
Date: 03/30/2015 11:57 am CDT
Comment: lrg and patr - both are nuts. Seq WC is not visible to me, OR the Seq CU cam.... Shame really... Both are nice people, ROFL.....

Name: patr
Date: 03/30/2015 11:45 am CDT
Comment: one on left limb at Seq but left quickly

Name: lrg2192
Date: 03/30/2015 11:16 am CDT
Comment: And Fay you are the head nut and steve in the 2nd in charge here, LOL, glad the SL cams are working again, you did good, now if you can convince the eagles to set on the nest, all will be good.

Name: Fay
Date: 03/30/2015 11:10 am CDT
Comment: @okmeme, ya, I knew what you meant.... Hate to even think anything but positive vibes. But now we have the SL WC, and no parent again?

Name: okmeme
Date: 03/30/2015 10:58 am CDT
Comment: @Fay-in my last comment I mean to say "I have to agree about the SL egg not being viable." I hope I'm wrong too but sitting here just watching it doesn't make our wishes come true. Dang it!

Name: Fay
Date: 03/30/2015 10:35 am CDT
Comment: @Jolie - um, you are worried we may lose our minds? Seriously? Are ya joshing? LOL - these Sutton site people are already NUTS !!!!

Name: Fay
Date: 03/30/2015 10:33 am CDT
Comment: @lw - yes, it is an egg. Not sure if it's viable or anything. @okmeme, being positive is fine. But when reality sets in, can't ignore it. Believe me, I hope to heck I'm wrong!

Name: lw
Date: 03/30/2015 10:28 am CDT
Comment: is there an egg on the lake nest?

Name: tawcat
Date: 03/30/2015 10:22 am CDT
Comment: Ugh, the drama of nature

Name: Jolie
Date: 03/30/2015 10:09 am CDT
Comment: Keep an eYe on the egg everyone. I'll check back this evening. I hope that GMSARC does give an update before everyone loses their minds lol.

Name: patr
Date: 03/30/2015 10:08 am CDT
Comment: just took a look at DNR,boy those chicks are really growing. nibbling on nest material and the one has pin feathers or whatever already.. really seems big..

Name: okmeme
Date: 03/30/2015 10:07 am CDT
Comment: DNR-older eaglet is already wingercizing and younger one playing with a stick. So cute! @Fay, I have to agree about the SL egg being viable. We sure are having bad luck here..not fair when we have so many good people watching.

Name: JolieBlon
Date: 03/30/2015 10:06 am CDT
Comment: Well YAY, closeup cam is there to taunt with its 1 lone Easter egg and no E's, but no widecam. At least Fay willed 1 of them into working. Well lrg -hmfff, the cyber world now has location and you still do not...lol.. Nxt time you are on 306, just notice.

Name: okmeme
Date: 03/30/2015 10:03 am CDT
Comment: Good Morning. Only cam I can get at Seq. is wc and only one at SL is cc. Egg is alone. I know we are supposed to be possitive so I won't say what I am thinking about the SL egg. Still hoping.

Name: Fay
Date: 03/30/2015 10:01 am CDT
Comment: @light - what I found was they BOTH (DNR) seem to rip off huge chunks and the chicks can't eat it. Maybe they want the chicks to start trying to eat a bit on their own soon.

Name: Fay
Date: 03/30/2015 9:59 am CDT
Comment: I have Seq WC (nothing to see) and SL CU cam. Egg all alone. No one will make me believe this egg was ever viable....

Name: light
Date: 03/30/2015 9:33 am CDT
Comment: refreshed and no cams again.

Name: light
Date: 03/30/2015 9:31 am CDT
Comment: patr i don't either. zoomed in and was able to see egg really good.

Name: patr
Date: 03/30/2015 9:28 am CDT
Comment: Sl cams are back, one egg,no eagle.. sure don't understand this..

Name: light
Date: 03/30/2015 9:27 am CDT
Comment: got all 4 cams. no E.s in sight. to bad. can hardly see the egg in sl cu.

Name: light
Date: 03/30/2015 9:01 am CDT
Comment: gm everyone. @ fay i know the dnr eaglets are well taken care of. i guess it was something you would have had to see. it was kinda funny watching them and i didnt see the whole feeding. i am not upset just explaining! lol still no cams @ sl

Name: lrg2192
Date: 03/30/2015 8:48 am CDT
Comment: @ Fay, I hear that but am always hearing about other animals getting the eggs through out the eagle nest.

Name: lrg2192
Date: 03/30/2015 8:45 am CDT
Comment: Maybe Sutton or somebody will give us a update on SL or tweak the cams one today.

Name: Fay
Date: 03/30/2015 8:44 am CDT
Comment: LOL lrg ! Well gee, aren't eagles known for their um, not very discerning palate? I can't fathom some vulture or hawk caring either LOL!

Name: lrg2192
Date: 03/30/2015 8:43 am CDT
Comment: Its strange some varment hasn't gotten the Seq. egg, it really must be bad.

Name: Fay
Date: 03/30/2015 8:25 am CDT
Comment: Hey lrg ! I'm all scrunched up sending vibes! Wow, the Seq egg looks almost perfect...Weird....

Name: lrg2192
Date: 03/30/2015 8:08 am CDT
Comment: GM, looks like same ole same ole here, no SL cams, not trying hard enough Fay, you can do it, LOL, @jolie, sounds like you know more than I do about here, I didn't know all that.

Name: Fay
Date: 03/30/2015 7:22 am CDT
Comment: DNR seems well to me. Mom has the filthy beak, LOL! Dad has a nice clean beak, and a black spot on his head. Hey Jolie ! I'm trying with the cams....Truly!

Name: Fay
Date: 03/30/2015 7:20 am CDT
Comment: GM all ! Nope Nope Nope! Nurtz !!! @light - the DNR chicks have been fed equally and consistently - both Ps are good at this. And, there's no fighting anymore with the chicks.

Name: light
Date: 03/29/2015 7:05 pm CDT
Comment: still no sl cams. nothing happeing @ seq. something has been there because there is a stick laying across the nest and closer to the one lonely egg. gn all until tomorrow.

Name: light
Date: 03/29/2015 6:15 pm CDT
Comment: will check back later

Name: lighr
Date: 03/29/2015 6:11 pm CDT
Comment: hi fay. still no sl cams, i agree with you. i want to see what is going on as well. very fustrating but i know they are doing their best

Name: Jolie
Date: 03/29/2015 6:10 pm CDT
Comment: I know, lrg. Hoffmann Lane runs beside Hoffmann Lane Elementary on 306. Now the weirdo's have the exact location. lol... Still no cams? Fay..fix 'em...fix 'em will ya? This is just NOT FAIR !!!

Name: light
Date: 03/29/2015 6:08 pm CDT
Comment: when i was on the dnr cam this am both parents were there. i believer D was feeding and M was looking on. D seemed to be feeding the oldest but not the younger. M got tied of the younger not being fed and started feeding it. D finally flew off. still no s

Name: Fay
Date: 03/29/2015 6:07 pm CDT
Comment: Has anyone seen "david" lately? He usually has great minute by minute accounts of the nests. Nothing to see I guess, but still. Come out come out david, wherever you are, LOL!

Name: Fay
Date: 03/29/2015 6:06 pm CDT
Comment: ((SIGH)) So wish it was the Seq nest cams not working. I want to see what's happenin' @ SL ! Not much I expect. But who knows? Another egg could be in the nest ! YES !!!!!!

Name: light
Date: 03/29/2015 5:49 pm CDT
Comment: back again. not sure about cams at sl but wasnt there a problem last season that they werent able to fix until it was warmer in the summer. no sl cams and nothing happening # seq

Name: lrg2192
Date: 03/29/2015 2:17 pm CDT
Comment: Don't blame you Jolie, can't never to be too safe for the youngins, Hoffman Lane is a street.

Name: Jolie
Date: 03/29/2015 2:16 pm CDT
Comment: Meme, I didn't think much would be happening 'cept that lone egg to work on our nurtzy psyche's today. Now if they will just lay MORE, then we'll have something to hope for. These nests all need to be "checked into the white coats for birds facility", nea

Name: Jolie
Date: 03/29/2015 2:14 pm CDT
Comment: cont- doesn't work. lol...I try not to give out too much info on the internet, 'specially for my grands, but I just did it anyway...lol

Name: Jolie
Date: 03/29/2015 2:12 pm CDT
Comment: Howdy, Okmeme and Chandler, too !!! Lkk, I've decided not to jump through the hoops to get the cams but ty for trying. I finally got SL a few days ago w/out doing anything. lrg, Hoffman Lane is what I was talking about but trying to be cryptic on here do

Name: okmeme
Date: 03/29/2015 2:02 pm CDT
Comment: Hi Fay. FYI, the "nuts" can't remember either. Too much swimming around up in my head. LOL

Name: okmeme
Date: 03/29/2015 2:01 pm CDT
Comment: Good Sunday afternoon all. HI JOLIE!! Not much to watch today except 1 little egg at Seq. and there will not be an eaglet there. I'm getting some yardwork done...see ya later.

Name: Fay
Date: 03/29/2015 2:00 pm CDT
Comment: LOL @ LKK ! Say what? Remembering something earlier in the season? I can't remember last week ! But that's only because I have to put up with the NUTS IN HERE .................

Name: LKK
Date: 03/29/2015 1:57 pm CDT
Comment: I've slept since then too,Irg2192. LOL Thought okmeme or someone would remember.

Name: lrg2192
Date: 03/29/2015 1:30 pm CDT
Comment: Sorry LKK, must have missed that or it fell out of my head, lots of things do, now days, LOL, still no stream found at SL and both Seq cams working, but nothing happening.

Name: LKK
Date: 03/29/2015 1:20 pm CDT
Comment: Good to see you Jolie,..GUYS didn't we have to do something earlier in the season after GMSARC did some work on cams? Somebody Remember? Tell JolieBlon

Name: light
Date: 03/29/2015 12:18 pm CDT
Comment: still no sl cams have to head out bbl

Name: lrg2192
Date: 03/29/2015 11:52 am CDT
Comment: @ jolie, I know of a Hoffman Lane here off 306, no Hoffman town or Hoffman school, but there are lots of things here I don't know about, LOL, thanks for the thoughts.

Name: Jolie
Date: 03/29/2015 11:40 am CDT
Comment: Hi LKK, Fay, tawcat, light and lrg, I have no cams at all this morning. I've been having the SL cams since the Seq nest failed, but I haven't had the Seq cams all season. The updates and snickers have been wonderful on the comments. Keep up the good co

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26 March 2015: The subadult eagle ate a meal on the tower this morning.

And an adult was making itself at home this afternoon.

SURPRISE! The adult laid an egg sometime today.

Later in the afternoon, two adults were present at the nest.

Leaves are just beginning to show on the Sequoyah NWR nest tree.

20 March 2015: This subadult eagle spent some time on the tower today rearranging nest material.

About an hour later, an adult was perched on the crossbar above the nest.

19 March 2015: Regular viewers are aware of the incident at the Sequoyah nest yesterday in which an adult eagle removed an egg from the nest, and the subsequent abandonment of the remaining egg today. We are disappointed in what now appears to be a failed nest attempt, though longtime viewers of our nest cameras know by now that not every nest is successful.

Here, the eagle has grabbed one egg in its bill and is preparing to move it to the
edge of the nest where it is then dropped.

The remaining egg appears to have been abandoned today.

Here are some thoughts about the incident from Sutton Center Director of Conservation Dr. Steve Sherrod:

Yesterday, March 18, was one of perplexing behavior by the eagles nesting at SNWR. Accounts captured on the cameras and witnessed by video observers show visible, independent movement in one or both eggs, with an apparent yellow blob beyond the top of one egg in the nest. The female that was incubating became upset, was vocalizing, left the nest, and returned with the male. At least one of the eggs appeared misshapen at that time, as if either hatching or partially broken. One of the adults then appears to pick up the misshapen egg in its beak and drop the egg over the edge of the nest. Incubation of the single egg left in the nest then continued, but today, March 19, the remaining egg has appeared unattended for over 6 hours at the time of this writing and will likely no longer be viable.

I have studied and maintained raptors for much of my life and have either hatched in captivity or have overseen captive hatching of nearly 300 bald eagle eggs and many more hundreds of peregrine, gyrfalcon, and prairie falcon eggs.  Unfortunately, I cannot say with absolute confidence just exactly what happened yesterday with this bald eagle pair, but I have a reasonable idea.  It is likely that at least one if not both 2014-2015 Sequoyah bald eagle eggs were hatching with almost completely developed chicks in the process of turning or rotating within and breaking out of the shell(s).  Both captive breeding and wild breeding peregrine falcon adults have been observed, in rare cases, to pick at hatching eggs with their beaks, sometimes appearing to “assist” the young out of the egg shells. Usually, no “help” for the hatching chicks is exhibited or needed. On very rare occasions, adult falcons have been observed to continue picking at the cracked shells and actually into the hatching chicks, so that the latter are either killed or eaten by the adult. Older (about 2 week) peregrine chicks have been consumed by adult falcons in very rare instances as captured by nest cameras.

During the hatching process the chicks often, although not always, vocalize. A chick that is having trouble completing the rotational turn during hatching or in freeing itself from the shell halves can vocally protest rigorously.  Also, a hatching chick that is sickly can remain inside, weak, and silently pass, or can protest vocally while continuing to struggle.  This is especially true when the chick has a yolk sac infection, often resulting from bacteria invaded through pores in the egg shell.  Such infections are usually fatal for the chick. Adults might react to the complaining chick by trying to brood it, feed it, or by eventually killing it, sometimes feeding the deceased chick to the other chicks in the nest or sometimes discarding the individual out of the nest. Such behavior might function to actually spread the infection or might serve as conservation of energy for the family group.  If the second Sequoyah bald eagle egg ends up deserted, it could possibly be infected as well. We do know that when eggs are warm from incubation, and an adult must get off the eggs to eat or otherwise departs during a rain storm, the cold rain on top of dirty, but warm eggs, facilitates invasion by bacteria on the shell. (For that reason, we always clean eggs in captivity with a warmer solution than the temperature of the incubated egg).  Without tests for disease in the deceased eggs/chicks, or without ability to hear chick vocalizations we can only speculate about what might have happened in this instance at Sequoyah, but the preceding scenario is likely.

13 March 2015: There is a hardware problem with the camera equipment at the Sooner Lake site. We are not sure when we will be able to have it working again.

11 March 2015: The incubating adult went through a stretching and preening routine this morning. While the series of photos below shows a variety of awkward looking postures, keep in mind that after sitting in one spot for several weeks incubating the eggs, it must feel good to stretch once in a while! Preening is also important for maintaining the feathers in good condition. Once grown, feathers are not a living part of a bird, and must be maintained from the outside to ensure that they remain effective in their jobs until they are replaced during the next molt. Preening helps remove dirt, smooths and relocks the feather barbs together, and helps maintain the lift need for flight as well as the insulating properties of the feathers.

And, finally, back to the business at hand!

6 March 2015: Two adults stand side by side on the nest, and the eggs are turned (below).

An adult eagle enjoys a meal on the tower at Sooner Lake.

5 March 2015: The Sequoyah nest camera came back online today, perhaps partly as a result of the sunny weather providing power after many days of overcast skies. Incubation continues.

An awkward looking preening posture results in a rather strange looking eagle photo.

27 February 2015: Incubation continues, with a weekend of snow, sleet and freezing rain coming up. In the photo below, the eggs are being turned by the incubating adult.

With head tucked beneath a wing, the incubating adult begins waiting out the winter storm.

20 February 2015: Both adults were photographed at the nest for a brief period this morning, and incubation of the two eggs continues.

19 February 2015: The weather is cold but clear at Sequoyah NWR, and the snow is mostly gone. It does look like it could be a rainy weekend coming up.

17 February 2015: The snow is melting slowly at this point.

16 February 2015: The very early nesting season of eagles in Oklahoma often leads to challeging weather episodes during incubation and even brood rearing stages. A combination of rain, sleet and snow has recently been impacting the Sequoyah nest. The eggs can withstand brief exposure while the adults exchange incubation duties as pictured below.

12 February 2015: Here the incubating adult makes an adjustment to the position of a large stick in the nest. Eagle nests are regularly repaired and added to, mostly in the late fall and early winter prior to nesting.

11 February 2015: The nest at Sequoyah NWR now has 2 eggs! Two eggs is a common clutch size for Bald Eagles, although some of the previous nests on our cameras have had three or even four eggs. We should all know by this weekend if any more eggs are on the way.

9 February 2015: After seeing frequent eagle visits and nest remodeling for some time recently, an egg was laid in the Sequoyah nest on Saturday, February 7! The "action points" in the video below occur at about 6:40 and 10:40, with a glimpse of the egg visible at about 13:55.

8 October 2014: We are waiting for an indication regarding where the eagles will nest later this year to determine if the existing camera equipment should be replaced. It is both time consuming and expensive to replace the equipment, so we don't want to do so if a nest site is not used. Here's hoping for cooperative eagles!

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