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Name: Steve
Date: 08/03/2015 12:32 pm CDT
Comment: Left over steak, pork steak, meat loaf and chip beef on potatoes. for lunch msaybe Taco Tico for dinner., whatever she wants. 2 cams up but no cars or eagles.

Name: LKK
Date: 08/03/2015 8:44 am CDT
Comment: Saw the pics on the news of the tornado in Iowa. Nice that Jill is staying another day. How are you going to top last nights meal.LOL

Name: Steve
Date: 08/03/2015 8:18 am CDT
Comment: GM Jill decided last night to stay one more day. time to feed her again. great. 2 cams up with sunshine. Here in Iowa low to high 70's all week. Heavenly.

Name: LKK
Date: 08/02/2015 12:25 pm CDT
Comment: And she should get it, it will be her last Dad meal for awhile. Safe travels Jill.

Name: Steve
Date: 08/02/2015 11:47 am CDT
Comment: 2 cams up. logagator showing more today. 3 ospreys at irma's nest 2 at kala. Jill wants steak and potatoes grilled today.

Name: LKK
Date: 08/02/2015 8:06 am CDT
Comment: Osprey lets taking flight ,truly the end of raptor season. Glad Jericho has been found safe. Anne of Green Gables is a fav of mine.

Name: Fay
Date: 08/02/2015 7:48 am CDT
Comment: GM all ! Seems one osprey has fledged @ Colorado nest, and although the osprey nests in Estonia show the kids alone, none seem to have taken a "flight". Although, I guess I could read up on their activities!

Name: Steve
Date: 08/01/2015 9:15 pm CDT
Comment: Just got news about lion is alive great. Pam, Jill and I went to the story of anne of Greengables put on by several Sr. High students in the area. Really good. Waiting for blue Moon to shine. SED's

Name: Kingsly
Date: 08/01/2015 7:16 pm CDT
Comment: Update is that he is alive and well.

Name: okmeme
Date: 08/01/2015 4:40 pm CDT
Comment: There are conflicting reports on fb about Cecil's brother being killed. There is another report that he is alive and well...so I'm not sure.

Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 08/01/2015 3:31 pm CDT
Comment: okmeme - that is simply disgusting, horrible news! trophy hunters should be banned!

Name: okmeme
Date: 08/01/2015 2:30 pm CDT
Comment: cont..He also said that the fate of Cecil's cubs is probably "sealed" now. No male to protect the pride will bring another in that will kill the cubs. What is wrong with these people?

Name: okmeme
Date: 08/01/2015 2:29 pm CDT
Comment: Sad news. Just heard on CNN that the brother of Cecil the Lion that had taken over the pride and was protecting Cecil's cubs has been shot! Another trophy hunter. The expert on the news said these hunters look for the biggest, most beautiful males. He als

Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 08/01/2015 1:25 pm CDT
Comment: love thesong also! though I must be younger than some of you - didn't graduate til 1963!

Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 08/01/2015 1:24 pm CDT
Comment: things look quiet at both SL and Seq today - what else is new? dealing with a neighborhood yard sale here - getting rid of

Name: lrg2192
Date: 08/01/2015 12:19 pm CDT
Comment: @ Fay and Steve, thanks for the song, 1961 was my HS graduation year also. I remember that song well.

Name: Fay
Date: 08/01/2015 9:28 am CDT
Comment: LOL @ LKK ! Well, I just wanted to bring back some memories... And Brat? My older sis and bro loved that song, and lil Fay did too !

Name: Steve
Date: 08/01/2015 7:56 am CDT
Comment: Opppppps.

Name: Steve
Date: 08/01/2015 7:56 am CDT
Comment: Blue Moon 1961 year I graduated from high school. Tonight is the big Blue Moon will be beautiful at SL and around .

Name: Steve
Date: 08/01/2015 7:56 am CDT
Comment: Blue Moon 1961 year I graduated from high school. Tonight is the big Blue Moon will be beautiful at SL and around .

Name: Steve
Date: 08/01/2015 7:56 am CDT
Comment: Blue Moon 1961 year I graduated from high school. Tonight is the big Blue Moon will be beautiful at SL and around .

Name: LKK
Date: 08/01/2015 7:50 am CDT
Comment: Thanks Fay, once in a blue moon do I get a tune.LOL

Name: Fay
Date: 08/01/2015 6:33 am CDT
Comment: Glad to hear you're doing well, okmeme! Front row seat for eagles this upcoming season!

Name: Fay
Date: 08/01/2015 6:18 am CDT
Comment: Just for LKK, LOL! https://youtu.be/qoi3TH59ZEs

Name: CurbGirl
Date: 07/31/2015 10:37 pm CDT
Comment: Glad to hear about your progress, okmeme...sounds like you will be all ready to watch nesting this winter!

Name: LKK
Date: 07/31/2015 10:15 pm CDT
Comment: Oz moved the view, I can see across the lake and up the hill, by the light of the blue moon. Sleep safe eagles and eagle watchers

Name: Steve
Date: 07/31/2015 7:52 pm CDT
Comment: Great update okmeme, keep the eye drops goingh. SUV at potty house and empty nest at SL. Fun day of shopping. SED tyo all

Name: LKK
Date: 07/31/2015 7:42 pm CDT
Comment: Blue moon tonight... So good to hear about your progress after the procedure ,okmeme.

Name: okmeme
Date: 07/31/2015 5:44 pm CDT
Comment: cont..anything but outhouse at Seq. Finally got SL up, had to reload once. So glad all these lets had fledged before loosing nests!

Name: okmeme
Date: 07/31/2015 5:43 pm CDT
Comment: Hi all. Went for post-op check yesterday and all looks good, and feels good too. I can already see better out of surgery eye (right) than left eye. Will probably be getting ready for left eye surgery before long. Wonder if we will ever see anything but o

Name: LKK
Date: 07/31/2015 12:10 pm CDT
Comment: Saw that CurbGirl, we have a friend that had one in a pond they shared with other homes. I was about 3' they thought, it didn't make it through an Okla winter. This one got lucky.

Name: CurbGirl
Date: 07/31/2015 11:24 am CDT
Comment: wonder if our L.og-O.-G.ator aka( LOG ) has read this? http://www.news9.com/story/29665213/oklahoma-city-animal-welfare-removes-alligator-from-drainage-ditch

Name: Steve
Date: 07/31/2015 8:22 am CDT
Comment: GM road grader going by out house. SL quiet again. Off with daughter to Des Moines to shop before she hesds south on Monday. HAGD

Name: lrg2192
Date: 07/31/2015 7:31 am CDT
Comment: Both loaded this morning, nothing happening, we are ready if it does, LOL. HAGDE....

Name: Fay
Date: 07/31/2015 6:23 am CDT
Comment: ((SIGH)) Nothing changes.... lrg2192 is seeing weird things here-but they are perfectly fine-both SL and Seq... Guess we will never be free of the white coats!

Name: lrg2192
Date: 07/30/2015 6:17 pm CDT
Comment: I refreshed and SL loaded, it looks good, Seq is still a mess.

Name: lrg2192
Date: 07/30/2015 6:13 pm CDT
Comment: Just seq loaded and it is a mess, don't know what is going on there or at SL, glad the E's are OK at WR, the nest had been in danger for a while, it looked like to me, lots of wind there.

Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 07/30/2015 4:17 pm CDT
Comment: oh my LKK - going to WR to see!

Name: LKK
Date: 07/30/2015 2:45 pm CDT
Comment: First Decorah now White Rock nest has fallen from the nest tree. One let was on the nest when it took the final slide from the tree , but Lets are fledged and fine.

Name: Steve
Date: 07/30/2015 2:26 pm CDT
Comment: Just getting on. okmeme glad it went well. 2 cams open but nothing now. Jill returns to san Antonio on Monday with Molly. will be a sad but happy day. LOL catch ya later with eagles on our minds this fall/winter. Keep checking below for update.

Name: LKK
Date: 07/30/2015 8:12 am CDT
Comment: Glad to hear from you okmeme,all the after care can be annoying but it is necessary . Like the friends before me said, keep it up.

Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 07/30/2015 6:46 am CDT
Comment: I second that, Curb Girl. Keep it up okmeme!

Name: CurbGirl
Date: 07/29/2015 9:08 pm CDT
Comment: Good to 'see' you here, okmeme!

Name: okmeme
Date: 07/29/2015 7:13 pm CDT
Comment: Thank you everyone for thinking of me and the good vibes!

Name: okmeme
Date: 07/29/2015 7:12 pm CDT
Comment: cont..Seems like I read on fb that one of the AEF team passed away this last week. He had been there forever but I can't remember his name.

Name: okmeme
Date: 07/29/2015 7:11 pm CDT
Comment: Good evening everyone. I made it thru the surgery on first eye, but wasn't what I would call fun. And keeping up with all the drops is the worst, especially since I have to continue using my glaucoma drops as well. So sad about Bob Anderson. Seems like

Name: Fay
Date: 07/29/2015 8:38 am CDT
Comment: GM all ! Good vibes to okmeme! Kala 1 and 2 babies all alone and trying to eat without siblings butting in, LOL! Too cute! Nothing here, but it looks HOT @ Seq WC! Oh! Some lil birds are on SL xbar....

Name: Steve
Date: 07/29/2015 6:19 am CDT
Comment: con't. say its easy, for them. Take mit easy and do the eye drops afterwards they say without missing. Off to my meeting. No eagles no nothing at the sites. LOL

Name: Steve
Date: 07/29/2015 6:16 am CDT
Comment: GM spent Tues. in Eastern Iowa with ciousuins and sis, in law and visited Mom in Law's grave, Jill hadn't seen the grave since her Grandma passed. Nice day gfor all. yes tough loosing Bob, such a great man. Okmeme good luck and prayers to all. Friends

Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 07/28/2015 2:52 pm CDT
Comment: how nice it will be to see clearly, okmeme!

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30 March 2015: Many people are wondering, including us, about the exact circumstances surrounding the recently laid egg in the Sooner Lake tower nest. A pair within this eagle territory had a failed nest attempt about a mile away from the tower this spring. What we think is the most likely explanation for this new egg is that this pair started to recycle, meaning they began a second clutch, which they deposited in the tower nest to replace the failed clutch from their first nest. Because of the lateness of the season, a full clutch was not produced and incubation was not started. Oklahoma Bald Eagle clutches are not normally laid this late in the spring, because the young birds would likely be overcome by summer heat before they were old enough to leave the nest.

Another possible alternative is that a young female laid this egg. Young birds sometimes lay later in the season than older birds, and perhaps she was not yet fully ready to complete a nesting season.

Whatever the case, as longtime nest cam viewers know, life in an eagle nest is seldom straightforward or uneventful. At least five active eagle nests in the Tulsa area were recently lost due to tornadoes or other severe storms. See the KOTV video at: http://www.newson6.com/category/121535/video-page?autostart=true&clipId=11288505

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!

The Sutton Avian Research Center is dedicated to finding cooperative conservation solutions 
for birds and the natural world through science and education, and is a part of the Oklahoma Biological Survey at the University of Oklahoma.

Our Bald Eagle nest cam project provides an intimate view of wild Oklahoma Bald Eagle nests. Children and adults from Oklahoma and around the world can observe life in an eagle nest, and scientists can make observations that will help us better understand the life history of our national symbol.

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