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Name: okmeme
Date: 05/23/2015 11:12 am CDT
Comment: We'll have rain and possible severe storms later this afternoon. LKK, you'll probably see them before me. Stay safe. Hope your son and family and getting things put back together.

Name: okmeme
Date: 05/23/2015 11:10 am CDT
Comment: oops, return key to soon. We'll be going to visit my Dad and make sure his flag is flying at the cemetary. Thank you to all the Veterans and their families for their sacrifice!

Name: okmeme
Date: 05/23/2015 11:07 am CDT
Comment: Hope everyone has a happy and safe Memorial Weekend. We

Name: okmeme
Date: 05/23/2015 11:06 am CDT
Comment: No eagles at SL right now. Checked on DNR, could only see talons of 1 on branch. Won't be long before the DNR babes are out having a blast flying.

Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 05/23/2015 9:07 am CDT
Comment: Happy weekend to you too Irg - and now the eagle is gone!

Name: lrg2192
Date: 05/23/2015 8:59 am CDT
Comment: GM all, "Happy Memorial Week End" everyone, E on SL Xbar, am in Colorado for a Granddson's graduation, have been checking in everyday to see the goings on with everyone and the nest, will fly out to TX Sunday late, will check in next week, have a good one

Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 05/23/2015 8:59 am CDT
Comment: and once you've throughly cleaned yourself up, it's time for a poopshot!

Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 05/23/2015 8:50 am CDT
Comment: eagle is doing a thorough cleaning of itself this morning - preen preen preen

Name: tawcat
Date: 05/23/2015 8:41 am CDT
Comment: Eagle still on bar. Wishing everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day. Never forget: Someone gave their tomorrow, so we could have today!

Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 05/23/2015 8:25 am CDT
Comment: calm and quiet at Sooner and one eagle on the right end of the crossbar

Name: Steve
Date: 05/23/2015 6:30 am CDT
Comment: Good morning eagle at SL and 1 at DNR on a branch. Ho[e everyone has a wonderful weekend,

Name: Steve
Date: 05/22/2015 9:47 pm CDT
Comment: HI LKK if was the big word. All we had here was tyhe Wendy's Frosty, not bad. They took home the Rhubarb crisp I made. SL lights flashing is all I'm getting. Good Night, Oh the guys whipped the gals again tonight in cards. LOL

Name: dghd
Date: 05/22/2015 8:58 pm CDT
Comment: dfgs

Name: LKK
Date: 05/22/2015 6:06 pm CDT
Comment: If you are hungry? LOL You will need to put a lantern on your bike for after dinner night riding.LOL

Name: Steve
Date: 05/22/2015 5:06 pm CDT
Comment: Howdy Partners. nuting going on here. Off to Pizza Ranch for din din and then back home for watwermellon, home made Wendy Frosties and Rhurbarb cupcakes. If we are hungry. HAGE.

Name: Fay
Date: 05/22/2015 1:39 pm CDT
Comment: Hey look who dropped in to say "Hi" ! Nope not the eagles - but Pat !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good as your word, LOL!

Name: Steve
Date: 05/22/2015 10:46 am CDT
Comment: Oh what a beautiful 10 mile ride, 68 degrees already. Sorry for your "cool" weather Maggies. Both E's gone and only 1 at DNR on branch. HAGD.

Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 05/22/2015 9:35 am CDT
Comment: shorts, Steve? we have a hard freeze warning here in NY State for tonight!

Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 05/22/2015 9:34 am CDT
Comment: well the eagle on the crossbar has left us - other one remains

Name: Pat
Date: 05/22/2015 8:22 am CDT
Comment: As requested by Steve :-) good morning to whoever is here

Name: Steve
Date: 05/22/2015 8:11 am CDT
Comment: GM Fay, Maggies, LKK, and 2 beautiful E's aty SL. DNR 1 on nest nope flew to branch and back and forth. 2nd don't see him/her. Going to be 75 here today, shorts for bike ride this morning.

Name: Fay
Date: 05/22/2015 7:55 am CDT
Comment: GM all ! Foggy morning @ SL but that's okay. We have a courtin' couple to see - oh wait. A fightin' couple, LOL!

Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 05/22/2015 7:53 am CDT
Comment: strut - sorry!

Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 05/22/2015 7:52 am CDT
Comment: Two eagles in their usual perches - left serut and cross bar - in the mist - Good morning all!

Name: LKK
Date: 05/22/2015 7:34 am CDT
Comment: Good Morning M and D SL, going to be a little wet for a few days.

Name: nesty
Date: 05/21/2015 7:30 pm CDT
Comment: Beautiful evening at the cove on Sooner Lake. Even without eagles!

Name: Steve
Date: 05/21/2015 6:20 pm CDT
Comment: Hi Steve glad you're around. No E's no cars/trucks. We served 30 men at the men's shelter and all but a couple of pieces of brownies was all that was left. They sure enjoy any group coming in. DNR pair nest and branch.

Name: Steve
Date: 05/21/2015 12:49 pm CDT
Comment: Both on nest now. Opps one back on limb. Out to garage getting ready for a sale next weekend.

Name: LKK
Date: 05/21/2015 12:45 pm CDT
Comment: I did read that one had fledged at DNR, Steve. It said first time out was only a few minutes .

Name: Steve
Date: 05/21/2015 10:39 am CDT
Comment: Good bike ride, warmed up just enough to be very nice. 1 is back on DNR nest. Don't see the other. Maybe one has fledged and is sight seeing. Okl. cams loaded but empty. Off to kitchen to make 5 meatloafs to take tonight to the men's shelter.

Name: tawcat
Date: 05/21/2015 8:21 am CDT
Comment: All looks calm

Name: Fay
Date: 05/21/2015 6:56 am CDT
Comment: GM all ! Looks like a nice, but breezy day in OK! Yep, only one in line of vision on a branch @ DNR... Wonder where the other one is? Sightseeing?

Name: Steve
Date: 05/21/2015 6:27 am CDT
Comment: Morning Steve. No E's or anyone near outhouse. DNR no one on the nest, can only see one on a branch. Off to bible study. then bike ride, is only 42 mdegreesd.

Name: Steve
Date: 05/20/2015 6:42 pm CDT
Comment: Mom DNR brought fish and big B/G jumped down and got iot.

Name: Steve
Date: 05/20/2015 6:41 pm CDT
Comment: Talk about bad eyes little one is on the nest. LOL

Name: Steve
Date: 05/20/2015 6:39 pm CDT
Comment: Bad ""old"" eyes ouch, I'll here about that comment. Hey a truck with a tralor went by. yippeeeeee.

Name: Fay
Date: 05/20/2015 6:39 pm CDT
Comment: Yay ! Was just @ DNR and both kids are on different branches! So glad that little one tried and succeeded!

Name: Fay
Date: 05/20/2015 6:37 pm CDT
Comment: LKK, I'm sure we stand a better chance of missing something like a branching than not. I'm going with your bad eyes, so there, LOL!

Name: Steve
Date: 05/20/2015 6:28 pm CDT
Comment: And gone now.

Name: LKK
Date: 05/20/2015 6:28 pm CDT
Comment: Sounds like we will have a dry day tomorrow,then Fri and through the weekend wet,wet,wet. We will be breaking a May record rainfall of well over 14".

Name: Steve
Date: 05/20/2015 6:27 pm CDT
Comment: The 3 or 4 times I checked DNR he was in the nest. Very slow day 2 cars and no E's. Opps forgot to send, great. MNow we have and E at SL.

Name: LKK
Date: 05/20/2015 6:25 pm CDT
Comment: Just saying that is what the scap looked like to me ,Fay. You know I have old eyes that lie to me sometimes. LOL

Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 05/20/2015 6:23 pm CDT
Comment: And now gone. Bet the eagles would like a sunny dry day for a change.

Name: patr
Date: 05/20/2015 6:15 pm CDT
Comment: bedraggled looking eagle on crossbar at SL..yeah

Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 05/20/2015 6:13 pm CDT
Comment: Eagle on the crossbar!

Name: Fay
Date: 05/20/2015 5:54 pm CDT
Comment: LOL @ LKK ! What? You're going to listen to Brat and me???? Cam has been off for 2 days or so, but both could've branched for sure. I'm so glad you found that out! Little one was scaring me....

Name: LKK
Date: 05/20/2015 5:34 pm CDT
Comment: I thought I saw scaps on FB today where both DNR eaglets were on a branch. Oh well ,guess I didn't look close enough.

Name: Steve
Date: 05/20/2015 4:07 pm CDT
Comment: Nuting at Seq. SL. DNR blurry and little one not branching yet. Sometime,.

Name: Steve
Date: 05/20/2015 11:44 am CDT
Comment: All 3 nests are sitting with Mom on nests at Kala 1 and 2 and latvia. Yep DNR back on. Okl. no trucks/cars or eagles.

Name: Fay
Date: 05/20/2015 11:27 am CDT
Comment: DNR seems to be back rollin'...That youngest one has to be the male.... LOL!

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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!

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