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Comments:

Name: Fay
Date: 08/31/2015 3:57 pm CDT
Comment: Hey BG ! LOL, where did you read that from Sutton? Lordy I can't wait !


Name: BG-OK
Date: 08/31/2015 2:09 pm CDT
Comment: Hello Fay and MM, I guess we're the only ones here. Sutton says new look coming mid-October, I hope that means cams with EAGLES ...lol They will come when they're ready...lol


Name: Fay
Date: 08/31/2015 1:45 pm CDT
Comment: Halllooo there MM ! I hear ya ! An update would be great ! Time is a'wastin' !


Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 08/31/2015 1:01 pm CDT
Comment: HalloooooFay - I hear you! do wish our cam would come back or Sutton would post an update...


Name: Fay
Date: 08/31/2015 11:22 am CDT
Comment: Hallooooooo ! Can ya hear me? Hallllloooooooo ???? LOL!


Name: Fay
Date: 08/31/2015 4:29 am CDT
Comment: Prayers and positive thoughts for ALL in Steve and Pam's family! Estonia nests still have not begun migration. Ah well, they know best when to begin. Nice to see them though!


Name: LKK
Date: 08/30/2015 8:19 pm CDT
Comment: Prayers for Pam's SIL and the Dr attending her. Sleep safe eagles and eagle watchers.


Name: BG-OK
Date: 08/30/2015 7:39 pm CDT
Comment: Prayers for Pam's SiL and for all the family. Keep us informed. Haven't seen eagles except sea eaglets :(


Name: Steve
Date: 08/30/2015 6:33 pm CDT
Comment: Headed out for a short evening bike ride. Nothing here. Won't be around M-T W. Pam's Sis. in Law is hAVING OPEN HEART SURGERY ON Tues. (opps). Not a well galin the 1st place. Prayers will be needed for her and the doc's working on her. thanks. will


Name: Steve
Date: 08/30/2015 11:36 am CDT
Comment: BG we're glad to have "anyone" back. ouch. think good thoughts and we'll try and help you. Eagles will come at some point this fall. Where Sutton's crew will need to hjelp us find them.


Name: BG-OK
Date: 08/30/2015 10:59 am CDT
Comment: @meme, thanks and it is a great place. Should see eagles fly over, if not, there are several nests nearby. Happy to be back to eagle watching.....hoping . HAGD


Name: Steve
Date: 08/30/2015 8:12 am CDT
Comment: Can only say---Have a Blessed Sunday with Family.


Name: okmeme
Date: 08/29/2015 7:12 pm CDT
Comment: cont..to that area in quite a while but pretty sure I know where you are talking about and it is a beautiful place to just relax and rejuvinate. Blessings to you.


Name: okmeme
Date: 08/29/2015 7:10 pm CDT
Comment: Good Sunday Evening. Trying to catch up on everyone and eagles but no eagles to talk about. Oh BG, I am so sorry for your troubles but I'm sure you will bounce back and being close to your daughter is wonderful. I read where you are, haven't been to that


Name: Steve
Date: 08/29/2015 5:07 pm CDT
Comment: BG looks like your town has a lot to offer. Sea Eagle chicks sitting with big one bonking little one.


Name: BG-OK
Date: 08/29/2015 2:40 pm CDT
Comment: @Steve, google Mannford, Old Hwy. 48 and our place is about a mile off of Hwy 51. I hope to see lots of eagles and there are deer too. Been checking Sea Eaglets, so precious.


Name: Steve
Date: 08/29/2015 2:34 pm CDT
Comment: Just Googled Keystone. the area looks beautiful. Enjoy.


Name: Steve
Date: 08/29/2015 2:29 pm CDT
Comment: BG your place sounds heavenly. Lake with fish OH MY. Just the same old cam up.


Name: BG-OK
Date: 08/29/2015 10:29 am CDT
Comment: Stay dry Steve and Pam!!! We've had a lot of rain also and everything is still pretty and green.


Name: BG-OK
Date: 08/29/2015 10:26 am CDT
Comment: @Steve, no you didn't miss about Keystone. I didn't know on my first answer to LKK, we are actually surrounded by Keystone, but have our own little 15 acres with a 5 acre spring fed lake , full of fish !!!


Name: Steve
Date: 08/29/2015 8:02 am CDT
Comment: Thanks MM no we are ok a little town south us, their creek flooded and some were rescued. ended up with 5.5 inches. Safsarie was good last night. The Lions took care of the injured big Buffalo. HAGD


Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 08/29/2015 7:01 am CDT
Comment: hope you haven't floated away, Steve - still no cam at SL


Name: Steve
Date: 08/28/2015 10:36 pm CDT
Comment: LKK that song sure hit, Sump pump has been working every 30 sec. or so non stop. Off to check Safari. I'll say SED's but no eagles seen just mwishes. LOL


Name: LKK
Date: 08/28/2015 4:34 pm CDT
Comment: Here is your song for the day ,Steve. LOL.....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mxyx7gOyOgI


Name: Steve
Date: 08/28/2015 4:13 pm CDT
Comment: BG I've missed something about Keystone. Maybe for only LKK.?? We are upto 5 inches of rain, backyard is getting to be a lake.


Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 08/28/2015 3:49 pm CDT
Comment: Lasher - I know and agree - but they still have a great list of cams on their page!


Name: patr
Date: 08/28/2015 2:32 pm CDT
Comment: I keep coming back,expecting cam back and eagles at SL.. well,I can dream..it is time for Seq to get geared up also..imo


Name: BG-OK
Date: 08/28/2015 2:26 pm CDT
Comment: I've been missing, but where is MaryVA? Haven't seen any posts of hers lately


Name: BG-OK
Date: 08/28/2015 2:03 pm CDT
Comment: @LKK...My daughter just told me we are surrounded by Keystone, just our own little paradise, and she's only about 50 ft. away, which is a blessing!!


Name: lasher
Date: 08/28/2015 1:10 pm CDT
Comment: maggie, hornby makes it almost impossible to log in and discuss. no longer worth my effort and i am a long time watcher and chatter there


Name: LKK
Date: 08/28/2015 11:57 am CDT
Comment: Even better BG-OK, not so much tourist traffic, and the big lake is there if you want .


Name: BG-OK
Date: 08/28/2015 11:37 am CDT
Comment: GM to all and thanks CurbGirl for info, and Steve and LKK. No LKK, not Keystone, just beyond and this is a private spring fed lake, very pretty.


Name: arky
Date: 08/28/2015 8:50 am CDT
Comment: Curb Girl, I agree. I was hoping this year we would have tracking for a second generation. Seems it would be significant data.


Name: Steve
Date: 08/28/2015 8:17 am CDT
Comment: Morning all and in person FAY HI. Just Seq. open. Look below (don't) nothing new yet. We have rain all night and all day coming, 3 inches. Off to check Safari and Sea Eagles etc, Later.


Name: Fay
Date: 08/28/2015 8:12 am CDT
Comment: GM all ! Beauty of a day in central MA ! Hope everyone has a great weekend !


Name: Fay
Date: 08/27/2015 5:30 pm CDT
Comment: Wow, BG, I am so sorry ! We all pretty much know when someone hasn't been around, but not many ways to get in touch to inquire. At least - for me... Glad you are taking life as it comes. More good stuff coming your way!


Name: Steve
Date: 08/27/2015 4:59 pm CDT
Comment: LKK 2 things if I get 1 hummer a day I'm happy and 2 thanks for the list for BG. Another link or at least an idea is Safari Drive, Lions, Elle, Leopards etc and nice chatters. Eat ouit tonight with church group. SED's.


Name: patr
Date: 08/27/2015 4:36 pm CDT
Comment: pickup at Seq, nothing at SL..drat


Name: CurbGirl
Date: 08/27/2015 3:44 pm CDT
Comment: BG-OK--good to see you here again and glad you have found a great place to move forward, complete with hummers! Don't know if you are interested in other cams but I enjoy many at Explore.org even watched the Northern Lights last night!!


Name: CurbGirl
Date: 08/27/2015 3:23 pm CDT
Comment: Thanks arky. Sure would be cool to track 2nd generation eagles-not the 'coolness' needs to drive Sutton research :-))


Name: LKK
Date: 08/27/2015 2:26 pm CDT
Comment: At the top of eagleholics pages she has all the nests..https://eagleholic.wordpress.com/eagle-cam-list/


Name: LKK
Date: 08/27/2015 2:25 pm CDT
Comment: Glad you are here BG-OK,people do disappoint us sometimes. You have already made a great move, Lake Keystone [right ?] Striped bass capital of the world. I think everybody get hummingbirds but me, NURTZ.


Name: Steve
Date: 08/27/2015 12:42 pm CDT
Comment: Oh BG sorry, yet as you say life goes on, for the better. Keep busy and active and find something to help you cope. We are here to smile and back you. There are many sites for eagle nests, you'll get them back. E4K's is a good one, Decorah eagles etc


Name: BG-OK
Date: 08/27/2015 11:17 am CDT
Comment: @MaggiesMom... thank you so much.I appreciate it!!


Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 08/27/2015 11:05 am CDT
Comment: http://www.hornbyeagles.com/HEGPSchat.htm


Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 08/27/2015 11:05 am CDT
Comment: BG - sorry for the troubles but glad you are back - I'll give you a link to Hornby - at the bottom of their page are masses of links to all kinds of nests!


Name: BarbT
Date: 08/27/2015 10:22 am CDT
Comment: So sorry BG-OK to read of your troubles, but sounds like things are working out well now. I went through that 35 years ago, not fun. Best of luck in your new location - it sounds lovely.


Name: BG-OK
Date: 08/27/2015 10:11 am CDT
Comment: P.S. I've missed everyone!!!


Name: BG-OK
Date: 08/27/2015 10:08 am CDT
Comment: cont. husband have a big place and let me put a mobile home here. I'm moving on with my life and it's on a lake, pretty and I have hummingbirds LKK, but alas, no gazebo. Haven't checked on eagles and have lost my list with all nests. Can anyone help ?


Name: BG-OK
Date: 08/27/2015 9:58 am CDT
Comment: I guess everyone has wondered where I've been, or maybe not, lol. My hubby decided after 20 years he didn't want to be married to me, so asked me for a divorce. It's been an awful time for me for 9 months. I moved to Mannford, OK . My daughter and her hus



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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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