Live Bald Eagle Nest Camera
Feed from Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge near Vian, Oklahoma
Feed from Sooner Lake north of Stillwater, Oklahoma
Date: 10/08/2015 3:49 pm CDT
Comment: I'm back with 2 WA cams and no cars or no eagles at SL. Lake is very quiet right now. Later.
Date: 10/08/2015 1:23 pm CDT
Comment: well, I a back and one white vehicle(car?) still at seq.. I am hoping...
Date: 10/08/2015 12:49 pm CDT
Comment: Too funny.
Date: 10/08/2015 11:13 am CDT
Comment: Morning pat. Haven't seen any headfed toward the nest tree. Hope.
Date: 10/08/2015 11:01 am CDT
Comment: and a suv that turned in and was moving toward bottom of my pic and to left .. yea!!!!
Date: 10/08/2015 10:59 am CDT
Comment: Hey,there are two white vans at Seq.. maybe it is significant?? woohoo
Date: 10/08/2015 10:58 am CDT
Comment: check,check, nada,nada
Date: 10/08/2015 10:54 am CDT
Comment: 2 big vans pulled up to potty house. Maybe workers. On cams.??? we hope.
Date: 10/08/2015 8:31 am CDT
Comment: Morning 2 cams open, close-up at SL bright blue. no eaghles time tyo ride.
Name: Cubs win Cubs win.
Date: 10/07/2015 10:23 pm CDT
Date: 10/07/2015 8:25 pm CDT
Comment: One cam still working at both sites - you can still see the hinky on the wide cam at Sooner - and just barely sense the tower
Date: 10/07/2015 7:11 pm CDT
Comment: Nice sunset sky at Seq ,only a twirly now at SL:(
Date: 10/07/2015 6:51 pm CDT
Comment: Seq. cam only again. off to watch the Cubs.
Date: 10/07/2015 5:57 pm CDT
Comment: I have both WC's but no eagles yet.
Date: 10/07/2015 5:38 pm CDT
Comment: Hi 1 cam, now two and 2 cars potting. LOL
Name: 1 cam bye for now.
Date: 10/07/2015 4:43 pm CDT
Date: 10/07/2015 4:29 pm CDT
Comment: des nuts
Date: 10/07/2015 11:30 am CDT
Comment: No luck to get third cam by openning and closing. Oh well
Date: 10/07/2015 11:26 am CDT
Comment: Morning 2 cams no eagles. Havn't seen Fay on for a long time. Hope all is well.
Date: 10/07/2015 10:07 am CDT
Comment: finally got cam up for SL but eagle is gone.. well,at least it was here sometime..till next visit..gye
Date: 10/07/2015 9:49 am CDT
Comment: gosh Nesty,I am tring that and nowhere yet.. trying again..
Date: 10/07/2015 9:38 am CDT
Comment: If the cameras do not come up for you, close out of this site, and try again.
Name: jalen wilson
Date: 10/07/2015 8:28 am CDT
Comment: the pics did not load
Date: 10/07/2015 7:42 am CDT
Comment: GM Holland and All..So glad we got to see that at least one stayed the night at SL.
Date: 10/07/2015 7:26 am CDT
Comment: Sitting on stick above the nest
Date: 10/07/2015 7:25 am CDT
Comment: eagle Sooner wide cam
Date: 10/06/2015 9:24 pm CDT
Comment: GHood night (mad) not really never got cams to open and see our eagles. Glad you did like I did last night . SED
Date: 10/06/2015 8:25 pm CDT
Comment: Can't get it to open .Guess we'll have to check tomorrow . Sleep safe eagles and eagle watchers
Date: 10/06/2015 7:45 pm CDT
Comment: 1944 stream not found :( They were still together
Date: 10/06/2015 7:44 pm CDT
Comment: both sharing porch
Date: 10/06/2015 7:43 pm CDT
Comment: out to porch. Ethel liked to sit there
Date: 10/06/2015 7:42 pm CDT
Comment: She is down into nest
Date: 10/06/2015 7:38 pm CDT
Comment: aww so good to see them!
Date: 10/06/2015 7:04 pm CDT
Comment: Will we might have another tower sleepover ?Those coots are skimmin' the water, right and left.
Date: 10/06/2015 6:47 pm CDT
Comment: Nice close up shot. The Soner Lake water is like glass!
Name: devyn sharp
Date: 10/06/2015 6:46 pm CDT
Comment: I love the majestic bald eagle
Date: 10/06/2015 6:18 pm CDT
Comment: Eagles on the tower at SL.
Date: 10/06/2015 4:28 pm CDT
Comment: Ooops, you're gonna need an ocean of calamine lotion.LOL Don't go shimmy up that tree.
Date: 10/06/2015 4:07 pm CDT
Comment: Oh no, there is no climbing the Seq nest tree with the cameras....It is covered with poison ivy. They use a bucket truck.
Date: 10/06/2015 3:27 pm CDT
Comment: Trucks still at Seq..maybe they are climbing camera trees.. hope they be careful if that is so.
Date: 10/06/2015 2:02 pm CDT
Comment: 10 miles on this ride. still 1 cam. 3 trucks now at the potty house.
Date: 10/06/2015 12:41 pm CDT
Comment: Just saw 5 or 6 trucks going down dirt road at Seq. Wonder what's up...
Date: 10/06/2015 12:28 pm CDT
Comment: 1 cam so off we go on a latge bike ride.
Date: 10/06/2015 9:01 am CDT
Comment: Good morning. going to ride a little later. 2 cams no eagles thiis a.m. Lake is glass like.
Date: 10/05/2015 8:33 pm CDT
Comment: glad you got to see it, Steve!
Date: 10/05/2015 7:05 pm CDT
Comment: And gone just Taylor at E4K's nest he just left also.
Date: 10/05/2015 6:57 pm CDT
Comment: EAGLE EAGLE at SL nest eating a fish. Please someone else see it.
Date: 10/05/2015 6:42 pm CDT
Comment: Didn't see it but someone went fast by the potty house and is it dusty. WOW. I get only 2 cams right now. of course no eagle.
Date: 10/05/2015 4:41 pm CDT
Comment: well, now I have three cams - but no eagles
Date: 10/05/2015 4:03 pm CDT
Comment: Fun fact: Georgia Power workers measured Berry nest when they installed thenew cams , it is 3 " wider than a king size bed. Yowzer!
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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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