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Name: Steve
Date: 04/27/2015 7:40 pm CDT
Comment: Pam and I have been watching Antique Roadshow. wow. Tiome to go to mthe basement so she can watch Dancing with the stars. ugh. SED's

Name: Fay
Date: 04/27/2015 6:06 pm CDT
Comment: Good grief, SL is getting some wind and bad rain, or at least it appears that way..... Glad @ times like this that there are no lil ones suffering the weather!

Name: Steve
Date: 04/27/2015 6:04 pm CDT
Comment: Looks like the rain we had one day last week. Good old downpour with no real wind to speak of.

Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 04/27/2015 5:51 pm CDT
Comment: ooh, I finally got a picture at SL - but it's all foggy, misty, mysterious - and no eagles

Name: lrg2192
Date: 04/27/2015 5:44 pm CDT
Comment: Afternoon, SL WC loaded to see a hard rain looks like, no E's that I can see.

Name: Steve
Date: 04/27/2015 5:04 pm CDT
Comment: Dah back already. night time over there.

Name: Steve
Date: 04/27/2015 5:02 pm CDT
Comment: Hip Hip yea 2 cams now. No e's though. We had 2 inches last week now dry all week and warm. Headed across the big mlake to check Osprey's.

Name: Fay
Date: 04/27/2015 4:00 pm CDT
Comment: Wow LKK, that looks rather broad and relentless....Doesn't seem too much of the state will escape it.... Ugh.... April showers for May flowers?

Name: LKK
Date: 04/27/2015 3:28 pm CDT
Comment: Raining in a big prtion of the state,Fay, cold and windy too....http://www.news9.com/category/261258/esp-radar-beta#

Name: Fay
Date: 04/27/2015 1:54 pm CDT
Comment: Geez.... Looks like nasty weather approaching in the Seq area? SL looks a bit windy as well.... Stay safe guys!

Name: Fay
Date: 04/27/2015 11:42 am CDT
Comment: Think Irma @ Kala is on nest and calling for um, Ilmar? Or her new, much younger boyfriend???

Name: Steve
Date: 04/27/2015 11:11 am CDT
Comment: "only" a 9 mile bike ride. My friends had work to do at home. Oh well it was fun. Me too only one leafed out tree to look at.

Name: lrg2192
Date: 04/27/2015 11:03 am CDT
Comment: @ Fay, yes they do a good job telling us non-FBers of the news that is going on, thank them for that. Just one cam open here again, the Seq. WC one, can't see anything there for all the beautiful leaves.

Name: Fay
Date: 04/27/2015 9:00 am CDT
Comment: Exactly lrg.... Insofar as missing lots of info, anything we need abut this site that IS on FB? Peeps usually will let us know in here. Other than that, I don't care about FB....

Name: lrg2192
Date: 04/27/2015 8:00 am CDT
Comment: Good Morning, am with you Fay on FB, but we do miss out on lots of info, is my choice.

Name: Steve
Date: 04/27/2015 7:55 am CDT
Comment: GM Fay We know you don't do FB. Just waking you up on this courgeous Monday morning.

Name: Fay
Date: 04/27/2015 7:42 am CDT
Comment: Don't do FB Steveo..... I prefer keeping things close to the vest so to speak... Discussions etc. are all I need. Ugh.. Work... Even 2 days is hard, LOL!

Name: Steve
Date: 04/27/2015 7:35 am CDT
Comment: Good morning Fay. How is IImar, get on facebook and find out. LOL Still one cam at seq. this morning. Old man's bike ride gets going again today.

Name: Fay
Date: 04/27/2015 4:42 am CDT
Comment: G dark M all ! LOL LKK! Irma has a youngster as a mate???? Seems his gifts of fish, nestorating, and now mating like a young man has paid off... I would just like to know if Ilmar is okay.....

Name: Steve
Date: 04/26/2015 6:37 pm CDT
Comment: Yerp Fay you are right. great day low 60's went to a new lake beautiful. Still to cool for any fish but fun being out. Only Saq. cam. later.

Name: LKK
Date: 04/26/2015 5:57 pm CDT
Comment: Read in Estonia discussion forum, Irma has returned , has had a tussle with unringed female at nest. Everyone hoping for Ilmar's return.

Name: lrg2192
Date: 04/26/2015 5:02 pm CDT
Comment: You have that right Fay, has been a good one. No E's here that I can see.

Name: Fay
Date: 04/26/2015 3:46 pm CDT
Comment: Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay, My, oh my what a wonderful day!

Name: Steve
Date: 04/26/2015 11:34 am CDT
Comment: Hi bright and sunny up here but only 50 degrees.Only WC at seq. no SL yet. Check back later.

Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 04/26/2015 8:08 am CDT
Comment: Oops - same comment as Irg - both cams open - no birds - Good morning all!

Name: MaggiesMom
Date: 04/26/2015 8:07 am CDT

Name: lrg2192
Date: 04/26/2015 7:38 am CDT
Comment: Good Morning, both WCs opened for me, nothing there that I can see, SL WC is zoomed in like i it was last night.

Name: Fay
Date: 04/26/2015 6:45 am CDT
Comment: GM all ! Just Seq WC for me.. Watched the oldest DNR eaglet self feeding. Did great! Held the "food" with talons and ripped off some food just like parents LOL! Looking real good ! HAGD-42 here and cloudy... Ugh!

Name: Joey
Date: 04/25/2015 10:01 pm CDT

Name: Steve
Date: 04/25/2015 9:12 pm CDT
Comment: Waited tooooo loooong to see any E's at SL. glad they were "home". SED's

Name: lrg2192
Date: 04/25/2015 8:45 pm CDT
Comment: Came back just in time to see one on the crossbar right before dark, SED's everyone.

Name: Vickie
Date: 04/25/2015 8:28 pm CDT
Comment: Both Fred and Ethel at the crossbar tonight!

Name: light
Date: 04/25/2015 6:59 pm CDT
Comment: there are several owl cams on the owl channel. gho has 3 and the long ear owl has at least 4 little one that i have seen. they lay 4-10 eggs. ospery in mn, but no eggs yet. E still there

Name: light
Date: 04/25/2015 6:40 pm CDT
Comment: @ lkk it is still there @ SL. i only have the 2 wc :( but @ least i got to see an E this time. most of the time i only have the seq wc. just had a blue flash @ sl cu. the woodie cam is on pip watch. started yesterday. later!

Name: LKK
Date: 04/25/2015 6:26 pm CDT
Comment: Hope you get to look again , Irg2192, I'm looking at an eagle on the tower at SL.

Name: lrg2192
Date: 04/25/2015 5:42 pm CDT
Comment: SL finally loaded, nothing there.

Name: Steve
Date: 04/25/2015 5:32 pm CDT
Comment: Slooooooooooooow daaaaaaaaaaay at the nest. SL wa cam on now for me. no e's. One of those days I want to do something outside but 50 degrees, cloudy and windy./ yuck. Looking way down the weather down in Okl. 80. how loverly. Have a good evening.

Name: Steve
Date: 04/25/2015 11:22 am CDT
Comment: Back again and SL loaded but no eAGLES at SL x-bar. Off to church they need m,ore help. Later.

Name: kylee
Date: 04/25/2015 11:15 am CDT
Comment: i think these are some pretty cool eagles

Name: lrg2192
Date: 04/25/2015 10:01 am CDT
Comment: Good Morning, Seq is the only one loaded here, good to see the beautiful tree, BBL. HAGD everyone.

Name: Steve
Date: 04/25/2015 8:55 am CDT
Comment: Not good morning, NO cam at SL. Been to church with cookies for the workerd loading a semi-truck for World relief. All churches bring stuff to our church this year,. I'll check back later to see if SL cam loads. HAGD

Name: Fay
Date: 04/25/2015 7:40 am CDT
Comment: @CG-I saw some video of your area-cars were pulling into underpasses to wait out the wind and rain! Wow! @okmeme? If the shoe fits, WEAR IT !!!!!

Name: Fay
Date: 04/25/2015 7:38 am CDT
Comment: GM ! Glad to read no bad weather for you guys! Weather channels up here were all jazzed up too, LKK. Still, I'd rather have live warnings and have them fizzle out...

Name: BarbT
Date: 04/25/2015 6:51 am CDT
Comment: (Seq) I just tuned in and saw a large bird (looked like an eagle) fly into the nest.

Name: lrg2192
Date: 04/24/2015 7:27 pm CDT
Comment: SL WC loaded, nothing there tho.

Name: CurbGirl
Date: 04/24/2015 6:53 pm CDT
Comment: LKK-glad you had a 'dud' storm...kind of yucky in DFW area now :(

Name: okmeme
Date: 04/24/2015 6:27 pm CDT
Comment: cont..(most of the time.) LOL please don't send those people

Name: okmeme
Date: 04/24/2015 6:26 pm CDT
Comment: OK, I was just getting ready to agree with Fay about the fibbing going on here about seeing SL eagle...BUT, then I read down the comments and saw that I was called a cuckoo bird! Well !! I still cannot get either SL cam and I am not nutty (most of the ti

Name: lrg2192
Date: 04/24/2015 6:08 pm CDT
Comment: Just checking in, just one cam working and we weren't fibbing Fay, we DID see a eagle when the WC on SL was working, they are kinda stingy showing up for us, have a good evening everybody.

Name: LKK
Date: 04/24/2015 5:25 pm CDT
Comment: After all the hype by the weather people, them getting extra air time, the thing fizzled out.

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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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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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