Live Bald Eagle Nest Camera
Feed from Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge near Vian, Oklahoma
Feed from Sooner Lake north of Stillwater, Oklahoma
Date: 07/06/2015 8:46 am CDT
Comment: I looked in on WR eaglets this morning ,both sitting like big kids on the edge of the nest. Yes it won't be long and all the eaglets will be out there flying free.
Date: 07/06/2015 8:23 am CDT
Comment: WR kids awake and chilling. Yes about time for them to branch and fledge. Notthing at our two cams.
Date: 07/06/2015 8:16 am CDT
Comment: Yep it's a wet morning in Iowa. No bike ride for awhile at least. Nice fireweorks last night. I guess I'll head out and see WR as well. Might be dark there yet. Later.
Date: 07/06/2015 8:01 am CDT
Comment: Good Monday morning everyone, looks a little breezy at SL, nothing going on at either nest, HAGDE....
Date: 07/06/2015 6:58 am CDT
Comment: Looks beautiful in OK today! and it is here in NYState as well - but not an eagle to be seen - shall have to watch White Rock for my fix - lets getting a lot of air now- should go any day now
Date: 07/05/2015 11:10 am CDT
Comment: GM yes Pat not even the ducks and coots. Now and then a bnird may fly by at SL.
Date: 07/05/2015 10:31 am CDT
Comment: I wonder where all the SL ducks are? kind of miss them,too.
Date: 07/05/2015 10:01 am CDT
Comment: Hope everyone has a safe Sunday.
Date: 07/05/2015 7:51 am CDT
Comment: Good Morning. Our firerworks are tonight. Molly our Grand dog doesn't like them we''ll be in the basdement with her. Watched the pops fireworks on t,V. last night. beautiful. Off top churc h.
Date: 07/05/2015 7:13 am CDT
Comment: Good Morning, we survived all the fireworks here at our park and no catastropies, HAGD everyone.
Date: 07/04/2015 7:44 pm CDT
Comment: That was the best entertainment for the day,MaggiesMom, bet that was cute.
Date: 07/04/2015 6:19 pm CDT
Comment: I watched Mrs. Hairy Woodpecker bring one of her pecklets to my suet feeder today and then try to teach the little guy about sunflower seeds - very funny!
Date: 07/04/2015 4:30 pm CDT
Comment: It would be lovely to see our Eagle at SL but so far nothing. OH , my bike riding buddy calls me after I get home to go ride. Like a dumby I said give an hour and lets go. So i've done 16.5 mioles today. I'm tired. LOL
Date: 07/04/2015 2:59 pm CDT
Comment: Happy 4th everyone.
Date: 07/04/2015 9:18 am CDT
Comment: LKK hasve been listening to the songs you put on. Great. I listened to one of an 11 year old that really blew it. Felt sorry for her. Time to get going on something, have a great day chatters.
Date: 07/04/2015 9:15 am CDT
Comment: Good morning on this beautiful 4th of July day. Out at 7:30 for an early bike ride. So peacefull.
Date: 07/04/2015 8:07 am CDT
Comment: Happy Independence Day Everyone!!!!!!!
Date: 07/04/2015 8:06 am CDT
Date: 07/04/2015 8:04 am CDT
Date: 07/04/2015 7:30 am CDT
Comment: Happy 4th everyone! Nothing here to see-just chatters, LOL! That's still the best! Both Estonia nests are great! Both nests can boast growing, healthy chicks, and CO as well! Nice to see ! HAGD !
Date: 07/04/2015 7:19 am CDT
Comment: @ LKK, great way to start the 4tth, Independence Day, thank you so much, she did it the best.Both cams opened for me too.
Date: 07/03/2015 9:23 pm CDT
Comment: nice LKK - many thanks!
Date: 07/03/2015 7:35 pm CDT
Date: 07/03/2015 7:29 pm CDT
Comment: OOh! two cams for the first time in days! looks lovely at Sooner
Date: 07/03/2015 4:39 pm CDT
Comment: Son and family gone now just Jill and Molly. Out to eat at Applebees tonight for the birthday girl. Seq. up with no body at potty house. HAGE .
Date: 07/03/2015 1:47 pm CDT
Comment: OOps, checking on sites and Seq is out of it,, drat!! got used to watching for people..
Date: 07/03/2015 12:06 pm CDT
Comment: Opps sure hit some button.
Date: 07/03/2015 12:05 pm CDT
Comment: Good afternoon. Family all fed and now headed to the water park to wear off grandpa's breakfast. SL on but nothing. HAGD. rk to wear off Grandpa's breakfast. Now to see if "vacationion
Date: 07/03/2015 11:41 am CDT
Comment: So glad to here from you,okmeme, nice that they could find a good home for themselves. Does that mean Chandler won't see his Meme so much, he won't like that a bit :(
Date: 07/03/2015 11:13 am CDT
Comment: Howdy all! Been busy for a while helping daughter and g-daughter move..out of my house. Yay! They found a nice rental with plenty of room for Chandler to run inside and out. Only 1 cam opened, SL wc. Hope to see more soon.
Date: 07/03/2015 8:35 am CDT
Comment: Just saw a fish jump at SL but no eagles, they are vacationing.
Date: 07/03/2015 8:17 am CDT
Comment: @ Maggies, sorry, got my nest mixed up again, but it was early, it was Seq. that was dark yesterday, could barely make out the outhouse, SL opened fro me yesterday and today, looks good.
Date: 07/03/2015 8:04 am CDT
Comment: and today I have SL but not Seq. Looks slightly gray and gloomy - and not a bird of any kind to be seen
Date: 07/03/2015 7:28 am CDT
Comment: Good Morning and a Happy Independence Day everyone, @ Maggies, it was open yesterday morning, but was really dark, may have been a starting of another cam problem. Have a good one everyone, stay safe.
Date: 07/02/2015 2:37 pm CDT
Comment: Only Seq is opening. Has SL been down a few days? I was away from computer quite a bit.
Date: 07/02/2015 10:08 am CDT
Comment: GM yes good to have them here. ""Problem"" Molly is a Brittney and is going nuts in my backyard with all the birds, rabbits and squirrels. I've got to move the feeder poles so she doesn't get caught as much, Fun to watch her.
Date: 07/02/2015 9:59 am CDT
Comment: Welcome Home Jill and Molly!!
Date: 07/02/2015 9:59 am CDT
Comment: Welcome Home Jill and Molly!!
Date: 07/02/2015 7:28 am CDT
Comment: Good Morning, @ Steve, glad Jill made it home safely, bet your burgers, etc. was scrumptious, still early here, nothing going on, can barely see Seq. nest.
Date: 07/02/2015 12:03 am CDT
Comment: Steve I think this a first. no one but me today. Jill and molly made it home sagfe and sound. good Night/Morning.
Date: 07/01/2015 7:47 pm CDT
Comment: Oppps darn enter button. Jill called 3 hours away and wants Dad's potatoes on the grill, hamburgers and brats when she gets here. OK. LOL
Date: 07/01/2015 7:45 pm CDT
Comment: Well ummmm, a veeeeeerrrrryyyy sloooooow day in okl. No cams, no chatters, no comment below on what's going on. Jill is 3 hours from
Date: 07/01/2015 6:19 am CDT
Comment: Thanks LKK she passed that area. Here this afternoon.
Date: 06/30/2015 10:05 pm CDT
Comment: Thanks LKK-for the phone and the heads up about the rock slide traffic jams. Excited to see Dad for his 94th Birthday-traffic, not so much :)
Date: 06/30/2015 7:43 pm CDT
Comment: cont: for you too CurbGirl. Safe Travels
Date: 06/30/2015 7:42 pm CDT
Comment: I meant to say this earlier but I was knee high in corn.Steve, I -35 through the Arbuckles is still slow travel/ might even be a detour.. They say it will be at least 2 or 3 months before they get things fixed there. Just passing it along for Daughter...
Date: 06/30/2015 2:08 pm CDT
Comment: Sounds like a great time, I know you and Pam will enjoy the visit.
Date: 06/30/2015 12:59 pm CDT
Comment: LKK yes the firers and wind are sending the smoke all the way to Iowa. Just found out Pam and I will have Chad and his family here and Jill will be here plus our 2 Grand Dogs here for the weekend. Jill will stay for a month. what fun.
Date: 06/30/2015 10:34 am CDT
Comment: @ CurbGirl....Nowakowski's Farm 33909 Hazel Del Rd ,McCloud ,Ok. 946-3772 . You'll want to call ahead to make sure they are open.
Date: 06/30/2015 10:28 am CDT
Comment: yum, sweet corn...headed to OKC over 4th to visit Dad might have to pick up some corn!
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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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