Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Eagle Blanket Raffle

While we continue to undergo some cam issues and await the delivery of the part that is supposed to keep us up and running for good, I thought this would be a good time to introduce to those of you who may not know, that there is one Final Fund Raiser to help support or fix the Eagle Cam. We are raffling off a Queen Size Eagle Blanket. Tickets are $2 each of $10 for 6. You can see the blanket here Checks should be made payable to Jo Ellen Lennox and mailed to

Jo Ellen Lennox
PO Box 674
Middletown, MD

Put the number of tickets you are purchasing in the memo of your check. I would appreciate it if you would also send an email to me:

telling me you have placed a check in the mail. All checks need to be received by Feb 10. The drawing will be Feb 14. The winner and total of the proceeds will both be announced on this site after the Prize Drawing. Good luck and thanks for taking part in this Raffle.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Jan 29 Busy day and lots of time at the nest

You can go to daily Motion and view this large here

Jan 29th Lots of time at the nest today
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Friday, January 26, 2007

Liberty and Belle late pm Jan 26

No egg yet. We are not sure exactly how long Belle did stay at the nest last night as the cam stuck somewhere around 11 p.m.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Jan 25, Approaching Egg Nite

Egg night Jan 25_0001
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Monday, January 22, 2007

Jan 22 Active yet snowy day at the nest!

Jan 22 NCTC Active day at the nest
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Thursday, January 18, 2007

FilmLoop for Jan 17 and 18

Bald Eagle Biology

I tired to post this as a link to have it readily available, but template won't pick up the link for some reason. Anyway this article has some Great info on the eagles.

I think you will find it informative and to some extent downright astounding!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Good eating at the nest today!!! Jan 17

Good Eating at the nest today also!
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Defending the Nest jan 17, 2007

Jan 17 defending the nest NCTC_0001
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Friday, January 12, 2007

Amazing piece of work by the Eagle in this film.

This amazing video was actually filmed on Jan 9. This is the first chance I have had to upload it! I think its awesome!!!

amazing display Eagle Craftsmanship
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Jan 12, at NCTC A Productive Day for sure!

NCTC a productive day for sure! Jan 12,
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Thursday, January 11, 2007

A Sticky Situation Chapter 2

Sticky situation chapter 2
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Love is in the Air.

If you haven't told your kida about the birds and the bees, this is NOT a family video. Also if you still think baby eagles come from storks, well it's your choice whether or not to watch this short video.

Love is in the Air
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Monday, January 08, 2007

Luvulation at the Nest Today Jan 8, 2007

Luvulation at the nest longer version
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If you enjoy the splendor and beauty of eagles in general I would like to invite you to also view the action at For the Love of Eagles here you will find Video and Photos of Eagle cam action from many places around the web.

Today's video over there is from the Eagles in Florida whom we watched here earlier this week show us the making of a brood patch. There is a Feed Blitz sign up on that BLOG as well If you want to know when that site is updated.

From this point on this BLOG will only feature the NCTC eagles...BUT many cams are getting much more active!!! Go visit...Sign Up and keep up to date on Eagle Season 2007 the easy way....I will do the work I love and you can enjoy the result!

Friday, January 05, 2007

A very "sticky" situation

A very sticky situation_0001
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Brood patch and Nest care exchange

Incubation: Heating Egg
For an egg to develop normally, it must be exposed for a considerable length of time to temperatures a few degrees below the normal 104 degrees F (40 degrees C) avian body temperature. Indeed, the ideal incubation temperature for many birds' eggs is about human body temperature, 98.6 degrees F. Almost all birds create the required temperature by sitting on the eggs and incubating them, often transferring heat via a temporarily bare area of abdominal skin called the "brood patch."

On the other hand, the embryo inside the egg is also very sensitive to high temperatures, so that in some situations eggs must be protected from the sun. Ducks with open nests, for example, will pull downy feathers (originally plucked to form their brood patches) over the nest to cover the eggs when they leave it, providing shade if the weather is hot and helping to retard heat loss when it is cold.

Brood patch and nest care exchange
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Embryos are less sensitive to cold than to heat, particularly before incubation has started. Mallard eggs have been known to crack by freezing and still hatch successfully. Eggs cool when incubation is interrupted, but this is not usually harmful, and few birds incubate continuously. Instead egg temperature is regulated in response to changes in the temperature of the environment by varying the length of time that a parent bird sits on them or the tightness of the "sit." For instance, female House Wrens (which incubate without help from the males) sat on the eggs for periods averaging 14 minutes when the temperature was 59 degrees F (15 degrees C), but an average of only 7.5 minutes when it rose to 86 degrees F (30 degrees C).
Many birds apparently sense the egg temperature with receptors in the brood patches, which helps them to regulate their attentiveness (time spent incubating) more accurately. Since the embryo itself increasingly generates heat as it develops, periods of attentiveness should generally decline as incubation progresses. Attentiveness is also influenced by the insulating properties of a particular nest.

Eggs are also turned periodically -- from about every eight minutes by American Redstarts to once an hour by Mallards. The turning presumably helps to warm the eggs more evenly, and to prevent embryonic membranes from sticking to the shell.

Eagles and boobies exhibit "obligate siblicide," in which the larger chick invariably kills its smaller sibling. For example, of more than 200 records of two-egg clutches followed in the Black Eagle of southern Africa, only one record exists of both chicks surviving to fledging. Obligate siblicide also occurs among pelicans, owls, and cranes. In obligate siblicide, which occurs even when food supplies are abundant, the second egg serves as insurance against loss of the first egg from infertility, predation, or damage, rather than as a means of rearing two chicks.

Copyright ® 1988 by Paul R. Ehrlich, David S. Dobkin, and Darryl Wheye.

My added comment. Just this one sentence on obligate siblicide once again points to the

Season of Miracles for 2006, and this particular pair of Birds and their 3 successful fledges!!!!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Building, Incubating and Defending the Eagles Nest

To enjoy the music that accompanies today's video, FIRST go to bottom of this page and hit STOP on the John Denver song.

Dec 29 winging it through Jan 2
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