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JC

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JC

Thank you Mr John..surprised they are all going the same direction...

Chris

It makes me wonder who the Juvie and adult eagle was at the old nest view camera and flying in the area?

Ellen

Do you think Liberty and Justice are still hanging around the nest or do they follow a little way back to be sure the kiddos get food?

Judith H

I wonder who the leader is, Mercury? Almost identical maps.

Carol C

WOW!! Nice to see them all together. I wonder if I could find them? Probably not.

Katy

Chris, My thoughts exactly.

Chris

I hope Roma got a video this morning for her Youtube postings.

Mavis

Looks like they are about 20 air miles from the nest. The juvie seen at the old nest could have been one of our kids. Their transmitters check in about every 15 mins, I think. It reallly is surprising that the same path is followed. Ellen is right...their leader may be L or J....teaching them where to look for fish, like Mr. John suggested, might be easier to catch. We just don't know, do we? This is new territory for them...don't think Mercury as traveled this route yet. So exciting that we can witness their movement. Now...if Sky would just check in. He is probably just fine...just low battery and maybe low or no signal area...but I still would like to see his ping on a chart!!

What a nice update, Mr. John. Thank you!!

Judith H

Who knows, It could have been one of Freedoms, Faith, Hope or Spirits kids.

Mavis

OMG, Judy!! I did not think of that. I wonder where they are. Stands to reason at least one of them has a nest close by...within a few miles.

Katy

Saw the juvie yesterday, on my iPhone. So didn't get a great look, but it did look lighter in color. Very well could've been one from a previous hatch.
The tracking maps show ours out exploring.
How often do these trackers ping? Not important, just wondering.

Judith H

Katy, Mavis said every 15 min.

Katy

Thanks Judy, didn't register earlier.
I almost envy Sky, Sometimes I wish I could escape to Canada without all the red tape. Just Soar over the border and hang out with trees.

Ellen

I find myself becoming very emotional about the eaglets past. Where have they gone? How far (or near) are they? I think most of us have had some concerns about "interfering" with nature, but the tracking devices do not seem to have any intrusional effect and just look at the connection we have and the rich migrational information we are receiving. Oh, how I wish we knew where Faith, Hope and Spirit are and whether any eagle we see could be one of them or their offspring. Wouldn't it be cool if Liberty or Justice could have a birdie-sized Go Pro so we could have a "bird's eye" view?

Mavis

Ellen, I can't remember if it was last year or year before last that both Judy and I thought we spotted Spirit and Faith at the nest. There was no was for us to know... but I sure had a feeling it was them. I am flooded with such sweet memories every time our kids are mentioned...but there is something just special about the Faith/Hope/Spirit gang!! I hear ya about the GoPro....OMG! That would be cool!!

Ellen

Mavis, I am so envious that you are right there and get to see these amazing creatures in person. I found the eagle cam the day that Spirit was born so they will always be especially special to me.

Mavis

Oh no, Ellen...I live in FLORIDA!! I only see what you see. Sometimes, I wish I did live close and take trips like Carol, to see the eagles.

Katy, I went back to check the facts about the transmitters. I copied this from the link below:

Q: How does the transmitter work?

A: These types of transmitters use satellites to record GPS information. By using a cellular network to transmit data, the transmitters are able to provide GPS points every 15 minutes. During one seven-day period each month, the satellites will record GPS information every 30 seconds, so that researchers can create and utilize three-dimensional maps for their research. Data is temporarily unavailable when the birds fitted with these units fly out of cell phone range, but all information is stored and readily available once the bird is back in range.

You can read more about them here:

http://wildlifecenter.org/frequently-asked-questions-about-2015-eagle-transmitters

Katy

Thanks Mavis, appreciate the info. I read you're earlier post, where you said 15 mins, Just didn't register in my brain.
AC went out in delivery van again, heat really drains my energy and limited mental capacity.
This time of year is my least favorite, miss the northern forests but not the Cold temps.

Mavis

Ellen, I started watching at the same time. Faith had just hatched and I watched as Hope and Spirit made their way into this world. That was definitely so awesome...will never forget the excitment and awe that I felt. We all did, I think. It took me a few days to get up enough nerve to post. You posted back then some, too, didn't you?

There is a bald eagle that I spotted several times and has flown over my head several times. I thought there might be a nest back in the pines by the lake but I never saw one. I thought I heard eaglets several times but sounds can fool me. At least I got to see a real bald eagle up close!!! That was so exciting for me.

Going to call it a night...hope you all have a good evening. Goodnight.

Mavis

Katy...just saw your comment. I needed to go back and check...I thought 15 mins but wasn't sure. I'm sorry about your air conditioner in the van...the heat will suck the life right out of you! Don't guess it is good for the flowers either!! Nite.

Mavis

Just doing another nest check...habit, I guess. Anyway...just saw a long barge go upstream...it was all lit up and looked good with the lights reflecting in the water. As Ellen would say...cool!!

Roma

Could see a telemetry pack on the juvie I grabbed via video this AM at about 9 AM nest time. The juvie hadn't gone through a third molt like both Sky and Star have, by now. While viewing I thought it was Apollo lumbering up the side of, and into the old nest. It first landed on the horizontal limb to the lower left of the old nest, the same limb we've frequently seen this year's group perch on before moving up to the old nest.

Mavis

Roma, you caught me off guard with the 3rd molt comment so I had to go back to look it up. They count the newly hatched downy phase to their fledging plumage as a molt. The fledging plumage is usually complete by 10 to 12 weeks of age They wear their fledging plumage until the following spring/summer when they start their first annual molt which will continue through fall. Molting is gradual and takes several months to complete...usually through Sept. Since they turned just turned a year old this year...they are still going through their first annual molt...and growing their 2nd year plumage.

...". Adults and immature birds have one complete annual molt, which is very gradual, and prolonged through spring, summer, and fall. The flight feathers are molted mainly during July, August, and September.”

The above quote was taken from: https://americaneaglefoundation.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/how-do-the-feathers-of-bald-eagles-molt-and-change-color/

I'm glad you posted the 3rd molt comment...I learned something. I never realized the downy plumage of a hatchling to the fledging plumage of an eaglet is considered a molt. Duh! Only makes sense!! But Star. and Sky are still going through their first annual molt since they fledged.

It is sooo muggy out where I am...it really makes it hard to breathe. Glad to see some of you had nice, cooler weather last night. Good morning everyone...hope you enjoy the weekend.

JC

Good morning everyone...looks to be an awesome weekend....58 at my house, had the windows open all nite and enjoyed a cool breeze... woke up to the cooing sound of the morning doves...I hope it's a nice one for the rest of the viewers...
Don't see anything flying in the sky this morning...it must be the morning mood I share...a slow starter...
Time to put the coffee on...a Good Day to all...

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