After a very rough winter and the loss of one egg, we have some great news. Yesterday a little bit after 10:30 am we were able to catch a glimpse of the next generation of the ALCOA nest.
It has felt like we have waited forever for this moment. I don’t know if it was just me, but after seeing all the other eagle nest have eggs hatch it was just making me that much more nervous. Yesterday was a great day.
Starting on April 1st we saw the first signs of a clear pip begin. It takes a lot of work for the eaglet to use the tooth on their beak to break through. The amount of energy is quite a bit. As they work to get the pip going they will continue down the line almost like peeling open a lid to a jar. Then comes the process of kicking their way out.
When they do emerge the look like death because they are exhausted. There is enough food from the egg that they don’t have to eat right away, but as you watched yesterday they do begin to eat. Liberty and Justice are dynamite parents who have spent time hunting and feeding the little one.
One of the things that we tried to do last year and would like to do again this year is document the amount of food brought to the nest. There are days where they bring in so much. It is fun to identify what type of food they bring in as well.
On our global bald eagle project page we have created the next page for the month of April – http://eagleeyeproject2.wikispaces.com/Eagle+Nest+April+2014
Our goal is to document images each day with any interesting notes along with food brought to the nest. This is something that requires the help of everyone in the project, watching the camera, and posting elsewhere. The great thing about doing this is that the next year we have this database of information to compare. We don’t know how long we will have the nest and this opportunity and I want to make sure we capture as much as we can. If you are interested in helping feel free to join the wiki and edit and add to the pages as you see fit.
The students are excited and now the fun begins. The eaglet will grow up so fast and the journey is so fascinating to watch. With only one eaglet we won’t have to watch the sibling bonk and hit each other so this will be interesting for me personally to watch how things are different with only one eaglet.
Last we have a video from one of our classes in Florida who captured some feeding yesterday in case you missed it. Enjoy and blog posts will be more frequent as things develop.
Today we will watch as they work to keep the little one warm from the rain and blowing winds. Take care