Today I have a special link for you.  If you’re interested in our national bird, the bald eagle, you must click on this link and visit a most amazing site.  It’s a web cam in British Columbia peering into an eagle nest.  Three baby eagles were born this year and the mama and papa come to feed them.  It’s live.  It’s almost more exciting than a movie thriller waiting for those parents to arrive with a dead seagull, or rabbit, or other natural delicacy.  (A live rabbit once actually jumped out of the nest just before becoming dinner for the eaglets.)

People from all over the world tune in daily to this site and watch the eaglets mostly lounging around the nest.  They all spend lots of time sleeping.  I saw the mama feed them today for the first time! Afterward, the mama sometimes just sits and meditates for long periods of time.  At least I think she’s meditating.  She’s just sitting there, content, with her young ‘uns. 

Apparently there was some real excitement a few weeks ago when the eldest eaglet decided to beat up the runt.  No kidding.  People were upset all around the world.  They begged for the mama to return and straighten the children out.  They feared for the runt’s life.  He even quit eating for awhile.  The “reality web cam” viewers started to panic.  They were afraid he might die.  Someone else reminded the folks, “It’s survival of the fittest”.

Here’s the link:  http://www.cbc.ca/bc/features/eaglecam/

I’m warning you, it can be addicting.  So try to limit the time you spend staring mesmerized at the nest.  (Thanks to Carla for providing the link to this!)

So today I had to go look at one of our local eagle nests.  It doesn’t seem like there’s babies up there this year, but  you never know.  You look on the ground for signs like feathers, dead fish parts, bones, nesting material, bird droppings.  And you listen for sounds of chirping or angry mother eagles screaming at you.  None of the above today.  Except maybe for some droppings.  Which I believe usually happens because the juveniles return to the nest to hang out.  At least they have in the past.

If the eagles were nesting, I would have disappeared from there in two seconds flat.  You really don’t want to hang around an occupied nest and disturb the babes or parents.

Here is the nest:

Can you see the eagle's nest way up high?

Can you see the eagle's nest way up high?

Often there are feathers on the ground.  Not really today.  It’s rare to find one in the spring; much more common in the summer and autumn.  I wandered around to about a half dozen other tall pines where the eagles like to hang out while surveying the Huron Bay.  Here’s a small wisp of a feather from a Migisi (the Anishnabe name for the Bald Eagle).

Wisp of an eagle feather

Wisp of an eagle feather lying on ground

It would be nice to show you a photograph of an eagle winging skyward or flapping across the lake preparing to dive for fish.  Alas.  No luck even spotting one today.  For anyone new to this blog, I did spot a bald eagle rising from a tree earlier this year in March.  Will re-post it just so you can view this magnificent creature.

Take two.  The eagle photo re-appears.

Take two. The eagle photo re-appears.

Hope everyone enjoys looking at those eagles on the web cam!  🙂

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