Food Lessons for the Day- Nest Notes, Photos & Videos for April 16

 E4 was off on a flying adventure tree hopping to most of the favorite trees in the morning. Ozzie dropped into the nest from the river with prey and Mom and E4 joined in the meal. Ozzie delivered a fish to the ground in the pasture as E4 flew to the tree above. When Harriet joined Ozzie, E4 finally glided to the ground and mantled the fish claiming a piece and flying off to the other side of the pasture. Mom and Dad were perched watching as E4 carried the fish by talon and by beak around the pasture. E4 stopped occasionally to eat and cautiously kept an eye the surroundings. Excellent lessons were being taught to E4 today who was a great student.

E4 had several more opportunities to mantle and steal food from Mom and Dad as the prey kept coming. E4 successfully took a squirrel away from Harriet only to have Harriet return to battle over the remaining piece with E4. The tug o’ squirrel lasted for a while and E4 put up a good fight but Mom got the last bite. Ozzie and Harriet are wonderful Eagle parents, teaching the critical survival skills E4 will need in a young Eagle’s life.

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E4 lands on the ground and mantles the fish Dad brought. (video/wskrsnwings)
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E4 takes off with the fish.(video/wskrsnwings)
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E4 and Mom tug o’ squirrel. (urdognu)
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Breezing From Tree to Tree- Nest Notes, Photos & Videos for April 15

E4 made flying from tree to tree look easy in the strong breezes today. Ozzie and Harriet made several appearances in the pasture. Harriet brought a pine branch to the nest but E4 was expecting food. Harriet then arrived in the pond tree with a fish and E4 immediately joined her to grab a bite. E4 was successful in stealing the fish but dropped it to the ground. E4 seemed to contemplate retrieving the fish but did not.

Ozzie brought a morsel of food to the nest but E4 didn’t seem to be interested. Harriet delivered a stick which E4 mantled and was not amused that it wasn’t food. There was a lot of flying on and off the nest and the pasture trees. E4 took many flights around the pasture and off to the west tree line. E4 was moving sticks and fluffing up a spot in the nest as the day was coming to an end.

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E4 played on a snag tree branch. (Carla Sabin)
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E4 enjoying the strong breezes. (video/wskrsnwings)
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E4’s flight to the nest. (urdognu)
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Exploring the Area Beyond - Nest Notes, Photos & Videos for April 14

E4 used the foggy morning to hide from the pesky birds in the upper banches of the nest tree. As the sun and warmth of the morning burned of the fog, E4 explored the pasture trees as Harriet perched contently in the nest tree. Ozzie was off on the hunt toward the river. Harriet flew off and returned with grasses for the nest. E4 made a mad dash to the nest tree seeking food only to find none. E4 flew off to the west pasture tree line to perch. 

E4 explored more of the area in beautiful flights across the highway and farther to the north. Ozzie returned to the nest with a snack which Harriet gobbled down quickly. E4 arrived a little too late to the nest to share in the meal .Ozzie visited the pond and went to the pond tree Harriet was perched in the upper branches of the nest tree and E4 perched in the church tree in the late afternoon. E4 returned to the nest as the day was ending. 

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E4 landing on one of the pond trees. (Carla Sabin)
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E4 landing atop the pasture tree. (urdognu)
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E4 looks up at Mom after returning to the nest. (cats5nbirds)
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New Lessons- Nest Notes, Photos & Videos for April 12& 13

Ozzie and Harriet were off toward the river early Saturday morning. E4 was already being chased and bombarded by the birds. E4 took a beautiful sweeping flight around the pasture to the church tree. E4 then flew another long flight toward the west and settled in the far pasture tree line to escape the annoying birds. Harriet was spotted by a local resident perched off in the distance on a tall power pole from where she can still see the nest. E4 took more flights to explore and perched in all the favorite trees in the pasture. No substantial food was delivered other than a snack or two. E4 settled in the nest for the evening.

Sunday was a day filled with a lot of flights and new lessons. Ozzie lured E4 to the ground near the pond with a squirrel he brought. E4 has not been on the ground since the initial flight with a hard tumble to the ground upon landing. Ozzie’s plan worked like a charm since E4 was very hungry. E4 executed an aggressive mantle and steal from Ozzie and literally drove Ozzie away. Harriet also visited the ground where E4 was eating the prey but E4 protected the meal from her too. Ozzie delivered fish the the nest twice throughout the day. While he and Harriet ate the fish, E4 dashed back to the nest and performed the mantle and steal and drove Harriet away. E4 flew off after dinner then returned to the nest as the sun was setting to rest peacefully after a very busy day in a fully fledged juvenile Eagle’s life.

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E4 protecting the prey from Ozzie. (Carla Sabin)
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E4 steals the fish from Harriet. (video/urdognu)
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E4 returns to the nest after a long day. (Carla Sabin)
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Video from Saturday
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Video from Sunday

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Perfecting More Skills- Nest Notes, Photos & Videos for April 11

E4 was perched on the porch branch early this morning and ready to take flight to the trees behind the church next to the nest pasture. E4 seems to like hiding in those trees from the shrikes and crows that are still using E4 for target practice. Ozzie flew to the ground near the pond with food maybe trying to entice E4 to follow. E4 has not been on the ground since the tumble that happened on E4’s first flight. Ozzie then took the food back to the nest with E4 in pursuit to take the prize. E4 later flew back to the pond tree to spend time with Ozzie.

Ozzie took a bath in the pond and spent time drying off and preening on the cam 2 tree. Meal times were mad dashes to the nest by E4 and Mom. E4 aggressively mantled and protected the meals from both Mom and Dad. E4’s rush to the nest practically knocked Dad overboard at one point. Mom and E4 played tug o’ war over dinner.There are still more lessons to learn but E4 has been perfecting the skills learned to date. E4 was resting comfortably in the nest after another action packed day in pasture

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Handsome Ozzie after his bath. (urdognu)
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The race was on. (Donna McMurrer)
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E4’s rush to the nest for dinner. (urdognu)
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When the Shrike Strikes- Nest Notes, Photos & Videos for April 10

 It appears the other birds sharing the pasture territory may think E4 is a threat to them and their nests. The Loggerhead Shrikes have their sights set on E4 and continue their barrage. The crows are also relentless in their pursuit of E4 in flight, on the nest and when E4 is perched in snag trees.

E4 took shelter in the pine trees near the church and along the west pasture tree line. Ozzie delivered a fish to the nest followed by Harriet with E4 arriving in full mantle, not allowing either parent to take the fish. This was a good display of the lessons E4 learned in stealing food and keeping it. It was a pleasant sight to see E4 resting in the afternoon in the nest. After more late afternoon flights around the pasture E4 was settled in the nest for a good night’s sleep.

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Shrike on the nest with E4. (urdognu)
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Shrike a pose. (Donna McMurrer)
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Ozzie delivers a fish to the nest. (Carla Sabin)
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Rainy Rainy Day- Nest Notes, Photos & Videos for April 8

E4 was getting flight practice in early today before the rain storms came. The shrikes were already up to their bothersome diving at E4. Ozzie and Harriet headed out early on the hunt for the meals of the day. E4 flew to the west pasture and back to the nest pasture trees. E4 returned and spent some time in the nest laying low as the winds picked up. Eventually E4 was off again exploring the favorite trees.

Ozzie brought in a mystery meal. E4 came to the nest and was quick to mantle and claim the food. As Ozzie left Harriet flew in to try to take the food item. E4 was not happy about Mom trying to steal but she did feed and share the meal. E4’s share of the meal went overboard. E4 perched in one of the dead pond trees and Mom and Dad stayed close by in the pasture trees during the rain storm. The rain stopped in the late afternoon and all were drying out from the good dousing.

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E4 laying low in the nest before the storm. (byeline)
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"Don’t take my food." (Mia)
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Mom loves to feed E4. (Mia)
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Breezing Through the Day- Nest Notes, Photos & Videos for April 7

The Eagle Family was on the move early. They followed each other one by one to a tree in the far west pasture and perched there for a while. E4 flew back to the nest pasture after seeing Mom and Dad off to begin their day. The breezes became stronger and E4 spent a good part of the day flying from tree to tree in the pasture and over to one of the favorite trees behind the church. Launching and landing are getting better and better with each flight. E4 took another long flight to the west tree line to perch with Mom. The crows and shrikes were chasing and diving at E4 today.

Mom and Dad dropped by to check on the nest and E4. As the action packed day came to end, E4 was fast asleep but awakened by a possible intruder. Ozzie and Harriet could be heard voicing the alert. E4 vocalized and successfully defended the nest with wings full out. This was all after a very busy day in a young eagle’s life.

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Early morning silhouette of E4. (video/urdognu)
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Bird diving at E4. (Mia)
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E4 playing on a spike. (Donna McMurrer)
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Flights to New Destinations- Nest Notes, Photos & Videos for April 6

E4 was very active in the morning flying to and from several trees in the pasture. E4 explored the trees, biting at the bark and vines and breaking and carrying sticks from one point to another. E4 was working on perfecting landing skills after executing great take offs and beautiful flights around the pasture.

Harriet intervened when Ozzie didn’t share his catch with E4. In Ozzie’s rush to get away, he dropped to the ground with Mom in pursuit. E4 looked on in amazement. Mom returned shortly with a fresh fish for E4. Harriet broke off a large branch from one of the dead trees which may have been heavier than she thought but was able to get it to the nest. E4 perched in one of the dead pasture tree for a long time in the early evening before taking a beautiful flight back to the nest at sunset.

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E4 is excited to see Mom’s fish delivery. (urdognu)
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E4 practices carrying sticks. (video/wskrsnwings)
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E4’s sunset flight back to the nest. (dadsjazz)
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Soaring With Confidence- Nest Notes, Photos & Videos for April 5

E4 got a later start today and possibly needed more rest and recovery after the big day of first flight. It seems the little birds that were friends of E4, the eaglet, are not as fond of E4, the fledgling. The little birds dove at and annoyed E4 perched in the nest tree. E4 looked confident in another flight to the tree that may become a favorite. E4 was well shaded and relaxed among the pine branches.

Ozzie landed in the nest with a prey item. E4 departed from the favorite tree to the pasture tree, then to the cam 2 tree and eventually to the nest. E4’s landings are getting better and better. Ozzie was driven off the nest by E4’s mantle. Ozzie’s next delivery was a feathery meal which E4 skillfully de- feathered and ate. In the late afternoon E4 took another sweeping flight around the pasture and back to the nest. Mom arrived a short time later. E4 aggressively took leftovers away from Mom as she picked through the nest. E4 is getting good grades for all the valuable lessons learned to date. E4 was sleeping soundly after all the energetic activity of the day.

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E4 and Mom share a moment on a branch in the nest tree. (video/wskrsnwings)Click on image to download


E4’s late afternoon flight around the pasture. (Carla Sabin)
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E4 keeping food away from Mom. (Mia)
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