Blue Skies and Blue Jays- Nest Notes, Photos & Videos for April 22

 E4 was exploring the pasture trees in the beautiful early morning hours. Ozzie and Harriet were off on the daily hunt. E4 enjoyed the late morning soaring high in the blue skies, first alone and then with a vulture. Harriet delivered a small fish for lunch and E4 and Dad made a dash to the nest. E4 won the race and the fish. Ozzie took a consolation trip to the pond and Mom flew off to the west. 

The Blue Jays are the latest birds, small in size but mighty in courage. to bombard E4. One pesky Blue Jay and E4 were practically beak to beak in E4’s favorite perch tree. E4 stood firm but the Blue Jay was relentless. E4 flew off to the Church tree to avoid the birds and watch Mom as she soared in the afternoon sky. E4 is sharpening all the skills Mom and Dad are teaching.

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E4 in flight overhead. (Donna McMurrer)
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E4’s windswept look. (video/wskrsnwings)
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E4 and the Blue Jay almost beak to beak. (video/wskrsnwings)
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Sunset at the Nest- Nest Notes, Photos & Videos for April 21

The cameras have been down for a few days and all wait anxiously for news or sightings of The Eagle Family’s daily happenings. With strength and perseverance life goes on for Ozzie, Harriet and E4 whether the world is watching or not. One local person spotted Harriet on the power pole that is about a half mile from the nest as the Eagle flies. Another visitor to the nest watched Ozzie fly in with a morsel of food in the evening. E4 followed Ozzie to the nest and had an evening snack. Ozzie went to the pond for a drink and then to the Cam 2 tree. 

Harriet arrived back in the pasture going to the pond for her visit. She eventually flew to the church tree. Ozzie flew off to the west pasture and E4 was perched in the cam 2 tree as the sun was setting. All was fine in the pasture today.

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E4 and Ozzie perched in the cam 2 tree. (dadsjazz)
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Ozzie departs for the pond. (dadsjazz)
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Ozzie at the pond. (dadsjazz)
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Harriet’s Dedication and Protection- Nest Notes, Photos & Videos for April 20

Early morning activity began with E4 and Harriet off to perch in a tree in the west pasture and Ozzie off toward the river. E4 likes to be close to Mom and Mom’s sights are always set on E4’s needs and protection. Even when Harriet perches off in the distances her focus is on E4. As a sub adult eagle intruded into the pasture territory, Harriet sounded the alert and took to the skies to escort the intruder away.
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E4 flew off toward the south and greeted Ozzie returning to the nest with prey. Harriet had the catch of the day, a large catfish which E4 mantled but Mom wanted to keep hold of. Mom and E4 had a bit of a struggle over the fish with Mom feeding E4 and herself. E4 managed to get the fish away from Mom but as usual she got the last bite. It seemed that Harriet was giving Ozzie the recap of the day while they perched in the nest tree as the day came to a close.

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Harriet escorts a sub adult eagle out of her territory. (Dee Kelly)
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Harriet’s catch of the day and E4 with the tug o’ fish. (video/wskrsnwings)
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Harriet tells Ozzie about the day. (video/wskrsnwings)
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A Day in E4’s Neighborhood- Nest Notes, Photos & Videos for April 19

The Family was together perched in the Cam 2 tree as the day began. Ozzie and Harriet each flew off toward the river. E4 took refuge from the shrike attacks in the Church tree and then flew off to the west pasture tree line.

Harriet flew in with nest material and E4 hurried to the nest looking for food. Ozzie delivered what looked like squirrel to E4’s mantle. Everyone was on the nest working on the meal. Harriet later delivered a fish and Ozzie arrived with another squirrel. As the day was winding down E4 was perched in the west pasture with Mom, Dad was in the pond tree.

E4, Ozzie and Harriet spend a lot of time perched in their favorite trees in the pasture observing the world and watching the activity in their territory. The videos below show some of the neighbors who share the pasture with them.

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Early morning in the Cam 2 tree. (Carla Sabin)
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E4 on take off for a fly about. (Carla Sabin)
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Video extras of E4’s Neighbors

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Quiet Day Eating & Perching- Nest Notes, Photos & Videos for April 18

E4 greeted the day vocalizing while perched on the porch branch just off the nest. Mom and Dad were perched side by side in the Cam 2 tree vocalizing too. Ozzie and Harriet flew off in search of the day’s food. E4 took a flight around the pasture and landed in one of the pond trees. Ozzie returned to the nest with a large fish. E4 was very fast to arrive “squeezing” all the way to the nest. Ozzie quickly hopped up to the attic branch as E4 pounced and mantled the fish. E4 did a good job tearing into the fish and eating it without help. Ozzie later delivered a squirrel to the nest. Harriet and E4 dashed to the nest almost arriving at the same time. E4 went into mantle mode as Mom and Dad jumped out of the way, up to the attic branch again. Mom watched E4 work on eating the squirrel. 

Ozzie brought yet another squirrel to the pond tree where he ate by himself. Ozzie then brought the remaining pieces of his squirrel to the nest to share with Harriet and E4. E4 was just about stuffed at this time but watched Harriet’s technique gulping down a large piece of the leftover. Mom did share some of her meal with E4. The bond between Mom and E4 is so tender. Ozzie and Harriet perched in the west tree line and E4 perched in the pond tree, all with full crops, for most of the breezy, cloudy afternoon.

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E4 on the lookout for breakfast. (Donna McMurrer)
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Ozzie fly in with a large catfish. (Carla Sabin)
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Mom’s tender moment with E4. (wskrsnwings)
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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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