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Discussion: D.C. Eagle Nest Cam

in: Orienteering; General

Apr 1, 2016 5:37 PM # 
Mr President and the First Lady have a couple new additions to the family...born last week. And unlike the private quarters in the White House, two 24/7 web cams have been placed so you can see how the babies are doing.

For those orienteers who enjoy seeing flora and fauna in natural settings, this is pretty interesting.
Apr 1, 2016 5:57 PM # 
Cool. Thanks for the link!
Apr 2, 2016 12:39 PM # 
About 8:15 ET Saturday morning, what looked like a nice fat DC rat was brought into the nest, and the First Lady proceeded to dissect it and feed choice bits to the youngsters. Fascinating.
Apr 2, 2016 1:18 PM # 
In our capital one wants to be the one pecking not pecked. Around here it's mostly just deer nibbling grass, though I do see the fox from time to time. Indeed fascinating to watch; most of the bald eagles I've seen have been in Canada, though I did see some over Quabbin Reservoir (which has a nice O map) in Massachusetts.
May 2, 2016 8:15 PM # 
Well the fuzzy pair of American Eagles are now almost fully grown at six weeks old. And they're getting ready to 'fledge.' That is, finally fly from their nest.

If you haven't checked lately on this pair that were born March 18-20 in a tall tree in the National Arboretum near the Anacostia River in the District of Columbia, you may be amazed at how they've grown, developed a full coat of black eagle feathers, and spend much of their day pacing back and forth in the nest, flapping their wings, practicing for the Big Takeoff! Humorous and endearing!

So do your bird watching soon; it won't be long before they've 'flown the nest!'
May 2, 2016 9:58 PM # 
Six weeks old seems a bit early for leaving the nest. They're looking like they still have a lot of down, even though there's some black mixed in. Still quite interesting to watch from afar.
May 3, 2016 12:52 AM # 
Well tonight a dramatic thunder-n-lightning storm rolled over the Arboretum. And Mama eagle (The First Lady) was there, providing shelter in the storm, while rain drops appeared on her beak and dropped to the nest. And the two eaglets burrowed underneath her sheltering wings...just as any human babies might...seeking refuge from the scary lightning and thunder!
May 3, 2016 1:16 AM # 
Thunder, lightning, and hail! Fierce storm.
May 3, 2016 1:24 AM # 
They need names. I vote for Eddie. And Donald.
May 3, 2016 2:10 AM # 
Good names! But they've already been named: Freedom and Liberty.
May 3, 2016 9:28 AM # 
The trouble is, no one seems to know yet if they're male or female. Maybe Carly and Hillary would have been appropriate?

And thanks for that good link Janet...very interesting!
May 3, 2016 8:17 PM # 
for those who prefer their nestcams to be seabird flavoured, this one should be going for a fair bit longer:

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