Trio Bald Eagle Nest Cam -Live

Visitors have an opportunity to monitor the nesting activities of the trio of bald eagles first hand. Live stream provides an opportunity to view wildlife in its natural setting and sometimes those scenes may be difficult to watch.

The nest is located in the backwaters of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge near Lock and Dam 13, Fulton IL. There is audio with this camera so turn on your speakers.
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We have had many questions in regard to the trio nest. A FAQ page was developed to help answer those questions.  We also added answers to many general bald eagle questions.

 

Update: 10/5/2017  We are hoping to have the Cam back online early November. The males have been back to the nest with a new female. There is little activity at the nest right now. Occasionally they all will come with sticks to the nest. This is part of pair bonding or should we say trio bonding.  We are very hopefully for another trio nest this year.

For best viewing, please use Internet Explorer on Desktop. We also recommend using Puffin or Dolphin for mobile browser. Puffin is super fast depending on your connection speed.  There is a PC version of Puffin that uses Bluestacks, however this only works if you are using wifi, not direct connection.  If you are using Chrome, you will experience player issues.  If your using Edge that comes with Windows 10 you can view by opening the webcam page, click on the … (Settings, upper right), scroll down to open with IE. We would just recommend going straight to Explorer.  

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Here is an interesting study that was done on a cooperating nesting of a trio of Bald Eagles in California in 1992. Institution for Wildlife Studies.

2018 History

September 1, 2017 – New female was seen with both males. Female is a young adult due to few darker feathers on her head, Periodically all three are seen at the nest bringing in and moving sticks around.  This is part of the bonding ritual  that they do.

Past History
• 2004 – The nest and eggs were destroyed by high winds.
• 2005 – The nest and eggs were destroyed by high winds.
• 2006 – One mate died after flying into an electrical power line. The other mate abandoned the nest and eggs.
• 2007 – Two young fledged.
• 2008 – Three young fledged.
• 2009 – One chick fledged, but flew into an electrical power line and died.
• 2010 – Three chicks fledged.
• 2011 – The nest was relocated and webcam installed. Wooden supports were added to the old nest for stability.
• 2011 – Eggs were laid, but parents abandoned nest. The tree collapsed in June, due to wind.
• 2012 – Nest was rebuilt in old location, near Lock and Dam 13. Two eggs were laid and eventually hatched. Behavior of male (Valor) indicated that he was young and didn’t know exactly what to do. He had limited interest in incubation and feeding. Both eggs hatched, but each eaglet at 3 days old perished.
• 2013 – New nest location. Three adults were around nest. Behavior indicated that Valor I was replaced with Valor II. The pair successfully raised 2 eaglets.
• Working on moving camera to new location. We need to raise some money to purchase electrical wire.
• Camera was placed in mid November, 2013 at nest location. However, there are several new nests being built. We are waiting to see where they settle before proceeding with camera setup.
• 2014 – unable to see nest due to vegetation, saw three adults eagles around the nest.
• 2015 – Eagles worked on two different nest locations. Nest that was used in 2013 was the site they used at the last minute. Unable to get camera hooked up due to disturbance. 3 eaglets were fledged. Three adult eagle were seen around the nest site.
• 2016 – Trio of eagles (two males, one female) successfully fledged 3 young. Finally documented that indeed all three are sharing in all aspects of nesting. Video was taken of all three copulating, building the nest and raising the young.
• 2017 – Trio has returned and has been working on the nest periodically. Copulation has been seen on 1/19/17: 1/26/2017 – 1st egg was laid,   1/29/2017-  2nd egg was laid,    2/1/2017 – 3rd egg was laid.

3/7/2017 – 1st eaglet hatched,  3/9/2017 – 2nd eaglet hatched. Third egg never hatched.

On the evening of March 24, two adult bald eagles attacked the nest. The webcam recorded the attack that lasted over an hour and shows two adult eagles battling on the ground in a desperate talon clinching struggle. When the struggle ended, both eagles hopped out of sight of the webcam. Hope did not return to the nest that night and still was not present at the nest on the morning of March 25. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service staff intensively searched the area under the eagle nest and adjoining land areas. The nest is located on a narrow forested peninsula that is surrounded by Mississippi River backwaters. The searchers found no sign of Hope nor of feathers on the ground where the struggle occurred. Valor 1 and Valor 2 were disturbed by the searchers and remained off the nest during the search and for several hours after searchers left the area. On the evening of March 26, two adult bald eagles made a second recorded attack on the nest. Valor 1 and Valor 2 boldly defended the chicks and prevented the marauding eagles from entering the nest and no injuries were observed. Daily attacks occurred throughout April with an occasional flyby in May. Two males continued to raise the eaglets to fledging. They fledged on 5/30/2017.  Hope is considered MIA and not expected to be found.