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.
Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom and see photos of the activity on the nest.

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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 5/28/2017  The eaglets have started to branch more and more every day. it won’t be long before their first flight (which might be this week). For a short period of time, the Dads will continue to bring food to the nest until they get better on getting food on their own.  You will also notice that they are getting bugged by insects. This is gnat season and is very annoying so wind is their friend. 

Update 5/5/2017  The daily attacks are fewer these days, with an occasional fly over. The eaglets are nearing two months old and soon going to be out on their own.  Dad’s continue to provide food and little by little they are learning to eat on their own and of course learn the basics of stealing. It’s getting more difficult to see the difference in the eaglets, for the younger one is catching up to the older one.  When they aren’t sleeping you will see them hopping around the nest and exercising those big wings, building up muscles. Don’t be concerned if you don’t see the dads at the nest as often, they are there, just out of the view of the camera. (Hope is still MIA)

Update 4/17/2017  The aggressive siege on the nest is getting less. Both Valor’s continue to share the responsibility of protection and feeding the eaglets. American Coot continues to be their choice of cuisine  with a little fish thrown in for good flavor. 

Update 4/5/17

The aggressive siege on the nest continues with the invaders being more bold. Late Tuesday (4/4) afternoon, video caught a sub adult on the nest with one of the Valors in combat.  Both Valors continue to protect and feed the eaglets.

Update 3/29/17

In early February, Hope laid three eggs but only two hatched in early March. The trio cooperatively cared for the two young chicks. 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 walked 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. In late afternoon on March 28, another attack on the nest was made by a lone adult bald eagle. Valor 1 and Valor 2 again boldly defended the nest and pursued the attacker in an aerial battle that chased the attacker off.

The aggressive siege on the nest is continuing. We can only speculate as to the reason for the attacks, but it is common for bald eagles to fight over nesting territories. There was another bald eagle nest located less than a mile north of the trio’s nest but that tree was toppled during high winds in early March. Possibly, the pair from this nest are the attackers with intent to take over the nest.

We will continue to provide updates when significant events occur. We are hopeful that Hope only received minor injuries and is in hiding until she is strong enough to return to the nest. Extensive searches for Hope have been conducted without success. The most important task now is to insure that the nest area is not disturbed by people that would force Valor 1 and Valor 2 to leave the nest which would make the chicks vulnerable to an attack. 

 

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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.

2017 History

• 2017 – Trio has returned and has been working on the nest periodically. Copulation has been seen on 1/19/17.

• 1/26/2017 at 3:20 pm – 1st egg was laid.

• 1/29/2017 at 1;15 pm – 2nd egg was laid.

•   2/1/2017 at 6:03 pm – 3rd egg was laid.

•   3/7/2017 at ~4:00am – 1st eaglet hatched.

•   3/9/2017 at ~11:20am – 2nd eaglet hatched.

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.