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.
Cam is now off-line until the fall.
Update 6/5/2017 Fledglings have been back to the nest looking for handouts. The next challenge in a fledgling’s life is to hunt and find food for themselves. This is part of growing up and they will learn if they are to survive. (and they do).
We will be taking the live feed down on Friday, June 9. Construction is being done where the computer equipment is being house and is going to be moved to a new location. During this process the radio receivers also need to be moved and realigned. We appreciate the Corps of Engineers to house our equipment and need to continue to work with them as them do their work.
A huge THANK YOU goes to JCWIFI for all the work they did to bring you the live stream. We look forward to seeing what happens next year. The cam will be back on in the fall. Thank you for supporting our project and our hope is that you learned a little more than you did when you started. Now is the time for you to unplug with technology and get outside and explore the wonders of nature.
Update 5/30/2017 Late this afternoon, the eaglets have now become fledglings. (fledgling means they took their first flight).
Update 5/30/2017 The Mississippi River is flooding and is affecting many of our colony nesting islands. Young chicks such as pelicans and cormorants are unable to move to higher ground and will perish in the flood waters. Eagles have found another source of free food.
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.
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.
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.