Photo courtesy of NPR
Some sad news in from NYC Bill, Starr Saphir, the Grande Dame of Central Park Bird Guides has died....
Great Horned Owls often take over the nests of other raptors and in this case the GHO took over a nest with a cam! Just in from Sally of Kentucky-
Oh yes, we have a GHO mama laying eggs in the abandoned failed Sequoyah Wildlife Refuge eagle nest. The resident eagle pair that I follow on the Sutton Center cams had laid two eggs mid December, and the week before they were to hatch in January the adults were off the nest a lot, apparently disturbed by intruding eagles in the area. The eggs were left unattended for long periods and I think I remember the female not coming back even overnight one day. Anyway, they continued to incubate them on and off for a couple of weeks past the hatch date then gave up, I guess. I last saw an eagle there on January 29th; the hatch window opened the 16th if the eggs had been viable.
Last week a GHO took interest in the nest- now containing only one un-viable eagle egg, and started brooding the eagle egg! I have my first captures of her February 5th. She laid her own egg alongside it on February 7th. I have one capture of the eggs on the 8th. I included two of my screen captures from http://www.suttoncenter.org/pages/live_eagle_camera
LOTS of pics posted on the Hancock forum. http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=419536&mode=&show=8&page=221
Sutton does not have night vision cams so we do not know what happens at night and are eagerly awaiting a clear sky on full moon! I hear that the Wolf River eagle nest is also now occupied by GHO who has laid her own egg. I believe those eagles had not yet nested this year. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/WolfRiverCam-New-London
Aren't wildlife cams providing us with such interesting information?
Gleaned by Robin of Illinois, we know that smaller birds have been known to catch rides on raptors as a handy place to peck the bigger birds in the head but now they're catching rides on cars?
Coming soon, Clarence the Cooper's Hawk, Quicksilver and Squirrel the Kitten fight over the watering can, and video.
And yes, I know, I know....video.