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2016 Nesting Season Update:
We have successfully installed a new camera system on the nest tree! The new system has some major upgrades including HD and infrared night vision.
Duke Farms Eagle Cam
In 2008, Duke Farms installed a webcam on a tree adjacent to a Bald Eagle nest to provide a live look at the daily lives of the eagles. In partnership with The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, lesson plans were created to facilitate place-based educational opportunities for students. Between the general public and classrooms up and down the east coast, the Duke Farms Eagle Cam has many fans – over 8 million viewers and growing!
Every Wednesday @ 1:00 PM
2015 Nesting Season Timeline:
1st Egg Laid: February 17
2nd Egg Laid: February 20
1st Egg Hatched: March 27
2nd Egg Hatched: March 30
Both eggs have hatched!
3/27/2015 11:37 AM
There is a pip (or crack) in one of the eggs. Here we go!
Cyndi Pratt Didan recently contacted Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey regarding a pair of eagles she has been observing up in CT. She was able to get a reading of the green band on the male C/94. It turns out that C/94 is a Duke Farms eagle from the 2009 nesting season. In 2009 there were three chicks in the nest and all were male. C/94 was the youngest and considerable smaller in the beginning as he was a week younger than the oldest chick.
He is now nesting approximately 150 miles away in CT. His mate is also a banded bird, most likely from Massachusetts. The pair nested last year and fledged two chicks. They are nesting again this season and are due to hatch next week.
Images of C/94 in CT taken by: Cyndi Pratt Didan
The second egg of the season was laid this afternoon!
The first egg of the season was laid sometime during the night of February 16, 2015!
Eagle have been seen on the nest starting to prepare it for the upcoming nesting season!
The camera is now running. The cam may go down temporarily as we clean up cable splices buried in the ground and prep the lines for winter.
We have pulled down the eagle camera and found out the main issue to be a corroded connector. We will be cleaning/replacing the connectors and running tests the next few weeks. Hopefully we will have the camera up again soon.
8/25/2014: On July 27 the juvenile male, D-98, was found dead by residents of Little Sebago Lake, Maine. He was one of the three Duke Farms chicks banded on May 14, 2014 and assumed fledged in Mid-June.Residents of the lake which is NW of Portland, reported seeing him near an active eagle nest located on the lake. The nest had chicks which fledged in early July. On July 25 residents reported seeing a juvenile with a green band sitting in a tree near a boat house;
“The youngster had been in a small tree next to our boat house for quite a long time when an adult, carrying a fish, swooped in over the folks sunning on the beach and attacked the young bird. It dropped the fish in the process. The adult flew off leaving the fish and the juvenile behind. Thanks to a cell phone photo, we know that the youngster had the band colors of the later retrieved juvenile”.
While we don’t know for certain we can assume that the juvenile’s death was in some part due to injuries that occurred when it was attacked by the adult. The mortality rate for first year eagles is fairly high as they are still learning to hunt and fly. It is very unusual to receive this much information on the details surrounding an eagles death.