Richmond Eagles Last Night of the Richmond Cam 4-12-12





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Published on Apr 14, 2012

Recorded on Apr 2; the last night of PTZ cam function & on Apr 12; the night the cam briefly came back online. CCB update! At 730am 4-16, Mom came to the nest and 10 mins later Dad delivered separate 2 fish. The biologists will be leaving the site shortly and leaving the eagles to manage their brood.

989razzle update, 10pm 4-14. R2 & R1 were removed from the nest, fed, given fluids & returned to the nest tonight.

CCB update, 2.00pm 4/14, "The adults are still perched nearby and are actively watching the nests and defending against possible intrusions (from hawks etc). Last night, a CCB biologist and wildlife vet went to the nest site. The biologist climbed the tree and took the chicks down to the ground, similar to banding, where they were given fluids and fed. The examination was quick and they were very healthy. They left pieces of fish in the nest which the eaglets were seen on camera eating today. This was all done with consultation of federal and state regulatory officials, who are as perplexed by the adult behavior as CCB is.
Since the adults are still fully engaged with their brood, and we don't know why they are staying away, we are removing any possible barrier tonight, including the camera. The chicks will be fed again and more food will be left in the nest. Dr. Watts only concern at this moment is the safety of the chicks and trying to keep this family intact. These efforts will give the adults every chance to come into the nest, and there is no reason to believe they won't. Again, the actions onsite this week should not have spooked these adults, but wildlife is unpredictable.

4-14, 10.30am CCB update; "CCB has been at the site since Friday morning and the adults are not coming into the nest. They are around, but not landing. Dr. Watts is not sure why, he has not seen this behavior with adults before. The activity on Thursday to get the cam operational may have spooked them.They have continued to get closer to the nest today, so we hope they will bring food in the nest today. The female brought a fish close, but did not bring it in this morning. Biologists can hide on the site so they do not see them. We are monitoring the chicks from the cam and they are ok.

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