March 11, 2010

2010 Eagle Watch

It's that time of the year again--to watch the baby eaglets hatch (and grow) by visiting Norfolk Botanical Garden's eaglecam.

The first egg of 2010 was laid at 2:15 p.m. on January 31; the second one at 11:50 a.m. on February 3, and the third egg was laid at 12:29 p.m. on February 6. One just hatched earlier today!

The parent eagles must not be camera shy because this is their seventh year to nest at this site. I've been watching a nest in my neighborhood from the ground for a few months too. When those howling north winds blow, we hold our breath that the loblolly stays there.

For more info on eagles, check out William & Mary's Eagle Nest blog, a project of its Center for Conservation Biology (CCB). The primary blogger is CCB Research Associate, Reese Lukei, Jr. The blog was created to compliment EagleTrak by providing a distinct place to discuss eagle breeding behavior, separate from satellite tracking data discussions at the EagleTrak blog.

Visit CCB’s Chesapeake Bay Tracking project at http://www.wildlifetracking.org/  to see eagles from other areas around the bay on which CCB has placed satellite transmitters. Azalea (HH), and eventually other NBG eagles can be found at the Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Tracking project page.