I am out in the blind before 8:00am I hear my first crows right on cue at 8:00. South winds with temps at 18 windchill 7degrees. After a 50 degree warm up and rain this past week we’ll see how it has affected the eagles.
First crows finally in at 8:50am. Finally seeing starlings, too. So it must be winter.
They are finally on the ground at 9:00am about 20+ crows…make that 30+. Something had to fly by because they all scattered into the trees. First gull in at 9:15 surrounded by the crows again.
Crows flew…two eagles appeared in the tree across the road at 9:30am!! Yeah a young one just flew in with the two adults a few minutes later.
One of the adults flew over and pushed the young one off its branch…trying to get it to go in for food. But it only moved branches. Then a few minutes later the 2nd or 3rd year old took off heading west at 10:30.
Of course…just when I figured the eagles would come in…the farmer arrived to roar his tractor and get hay. This will go on for the next two hours probably. It’s 10:45am. The male flew off the female is staying put. Well the female got tired of all the racket and left too at 11:00am.
The sun is out and no eagles or raptors…because the farmer is going back and forth to his cattle across the section with two bales at a time in his truck. Bummer. Hope he quits before I lose the sunshine.
The farmer left at noon…still sun…but no raptors yet.
My pair of red-tailed hawk came in…one to the south tree…one in a small maple...then they were gone...12:30pm. One of them was back for a minute at 12:45pm. Now the clouds have moved in and overtaken the sun…of course. Today is not my lucky day.
It’s been quiet for almost a half an hour…not normal for this time of year and cold temps. I should have tons of gull and crows in. All I have is a half a dozen starlings squabbling. It’s now 2:00pm.
Finally at 2:45pm there is an eagle in the far south tree. And it sits and it sits. Finally about 3:45 it made its move. She landed in the tree right next to the blind. She looked and looked and looked deciding what she wanted to do. She finally came in on the fresh carcass. She ate and ate and ate. Finally I heard the swoosh of wings. Her mate landed in the tree to the south. He has more dark on his head then the other males I’ve seen. I decided to focus on him waiting for him to fly…dang….wrong decision. She flew up above him in the tree. They sat and sat…he looked and looked finally flew over and landed with his back to me into the wind from the south. He found a small piece of meat and flew across the road with it. She eventually came back down landing to the south of me then flying into the same carcass she was on before. She finally chattered. I thought…great he’s going to come back in…nope. While I was adjusting my settings as it was getting darker…she flew off. She landed in a tree across the road at 4:30. Now what? She is sitting high in the tree just watching. Will she come back or just hold me hostage? Now they are both in the tree. It’s getting darker and darker at 5:00pm. They finally left at 5:20pm.
Eagle Research Journal 2018-01-08
I am out in the blind by 8:15 overcast strong winds out of the west. Temperature 30 with wind chill of 20…it’s a heat wave after the subzero temps we have had all week.
The eagles have been coming in every day but Wednesday when it was minus 27. Michael has been seeing both territorial pair in on the carrion…at the same time. Hope I get to see them today.
It’s quiet with just small birds…blue jays…chickadees. Dang a gull just flew in at 8:30…but that may bring the eagles in earlier…definitely the crows. The meat pile has loosed up in the warmth and they will gobble it all up quickly but the carcass meat.
Crows and ravens came in at 8:45am. Mature eagle in the tree across the road before 9:00am.
I have eight gulls…tons of crows and four big ravens feeding while the eagle looks on at 9:45am.
Eagle is gone at 10:00 not sure which way he flew. It’s back a few minutes later. Eagle is now in the south tree at 10:30!!
It did a flyby and back to the trees across the road. It is not the Queen or Screecher. So will have to wait and see who our new visitor is.
A red-tailed hawk just flew through at 10:45am.
My eagle is back in the south tree anxiously looking around. Then a juvenile flies over. It came in an d landed above the adult. The adult got hyper flew to the tall pole. Then flew over and knocked the young one out of the tree. Then it was back on the pole. I was sure it was coming down to eat when the neighbor arrives with a tractor and snowblower. So that did it for now with my eagles. They flew over to who know where. But it’s only 11:20…I’m sure they will be back.
Well it wasn’t but about fifteen minutes after the tractors headed back to the woods that my adult eagle was in. He landed on the ground for a few minutes than back to the south tree. He chattered…I found the juvenile in the tree over the mini barn. Then the adult flew toward it and disappeared. The juvenile flew over the carrion then back to the north. At was all from 11:35-11:50am. I still think they are hungry and will be back.
Well he’s back in the tree over the mini barn…but the farmer is back loading up hay. So it’s a wait and see game right now at 12:10pm.
The farmer left and the eagle returned…to the tree over the mini barn…then the pole…then the tree to the south…musical perches. Then gone…then back…then back and forth…finally on the perch…but the Queen makes a presence and dive bombs him. He finally leaves and she is sitting across the road in a tree. The wind is really kicking up at 1:00pm.
It’s definitely been a busy day. Hope the sun peeks out this afternoon like they have forecasted.
Farmer is back messing around plowing etc. so who knows what will happen. Hopefully he doesn’t stay too long. Well the Queen just did a flyby at 1:35 while the farmer was out there. Now he’s left with some hay…probably be back at least once more.
Red-tailed hawk in the tree to the south briefly…then a 4th year soaring around at 2:00pm.
Farmer just left hopefully for the day at 2:45pm. Now please let the eagles return. None of they have been in to eat so there is still hope.
A red-tailed hawk just flew over at 3:00pm and still overcast.
3:15pm a 3rd year is soaring high overhead. Strange how all the crows and gulls left and haven’t been back. Hope that’s not a bad sign. Never fear…they are coming back in about fifteen minutes later.
Red-tailed hawk on pole at 3:45 then to the tree. Getting brighter out!!
Finally about 4:00pm the sun broke through the clouds…temporarily. I prayed for just one eagle to return. About five minutes later a gorgeous female swooped by…finally landing out farther from the carrion. She stayed only a minute but it was long enough to capture her beauty in the waning evening light. I was truly blest today. Once again patience pays off. It may be a fleeting moment…but if you’re not out there you’ll never get the chance to capture it.
Oh my gosh!! A double blessing. I had two red-tailed hawks land in the tree to the south. One flew in and landed on the pole. While I was shooting it the other came in and trying knocking it off!!! Amazing!!!Then the other one landed on the branches…while the other one flew by it. What fun!! They finally went into the underbrush and I headed out at 4:50pm
2018-01-02 Eagle Research Journal
A very blustery day…winds at 30mph…temps in the teens with the sun working its way out. I take a drive to check on a snowy owl seen in the area to no avail. Michael called to say two adult eagles were back on the meat before 10:30. So I headed home…they were still there. She didn’t even fly till we were walking out. Two immature eagles circling and screaming overhead. I get in the blind before noon. I’m very hopeful that they will be back.
I’ve been here almost an hour and nothing but hyper crows. Hope they come back…soon.
Red-tailed hawk landed on the pole at 12:40pm. But then went south…heard its mate screaming, too.
A rough-legged hawk in the south tree at 1:35pm…still no eagles…but lots of sunshine of course.
Yeah one eagle in the south tree…then the female kicked it out…then she flew to the west. Hopefully that means they will be in…soon. It is now 1:45pm
2:15pm I have two red-tailed hawks flying over. One lands on the ground then bolts…one lands in the tree to the south…then flies back to the east. Something better come in before the sun leaves me!!
At 2:30 the female land just to the south of the blind and walked up to the carrion. Shortly after that the male came in first swooping low and landing in the south tree. A few minutes later he was on the groun with her. Yeah!
About fifteen minutes later a vehicle drove by and he flew off. But returned after a few minutes absence. One of the young eagles flew over and she chattered at them. They feed together for some time before he finally left. She stayed longer and finally left at 3:30pm.
Still lots of time for something else to come in…and still sunshine!
Well I did have a little red squirrel pop out and visit around 4:15pm. The neighbor finally left for the after taking another load of hay.
The sun is being swallowed by clouds finally at 4:30pm. So I’m calling an end to my afternoon with the eagles. It was so worth it.
January 1, 2018 Eagle Research Journal
Happy New Year! It is 13 degrees with a north wind blowing. Much better than the minus 21 degrees yesterday. We had to waller through deep snow to get out to the blind. We have probably had three to four feet of snow fall in the last two weeks. It’s definitely a winter wonderland.
The crows and ravens fly over around 8:00am then re on the ground by 8:10. Overcast and windy but not snowing at the moments.
Eagle in the tree over the mini barn at 8:25am. Yeah! Then I discovered another one in the tree to the south of the blind. Oh my goodness…the eagle from the south tree just landed in front of the blind! It is 8:30. It stayed with me till almost 9:30!! The meat is so frozen it had to work really hard to get it loose enough to eat. It was snowing and blowing…definitely like the old times at Jim’s. The second eagle flew around while this one chattered at it…then disappeared.
Hopefully this won’t be my last visitor today.
The crows are going crazy…probably a poor hawk wanting to come in to the carrion. They did that while the eagle was eating. It stopped to see what they were after but continued to feed.
Nothing exciting going on now. The crows and a couple of gulls are in at 10:30am. Hopefully that will call in an eagle or two. Still snowing and blowing. Wind chill minus 9.
Eagle in the tree over the mini barn at 10:45. It screamed…flew…circled then went up the hill to the east.
Then another eagle landed in the south tree…stayed for about fifteen minutes…visited by a red-tailed hawk…then flew southwest. The red-tailed hawk went into the pines. It’s now 11:30.
Eagle back in the tree over the mini barn…flew to the north after about ten minutes. I think there is more than one messing around…playing ‘games’. The neighbor was in so that’s what spooked my eagle.
It’s now noon and the crows and gull are in squawking. My eagle is swooping around at 12:15…make that two.
Then a juvenile came from the east soaring around. They are flying but not landing. Hopefully they will all come in soon. It’s now 12:30pm.Well I see why the eagles aren’t coming in….someone is on the tractor across the road hauling hay. That sucks! Seriously??? It’s snowing and blowing…that hay should have been moved during our long nice fall.
Juvenile just flew south to north at 1:00pm. Red-tailed hawk landed in the pines at 1:15 then flew west. The crows don’t cut them any breaks…they are on them like bees to honey.
The ravens and crows back in at 1:35pm at least they keep me awake. Still spitting and blowing snow. No sooner had I written that when a juvenile eagle landed. She stayed for over an hour…joined by her dad…Screecher. He sat in the tree and guarded her. He screamed a couple of times at he then finally joined her. She knocked him off his carcass a couple of times. Then he went back to the tree. Then three big ravens started picking on her…pulling her tail etc . He dropped down to scare them…for a few minutes. Then another adult eagle was flying around. He went after it. It eventually came down and scared the juvenile…which finally left.
It wasn’t more than five minutes later and it came in to the meat. And has been here ever since. It is now 3:30 and snowing again. 4:10 second eagle in! They were playing musical carcasses for a while. A car spooked him but he came back in. He let at 4:40. She’s still here. I think she was the first one in this morning will have to compare photos. Looks like our family controlled the area today. Sweet! Snowing to beat the band and she is still eating! She is still out there at 5:15pm. I may never get back into the house. She must think there won’t be any food tomorrow…silly girl. Well finally at 5:45 she left. I think it was only because she her Michael laughing on my walkie talkie. But that was just fine…I needed to be done after a ten hour amazing day.
Eagle Research Journal December 17, 2017
I was out in the blind by 7:30am slight breeze 21 degrees and overcast. The crows gave their 8:00 alarm call.
Hairy and downy woodpeckers in at 8:30. Crows talking and flying around 8:45…not in yet.
Red-tail hawk screaming by at 9:00.
Gulls in at 9:30…not too much action this morning…yet. Gulls, crows and ravens in on road side.
Eagle in the tree above the mini barn at 10:00. Then a second one landed across the road. The one over the mini barn flew off about 10:15 Shortly after a 2nd year came innext to the adult across the road. The adult screamed at it several times…and flew over the blind once. The 2nd year left at 10:40.
Another eagle came in from the south…battle in the trees…then they both flew north.at 10:45. He chased the Queen off and came back to the tree shortly after.
10:55 he came in swooping so fast I didn’t get a good bead on him and nabbed a piece of meat. Bummer hope that will be the first of many flybys.
Well…while he was eating the 2nd year came in and knocked him off his branch. A chase ensued with no one winning. The 2nd year ending up heading back to the north the adult stayed in his tree. Finally at noon another young eagle made an appearance. Then came swooping in but didn’t get anything. It’s a third year…very skittish. The male screams every time he sees another eagle approaching which gives me a slight heads up.
Then at 12:30 while I was waiting for one of them to make their next move…in drives the neighbor to get a bale of hay. That will take place for two or three more times. Urgghhh.
But at least I can take a break. Oh wait…there is a red tail on the carcass. It saw me but not before I took a couple of shots. Now it’s back in the tree to the east at 12:40pm. Yeah.
Then everything left…cold southeast wind blowing through my window. I keeping turn the heat on and off trying to stay warm but also keep the heatwaves to a minimum. Wind chill 18 degrees.
I had a half an hour of quiet then the gulls came back in…oops they just left… 1:30pm…then they’re back. Crazy birds frighten themselves.
Eagle back at 1:30 in the tree…a gull carried something off ….eagle chased…dropped it in the field…eagle nabbed it…carried it back to the tree. Then out of the blue the 3rd year came in and a chase ensued to the south. I heard them ten minutes later…the male screaming.
2:30 he came back from the west…half an hour later 3rd year flew from east to west and kept flying as he screamed. Gulls driving me crazy.
I decided at 3:00 to just let the gulls eat the loose meant…maybe the eagle would finally fly. Well, he did but he headed west not after the gulls. Strange day. It was more about the male sitting…nabbing a stolen piece then the 2nd and 3rd years chasing him. I miss the Queen.
4:00 and even the gulls flew off. Calling it a day. Just before I left…the 3rd year came back into the tree. So I patiently waited. It finally took off heading back to the woods…where the adult was screaming. I packed up and head out shortly after 4:15.
Eagle Research Blind Journal December 11, 2017
I got out to the blind around 8:00 just as it was starting to get light if you call it that. It’s an overcast gloomy cold morning….fourteen degrees with a light breeze. The crows flew over as I was walking out to the blind…but Michael was putting out a carcass so that makes them think I was just dropping off food, too.
Fifteen minutes later a red bellied woodpecker and a nuthatch came in. The crows are starting to sit in the trees. Hopefully we see a repeat of yesterday when two adult eagles landed in front of the blind to eat.
The crows are on the ground around 8:30 along with one gull. Then twenty minutes later they were gone.
I have red bellied and hairy woodpeckers squabbling along with a couple of blue jays at 9:20. I just heard a red-tailed hawk scream and the crows harassing it.
9:30 the crows are coming back.
10:00 rough-legged hawk flew over…the crows took off…then a red-tailed hawk landed for two seconds on the carrion…then gone.
Then the crows took off in mass after one of the hawks to the east. Poor hawks don’t stand a chance against a murder of crows. Then it started to spit snow.We are under another winter storm warning.
11:00 snowing and the crows…gulls and three big ravens are in getting noisy.
Michael just called me to say I had an eagle in the tree across the road. Let the party begin.
The eagle swwoped down ad got a piece of meat and took back to its tree. It’s a 4th year. It made a few other swoops landing back in the tree each time. Finally it headed north. Then back to swoop the gulls out of the field. Then red tail…then eagle back at 11:50.
Then an adult female came in chattering all the way at noon. By 12:15 she flew and landed in front of me roadside!! She flew back then the 4th year flew about fifteen minutes later. But he isn’t as brave as her and won’t even come in grab something. She then came about 12:30 landed in the field then back to the tree. It seemed about every ten to fifteen minutes one of them flew. It felt like the good ole days at Jim’s.
She came in again about 12:45 landed on the ground then popped up and landed in the field right across from me. Then she landed back right in front of me and walked to the meat. She sat and ate it for about ten minutes before finally taking it back to the tree. Awesome!! While I was photographing her the 4th year must have come in and nabbed a small piece of meat, too.
She left at 1:20 but not before another adult flew by and another landed in the tree with the female and 4th year. So for a time I had three eagles in the tree.
Then the 4th year flew and the adult chased it around the field and back to the tree. Michael had to leave to plow at 1:45. The adult flew north…then it came back ten minutes later and the 4th year flew west. Now at 2:00pm I have the adult male still in the tree. Three hours of an eagle in my sights….and still here. Even when the neighbor pulled into get hay…the eagle flew but came right back. The crose and gulls came back in full force, too.
Oh and did I mention…there are at least six big ravens this year. I love ravens! I heard a gull screaming two different times…a raven was pulling its wing and wouldn’t let go. Yeah, ravens.
2:30 the neighbor came out with a trailer and spooked the eagle. It flew over the blind. Then the neighbor got his tractor out to put hay on the trailer…so it will be a while before I see the eagle again.
Well…once the neighbor left she came back in chattering to the tree. What a great day! The neighbor returned again. She didn’t fly till he started the tractor. She over the blind almost landed in the mini barn tree. Not sure where she is but hopefully she will return at least one more time. It’s 3:20pm. I left at 4:00pm
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