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Honor and Glory are the names of the two baby eagles!

Honor and Glory are the names of the two baby eagles!

Honor and Glory are the names of the two baby eagles hatched by the pair of mated Bald Eagles that nest each year in the Arboretum located in Washington DC. Some 30,000-people voted and now little eaglets DC4 & DC5 have new names. Going forward DC4 will be called and known as Honor and DC5 will be called and known as Glory. Thank you to everyone who voted.

Oh, and for those of you that are following my blogs about my favorite Pet Eagles and remember when DC4 (Honor) got its foot caught in the loose twigs in the V-Shaped area of the nest and when Matthew Morrison of The Ex-cel Tree Experts  climbed the nest tree in the middle of an electrical thunderstorm to rescue it; well another announcement has been made.

During the rescue when little DC4 (Honor) was taken to the Maryland Zoo to be treated by Samantha Sander, the Veterinarian.

During all of the tests that were performed and treatments received, blood was drawn to for a gender test. The test results revealed that DC4 whose name is now Honor is a female eagle.

Honor (DC4) is a female eagle.

Blood test results revealed that DC4 whose name is now Honor is a female eagle. (Copyright AEF)

According to eagle facts; female eagles are larger than males. If that is the case, then DC5 whose name is now Glory ‘could’ be a male.

The eagle experts that know much more than I will ever claim to know about eagles, the only way to determine the gender of an eagle from hatch to young adult is by a blood test. (However, in four years when their heads turned white, I suppose you could be in the right place in the sky and happen to catch one eagle on top of another eagle having sex for less than 30 seconds and if you really have a good eye, you could remember which eagle was in which position during the sex act, then of course you can make the determination of gender. But then you would have to wait four years. [laughing])

I do not won’t to make enemies of the experts. It is a fact that DC5 (Glory) is a much smaller than DC4 Honor. If the facts line up then DC5 would be a male. I would really hate to call DC5 Glory and find out later that it is a male.

I voted to name DC4 and DC5 Anacostia & Potomac respectfully for two reasons: 1.) because I believe DC4 was a female long before any blood work was done and the name Anacostia is a feminine name. I believe DC5 is a male and the name Potomac is more masculine name. And just like normal elections, I voted based on what I believe; besides, 2.) The rivers that provides the fresh fish caught by Mr. P and TFL are named The Anacostia & The Potomac Rivers.

Funny, unless DC5 has blood work done, I guess we’ll never know if DC5 is a male. Never mind the two looked so very different when they hatched. Could the difference in the way they look when hatched tell us whether its female or male?

Oh well, Glory it is. No big deal, it’s not like these eagles know that we watch them 24-hours a day and they certainly will never know that they have names, which they will never answer to when called. And in July, these two baby eagles will be juvenile eagles that will fledge, leave the nest, and migrate to only God knows where and we never see them again.

Come on! It’s all in fun and is supposed to be educational. Nothing personal, right?

After all, it’s we humans who donate money to keep the DCEAGLECAM PROJECT up and running. It is our tax dollars that protect this species, provide grant dollars, and that pays the salaries of leader’s whose organizations that manage teams of people that work or volunteer shifts to educate us, monitor and track the activities of this family of Bald Eagles, and that make social media interactions fun.

Humans like me, that are not connected to those government teams or volunteers but that love this family enough to buy tee shirts, mugs, and donate extra money to help keep the DCEAGLECAM PROJECT. Humans like me that take it up on myself to learn all I can about our favorite birds of prey to enjoy writing blogs and/or lead Facebook Groups. We also dedicate lots of time, money, and resources for the purpose of sharing information that helps engage and educate others about these wonderful birds. We do not violate any rules or laws. We just have opinions. To scold us because we have an opinion or make a comment you don’t agree with is not smart. We have followers. I’m just saying.

Introducing DC5’s or should I say Glory’s big sister; Honor; and Honor is a Girl! And whether you like it or not, I believe DC5 is a male. However, the voters voted for the name Glory. Regardless to gender, DC5’s name is Glory.

Today the baby eagles are 40 and 41 days old. They are still wobbly when they stand. Mom is teaching them to hop and flap their wings. They are able to eat large chunks of food. They each challenge each other more for food. Although Glory (DC5) is much smaller than Honor (DC4), Glory became the aggressor of the two and today will poke Honor into submission during feeding.

NOTE: When an eagle goes into submission, it tucks its head down and stays that way until it is safe. Watch when Dad is around, both babies will show respect by going into submission. As soon as food arrives, Glory (DC5 – The smaller of the two), will immediately start poking Honor (DC4 – The larger of the two).

Both mom and dad will allow the two to poke each other to teach them aggression. If it gets too serious, a parent will stop the fighting. I have not seen these two fight to the point where intervention is required.

Since they hatched on March 29th and 30th, the baby eagles have really grown. Their fur or fuzz is being replaced by feathers. And like a human baby going through teething, the feather spur pushing through irritates them. Between bugs and growing feathers, the baby eagles stay busy scratching themselves.

The nest is not large enough for the baby eagles to eat, sleep, play, and do growing things like hop and flap their wings and have a parent in the nest all the time like they did when they were eggs and required 24-hour incubation. Rest assure that a parent is perched in a branch directly over the nest watching and protecting. Only during inclement weather will a parent stay in the nest to protect the babies until their legs and wings are sturdy enough to withstand strong winds and heavy rains. Currently when it rains mom will stay I the nest to cover the babies until the bad weather passes. The babies will tuck their heads under her breast and stay there until it is safe.

Most of the time these baby eagles stay close to each other. They eat, sleep and poop. It seems like these babies grows larger the longer they sleep. As soon as they eat, they go to sleep in a cuddle.

HOW TO TELL THEM APART?

7May babies standing together. Honors right foot is larger

On May 7th two babies sitting together. This pictures shows Honors right foot is larger and why I believe she will be disabled. (Copyright AEF)

Honor (formerly known as DC4; hatched first on March 29, 2017)

Honor is the larger of the two babies.  Honor is lighter in color than Glory. Honor is the whistler or chirper. Due to the accident that required Honor to be rescued, Honor’s right foot is still larger than her left foot. And on a few occasions, I’ve seen her walk with a limp. In my opinion, Honor may have a permanent disability. We’ll know this by the time she starts trying to fledge and safely land. Honor’s feather line comes all the way down to its eyebrows. Honor loves to stand in the V-Shaped tree. It appears to be her favorite spot.

Glory (formerly known as DC5; hatched one day after its sibling Honor on March 30, 2017).

Glory is the smaller of the two but is stronger. Glory appears to sleep more. Glory is darker in color than the Honor; but that could change in a few weeks. Glory’s feather line is receded back behind its eyes.

The poop stance

The Bable Eagle Poop Stance

When the baby eagle is ready to poop, it will stand up, put its head down and points their tail in the air and excretes a white-milky-substance from their behind. Notice mom is perched right above the nest watching everything her babies does. (Copyright AEF)

When the babies poop. They stand up, put their head down and points their tail in the air and excretes a white-milky-substance from their behinds. The branches and twigs are spattered with poop all around the nest. When food arrives, they poop first. They poop after they eat. When they awake from a nap, they poop. They eat, sleep, and poop.

Mom Eagle (also known as The First Lady or TFL)

Mom is larger than dad. She had a dark spot on top of her head; I call it a beauty mole.  She has two dark spots in the back of her head. TFL’s head is thinner and her face is sleeker than Dad’s. The white feathers are tapered and neatly trimmed around her neck. Her wing span is larger than dad’s. She cleans the nest and is fussy about keeping the V-Shaped area of the nest filled with twigs and grass to prevent future accidents. Mom has two favorite spots on a branch over the nest that she perches in day and night. She and Dad does shift duties in watching, hunting, and feeding.

Daddy Eagle (also known as Mr. President or Mr. P)

Dad is smaller than mom. Dad’s face is broader with more of a fierce look. The white feathers are jaggered around his neck in to a collar shape directly under his beak. In between the collar under his beak is a diamond shaped white feather patch that gives the appearance that dad is wearing a tie; thus the name Mr. President. Dad and mom sometimes conflict with each other on how the nest will be groomed. Dad is the heavy lifter. You will see him moving large twigs around in the nest. If he puts something in place and mom moves it, the baby eagles might witness a little spat between their parents.

Both parents are skillful hunters. However, because mom stays with the babies at night, dad hunts early and brings a fresh fish around 6amEST. Mom gets a break while dad feeds his babies. If mom stays and feeds the babies because she too is hungry, then when the feeding is done and the babies are ready for a nap, Mom may fly away to poop or dispel a pellet and stretch her wings. Ditto for dad when he flies away shortly after feeding the babies.

Everyday either Mom or Dad brings food to the nest

Like clock-work, Mom and dad will change shifts to incubate, hunt, feed, protect, and provide safety for their babies and give each other a break.

Mom and dad will feed these babies until they can feed themselves inside the nest. Soon, the parents will start dropping off food to let the babies play and fight over the food. They will fight until they rip the food apart and each gets a piece. Their parents will drop off two fishes one for each to enjoy. These parents are wonderfully skilled at not only hunting, but parenting. They know how much to feed. They know not to allow the babies to eat too much. They know when the nest needs repairs or built up around the edges. They will know when it is time to start letting them go knowing they will never see them again.

Dad takes off and sores through the trees just like you and I drives through our communities. He flies with speed and grace. Mom too sores with ease but she generally flies upward and over the nest.

Dad take off

Mom feeding babies. Dad takes flight phase two of take off. (Copyright AEF)

These baby eagles will become juveniles in when they are 60-days old.

When they fledge (permanently leave the nest and migrate, they will become young adults at around 90 days old). They will remain young adults until their heads are covered with white feathers. Over a period of 4 to 5 years, these babies will migrate all over the country until they meet their mate, consummate their relationship, find and build a nest, and settle down for the rest of their lives, which could be 25-years…unless something terrible happens.

After these babies fledge the nest, their parents will show up with food checking to make sure they are not going to return hungry. Mom and dad will meet and eat the food that their juvies did not return to eat. The parents will stop returning to the nest and they themselves will migrate and travel. In other words, they are empty-nesters on vacation. They will make love with each other often.

If everything goes the way it did last year when their previous set of babies hatched in this nest and fledged July, 2016, the American Eagle Foundation (AEF) will announce the date that they will turn off the DCEAGLECAM for the Fall. No need in watching an empty nest.

During the empty nest season, the AEF will perform and repairs needed for the DCEAGLECAM and/or upgrade the system to make our watching and learning experience more enjoyable. Each year the technology, training, and videography gets better.

Eagle CAM

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If you haven’t already enrolled with the CHAT Group sponsored by the AEF six days a week, I recommend that you do so immediately. The people that lead the CHATS are the eagle experts. They are there to educate you by answering hundreds of questions. You will receive newsletters and DCEAGLECAM updates. You will be notified when the CAM will be turned on and off for the season. Our support and donations are used wisely. We will enjoy the benefits of the off-season upgrades when mom and dad returns to the nest each mating season.

Last year, I fell in love with this pair of Mated Bald Eagles. They became My Pet Eagles – A Virtual Experience! I purchased a tee-shirt and watched Freedom and Liberty grow from the time they hatched in March/2016 until they fledged and permanently left the nest in July/2016.

This year, I invested my time, money, and resources to share the wonderful experiences with people like you so that you can do the same.

Sometime around mid-January every year, mom and dad will show back up at this nest and when the CAM is turned back on, we can watch mom and dad mate, perform nest repairs, eat together, and start the next parenting season.

We will know when mom is pregnant when she starts sleeping in the nest and making nest pouches to lay eggs, which will be mid-to-late March each year. Each mating season the process will start over until these parents die. It is truly a love story of monogamy and bliss. We humans could learn a lot from these awesome birds.

This is but a small list of what “I” believe we could learn from these birds:

  1. Wait until you are of age to take care of a family before seriously dating.
  2. Work together to locate and invest in property that will be your permanent nesting place.
  3. Get married. Make a commitment. Start having as much sex as you want.
  4. Practice monogamy for life.
  5. Communicate often.
  6. Protect the nest from outside predators.
  7. Have children (procreate) and teach them to live high moral lives.
  8. Show affection around your children and never argue around them.
  9. Share in house duties with dad (the male) being the family’s leader and main provider. If mom (the female) shares in the work, then she must hunt and help feed the family.
  10. A family that eats together; stays together.
  11. Bedtime is at dust each day. No eating after bedtime.
  12. No taking off from work or family duties unless the nest is well stocked with food and the other parent agrees to take care of the babies until the other parent returns.
  13. The family will eat as many times needed to maintain the health of the newly hatched, young wobbly babies, juvies, or fledge ready young adults. No excuses. No assistance from other hardworking eagles that have families of their own. Rain, snow, good weather, parents will get up every day and hunt, feed, clean, take care of children, and love on each other; date night is important.
  14. Make a certain call when in distress.
  15. Enjoy vacation time. Parents will migrate because absence makes the heart grow fonder.
3May17 Official Naming Announcement for DC4 and DC5

30,000 people voted from April 24th to April 28th on four different gender neutral names and on May 3rd, it was announced that Honor and Glory would be the official names of two baby eagles; previously known as DC4 and DC5. (Copyright AEF)

EVENTS LOG ON EAGLE ACTIVITIES

If you want to know how much time and detail the good people at The American Eagle Foundation spends on documenting the activities inside ‘this’ Eagle’s Nest, CLICK HERE. You can review a 24-hour tracking log. It is absolutely amazing the energy put forth by this team I hope next year, they will start tagging these birds with GPS CHIPS. It will be wonderful to follow our birds. NOTE: Birds are not protected by the U.S. Constitution. This is an excellent resource for documenting in detail the major nest activities of each day. A subscription service would pay for a quality GPS system so that we humans can keep track of our favorite birds.

Pictures

Like Mommy LikeBaby (Honor a.k.a. DC4)

This picture is an example of how quickly these baby eagles learn. On Saturday, April 29th, Mom stood in the V-Shaped area where Honor got stuck on April 20th. She stood in this area for a long time; keeping her babies from getting stuck again. However, the very next day, look at what Honor does. On Sunday, April 30th, Honor stands in the same V-Shaped location where it got itself stuck the week before and where it watched its mom facing this wonderful view. (Copyright AEF)

5May Red trash brought into the nest

The red material was entangled with the grass and that is how it got transported in the nest. The seriousness of this education is to show us why it is important to put trash in its proper place. The babies could think that it is a blood vessel from a fish, which they are used to seeing with their food.

TFL brought in a bunch of leaves to cover the V-Shaped area. The red material was entangled with the grass and that is how it got transported in the nest. The seriousness of this education is to show us why it is important to put trash in its proper place. The babies could think that it is a blood vessel from a fish and try to eat it, which they are used to seeing with their food. I do not know what happened to the red foreign object, but it disappeared.

 

TFL perched at dawn when MrP arrives for a night time smouch

This branch is where TFL perches to watch her babies. Mr. P arrives to smouch under the stars. He is a romantic. (Copyright AEF)

Learn More About Eagles

CLICK HERE to visit and study this site to learn additional information about eagles.

Videos

  1. Dad flies from perched area with grace.
  2. We have been named YouTube’s ‘bellmoonnature’
  3. The Popular Trees are in full bloom. Can you imagine the view Mr. P saw, when he saw TFL perched here for the first time? It was love at first sight. YouTube’s ‘birdbrain56’
  4. Mom teaching her babies   YouTube ‘birdbrain56’
  5. Learning how to spread wings  YouTube ‘birdbrain56’
  6. The US Fish and Wildlife agency has information about the numbers of bald eagles. USFWS Eagle Population after they fledge they will remain in the area for 4-12 weeks perfecting flying and learning to hunt for food.
  7. Funny: A bird is learning about the bees
  8. This was so funny. When Mom fed the babies earlier, she left that piece of fish in the nest. Honor and Glory was playing around with the fish. They pecked at the meat. Being full, they laid down and went to sleep. When Mom returned, she could not find the fish. That’s when she looked under the sleeping baby and found the fish. Too funny!
  9. After a night of high winds and rain, the baby’s feeding schedule is a bit late because the two rivers (Anacostia and Potomac) that is the resource of the fresh large fish have rough currents, murky waters, and overflowing banks. I believe it has taken Mr. P so long to hunt for food because he probably had to travel farther to find food. Judging the condition of the carcass of the catfish, it was not fresh. In fact, Mr. P feeds both babies and takes the rest with him. YouTube’s ‘birdbrain56 ’
  10. Feeding May 7th at 6pm. This the second fish within two hours.  YouTube’s ‘birdbrain56’

 

Thank you

….for following my Blogs as I give life to a pair of mated Bald Eagles (Mr. President and The First Lady) by creating a story-line about them living in the most idyllic of nest sites within Washington, DC, high in a Tulip Poplar tree amongst the Azalea Collection at the U.S. National Arboretum. Sponsored and managed by the American Eagle Foundation & USDA who along with several partners that provide the 24-Hour CAM that is installed over the nest, which, provides all the material and support resources needed to make this family of eagles famous!

Mom leaves babies wet but no rain

Honor and Glory love each other ad cuddle often when the two are together However, when a parent is around especially with food, the two are very competitive and will fight each other. Here, they are wet and hungry. (Copyright AEF)

Blog: My Pet Eagles – A Virtual Experience

Blog: Baby Eagles Welcomed By Their Parents – My Pet Eagles

Blog: Eagles Rescued in DC is a Story of Heroism and Love

Blog:  Vote Baby Names for DC Baby Eagles

Blog: Honor and Glory are the names of the two baby eagles!

Personal Notation

I would like to make a note of the voting. I live in a very popular Election District. We consider a vote tally of 30,000 a good season, to elect School Board and County Council officials. An Election Season that covers a 4-6month hotly contested and often controversial highly publicized and made very popular though mass mailings and polling.  During a Primary Election, an Early Election, and a General Election over a 6-months voting season that include mass media attention, expensive mass mailings, word of mouth, social media, support by incumbent political leaders, and information from the state and county board of elections, we are lucky to get 12,000 votes for a candidate. These baby birds received 30,000 votes over four sets of names (same as candidates) over a period of four days; April 24th – April 28th. We only used word of mouth, the Internet, and Social Media. Wow!

HELP SUPPORT THE CAM OPERATIONS OF THE DC ARBORETUM EAGLE’S NEST!

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All pictures and videos are Copyrighted Material of The American Eagle Foundation

Thanks to @dceaglecam, @eaglesdotorg, all of the many sponsors and government agencies, and to all of the volunteers who spend countless hours monitoring the CAM 24-hours a day, conducting the education chat sessions, and for they do to make our experience with these mated Bald Eagles and their precious baby eagles memorable and enjoyable.

 

Vote Baby Names for DC Baby Eagles

Vote Baby Names for DC Baby Eagles

Vote Baby Names

Vote baby names: Click Here to Vote for the Top Four Names – (Copyright AEF)

It is time to vote to name the two DC Eaglets. Click Here to vote for the name you would choose for the DC baby eagles.

Voting started Monday, April 24, 2017 and will end on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 11:59pm.

The official announcement of what names the DC Baby Eagles will have will be made on May 3, 2017 at the National Arboretum in DC.

Please consider supporting the DC Eagle CAM by purchasing this Tee Shirt. CLICK HERE. The 2017 Eaglet’s name will be on the Tee Shirts

 

Vote Baby Names for DC Baby Eagles

There are four different names to chose from. Name these baby eagles. Click Here to Vote Now. (Copyright AEF)

WHAT WOULD YOU NAME US?

Vote Baby Names Now!

 

Apr23rd Eaglets sleep in fetal position

Since DC4 was returned to the nest on April 21st, the two baby eaglets cuddle often. It is clear that DC5 is the dominate eaglet. They sleep in the fetal position. What would you name us?     Vote Now to select our names. (Copyright AEF)

To get familiar with these lovable baby eagles, read my blogs.

  1. Blog: My Pet Eagles – A Virtual Experience
  2. Blog: Baby Eagles Welcomed By Their Parents – My Pet Eagles
  3. Blog: Eagles Rescued in DC is a Story of Heroism and Love
  4. Blog: Honor and Glory are the names of the two baby eagles

Click Here To Watch The Eagle’s Nest LIVE 24-Hour CAM

  1. The DC Eagle CAM – CAMs A&B remain on 24hours a day. At anytime of the day of night, you can watch what is going on in the nest live.
  2. The American Eagle Foundation Facebook Group – Follow the eagle conservation activities of the eagle’s nest in DC and Southwest Florida
  3. The Facebook Group Account for the DC EagleCam Watchers Club – This Facebook Group is dedicated to monitoring and watching the 24-hour activities of the DC Eagles in this  nest.

All pictures and videos are Copyrighted Material of The American Eagle Foundation

Thanks to @dceaglecam, @eaglesdotorg, all of the many sponsors and government agencies, and to all of the volunteers who spend countless hours monitoring the CAM 24-hours a day, conducting the education chat sessions, and for they do to make our experience with these mated Bald Eagles and their precious baby eagles memorable and enjoyable.

Eagles Rescued in DC is a story of heroism and love!

“Eagles rescued in DC is a story of heroism and love; just in time for Earth Day!”

This is a blog story of Eagles Rescued.

DC4 is an Eagle Rescued from having its leg being trapped in twigs. DC5 is an Eagle Rescued from being bullied that came into its own and became a leader.

Thank you for following my blogs. My Pet Eagles made it to the What The ‘F’ Happened blog list in the category of WTFH To Relationships because these two Mated Bald Eagles could be used as the symbol for how a monogamous relationship between a man and a woman should be.

The Mated Bald Eagle was chosen to be the American Bird – the Emblem and Magnificent Symbol Patriotism of the United States.  It was chosen for its since of love and duty, its strength, its intelligence, and its predatory manner of protectionism.

Previous Blogs:

Click Here  To learn why I chose this pair of Mated Bald Eagles

Click Here  To learn about the third mating season these two have had and learn how much they have grown themselves. These two were about 5 years old when they got married (met and mated). The year after they mated they were married for life.

We do not know what nest Mr. P or The First Lady came from when they hatched. We do not know where they were when they met each other and fell in love. But what we do know is that in 2014 this couple purchased a nice piece of real estate in North East Washington, DC inside the beautiful Arboretum.

The view these two have from this nest had to be seen by them while they were dating (‘Perched‘ together in trees). It took this couple a year to build their nest in its current location. The nest is huge and as you will soon see, the nest is large and sturdy enough to hold a 170+ pound human. I also believe that this pair has encountered humans somewhere during their lives.

My Pet Eagles 2017 Mating Season:

Since my last Blog about My Pet Eagles welcoming their two eaglets much has happened.

DC4 hatched March 29th making it 27 days old and DC5 hatched Marched 30th making it 26 days old as of the posting of this Blog (April 24, 2017).

Let’s take a few minutes to get caught up on the growth of the two eaglets:

They Grow Fast

From the time they hatch to the time they leave the nest (Fledge) is about 12 weeks.  These two will Fledge this nest sometime around mid-July.

Hundreds of pictures have been taken and many videos of this Bald Eagle’s Family. For the purpose of showing you how fast DC4 and DC5 have grown, I’ve selected a few pictures to display in this blog.

 

They learn and grow so fast

Not more than a week old, DC4 in back and DC5 in front watches their parents. They learn and grow quickly. (Copyright AEF)

An established relationship of true love:

Leading up the event that caused for the eagles rescued, you need a guide or a story-line to follow. If not, then all you’ll have is a bunch of disconnected videos and Facebook comments. That is why I created this Blog. Please know that this is my narration of the life of this eagle family. Others might disagree with me. I do my best to stay in line with the terminology, the copyright mandates, activities, and chronology of events and activities.

As I have documented in previous blogs, my purpose in blogging is to provide a story-line about the life of this Eagle Couple who in 2014 was named Mr. President (Mr. P) and The First Lady (TFL) and help generate traffic to the DC EAGLE CAM so that you would become as interested as I am about these birds so that you will learn and share what you learned about these birds with those you know who would become as passionate as thousands have become since the AEF set up the DC EAGLE CAM.

Note: I am not a specialist. I am not paid by any group. I am not a member of any special group or support group. No one authorized me to write blogs or provide any form of education. I do my utmost to not contradict what any authorized official documents about these birds and the many web sites about them. My opinion is just that; an opinion.

An example of great parenting:

Since DC4 and DC5 hatched. Both parents shared the responsibility of providing enough food to feed themselves and keep their two hungry and fast growing eaglets well fed.

DC4 was born first and in my opinion, being first hatched makes you closer to your parents. They love you just a little more because they gave you all of the attention. That is what happened to DC4. Because it was first hatched, it received the love and attention of both parents. Therefore, by the time DC5 was born, although not more than a day older, DC4 was smart enough to bonk or poke at DC5 to keep it away from the food and parents.

I noticed that DC4 received the most food for either parent. Only when both parents jointly feed both eaglets or only when DC4 had had it fill of food would DC5 be able to eat a decent amount of food.

When DC4 bonked or poked DC5, DC5 would lower its head or turn its back and stay away from the feeding until it could reach the food or be fed by one of the parents.

In my opinion, DC5 was passive. It would not aggressively go after food during feeding. When it was its turn to eat, DC5 would not open eagerly its mouth wide enough to be fed by the feeding parent. Here’s a picture of Mommy Eagle force feeding DC5 who is laying down during a feeding.

 

Mother eagle gently feeds DC5

Prior to the eagles rescue, dad is seen paying close attention to DC5, the younger and weaker of the two babies. DC5 is not as aggressive as DC4. DC4 bullies DC5 and often gets more food than DC4 during feedings. Here dad makes sure DC4 gets food. (Copyright AEF)

DC5 the weaker of the two baby eagles:

Prior to the eagles rescue, dad is seen paying close attention to DC5, the younger and weaker of the two babies. DC5 is not as aggressive as DC4. DC4 bullies DC5 and often gets more food than DC4 during feedings. Here dad makes sure DC4 gets food. (Copyright AEF)

You can go to YouTube and search DC Eagles or DC Eagle CAM and watch countless AEF Approved videos and you will see for yourself, DC4 was passive and never received an equal share of the food during feeding time. At one point, I really was worried that DC4 would not receive enough nutrients to survive when if the weather turned cold or too hot.

Because eagles get their fluids from the food they eat, fresh fish is their food of chose because fish are full of fluids. I worried that DC4 would poke out the eye of DC5. I noticed that when the Daddy was in the nest DC4 would not bully DC5; however, when mommy eagle was in the nest and when she would turn her back, DC4 would wear out DC5’s head or neck. That is why DC4 is seen laying around a lot. That is to keep DC4 from bullying him.

How I can tell the difference between Mr. P (Daddy Eagle) and The First Lady (TFL):

Watch this video recorded by YouTube’s “birdbrain56”, on April 6th, Mommy and Daddy Eagles spend quality time together in a drenching Spring Rainy day. You can study the video closely to get to know the difference between Mommy and Daddy Eagle.

I have been able to tell the parents apart by the following features: Daddy Eagle is smaller. His beak is yellow-gold. Daddy’s head is bigger than Mommy’s. The skin around his talons are beige in color. His white neckline is ragged and under his neck the white feathers appear to taper off as if they were a collar and inside his breast is a thin line of white feathers looking like a tie. His eyes are sharp and furious looking.

Mommy Eagle is a bit taller and wider than Daddy Eagle. Mommy Eagle eyes are sunken and long-gated with a greyed sleek shadow. Her white neckline is tapered and neat. Her beak is orange with a layered-lump from the bridge of her beak to her nostrils. Mommy Eagle has two black spots in the back of her head. The skin around her talons are rough and deep yellow; she could really use a pedicure.

These two eagles really love each other and they love their baby eagles (eaglets)!

 

10Apr17 Dad feeds mom 720pm

10Apr17: After the babies are fed and put to bed, daddy eagle (right) feeds mommy eagle (right). (Copyright AEF)

April 10th: After the babies are fed and put to bed, daddy eagle feeds mommy eagle. (Copyright AEF)

As of the posting of this Blog, the difference between DC4 and DC5 is simple.

The soft white fuzz on DC4’s little face comes all the way down to the bridge of its beak and all the way around its face. DC4 is a tad-bit taller.

The soft white fuzz on DC5’s little face is further back on its head and further back around the side of its face on both sides.

Behavioral differences between DC4 and DC5.

 

DC4 bullyng DC5

DC4 bullies its younger and weaker sibling DC5. (Copyright AEF)

Before the rescue of DC4 on April 20th, DC4 was more adventurous than DC5. DC4 would walk to the edges all around the nest. DC4 would lay its head around the outer perimeter of the nest. DC4 would walk around the flapping its wings and often times intimidating DC5. Whenever a parent arrived with food, DC4 would be the first up and wobbling over to the feeding parent and would eat until it had to raise its little behind and poop (skeeting thick white waste).

DC5 Sleeps with fish

DC5 is often bullied by its older sibling so much that it dreams one day of catching its own fish. Here, DC5 is sleeping with its fish. (Copyright AEF)

DC5 is often bullied by its older sibling so much that it dreams one day of catching its own fish. Here, DC5 is sleeping with its fish. (Copyright AEF)

DC5 did not stray far away from the center of the nest. DC5 laid around and slept a lot. DC5 would cling under its parents; it tends to hold onto Daddy Eagle more. Whenever it rained both eaglets would tuck their heads under the sitting parent. Whenever both parents were in the nest at the same time, both DC4 and DC5 would humble themselves by bowing their heads in submission and wait for feeding instructions.  I noticed that DC2 and DC3 did the same thing last year. This tells me it’s a natural behavior for this breed. After a good feeding, the eaglets will go to sleep. When they were a few days old, the parents would tuck the babies under its breast and sit on top of them over a nest bowl. Once the eaglets became too large to tuck into a nest bowl, the eaglets would tuck their heads under the wings and in-between the legs of the parents and the parent would pull nest hay over the bodies of the eaglets to keep them warm or protected.

At three weeks, the eaglets have started to display unique personality traits, which makes it easy to name. Err goes the naming period. Also, the eaglets are showing what they are learning. They look out for their parents. They have a unique audibles. They watch their parents fly in and out of the nest. They buck each other for food.

Both parents rotated shifts for feeding and nest keeping duties. They communicate with each other making different audible noises that I dare not try to describe. If you pay as close attention to this family as I do, you will know what the auditables are and mean based on what is going on inside the nest.

Okay, the eaglets are now three weeks old. We’ve learned a lot about them. They are cute, smart, feisty, and are growing like crazy.

This brings me to April 20th, the night that the eagle rescue of DC4 took place.

Caution DC4 is hurt; DC5 is left alone:

Sometime around 4:30pm on April 20, 2017, My Pet Mommy Eagle was performing her normal feeding of her two baby eaglets (DC4 and DC5) when DC4 the older of the two siblings got its fill of food and wondered off as it normally does to the two Large Tree Branches that come together to form a “V” on the outside of the nest. The V-Shaped area the two old branches this tree makes have become an area of poop for the two eaglets.

You can tell by the smears of white poop all over the two branches in the V-Shaped area. On this occasion, DC4 went over to do its business and stepped into a group of loose twigs that the parents laid for keeping their babies from falling out of the nest.

Mommy Eagle had started feeding DC5 and finishing up the fish when DC4 tried to return to the nest bowl and could not because its right foot became stuck in the loose twigs. It could not free itself.

During later afternoon feeding, DC4 gets leg stuck in twigs; Eagles Rescued

Mom was feeding babies when DC4 the aggressive one, ventures into to loose twigs during feeding and gets its right foot stuck. Baby eagle (DC4) is screaming and jerking his foot. Mom comes to eagles rescue but cannot save her baby. A fierce storm is coming. (Copyright AEF)

Mom was feeding babies when DC4 the aggressive one, ventures into to loose twigs during feeding and gets its right foot stuck. Baby eagle (DC4) is screaming and jerking his foot. Mom comes to eagles rescue but cannot save her baby. A fierce storm is coming. (Copyright AEF)

Mom and DC5 continued eating. Mom even tried to give DC4 more food. It was clear to those monitoring the CAM at the AEF that DC4 was in distress and a eagle rescue had to be ordered. This feeding was around 5pm. There is normally another feeding before bedtime around 8:30pm. Mommy Eagle stopped feeding DC5 and tried to free DC4’s leg from the twigs to no avail.

Mommy Eagle calls out to Daddy Eagle. DC4 is jerking its stuck leg so much that it looks as if it could break its leg if it is not freed. Also, DC4 is whaling and crying so much that it is disturbing to look at and hear. It is clear to all watching that if DC4 was left like this overnight night, by morning, it could become dehydrated and eventually succumb to the pain of trying to jerk its leg free. Then there was another problem, there was a looming severe thunderstorm. The clouds and winds were starting to roll in over the nest. It was not looking good for DC4.

A Wild Nest With A Human Touch:

The notation that the AEF makes under the area where DC-CAM-A and DC-CAM-B is located on the DC Eagle CAM Website reads: “This is a wild eagle nest and anything can happen. While we hope that all eaglets hatched in this nest will grow up healthy and successfully fledge each season, things like sibling rivalry, predators, and natural disaster can affect this eagle family and may be difficult to watch.”

Having hundreds of people watching real time as DC4 tries to free itself and listen to the yelps it makes as it cries out and watch Mommy Eagle try to help her baby and hear her audible for help is disturbing. I am certain that the good people at AEF realized that having a few hundred people watching this event real time would result in the situation going viral, they had to make a call for an eagles rescue of DC4.

That leaves us to ask: “What human do you know would climb 100ft up into the top of a Tulip Tree at ten o’clock at night in the middle of a severe thunderstorm where thunder is booming and lightening is flickering all over the top of the trees to get into a Bald Eagles Nest for an eagles rescue of a distressed eaglet whose right leg is trapped in a group of twigs outside the perimeter of the main nest?”

That Human’s name is Matt Morrison. Craig Koppie of the USFWS, Marty Levine and Matt Morrison of Ex-cel Tree Experts were the night-time rescuers.

Each of the following videos show a different angle or version of the eagles that rescue Matt Morrison makes of DC4.

 April 20, 2017 at 4:30pm, DC4 gets right foot caught in loose twigs

On April 20th, around 4:30pm, DC4 ventures into the outer perimeter to poop and is unable to return to the feeding. This video picks up around 6:30pm about two hours after DC4 gets leg caught in loose branches. Mommy Eagle is busy finishing the feeding. Click Here to watch YouTube’s “Lolaboo two2” records this activity.

Click Here to watch YouTube’s “Lil Sunrise” video that picks up around 8:45pm showing DC4 extremely exhausted. You can tell that decision had been made to rescue DC4 because you can hear the humans underneath the tree getting closer to the nest. Watch the Mother Eagle be concern about DC4. She is trying to free her baby but she cannot. She is distracted by the noise the rescuers are making under her nest. At About 9:50pm, they make so much noise she gets scared and flies up into a branch directly over her nest. From there she watches the rescuer pulls her baby (DC4) to safety and takes it away from the nest. In the background, you can hear Mommy call out to Daddy Eagle. You can hear and see how tired DC4 had become from jerking its leg and crying for almost five hours. Closer to the end, pay attention as DC5 raises his head to inspect what is going on as it is left alone after DC4 is rescued and removed from the nest.

It is well after 10pm. The Storm is coming. You can hear thunder and see lightening from a distance. The Rescuer (Matt Morrison) is in the nest. DC4 can tell something is going on. It raises its head during frightening noise made by the sky and the scary noises the humans are making that made its mother fly away. DC4 is rescued. The Rescuer is instructed to push leaves in the V-Shaped area where DC4 got its leg stuck and cover the space pretty good before leaving.  Click Here to watch YouTube’s Kevin Quigley video that records the Rescuer’s back to view.  Click Here to watch YouTube’s “birdbrain56” video that records the eagles rescue activity with the CAM showing the front of the Rescuer with the front view of DC4’s rescue.  I watched this video several times. Amongst the many things I learned about this process, the main take away for me was the fact that this pair of eagles engineered their nest to hold a 170+ pound human.

 

Eagles Rescue Goes Viral!

Click Here to watch YouTube’s ‘deeagle55’ video that proves how an event like an eagles rescue can go viral. Deeagle55 shows the eagles rescue live on their Facebook account. Deeagle55 records it and uploads it into their YouTube account for all to see. Awesome!

After the eagles rescue, DC5 is left alone.

After the eagle rescue, DC5 is left alone in the rain all night after its sibling DC4 was taken to the Maryland Zoo to be examined and treated. Look at how swollen the right foot is; DC4 does not appear to be afraid in this environment.

A parent eagle is seen perched in nearby branches over the nest:

Dad hovers over nest while human rescues his baby

Distracted by a human rescuer, Mom hovers in tree branch above nest and watches his baby (DC4) be put into a bag and taken away leaving DC5 alone in the nest.

The parent did not cover the little one who could be seen alone and afraid.

DC5 seeks cool spot in nest

DC5 is gasping for air trying to find a cool spot in the nest. With the exception of short feedings, DC5 has been left alone in the nest since his older sibling DC4 was taken away the night before. In a video or watching the live CAM, DC5 is seen walking around looking for his sibling and crying for his parents. (Copyright AEF)

DC5 rises to the challenge:

In this video, YouTube’s “birdbrain55”  After the eagles rescue of its older sibling (DC4), DC5 is left alone in the nest.  DC5 is seen walking around inside the nest looking for its sibling and crying out. It is a sad but awesome scene to watch because the little bird seems almost human-like; especially when is lays down in the rain and goes to sleep. “Birdbrain56” uses the infrared camera at 10:20pm to find one of the parents in a tree close by its nest.

Normally, when a human ‘invades’ a wild nest, the parent or parents of the animal or bird involved does not return to the nest. In some cases, the baby animal or bird is left to fend for itself leaving survival chances almost nil. All night long in the cold rain storm, DC5 was alone hungry and cold. AEF, turned off the CAMs for two hours after the rescue was made. No one could tell what was going on with DC5. We took to Twitter and Facebook to talk and console each other. Right at 12 o’clock midnight, CAM-A was back on. Those of us that are connected to these birds, fell asleep watching over poor little DC5 as it walked around its nest crying out and as it slept from being tired. Each time I awoke for a bio-break, I checked on DC5. The eaglet was either walking around the nest like a King or asleep like a King. It appeared to get stronger and unafraid as each hour passed.

On April 21st, I woke up around 6am the morning after the eagle rescue of DC4. The first thing I did was checked on DC5. I was glad to see that it was still alive in the nest. I remembered, nothing was going to happen to DC5 because it parents were perched over the nest all night. Around 6:30am Mommy Eagle flew into the nest with a fresh fish just for DC5. I am certain that thousands of people like me were happy to see that DC5 was not rejected by its parents and that clearly they had not abandoned their nest.

After being left alone all night in the rain, Mom returns to check on DC5 and feeds him. She probably was perched on a branch nearby. YouTube’s “birdbrain56” captures this early morning feeding.  Remember, the last time this eaglet was fed was when Mommy Eagle fed both eaglets around 5pm the night before. Usually, the eaglets would have received one more meal between 5pm and 8pm. DC5 did not receive the late-night meal.

When you watch Mommy Eagle feed DC5 at 6:30am, you will notice how hungry it was.     DC5 has never had this much feeding time. Towards the end of this feeding, pay close attention to how the Mommy Eagle inspects area where DC4 got its leg stuck. It is as if she is taking inventory of what is needed to close that area off to prevent her babies from getting stuck in that area again.

On the morning of April 21st, YouTube’s “Lil Sunrise” records  Mr. P feeding DC5 around 8:30am. This is the second time DC5 is seen enjoying an entire fish with its parent and not having to wait until it older sibling eats its fill first or be poked in the head and face over first rights to feeding. Today, DC5 eats all it wants with its Parent. Today, DC5 assumes the role of the first born. And Today, DC5 is the aggressor. Today, DC5 is in charge.

Eagles Rescued: DC4 is Returned to its nest in the middle of a rain storm.

My Heroes:

DC4 protects his nest

Posted on the Facebook Account of the American Eagle Foundation, the rescuer is seen talking with DC5 who us screaming at him and protecting his nest. At 5:07pm before another afternoon thunderstorm. By 2am the next day, more than 26,243 people had viewed the video. (Copyright AEF)

On April 21st, around 5pm, the American Eagle Foundation (AEF) records the heroic return of DC4 to the nest by the same guy that rescued it a day before. The recording of the return of DC4 is uploaded on the AEF’s Facebook Group Page. Pay close attention to DC5 who up to this point has been alone and who have been feed and protected by both its parents. As for as it knows, its older sibling is dead and never coming back. This means that he is the protector of the nest. You can see in the picture above how DC5 stands up to the 170 pound human. Watch the video to see how DC5 reacts when the rescuers climbs back into the next a day later. DC5 is in charge now.

On April 21st around 5pm, YouTube’s “Lolaboo two2”  recorded the return of DC4 to its nest to be with its sibling DC5 and its parents. This view shows the back of the eagle rescuer to the CAM. In a vicious rain storm, Matt Morrison of Ex-cel Tree Experts performs this heroic act. I believe he is the only human that would have attempted to climb that tall tree to return eagle rescued back to its nest. He is a here.

On April 21st YouTube’s “Deeagles55” the best showing of the eagles rescuer’s tree climbing skills as he returns DC4 to its nest. At the end of this video is one of those ‘wait-for-it’ moments, which leaves you wondering did DC4 do that on purpose.

On April 21st at 7:30pm, YouTube’s “birdbrain56” records DC4 and DC5 sleeping together. Dad accepts the return of DC4. He flies in with a fresh fish and for the first time since the eagle rescue and return of DC4. For the first time since the eagle rescue happened almost two days ago, the two babies are together again. Daddy Eagle prepares the fish for feeding. Notice the aggression displayed by DC5. Its DC5 that pokes DC4 I the head and its DC5 that is feed first. It is DC5 that eats its full while DC4 is in submission waiting its turn to be fed. Mommy Eagle flies in later. Dad flies away and mom finishes feeding DC4. Note: It is after 10pm. These birds do not eat after dark. Surely this is a special occasion. After the fish is consumed, Mommy Eagle flies away. The two birds are left alone. DC5 pokes DC4 into submission and stands over it with its chest pushed out. My how the tables have turned.

In Conclusion:

This event has been truly awesome and awe inspiring to witness. The little eaglet DC5 standing up to a 170lb human to protect its nest. When just a few days ago it was bullied by the sibling that had to be rescued. Fascinating to watch this rescue angel climb over 100ft into an Eagle’s Nest in a severe thunderstorm at 5pm. Incredible to watch the injured sibling be happy to return to its nest. And later on, great to watch the DC5 go to DC4 and cuddle in the fetal position to keep each other warm. Wonderful to watch both parents return to the nest to love and feed their babies. I watched as dad tried to place branches and twigs back to protect the wall of the nest. However, I pray that the area where the rescue agent climbed down does not become a dangerous cliff for the babies. I believe mom and dad will start building up that side of the nest soon.

Great job everyone and my prayers of gratitude goes out to the rescue agent. I can imagine how excited the little children in his family are to know the kind of hero he was on Earth Day Weekend!

A Symbol of love for family:

Mr. P and TFL Celebrates Earth Day by throwing a welcoming party for DC4

April 22nd – Earth Day – This Eagle Family is back to normal with one exception; DC5 is now the aggressor of the two siblings.

On the first full day of the return of DC4, both parents takes precautions to make sure neither eaglet gets trapped in the V-Shaped area of the nest again.

22Apr Mom Blocks area where DC4 got leg trapped

After a good feeding, mommy eagle stands in front of the area where DC4 got its leg stuck. She blocks the area to keep the eaglets from entering that area. (Copyright AEF)

22Apr Dad shows up with limbs to cover area where DC4 got leg trapped

22Apr Its Pouring down rain. DC4 is back in the nest. The family is full. Feedings are back to normal. Dad shows up with a limb (materials he needs) to cover the area where DC4 got stuck the day before. DC5 looks as if he’s telling DC4 to stay out of that area. Watch the video to see how daddy makes the repairs. (recorded by Helen Connors Bates; Copyright AEF)

On April 22, the day after DC4 was returned to the nest, Mr. P (the daddy eagle), makes sure that neither of his babies would get hurt again, so he works to cover and fix the area where DC4 got its leg stuck. He makes certain that the area is closed off. Helen Connors Bates a member of the Facebook DC EaglesWatchers Club Group records what daddy eagle is seen doing to protect his babies.  Without hesitation, he starts working to fix the area that almost killed his baby. I know many humans that would put off what needed to be done immediately to protect his family claiming that they are too tired. This father is truly a provider and a protector.

In few days, both parents will start the reinforcement work around the nest because his eaglets will become more playful, adventurous, and yes, more competitive during feedings. The sides of the nest will be put to test when the babies start hopping around and flapping their wings. I hope they start the work soon because there is a big cliff on the opposite side of the area where DC4 got trapped that the eaglets could fall over. This might require human intervention. These babies are going to eat more and get bigger real quick because they will be leaving the nest soon. That area needs serious repairs.

YouTube’s “Lil Sunrise” records First Lady bringing a huge fish to the nest for Earth Day Celebration. She feeds both eaglets. DC4 is usually hungry.   DC4 picks up a old dried and harden fish bone and starts to peck at it for food. Mommy Eagles knows that if the bone gets enlarged in the baby’s throat it could die, so she takes it away from DC4 and places it on the other side of the nest to be discarded. Later, Daddy Eagle flies in with another large fresh fish. Mommy eagle is perched just above the nest steps down to start feeding DC4 and DC5. Mommy had to have asked Daddy Eagle to take the old hard fish bone away because Daddy Eagle immediately picks up the dried fish bone and flies away removing it from the nest. This answers the question about what happens to dried animal parts that are not eaten; they are removed for safety of the eaglets.

22Apr Pouring rain babies sleeping beak to beak

22Apr Mommy and Daddy are glad that their nest is whole again; DC4 is back home. It is pouring down rain. After a good feeding, Mommy tucks her babies as they sleep beak to beak. (Copyright AEF)

A Story of True Love.

The American Eagle Foundation Captures the three day ordeal in one video; published on April 22, 2017  The American Eagle Foundation, in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, arranged for the eaglet to be rescued. Initial examination of the eaglet on the ground by a USFWS eagle expert found that the leg did not appear to be seriously injured. The eaglet was taken to a veterinarian at a zoo in Maryland where a physical check-up a radiograph of the leg confirmed that the eaglet is in acceptable condition with the exception of an abrasion and swelling on the leg. DC 4 was returned to the nest around 5pm on April 21.  When the eagles rescue is complete, DC4 is returned to the nest and the Eagle Rescuer is a few steps down the ladder, DC4 turns up its behind and shoots poop that went right down the ladder. I hope none of the poop landed on the Eagle Rescuer. That would not be an appropriate thank you.

Check out the American Eagle Facebook Account that documents the eagle rescue and return of DC4. Here you can join in on the discussion and education of the activities and issues related to this emergency event. You may want to join this Facebook Group.

Recommended Sites To Visit Often

The DC Eagle CAM – CAMs A&B remain on 24hours a day. At anytime of the day of night, you can watch what is going on in the nest live.

The American Eagle Foundation Facebook Group – Follow the eagle conservation activities of the eagle’s nest in DC and Southwest Florida

The Facebook Group Account for the DC EagleCam Watchers Club – This Facebook Group is dedicated to monitoring and watching the 24-hour activities of the DC Eagles in this  nest.

To get familiar with these lovable baby eagles, read and subscribe to my blogs.

  1. Blog: My Pet Eagles – A Virtual Experience
  2. Blog: Baby Eagles Welcomed By Their Parents – My Pet Eagles
  3. Blog: Eagles Rescued in DC is a Story of Heroism and Love
  4. Blog: Honor and Glory are the names of the two baby eagles

Thank You:

A special thank you goes to:

Little Eaglet DC5 Is My Hero:

My Hero DC5

DC5 is my little eagle hero. Hatched March30th one day after its sibling, DC5 was often bullied by DC4. On April 20th when the AEF commissioned the eagles rescue of DC4, DC5 was left alone hungry and in the cold rain. DC5 was not abandoned by its parents. DC5 walked the nest w/o its sibling for more than 24hrs. When DC4 was returned to the nest, it was DC5 that stood up to the human – unafraid. It was DC5 that became the aggressor over DC4. DC5 became my hero.

Naming Contest Update:

A Naming Contest was sponsored by the American Eagle Foundation (AEF), which ended April 17th. The AEF formed a panel of judges that reviewed all names that were submitted and have agreed to the Top Four Unisex Names for DC4 and DC5.  Click Here to read my Blog to Vote for one of the Top Four Unisex Names that you think best fit DC4 and DC5 -2017.  After the names are selected, we will no longer refer to them as DC4 and DC5.

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Baby Eagles welcomed by their parents; My Pet Eagles!

Baby Eagles welcomed by their parents; My Pet Eagles!

CLICK HERE to read my blog about how I fell in love with “My Pet Eagles and their baby eagles!”      I am not the specialist. I am using my blogs to bring more attention to these magnificent birds by sharing my affection them with you.  I cannot provide daily updates. My goal is for you to start following these birds yourself.

Blog: My Pet Eagles – A Virtual Experience

Blog: Baby Eagles Welcomed By Their Parents – My Pet Eagles

Blog: Eagles Rescued in DC is a Story of Heroism and Love

Blog:  Vote Baby Names for DC Baby Eagles

Blog: Honor and Glory are the names of the two baby eagles!

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Below is the story of Mr. President (Dad/Mr. P) and The First Lady’s (Mom/TFL) baby eagles; hatched during their 2017 mating season. (NOTE: All pictures and video content is copyrighted material belonging to the American Eagle Foundation (AEF). 

5Apr night time the pair checks in with each other.

Today was April 5th. Both babies are almost a week old. They are getting used to a routine. They know mom from dad. They know each other well enough to compete for food. This picture was snapped by AEF at night. Here you can tell the difference between each parent. Daddy is in the background with the broad face and jagged neckline; when the two stand together, daddy is a tad bit smaller than mom. Mom is in the front. Her neckline is tailored and she has an overlay that gives her that vicious look. No wander he chose to mate with her. She is beautiful.

Tuesday night, March 28, 2017, baby eagle a.k.a. DC4 begin to PIP its egg shell. The rest of the night, it pipped, pipped, and pipped until it cracked through and hatched. This baby eagle kept its mother up all night checking to make sure it made a safe arrival during the 12-hour hatching period.

baby eagle cracks its egg.

DC4 baby eagle cracks through its egg shell.

DC4 Baby eagle is ready

 

DC4 baby eagle Hatches at 7:21AM Mar29

Baby Eagle (DC4) picks through its egg all night; hatches through at 7:21am 29Mar17

baby eagle hatches face not fully formed

Hello DC4. We welcome our newest baby eagle. Fresh out of its egg. Face had not formed.

At 7:21am, Wednesday, March 29th, baby eagle (DC4) completely hatched. It looked like a grey cotton ball with a tiny prick of a beak with no mouth or eyes. We could hear chirping but we could not see its mouth until around 9am when baby eagle had a tiny face seen here laying in the sun on its unhatched sibling’s egg.  

Baby eagle DC4 rests on unhatched egg of sibling

Hours after it hatched, baby eagle (DC4) rests on the unhatched egg of its sibling.

MrP brings food for TFL to start feeding baby eagle

Mr. P will keep food in this nest until the baby eagles leave the nest.

DC4 ready to eat at 6-hours old

DC4’s face is fully formed, baby eagle is ready to eat at 6-hours old.

resting with baby eagles

Finally able to get a good nights sleep after the arrival of baby eagle (DC4). Incubating unhatched egg DC5. 30March at 1:30am

Last month (February/2017), I posted a Blog Post entitled: “My Pet Eagles – A Virtual Experience!”. The blog details how I fell in love with this pair of mated Bald Eagles that in 2014, nestled in a beautiful landscape inside of a pristine park located in the Northeastern section of Washington, DC; known as The Arboretum.

Click Here – To read my blog about my virtual experience with my pet eagles; Mr. President (Mr. P – the daddy eagle) and The First Lady (TFL – the mother eagle).

As promised, I would post my next blog when the eggs of their 2017 mating season hatched. Well, it took 36 days for the first egg (DC4) that was laid on February 19th to hatch. The second eaglet will be called DC5 was laid on February 23rd; hatched March 30th.

If you are interested in learning more about the processes for how these two eagles incubated and cared for their two eggs, Click Here.

The purpose of this blog is to highlight the major events associated with My Pet Eagles and their baby eagles laid and hatched during the 2017 Mating Season.

  1. Did you know that this pair got married and nestled in the DC Arboretum in 2014; they were named Mr. President and The First Lady. In 2015 this pair had their first baby eagle (DC1), and in 2016, when I met the couple, they had two baby eagles, DC2 and DC3 – that were later named Freedom and Liberty.
  2. Did you know that Bald Eagles lived upwards of 25 years?
  3. Did you know that Bald Eagles mate for life?
  4. Did you know that the married couple will mate during the same time every year?
  5. Did you know that the mother and father eagles will work together to feed, incubate, nurture, discipline, and keep the nest?
  6. Did you know that an adult Bald Eagle have 7000+ waterproof feathers? They use the chest part of their bodies to incubate eggs and keep their babies warm; those 7000 feathers come in handy to protect their bodies in inclement weather. when they spread their wings, these feathers cover the nesting bowl.
  7. Did you know that the mated pair of Bald Eagles are affectionate and have sex often?
  8. Watch this video by YouTube’s CherylNV. Videoed in January, 2017 after the nest for this year’s mating season was secured and readied for nesting, this video shows how the pair prepared the nest for this year’s mating season – even testing it for heavy landing.
  9. Did you know that with the exception of feathers, nothing is lost. The entire animal or fish is eaten.

It is also my goal to drive traffic to My Pet Eagle’s web site. I will update this blog with pictures and videos that show how these two cute baby eagles grow up in the nest together.

Below are YouTube videos of the hatching of the first baby eagle a.k.a. DC4. Each video shows a different angle of the hatching so that you can see what the baby eagle and mother eagle is doing during the hatch period (March 28 & 29, 2017).

  1. @EAGLESDOTORG welcomes DC4
  2. YouTube’s “birdbrain56” welcomes baby eagle DC4 hatch from a different angle
  3. YouTube’s “bellamoonnature” welcomes DC4 different angle. This video shows Mr. P bringing TFL a huge catfish and watches over her nesting.

March 30th 31st – both baby eagles have hatched and nurturing has begun.

VIDEOS TO WATCH:

  1. Baby Eagles, YouTube’s “American Eagle Foundation” DC5 PIP and started cracking through its shell 30Mar at 6:55am
  2. Baby Eagles talks to each other; one through the egg as it hatches. Dad feeds and incubates both babies. (YouTube’s “birdbrain56”)
  3. First 24-hours mom and dad feed each other and feeds DC4 while DC5 s hatching. (YouTube’s “birdbrain56”)
  4. Feeding in the rain on March 31st. DC4 is four days old and DC5 is two days old. In this video, Mom feeds the babies and daddy brings home a duck that he killed and plucked in the field before bring it to the nest. Very thoughtful of him; especially since TFL has been complaining about the messy nest and all of the flies buzzing around the food. (Video produced by YouTube’s “Birdbrain56”)
  5. The competitive games have begun. DC4 is older than DC5; therefore it can poke its younger sibling over food. But don’t count the puny little DC5 out. He know how to pay its sibling back for the miss-treatment. Remember these birds are a part of nature. As stated on their web site, anything could happen. They are young now. so this little spat is just cute. In a month, mom and dad will be disciplining the siblings because the spats over food will be more hostile. YouTube’s CherylNV did a marvelous job producing this video and picturing this spat between these newly hatched baby eagle siblings.
  6. On April 4th, Dad brings home a huge fish. The nest is already full of fish. Mom is already frustrated with the amount of flies that is buzzing and bugging her and her babies and here comes dad with another monstrous size fish. She doesn’t realize it, but he is trying to impress her. She fussing at him. She looks around at all those fish parts scattered all over her nest and those dam flies. She shows him the nest that needs to be cleaned and all of a sudden, she just flies away. Watch dad stand around as if he trying to figure out what to do. She really needs a break. Watch the video… their story is so human-like. Great job YouTube’s “Birdbrain56” I am too excited to bring the story line of this family together so that you newcomers can do what we all have done; fall in love with America’s mated Bald Eagles!
  7. Well its April 5th; the day after the big fight. And just like true married couples that argue, they cannot stay mad at each other for long. In this video, the nest is cleaned and organized. YouTube’s “Bellamoonnature” captures this couple in love and working together to feed their babies and setting an example of love. The babies are learning how to respect their parents and are not acting out over food. Awesome!
Mom and daddy eagle discuss shifts

Now that parents are certain that by this time tomorrow, mom and daddy eagle discuss care taking, hunting, and feeding shifts.

DC4 listens to parents; DC5 hatches

Baby Eagles listens and learns their parents leadership.

Mom feeds baby eagle

TFL feeds DC4 while DC5 is hatching. Baby eagles are doing fine.

Dad feeds baby eagle DC4

Parent shows care to newly hatched baby eagle

As vicious as this predator hunter is, look at how gently he holds his tiny young baby eagle that is barely 24-hours old. The love these parents show each other is an example for all humans. The sensitive nature by which they are able to raise their babies should be the blueprint for every parent. In 2016, I was awe struck at how these parents provided for and disciplined their two baby eagles DC2 Liberty and DC3 Freedom. I know what to expect this year with this family. I understand why the Bald Eagle is America’s Iconic bird. – AMAZING!

Watch the video produced by YouTube’s “Birdbrain56” that captures the rainy day feeding activities.

Birdseys view from the nest

This is the awesome view this mated Bald Eagle pair and their baby eagles have of their surroundings in the Arboretum.

31Mar Dad eagle sleeps in the rain

Protecting his babies, daddy eagle is sleeping in one of his many sleeping positions during a rainy spring night. (Copyright AEF)

From this point onward, both parents will rotate incubating their baby eagles, they will both hunt and make sure food is available for round the clock feedings until both baby eagles permanently leave this nest, which will be sometime this July.

Both parents will eat solid meat from the food they provide for the nest. The soft or more fluid innards of the animal or fish caught for food is fed to the baby eagles until they are able to eat solids just like their parents. These birds get their water from the moisture in the food they eat.

The parents will protect their baby eagles every day and night from weather, insects, other predators, and each other. These birds are hunters, they are vicious, they are predators, their parents will discipline and keep them from being competitive against each other for attention and food.

These parents will administer a healthy dose of discipline when their baby eagles make any attempt to overthrow their authority.

I will not be able to post a blog every day. I invite you to engage in and participate in watching this pair raise their two babies. Click Here and Bookmark the website for the DCEAGLECAM The CAM is on 24-hours a day. At night, it uses infrared to help us see clearly; however, there is no light to disturb the family. We hear the environmental noises around the nest and we hear the sounds these eagles make. We learn how they call each other. How they discipline their baby eagles becomes moments that you want to share with people you know.

I recommend you share this information with people that you know that have children, with teachers that teach animal behaviors, and to the sick and shut in that need something positive to look forward to in their lives.

Because there is too much day to day activity to monitor, I am not able to post daily blogs. My goal is to share information about the virtual experience I have with My Pets.

Going forward, I will provide updates for major events or activities involving this family.

Please sign up for educational chats. Please donate and support the American Eagle Foundation. These Eagles start their day at day break and they go until they bed down for the night; generally around 10:30pm EST.

Special Note: The baby eagles are known as DC4 and DC5 because of the numerical order in which they were born. Last year 2016 was the first year that the American Eagle Foundation used an Eaglet Naming Contest that resulted in naming DC2 and DC3 Liberty and Freedom. This year a naming contest has already started. NOTE: Thank all that participated the Naming Contest for this pair of eaglets. The first round of naming DC4 & DC5 has now ended. The top five name pairs will be released for a final vote to the public on April 24. I will post an update then.

To get familiar with these lovable baby eagles, read my blogs.

  1. Blog: My Pet Eagles – A Virtual Experience
  2. Blog: Baby Eagles Welcomed By Their Parents – My Pet Eagles
  3. Blog: Eagles Rescued in DC is a Story of Heroism and Love
  4. Blog: Honor and Glory are the names of the two baby eagles

 

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Thanks to @dceaglecam, @eaglesdotorg, all of the many sponsors and government agencies, and to all of the volunteers who spend countless hours monitoring the CAM 24-hours a day, conducting the education chat sessions, and for they do to make our experience with these mated Bald Eagles and their precious baby eagles memorable and enjoyable.

My Pet Eagles – A Virtural Experience!

My Pet Eagles

Note: If you’ve been here before:

Click Here because the two eggs have hatched. The baby eagles have arrived!

Click Here Baby eagle DC4 is rescued and returned to the nest!

Click Here Baby Eagles (DC4 and DC5) Naming Contest TBD May 3rd)

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Mommie Eagle - The First Lady
My Pet Eagles (Copyright AEF)

Here Ye! Here Ye! My Pet Eagles laid their first egg of the 2017 Mating Season!

DC’s Mother Eagle laid an egg (DC4) on February 19, 2017, at 6:24pm EST. It was exciting to watch her in labor and lay the first egg of this mating season.

These magnificent birds became My Pet Eagles last year when I heard on the news that the American Eagle Foundation (AEF-DC) announced the hatching of last year’s eaglets DC2 (egg #1) and DC3 (egg#2) of the 2016 Mating Season.

BACKGROUND

In 2014, this Eagle couple selected their nesting home in DC’S National Arboretum located on New York Ave, NE, 100ft high inside of a Tulip Poplar Tree. Eagles mate for life. My Pet Eagles were named, Mr. President (Mr. P) and The First Lady (TFL).

In 2015, Mr. P. and TFL, laid, hatched, and raised their first Eagle (DC1). With the help of the US Department of Agriculture and other government and corporate sponsors, TEAM AEF-DC was organized to create and manage an interactive website complete with two cameras that provided 24-hour CAM service that allows people like you and me from all over the world, to use this amazing technology to watch and learn about the American Bald Eagle.

In 2016, they became My Pet Eagles when they laid, hatched, and raised two eagles (DC2 and DC3) that later were named Liberty and Freedom.

This couple are perfect examples of what and how a monogamous relationship should be and a prime example of how a committed relationship can exist.  They mate often. They love each other. They share duties in managing and keeping the nest. They hunt together and eat together. They take turns rearing their young; while one parent sits in the nest,  the other one is out hunting and bringing food to the nest.

Once mated, they lay eggs around the same time each year. My Pet Eagles lay their eggs mid-February. The hatching begins mid-March. Once hatched, these two magnificent birds will instinctively take on the awesome tasks of feeding, discipline, teaching, and preparing their babies to leave the nest and start a life of their own.

The American Eagle Foundation team performs educational services for people like me to learn all about the Eagles and their behaviors. The AEF NEST CAMS are strategically in place around the nest complete with sound activated with infrared night vision for our viewing pleasure 24-hours; 7 days a week.

The parenting activities started tonight (2/19/2017) and will end sometime around mid-July when the baby (eaglets) take flight to leave the nesting place they knew as home where Mommie and Daddy provided three meals a day, warmth, safety, and the training they needed to live a self-sustaining life.

I am not an educator. I am not a professional at “Eagleology”!  I am a citizen caught up in the excitement surrounding these awesome creatures and I want share them with you in hopes that not only will you learn, but that you will share with your friends and family. I consider these two wonderful birds as My Pet Eagles. The work done by the AEF-DC TEAM makes my virtual experience easy and exciting.

The first egg of the 2017 mating season was laid Sunday, February 19, 2017, the eve of President’s Day, at 6:24pm, EST, caught live on camera. Monday, February 20, 2017, (President’s Day) Daddy Eagle will start his duties of providing food and protection for his wife and their new family.

Below are some fun educational links:

Mating caught on CAM, January 13, 2017 – Afternoon Delight Very Educational

Protecting Home – Mr.P selected and built his nest in 2014.  He and The First Lady have laid four eggs, so far, they have hatched three eggs, and have raised three eaglets. They have been preparing the nest for the next set of eaglets. Imagine you and your spouse are away from home for a few hours and the husband returns home only to find out that an intruder had entered your home, ate your food, and started rearranging the furniture. That is what happened when a sub-adult Eagle squatted in their nest. This video is 13-minutes long. When the intruder fails to heed Mr. P’s alerting sqauks to leave his nest, at about 9-minutes into this video, Mr. P flys into the nest to stare down the intruder. At the point that the intruder realizes that it is in the wrong place and decides to leave, Mr.P did a 360 drive-by and knocked the intruder out of the nest. At 11-minutes into the video, watch as the AEF-DC video master, replays Mr P’s swift attack in Super Slow Motion. That bird will not intrude that nest ever again! Mr. P is truly a protector. Thanks “birdbrain56” of AEF-DC YouTube.

Lessons Learned –  Mr. P shows how much he’s learned about protecting his home, food, and family. I love this video. The couple is expecting. During the day, The First Lady spends time flying and perching in different trees. She watches her husband (Mr. P) as he hunts, bring large tree limbs into the nest to create a taller wall around the nest and to strengthen the border. The First Lady must eat more because she is expecting. This means that Mr. P is pulling double duty. He working on the nest, hunting for two plus providing prenatal care needs, and protecting his wife and his nest. (emphasis on story to give you an idea from my perspective of watching these two magnificent birds so closely over 24 months. Their behaviors and activities are instinctive and are worth monitoring and studying.)   Watch this video closely.  Mr. P brings enough fish for him and The First Lady to eat together. Once they enjoy the high protein meal, Mr. P starts to clean up the nest and rearrange the borders of the nest. The First Lady flies away for an appointment  (emphasis on story about this couple to make watching these birds more interesting and fun). Thinking that The First Lady ought to have returned from her appointments, Mr. P returns to this nest with a freshly caught fowl. This fowl provides the nutritional supplements she needs to raise the iron, fat, and sodium she needs as an expectant mother that is close to delivery. But she’s not there. He looks for her. He is in the kitchen. He starts to prepare the meal by plucking the feathers. Rich blood from the fowl is everywhere. He decides to taste the dinner that he prepared for his wife. (THIS IS WHERE MR.P SHOWS US THE LESSON HE LEARNED FROM THE INTRUDER.) Once Mr. P realizes that The First Lady is not coming back anytime soon, he decides to go looking for her because he brought home and prepared a special meal for her and his unborn child. Watch what he does with the fowl. Instead of leaving it there like he did when he left the fish for her a few days ago that the intruder found and ate, this time he takes the specially prepared meal with him! The video is fast forwarded to show Mr. P and First Lady returning to the nest together. Amazingly, Mr. P still has the fowl that he prepared for her earlier with him as they land on the nest. He proudly presents the special meal to his wife. He flies away once he sees that she is safe and is eating.  She starts eating and enjoying this tasty meal that her husband hunted, prepared, and protected just for her.  This video is so important – because it shows how these two prove that the love, the marriage, and the commitment to parenting is real between them! Simply Awesome! What a lesson learned!

Valentine’s Day – Loving, Strengthening the nest, Quality Time together

Daddy Eagle – Mr. President brings a huge tree limb to create a strong border around the nest. Watch his arrival and watch how he mounts that big branch. Watch how proud he is of how he mounted the huge branch showing off his skills to The First Lady. Wait for it, watch what happens to the branch, pay real close attention to Mr. P’s reactions. Watch First Lady look away as if she didn’t see a thing. You are going to laugh until you cry. Very Funny.

Couple shares a big fish.

How to tell the difference between Mr. P and The First Lady.Nesting, eating, loving playing, working, and mating.

The First Lady lays the first egg of the 2017 mating season, February 19, 2017, at 6:24pm. Watch this closely. The First Lady goes into labor, Mr. P comes to her aid. He tucks her in, pats down the nest, and makes sure she’s ok. He flies to the overhead branch to protect her during her labor pains, which makes her vulnerable. Listen to her gasp and groan. Watch the feathers expand on her back during the labor of laying the egg. This eaglet will be called DC4 when hatched because this is the 4th egg this couple has laid. What an awesome experience.

To learn more about this couple, go to http://dceaglecam.org . There are two CAMs that you can switch between. Not only can you hear all of the natural sounds of the nest, you can hear street noises, sirens of first responders, and low hovering air traffic.

Please sign up for CHAT classes. Like their Facebook Page. Follow them on Twitter @dceaglecam Search YouTube for “DC Eagle CAM”

Please share with young children, the sick and shut-in, teachers, and people battling depression or with someone who need something positive to cling to. Do what I  did when I  got sick and need something external to uplift me…make these intelligent grand birds My Pet Eagles

It will take 30-days for the egg(s) to hatch. Once they do, the activity in that nest will be so educational and so fun that I promise you; you will want others to know and learn what you are experiencing.

Get connected. This couple could have more than one egg. Be on the lookout for DC5 or maybe, DC6. REMEMBER THIS IS A WILD NEST. Anything could happen.

My purpose is to share with you so that you will share with others.

Content, pictures, and videos copyright of American Eagle Foundation. Thanks “birdbrain56” of YouTube for the great work you do with the AEF-DC videos. I am working to bring about awareness about the Eagles and to drive traffic to the social media and web sites to support the American Eagle Foundation.

UPDATE: SECOND EGG HAS BEEN LAID.

Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 4:19pm, The First Lady went into labor, and at 4:24pm, she laid egg #2. Welcome DC5! As of the writing of this update, Mr. P had not seen his second egg. He will when he brings breakfast. After breakfast, Mr. P will give The First Lady a break and let her fly around as to get exercise.  They will work together to hatch their eggs. DC4 will hatch first then days later DC5 will hatch. It is amazing to watch this husband and wife team work together so instinctively to:

  1. Protect and maintain their nesting home,
  2. Take care of their eggs,
  3. Provide for their hatched eaglets,
  4. Raise their hatched eaglets (the discipline is perfect family teaching),
  5. Feed, love, and respect each other, and
  6. Mate for life by repeating all the activities of the mating seasons until they die!

If only we humans understood the kind of love and respect that naturally keep the “until death do us part” commitment seriously. 

I already had respect for why America selected the Bald Eagle as its PATRIOTIC Bird; however being exposed to the awesome knowledge and teachings of the AEF-DC Team and watching these birds real time, interact, and survive in the wild takes monogamy to a level times ten. I love My Pet Eagles

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My Pet Eagles: Mr. President brings The First Lady a mhttpid-day snack, which she takes a break from incubating her two eggs to eat quickly. 2Mar2017 (Copyright The American Eagle Foundation)

My Pet Eagles: Mr. P (Daddy Eagle sits above his wife (Mother Eagle) The First Lady, while she incubated their two eggs. (Copyright The American Eagle Foundation)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you want to know how My Pet Eagles faired during Winter Storm #Stella?

Watch video recorded at 3:30am.   Watch the video on how they wake up after the storm around 7:30am.

TFL (Mother Eagle) Uses All Of Her 7000 Feathers To Protect Her Eggs During Winter Storm #Stella 13Mar17 (Copyright The American Eagle Foundation)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love birds snuggling to keep warm during the freezing rain of Winter Storm Stella 14Mar17 – True commitment!

Mr. P snuggles with TFL during Winter Storm #Stella 7:AM, 14Mar17 (Copyright The American Eagle Foundation)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. P helps TFL keep their eggs warm through the night and morning of Winter Storm #Stella (Copyright The American Eagle Foundation)

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Mr. P and TFL inspects their eggs the morning after Winter Storm #Stella 14Mar17. Mr. P flies away for food.
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ALL IS WELL!

Note: Unless there is another major event, this will be the last update to this post. I will start another Blog Post when DC4 hatches sometime around mid-March. In the meantime, ENJOY!

UPDATE: DC4 Hatched 29Mar and DC5 hatched 30Mar17. CLICK HERE to follow the next phase of their lives.

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