Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Hot Chick






Do you see it?
Clinging to the rim of the nest, the eagle chick hugging the left side of the nest as always??  This pic was taken the 20th of June.

It has been monopolizing this side of the nest ever since it was old enough to drag itself up to the edge.  After observing them last year and this year, it seems I can spot them a long way off.  It's as if I can tell where they are.



Three days later, the chick had begun branching and I got these pix!

As I stood motionless, clicking away, it looked everywhere long before it ever looked down. I was able to get about ten decent shots of it before it noticed me. Then I headed for the home.  No adults were in sight even though I was there about ten minutes.

My observations have been done twice a week to try and determine a fledge date.   According to Kate, I should use that for future reference in "my field notes".

 GULP!...said I reading the line repeatedly...

Field notes????
I haven't been taking field notes!!!
Was I ever told to take field notes????
Holy moose-poops...
my "field notes" are all in my head!!

So lately I've begun to jot things down and made a few adjustments to my camera for record keeping purposes.  Okay, so forget me and my field notes.
Lets move on...


Six days later...
There it (the adult) was again... perched in the pine overlooking the river and rolling hills in the distance.

Making myself comfortable on the ground, I took about ten photos then moved on slowly to see what the chick was up to.  The adult never moved from it's perch.

Still comfy on the branches (which is where eagles prefer to be rather than in the nest once they master branching) and looking as strong as ever, don't you think?
Actually, eagles prefer to branch and roost in clusters.



Here's my new journal...:)


As of today, it has fledged!

 It really is remarkable that they are almost on the same schedule as last year. Of course, once the chick fledges, the fun begins.Then I get to look at the sky, watch them soar and record it in my field notes!


Sharing a hot chick, some field notes and my new journal with you and those at



Our World Tuesday


One more thing.  Please note the pic of me when I was a redhead and the Pres in his tux...handsome devil, don't you think?

20 comments:

Sandra said...

fascinating fotos and your field notes are on the blog.. under the label Eagle..

Delores said...

So that's TWO hot chicks lol.

Beth of "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

to be honest - i have never heard of "field notes" ... on wait ... i guess i have. but any who?? how are you suppose to work that? just like a diary or? eagle (insert the bird you have been watching here) she/he looked (sad, mad, hungry, chilled) or? was wearing a new lipstick, new outfit, or her/his feathers were extra fluffy today? you tell me, please. ( :

Betty said...

Fascinating. You're so fortunate to have them close by.

TexWisGirl said...

such a big baby!

Gunilla Bäck said...

A very handsome bird!

Ginny said...

Yes, you were both very cute! The chick has gotten so big!! How amazing to be following him!

Mary Hone said...

Awesome. How fun that must be to watch them so close. I think i would burn up my camera taking photos.

Carole M. said...

great to witness! Field notes...yes something that is easily forgotten when it's photos we're after

eileeninmd said...

Love the awesome shots of the juvenile Eagle.. What a treat to be able to watch them grow.. I am not that serious of a birder to take field notes.. Great post, enjoy the rest of your week!

Ann said...

I was thinking the same thing as Sandra. Your blog has pretty much been your field notes since you update us with the progress.
Fascinating stuff

Felicia said...

such an amazing process your have recorded in your "field notes". hehehe, you are so lucky to be able to observe the eagles.

Angela said...

That is so exciting to get to see the baby eagles up close like that! I watched a web cam of a nesting pair of eagles last year and loved seeing what great parents they were.

ladyfi said...

How wonderful to see!

Margaret Adamson said...

Fantastic opportunity to see these majestic birds and their chick at its nest and then to see it fledge. Great series and shots.

Karen Ann said...

Great capture!! and definitely one good looking couple! I just realized I have no idea what you "look like", JP. :-)

Marie said...

What a wonderful priviledge to see these nesters two years in a row! Glad you took such great documenting photos, and hey I'm sure you'll remember most everything for your catch up on the field notes! :-)

MorningAJ said...

Of course your blog posts probably count as field notes!

Rambling Woods said...

Love the hair and the tux.... Field notes or journal notes are the same thing. As much detail as you want in them

janiceadcock said...

Great captures of the baby!

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