Good Evening, Fellow MuddySpringDayians!!
The snow finished melting today near the nest and hopefully thats the last we will see this spring. The neighbors at the pond and all the birds around were singing and quacking up a storm to celebrate the final arrival of spring. Mom, Dad, Peace, and Harmony had a good day on the nest despite the windy times midday. Mom went fishing again and brought home a bass to add to the pike collection on the nest. BBC did some fantastic panning and showed us H&P up close and personal. Harmony was practicing wing flaps and Peace was building up her crop muscles. Dad spent a lot of time on the nest today and needed a feather grooming late in the afternoon. Mom alerted to something flying by and puffed up like Yorkshire pudding. Nothing was spotted but some said they heard Dad calling from afar. The weather is supposed to get much warmer over the weekend so we will probably see the eagles panting to blow off heat. Since they do not sweat this is the only way for them to get rid of excess body heat. They will be fine and will probably enjoy the departure of winter! The winds died down in the afternoon and our eagle family had a lovely evening except for that duck incessantly quacking by the pond. Tomorrow should be a lovely spring day too.
Well, on to the pics and vids!
BBC and Razzle got us some close views of baby beaks, toes and talons.
MNBound Eaglets Toes & Talons Close View
And they continued the anatomical tour with an ear closeup.
MNBound Eaglets Ear Close View
Harmony has started her exercises for wing development.
MNBound Eagles Harmony Flap Tiny Wings
Mom calls Dad as she brings home the bass and they both have choir practice on the nest as something flies by close. Surprisingly Mom did not de-head the fish and we got to see that live instead.
MNBound Eagles Screaming Home with Fish
Mom alerted to another flyby and puffed up big in response. Both Dad on a branch and Mom let whatever it was know they were not welcome.
MNBound Eagles Mom's Defensive Overhead Flyby Alarm
And finally, H&P show they can fill their crops to overflowing. And that they know how to PS!
MNBound Eagle Unbelievable Full Crop In & Out
Dad gave another takeoff demo today.
Harmony front and Peace back.
Harmony with feather eye bling.
Harmony's PS from late afternoon. Bombs away!
Dad checking out his next stick acquisition from yesterday.
As the days get longer and warmer at the nest we will be able to see them later and later in the evening. I am curious to see how the cam does when the twilight lasts until 10pm. Should be interesting.
Thanks to BBC and Razzle for the great pics that let us see our eagle family so clearly!
Hope you had a great day on the nest and we will see you there tomorrow!
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