Nest Update May 18, 2013 -Terrapin Frisbees and Hasenpfeffer Jerky!

Good Evening, Fellow ThunderBoomers!!

What a Saturday! Thunder, lightning, turtles, rain, and resurrected rabbit legs. And a robin, some mystery meat and a tasty fishy or two thrown in. The thunder started about 3am nest time and continued to mid-morning. Mom and the kids got a good soaking and looked pretty miserable until the rain stopped. Harmony and Peace spent the rest of the morning preening and waiting for a meal. It was not to be, however. Mom and Dad decided today was the day to try some exotic foods. First was a turtle. They tried to feed it to the kids but gave up very quickly. It was moved across the nest to a spot near the tree trunk. Peace used it for a pillow for a bit and then left it alone. After about 10 minutes it was clear the turtle had survived the first attempt. His little head and one leg came out and he tried to move across the nest. Unfortunately, all he managed was to move in a circle. 

Dad returned soon after and the turtle resumed fulfilling his purpose on the nest. The eaglets had a turtle snack and lay down for a nap. Dad went digging in the nest and after a short while resurrected the rabbit legs that had lain buried for at least 2 weeks. The kids played with the legs and a pair of no longer used wings and Dad managed to find some rabbit jerky still attached to its native platform. After the jerky he hunted up another turtle and Harmony and Peace had another snack-like meal. All the while in the Social Stream the chatters were going crazy with puns, jokes and good names for TV shows about the goings on in the nest. One chatter said he saw Hoffa’s ring as Dad was excavating the nest. Some were hoping Dad might find Elvis buried in the nest. It was a great and funny day to be reading the chat and I hope you didn’t miss it!

Some were concerned that the eaglets weren’t getting enough to eat today.   This is a normal progression as the eaglets reach the next stage of their development. Mom and Dad will reduce the size of the meals to force the kids to compete for food. Their growth is slowing and they can go longer between major feedings. An eaglet with a full crop can go 24-36 hours without being fed again. They just don’t like to go that long!

Mom delivered a BIG tasty fishy as the sun set and Harmony and Peace had full crops at last. Another fish was brought in a half hour later and the kids were topped up for the night. As they tried to settle in Mom decided to rearrange the furniture again. Harmony learned to stay out of her way as Mom dropped the sod clump on her head several times. Things finally settled down and darkness fell on this wonderful day at the nest.

On to the vids!

The day starts wet, loud, and dreary.

MNBound Eagles Such a Soggy Saturday

Peace decides her hatchday is a good day to self feed

MNBound Eagles Peace Self Feeds for 1st Time

Dad decides turtle soup would be a good thing to try.

MNBound Eagles A Turtle From Dad

Peace decides to get grabby when Dad brings in a bird.

MNBound Eagles Peace Grabs Prey from Dad

And a compilation in honor of Peace’s Hatchday.

MNBound Eaglets Peace is 30 Days Old Today

Another compilation of Harmony and Peace's antics on the nest!

MNBound Eaglets Squeeing & Stretching & Sharing Oh My!

A showery morning in Minnesota, looks like Goose Island flooded.

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The Wet Look!

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I guess we don't fit any more!

Nice slippers,Mom!

Nice slippers,Mom!

Can I get a blowdry??

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Ok Kids Frisbee Time!

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How'd he do that again??

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Finally! Some real food!!

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I hate to see this day end but I know we will have many more to come. All the mods and chatters had a blast and the eagles had a lovely day after the rain stopped. Thanks as always to Razzle and BBC for the marvelous pics and vids. And to the mods who stopped laughing long enough to actually mod today!

Hope you had a fun day on the nest and we’ll see you there tomorrow!


If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them below or in the chat room.  Also, we'll be updating our official MN Bound LIVE Eagles Facebook Page regularly so you can follow along, like, or share with your friends.  We have several site moderators this year to help give optimal information to all that want to learn more about these magnificent birds.