Nest Update May 24, 2013 - The Mantling Begins!

Good Evening, Fellow SnackMantlers!!

Well, girls and boys, protect your food at all costs! Harmony and Peace have entered the “grabby” stage of their development. The morning dawned sunny and a little windy in Central Minnesota. When I peeked in about 7am nest time the kids were still sleeping the sleep of the innocents. Around 9am Dad landed with a small snack and Harmony grabbed it from him and mantled it just like her big brother Harmon did last year. I guess Mom and Dad’s lessons on competing for food are paying off. Mom landed a few seconds later and grabbed it right back from Harmony. H nibbled Mom’s toes in retaliation and decided she didn’t like the taste. If only she knew where those toes have been! Peace was also trying to grab the snack but without much success. The rest of the day was spent in the usual way, eating, sleeping, making room for more food and repeating the cycle. A big fish and several smaller snacks were brought in and Peace even tried self feeding again. Harmony consumed a fish tail, a future pellet for sure. Mom and Dad held choir practice in the tree branches but their hearts weren’t in it and no urgency was heard in their calls. In the early evening Dad bagged a squirrel (I thought he got all those already? Maybe he’s found a new supply at the neighbors?) and Mom fed the kids din-din. As dark settled over the nest full and happy eaglets were heard complaining as a bit of thunder, lightning and rain passed over the nest. They stuck their heads under Mom and went to sleep as the full moon rose.

On to the pics and vids.

Harmony learns to imitate her big brother.

MNBound Eagles Stealing Prey & 1st Mantling

A selection of pics from the day.

You guys happy now??

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Are those news choppers?

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What would you like to see me do next?

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How's this?

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Careful how you land! This place is getting crowded!

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Am i crowding ya??

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MINE!!

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Hey Mom! Come deal with YOUR child!

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A bonk of the beak to BBC and Razzle for the fab pics and videos again today!

Hope you had a great day on the nest! See you here tomorrow!

TalonStrike

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