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    Quote Originally Posted by annekat View Post
    It's funny how Mom is still trying to sit on all of them....
    Mothers of all stripes are sometimes like this, Anne! Comes with the territory....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sangye View Post
    Well both parents were in the nest and doing the odd chirping thing. I wonder if they were chasing away a predator.

    Right now the baby eagles are eating a fish on their own. As they approached it, the mother made a big point of going to the other side of the nest, as if to say "Time for you kids to learn how to make your own dinner!" They stared at it for a bit and then started taking bites.
    Mothers of all stripes also want to make sure the kids can do better in the kitchen than make ramen, iron their own shirts, and so on before leaving home! I think you are right about the possible predator--which we wouldn't see, since the camera angle isn't wide. However, it might also be a part of vocal training of little eagles. Actually, it could be both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by annekat View Post
    Here is a link showing some photos of the hawk nest including a couple glimpses of the new chicks! https://plus.google.com/photos/10554...35156166500929
    To my human eyes, these are beautiful birds, even in infancy.

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    When I saw the dead fish, it was lying there with a bunch of little eaglet beak puncture holes in it. Interesting how Mama picked an animal that might be a bit easier to get into than something with thick skin, fur, or feathers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Al View Post
    To my human eyes, these are beautiful birds, even in infancy.

    Al
    I agree, Al; from what I saw of the babies, they are very beautiful and already have hawk-shaped heads so shouldn't have to go through as big of a transformation as the owlets do. From our visual point of view, that is.
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    Thanks for the link to the red-tailed hawk nest, Anne. And the pics of them are just gorgeous. That's one of my favorite birds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sangye View Post
    Thanks for the link to the red-tailed hawk nest, Anne. And the pics of them are just gorgeous. That's one of my favorite birds.
    You're welcome, and remember, it was you who originally shared the link, way back there somewhere. But not a whole lot was happening then, so I thought I'd let people know when the babies started hatching. And we still have the Great Blue Heron nest coming up, too! They haven't hatched yet, but it should be spectacular when they do, as they are probably in the nicest natural setting of any we've seen yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sangye View Post
    I just saw the mama eagle do something odd. She spread her wings all the way and bent her head back, then started making clucking sounds and a series of chirps that sounded exactly like a dolphin. Made me think of the old show "Flipper." LOL

    And just now one of the eagle babies did a big poop. It leaned all the way forward with its butt in the air and then "zoing!" shot it out horizontally, out beyond the nest! Sure glad my cockatiel doesn't poop like that!
    This made me laugh hard......maybe too hard because I swallowed a chunk.....lol.

    Thanks a lot Sangye........
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    Lots happening in the Red-tail nest this morning. The older chick is pecking at the younger one. The Cornell guy on the chatstream says it's not aggressive, but just normal, uncoordinated pecking at possible food. The chick was really going at it, though. Knocked the other one down and kept going. I guess it's like puppies wrestling with each other. There's a dead baby bird in the nest but it must have been brought in-- feet are a different color than the red-tails. A third egg is still unhatched.

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    I just saw two of the eaglets sparring a little, and then starting to groom each other.... reminded me of cats. The owlets are currently alone in their nest. Checked the heron nest and the Mama moved long enough for me to see 5 eggs, but still no chicks.
    Anne, dx'ed April 2011

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