Posted by: Debra LaValley | July 1, 2019

July 1, 2019

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The Eaglets are Flying

I checked the nest a couple days and found it empty.  It was eerily silent and empty.  I figured that I would most likely not see the babies (who all are grown up now) again.

Yesterday, I swung by the nest hoping that I would see something.  When I arrived there was one eaglet in a branch above the nest.  I was very surprised.  I was hoping to see it fly and get a picture – but no such luck.  I needed to leave to get my sister – so I picked her up and brought her to my mom’s and returned to the nest.  The eaglet was now in the nest and eating lunch.  I must have missed one of the parents dropping off food.  I watched the young eagle eat and then it looked in the distance and before I knew it – the dad flew into the nest.

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The dad and young eagle were busy eating when from below was hear the screeching  of the other young eagle.  I then notice it in a tree limb below the nest.  It was very vocal.  A bluejay was bombarding it and the eagle finally took off and flew around to the back of the nest to join its sibling and father in the feast.

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Dad did a bit more housekeeping as the young eagles ate.   He stayed a while longer and ate a bit himself – before flying off.  A thunder storm came in so I left.  The two young eagles were still in the nest.  I am sure that their time back at the nest now that they are flying will be rarer and rare.  I certainly will miss watching them.  It has been an exciting spring.  I hope they both make it.  The first year is the hardest.  The parents will most likely keep an eye on them for a while to make sure they are doing ok – as long as they know where they are.  It is a very vocal time.  I still am amazed that we have eagles so close to home.  I would have never dreamed of seeing them being in NH let alone nesting in New Hampshire, when I was growing up.

 

 

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Posted by: Debra LaValley | June 21, 2019

June 21, 2019

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Happy First Day of Summer!

I took today and Monday off from work – for a mini-vacation. I spent part of the day at the local eagle nest. It was raining this morning and cloudy most of the day; but, the eaglets were enjoying their day. It won’t be long before they fly. In the photo above – they were both enjoying a strong breeze.

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They have started a little branching (jumping up and landing on a branch or back into the nest. Their mom dropped them off lunch (looked like fish).

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The Sr. Biologist at NH Audubon said it won’t be long before they fly a couple weeks or less. He also said one may go earlier than the other. When they do fly off – I hope I see them a little in the area before they head off into parts unknown. I will really miss seeing them.

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Posted by: Debra LaValley | June 8, 2019

June 8, 2019

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Bears and Eagles – Oh My!

We have heard of bears in my mom’s yard for years – but it has only been since last year (thanks to my trail camera that I have set up there) that we have had photographic proof of bears wandering through her yard – which is far from wilderness.  Luckily – the bear(s) has not done any damage since my mom took in her feeders.  She did lose a couple suet feeders before we knew what was happening.  I put up the trail camera that I had taken down for the winter and we had proof that a bear was getting her suet.

My Uncle Ralph was visiting from Texas when we got the first photos of a bear this year.  It is a pretty big bear too.  No cubs – so that is a good thing because mother bears with cubs in the neighborhood would be a bit unsettling given how protective a mamma bear can be.

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Of course – I must give a quick update about the eaglets.  Both eaglets appear to be growing quickly and doing well.  Today – I was there and one of the parents brought in lunch.  I watched for over an hour.  The parent was busy shredding whatever lunch was.  One of the chicks was not a sharer.  It reminded me of the seagulls in FINDING NEMO – “Mine!  Mine!  Mine!”

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If you want to watch a short 10 second video that I took today – click here:

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Have a great month, everyone!

 

 

Posted by: Debra LaValley | May 26, 2019

May 26, 2019

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The Nest is Hopping

The local eagle nest is hopping with activity lately. This weekend, I saw that there are two eaglets! I am so happy that this year – I have such a great view of the nest! I take the photos from the comfort of my car. Yes – my car! There is an awesome view. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that I could be so close to a bald eagle’s nest.

In the photo above, I was watching one of the eaglets who was looking out from the front of the nest. All of a sudden, it looked intently in the distant and screeched. I knew one of the parents must be coming in and sure enough, the female arrived with a gray squirrel for lunch! (See top photo.)

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Yesterday – was my first visual of two eaglets. I have only been noticing one – so was thrilled to find out that there were two. Another birder stopped by and told me he saw two – so I was glad I was able to see them too. They grow so quickly. The photos below were taking today.

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I feel so blessed to watch this particular eagle pair and their young. I have been watching them for 5 seasons. It is just so wonderful that bald eagles have made such a comeback. The proud mom seen below. I didn’t get a clear shot of the bands – but I do believe it is her (Orange C/K). She has a black mark on her band which I believe I did see.

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Posted by: Debra LaValley | April 14, 2019

April 14, 2019

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Grey Ghost Encounter

Yesterday – I had something happen that has been on my wish list for many years – to get a good look and decent photo of a male Northern Harrier! The male is also referred to as a Grey Ghost (for its gray coloring, etc.). It is also a very elusive bird here in New Hampshire. I have only seen one male years ago and it caught me completely by surprise so I only managed a distant photo of its backside. When it passed me it did look at me (I think it laughed at me – lol)and the image has been seared into my brain.

Yesterday, I was at Horseshoe Pond in Concord – seeing if I could see any good ducks, a snow goose, osprey or an eagle. I was looking at the geese when I noticed a strange bird hovering and working the edge of the pond across from me. It didn’t take me long to hear my inside voice screaming “Grey Ghost!” It was about 3:00 pm, and I watched it work the pond.

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At one point, it landed on the shore and appeared to be eating something as the geese looked on. It took off after a while and flew to the north end of the pond. The photo below also shows the tell-tale white-rump patch of a Northern Harrier.

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To my amazement – the Grey Ghost flew right over my head! I was spinning around like a lunatic trying to get a shot in focus (wires and tree limbs were in the way). He was also flying too close for my huge lens. Luckily – he felt pity on me and circled back so I could get some decent shots. My favorite shot is the shot at the beginning of this post. If you want to see other photos – click my Flickr photostream link on the right of my blog.

Posted by: Debra LaValley | April 12, 2019

April 12, 2019

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‘Tis the Season for Marshmallow Peeps

I love marshmallow peeps. I love torturing marshmallow peeps too.
Above is my latest creation. Yes, I actually own a Godzilla figure (I actually own 2 figures). This one is the 1954 version which is my favorite.

Spring is here and the snow is almost gone in most areas. Easter is a week away. I am trying to limit my intake of sweets – so have only eaten a handful or so of peeps the past month. I have had a few chocolate Lindt gold bunnies – but fairly small ones. Believe it or not – I have lost a little over 7 pounds. I am trying to walk more and eat better and joined Weight Watchers again. I am a lifetime member (I actually reached my goal etc. many years ago). It is a good program. At least when Godzilla eats the marshmallow peeps – I don’t gain weight!

Have a great week everyone!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | April 6, 2019

April 6, 2019

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Things are moving right along at the local nest. Soon there should be little eaglets! Hopefully, it will be a successful nest. They are such majestic birds.

Today, I was at the nest and took the photo above. I also shot a small video that you may be interested in viewing. I posted it to YouTube.

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I hope you enjoy the short video!

 

Posted by: Debra LaValley | March 20, 2019

March 20, 2019

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Full Worm Super Moon

This evening was the Vernal Equinox! Spring has Begun! Yeah! It wasn’t a horrid winter – but I am ready to see green again. It also was the Full Worm Super Moon tonight. Not long after sunset – I drove to Dustin Island and snapped some shots of the moon.

It is a beautiful night!

Happy Spring, Everyone!

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Posted by: Debra LaValley | March 3, 2019

March 3, 2019

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Doe a Deer

Believe it or not – I do take photos of things other than eagles. 🙂 Today, I was driving around in search of photographic subjects. I was driving down Elm Street and there was a doe standing in the road. It ran into the woods. I pulled my car over and got my camera. There was no good shot since with so many branches in the way. Luckily – I noticed a bigger doe standing in the woods waiting for the smaller doe. I was able to snap a few shots before they leaped through the woods. She was very healthy looking and big.

I am ready for spring and snow is getting tiresome – even though the winter has not been too bad. (We are getting 3-6 inches tonight.) I had to snap a shot of this unique cyclops snowman at the Never’s house. They are so creative.

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And yes, I did see the male eagle delivering soft nesting material to the local nest.

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Spring is Coming!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | February 24, 2019

February 24, 2019

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Signs of Spring

I finally viewed the new location of the local bald eagle pair’s nest.  They moved locations last year – however, I wasn’t sure of the location and couldn’t see it.  (I can’t believe I missed it!)  I couldn’t see the forest through the trees 🙂  As you can see below, the nest is huge!

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I am not revealing the locations – since it is a very sensitive time for the eagles.  Eagles have very large talons and when there is a nest or young in the nest – they walk around carefully with their talon clenched as to not to hurt them.  If the eagles are disturbed or agitated they may forget to be careful with their talons and hurt the egg or chick.  Enough folks already know of the location.  Some people may not know or may ignore safeguards and nest protocol of a protected species.

Hopefully soon – there will be an egg and the “sitting will begin.”  I am very excited to get better shots of the chick(s) than I have in the past.  Pictured above is the female of the pair – Orange C/K (her bands).   Note the mark on her beak – I didn’t know which of the pair had the mark – but a birder friend confirmed in a shot he got of both and their bands.

I am hoping to get better shots of the nest and the eagles.  A nice crisp blue sky for the background would be lovely.  I took this shot of the female last week.  The lighting etc. was perfect.

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