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 Redding, CA - 2017 - Bald Eagle Cam (formerly Turtle Bay)
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By: JudyB (offline) on Tuesday, October 11 2016 @ 08:57 PM EDT (Read 72507 times)  

Redding, CA - 2017 - Bald Eagle Cam

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Update: - We have a camera! Thank you to everyone who made this happen!

Redding Eagles POV cam - ... gle-nest-2

Redding Eagles IR cam - ... gle-nest-1
(The IR cam is still having major issues as a result of the flooding that submerged the island over the winter so may only be on intermittently if at all this year - but with a bit of luck will be working in future years.)

With thanks to HDonTap and the Friends of the Redding Eagles, you can also watch Liberty and Spirit on our site here - and for those who want to sneak a peek at work, there's a smaller version here. Enjoy!

2016-2017 Season:

  • adults return: one seen at Riverview Golf & Country Club October 17; both seen October 18
  • nest down: part of the golf course nest came down February 11 as a result of bad storms; one of the people at the golf course saw what looked like pieces of egg shell in the nest debris, so they may have have laid at least one egg
  • new nest?: the eagles were seen bringing sticks to an old hawk's nest - small, but if she has more eggs to lay, better than nothing (link)
  • or an old nest?: two adults were seen perched near the Turtle Bay nest on February 15 (link - and on February 17 eaglewoman confirmed that it was Liberty and Spirit! (link)
  • cams?: There are still cams in the tree above the TB nest - but lots of issues that would need to be resolved before they can stream (details)
  • eggs laid: they appeared to be incubating March 10
  • cams on line: April 5 - and off again April 15 as a result of high water releases from the Shasta Dam submerging the island and the electrical equipment for the cam
  • hatched: April 18 (second egg didn't hatch)
  • cams back: May 1 - and the new POE (power over ethernet) converter was mounted in a box on a pole, hopefully above future high water marks
  • named: Solo - with thanks to everyone who participated in the online naming contest
  • heat wave: June 18-24 - it had been a warm spring - but highs of 105-110F (40-43C) seemed well above normal; there is some shade on the nest, and Liberty also tried to provide some shade for Solo
  • branched: [url-]June 24, 2:42 pm[/url] (67 days, or about 9-1/2 weeks)
  • sad news: shortly after Solo's flight to the branch, s/he slipped and fell/glided to somewhere below the nest; Terri was notified and went out in the 108F/42C afternoon to look and listen for the eagles and couldn't see any of them; at the suggestion of Shasta Wildlife Rescue she returned at 7 pm with Kit and spent a couple of hours without seeing or hearing any of the eagles; they returned Sunday morning, June 25, and found Solo stuck in berry bushes and rushed her to the vet, but she died shortly after arriving; Marily from Defiance Canyon Raptor Rescue worked with Terri and others on the rescue, and she said that Solo only weighed 3.5 pounds, about half of what she should have weighed at that age, and would not have survived even if they'd found and rescued her the night before; they were concerned that there might be an environmental factor involved in addition to the intense heat, so sent Solo's body to be tested. Eaglewoman/Terri's in-depth report of the events begins here. The necropsy did not find any diseases or toxins.
  • Celebration of Life for Solo: July 5 (posts about the celebration may be on the next page) (photos start here)

Eaglewoman's photo of Liberty and Spirit back at Turtle Bay:

Carole's screenshot of Liberty and Solo, May 8, almost 3 weeks old:

RitaR's screenshot of the family, June 4, when Solo was almost 7 weeks old; Spirit at the top just delivered a fish, and Liberty is arriving to serve dinner:

Eaglewoman's last photo of Solo, taken Saturday morning, June 24:

Forum member CA Wildlife put together an excellent chart with data about the eagles nesting at Turtle Bay - click here (link last updated September 9 2017)

Link to last year's thread for this nest


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By: JudyB (offline) on Tuesday, October 11 2016 @ 08:58 PM EDT  

History - part 1:

The camera was initially installed by CalTrans (the California Department of Transportation) to make sure that nearby highway construction didn't have a negative impact on the eagle nest. Back in the fall of 2007, Caltrans had tried to discourage the eagles from nesting so near a planned highway project by placing a large cone in their nest, but the eagles were not easily discouraged (read the story here)) - and public sentiment favored the eagles - so CalTrans decided to work with the eagles and the public, installing a camera to make sure they weren't disrupting the nesting behavior - and making it available to the public (thank you!). The construction project was completed, and the Turtle Bay Exploration Park took over the cam for the 2012 nesting season - thank you! However - the eagles had other ideas, and moved to a new location - near their old nest, but out of view of the cams - so we were not able to watch them in 2012, but the great local observer team took up the slack, and provided great coverage. Money was raised to move the cams to the new location for the 2013 nesting season, though there were some challenges getting the cam online; unfortunately shortly after it finally started streaming, the wide angle cam was apparently damaged when a limb fell down, so the only view of the nest in 2013 was a very zoomed in closeup that let us see the feet and tails of the eagles, but not much more. The folks from Turtle Bay did some work on the cams after the 2013 season, and we had a much better view in 2014.

The pair, named Liberty (F) and Patriot (M), successfully raised two eaglets in 2008, and three eaglets in 2009 and 2010. They laid two eggs in 2011, both of which hatched, and the eaglets fledged successfully. Because there was not a cam, we don't know how many eggs they laid in 2012, but we do know they fledged two charming eaglets.

2013 started out like other years, but became a year of loss and transition, with the death of Patriot and the loss of two newly hatched chicks (please click here for more information). As summer ended, Liberty was still being seen in the area, and was being courted by at least two younger males.

The eagles usually return in October - and we all were watching to see if Liberty would return and who she would choose for a mate. A male who appeared similar to one of the ones that had been in the area over the summer appeared first, and then on October 6, 2013, GlassCutter7 caught Liberty and a male working on the nest; Liberty's new mate was named Spirit in a contest run by the Record Searchlight newspaper. The pair laid three eggs, but unfortunately none of them hatched. There were several disruptions which might have resulted in damage to one or more of the eggs (though they looked all right afterwards), and the logistics of mating are quite complex, so it is possible that they didn't achieve the type of contact needed to transfer sperm, or at least not enough to fertilize all the eggs. That does seem to be a skill that improves with practice, so we all had our fingers crossed for 2015.

And it worked! Liberty laid three eggs in 2015 - and she and Spirit raised three healthy eaglets, named Pi, Paddy and Poppy! I'm thinking it was a bit of a steep learning curve for new Dad Spirit - but he came through with flying colors, learning to brood eggs that wiggled and pecked at him, and bringing a whole lot of food to his growing chicks!

S'cap by karenbills from March 20 of Spirit feeding his chicks for the first time:

These were well-fed eaglets! April 3rd s'cap by mjb of Liberty feeding them.

And one of the great things about this nest is that we also get the great perspective of the ground observers - these two pictures from June 6 are by eaglewoman - one eaglet had fledged and returned, and the others were getting ready!

(continued in the next post)


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By: JudyB (offline) on Tuesday, October 11 2016 @ 08:58 PM EDT  

History - part 2:

2016 turned out to be another year of changes, happily ending with the successful fledge of two eaglets. We were all excited to learn that with a big thanks to the Friends of the Redding Eagles (FORE) and technical support from streaming partner HDonTap, two new high-definition cameras (one with night vision and both with sound) were installed for the 2015-2016 nesting season. Unfortunately, we forgot to ask the eagles, and they started a new nest not far from the one they had been using - but then moved on to a tree near the 5th hole on a private golf course a couple of miles away (and some excellent research by eaglewoman and Roger who works at the golf course and who is a great photographer uncovered the fact that Liberty and her previous mate Patriot checked out this area in 2012 - the last time they changed nests!). Unfortunately, because it was an active private golf course, access to the nest was limited to one day a week - though the staff did provide updates when they saw interesting behavior - so we knew when there were likely eggs in the nest, and when there was likely at least one chick - and the exciting day the second chick was seen. The chicks were named Birdie and Bogey, in honor of their new nest location - and both fledged successfully.

Here's a look at the golf course nest, courtesy of eaglewoman and thanks to the Riverview Golf Course:

Bogey - June 14, first time photographed away from the nest, courtesy of eaglewoman (he may have fledged as early as June 3rd):

Liberty, Spirit and Bogey - June 21, perched across the river from the golf course, perhaps encouraging Birdie - who had not been seen flying, though she or he was doing a lot of branching (Birdie's fledge was confirmed June 27).

The fledglings together, July 6, courtesy of Oysterman Jim

Click here for eaglewoman's great summary of the 2015-2016 season


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By: JudyB (offline) on Tuesday, October 18 2016 @ 09:27 PM EDT  

Wonderful to hear that someone is home!

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Hi folks!

I think JudyB is going to lock this thread and start up a new one for us soon!

But, I had to share that Rick at the Riverview Golf & Country Club spotted either Liberty or Spirit perched in a tree not far from the Nest Tree today!!!Very HappyVery Happy

I now declare the new thread open - and will try to catch up on the opening posts this weekend!


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By: CA Wildlife (offline) on Wednesday, October 19 2016 @ 09:44 AM EDT  
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Hello all! Here's to a great season ahead!

I have updated the nest chart to reflect the eagles' return over the past two days, and I have added the link to the new 2016-2017 season thread on HWF. Since we are unsure which eagle arrived first, the chart reflects that uncertainty as well.

Please contact me if you notice any errors.

Click to open the chart. Use your browser zoom function to enlarge if desired.

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By: eaglewoman (offline) on Wednesday, October 19 2016 @ 02:16 PM EDT  

Thank You so much JudyB for getting our new thread up and running!!! You are the BEST!!!hug

Bravo Thank you Gary for being right on top of things with the updated spreadsheet on their return for the 2016-2017 Season!!!! Very Happy

Here is another photo that Rick from Riverview sent to me on 10/18/16 showing that now BOTH eagles are back at the Riverview Golf & Country Club Nest!!!!!!!

Here's to another exciting & successful nesting season folks!Very HappyVery HappyVery Happy

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By: karenbills (offline) on Thursday, October 20 2016 @ 10:53 AM EDT  

Welcome back home, Liberty and Spirit.

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