The eaglets are resting comfortably this morning. The quick food report is that they ate -- though didn't finish all of their fish. This is to be expected -- at this point, the staff are over-serving them just to ensure there's plenty for all. The staff are just tweaking a few more things in their enclosure, so that once the chicks are moved in, the staff won't have to spend much time in the enclosure. We expect that they'll be moved late this morning -- yes, photos and videos can be expected! In the meantime, the WCV had an early morning delivery: 84 pounds of fish. This special delivery was made to ensure that the WCV has enough fresh fish to feed to the eaglets -- and other Bald Eagle patients -- over the coming months.
The eaglets are in the nest! They actually made their way up the hill well over an hour ago -- but our website traffic has been so high, it's tough getting in to provide updates and photos! Before they were moved, all were weighed. NZ and NX stayed weighed in right about where they were two days ago. NV has gained 200 grams! Clearly he's enjoying plenty of fish, and eating it on his own. The three eaglets are settling in to the nest; lunchtime fish was provided. While we don't have any new news to share in regards to the webcam -- there are still many things to work out with getting the feed to go live -- two staff members are able to monitor the eaglets via the webcam. This is great for updates to all of you, the cyber-family out there -- but also extremely helpful from a rehabilitation standpoint.
In answer to a few questions ...
Q: Why isn't the nest higher?
A: While the eaglets are used to the high-life in the wild, in a rehab setting, it's much easier on the humans to keep them only 4 feet off the ground. Caretakers need to be able to access the eaglets and also need to drop off food regularly. This height will also be safer, in case any of the birds do tumble out of the nest.
Q: How big is the nest?
A: The nest is about six feet across. It's triangular in shape.
Q: What are those stair things in the picture?
A: We purchased some staircase risers to attach "branches" to -- this is for later, when the chicks start to branch out and explore the enclosure a bit more.
We're live! Check out the webcam at WVEC! A disclaimer: the resolution right now is pretty poor. This will only get better -- we have more things to do next week, and in the coming weeks too. This is as good as we could get it for the short-term! Also, please know that everything at the WCV -- phones, website, webcam -- will be down on Sunday morning from about 8:00 am to noon. Please bear with us! The eaglets are doing very well in their new nest. They've been eating well today too -- a lighter lunch, but a large dinner. Right now, you'll see (on the cam!) that they're eating hunks of fish off of a plate. Yes, a plate -- just for ease of cleaning the nest. While wild eaglets are certainly used to sitting amongst fish bits, we do need to keep this as clean and as fly-free as possible. This will also cut down on the amount of time we need to clean the nest. We want to minimize exposure to humans as much as possible. #11-0207 has been settled into the other half of this enclosure. Dr. Kelly reported that she's doing quite well -- in terms of how she's getting around the flight pen, which is remarkable, due to her injury. Late this afternoon, Dr. Kelly checked on her and reported she was perched on the end closest to the eaglets. Remember, spotty updates this weekend -- more to follow next week!