A pair of bald eagles joined the Alcoa Davenport community in Iowa in 2009. They built their 7-foot nest on our 400-acre facility in a tree near the Mississippi River. In the spring of 2010 they fledged a pair of eaglets and later that year we installed our first Eaglecam. Employees and the community helped name the eagle pair Liberty and Justice. Since the spring of 2010, Liberty and Justice have fledged nine eaglets from this nest.
Since the camera was installed nearly 27 million visitors from around the world have tuned in to witness an American icon, the bald eagle, developing live within this unique eco-system. In the fall and winter the eagles use the nest to eat and prepare the nest for the next season. Eagles nesting in Iowa typically lay eggs in mid-late February and the eggs hatch in mid-late March. The eaglets grow quickly and are ready to fly “fledge” in late May or early June. Alcoa is proud that our unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability is helping conserve our precious natural resources.
Thursday, July 21, 2016Venturing Out
Both Star and Sky have ventured a little further east from the nest over the last 24 hours. In the tracking shots below you will see each of them took some time moving a little further away during at least part of the day. So far I am not seeing an indication they have flown out over the river, but I am sure that won't be to long from now.
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| TrackbackTuesday, July 19, 2016Still Staying Close
Sky and Star continue to stay relatively close to the nest. Below are images of each ones travels from 6am yesterday until 6am this morning.
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| TrackbackThursday, July 14, 2016Branching Out
Here is the latest tracking map for Star and Sky from yesterday at 6am until today at 6am. This is the first time I have seen either one go much beyond the area very near the nest. Today's track shows that Star ventured a little further east than we have seen in any of the previous day maps. I suspect it will not be too much longer before we see them soaring a little more and even venturing out over the Mississippi River.
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| TrackbackFriday, July 8, 2016Nice Weekend Ahead
It looks like it should be a nice weekend for our Eagle Family. Below are screen shots of the travel activity for Star and Sky from 6am yesterday until 6am today. They continue to stay pretty close to home for now. I would really expect to see them venturing a little further away over the next couple of weeks.
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| TrackbackTuesday, July 5, 2016Sky is 12 Weeks Old Today(yesterday)
Both of our eaglets have now passed the 12 week mark. Even though their jump from the nest was not done in the traditional way, we are going to say both have officially fledged over the last week. Since returning to the nest from their two week stay on the ground, each has flown from the nest and returned. Below are the tracking logs of each eaglet from yesterday morning at 6am until today at 6am.
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| TrackbackFriday, July 1, 2016A Red, White & Eagle Weekend Ahead
Looks like it should be a beautiful weekend ahead for Liberty, Justice, Star and Sky. Hopefully we will see some more of them in and out of the nest. Below are the tracking info for each of them from Yesterday at 6am until today at 6am. I would guess that it was Sky we saw in the nest yesterday, but frankly both of them spent a lot of time very close to the same area all day yesterday. I think it is good news that both continue to appear healthy and active.
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| TrackbackThursday, June 30, 2016Made It Home
Great to see one of our wandering eaglets has made it home to the nest this morning. Below is a shot of the eaglet in the nest. Also below is a screen with Sky's movements from 6am yesterday until 6am today and another with Star's movements from 6am yesterday until 6am today. Hopefully we will have some more interesting viewing for the next few weeks.
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| TrackbackTuesday, June 28, 2016Yesterday's Movements
Star and Sky continue to move about the property. Until we get a good view of them flying a little higher it is hard to tell how much lift they are getting. Star will be 12 weeks old this Friday. One image below shows Sky's travel 6am yesterday until 6am this morning. The other image is both Star and Sky combined for that same period.
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| TrackbackMonday, June 27, 2016Star & Sky Learning
Star and Sky are learning to get around the property near the nest quite well. Below are two images showing where they have been from 6am Sunday until 6am today. One is Star by herself and the other shows data for both Star and Sky.
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| TrackbackFriday, June 24, 2016A little Up, Up and Away
Over the noon hour today I visited the nest site. I was please to find one of the eaglets (most likely Sky) in the parking lot near the base of the tree just west of the nest tree. I sat there for a few minutes and eventually he spread his wings and took a short flight toward the treeline east of the nest. The total distance traveled was probably about 200-250 feet. He did not get more than 3-5 feet off the ground on this flight. He did appear to land on some low branches in one of the trees. I think this is an excellent indication both of our eaglets are very close to flying and getting back up to the tree tops where they belong. Have a good weekend everyone!
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| Trackback11 Weeks Old Today
Today will be the last data put together by Dr. Miller for a couple of weeks. She has mastered the way to get a nice legend so you can easily see both Star & Sky. I will do my best, but it will likely not be as easy to read. Today's image shows the two spent more time apart yesterday, but they are still moving around without any significant amount of flight. Today is Star's 11 week mark. I would expect both of them to be capable of flying very soon.
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| TrackbackThursday, June 23, 2016Active Day Yesterday
As you will see on the updated map from Dr. Miller both Star and Sky were very active yesterday. Her analysis of the data indicates neither one is flying yet (or at least not more than very short distances), but since Star turns 11 weeks old tomorrow she has to be very close to flight. You will see on the map what many of you heard yesterday afternoon was likely the parents feeding both kids. I did go down to the nest this morning and I did not see either Star or Sky. I think that is good news. They are either doing a good job of finding cover or they are getting up into some of the lower limbs of the many trees around the property. Their current feather coloring makes it very hard to spot them unless they move around or call-out.
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| TrackbackWednesday, June 22, 2016Traveling Around The Property
It is good to hear what sounds like both Star and Sky on the cams this afternoon. Hopefully they are close to flying so we can see them again soon on the live cameras. I did not get an updated map today from Dr. Miller. I was able to do something similar with the data. I could not figure out how to get the different colors for each eaglet. When you look at the image you can tell that Star is the one wondering around to the right and Sky is the one to the left. Remember this is data from 6am yesterday until 6am today. It will be interesting to see the data tomorrow to confirm what many think they hear (both eaglets close to the nest).
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| TrackbackTuesday, June 21, 2016Still Moving Around
I went down to the nest site late yesterday afternoon. I did see both parents again but I did not spot our young pair. You can see from the attached image (6am yesterday to 6am today) they continue to move around. The data suggests they are not flying yet but hopefully are finding a way to get up into some of the trees they are visiting. With a little luck we are just a few days away from them actually flying. Once that happens we should see more activity as they get into higher parts of the trees and have less foliage blocking the GPS signals.
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| TrackbackMonday, June 20, 2016Star & Sky Are Roaming
I went to the nest site mid-day Sunday. I was able to see Sky in the tree, but did not see Star. Based on data from Dr. Miller over the weekend it appears Star left the tree about 6:30pm Friday. Sky was there when I visited late Sunday morning but the data shows he left the tree sometime Sunday afternoon. You can see in the attached image generally where they have been from 6am Sunday until 6am today. Hopefully they are getting some lift and getting into lower levels of the trees where they are located. We will just have to watch the next few days and see when they can get back to the nest tree.
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