A pair of bald eagles joined the Arconic 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 fourteen eaglets from this nest. The first two eaglets fledged in summer 2010 before we installed the camera and they were never named. The twelve that have fledged since then are named: Freedom, Spirit, Faith, Hope, Honor, Glory, Rudy, Star, Sky, Mercury, Gemini and Apollo.
Since the camera was installed 35 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. Arconic is proud that our unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability is helping conserve our precious natural resources.
We are just about two weeks until our hatching should begin. I would expect the first hatch around April first or second and the second hatch a day or two later. In the meantime, below are map images of where Sky(2016) and Apollo, Gemini and Mercury (all from 2017) are located today. Two in central Illinois and two in the Quad Cities mostly hanging out near the Rock River.
The first egg of the season has arrived at the Arconic EagleCam at Davenport Works. The egg was laid about 2:30pm nest time this afternoon. Liberty and Justice seem to like a challenge. Clearly it is not easy keeping your balance in a nest while it is being pushed around by 50 mph wind gusts. If there is a second egg we would expect to see it on Tuesday or Wednesday. If there is a third it would probably be 2-3 days after egg number two. If all goes well, we would be looking for a hatch during the first few days of April.
It is great to see so many folks tuning back in to watch the Arconic EagleCam. We are probably within a few days of seeing an egg in the nest. More often than not, it is the second or third week of February for us. The weather today is great to help melt any remaining ice in the nest and fluff it up with some new straw. Thanks to Judy for sending a nice screen shot she got the other day of both Liberty & Justice in the nest with a couple of deer on the ground below in the background.
Here is a quick update on the four we still see in our tracking log. Sky is along the Mississippi near Oquawka, Illinois, just south of the Quad Cities. Apollo is in Missouri just a bit southwest of Branson...probably enjoying some country music. Gemini is close to home along the Mississippi and the Rock River near the Milan Bottoms. Mercury is almost straight south of the Quad Cities not too far from Monmouth, Illinois.
Thanks to all the folks who stopped out for Bald Eagle Days last weekend. Despite the snow we still had thousands of people attend the event in Rock Island.
January 11-13 is Bald Eagle Days in the Quad Cities. Arconic will have a booth again this year. If you are at the event please stop by our booth and say hello. You can also sign up to win some EagleCam merchandise. We will also have coloring books for the kids and a big screen TV showing a view of the nest.
Below are maps showing the current locations of the four we continue to track. Sky from our nest in 2016 is still checking in along with Apollo, Gemini and Mercury from 2017. Sky seems to be along the Missouri/Arkansas border south of Branson while the crew from 2017 all seem to be near the nest or just south of the Quad Cities.
A few weeks ago we were able to get back up to the tree and better position a new camera that will give us an improved angle into the nest once we get to egg time. Thanks to our Arconic Electricians for making that happen in time for the 2019 nesting season!
Yesterday we installed a new camera near the nest. It was not an easy place to install and so the camera was mounted sideways. It is slightly higher and a bit to the right of the current nest view. It does give us a better view into the nest. I hope we have also fixed our Infra-Red light so we will be able to see the nest better at night.
Our weather will be turning cooler soon and that also means we will begin to see activity at the nest pick up in the next month or so. Remember we typically see eggs laid in this nest between the middle and end of February.
We continue to get tracking information from four of the five eagles tagged from this nest in 2016 and 2017. Below are maps from today. You will see that Apollo is in central Illinois, between Peoria and Springfield. Sky is in west-central Illinois between Macomb and St. Louis. Both Gemini and Mercury are hanging out around the vicinity of the Quad Cities, not too far from this nest.
Star has not checked in and Sky has not for a few days. Apollo, Gemini and Mercury are checking in nearly every day. Below are maps showing locations from earlier today. Apollo is heading south via the middle of Iowa. Maybe heading back to Missouri where she spent much of last summer. Gemini and Mercury are back hanging out on the outskirts of the Quad Cities...at least for now.
Today four of the five kids checked in. Star has been out of touch for over 100 days. Based on the activity of the others we are certainly hopeful Star will make contact one of these days soon. In the meantime, here are maps for the four that did check in today. Two are back near the Quad Cities, one is near Duluth and one is near Rochester.