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 eleven eaglets from this nest.
Since the camera was installed nearly 30 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.
It looks like we are getting close to a hatch. I was expecting the first one around the 22nd or 23rd, but I know some of you have spotted what appears to be a pip (small hole) in one egg. If that is the case I would expect a hatch later today or tomorrow. In the meantime, before we get completely focused on the hatching, I wanted to give you an update on Star & Sky. As of yesterday afternoon Star is hanging out along the Missouri River west of St. Louis. She has been in that general area for about two weeks now. Sky is still in the area between St. Louis and Springfield, Illinois. Below are tracking maps for each and one map that shows both of them at the same time.
We’ve officially made the call: The eagles laid three eggs this year!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our guessing contest and to the dedicated viewers who helped us keep track how many eggs the eagles laid. The winners of our egg-guessing contest are included below. We have started contacting all the winners, who will receive a Lagomarcino’s white-chocolate egg. If you haven’t had a chance to see all the great photos from people who participated in our Eagle Cam Eye Black contest, visit our Facebook page!
Arconic contest winners: Dennis Determan, Lindsay Gower, Sally Horst, Cedrick Parker and Kara Sturdevant
Community contest winners: Olivia Andersen, Annette Essary, Kenzey Logan, Ayden Mendoza and James Steele
Eye Black contest winners: Jacob Bland, Carol Cather, Rene Pellecchia, Carmen Ridlington and Angela Stagg
Mediacom says they worked through the weekend and are still working to resolve our upload issues. Now it appears Typepad is acting up too. That would not be a Mediacom issue. Hopefully Typepad get its issues resolved soon.
i have spoken with Mediacom about a dozen times this week. They indicate they are working on the issue slowing and interrupting our feed. They indicate it is a wider problem and they will have people on it all weekend.
I did have a technician out this morning from Mediacom. The good news is the modem is OK and the equipment inside our building is not the issue. The bad news is they don't have a solution and now have to have maintenance start checking the service from outside to see what is causing the issue.
We are having more Mediacom issues today and tonight with our feed - getting very low upload speeds and that is causing the feed to freeze up or just show a still frame at times. Technician is supposed to be out in the morning to see if he can fix.
In the meantime I thought you would all be interested to know that both Star & Sky have been moving a bit. Star has headed further south and is just north of St. Louis. Sky on the other hand has headed a bit north and is now a little south of Springfield. They are really not that far from each other as of this afternoon.
We have had a number of people post that they saw a third egg laid last night around 6-6:30pm (nest time). I was watching during part of that time and it certainly looked like she was laying an egg. Unfortunately we do not have a great view this year into the bottom of the nest. We will all continue to watch as they incubate the eggs for the next few weeks. If we are lucky we may get a better look sometime as they roll the eggs. If not, we will have to wait and see how many hatch next month. That may be the ultimate answer to the question...2 or 3?
Several of our regular viewers have seen a second egg in the nest in the last 30 minutes or so. I have seen a couple of still images and I can see what looks like it could be a second egg. Hopefully we will get a better view at some point. For now we will say egg number two has arrived. It would certainly be about the right timing. If there is to be a third egg it would likely arrive on Sunday or Monday.
As a follow-up to the unplanned downtime a couple of nights ago, we will be offline for a few hours this evening to to some planned work. It could take anywhere from 4-8 hours, but we will be back online once the work is complete.
We have seen the viewership jump since the egg was laid yesterday. If you are a teacher watching with your class, let us know. We have extra coloring/activity books from our booth at Quad City Bald Eagle Days last month and we would be happy to send a few to your classrooms. Just send us an e-mail at: email@example.com and we will put them in the mail.