Eagle Update, September 12, 2014
As you know, both of our eagles were seen in the nest last night. It's a very exciting time as we continue preparations for the upcoming nesting season.
Update: our new camera is not quite ready for prime time. We have had some issues with it and are continuing to work with experts to fix them. We will post when it is ready for public viewing.We will be moving the approach cam next week; this includes installing a new camera and moving the view so that it is a little higher.
We welcome you to the 2014-15 season. Thank you for watching and thank you for being part of an incredible opportunity!
Eagle Update, September 3, 2014
A second nest camera, a Pelco, donated by Schneider Electric, has been installed by a crew from Georgia Power Company. The new camera was placed on a limb opposite the current nest camera and will feature sound. We are in the process of changing the approach camera and may move it to a nearby tree. During the installation, a sub adult eagle circled the nest several times. We believe this is the same sub adult who has been seen in and near the nest during the past week. Our male adult eagle has also been seen in the nest in recent days. It will be interesting to see what happens. It is possible that the sub adult (probably about 4-5 years old) is looking for a place to nest and has found our eagle nest. Eagles are opportunistic and would rather take over an existing nest than build a new one. We have not yet seen the female adult eagle, and the sub adult has not been accompanied by a mate.
Many thanks to Pelco and Georgia Power for their assistance with the Berry College Eagles! The crew brought in a special lift truck that was able to get to the nest, about 115 feet up in the top of a large pine tree. The crew not only installed the new camera but they were able to tilt the current nest camera for a better view. We have not activated the new camera but will let you know when it is ready to go!
Eagle Update, August 29, 2014
The eagle cameras and the live stream will be taken off-line on Tuesday, September 2 in order to add a second camera to the nest tree and re-orient the current camera. The approach camera may also be relocated. The cameras will remain off-line until they have been tested and re-connected to our network. Thank you for your patience as we prepare for the new eagle season.
The male eagle was seen visiting the nest for the first time on August 27. There have been eagle sightings in the area during the summer but this is the first time we have seen one of the eagles in the nest. We have not seen the female yet although “a pair” of eagles has been seen on campus.
In September 2013, our bald eagle couple returned to the Berry College campus and to their nest in a tall pine tree situated between the main entrance and the parking lot of the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center.
The couple spent several months repairing and adding to the nest and catching fish and coots in the nearby Berry quarry, Oostanaula River and Garden Lakes. An egg was produced on January 14, 2014, followed by a second egg on January 17. An eaglet chick hatched on Saturday, February 22, from one of the two eggs laid in January. But the other egg is not viable and has been buried in the nest.
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Berry College’s original bald eagle parents began making the nest in March 2012, an unusual time for nest-building in the life-cycle of eagles.
Eagles have been reported in the vicinity of the campus for the past two to three years, but this is the first documented nest in the modern history of Floyd County. The eagles were seen carrying sticks to build their nest, but to the disappointment of many, they had nested too late to produce offspring. By April they were gone.
In October 2012, the eagles returned to the nest, and two eggs were laid in December. Both eggs hatched by January 2013, and both eaglets fledged (flew) during the last week of April. Eaglet 1 flew on April 22 and Eaglet 2 flew on April 28.
During the 2013 season, there were documented sightings on campus of the original pair, their two eaglets and at least four juvenile eagles.
Please check the Berry College Eagles Facebook page for regular updates this year. Bald eagles mate for life, and we are hopeful that we will enjoy their presence at Berry for many years to come.
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--- Georgia Power donated a truck and manpower to install a small camera with a direct view of the nest. The camera was donated by Sony and the wireless transmission and equipment were donated by Fluid Mesh Networks.
Female bringing in a fish to the nest to feed her fledglings (5/13/13)
Female feeding one of her eaglets (last season)
Female brings a branch from a nearby tree for nest additions (last season)
Female surveying an area near the nest while sitting on one of her favorite perching branches (last season)
Female doing a "fly by" checking on the nest (last season)
Female perched in a tree near the nest (last season)
Female flying near the nest (1/19/14)
Male (right) and female (left) perched on one of their favorite branches
near the nest in the late afternoon under a half moon (1/8/14)
Male (right) female (left) perched on one of their favorite branches near the nest in the late afternoon (1/8/14)
Female taking a stretch as the male surveys the sky (1/18/14)
Male hovering over the nest as he checks on his mate (1/20/14)
Juvenile flies toward the nest while vocalizing as food was brought in by one of the parents (last season)
Female bringing in a small branch to add to the nest while the male is sitting on the nest incubating the eggs (1/27/14)
Female hunting at a nearby lake (1/30/14)
Male perched in a tree near the nest (1/27/14)
Male bringing in grass to soften the nest (1/31/14)
Juvenile from last season flying near the nest (4/30/13)
Juvenile from last season coming in for a landing at the nest tree (4/30/13)
Female flying from the nest as the male flies in (2/9/14)
Female flying as the male watches in the nest (2/9/14)
Female perched in a tree near the nest (2/16/14)
Female flies from the nest as her eaglets watch (last season)
Male (left) female (right) in a tree near the nest (2/16/14)
Male (left) female (right) on a limb near the nest (11/29/13)
The Berry Eagles perched on a tree behind Hermann Hall (1/8/14)
Georgia Power working with Berry College to install an nest camera for the Berry College Eagles
Georgia Power working with Berry College to install a nest camera for the Berry College Eagles