EAGLE WATCHERS TAKE NOTE! From REF Docent Skye Taylor: There is some interesting activity in IL that I have been aware of but not following closely until this weekend. I thought too, that you might find it interesting. This cam is monitoring the nesting activities of a trio of eagles, now raising two eaglets that are almost 3 weeks old. The trio consists of two males (named Valor 1 and Valor 2) one female (Hope). All three are cooperatively caring for and raising the young ones. Unfortunately, an unknown eagle attacked the nest, early Friday evening when the mom was on the nest and a fight ensued. This was 3/24/17 around 6 - 7 pm central. The eaglets were abandoned for I think five hours and then both males took over. Being less than 3 weeks, the eaglets were lucky they didn't die of hypothermia. At this point, the female has not been seen. USF&W searched for her on Saturday to no avail. The nest was attacked again on Sunday evening by two eagles but the Dads were okay as well as the chicks.
So, we now have an active nest with two chicks being raised cooperatively by two Dads.
Since my return to Colorado a few days ago, I've not yet had an opportunity to meet our rather rare fellow who was posted previously on this page. With the snowy, rainy, and blustery weather I thought that maybe our uncommon visitor had departed. But as I was leaving our parking lot today, guess who appeared out of the grasses and ran right in front of me? I stumbled all over myself to get the tripod and camera set in an attempt to capture a little of this fellow to share with you. It was a bit windy, and this long-tailed, long-beaked bird just did not want to hold steady as he made a full 180 degree arc around our parking lot and vanished behind our new female bald eagle's enclosure. I wonder if he had any idea of what was just on the other side of that fence as he hunted through the dense grass...beep, beep! ...
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Beep beep! Anne Price writing today, but first we need to jump back three days to last Sunday, March 19. Imagine my complete shock when I arrived at our facility at 9:10AM and spied a bird that initially appeared to be an immature Cooper’s hawk, but with a tail longer than a magpie’s! I hastily ended my cell phone call, and after grabbing the binocs, I determined that the bird was in fact a greater roadrunner.
He was sitting on a wing wall which runs along the south side of our office. As I approached him, he flew up into a tree, scattering a few house sparrows. I moved south, up the hill held somewhat in place by said wall, I continued to shoot photos with my cell phone. He then flew towards me, curving to the south, and landed not more than eight feet away. I froze, he gave me the once-over, and then he walked east towards I-76, stalking in the grass and poking around with his beak.
He returned around 11:50 AM and was captured on camera again by one of our docents, Mitch Skinner of Highlands Ranch, who was training a raptor on our front porch/entrance area. He also reported to me that the roadrunner seemed relatively unconcerned by his presence, and walked up the hill into the grass.
In the almost nine years that we’ve been at our Brighton facility, we’ve seen nearly every species of Colorado diurnal raptor fly over head, or perch somewhere on the property, but never this “bird of prey” that hunts without talons. AND...he showed up again today (3/22) in the parking lot around noon, where we witnessed him successfully hunting bugs around the cars.
This isn't an Adams County record, according to Colorado Field Ornithologists. But it's certainly made us sit up and take notice! We hope he'll find someplace covered and warm when the snow hits on Friday. ...
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