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Johnson City Bluff City
UPDATE from Kevin Brooks, December 20, 2017 at 6:24pm:
Bluff City eagle update: As you avid Eagle watchers may have noticed, the Bluff City nest has gone quiet. I spent 3 hrs in the field today with Bob Cheers looking for Frances and Eugene. Through talking to locals (great people!) we zeroed in on the eagles' new nest site. Yes, they are building a new nest (pictures on Facebook) about a mile and a half from the cameras.
Bob and I located Frances and Eugene doing nestorations. Eugene perched like a statue as Frances was gliding tree to tree trying to break sticks and branches almost frantically for the new nest. It was most entertaining!
Here's what we're planning.
1) We still have one active nest in Johnson City. Let's watch our Noshi and Shima, and have an amazing nesting season! We literally have all of our eggs in one basket this season, so let's show them some love.
2) Michelle France, our fantastically dedicated BC fans, and myself will continue to check on the currently abandoned nest through egg-laying season (mid February). It is possible we could have a Great Horned Owl or Red-tailed Hawk pair take over the nest as these species are known to readily take over abandoned eagle nests. Great Horned Owls should nest in January and Red-tailed Hawks will nest in March so hope is not yet lost. With some luck we may have to change our name to ETSU RaptorCams or something. There is even a small chance that Frances and Eugene will go back to the nest. Let's just stay optimistic for now.
3) If the current nest remains unused this season, I have already made contact with the landowner where the new nest is located. He is more than willing to allow us rights to put cameras on the new nest tree. It is too late in the season to move the cameras this season, but it will be a relatively "easy" thing to set up for next season. That's great news!
Remember we knew this was going to happen at some point! With the racoons disturbing the nest we just weren't expecting it to be so soon. We are actually lucky in their choice of new landowner. These birds haven't read our scripts and are just being natural. Thank you and let's have a great season with ETSU EagleCams!
We look forward to another great season!
Upgrades during the 2016-2017 Nesting Season
Cameras were upgraded, including the addition of another camera at each nest, as well as infrared technology for night viewing of the nests.
Brandon Bragg, our expert tree climber, scaled nearly 80 feet in order to install the second camera directly over the Eagles' nest. This overhead view will allow us to better see the eaglets once they hatch.
This is possible because of your support!
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Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to the upcoming 2017-2018 nesting season with you.
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