12:00 lovethisnest7: QUESTION: you are sure that these are the same eagles from last year? how soon after last year's eaglet did the nest deteriorate?
12:00 sarge31: QUESTION can you give a brief summary of the eaglets hatching, eyesight, eating habits, growth...etc ??
12:01 KarenVA_WE: ok, we are ready to begin, please welcome and give the floor to Annette_2014
12:01 annette_2014: hi everyone!
12:01 Eagle_Spy_2012: Hi Annette welcome!
12:01 wedoresale: welcome Annette
12:01 KarenVA_WE: she can introduce herself
12:01 CoCaNana: welcome Annette, thanks for being here
12:02 jojo1951: Hello Annette thanks for talking to us
12:02 annette_2014: my pleasure, lets have some fun.
12:02 LambchopPa: Im excited!
12:02 kashmere-PA: Welcome
12:02 linda37360: hi annette welcome
12:03 vlb50: Thank you!! Such a great site.
12:03 CoCaNana: QUESTION, where is best place to view the nest and easiest way to get there
12:03 KarenVA_WE: annette, please introduce yourself and how you are involved then the questions can start
12:03 jojo1951: QUESTION when hatching, will mama help at all ?
12:03 annette_2014: the best place is on the bike trail near sandcastle. park at costco in waterfront and its a 1.5 mile walk to the nest.
12:04 CoCaNana: ty
12:04 jean4929: QUESTION-when do parents detect life in the egg before it hatches?
12:04 LambchopPa: QUESTION: with the parents show any signs that the hatching is bout to happen and will they remain in the nest if they need help?
12:05 KITPennsylvania: Please be patient and wait for the answer to the previous question before asking one or some will be skipped over!
12:05 annette_2014: i am an eagle enthusiast and amatuer photographer and have spent hundreds of hours observing the eagles in Hays.
12:05 kashmere-PA: QUESTION: Is there a way to have people realize that we cannot get involved People keep saying to put things up to secure the area and when weather is bad, that we should help
12:05 kashmere-PA: This is to see nature being real without our interaction
12:06 annette_2014: i know the parents can hear tapping ing the egg prior to it hatching cause it becomes thinner.
12:07 jean4929: ty
12:08 conure09: question: can u tell how old the Eagles are?
12:08 jojo1951: QUESTION will mama help chick break out
12:08 annette_2014: i believe the eagles are about 5-6 years old.
12:09 conure09: thank you.
12:09 steelerfan83: QUESTION do they hear them chirping in egg
12:09 KarenVA_WE: there are some other questions above, please allow annette time to look at them too
12:09 annette_2014: maybe not chirping but beaks clicking
12:09 KarenVA_WE: if your question is missed, please be patient or ask again
12:09 LambchopPa: QUESTION: will the parents stay in or around the nest?
12:10 annette_2014: yes they will stay near the nest, lambchop
12:10 tymbur58: why does the daddy keep turning all the way around
12:10 MaryMar13: definately!!!
12:11 annette_2014: he just staying comfy
12:11 conure09: question: do they Eagles stay here year round or do they go somewhere else?
12:11 tymbur58: so there isnt any reason for it
12:11 kashmere-PA: QUESTION I asked about helping to make it clear to people about us not getting involved and if you could please clear that up about how we do not step in
12:12 annette_2014: these eagles never left the area since last january whenthey arrived.
12:12 CoCaNana: QUESTION do the momma and pappa help the babied out of egg and will both of them be there when eggs hatch?
12:12 conure09: that is waesome thanks
12:12 ixip: QUESTION Is the juvenile from last year still around?
12:12 conure09: awesome sorry
12:12 tymbur58: how do you know which is daddy and mommy what seperates them
12:13 annette_2014: Kashmere, not sure I understand...who are "we" not getting involved?
12:13 BBoppsinNM: QUESTION: how long does baby stay with parents?
12:14 ron1953: if a chick dye will they eat it
12:14 annette_2014: we have seen juvie recently. not sure if it is ours or a migrant. parents have been pretty tolerant of this juvie so maybe........
12:14 wyzrdtowr: QUESTION why do they arrange the egss different ways, mom in triangle..dad ina a row?
12:14 annette_2014: daddy is smaller than mama and has a little white spot on right hip.
12:14 kashmere-PA: QUESTION People keep wanting intervention to keep them safe. Security fences, stepping in when it is cold, giving them food, etc. People have called different organizations and wanted action taken.
12:15 jojo1951: QUESTION are our eagles displaying normal pre hatching behavior ex. adding too & fluffing nest ?
12:15 kashmere-PA: Can you clear it up that we need to stay out of it and this is nature being nature and we have to remember that
12:15 luisatoffoli: Question from Italy. Give a name to male and female?
12:15 tymbur58: how do you know which is daddy and mommy what seperates them
12:16 annette_2014: baby will stay until she learnes to fly and hunt on her own. usually 3 months or so
12:16 annette_2014: thank you!
12:16 curiousgirl74: QUESTION: Where does the dad go at night when mom is sleeping in the nest?
12:17 annette_2014: No one including the game commision will intervene unless the baby is left alone by a parent dying etc. they are wild animals and should stay that way.
12:18 annette_2014: i have witnessed dad sitting in the same tree about 100 ft to the left of the nest almost every night where he can still watch nest.
12:18 jean4929: QUESTION how close together will eggs laid days apart hatch?
12:18 curiousgirl74: Thank you so very much Annette!!! :)
12:19 LambchopPa: QUESTION: how soon will the hatchlings sex be told?
12:19 tymbur58: how do you know which is daddy and mommy what seperates them
12:19 ixip: QUESTION What are the rules for viewing nest from ground?
12:19 annette_2014: hatch are expected to be 3/26, 3/30, and 4/2.
12:19 kashmere-PA: Thank you That is what I meant People not interfering
12:20 CoCaNana: QUESTION do the momma and pappa help the babied out of egg and will both of them be there when eggs hatch?
12:20 conure09: Tymbur dad has a white marking on his left side and he is smaller then the female
12:20 annette_2014: we never found out the sex of last years juvie. no real way to tell unless they are banded.
12:20 tymbur58: thank you
12:20 conure09: your welcome
12:20 janburk: QUESTION: when a nest is to be built, does the male start building it first, thank you
12:20 LambchopPa: Thank you Annette.
12:21 BBoppsinNM: QUESTION: what is likelihood that all three eggs will survive?
12:21 ron1953: will they reuse the same nest next year
12:21 annette_2014: viewing from the ground ..... you are far enough away from the nest that there arent many rules, just etiquette. no loud loud noise. however they live above a train so they are used to noise.
12:22 pagram84-1: QQ..are blood tests done to determine sex of eaglets?
12:22 birdseye2u: QUESTION:will there be signs of impending hatch?
12:22 annette_2014: if a chick dies they may eat or push over the edge.
12:23 jojo1951: QUESTION are these eagles exhibiting no0rmal pre hatching behavior EX. fluffing nest ?
12:23 annette_2014: they will reuse the same nest for years
12:23 carriedonpinions: QUESTION:all of the nests I watch, the birds have names. Why is this do the powers that be find no need to name these eagles when other Pa nests have names? And why is there no banding of eagles in Pa
12:23 annette_2014: they havent tested any eaglets from this area for gender.
12:24 feather123fan: Q, the forecast for next week is a dip back into unseasonably cold temps (e.g. even colder than this week). Could that pose a danger for the babies?
12:24 pagram84-1: ty annette
12:25 annette_2014: naming is just to keep them "wild". as for no banding I am not sure of that but will try to find an answer for you before next session.
12:25 kashmere-PA: QUESTION Do the family members stay in close proximity to each other even after they start their own family or do they just completely go their seperate ways?
12:25 annette_2014: they will stay warm. eagles have a body temperature of about 105 degrees,
12:26 feather123fan: O.k. thanks annette!
12:26 annette_2014: eaglets go there own way and start anew. adults stay together for life. however if ones they will find a new mate very quickly.
12:26 wyzrdtowr: Question why do the male and female arrange the eggs different ways?
12:27 annette_2014: i know they turn them to keep them evenly warm. dont know why they have their own way of doing this.
12:27 CoCaNana: QUESTION do the momma and pappa help the babied out of egg and will both of them be there when eggs hatch?
12:27 Bilw: If an eagle breaks the front of it's beak off, will it starve
12:27 linda37360: they just showed the eagles on kdka more at 5
12:28 tymbur58: you said annette they keep the same nest so next year we can expect the same eagles to have babies
12:28 BethPa: I just saw on the news, that a story will be coming up later today about increasing security around the Eagles. Do you know why?
12:28 jean4929: QUESTION do parents abandon nest if clutch is "lost:?
12:28 Shell_88: Regrding turning: Sine male is smaller & has a smallerbrood patch to keep them warm, he will arrage them his way, & mom does her way du to her size & larger brood patch. :-)
12:28 feather123fan: I believe last night Mom readjusted them from line formation (she had been sitting on) to triangle (?)
12:28 annette_2014: mama and papa will be very nearby when they hatch. she may help baby out.
12:29 CoCaNana: ty
12:29 KarenVA_WE: if you have a question, please put QUESTION- in front of it, allow Annette to answer and plz hold extra chit chat until session is over, thanks
12:29 annette_2014: thanks shell
12:30 Shell_88: Great job Annette!
12:30 wyzrdtowr: thanks, Annette and Shell
12:30 annette_2014: thank you
12:30 carriedonpinions: Question:So unlike other raptors, there is no real conversation program in Pa of eagles?
12:30 Bilw: Question: if an eagle breaks it's beak, will it starve?
12:31 feather123fan: Oops, sorry, didn't realize it was official question/ answer session. I just popped in in the middle with my question, thanks for answsering it.
12:31 janburk: QUESTION: wil the male while finding a mate be building a nest thank you
12:31 annette_2014: carrie, i will try to find out more from game commission about conservation.
12:31 sunshine061956: Question: what are the chances that there will be 3 live births??
12:31 annette_2014: it will not starve
12:31 Bilw: ty
12:31 jojo1951: QUESTUON.. will mama exhibit any peculiar signs of impending "hatch " ?
12:32 BBoppsinNM: QUESTION: are all three egg expected to survive?
12:32 Bilw: Lots of good questions here
12:32 annette_2014: the chances are good but the chance of all 3 surviving is much lower.
12:32 flynnigan: QUESTION: On average, how long does it take to build a nest of this size?
12:32 sunshine061956: ty annette
12:32 conure09: Question: How come?
12:32 kashmere-PA: QUESTION Is it possible for 3 babies to make it to adulthood?
12:33 annette_2014: they were wonderful parents last year and there is plenty of food nearby in the mon
12:33 birdseye2u: QUESTION: repeat-are there signs the eggs will hatch soon such as "LABOR"
12:33 tymbur58: Question, Annette, you said they keep the same nest is that correct? and if they do will we expect them to have babies again next year
12:33 KITPennsylvania: Mon being the Mongahela River
12:34 Eagle_Spy_2012: QUESTION: In your hundred hours of study can you tell me something that happen during your study that you find amazing or different about this nest?.
12:34 annette_2014: they began building about 9/15/2013. so several months and they will add on each year!
12:34 Karen-inVA: To share Annette's intro for those that missed it - Annette is an eagle enthusiast and amatuer photographer and has spent hundreds of hours observing the eagles in Hays.
12:34 SweetPandora369: QUESTION:Why is the Pennsylvania Game Comission increasing patrols and security in the nest area?
12:34 annette_2014: yes they should try to have babies again next year.
12:34 tymbur58: ty
12:34 Bilw: Kash she said chances are good but all may not survive
12:35 annette_2014: i will speak to the game commission for a better reply and get back to you.
12:35 kashmere-PA: QUESTION When mom was being attacked by hawk/jeuvie bird for that hour, why didn't dad come? She was really distressed!
12:36 annette_2014: dad may not have been nearby....ie getting a fish
12:36 steelerfan83: QUESTION are the branches on the sides of nest high enough right now so they dodnt fall out
12:37 annette_2014: the nest is pretty deep!
12:37 Bilw: That hawk may have been waiting for an opportunity
12:38 curiousgirl74: QUESTION: Will all 5 of them stay in the nest together - or does mom sleep elsewhere at night once the little ones come along
12:39 annette_2014: sometimes they will all be in the nest and sometimes one will roost on a tree nearby and also sleep there.
12:39 curiousgirl74: TY Annette
12:39 annette_2014: you are all very welcome
12:39 Bilw: Question: The diet sems all protein, do they eat any veg. or carbs
12:39 Eagle_Spy_2012: QUESTION: In your hundred hours of study can you tell me something that happen during your study that you find amazing or different about this nest?.
12:40 KITPennsylvania: Any questions that we have missed? Please repost it! Thank you!
12:40 Hays_Eagles_Fan: QUESTION how far do eagles generally fly from the nest when looking for food?
12:40 annette_2014: never seen them eat anything besides protein
12:40 steelerfan83: QUESTION this may be stupid but dont the babies need water and how do they get it
12:41 flynnigan: QUESTION: Once the trees have leaves, will the nest still be visible from the ground/bike trail?
12:41 lovethisnest7: QUESTION: is there going to be a script of this session to refer to later? Have had to answer the phone.
12:41 annette_2014: im amazed that they rebuilt in the same area as last season with all the noise and commotion!
12:41 wyzrdtowr: QUESTION please describe 'branching"
12:41 KITPennsylvania: love yes
12:41 carriedonpinions: Question:was there just one egg last year? And what can you tell us about its fall and having to fledge from a limb?
12:42 annette_2014: But watching them fly in with sticks and maneuver them around for hours is fascinating.
12:42 Eagle_Spy_2012: ty
12:42 BBoppsinNM: QUESTION: are there eagles in all 50 states?
12:42 annette_2014: dont know how many eggs last year because no web cam to record. but only one eaglet.
12:42 Shell_88: QUESTION: Annette, do you ve a website where we can view your pics you have taken? And if so, are prints available for purchase?
12:43 Eagle_Spy_2012: QUESTION: How do Eaglets get water..we all need water..or don't they need it till they are older?
12:43 annette_2014: i believe most states except hawaii
12:44 Pghcatlover: Hi I'm Steffi and I'm working on the transcript.
12:44 annette_2014: the eaglet fell on june 9 after the nest slipped after bad rain and wind. It took hours to find her but my husband spotted her 20 ft below the nest in a viney area.
12:44 annette_2014: she remained there for 20 days being brought food by parents.
12:45 annette_2014: eaglets get water from their food.
12:45 Bilw: wow! talk about stressed out parents
12:45 jean4929: QUESTION dov they have differant calls for differant reasons ie danger/break time etc?
12:46 annette_2014: IM the one who was stressed! lol
12:46 Bilw: I bet!
12:46 annette_2014: yes they sound different at different times
12:47 Custards: Whats that noise in background?
12:47 Hays_Eagles_Fan: any idea on how fr they normally travel from the nest to look for food? a mile? tens of miles?
12:47 annette_2014: scrapyard below and 2 train tracks, noisy!
12:47 Bilw: question: was it determined positivly that DDT was culprit in bad eggs?
12:47 crystal115: is this nest a good size for the eaglets?
12:48 sunshine061956: Plus the traffic on Carson Street
12:48 steelerfan83: QUESTION if something would happen to one of the parents can one make it alone with babies
12:48 annette_2014: i think up to 15 miles if they have to for food
12:48 Hays_Eagles_Fan: wow that's amazing
12:48 KITPennsylvania: Reminder to start your questions with the word in caps QUESTION
12:48 carriedonpinions: Question:since it is so noisy, and they have excellant hearing, what is your comment on the raccon attack?
12:48 annette_2014: good question, steelerfan. i will find out.
12:48 Eagle-eye717: How come on the noon news they said they increasing security
12:49 ixip: Question do you visit nest just about everyday?
12:49 crystal115: QUESTION is this nest a good size for the eaglets?
12:49 steelerfan83: tks anette
12:49 Custards: Some noisy customer like racoons
12:49 annette_2014: she was asleep and the raccoon was hungry...
12:49 wyzrdtowr: QUESTION describe 'branching', please
12:49 lovethisnest7: I'll bet that raccoon will be a meal soon!!!
12:50 annette_2014: 4-5 days a week if the weather is good. and yes always in the summer.
12:50 Custards: He won't live Eagles have claws w/pressure
12:50 ixip: Thank you annette for your time today.
12:50 annette_2014: yw
12:51 annette_2014: the raccoon was no match for her
12:51 canonusr: Great Job Annette!!
12:51 conure09: i have learned alot todya appericate your time Annette
12:51 Custards: Right on
12:51 jojo1951: ANNETTE thanks 4 your time & info & tolerating all of us !
12:51 jean4929: will you coe back after eggs hatch for us please
12:51 carriedonpinions: Question: will you come back after the eaglets are born and grow? Thank you!
12:51 annette_2014: thanks for your patience, i know im far behind. if I skip a question, please no its not intentional.
12:51 kashmere-PA: Thank for all of the information Annette
12:52 steelerfan83: your doing fine
12:52 Bilw: Question Repete: Was it determined positivly that DDT was culprit in egg demise? Good job byt the way
12:52 debb6255: wyzrd..branching is when the eaglet goes out from the nest onto a branch to get ready for fledge
12:52 annette_2014: i am willing to help as often as i can. (and am asked to do so)
12:52 wyzrdtowr: Thanks, debb
12:52 debb6255: yw
12:52 annette_2014: thank you debb, im behind.
12:53 kashmere-PA: QUESTION About how long after they branch will it be before they fledge
12:53 debb6255: yw annette
12:53 crystal115: I bet the racoon was looking for extra food scraps and got a shock when he saw the mom up there
12:53 debb6255: 3 months or so kash
12:54 debb6255: sorry that is 3 months from nest
12:54 kashmere-PA: Wow ok thanks thought it would be soon after thanks
12:54 annette_2014: I saw a raccoon messing with the nest in october when no one was in it.
12:54 CoCaNana: QUESTION::::, I've noticed that the eagles have their beaks partially opened a lot more today then I've seen in th epast, Is there a reason for this?????
12:54 carriedonpinions: Question:I know predators will try to get the chicks, have you seen a lot of predators in the area?
12:54 annette_2014: they cool off with their mouths open.
12:54 CoCaNana: Oh, thanks
12:55 SweetPandora369: QUESTION: On my last trips to Alaska and Arizona, the eagles' wingspans were larger in Alaska than Arizona by almost a foot. How do these compare in size to "average"?
12:55 CoCaNana: makes sense since a warmer day in DABurgh
12:55 crystal115: warmer for her mama
12:55 crystal115: maybe
12:55 annette_2014: i have seen redtails, turkey vultures etc. no match for adult but baby can be a target. they watch pretty closely.
12:56 kashmere-PA: This could be hard to watch soon if they are threatened
12:56 conure09: Question: if baby being attacked will they come in an attack?
12:56 steelerfan83: QUESTION how high is the nest
12:56 LambchopPa: QUESTION: The daddy looe to be panting earlier...do they prefer the cooler temps? The nest seems very sunny today without leaves yet.
12:56 sandy1829: How often do they roll the eggs?
12:56 annette_2014: you may see things you dont want to see. this is nature.
12:57 annette_2014: yes they will chase off predators if too close to baby.
12:57 crystal115: QUESTION how old are mom and dad?
12:57 bakerladys: daddy is really focused on something.
12:57 CoCaNana: all a part of the circle of life annette, expect the unexpected....
12:57 annette_2014: we believe 5 - 6 years old
12:57 conure09: that is mom on nest
12:58 crystal115: pretty new adults
12:58 Antlouie: Why do male and female have different ways of positioning the eggs?
12:58 annette_2014: yes, we believe last year was first attempt at parenting and they did great!
12:58 kashmere-PA: I hope people will prepare themselves and remember this is their life story
12:58 bakerladys: ok thanks didnt know , just got back on.
12:58 conure09: that's ok
12:58 MaryMar13: about how mahy times a day do they change places
12:59 CoCaNana: well said kash
12:59 annette_2014: was told by someone earlier that because dad is smaller that he arranges them to fit under his chest different than mom.
13:00 conure09: Mary so far they have switched 3 times
13:00 steelerfan83: QUESTION how high is the nest
13:00 SweetPandora369: Qustion: On my last trip to Alaska and to Arizona, I noticed that the eagles' wingspans were larger in Alaska than Arizona by almost a foot. How do these compare in size to "average"?
13:00 annette_2014: personally i have seen them change 6-7 times a day. thats only during daylight hours too.
13:00 Antlouie: Thanks! This is enjoyable/educational.
13:01 annette_2014: the nest is about 40 ft from the ground but its on a hillside so about 200 ft from the trail.
13:01 carriedonpinions: Thank you Annette! Happy Eagle watching!
13:01 steelerfan83: tks
13:01 KITPennsylvania: Any questions we missed?
13:02 Shell_88: QUESTION: Do you have a website where we can view your pics you have taken?
13:02 Eagle_Spy_2012: QUESTION: Is your study on the internet?
13:02 annette_2014: oh many good ones on bald eagles of w pa facebook page. some on flickr
13:02 steelerfan83: thank you for your time annette please come back
13:03 sunshine061956: There's the eggs!!
13:03 Eagle_Spy_2012: Ty Annette I have learned a lot from you.
13:03 Shell_88: OK- so it's under W PA on facebook?
13:03 LambchopPa: Learned alot...thank you!
13:03 lovethisnest7: Love your pictures on the Facebook page.
13:04 annette_2014: Bald eagles of western Pa
13:05 Antlouie: how do you access pictures on fb?
13:05 Shell_88: TY! Terrific! :-) Great job today!
13:05 annette_2014: thanks to all of you, im enjoying this.
13:05 Hays_Eagles_Fan: TY Annette
13:05 EagkeEyeTomR: QUESTION: Are there other eagle webcams in Pgh?
13:05 LambchopPa: Hope to bike the trail soon...will take binos and hope to find this nest!
13:05 annette_2014: not yet.
13:05 kashmere-PA: Question Pittsburgh ones seem to be the ones people are interested, there are others in PA Are they getting ready to hatch eggs too? How many are there in PA along?
13:05 annette_2014: i will help you lambchop.
13:07 annette_2014: the interest in pittsburgh is overwhelming because its in such a metro area and we havent had eagles for decades. the eaglet last year was the first in 200 years.
13:07 LambchopPa: AWE! Thank you Annette!!
13:07 conure09: we have come a long way then
13:07 steelerfan83: QUESTION when mom goes out during day does she look for food or just chill out and get nesting
13:07 annette_2014: i am there alot! i should get a life but for now this is my life! its a great hobby.
13:07 kashmere-PA: Thanks I knew they hadn't been here
13:08 kashmere-PA: That is a long time
13:08 jean4929: advocation?
13:08 kashmere-PA: Would love to go to trail with you some time
13:08 annette_2014: Friday she was gone for an hour and a half when i was there so probably fishing and chilling. she deserves it.
13:09 Eagle_Spy_2012: My bird dog goes crazy too!
13:09 annette_2014: i am an amateur jean.
13:09 steelerfan83: i agree annette tks
13:09 carriedonpinions: Question:Karen, or Kit, could we get someone from the PA Game Commission here to answer the state related questions?
13:09 conure09: she seems to set on the eggs the most how come?
13:10 MaryMar13: What is their life span?
13:10 KarenVA_WE: carrie, this is first of others we are hoping to arrange, no promises but we will try
13:10 carriedonpinions: ty!
13:10 annette_2014: i posted a pic on FB of my cat staring at cam. I had to close it to get him to move.
13:10 flynnigan: QUESTION: Is the nest easily visible from the trail when there are leaves on the trees?
13:10 conure09: My Sun Conure is afraid of the noise
13:10 annette_2014: lifespan 15 -20 years
13:10 kashmere-PA: Me too
13:11 kashmere-PA: Good life span
13:11 feather123fan: QUESTION related to Steeler's earlier question, When we haven't observed them eating in the nest for day or two, are Mom and Dad grabbing meals on the go? I guess you partly answered already
13:11 carriedonpinions: Wray the Catalina Eagle was 28 then she disappeared
13:11 annette_2014: they began building nest in september and leaves were less and less every time i saw it. not sure how it will look in full bloom.
13:11 BirdFriend7: QUESTION: Do you own any exotic birds ?
13:12 steelerfan83: QUESTION this may sound stupid again but do they have teeth
13:12 annette_2014: no teeth
13:13 annette_2014: no exotic birds at home.
13:13 annette_2014: they can live up to 30 years but average is less unless in captivity.
13:13 Antlouie: did I read that adults regurgitate food for babies?
13:14 annette_2014: eagles dont regurgitate
13:14 kashmere-PA: Wow
13:14 ShamrockT3: Pigeons do that
13:14 KITPennsylvania: tops Q&A Session started at noon and there will be a transcript to read later on what you missed
13:14 Antlouie: so they just put small pieces in their mouths?
13:14 ShamrockT3: pigeon soup
13:14 eagle526: Annette i live in New Castle Pa and I have a pair of Eagles here in the river valley near my home. I have yet to find their nest after a year of searching..
13:14 carriedonpinions: ty. I have to go. This was awesome!
13:14 topsgtusmc1: ok appreciate u
13:14 BethPa: QUESTION, not sure if this has been asked, but sometimes I see her panting a lot. Why?
13:14 lovethisnest7: Thanks Kit! Looking forward to the transcript. Missed alot.
13:15 jean4929: doves make a sort'a milk in their craw
13:15 annette_2014: they dont regurge to feed young anyway
13:15 ShamrockT3: i thinkthy do expell capsules of bones and undigtable parts
13:15 steelerfan83: QUESTION whats the biggest creature they can bring back to the nest
13:15 ShamrockT3: sort of like a cat with a hair ball
13:15 LambchopPa: This was great...I must go...had a great time...one must get to work!
13:15 kashmere-PA: Buzzards do
13:16 topsgtusmc1: there lifting ability is 4 #
13:16 annette_2014: they can lift 4 lbs
13:16 Shell_88: Bald eagles don't expel pellets
13:16 annette_2014: i have seen rats and snakes in their talons, yummy!
13:17 kashmere-PA: Rabbits too huh?
13:17 lovethisnest7: Saw what looked like a cat on the Davenport nest a few years ago.
13:17 annette_2014: have heard that they will take a small kitten or puppy in a yard so bring them in if you live in hays lol
13:17 topsgtusmc1: mostly they r fishers,but do ea other small prey
13:18 CoCaNana: QUESTION::::why do they sleep with their head between their wings
13:18 annette_2014: fish is the preferred meal but they will eat lots of others things when hungry.
13:18 Shell_88: They'll pant to cool off, like a dog does.
13:18 topsgtusmc1: i read they stay away fro domestic aimals
13:18 annette_2014: for the most part they do
13:19 MaryMar13: QUESTION: about how often do they change places in a day and what is their life span? Thanks!
13:19 eagle526: we had redtail try to get our beagle one year
13:19 LBK530: QUESTION...why does the dad not stick around a lot.
13:20 annette_2014: it would seem that they change 10 times a day. lifespan about 15 -20 years.
13:20 steelerfan83: QUESTION how long will parents still after babies leave and go they stay close
13:20 steelerfan83: do
13:20 KarenVA_WE: please remember, Annette is here to help try and answer questions on the Hays Eagles. All unrelated comments will be removed. Thanks for your help with this
13:20 topsgtusmc1: he is out hunting orguarding te nest
13:20 annette_2014: parents never left the area last year.
13:21 annette_2014: baby hadnt been seen after august 4
13:21 LBK530: ty...does he sit up in a tree branch close? Like where was he to the rescue when the racoon attacked
13:21 topsgtusmc1: he will be close by
13:21 PhyllisBC: Is that Dad?
13:21 steelerfan83: QUESTION then where do babies go after flying
13:21 topsgtusmc1: mama had it hndled
13:21 annette_2014: he was probably asleep in a roost tree nearby.
13:22 sunshine061956: that is moma
13:22 bakerladys: its the mom on now
13:22 annette_2014: almost always close by during this time.
13:22 annette_2014: mom has a strong protective ability
13:22 kitten2001us: so when does everyone think the first egg is gonna hatch?
13:22 steelerfan83: question AND IF ALL THREE MAKE IT WILL THEY STAY TOGETHER
13:23 annette_2014: if someone threatened my kids, i would need NO help!
13:23 steelerfan83: sorry about caps
13:23 SweetPandora369: QUESTION: Will the eaglet return to this area once they reach maturity and choose a mate?
13:23 LBK530: I am saying march 28
13:23 annette_2014: march 26
13:23 ShamrockT3: I think they eventally become agressive toward their own offspring and drive them away if they stay in the area after a cetain age
13:23 annette_2014: i hope march 25 cause im off tuesdays
13:23 sunshine061956: LBK, I said 3/28 also
13:23 LBK530: so weird how she layed an egg on feb 22 my husband's bday and is supposed to hatch on march 30 my dtrs bday
13:24 annette_2014: once the eaglet was flying and eating and hunting on her own, they shunned her.
13:24 iguyflyfsh: Question: When will last years juvenile leave this area
13:24 kitten2001us: my little guy is so excited hes afraid hes gonna miss it being in school I said well ask your teacher to check for you they have computers there
13:24 BirdFriend7: QUESTION: How old are they when they lay their first eggs?
13:24 annette_2014: we think juvie has left but dont know for sure. we really dont even know if she survived.
13:25 LBK530: Kitten..tell him the camera will have it saved..he can watch it over and over
13:25 topsgtusmc1: it helps them stay warm
13:25 annette_2014: sexual maturity at age 4-5
13:26 Karen-inVA: annette is an eagle enthusiast and amatuer photographer and has spent hundreds of hours observing the eagles in Hays.
13:26 annette_2014: i think it would be great for teachers to fire up the laptop and let them learn.
13:26 LBK530: QUESTION...why wouldn't the birds be able to somewhat enclose the nest for protection from weather and predators
13:26 kitten2001us: yes it would
13:26 Antlouie: how long does female retain eggs after fertilization and before laying them?
13:26 tnml0513: QUESTION: Can you hear them calling each other from the trail or does the sound from the trains, taffic and scrap yard muffle them?
13:27 annette_2014: its nature. they endure the rain and cold and the predators.
13:27 jean4929: karen- is it possible for panning to have a schedual so we can watch for it?
13:27 LBK530: but the eggs make her more vulnerable
13:27 annette_2014: 5-10 days to lay egg
13:27 LBK530: Wow...that's a long labor and delivery..
13:28 sunshine061956: Question: is this a normal time of year to lay eggs??
13:28 annette_2014: you can hear if there is no train or no traffic or no work at scrapyard. so usually no you dont hear much. early mornings are good and quiet.
13:28 Antlouie: do they continue producing eggs lik chickens or do theyonly create them at certain times
13:29 annette_2014: shes a little earlier than last year.
13:29 annette_2014: just yearly
13:29 LBK530: QUESTION...are they that loud to hear them so high up in that tree
13:29 tnml0513: ty annette :-)
13:29 annette_2014: as i said, if its quiet yes .
13:30 topsgtusmc1: egg laying varies for different parts of the country
13:30 annette_2014: baby squawks like crazy when she sees mams flying in with food!
13:30 kydd4kids-1: A lot of good questions today. I'm learning so much. TY
13:31 LBK530: QUESTION....how do they keep that nest clean of excrement? It looks clean
13:31 annette_2014: then she does something called mantling. wraps her wings around the fish and make a lot of noise. Letting everyone know that its her fish and back off!
13:31 KarenVA_WE: If your question was missed from a few minutes back or so, please do ask again.
13:31 annette_2014: they poop over the edge. watch out hikers!
13:32 annette_2014: i hope i havent missed any questions.
13:32 iguyflyfsh: question: I've seen the juvenile several times and is he allowed to stay in the area
13:32 topsgtusmc1: they keep adding grass tohelp keep it fresh
13:32 LBK530: They have another baby who hangs around?
13:32 EagkeEyeTomR: QUESTION: Are there other eagle webcams in Pgh?
13:32 topsgtusmc1: last yeas
13:32 kydd4kids-1: What juvenile?
13:32 steelerfan83: QUESTION if all three make it will they stay together
13:32 ANIMALLOVER720: QUESTION: Is the excrement more like a bird or like Canada Geese?
13:32 LBK530: Wonder why she is squawking
13:32 topsgtusmc1: years
13:32 kashmere-PA: Saw her poop over edge once right towards the camera lol
13:33 annette_2014: you've seen A juvie, Not necessarily hays juve, Could be a migrant.
13:33 rustynail33: besides fish, what else does their diet consist of?
13:33 walmart15: making noise now lots of noise going on
13:33 topsgtusmc1: proably wantsrelief
13:34 annette_2014: eat ducks gulls carrion snakes etc
13:34 iguyflyfsh: yes two or three times on opposite side of bridge last week
13:34 LBK530: QUESTION...will both parents stay in the nest a lot of the time after they hatch or is the mom gonna have to do it herself?
13:34 annette_2014: i have seen her too but she may not be hays juvie.
13:34 annette_2014: i want to think its her but......
13:34 iguyflyfsh: ok
13:35 annette_2014: both will stay as they are now.
13:35 LBK530: So back and forth? Does the mother do all the feeding or will he do i too
13:36 rck1600: How long will the baby eagles stay in the nest?
13:36 annette_2014: she will do most but he helps. its neat they rip meat off fish and feed to her, fabulous.
13:36 topsgtusmc1: about 7 weeks
13:36 rustynail33: do they also hunt at night?
13:36 annette_2014: 11 -12 weeks till baby flies.
13:36 annette_2014: they dont see well at night. hence the raccoon.
13:37 kashmere-PA: QUESTION Do they eat everyday and do they always bring the food back to nest to eat or can they eat elsewhere?
13:37 Eagle_Spy_2012: That raccoon was on them eggs thought for sure something would of happen to them
13:38 annette_2014: they eat about half a lb to a pound and a half a day.
13:38 kydd4kids-1: But they don't HAVE to eat everyday
13:38 annette_2014: of course not. neither do we.
13:39 LBK530: but we like to
13:39 annette_2014: sometimes they eat on a favorite branch.
13:39 annette_2014: im hungry now!
13:39 kydd4kids-1: They cann go like 3 days without eating, I think
13:39 kashmere-PA: QUESTION Does he only come to the nest when she calls or does he ever just stop by
13:39 annette_2014: he stops by
13:40 kashmere-PA: Me too we can go without days eating but we won't and don't
13:40 kydd4kids-1: are doing a wonderful job. TY so much
13:40 jean4929: expression eats like a bird is wrong
13:40 LBK530: QUESTION do mom and dad ever fight?
13:40 annette_2014: trying, ty
13:40 annette_2014: they poke each other over food.
13:40 jean4929: doesn't mean eating very little, for sure
13:41 kashmere-PA: When she calls and he doesn't come in a timely fashion it is funny to watch her be mad at him Then when she comes back and pokes him in the back like saying "Ok you can go now" lol
13:41 annette_2014: she looks at him like i look at my husband...where you been???
13:41 steelerfan83: QUESTION sorry i keep asking but if all three make it do they stay together
13:42 kashmere-PA: Exactly, I have been calling you for an hour it is cute
13:42 annette_2014: i believe no.....anyone else know this?
13:42 kydd4kids-1: Not me
13:43 Hays_Eagles_Fan: did anyone see the other day dad brought back lunch for her and she just sat there looking at it, then neither would eat it. so dad went back out. LOL it was funny
13:43 kydd4kids-1: I doubt that all three would stick togather
13:43 jean4929: so new in the area we have no experiance to draw on
13:43 jean4929: eagle pop i ean by new
13:43 pagram84-1: stelerfan no answer to tha unless they were banded or had tranmitter to track
13:43 kashmere-PA: He had to go get her fish It was Friday and is Lent
13:44 lovethisnest7: The eaglets from the American Eagle Foundation banded them last year. The eaglets were tracked all the way up to Michigan I believe. They did not stay together.
13:44 jean4929: i mean
13:44 crystal115: SHe was happy today when he brought her a fish
13:44 curiousgirl74: When he brought her that squirrel or whatever it was....we were saying it was because it was Friday and no meat ;)
13:44 annette_2014: thats it! it was a friday!
13:44 Hays_Eagles_Fan: u saw it kash...we joked about going to holy angels for fish fry
13:44 steelerfan83: oks tks all just wondering
13:45 kashmere-PA: That was so funny
13:45 kydd4kids-1: That was a good question, steeler
13:45 annette_2014: i ate a fish sandwich on the trail! glad they dont like it breaded and frie.!
13:45 lovethisnest7: That's cute annette.
13:46 lovethisnest7: Watch your dining on the trail lol.
13:46 vern234: Quesion do we know were this pr was born?
13:46 Hays_Eagles_Fan: KDKA is having a contest to guess the hatch date, but u have to Like them on fb to enter
13:46 BirdFriend7: Question: When one of the pair dies, Does the other try to protect it's mate or try to hide it etc?
13:46 annette_2014: thanks for all your wonderful questions, I hope i helped. and thanks for your patience. i am not an expert. Just an enthusiast and photog who knows stuff!
13:46 kashmere-PA: She was so mad you are lucky she did make a quick trip to take it from you
13:47 lovethisnest7: You were wonderful Annette!!!
13:47 annette_2014: they move on pretty quick if a mate dies,
13:47 KarenVA_WE: hi birdsong, welcome. We are winding down on a scheduled Question and Answer session with Annette, do you have a question about Hays eagles you would like to ask?
13:47 Bunola_PA: I enjoyed this Annette
13:47 steelerfan83: no hayes i did it without fb but it took my awhile
13:47 Hays_Eagles_Fan: QUESTION, Annette, what power is the lens u use when u take photos from the bike trail?
13:47 annette_2014: 1200mm
13:47 pagram84-1: thank you annette for your time here and helping all o us to learn
13:47 Hays_Eagles_Fan: cool, ty :)
13:47 birdsong51: Ty
13:48 Bunola_PA: Question: Annette do you post your pictures anywhere that we may be able to enjoy them
13:48 kydd4kids-1: Great job Annette. Again ty
13:48 annette_2014: happy to be here, thanks for welcoming me.
13:48 jean4929: come back soon n often
13:48 annette_2014: i will let you know when i hit the trail on weekends.
13:48 annette_2014: thank you thank you.
13:48 sunshine061956: Thanks for your time Annette. I am sure I speak for everyone when I say we have learned a lot about our eagles from you!!
13:48 kashmere-PA: The link for contest is on pixcontroller facebook page
13:49 annette_2014: photos at Bald eagles of W Pa. not just mine. lots of amazing shots.
13:49 steelerfan83: we really apprecite all karen kit and annette do
13:49 annette_2014: it the Face book page.
13:49 kashmere-PA: Annette this has been wonderful and thank you for answering some questions for us
13:49 walmart15: dont forget to watch kdka tonite they took pics yesterday
13:50 annette_2014: Long may they fly here!
13:50 pagram84-1: great o have a ground reporter annette...will be looking forward to updates
13:50 lovethisnest7: Amen Annette
13:50 annette_2014: I had fun. I hope I didnt leave anyone out!
13:50 kashmere-PA: People will be vacationing here to see the city dwelling eagles
13:50 Bunola_PA: sunshine I like how you worded your comment "our eagles" I think we all feel that way
13:50 steelerfan83: you did fine
13:50 annette_2014: They are " our eagles:
13:50 Bunola_PA: Bunola is appaulding!
13:51 annette_2014: yeah
13:51 BirdFriend7: Which Facebook page for her Hays pictures ?
13:51 annette_2014: Bald eagles of W Pa facebook page
13:51 KarenVA_WE: Bald Eagles in Western Pennsylvania - Audubon Society of Western PA - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bald-Eagles-in-Western-Pennsylvania-Audubon-Society-of-Western-PA/128337160680295
13:51 curiousgirl74: Thank you TONS Annette!!! This was great today!!! :) I didn't get any work done but well worth it ;)
13:51 annette_2014: thanks karen
13:51 kashmere-PA: Yes they belong to all of us and thankful that those chose this state and city to live in and share their lives and family
13:51 KarenVA_WE: images also shared on WildEarth.tv facebook - http://www.facebook.com/WildEarth.TV
13:51 KarenVA_WE: and on Pixcontroller - http://www.facebook.com/PixController
13:51 BirdFriend7: Thank you so much
13:52 Hays_Eagles_Fan: TY <3
13:52 annette_2014: work will always be there, this is a phenomenon.
13:52 kashmere-PA: Haven't done any housework in days
13:52 curiousgirl74: Amen - just hope my boss feels the same way :)
13:52 annette_2014: me either, my house is a wreck!
13:52 jean4929: fridge n pantery empty
13:52 sunshine061956: Looking forward to this summer, laying out at Sandcastle, and seeing them fly over like I did last summer!!
13:54 MarciaWood: Who is on nest now?
13:54 KarenVA_WE: we will end the q & a session in 5 minutes, any one not have a question answered yet?
13:55 sunshine061956: Mom is on the nest now
13:56 kashmere-PA: She has the most intense eyes
13:56 annette_2014: they are yellow eyes. threatening looking.
13:56 rustynail33: how often does the male show up
13:56 annette_2014: on and off all day he shows up.
13:56 macksan1: Is this Mom or Dad?
13:56 kashmere-PA: Mom
13:57 kashmere-PA: That is mom right?
13:57 walmart15: when you watch long enough to see them together you will see the differnerence
13:58 annette_2014: mom has kind of an 80's look to her hair.
13:58 KarenVA_WE: We will share transcript in here as well as on Pixcontroller and WildEarth facebook pages
13:58 walmart15: trueshe is really doing some house cleaning today
13:58 jean4929: she usualy sits on nest more relaxed
13:58 annette_2014: The eagles may have returned here because of clean rivers, but God brought me to them. I love this!
13:59 jean4929: his wing are tighter to body
13:59 kimged: Question Is the nest large enough for them to both sleep there?
13:59 kashmere-PA: Ha That's funny Annette She has black dots on her back too
13:59 annette_2014: when they are too warm they pull the wings away from the body to cool off.
13:59 jean4929: she kinda lets her wings droop
13:59 KarenVA_WE: Annette, on behalf of WildEarth, Pixcontroller, the chatters and myself, your dedication and time and info you have shared today is greatly appreciated
14:00 annette_2014: You are very welcome. I will do it again!
14:00 kashmere-PA: Clapping loudly Thank you so much
14:00 KarenVA_WE: and we look forward to it!
14:00 annette_2014: elvis has left the building.
14:00 curiousgirl74: Thank you again!!! Has been great
14:00 jean4929: ditto
14:01 kashmere-PA: Thanks See you again
14:01 annette_2014: has been fun, yes.
14:01 annette_2014: i need lunch!
14:01 KarenVA_WE: thank you everyone, we hope you enjoyed the first of many hopeful Question and Answer sessions
14:01 BirdFriend7: Thanks, I love your pictures.
14:02 ixip: Thank you all.
14:03 annette_2014: bye now
14:03 KarenVA_WE: many thanks to those of you helping to save the chat transcript as well, it takes a TEAM to make it all happen