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 From a newbie, What to look for?
ValleySubstituteTeacher
Posted: Feb 14 2012, 08:17 PM


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I'm a 4th grade teacher in the San Fernando Valley, and discovered this site last year, 6 weeks after the eggs hatched. My class loved watching the fledglings take off.
Now we're in before the eggs are laid. We want to witness it if possible. Is there any behavior that they display that will indicate the process is upon us?
This is such an amazing experience. THANK YOU!!!
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JoJo
Posted: Feb 15 2012, 04:36 AM


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ValleySubstituteTeacher and Class, Welcome to our Forum.

You have come at the right time, as two of our Females are about to lay at any time now. The nests are the West End Nest and the Two Harbors Nest.

My observances have been: When the time comes, they will stand over their nest bowls. They will become very puffy and go into what is called a zone (a stare). You may see signs of labor, such as pushing or bearing down. Stepping from one foot to another. If you should see feathers really puff up and the tail lift somewhat, that is usually the sign that the egg has been dropped. We have seen the process take minutes, and we have seen it take hours. It's always different.

They can keep you on pins and needles, but it is well worth the watch and education.

Just one persons opinion. biggrin.gif And again, Welcome
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ValleySubstituteTeacher
Posted: Feb 15 2012, 05:59 AM


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Thank you, JoJo! I see you're in No Hollywood. I live in sherman Oaks, and the class I have turned on to the nest is at Strathern Elementary in Sun Valley.
Now, thanks to these forums, I have names for the eagles we watch (WE) and this teaches them so much. I leave the computer on all day with the WE nest cam on the screen. Then we go about our business. Despite the occasional commercials, I leave the sound on so they can hear when the eagles come. I do hope we get to witness thelaying of an egg.
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Cumbrian
Posted: Feb 15 2012, 06:02 AM


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wavey.gif there ...

Pop over to Page 12 of yesterday's Nest Observation's thread too ... there are two answers to the question you posted there ... and also links to videos that may help.

Happy tinyeagle.gif EggFace.gif hatch1.gif Chick3.gif watching.
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ValleySubstituteTeacher
Posted: Feb 15 2012, 05:10 PM


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I see the eagles digging deeper into the soft, grassy center of the nest. Their entire head seems to disappear into this hole. Will the eggs be laid deep into that hole so we won't be able to see them even at switchover?
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JoJo
Posted: Feb 16 2012, 05:36 AM


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For the most part, we can usually count our eggs before they hatch laugh.gif
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Patti
Posted: Feb 16 2012, 08:55 AM


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Jo.... laugh.gif Don't know why this struck me as hysterically funny. A collective mentality?
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amethyst
Posted: Feb 25 2012, 07:10 PM


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...one more thought.... If you are able to use Mozilla Firefox you can get their free ad blocker plus and there will be no ads....
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