By the Light of the Silvery Moon

Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 2.46.17 AMWritten By: Jim Wright for Duke Farms and Conserve Wildlife Foundation

Happened to check on the Eagle Cam around 2:45 a.m. today, and saw Dad on the nest, sound asleep. He awoke at 3 a.m. and the turned the eggs, then appeared to go back to sleep, bill resting on his back. He turned the eggs again at 3:45 a.m.

Another viewer had reported earlier that both parents Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 3.01.58 AMwere on the nest when he started watching at 1 a.m., and that the mom left soon after. (She may be on a nearby branch, just out of camera range.)

Last night at 3:30, 30 folks had the cam up on their computer screens. Night owls, no doubt.

Welcome to the Late Show with the Duke Farms Bald Eagles.

With a new cam equipped with infra-red, we have clearly entered a new phase of Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 3.03.10 AMnest-watching at Duke Farms.

Speaking of phases, tonight is a full moon. Does a nearly full moon affect the adults’ activity? We’ll try to find out for you.

In the meantime, you may have to tune in on one of the next few nights when the moon is out and still fairly full.

Last night at 3:30, 30 folks had the cam on their computer screens. Night owls, no doubt.

You can get the moon phases for Morristown, N.J., about miles from the nest, here. You can get the weather forecast for Duke Farms  here.

Jim Wright writes “The Bird Watcher” column for The Record. He is the author of four photography-driven books about natural areas, including the New Jersey Meadowlands, and Pennsylvania’s Hawk Mountain.

Eagle questions? E-mail Jim at celeryfarm@mail.com. Some may be used in future posts.

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2 Responses to By the Light of the Silvery Moon

  1. Linda says:

    LOVE these posts! Thanks so much! PS didn’t know eagles slept on their backs ever! Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2016 16:04:50 +0000 To: raimondi_l@hotmail.com

  2. dukefarms says:

    So glad you like the posts.

    The screenshot is deceptive. The eagle is lying on his stomach, with his head turned ’round so it rests on his back.

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