We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What a fine distraction from the hassles of life. They can swallow good-sized bones now. They just devoured a crow, and it's sorta cool the way they know how to shoot their poops off the edge of the nest:
News on the "other" eagle nest, at Norfolk Botanical Garden. Yesterday morning, the mother eagle was struck by an airplane at the Norfolk airport, and killed. Although the father continued to return to the nest and feed the eaglets, it was felt that it was highly unlikely that he would be able to provide enough food for the three eaglets as they continue to grow (rapidly!), fledge, and learn to hunt on their own. It is very hard for a single eagle to raise a brood of three.
It's been very nicely distracting indeed--watching this fine family. The morning last week when the camera was stacked up with snow and the snow buildup on the backs of the adults was really inspiring--seeing them protect their young. Last year I was consumed by owls in San Marcos, CA, and last evening the box owner turned on the camera for the night showing this year's first clutch playing about their nest box & play structures. They're almost ready to go out on their own. I heard about the other eagles last night and am so sorry about the plane accident! It's nice, however, that there is a place to take the eaglets in.
The eaglets are growing so fast.The parents seems emotionless as they feed and shelter the small and quickly growing chicks. The instinct of these magnificent birds is quite fun to observe.
Thank you for directing me to this great spectacle!