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Welcome to the Eagle Cam, a collaboration with Duke Farms.
Bald Eagles are extremely sensitive to human disturbance. At no time should anyone approach nesting eagles. People who want to observe or photograph eagles and who come too close may actually cause the birds to abandon a nest.
Located on Duke Farms in central New Jersey, the Eagle Cam allows viewers an up close and personal view into the lives of a pair of bald eagles as they breed, incubate, and raise young. It is a perfect tool for teaching about wildlife and covers a variety of topics including animal behavior, bird biology and natural history, endangered species, food webs, contamination, and MORE!
The second egg was laid this afternoon around 2:20. The third egg will most likely be laid early next week.
1st egg laid 2/17- possible hatch date 3/24/15
2nd egg laid 2/20- possible hatch date 3/27/15
The first egg was seen the morning of the 17th, so the egg was laid sometime during the night or early morning hours. Now that incubation has started one of the adults will remain on the egg at all times for the next ~35 days. In 2014 the first egg was laid on the 17th and the second on the 20th, so we can expect that the second egg will be laid this Thursday or Friday.
The pair has been busy working on their nest. In 2014 they started incubating on 2/17 and in 2013 on 2/14. So we can expect them to begin around that time period again this year.
Twelve eagle pairs are currently incubating in NJ.
Yesterday Duke Farms staff was able to zoom in on the bands on the males legs. We still need more information from the band to confirm exactly where and when in NJ this bird was banded. We do know that this is an narrower type of band that was used up til 2003 when we started using the wider bands. The "A" series ended in 2002, so we can say for certain the bird was banded between 1995-2002. So at the minimum the bird would be 13 yrs. old. The code used on the band is a letter followed two numerical digits. So we need to figure out what the numbers are next to the letter. In one photo it looks like the number could be a five, if that is the case the bird would have been banded in 1999.
The eagle cam is now back up and running. The eagle cam interaction page is also back online, please feel free to post any observations about the eagle cam or questions.
Download the 2014 Eagle Cam Updates Summary:
2014 Eagle Cam Nest Updates - 210.8KB
Duke Farms Eagle Cam FAQ’s
How long have eagles been nesting at Duke Farms?
The eagle nest at Duke Farms was first discovered in the fall of 2004. The pair started using the nest in 2005. In the fall of 2012 Hurricane Sandy's 70+ mph tore off the upper half of the nest tree, destroying the nest completely (the camera and camera tree were spared). The pair built a new nest 100ft south of the eagle camera in late December 2012. The view of the nest was limited by branches and leaves during the 2013 nesting season.
In what type of tree is the nest located?
In December 2012 the pair built a new nest in a sycamore tree.
How high is the nest?
The nest is about 80 feet high.
How long has the camera been at the nest?
The camera was set up in 2008 and transmitted the picture beginning in March 2008. In the fall of 2013 the camera was moved to the new nest tree.
Where is the camera located?
The camera is in the nest tree positioned above to view the nest from above. The camera can be maneuvered remotely to pan, tilt and zoom.
How many young have been raised in this nest?
A total of 19 eagle chicks have been raised and fledged from this nest since 2005.
2005- 1 chick
2006- 2 chicks
2007- 1 chick
2008- 2 chicks
2009- 3 chicks
2010- 2 chicks
2011- 2 chicks
2012- 1 chick
2013- 2 chicks
2014- 3 chicks
When do the birds start incubating?
In 2014, the pair started incubating on February 17.
Are the adult eagles banded?
In 2009 and 2010 it was noted that both the male and female were NJ- banded birds, because they each had a green color band on one leg and a silver federal band on the other. In 2011, however, there was a new female in the pair, which we know because she was not banded.
Have any of the chicks been banded?
Yes, the chicks were banded in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014.
2007- 1 chick- male
2009- 3 chicks- males
2010- 2 chicks-females
2011- 2 chicks- males
2014- 3 chicks- 2 males, 1 female
How is the eagle cam funded?
Duke Farms hosts the eagle camera and the internet connection. The Endangered and Nongame Species Program and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ support their work and conduct the on-site banding and provide biological consulting.
How many eagle nests are in NJ?
In 2014 there were 156 nesting eagle pairs monitored in New Jersey. One hundred fourty-six of these were active (laid eggs) and 115 were successful in producing 201 young.
To learn more about eagles in New Jersey you can read the 2014 New Jersey Bald Eagle Project Report.
2014 Annual Bald Eagle Project Report - 4.8MB
2013 Bald Eagle Project Report - 1.0MB
2012 Bald Eagle Project Report - 1.3MB
2013 EagleCam Nest Updates - 19.8KB
2011 EagleCam Nest Updates - 59.8KB
2010 Eagle Cam Nest Updates - 31.0KB
Adopt a Species - Bald eagle - 197.5KB
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