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It has been a very interesting year for nest cams. First the MPLS bald eagles fledged three. Then the peregrines in St Paul fledged two. The ospreys in Chaska pledged their one. Currently I am watching the barn owls in Essex England as their last chick of their second brood this year is about to fledge. http://www.essexwt.org.uk/barn-owl-webcam It has been fun watching the little ones of the various types grow up and a bit dramatic as the barn owls in England set 7eggs in their second brood, only to lose 6 of the chicks. I was not aware that barn owls often (as much as 10% of the time they say) set a second brood after successfully raising a first one. Anyway this has been the first season I watch so many nest cams over such a full part of the year.
I got a tip about a slough housing dozens of eagles, less than 20 miles from town. I didn't believe it totally until I saw it myself. I counted approximately 50 at this slough. There must have been a lot of dead fish under the thin ice. The next day 90% of the ice was off and half the eagles were gone. I'm sure they'e all migrated through by now. Most of the eagles were much too far away for a decent photo except for one across the road from the slough in the front yard of a farm place. It was quite the spectacle. The second day I did find an active nest about 5 miles from there so I'll be checking that out occasionally. I did manage to catch one preening not too far from the nest. He was a long ways from the road but I didn't want to get out of the car and disturb them.