Season 2011Linda and Sulev
The camera started working on March 10th at 13:35, and the corresponding forum notes begin here: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=273
The nest was without snow and was decorated with plenty of fresh pine twigs so the start looked promising. On the next day (March 11th) an eagle without rings was seen flying by (16:04) and then sitting in the nest tree (16:28). Later at 18:25 some eagle calls were heard.
Next time eagles were seen at the nest on March 16th: Linda and Sulev came to arrange twigs at the nest between 11:21 – 12:32. They also sang together at the nest. This was repeated on the next day, March 17th between 8:50 – 11:05.
On March 19th Sulev brought a twig at 9:20 and stayed a few minutes. The next day, March 20th, was the only day when Sulev and Linda were seen working at the nest somewhat diligently. Sulev brought a twig at 10:29 and Linda came bringing another twig at 10:38. They arranged little the materials in the nest and then they sat silently together on a branch behind then nest till 11:35. The last sighting of Linda and Sulev was on March 27th at 15:57: an eagle who seemed to wear rings took off from the nest tree. After this neither was seen at the nest in season 2011.Picture 17.
Linda and Sulev in nest construction work at 10:39 on March 20th 2011. (Cropped from the Pontu picture. Direct link http://126.96.36.199/2011-saunja-ftp/20 ... -10-39.jpg
On April 11th at 16:11 a pair of buzzards (Buteo buteo
) came to test how the nest would make their home. They brought twigs, arranged nest materials and sat on a branch next to the nest till 19:52. On the next morning the buzzards came back already at 8:44. Again they brought twigs and arranged nest materials, and stayed at the nest till 11:15. After that the buzzards were not seen staying at the nest anymore.
Comments, pictures and videos of their visit can be found here: viewtopic.php?p=96330#p96330
The buzzard couple investigating the suitability of the eagles’ nest for their purposes. (Cropped from the Pontu picture 16:15, April 11th 2011. Direct link http://188.8.131.52/2011-saunja-ftp/20 ... -16-15.jpg
Early in the morning of April 27th a duck was in the nest to the surprise of the viewers. Comments in forum about the duck begin here: viewtopic.php?p=98166#p98166
The duck was already in the nest in the dawn as can be seen in the first Pontu picture at 5:45 although it was very well hidden. At 9:12 the duck got up and left. At this point the blue rectangular spot on the wing surrounded by white stripes, the so-called wing-mirror, was seen. This made it possible to identify the species: the duck was a mallard (Anas platyrhynchos
). Picture 19.
The mallard leaving the nest at 9:12 on April 27th. (Cropped from the Pontu picture, direct link http://184.108.40.206/2011-saunja-ftp/20 ... -09-12.jpg
After this the mallard returned to the nest every morning near 7 am and left the nest a little after 9 am. On May 2nd (on the 6th day) the mallard plucked some down out of its breast and left at 11 am. On the next day it left even later, at 11:36. On the 8th day (May 4th) the mallard was seen rolling at least 3 eggs in the nest. On that day the mallard stayed even longer: it left at 14:56. If she had laid an egg each day there were 8 eggs altogether in the nest by this time.
In the evening of May 4th a young WTE flew to the nest at 19:31 and began to break and eat the mallard’s eggs one by one. A hooded crow followed the eagle just a few minutes later and scolded the eagle while it was devouring the eggs. The eagle was seen breaking and eating at least 8, maybe even 9 eggs. After its meal the eagle climbed on a branch behind the nest and remained there roosting overnight.
In the next morning the mallard returned to the nest at 9 am. It stood on the rim of the nest looking at the remains of its eggs for 20 minutes. Then it picked some pieces of eggshells and flew away. Six minutes later it returned, looked at the nest for about 2 and half minutes, picked one more eggshell and flew away. It was never seen at the nest any more.
After these events many different birds and animals were seen and heard around and at the nest, but none of them stayed for any longer period of time. The rest of the season was spent watching a clover growing on the nest.