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Webcam Watching over White-tailed Eagles nest

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Re: White-tailed Eagles Nest Cam Discussion 2011

Post by Lussi05 » April 27th, 2011, 8:20 am

Is it a female Mallard?

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I do not hope that the right owner of the nest deside to visit now, that would be disastroust for the guest :cry:

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Post by Kitty KCMO » April 27th, 2011, 8:26 am

Do ducks there nest that high?

Edit, 8:32-- A buzzard called, the mystery visitor ducked down into the nest, now it poked up its head-- it is definitely a DUCK! :shock:
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Post by Lussi05 » April 27th, 2011, 8:34 am

We saw the nest of a duck on the ground when we went for a walk in the wood once, but I have never heard of ducks nesting in trees before :puzzled: , if it is a duck, and she is planning to settle down high up in Linda and Sulevs home, I do think it will be a new experience for her :whistling: I have to go to work now - i almost forget the time :blush: - have a nice day everybody, and a good night for those who are going to bed :wave:

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Post by ame » April 27th, 2011, 8:38 am

Good morning! :hi:

and good lord: it is a duck! :shock: of some sort, maybe a mallard.

first i thought that you had gone crazy or i'm a very badly wrong channel. :mrgreen:

when did this happen??

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Post by Kitty KCMO » April 27th, 2011, 8:40 am

ame wrote:Good morning! :hi:

and good lord: it is a duck! :shock: of some sort, maybe a mallard.

first i thought that you had gone crazy or i'm a very badly wrong channel. :mrgreen:

when did this happen??
:rotf: Because the cow moved out. LOL!
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Post by Kitty KCMO » April 27th, 2011, 8:43 am

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Post by ame » April 27th, 2011, 8:44 am

mallards nest almost anywhere in cities, for example in flower pots which can be anywhere from ground level to balconies in high department houses. this is a relatively reasonable place for a duck's nest: it's in the nature. :mrgreen:

she's really making herself comfortable. she seems to be building a hut for herself. :laugh:

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Post by ame » April 27th, 2011, 8:45 am

Kitty KCMO wrote: :rotf: Because the cow moved out. LOL!
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Post by Kitty KCMO » April 27th, 2011, 8:45 am

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Surely this will never work out? We have wood ducks in the USA that nest in trees, but in cavities, not in abandoned nests (at least I have never heard of it).
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Post by asteria » April 27th, 2011, 8:46 am

What is this duck doing here???? Does she think to laid the eggs or just lost her way?

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Post by Kitty KCMO » April 27th, 2011, 8:47 am

ame wrote:mallards nest almost anywhere in cities, for example in flower pots which can be anywhere from ground level to balconies in high department houses. this is a relatively reasonable place for a duck's nest: it's in the nature. :mrgreen:

she's really making herself comfortable. she seems to be building a hut for herself. :laugh:
well, then, perhaps it will work out. This will be interesting. But does the drake come & feed her like the eagles, or does he come & sit on the eggs so she can go forage?
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Post by ame » April 27th, 2011, 8:49 am

if the eagles and buzzards will not return i think she has good chances of making it. she has good camouflage colouring and she has already dug herself inside the sticks and stuff inside there. here she is safe from all ground-based predators like foxes.

now the great tit noticed that there's something funny going on. i heard it complaining somewhere close.

edit: the male mallard has already dumped her, she's on her own now. she goes feeding sometimes and covers the eggs well for that time.

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Post by Kitty KCMO » April 27th, 2011, 8:53 am

She is certainly well-camouflaged there in that deep nest bowl. I wonder how she discovered it & how long she has actually been there?
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Post by asteria » April 27th, 2011, 8:57 am

ame wrote:if the eagles and buzzards will not return i think she has good chances of making it. she has good camouflage colouring and she has already dug herself inside the sticks and stuff inside there. here she is safe from all ground-based predators like foxes.

now the great tit noticed that there's something funny going on. i heard it complaining somewhere close.

edit: the male mallard has already dumped her, she's on her own now. she goes feeding sometimes and covers the eggs well for that time.
Are her future chicks supposed to climb down the tree or what?

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Post by Kitty KCMO » April 27th, 2011, 9:00 am

Oh my, now I have searched google & found this article from the United States Geological Survey agency. Apparently mallards DO sometimes nest in old hawk (buzzard) nests, so this is not as unreasonable of our visitor as I assumed. here is a quote, & the link to the whole article is below.

"Wild mallards typically nest on the ground, in tall grass and shrubs. Occasionally we find nests built on piles of decaying vegetation in the middle of a wetland. Even less frequently, they will nest in trees, most commonly in old crow or hawk nests."

http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/about/faqs/bi ... t/nest.htm

With our wood ducks, the babies leave the nest by leaping out of the cavity & falling to the ground. They seem no worse for it & are soon following mom to the water. Wikipedia reports the babies jump 24 hours after hatching & fall as much as 88 meters. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_Duck#Behavior
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Post by ame » April 27th, 2011, 9:01 am

asteria wrote: Are her future chicks supposed to climb down the tree or what?
they jump overboard and float down like snowflakes. (or maybe in cities take the lift :whistling: )
then mummy wakes them to the next pond or something like that which may sometimes be rather far, km's away maybe.

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Post by Felis silvestris » April 27th, 2011, 9:12 am

A duck??? :rotf: Okay, we've come from eagles to buzzards to a duck ... But, for me anything but the empty nest all summer! :mrgreen:
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Post by ame » April 27th, 2011, 9:13 am

now shel left. it is a mallard: she showed the blue stripe quite well. :nod:

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Post by Kitty KCMO » April 27th, 2011, 9:16 am

I have pictures. Did you get a movie, Ame, or anyone else?

Mama mallard covered the nest (presumably with an egg or two in it) & then left to feed.

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Post by ame » April 27th, 2011, 9:22 am

yep, i have videos and pictures. i'm uploading a video which takes ages as always.

but P-bucket refuses do to what i want today... :bash:

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