Importance of Predator Guards

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Hanover Bill
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Location: Pennsylvania/Hanover Township
Martin Colony History: 2009 & 10 - 0
2011 & 12 - Visitors
2013 - 2 pr. fledged 9
2014 - 3 pr. fledged 13
2015 - 7 pr. fledged 27
2016 - 15 pr. fledged 72

I'm sure we all know the importance of predator guards on our poles, but it was driven home to me today.

Last year, and again this year, we have been lucky to have the first pair of Bald Eagles to nest within the city limits of Pittsburgh in the last 100 years. They are nesting high in a tree, on a hillside above the Monongahela River. As early as it is the female has already laid three eggs.

Thanks to a cooperative effort on the part of the Game Commission and other agencies they have set up a video camera, and are streaming live video of the nest 24 hrs. a day, very interesting to say the least. Last night at 11:15PM a raccoon attacked the nest, obviously after the eggs. This was all captured on live video. Fortunately the female Eagle was able to fend it off and chase it from the nest, but it certainly brought home the importance of predator guards to protect our Martins from just such attacks.

Hopefully this raccoon has learned his lesson and won't bother the Eagles again. If he does I hope they are able to fend him off.

Hanover Bill.
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Peggy Riley
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I sure wouldn't want to mess with an eagle but as we know raccoons are persistent! Glad she took care of it.
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Dave Reynolds
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Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at my Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".

Bill -- I wish I had known about the Eagles in Pittsburgh. My wife and I where just there in Pittsburgh at the UMPC Shadyside Hospital, for about 6 weeks with my Mother-in-Law. She was having heart trouble. I would have looked for the Eagles. Anyway if I have to go back to Pittsburgh, I 'll give you a shout. (You can steer me to a good local to observe the Eagles)

Thanks.. Dave
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

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Hanover Bill
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Location: Pennsylvania/Hanover Township
Martin Colony History: 2009 & 10 - 0
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2014 - 3 pr. fledged 13
2015 - 7 pr. fledged 27
2016 - 15 pr. fledged 72

Absolutely Dave.

This was pretty exciting news last year, that being their first year. They fledged one Eaglet last year. It is a bit of a walk along a river trail to get out to where they can be viewed, we did the walk last year, and it was well worth it. Unfortunately the road that runs along the river in that area has no parking access at all.

You can view the streaming video by accessing a link from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette web site. I would recommend viewing it, it is pretty amazing

Since the rivers around the city are getting cleaner every year, we now have had Eagle nests on hillsides above all three rivers in the last couple of years. This particular pair in the Hayes section of the city, just outside what is known as the Southside, seems to be the most famous.

Hope you enjoy the video, Dave.

Hanover Bill.
2009 & 10 - 0
2011 & 12 - Visitors
2013 - 2 pr. fledged 9
2014 - 3 pr. fledged 13
2015 - 7 pr. fledged 27
2016 - 15 pr. fledged 72
bwenger
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Location: Pennsylvania/Espyville/Pymatuning Reservoir Area
Martin Colony History: Taking care of 11 active public colonies and trying to start two more in northwestern PA. Also attempting to restart another one in southwestern PA, in Collier Township's Hilltop Park. In 2017, not sure what happened but the ASY male returned and then a couple of weeks later he was gone. It could have been weather related. No other birds showed up. I had a starling nesting at the Public site that I had trouble getting rid of.
In 2018, we fledged 629 martins at all of the sites.

Hi everyone,

Thanks Bill for making this point with predator guards.

Here is the link to the web cam that was put in by the PA Game Commission.

http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/

Go to the bottom of that page and you'll see a picture of the eagle with a young. Just click on that link and you'll see the live video.

This eagles nest is probably with 3 miles of downtown Pittsburgh.

Bill
Ladybug
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Location: Indiana/ Jamestown
Martin Colony History: 2005-2019. Lots lookers, 2 successful nesting's.
2010- 1 pair nested,eggs destroyed(Wren).
2012- 1 pair nested, 4 eggs, 4 fledged
2019- 1 pair nested, 4 eggs, 4 fledged.

LOVE THE EAGLE VIDEO. AWESOME. THANKS SO MUCH.
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Dave Reynolds
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Location: Little Hocking, Oh.
Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at my Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".

Thanks Bill ---- The video make it all worth while. I have the Pittsburgh Eagle site marked in my Favorites. Thanks again.

Dave
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting on March 2021

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