First Egg at Fort St. Vrain!

Congratulations Ma and Pa FSV! Post by Lanie Elaine Tregenza Burritt

Lovely collage of the 1st Egg Event by FSV fan Trudi Kron

Lovely collage of the 1st Egg Event by FSV fan Trudi Kron

The first egg of the season arrived at the Fort St. Vrain nest on Thursday, March 3 at 5:09 pm. Bob Anderson, founder of RRP, and partner Xcel Energy installed a cam back in 2003; this nest has seen 44 successful hatches. Ma has historically laid eggs mid to late February, but last year the first egg arrived on March 4. Watchers speculate this may have had something to do with a new mate as the original Pa disappeared last year.

To watch this cam, go to https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/xcel-energy-cams/. If the streams aren’t live, click the two channel links above them, right beneath ‘Xcel Energy Fort St. Vrain Bald Eagles’. If the cameras are streaming, they will appear on the channels. 

This photo by Lanie Burritt shows Ma & Pa's huge nest, one of our FSV eagles perched to the right of it, the Rocky Mountains and geese flying by.

This photo by Lanie Burritt shows Ma & Pa’s huge nest, one of our FSV eagles perched to the right of it, the Rocky Mountains and geese flying by

The new male, called New Pa in 2021, was a newly mature eagle and had little understanding of how to perform his role. Ma had a lot of scolding and training to do. After struggling last year, Pa seems to have learned his lessons in how to be a supportive mate, nest builder, and food provider. This eagle couple worked much better together early in this season to prepare their huge nest for new eaglets. They seemed much more comfortable with each other, and bickering has been minimized. New Pa brings Ma food, has excelled at stick work to prep the nest and build the rails higher, has been bringing in grasses, and he came to incubate yesterday morning when his mate called for her break.

Lisa Levesque's capture of Pa's first look at their new egg. His look is one of entranced curiosity!

Lisa Levesque’s capture of Pa’s first look at their new egg. His look is one of entranced curiosity!

Ma seemed to have a fairly easy delivery; after all, she is an old pro at this. When Pa arrived at the nest less than 10 minutes later, he had a curious expression on his face as he looked aptly several times at their new egg. Pa seemed pretty entranced! On March 4, Pa arrived for his first shift about 6 am; he then rolled the egg and quickly assumed the incubation position. Ma usually lays 3 eggs, generally 3 days apart. So, keep watching on March 6 as we eggxpect Egg #2. [Amy’s note: egg two was most likely laid on March 6th, but the cameras were down. If she sticks with her usual schedule, expect a third egg some time on the 9th of March].

To see the eggciting event, take a look at Elfruler Elf’s great video of the whole event, with both cam views, pic-in-pic, and Pa’s sweet visit to check on the egg.

Many thanks to Admin Lisa Levesque, and moderators Donna Young and Tricia Peck Scow for keeping us all up-to-date; and to all who post s’caps, videos and comments. This 1st egg report contributed by Lanie Elaine Tregenza Burritt. Here’s to a successful season for Ma & Pa at the big cottonwood in Platteville, Colorado!