Fort St. Vrain Eagles and Blogs

Loss of an eaglet at Xcel Energy’s Fort St. Vrain Site

April 15, 2021: Ma, Pa Jr, and FSV43

We are sorry to announce that FSV43 – the newest eaglet at Xcel Energy’s Fort St. Vrain site – died sometime during brooding yesterday. Both parents brooded faithfully and the eaglet appeared to be healthy and eating well earlier in the day. The second egg appears to be pipping and may hatch tonight or early tomorrow morning. I really enjoyed this site and feel bad for Ma and Pa Jr., who both worked so hard to care for their eggs

Xcel Energy Fort St. Vrain Eagle Report

A view from the Fort St. Vrain side cam

– By Lanie (Elaine) Burritt RRP placed a live cam at Xcel Energy’s Fort St. Vrain generating station near Platteville, Colorado way back in 2003. The huge nest (approximately 9 x 8 feet wide, eight feet high and 57 feet off the ground) is in a large cottonwood tree near the St. Vrain and Platte Rivers. We were surprised to learn in February that we have a new male when keen observers noticed that he was banded on his left

Eaglet Growth and Development: Week One

March 26, 2021: DN13 eats breakfast!

We’re writing a series of blogs about the first few weeks of an eaglet’s life. An eaglet spends roughly 75 to 80 days in the nest. For about the first half, it grows and gains weight. For about the second half, it grows flight feathers and starts developing the skills it will need post-fledge. We will focus on week one in this blog. What can we expect in the first week following hatching? Like humans, growing eaglets have developmental milestones.

News, nestflix, and itsy-bitsy spiders!

March 15, 2021: Mr. North incubates eggs during the March 15 storm.

Snow, snow, go away! Mr. North and DNF rode the storm out after six inches of snow fell on the North nest. We’re looking forward to warmer, drier weather for the rest of the week, which should melt the snow fast: a good thing, since we think hatch will start here in about 13 days! In the meantime, we’ve got wonderful close-ups of the two incubating, nice looks at the eggs, date night, and an itsy bitsy spider piggybacking on

Nothing Goes to Waste

March 16, 2021: Ma and Pa Jr. on the nest, Fort St. Vrain, Platteville CO

Xcel Energy’s Fort St. Vrain eagles rode the big storm out last weekend. Despite an astonishing twelve or so inches of snow, Ma kept the eggs covered through most of it. Male and female eagles both incubate eggs, but females usually cover the nest at night and through bad weather. A female eagle’s larger body size and brood patch helps her stay still for longer periods of time and apply more heat to the eggs and young beneath her. Unfortunately,

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