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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

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,

Eagles, ‘menopause’, and a new mate at Xcel Energy’s Fort St. Vrain plant

Avian Reproductive System, From Handbook of Bird Biology, Second Edition

Has Ma FSV entered ‘menopause’? This blog was going to be focused on eagles and ova, but Elfruler, our original DE lead mod and a long-time chronicler of bald eagle nests, noticed that the male had a band on his right leg, not his left. A new eagle has replaced Pa FSV. If you’d like to learn more about eagles and ova, please read on (TLDR: Ma FSV has not entered menopause). Thanks to Elfruler for her observations and Donna

Fort Saint Vrain Eagle Nest Rebuild Project

Bill Heston and Tina and Mario Lopez

By John Howe. We surprised the Fort St. Vrain Eagles with a new nest!  Late August to early September is our typical time period for completing eagle nest cam maintenance at the Xcel Energy facility in Fort Saint Vrain Colorado. We were hit with a big surprise the week before heading out for a routine camera cleaning project when we heard from Bill Heston. Bill, our local Xcel Energy eagle cam expert and facility engineer, reported that about 75% of the

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