Welcome to the Eastwood Eagle Watchers blog!

The forgotten blog has come to life.

As of this writing, Cindy has returned from her extended escape from the reality of motherhood. Jim has apparently forgiven her for her wanderings and the two are frequently seen perched side by side. Pride is hunting on his own with great success much to the dismay of the duck and gull population of Blue Lake as they feel the need to scatter whenever the hunting juvenile eagle passes overhead. It seems they would rather allow the newcomer to share their dinner than become his.

It has  been a little over a month since Spirit was euthanized. We humans develop emotional attachments to people and things. In the animal world, driven by instincts, things seem to just happen. One minute the eaglet is there and the next he is not. Life goes on, and that include wildlife. The one caveat to this is that on July 4th, Independence Day, Pride spent the entire day perched atop a wooden utility pole across the Mad River from the aerie. This was very unusual behavior because of the extended period of time he went without eating or being fed. Late in the afternoon, Jim flew into the nest with food and finally Pride flew in to eat. I don’t remember seeing Cindy that day which is not uncommon. Unknown to the Eagle Watchers was that the injured Spirit was on the ground at the base of that pole where he had fallen after impacting the pole with enough force to crush his ribcage and destroy his right knee. It was probably not emotional ties that kept Pride glued to the pole, keeping watch over his injured brother, but rather the fact that they had always been together and Spirit was his “flock”. Spirit was discovered later that evening by an observent well field worker. The veterinarian assured us that his injuries were so severe that the outcome was determined upon impact with the pole. 50% of eaglets in the wild do not survive the first year of life, the EEW group hopes that Pride represents the other 50%.

Tonight, Roger received a call from a local photographer who reported that Pride was on the ground and possibly injured.  We immediately drove to the area to investigate and found that Pride was just fine. He had apparently been on the ground feeding or investigating something. He is a very curious youngster. Roger has captured images of Pride playing with shells at the edge of Blue Lake and sometimes I could swear that bird flies over the water just to scare up the locals!

Speaking of Roger’s pictures, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is moving forward with its plans to use many of them in their 2012 calendar! The calendar will be entirely devoted to the topic of Dayton’s most famous eagle family. At this preliminary stage, we believe that the calendar will not only feature some of Roger’s amazing photographs but also eagle facts, a brief history of Jim and Cindy, monthly suggestions to improve your successfulness at eagle watching and a guide to what Jim and Cindy may be up to in each month of 2012 based in our observations over the past few years. (The good thing about being driven by instincts is that they tend to lead to very predictable behavior not only for the species in general but for individual birds as well.)  The calendar should be available in the Boonshoft Museum gift shop this fall. Please visit this blog or the boonshoftmuseum.org website for updates as the project develops.

Speaking of updates, even though the eagle cam is off for the year, my updates and Roger’s pictures are still being posted regularly. Jim and Cindy winter here and are much more visible in the colder weather as the skies are clear and the trees are bare. I expect that Pride will hang around too until Jim chases him off next nesting season or he joins up with other passing juveniles this winter. As I reported in an earlier update, ODNR reports that Ohio had 194 known nesting Bald Eagle pairs this year resulting in 254 eaglets! Additionally there were 35 newly reported nests and there were known nests in 62 counties! We have spotted several unknown adult eagles passing through the area this summer and quite a few immatures as well. It amazes me that just five years ago you would rarely see an eagle in Dayton and now I rarely go a day without seeing one! Roger and Marcia have a book that talks about a huge eagle’s nest in the Englewood area in the 1850s. If anyone knows of specific past eagle nests in Dayton please let us know. I am sure that there have been none in my lifetime or I would have been there. As a young teen I would often ride my bike from the Belmont area of Dayton to Englewood Reserve, John Bryan and other parks.

The Eastwood Eagle Watchers would like to thank The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Copp System Integrator., and the other sponsors of the eagle cam for their provision of the eagle cam. It has been a wonderfully successful year even with crazy weather of the spring and summer. 

Now that the blog is up and running, please check back for new posting and we look forward to your comments here or at eastwoodeaglewatchers@gmail.com.

Keep looking up!

Jim Weller


Published in: on April 27, 2010 at 5:25 pm  Comments (6)  

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  1. Thank you Jim.

  2. Thanks Jim for getting this blog up and flying.

  3. Awesome Page,, loook forward to checking in here.

  4. adding to my favorites…

  5. I am seeing Jim, Cindy, and PRIDE on a regular basis at the east end of Blue Lake. They all seem to be thirving!

  6. WordPress is great once you figure out how to use it.
    The Eagle Page is really nice.
    I will link to my WordPress Blog Pages.

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