Jackie is working hard to keep her wee chick warm and dry. Shadow made sure that a huge catfish was in the pantry knowing that the weather was going to get worse. The chick has been fed at 07:45, 09:57, 12:50, and 14:41. As I type this it is currently 16:45 nest time.
The weather forecast says that this snow will continue until 18:00-19:00 and then stop. It is 23 degrees F. at Big Bear City with winds blowing and gusting more than 13 mph.
At the rate that the snow is currently falling, Jackie could be literally buried by it. Some of you might recall the Duke Farms Mother being encrusted in ice and snow when she was incubating her eggs last year. It is also almost an annual occurrence for our favourite hawk, Big Red, to get buried at least once, if not several times, in ice and snow.
Jackie is nodding off at times. It does not take much of her energy to brood. She is fine. Do not worry.
There are several things to remember. Bald Eagles do very well in snow and cold weather. They are fully equipped for it – better than humans! One of the largest areas that is home to Bald Eagles is in Alaska. Even here in Winnipeg with our temperatures dropping to -35 C, we have at least one resident Bald Eagle who never migrates. Jackie has more than 7000 feathers to keep her warm. In turn, she is keeping her chick warm. 105 degrees F transferred from Jackie to the baby. The area under Jackie where the chick and second egg are is warm and dry.
The problem is if the chick gets wet and chilled. Jackie and Shadow have been very good about feeding it quickly and getting it back under them. I suspect that Jackie might not feed the little one again until this snow and wind stop. There is a nice chunk of fish buried in the snow behind Jackie.
As we know anything can happen. The lives of our beloved birds can change so quickly. Please send all your positive wishes out to this beautiful family – and wish for sun and warm weather for them.
Thank you for joining me. Take care everyone.
Thank you to the Friends of Big Bear Valley for their streaming cam where I took my screen captures.