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Thread subject: Hanover eagles, nest update
Name Date Message
Shelley 04/01/15 08:16 am 5 fish, I dead skunk and hopefully nothing else...

Today is the first time I have noticed a marked difference in the chicks, as they were being fed. #2 does look considerably smaller and head not nearly as strong and steady as #1. I hope it will be ok. I think that it may not be eating as much, maybe that's why. But it's lasted this long and survived so far so hopefully, the most vulnerable days are behind it. Time will tell. They are both getting bigger, though and not fitting under mama as easily as even a day or so ago. That's a good sign!

Feeding taking place right now!


And in the time it took me to write this, ANOTHER fish drop-off by dad!! What does he think they can do with so many?!
Anne-UK 04/04/15 04:02 pm Here's the answer to the fish question - copied from the Hancock forum:-

Pennsylvania Game Commission

Why are there so many fish in the Hanover, Pa. nest?
See the HanoverEagletNews; insight from Codorus State Park staff below:

The fish in the eagle nest are called gizzard shad. When this species gets overcrowded in the lake some of the population dies. The dead fish wash up along the banks. The eagles have spotted them and taken them back to the nest.
Shelley 04/04/15 04:31 pm At one point over the last day or so, I counted as many as 9 or 10 fish in the nest at once. Plus the skunk that's still there. Yesterday I watched a squirrel being fed to the chicks. One thing is certain: no one on this nest is going hungry. Pretty soon, though, they will need a fridge.....

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