This Ol’ Tree’s Not Gettin’ Any Younger..

June 20, 2016 by Rick Cunningham

The image on the left below is from Oct 4, 2014. Clearly visible are six branches supporting the nest. Not visible is the seventh branch on which the camera is mounted. The image on the right is from June 20, 2016. Notice that there are now only three branches visible, and the fourth still supports Cam 1.Three of the branches that were there previously are gone, having been broken off by high winds – the latest branch fell very early in the morning last Saturday, having been fatally weakened by a burst of wind at around 6:00 on Friday.

We’re trying to figure out how much longer the tree can hang on, but clearly we will have to think soon about when to take the cameras down. Meanwhile, the Ospreys continue to build up the nest and have mated a number of times, including just today! Are they going to nest soon or are they just practicing their nest building skills for next year?

 

Eagle Nest 2014-10-28 at 6.51.23 PM

Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 3.12.07 PM
Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 3.16.01 PMEagle Cam 2014-10-04 at 8.32.53 AM

 

 

4 Responses to “This Ol’ Tree’s Not Gettin’ Any Younger..”

  1. Pam says:

    Such sad news about the tree, Rick. I’ll keep enjoying the cameras while I can. When you take the cameras down, will the tree be taken down as well? I hate to think of that, but I don’t like to think of the owls or the ospreys nesting in an unsafe tree. Does The Landings try to retain snags where possible?

    I hope you’ll be able to track down the owls, if and wherever they nest next year. It’s been wonderful to watch them these last two seasons. Has anyone caught a glimpse of any of the owl family?

    Good luck and best wishes to you, the tree, the cameras and all the birds!

    Pam

  2. Shepherd says:

    I understand save the expensive cams – but – can you put them in another tree?
    I have enjoyed the owl

  3. Pam Loew says:

    Hi Rick,

    As you know there is a huge community of owl lovers (and of other birds) who have faithfully been watching the GHO family. Like you we are
    All concerned about the tree. A number of people have suggested moving the cameras to a nearby tree and building a wire platform with a stick nest that would then be inviting to our GHOs. I’m sure we can start a fundraising campaign to cover the cost of this. Seeing the outpouring of support for the rescue of the last remaining Texas barn owl leads me to believe that we could quickly raise the needed money for this.

    Just wanted to let you know there is lots of support and gratitude for the wonderful work that everyone has done to provide us with these magical experiences!

    Thanks, Pam

  4. hummer says:

    Fascinating info. This is the first year that I’ve been watching the Savannah Owl cam and I had no idea that the tree the nest is located in has deteriorated to such an extent. I know that Osprey nests in Oregon are often relocated to different spots for the safety of the birds. Would this be considered in this situation and would the GHO still use the nest next year if this were done? Keep us updated.

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