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Bald eagle fends off raccoon from nest
WTAE ^ | February 27, 2014

Posted on 02/28/2014 6:42:36 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia

PITTSBURGH —A female bald eagle defended her nest and the three eggs inside it from an intruding raccoon late Wednesday night.

PixController, which is providing a live-stream camera of the nest, captured the close call near the Monongahela River in Hays. (Mobile users: Click here to watch the video)

The video showed the eagle being startled by the raccoon before she sprung up and spread her wings. After only a few seconds, the raccoon fled the nest and the mother settled back down.

It's not believed any of the three eggs inside were harmed.

The 5 1/2-year-old female laid the first egg a week ago. All of the eggs are expected to hatch in late March.

The nest is about 100 yards away from an earlier nest that collapsed after the two eagles arrived in the area last spring and raised a chick.

(Excerpt) Read more at wtae.com ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: baldeagle; eaglecam
Embedded video at link.
1 posted on 02/28/2014 6:42:36 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: SJackson

Outdoors ping


2 posted on 02/28/2014 6:45:09 AM PST by randita
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Watching the eagle cam is most definitely the talk of the Burgh. Well, other than the weekend smow forecast. Giant eagle here I come!


3 posted on 02/28/2014 6:47:10 AM PST by swpa_mom
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To: swpa_mom

Snow not smow. Grrrrrrr


4 posted on 02/28/2014 6:47:54 AM PST by swpa_mom
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To: swpa_mom

LOL! Save some toilet paper and milk for me!


5 posted on 02/28/2014 6:50:34 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Reminds me of Psalm 91:

4 He will spread his wings over you and keep you secure. His faithfulness is like a shield or a city wall. 5 You won’t need to worry about dangers at night or arrows during the day. 6 And you won’t fear diseases that strike in the dark or sudden disaster at noon.

[CEV]

6 posted on 02/28/2014 6:53:15 AM PST by M. Thatcher
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7 posted on 02/28/2014 6:57:20 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Being from Philly, I’m just happy to see an Eagle who can defend anything!


8 posted on 02/28/2014 7:00:45 AM PST by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Good mama

I hate raccoons

We had two in the garage the other day hanging out by the dog food


9 posted on 02/28/2014 7:03:29 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Windfarm just up the road.


10 posted on 02/28/2014 7:07:43 AM PST by onedoug
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Bfl


11 posted on 02/28/2014 7:13:42 AM PST by Manic_Episode (GOP = The Whig Party)
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To: onedoug

“Windfarm just up the road.”

Oh no....


12 posted on 02/28/2014 7:20:37 AM PST by proud American in Canada (R.I.P., James Helmuth, my nephew who passed away at ten years old, from cancer, on March 23.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Used to live just up the road from where this eagle is nesting.

Hope my former neighbors keep a close eye on their Yorkshire Terrier.


13 posted on 02/28/2014 7:58:59 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: yldstrk

I hate them too. Learned to hate them after moving onto the farm with chickens, turkeys, bantam etc. Even found the head of a rabbit behind the garage and the body over by our pond....thats how they kill, bites the head off...vicious, rabid carrying vermin.


14 posted on 02/28/2014 11:42:33 AM PST by goat granny (.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

When I was in Alaska, eagles nests can weigh as much as 1/2 ton...used the same one’s year after year and just repair them. They were huge.


15 posted on 02/28/2014 11:53:24 AM PST by goat granny (.)
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16 posted on 02/28/2014 3:05:52 PM PST by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we don’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Pretty ballsy raccoon, an eagle is big enough to decide to make the raccoon lunch.


17 posted on 02/28/2014 11:47:45 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: SJackson

Heartening. I have a raccoon living in my chicken coop attic. Two chickens down so far. His ‘use by’ date is tomorrow. Pretty sure he’s not going to be able to ‘fend off’ my .22. *SMIRK*


18 posted on 03/01/2014 6:37:01 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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