Sol and Luna update

Source: Friends of the Redding Eagles
 

Sol and Luna are practicing wingercizing, hopping more and more, especially in the early morning and evening hours when it's cooler. It won't be long before they decide to join Mom and Dad down by the riverside.

Wingercizing helps them gain strength and coordination in their wings. As they flap their wings, they get a little air at first, but soon, with practice and strength, they can start catching some air above their nest. From hatching to fledging is 10-12 weeks. 


Source: Friends of the Redding Eagles



Our Redding Eagles remain in their Nesting Territory for approximately 9 1/2 months. Liberty and Guardian return to their nesting territory in October and remain in the area until mid- to late July. Even those 2 1/2 months when the eagles are out of the area feel like forever to us! We are very spoiled here!


The last couple of days have been nice- we've had some clouds that have kept temperatures down; it's due to a late-season ‘Atmospheric River’ up in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington) 

We're supposed to heat up, but still nothing compared to what it usually is at this time, which is fine with me. 

The husband is with his daughter at her place, having dinner. 
I'm having leftovers and plan to watch a little television until he gets home. 


Time for me to feed Laydee and Susie and then feed myself. 

Later! 






17 comments:

  1. I love your last quote! Fierce fledglings!

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  2. Around here we only see the eagles during the Winter months when the ice is in the river. I missed seeing them last Winter as we had no ice. Now they move to the lake where their food source is and nesting areas as well. They are so majestic. Thanks for sharing in Sol and Luna's progress of growing up. Janice

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    1. That’s interesting. Our eagles hang around for about 9-10 months before taking off to higher elevations.

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  3. Glad they are doing so well. Thanks for the update.

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    1. Sure. It’s fun to watch their progress.

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  4. What fun to watch the antics of the eagles. I know they are very interesting to watch, much like we watch our young Sand Hill Cranes. On a sad note, one of our "colts" has disappeared from the family. Not sure what happened, but it is just the parents and one colt walking around our yard yesterday and today. They are still too young for him to have flown away, so I fear he got hit by a car as they often are crossing roads and people just can't see them because they blend in with the pavement. I feel sad, but there's nothing I can do about it. It's just the way things happen. I'm glad you are having pleasant days and not too hot yet. We've had some very hot temps for this early in summer, but it did cool down over the weekend and was very pleasant with a nice breeze and a quick rain shower. Hope your week goes well. Blessings to you and yours.

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    1. Aww that bothers me too about your missing colts. I get too wrapped up in the lives of these eagles. The female, Liberty is getting up there and when they both go to higher elevations in mid July I always wonder if they’re safe. I know that one day she may not come back and that will be a hard pill to swallow; not just for me but for the community.

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  5. Isn't it interesting how quickly they grow and change?
    Glad you are having some nice weather. It's 82 here today but is supposed to cool down later today.

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  6. Love your updates on the eagles, and your name for the exercise program..clever.
    Tomorrow we are suppose to be 103F..not looking forward to it. Today its really gusty windy...scary for the wildfires when its so hot and dry besides.
    To answer your question about the manzanita... it was in a huge pot in our front yard when we moved here 17 years ago. Its still in the same pot but the pot has split. Still going and growing strong though. Its in front of my dining room window. I love the variety of birds that sit in the branches at various times of the year. The Hummers love it too, when it is blossoming.
    Sue

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    1. I wish I had at least one in a big pot. They do take a while to grow. Our little guys are healthy, they’re just little.
      Tomorrow will only be 97 but Wednesday it will be 105. We had a lot of clouds the last couple of days due to the rains up north. No wind here.
      I get real nervous with wind and heat - In 2018 we had a big fire here in Redding (Camp fire) and surrounding area. It was terrible for months we were smoked in. Then after our fire was officially out a month later the Camp fire in Paradise. It’s just a matter of time - so many people I knew were burned out and lost everything.
      This time of year we’re listening to the scanner and ready to go.

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    2. our niece lost her home in Magalia and I had a high school classmate loose her life in the Paradise fire..so tragic...
      Good for you to be prepared.
      Sue

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    3. I too had 2 Terra Nova classmates who lost their home in Paradise. They choose not to return and are living in Roseville in a nice 55+ community!

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  7. Eagles always look so serious. Good photos. We've had excellent views of the nest for our local Red-shouldered Hawks with their two fledglings. They did the wingercizing too. It was fun to watch them grow up and move on.
    Glad it's been nice weather for you. Hope that holds. All of a sudden it's hot in our neck of the woods. Well, it is June. 💙

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    1. They do have that, don’t-mess-with- me” look! You know, Benjamin Franklin wanted the American Turkey as our national bird. 🦃

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  8. We don't see the big eagles very often so seeing yours growing and learning is wonderful. You really are lucky.

    God bless.

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