Feb 21-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: February: Feb 21-04
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Photo by Z-Man

Toivo from Toivola on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 05:59 am:

Capturing a photo of one of these fine feathered beauties, is not a feat that is easily accomplished. But never fear - - Z-Man is here! Eagles can be found in many areas of the U.P., flying about the highways looking for dinner or like this one, who seems to be watching over the Keweenaw. This shot, makes me think - - SISU! First for the pose of the eagle, second for the tenacity of the photographer.

Isn't it a little early for this guy to be back? Guess he wanted to beat the blackflies.

By UP_gal on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 06:26 am:

You sure get up early to update this site. We early risers sure appreciate it. Looks like a milder day here in the CC. Keeps those ice-fisherman warm !

By Susan Clearwater Fl on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 06:29 am:

Good morning all you yoopers....we had a nest of eagles in our back yard here in Florida....but it was just in an old dead tree....not a lovely birch. Mom and Dad Eagle had to destroy the nest last year because the "little" ones would not leave. Guess the rent was too good! We're waiting somewhat impatiently for them to rebuild. Hope they don't select another site. We also have a Peregrin Falcon that comes around fairly often. Funny how the smaller birds make themselves scarce then! Hope you all have a wonderful day......

By Beverly, San Jose, Calif. on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 07:43 am:

There use to be an Eagles nest near the
Niskanen farm in Princess Point, off the
Bootjack Road heading toward the Dreamland
Hotel. It was the biggest darn bird I ever
saw. Oh, the power of nature.

By Tim, St. Clair Shores, MI on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 08:03 am:

Excellent photo. Talk about a high-performance bird! I can just see the silhouette of this bird carrying a Rottweiler away against the backdrop of the moon. That is a big, powerful, majestic flying machine. Hope the photographer weighed over 200 pounds, otherwise he was risking a free flight! Ha! Ha! Glad to see an Eagle photo on this site, because it is my homepage and I check in every day. I've seen them over Brockway but could never get a close up photo like this.

By Tony MI on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 08:16 am:

sure is great to see those eagles around. great picture! how hard was it to find that bird? really great.

By Therese from just below the bridge on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 08:47 am:

I came outside one morning recently at sunrise to see two of these birds fly over just above tree-tops, lit by the first golden light. It made my whole day. And a few years back, near O'Neil pond just southwest of Mackinaw City, I saw two eagles approach each other, clasp talons, then separate and fly in opposite directions. A coworker who knows about these things said they were establishing their territorial limits. Whenever I see them they bring a feeling that the skies are limitless ... "To experience space, the limitless of it all, that there are no bounds; to merge and be as one with the trees and the stars". I think that was Walt Whitman, imperfectly remembered no doubt.

By Birdman-- U.P. on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 09:37 am:


That bald eagle has probably been in the area all winter. They dont migrate south for the winter like a lot of other birds. They live on carrion and small mammals Road kills are one of thier favorites.

By Brita, Mohawk on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 09:37 am:

Great photo!! A WOW!

By Deb, East Lansing, MI on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 09:41 am:

What a beautiful photo, majestic bird, and tenacious or lucky photographer. We always loved seeing eagles nesting in the big pines while fishing in Thousand Island Lake near Watersmeet. Always a thrill to spot one.

By Jim Copper Country on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 09:46 am:

Somehow this fellow reminds me of the "eagles' nest"....the landmark always watched for about halfway on the trip to Marquette, on the north side of US 41 almost across the hwy from Parent Lake (west of Nestoria)...anybody else remember??
Lotsa people were unaware of where Ohio Mine, Nestoria, Imperial Heights, etc were...but everybody always knew of the EAGLES' NEST. 'Twas a big nest, and there for years....

By ed on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 09:54 am:

Yes and ask my 4 kids about the nest outside of Marquette while driving to Grammas in Hubbell..We joke about the eagles nest now 30 years later. At first they thought their "daddy" was pulling their leg but we did get to see an eagle 4 years ago while fishing on Douglas Lake near Cheboygan. The 4 grandkids had eyes as big as an owls that day as one came down near our boat and picked up the small bluegill we had cast overboard.

By Bill, Calumet on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 10:27 am:

Last week we were sitting next to the window at the Ambassador restaurant in Houghton having lunch when we looked up to see a beautiful eagle flying by, it looked like it landed on the roof. What a majestic sight!

By Downstate Dave on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 10:29 am:

Hey Z-man, Thanks for a grrreat shot. Give us envious fans some details on how you got this one!

By Debi, Laurium on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 10:30 am:

I also recall the Eagles Nest. We lived in Gwinn and also had a house in Kearsarge and travelled up here just about every weekend. Now I am a permanent resident of Florida (Location, that is, in Laurium). I heard Escanaba, Gladstone, Bark River, etc. got hit with quite a bit of snow. Any comments from anyone down there? 'Bout time someone else gets it!

By Debi, Laurium on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 10:32 am:

Oopps! Almost forgot--excellent picture, Z-man. Made it my new wallpaper!

By Jack in CT on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 10:32 am:

I know it's not in the Keweenaw but last summer I was vacationing in the UP. When I took my 8 year old daughter to the lower Tahquamenon Falls there was a nest right across the river from the stairs that lead down to the water below the falls. She as the first to spot the mother in the nest and after a few minutes it took off and flew right over us. I thought she was never going to stop jumping and giggling about seeing this wonderful creature in the wild.

By Fred on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 10:45 am:

I remember the "eagles nest", we always looked for it on our way back from camp at agate beach. When we saw the nest we knew we were almost home.(Three Lakes)
Great picture, I have a few taken thru my telescope but they are not in focus.

By Michael Monette, Baqubah Iraq on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 10:52 am:

Now thats the symbol of Freedom!!! I have been In Iraq since last March and I am comming home in 3 weeks, cant wait to get back to Da U.P. EAH!!!

By George PINI on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 11:09 am:

from George in Milw Yooper under treatment. I remenbe just as Jim did. Everytime we went to Marquette as soon as we got to the junction us kids would look for the big pine with the eagles nest

By Connie, Ft. Belvoir VA on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 11:51 am:

Michael Monette,
GREAT to hear you will be home soon!!!!
Thanks for your service and dedication.
Take care, let everyone know when you are back home :-)

By ace tx on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 12:50 pm:

Deb- We had about 3 inches of snow last friday(13 th). Made us fell a little home sick,but it was just beautiful while it lasted. Hope to make it home this summer & we'll see you then.

By Beverly, San Jose, Calif. on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 01:01 pm:

Helloooooooooooooooooo Michael Monette.
Are you related to Sharon Monette who
has a summer home on Bootjack Road in
Lake Linden. She's my cousin.

By Cindy, St. Clair Shores, MI on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 01:06 pm:

What a great picture! I saw an eagle last summer just outside of Grand Marais. It swooped up over our car from the side of the road. We discovered it was after a deer that had been hit and thrown in a little valley next to the highway. I tried very hard to get a photo, but I knew that eagle was watching me from the top of the trees and wasn't coming out again until I left. I love shots of U.P. wildlife. Keep it up, Z-man!

By UP in da U.P. on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 01:17 pm:

Does anyone know what happened to Donn De Yamperts photo gallery????

Toivo: I understand that Donn is putting together a new collection on his website. His photos appear in many other folders in the Pasty Cam Guest Gallery, such as
Marquette and Escanaba, and many of his shots have become WOW's. My favorite shot of Donn's is in the 2004 Pasty Cam Calendar, the month of August:

U.P. Beauty

By UP in da U.P. on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 01:33 pm:


Nice shot!

By traveling thru Iron Mt on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 02:14 pm:

Someone asked about the snow in the southern UP.
I drove up from Green Bay Friday afternoon. Schools in Green Bay were in session although they had a mixture of rain and sometimes freezing rain in the area. Just north of Green Bay in Howard the roads became slushy and ice covered. There wasn't too much traffic, but the traffic was only moving at 25 to 50 mph. You just got in a line of cars and kept moving. The center line was covered with snow and my tires were in two ruts. Where there were passing lanes, the second lane was not plowed. Surprisingly the trip was only about 20 minutes longer than usual from Green Bay to Iron Mountain. Saw 5 cars in the ditch. Schools from Howard to Iron Mountain were all closed. I could see why. Travel was not easy. The roads from Iron Montain to Houghton were snow covered, but plowed. It was much easier traveling that stretch.

The town of Lena, WI (population 509) had flags,
yellow ribbons and signs out for Nichold Frye who died serving in Iraq. She was 19 years old and from Lena.

By Nancy, East Lansing on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 02:48 pm:

This is a great photo! I have never been so lucky to see one of these magnificent birds so close-up. Great job!

On another note: Found this article on the Yooper dialect on the Detroit Free Press website. It was also printed in the Lansing State Journal this morning. Check it out at:


By Jean SoCal on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 03:12 pm:

although I am only in the UP for a few weeks in the summer, I've seen several eagles for each of the last two summers around 5mile Point. They spot my small dog, and I have had to snatch him up and head for the woods. Magnificent birds, though, and I'm glad they are making such a good comeback.

By MG Michigan on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 03:16 pm:

A couple of summers ago while cutting a hay field I rounded a corner and discovered two eagles, a mature and a immature, sitting in the field. I got within a hundred feet before they flew off. The next time around I stopped to see what they were doing. They were eating a raccoon and were now flying over head keeping an eye on lunch. I checked back later and the raccoon was gone. That was the closest look I have ever gotten of a Bald Eagle in the wild and it was really cool.

By Rachel, Illinois on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 03:22 pm:

To Michael Monette,

Get home safely and enjoy your leave. You deserve it. Thank you and God bless you!

By JJ MI on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 04:30 pm:

I think of (spring) last Easter vacation, we stayed in a B & B (Ghost City Inn I think) in Jerome AZ. At the bottom of the MT. is a town Clarkton or Clarkville, and from there one can catch a train ride (Verde River Tours) along the Verde River - Unbelievable in the spring time - and you go past the bald eagle's nest and spot the youngen's and also there is a golden eagle's nest among the mountian side cliffs too. About a 4 hour tour - skipper...

To see the eagle's nest - for my daughter - 2nd grade - was awesome (me too)...

By Sandy, lower MI on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 05:19 pm:

In response to the weather question: My daughter and I traveled from the lower (near OH) to H-Town late Thursday/early Friday. We managed to catch up with the beginnings of the storm near Flint, where we were reduced to 40 MPH the rest of the way. Our normally only 11 hour trip turned into a 16 hour event, with white knuckles from holding on in the wind, to tired eyes from looking thru blowing snow....however, we were rewarded with an excellent performance at MTU by Wendall Harrison and MTU's Jazz Tech---excellent evening of jazz. (Son plays sax in the band). My last eagle sighting was just outside Epoufette 2 winters ago. The bird was feasting on roadside kill and flew directly over my windshield when I came up on him. Magnificent creatures. Message to Michael Monette: Thank you and your fellow soldiers for your dedication to US in the USA!! Prayers for safekeeping and safe travel home for you, and all others on their journey. "He will lift you up on eagle's wings". God Speed!!

By Ray D. New Mexico on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 05:23 pm:

I have also made that train ride from Clarkville JJ. Bought the book at the terminal about the history of the train and they indicated that nest has been there for a long time. There was a family using it when we made the trip. I believ it was in 2001 possibly April when we made that trip. Isn't Jerome a hoot? We stayed a week in Sedona and made several side trips to Jerome and Prescott.

By Bob Koepel on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 06:44 pm:

George Pini, What's the under treatment message, everything ok? Is this FLASHES son? Drop me a line.

By BBB Bootjack on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 06:44 pm:

There Is an Eagles nest Right at the Dreamland About 75yards north of the dock. For the last five years there have been two adult and they have had four babies, Two three years ago and two last year. If you look in I think It's Robert Wettons Photo gallery He has several pictures of Them.

By WALTER P TAMPA on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 07:33 pm:


By Lloyd, Antigo on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 07:43 pm:

Follow this link to the Raptor Education Group Inc. near Antigo, WI: http://raptoreducationgroup.org/index.cfm
Marge Gibson is always in need of support for her work rehabilitating Bald Eagles and other Raptors. Watched her release an Eagle last summer that was injured near Gwinn, Ir had flown headfirst into a power line. The MIDNR didn't allow the release to take place in Michigan. Bet the bird didn't care. Probably was back in its home territory by the following day if not sooner.

By Mary Lake Linden, Mi. on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 08:21 pm:

Mike Monette: Thanks for protecting all of us back home. We are very proud of all of you and glad to hear that you will be home soon. God bless you and all of our serviceman in Iraq. Stay safe.

By walter p on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 08:45 pm:


By John-Canton on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 09:46 pm:

Thank you very much Z-Man. Great shot!

By Ken and Mimi from da UP on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 10:25 pm:

Kiitos, Nancy, East Lansing, for the link to the Freep. Does anyone remember the Finglish dialect books by "Hap" Puotinen? They were funny and educational, too. About the hard times the Finns had trying to learn the English. They have extra vowels and only 13 consanents... It is not easy to learn the Finnish either. Still trying though. Little by little, 'eh?

By Ken and Mimi from da UP on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 10:39 pm:

Oops, it was supposed to say 'consonants'.

By Rachel, Illinois on Sunday, February 22, 2004 - 01:30 pm:

Ja, at least Finnish is written exactly as it sounds. No silent letters. I remember words like stoori and kaara for store and car. Brings back memories of my Finnish mother and grandmother.I'll bet Finnish is hard to learn because of all the post-positions and the ways a noun can change. I found some tapes at Da Yoopers Tourist Trap that have some Finglish comedy routines. One is called Children of the Finnish Immigrant.

By Rose - Channahon, IL on Sunday, February 22, 2004 - 08:43 pm:

Great shot, Z man! I am a day late checking out the Pasty Cam but it was perfect timing as I just returned from a day trip to Starved Rock (Illinois) to see the Eagles that hang around the Lock and Dam there most of January and February!

By Mike R, New Berlin, WI on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 09:55 am:

Jim Copper Country, I remember the nest well. Would check it out when we traveled from my parents camp in Three Lakes to points West. Man, wasn't that a long time ago?

By ric, WI on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 01:22 pm:

I too remember that nest....

There are also, in the spring, quite a few Eagles just north of Amasa, on the West side of the road...

By Nate from out of state, MN on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - 12:42 pm:

To Ken and Mimi from da UP, yes I am familiar with the Finglish
books by Hap Puotinen. They are excellent and really quite
brilliant especially with the politcal satire he included in some of
them (akin to Pogo and the Okefenokee). I have one copy of
Finglish Fables (if I can find it). If you find any others I'd be
interested. Contact me at peltosplace@hotmail.com.

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