I haven't been on BYC site in a while, because I haven't been getting email updates for my subscribed threads like this one.
I'm so sorry you lost PL. Has the flock acted much differently since the passing of their beneficent leader?
Your duckling photos make me smile as usual :)
The three eagles have been hanging around another tree across the wetland from my house. My neighbors have seen them working on a new nest. Although it is unlikely that eggs will be laid this late in the season, this could be a start on their nest for next year's season. A few of my neighbors...
The nest blew out of the tree during a windstorm. In this video an eagle flies off the swaying nest 50 seconds in.
Here the eagles perched, buffeted by the wind, as the rest of the nest was decimated. The next day, I found a cracked egg shell with the nest debris under the tree.