Monthly Archives: February 2016

The day is finally here!

Poster for Philippine Eagle Benefit

We’ll be scrambling to get ready for the Philippine Eagle Benefit, which starts tonight at 7:00pm! We have a live and on-line silent auction, live music, and a cash bar! For more information (and a donate button), follow this link: Philippine Eagle Benefit! All donations made on the Event page will automatically go to our joint Philippine Eagle recovery project. For more about the Philippine Eagle Project, visit this page: http://www.raptorresource.org/about-us/philippine-eagle-project/

Egg #3 in Decorah

Decorah Eagles lay three eggs

Whatta night! Congratulations to Mom and Dad Decorah on their third egg of the season, laid at 6:59PM CT on February 25th! While the event was interrupted by a computer issue, watchers got to see Mom’s contractions and hear her soft chirps as she laid her 26th egg. We’ve all been straining our necks for a glimpse of it at the bottom of Dad’s deep nest cup! Hatching occurs 35-37 days after eggs are laid, so we will start anticipating

Is N2B big enough? Where are Mom and Dad? Answers to your questions!

Evolution of N2B

Is N2B big enough? This is probably the number one question we’ve fielded this week. A lot of people have expressed concerns that N2B isn’t big enough for the eagles. However, the nest was already roughly 4.5 feet high by 5 feet wide when we left it in August – big enough for Neil to sit comfortably inside it! The eagles have built it up substantially since then, as the image below shows. So why does the nest look small

Eggs, eggs, eggs!

First Egg in Decorah 2016

We have a first egg in Decorah and a second egg at Fort St. Vrain! While we don’t know for sure when Mom Decorah will lay her second egg, past history indicates that it is most likely to be Sunday. We’ve had a lot of questions about both eagle couples staying off of their first eggs. Temperatures this year are usually well below freezing in Decorah, and slightly below to slightly above freezing in Platteville, so the eagles need to

Decorah Eagles Egg Watch: A Look Back!

Egg Watch - A look back!

Where’s the nest bowl? Where’s the egg cup? We thought it would be fun to look back and previous egg lay dates 2011-2015, and remind you that it takes no time at all to excavate the cushy material to form the nest bowl and egg cup. Mom and Dad have been bringing in a steady supply of material, shoring up the rails, and today Dad brought Mom a squirrel for brunch, and she hit the bedding sale at Nest Depot

1st Egg of 2016 for Fort St. Vrain Eagles!

First egg for Fort St. Vrain in 2016

Congratulations to the Fort St. Vrain bald eagles on their first egg of 2016! The egg was laid last night around 9:22pm Mountain Time. This marks the 31st egg laid since we began keeping track in 2003! What does the Fort St. Vrain site look like? The nest (FSV-N0) is located in a cottonwood on the banks of the St. Vrain River near Platteville, CO, on property owned by Xcel Energy. We’re not sure how old it is, but Bob

February 15, 2016 Video Round-up

Decorah Male Eagle on February 14

No eggs in Decorah or Fort St. Vrain yet, but we do have some videos! In Decorah, Mom and Dad heap the crib rails high, a blue jay briefly visits the nest, love is in the air (on Valentine’s Day!), and we get some nice close-ups of Dad. At Eaglecrest Wildlife, a bald eagle catches a fish. We hope to add some caps from Eaglecrest Wildlife tomorrow, but in the meantime, I encourage anyone who would like to catch up

Courtship, Copulation, and Egg Creation

Adult Eagles Copulating

Happy Valentines Day! We hope you enjoy this timely post about all things romantic in the world of bald eagles! Bird Courtship & Bonding For such fierce predators, much of the behavior observed in courtship and pair bonding is remarkably tender and endearing. Courtship behavior includes intricate swooping flights and dives, soaring in unison, and cartwheeling. Initially, the male may be seeking to show off his strength and vitality to convince a female he is her best possible mate to

We are Eggs-pecting!

Decorah Eagles at N2B

Sherri Elliott got some great vocals and video this morning at Ustream! After a few beaky ‘kisses’, Mom and Dad were heard copulating not far from the nest. While we don’t have recorded video from Fort St. Vrain, the eagles there have been copulating as well. It looks like eggs are on the way in both places! Ustream highlight: http://bit.ly/1T7E81y (We’ll add a youtube video as soon as we have one for those of you on devices). While we don’t know