Monthly Archives: March 2016

Welcome to the world, D24!

Eaglet D24 hatches in Decorah

Welcome to the world, D24! We don’t know when exactly you hatched, although we will be scanning the autorecord to see if we can figure it out. By the time we glimpsed you this morning at 6:22AM, you were already fluffy and dry! The video record starts with videos taken last night as we all paced the carpet and wondered when D24 would finally hatch. As this year reminded us all yet again, hatching is a process, not a discrete

Hatch at Fort St. Vrain, HIP in Decorah, falcon eggs, and the TV Channel returns!

Hatch and HIP - FSV and Decorah

Whatta morning, as someone we know on Facebook might say! The Fort St. Vrain eagles finally had their first hatch this morning! FSV31 hatched 9:23am this morning. This nest has had two hatches in one day previously, so I will be very interested to see if it happens again this year! We have a Hatch In Progress (HIP) in Decorah this morning! It can take as long as a day for a hatchling eagle to emerge from its shell past

Hatch Watch!

Three eggs in the Decorah Nest

We are on hatch watch at N2B in Decorah and at Xcel Energy’s Fort St. Vrain plant in Platteville, Colorado. What happens within the egg shortly before hatching starts? The rapidly developing embryo: Grows large enough to take up nearly all the space in its egg. Positions its body so that its head is at the large end of the egg next to the air space. Begins to breathe with its lungs. Consumes most of the remaining albumen and yolk.

Thoughts on the Sub-Adult Intruder at DNN

Intruder at Decorah North Nest

We had an intruder at the Decorah North Nest on March 13th. While Dad was in the nest incubating the pair’s single egg, a roughly four-year old female eagle perched on a limb right next to the nest tree. He responded by covering the egg, softly vocalizing, and ruffling his feathers. The whole encounter lasted about fourteen minutes. I approached two eagle experts about the encounter and received some fascinating information and feedback. To learn more, follow this link:

Egg round-up!

Talons and eggs

Where do we have eggs and how many do we have?   BALD EAGLES In Decorah, Iowa: Eggs could begin hatching between March 25 and March 29. Egg #1 was laid on 2/18/16 @ 8:28 PM Egg #2 was laid on 2/21/16 @ 7:46 PM Egg #3 was laid on 2/25/16 @ 6:59 PM At Decorah North in Decorah, Iowa: Eggs could begin hatching between April 15 and April 19. Egg #1 was laid on 3/11/16 @ 2:29 PM CT Egg #2 was laid on 3/14/16

A report: The DNR’s proposed ban on non-toxic shot in Farmland WMA’s

Eagle in the sky

I attended the Minnesota DNR’s non-toxic shot informational meeting last week and heard testimony supporting and opposing the DNR’s ban on non-toxic shot in Farmland WMA’s in Western Minnesota. While the DNR received many more letters supporting than opposing the ban, the issue is far from settled. Minnesotans, you can email comments to or submit written comments to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources by mailing a letter/statement to: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Non-Toxic Shot Comments 500 Lafayette

Egg number two at the Decorah North Nest!

Second Decorah North Nest Egg!

Mom North laid her 2nd Egg at 2:28PM CT on 3-14-16. Eggs are normally laid about 3-5 days from the first egg laid, and just like clockwork, Mom laid her 2nd egg almost ‘eggsactly’ 72 hours from her first. Congratulations to Mom & Dad North!! Our thanks to Bob Anderson and the RRP Board of Directors for the cameras that will allow us to observe and study this pair, and to the landowner who has graciously allowed us access. We

Decorah Nest, Mom, and Three Egglets

Videos and news! We have three eggs at Fort St. Vrain and three in Decorah. We are hopeful for hatch in Decorah on or around March 27th, and at Fort St. Vrain on or around March 28. Remember, these are estimates – the actual hatch could be a little earlier or a little later. At Decorah North, we have one egg laid at 2:29PM CT on March 11. We could see another laid some time tomorrow, although we don’t know

Will the nest trees hold N2B and Decorah North?

Nest Tree in East Central Minnesota

Will the nest trees hold N2B and Decorah North? Answers, information, and a little speculation on that topic can be found on the blog: The nest in this photograph is not one we watch. It is on private land about 12 miles from my house and was taken from the road. This is a much more technical topic than I normally write about and any mistakes are my own.

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