Monthly Archives: April 2016

Six Eggs at Xcel Energy’s Sherco Plant?

Six falcon eggs at Xcel's Sherco Plant

A falcon on six eggs? That is what we appear to have at Xcel Energy’s Sherco plant in Becker, Minnesota! The first four eggs laid here were fully pigmented, but the last two are lighter in color and easily identifiable. A few possibilities: The falcon is incubating four eggs laid this spring and two eggs laid last spring. Last year’s resident falcon laid four eggs, but none of them hatched. Two of them appeared to have survived the winter and

Eaglet Growth and Development: Week Three

Emerging pinfeathers in Decorah!

The dynamic duo are growing like weeds this week as they sleep, eat, and gain the skills and features they need for the next phase of their lives! Their clown clompers are a nice shade of yellow, their talons are black, their natal down mohawks are clearly visible, and the outer edges of the nest are taking on a splotchy appearance as the eaglets get better at sitting up, bending over, and shooting poop! While growth and structural development still

Welcome to the world, DNN2!

Welcome, DNN2!

Welcome to the world, DNN2! Mom gave us very few peeks at the hatch in progress (especially once the rain started) although she seemed quite interested in what was going on down below! She removed an eggshell from the nest around 4:19am CDT and we got our first look at DNN2’s head around 6:05am. We have videos of the shell removal and two glimpses of DNN2 Arlene Beech: Mom removes shell – https://youtu.be/KH_x90rPfnU 70chico1: DNN 2 is here – https://youtu.be/ZZMZpA4vLkw

Fort St. Vrain Nest

Fort St. Vrain nest fails

We are sad to announce that the Fort St. Vrain eaglets perished on April 16, 2016, during a rain/snow storm. Their parents were not able to adequately cover them and thermal down doesn’t provide much protection from wet weather. Before the camera was turned off, the parents were witnessed beginning to consume their young. This is a very normal behavior for bald eagles. Perhaps human watchers can take comfort in the thought they they are moving past their losses. While

Hatch and Nest Round-up

D24 and D25 in Decorah

We have a lot of nests to keep up with! Check this page for ongoing hatch forecasts and actual hatch dates for all of our cammed nests. Decorah Nest, Decorah IA D24 and D25 have hatched! We are waiting for D26. As of today, the last egg was laid 39 days ago and is still within its hatch window. For more information and dates, visit this page (the 2016 nesting record is on the right): Decorah Eagles. Hatch dates in Decorah are: D24:

Decorah North Nest

Such a busy day! In Decorah, D24 and D25 eat and bonk (check the note on the importance of this kind of behavior, as much as us human-types might dislike it). While they haven’t started nest exploration yet, both eaglets are sitting well and very interested in eating! Decorah North gives us a switchover and Dad yoga as Mom takes her turn egg sitting, while red-tailed hawks Stitch and Spot have two eyasses in the nest at Eaglecrest. Look for

Friday Night Videos from Decorah and Eaglecrest!

Mom feeds D24 and D25

Grab the snacks and get ready for videos! In Decorah, Mom and Dad feed hungry eaglets fish and a bird (grebe is my guess). We get some great looks at the eaglets and the P’s, including someone with a little PS on the wing. At Eaglecrest Wildlife, Canada geese hatched today! Take a look at the videos for lovely little goslings and interesting comparisons with the eaglets. We are anticipating ‘The Jump’ tomorrow! Enjoy a little read? We’ve got a