Monthly Archives: June 2017

Hamilton and Burr-D spotted at Great Spirit Bluff!

Peregrine falcon fledglings Hamilton and Burr-D

Both fledglings were spotted at Great Spirit Bluff today! John was operating the camera when he found Hamilton and Burr-D on a ledge. The ledge provides a great base for flight school, with a nice combination of cover and height for the two fledglings. While black flies might still be a little bothersome, their fledgling feathers, more robust immune systems, and ability to fly away will help protect them from bites. Good luck, Hamilton and Burr-D. It was great to

Announcing – the final fledge!

D27 fledges!

Last night we announced that D27 hadn’t fledged yet. And it hadn’t – at least, not at 1:15pm. But I missed D27’s flight from the nest at 2:16pm. It wasn’t an especially long flight given that D27 returned fairly quickly, and we didn’t have boots on the ground to verify that no one was in the nest…at least, not at 2:16pm! However, after a great deal of discussion with moderators and a thorough review of footage from the time period,

D27…not fledged yet!

After what appeared to be an alarming accidental fledge by D27 in Decorah, Dave Kester went over to the hatchery to check things out. He reports that all three eaglets are accounted for in the nest tree. Two are on one branch and one is much lower, but on a branch in the same tree (D27, perhaps?). An adult is perched near the eaglet on the lowest branch: https://youtu.be/qJQNAhrxTKY. The calls that watchers are hearing are not distress calls, but food

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father's Day!

If you’re celebrating Father’s Day this weekend, we’d like to wish you a very wonderful day! We also want to salute all of our “Wildlife Dads” on Father’s Day and give a shout out to Dad Decorah, Mr. North and Pa FSV for their dedicated partnership incubating eggs, brooding eaglets, procuring a passel of provisions, and all that they do to protect and raise their young. Watching them has enlightened all of us seeing their incredible love, devotion and dedication