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
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,
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
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
We are sorry to announce the death of youngest North eaglet DN6. We believe that DN6 died of hypothermia, which weakened it to the point that it could no longer feed and eventually killed it. The cold, wet weather shortened feeding times and created a need for more calories. While Mom and Dad North provide a high level of care for their young, they don’t single out eaglets that can’t compete with siblings for additional care and feeding – something
Welcome to the world, D28! D28 hatched at 6:57AM nest time (central) this morning, completing hatch at the three bald eagle nests we are watching this year. We have two at Xcel Energy’s Fort St. Vrain nest, three at Decorah, and three at Decorah North! It’s hard to catch a glimpse of the eaglets with the Seattle-style rain Decorah is getting this week, but this video from Blossem Holland gives us a nice look at the new hatchling and a
We have an external pip in Decorah! Thanks to Prairiefirewind and the Decorah mods for their hard work getting this very brief moment. D26 is on the way! Video: https://youtu.be/BN5Var9p8ys It has been 37 days, 21 hours, and 36 minutes since Mom laid egg number one in Decorah this year.
We have a nest round-up! We are getting a lot of questions about the Decorah nest. Have we seen pip? What is going on there? Are you still reporting on it? We are! As of 8:35pm on March 29: Decorah: We haven’t seen a verifiable pip yet, although the rain has Mombrella and PopTent up and in action! We are at 37 days + about an hour and a half now, so our best guess for an external pip is
DN4 has hatched! We don’t have an exact time, but we know it was between 1:20PM and 3:14PM central time! The wind had Mom keeping a pretty tight lid on the newly hatched eaglet and eggs until it was time for for shift change. It was roughly 37 days and 21 hours, give or take a little, from the time the first egg was laid to the time it hatched. We’ll post videos here as soon as we have them.
So where are we with eggs and hatches now? As of 8:05 CT on March 28, 2017: We have two eaglets at Fort St. Vrain We have a hatch window but no hatch yet at Decorah North We are still waiting in Decorah The Fort St. Vrain great horned owls had their first hatch on March 27! At our nests, peregrine falcons have begun laying eggs at Great River Energy (Mary Ellen laid number two today) and Great Spirit Bluff