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:

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