Monthly Archives: October 2018

Video Round-up: Decorah, Decorah North, Flyway Cam!

Mom and UME-2

We are getting a lot of comments about UME-2 now that Mom seems to have accepted him as her new mate. While many bald eagle behaviors are instinctual, eagles can and do learn. We’ve seen the adults at both Decorah nests get better at feeding eaglets, hunting, fishing, and placing sticks, and we’ve seen fledgling eaglets learning to fly and hunt from their parents and from one another. Just as Mom learned from Dad, UME-2 will learn from Mom. We’ll

Another milestone moment in Decorah!

Mom and UME-2 attempt copulation

When we think about the things that an eagle needs to know to produce healthy, successful young, we tend to think about food resources, perching spots, nest building techniques, and learning how to feed very young eaglets. But it looks like copulation might be another learned skill! (skip to 3:21 in the video for the entire sequence). Note that Mom signals her receptivity very clearly to UME-2. While this copulation failed, it’s still a pretty significant moment in nest life, and

Where is D27?

D27 Map from Brett Mandernack

Where is eaglet D27? As watchers know, she isn’t too far from home! Brett’s last reading put her just five miles from the hatchery, but she was sitting almost right next to N2B on the evening of the 19th! We had more than one visitor that day and the next morning, but we haven’t seen a transmitter on anyone yet. We’ll keep everyone posted! To explore the travels of all of the eagles we’ve tracked, visit our interactive maps page

Who’s on N2B? Welcome to the Confusion Couch!

Eagle Heads

Welcome to the Confusion Couch! Many of our followers are asking “Who is that eagle?” after watching the Decorah and Decorah North nests this week. In Decorah, an adult male eagle that we’ve been calling DM isn’t DM (or Dad – sorry, everyone!). And we can’t decide who we’re seeing ar Decorah North. Is that Mr. and Mrs. North, or are we seeing somebody else? Let’s start with Decorah. We originally thought that DM came to N2B a couple of

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