NestFlix! In Decorah, we have sticky fun, cool fly-ins, great close-ups, a lucky squirrel, and nest bowl preparation. At Decorah North, we have some extremely cool branch breaking along with nestorations and a look at the eagles outside the nest. And – although I posted this separately – a brief but very cool look at eagle interaction on the flyway cam. We hope you enjoy the videos as much as we did, and candy canes and Christmas cookies to all of our camera operators and video makers for sharing life in the nests with us!
December 16, 2018: UME2 and Mom
12/16/18: Nestorations, Sticks & Lucky Squirrel – https://youtu.be/Zj32Z4cq0cg. The video opens with sticks fun as Mom and UME2 work side by side (sometimes at cross purposes!) to place sticks. Mom steps up to the rails at 3:25 for a look around while UME2 continues to work on the nest. Mom makes a cool fly-in with a stick at 3:53 and we get great close-ups of both eagles at 4:19! At 4:39, the scene cuts to a lone squirrel who is foraging in the nest. Look to the back for a Mom fly-in as it quickly scampers away and down the trunk.
12/16/18: A very quiet morning visit at Decorah Eagles – https://youtu.be/mBJnMlLC8fI. There is a lot to like in this video, but I especially enjoyed the close-ups of UME2 starting at 4:29, the close-ups of both eagles starting at 9:08, and the nestorations that follow. Check 11:06 for a nice look at the ragged collar and longer feathers that some watchers use as an ID marker for UME2.
12/14/18: Big stick overboard, nest fit test – https://youtu.be/0MVjBsKPOvo. First Mom and than UME2!After a large stick fledges (about 10 seconds), some nestorations, and a cool fly-out by Mom at 1:03, UME2 tests the nest bowl! He sits down and moves soft nesting materials, pressing and molding the materials underneath him and building a berm around him! We’re going to write a little more about instinctive and learned behaviors. Trying not to count eggs before they are laid – still, we can hardly wait!
Decorah North Nest
December 16, 2018: Decorah North Eagle
12/16/18: Oops while breaking a branch off and more nestorations –https://youtu.be/ptBD7cNqQ3E. The video opens with some great nestorations. At 46 seconds, we get a look at both eagles near the nest (and thanks to the video maker for providing arrows to show us where everyone is). At 1:56, we get a branch-breaking show! Somebirdy (I think this is the male based on size – also, check out the nice crop!) launches itself at a branch, catches it with its talons, and whirls it around to snap it off the tree! The male brings in a branch not long afterwards at 2:18. Look for some great close-ups starting at 2:30, a cool slo-mo fly-out starting at around 3:00, and some very cool footage from the trees around the nest!
Mississippi Flayway Cam
12/16/18: Altercation on the Flyway
12/16/18: Bald eagles on frozen Mississippi River –https://youtu.be/2StqpGVNZXM. This video gives a nice look at two eagles interacting. Slow the video down and in the seventh second you will see the flying eagle swoop in with its feet down, while the perched eagle jumps up and puts its talons out. Was this interaction serious or playful? Maybe a bit of both. While the flying eagle knocks the perched eagle off, it doesn’t come back for more interaction and the perched eagle isn’t harmed.