Hello, Mom! Tulsa got a video of Mom on the nest today at 11:30am. Watch out, squirrel – the eagles are almost certainly looking to fuel up! Although we know the eagles can handle cold weather – take a deep breath everyone, and trust the eagles – it was good to see her again. Stay safe, everybirdy!
Tonight’s Nestflix feature the Decorah eagles and a really fascinating video from the Flyway cam. In Decorah, Mom chases a subadult, a subadult chases DM2 (check the video out in slo-mo – it is pretty impressive!), and an attempt at copulation ends when Mom walks away in the middle of it. At the Flyway cam, three coyotes play and one mounts another – although this was a not a serious mating attempt as Janet Kessler of the excellent Coyote Yipps blog
Happy Fri-yay, everyone! The weather outside is frightful, but the eagles are delightful! Mom and DM2 have had a busy day keeping squirrels and crows at bay. We’ve also got video of a possible (and for eagles, very long) copulation and great close-ups of DM2 and nestorations. Enjoy and thanks to our camera operators and video makers for finding and sharing life on the nests with us, and to you for watching! Decorah Eagles 1/25/19: Crow scavengers asked to leave
This blog was originally published on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, to answer questions about egg-timing. It discusses the correlation between new mates, temperature, humidity, and egg-timing. We’ve been getting questions about egg timing. Why did Mom and Dad lay eggs later in 2018? Overall, avian egg-timing in the temperate zone is heavily regulated by the light cycle. As the days begin to lengthen, birds’ gonads swell and produce sex hormones. Around the end of January, our bald eagle pairs switch from
I don’t think I was the only one to groan at the sight of more snow on our Decorah nests this morning! Fortunately, the Decorah and Decorah North eagles are well-equipped to handle winter’s snow and cold. Given that a polar vortex is forecast to hit Decorah next week, we might see a little less of the eagles at both nests as they hunker down to conserve energy and stay warm! So what’s going on at the North Nest? A