Monthly Archives: April 2019

April 30, 2019: News and Nestflix!

April 30, 2019: Emerging flight feathers on a 26-day old eaglet (D32)

Rain, rain go away! While the eaglets’ thermal down helps keep them warm, it doesn’t shed water very well. This was obvious today as the eaglets cuddle-puddled (in Decorah) and snuggled under Poptent and Mombrella (in Decorah and at Decorah North). We’ve had a few questions from watchers who are worried about development in what seems like an unending season of storms, drizzle, mist, and the dreaded ‘wintry mix’. Are the eaglets spending too much time under their parents to

Eaglet Growth and Development: Week Four

Three plumage stages are visible: natal down (head), thermal "down" (grey feathers), and juvenile plumage

We’re writing a series of blogs about the first few weeks of an eaglet’s life. An eaglet spends roughly 75 to 80 days in the nest. For about the first half, it grows and gains weight. For about the second half, it grows flight feathers and starts developing the skills it will need post-fledge. We will focus on week four in this blog. D32 and D33 are 26 and 23 days old. During week three (fourteen to twenty-one days), the

April 29, 2019: Nestflix and News

Day 25: Casting up a pellet

We’ve got your Nestflix from Decorah and the kestrel nestbox! I liked all of these videos, but don’t miss Mom covering the eaglets with grasses, D32’s enormous pellet, the Sibling Sunday and Eaglet antics videos, and the kestrel shift change. While we still see some dominance interactions, the eaglets are also busy playing with nest materials, preening, watching one another and their parents, and tracking objects in and around the nest. They aren’t standing yet, but their footpads and tarsi

Whatta Season! Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!!

April 27, 2019: Whatta Day!

By Sherri Elliott What happened to our eensie eaglets and where did these gangly gray pterodactyls come from? It’s only been a few short weeks since the eaglets hatched at Decorah (fish hatchery nest), and at the Decorah North Nest, and we’ve seen them grow from about 3oz and 3 inches long at hatch to about 1 foot now and weighing as much as a 5lb bag of sugar. They not only change from day to day but sometimes the

Watching Bald Eagles

November 7, 2017: Dad Decorah

This is a Friday Flashback post first published on April 26 of 2012. For new followers: Bob (Anderson) founded the Raptor Resource Project and was its first director. You can learn more about him here: Bob took a turn operating the controls at the Bald eagle camera this morning. He was fascinated by Dad, who brought in three suckers in one hour. Suckerfish are ‘rough’ fish: generally considered undesirable by humans, they have large scales, fleshy lips, and a

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