Thank you so much for watching with us at Decorah and Decorah North this year! We are shutting the Decorah and Decorah North cameras down at 5pm on Saturday, August 17. Please join us Friday August 16, for two goodbye chats at 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. CDT.
Writing this post made me reflect on the past year…and what a year it was! From DM2’s first feeding through the recovery of the Decorah and Decorah North eaglets, we crossed our talons through a lot of highs and lows in both nests. We wondered if ‘Mom on top’ would produce fertilized eggs, questioned whether DM2 would ever feed his young, loved the bonding between Mr. North and DNF, mourned the loss of DN10, treasured every moment of DN9’s interaction with his parents, cursed the unending onslaught of blackflies, and cheered on eaglet rescuers after D32, D33, and DN9 abandoned their nests early. We’re currently wondering what happened to DM2 – Did he migrate? Abandon the territory entirely? Leave following an altercation with a competitor? Will he come back? – and watching a new subadult eagle spend time with Mom. At Decorah North, we’re catching occasional glimpses of Mr. North and DNF and watching for migratory birds to start traveling through on the North Super Flyway.
After 2018, I think that most of us were ready for an easier year. While that didn’t happen, all three of our eaglets are safe and receiving the best care possible. We’re looking at ways to deal with blackflies if we have another bad year, looking forward to an eaglet ‘soft fledge’ at SOAR (we’ll share updates), and getting ready for camera work in late August and early September. As curious as we are about Mom, the new subadult, and DM2, we need to shut the cameras down and get to planning, purchasing, and deploying before our window of opportunity closes.
Wondering what to watch now? This is a great time to check out the Mississippi Flyway cam at https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/upper-mississippi-onalaska-cam/. We’re already starting to see staging as birds gather and feed up for fall migration. It’s a great place to watch pelicans, gulls, terns, cranes, herons, bald eagles, sunrises, sunsets, and insect activity!
We want to thank everyone for watching, learning, and caring about the eagle families at both nests. We look forward to seeing you all again in early October! We’ll continue to post on Facebook and or website – we have some catching up photo albums and the Flyway to attend to.