Photos and story by Robin Brumm
Decorah was calling … or would that be squeeeing? No matter, the pull was felt, and I decided I needed to go to Decorah again to see the Juvies, and headed out Wednesday morning at dark O’clock. When I got to Decorah, D35 was on the mulch pile at the hatchery. She flew off and landed on the roof of the hatchery kiosk and then flew to a shed roof and a garage roof across the street. Whew! She sure likes to try out all the different perch spots in the area!
D34 and D36 were being a little elusive. D34 did do a flyby but s/he didn’t stop to wave, lol. Later in the morning, D34 flew to a tree near the bike trail, perched for a bit, and posed for a few photos. D36 was perched in a tree behind N1 for a while. It was hard to find him, but I could hear him, and finally found him expertly camouflaged between the leaves and trees. He flew to a pole and perched there for a bit before flying off.
Mom flew in a couple of times during the day to perch on the new maple tree (M2) It was nice to see her and she even did her own wave by doing a beautiful sun pose (heraldic pose) for those of us watching. I didn’t see DM2 while I was there, but others reported that he had been there earlier in the morning before I arrived in Decorah.
D35 spent a little time in a tree in the neighbor’s backyard. It’s funny that you can always hear the juvies before you see them … it’s like they are saying, peek-a-boo, I see you! D35 was squeeing away and then flew off toward the hatchery again. She liked to play on the mulch pile. She would grab a small stick or piece of mulch in her talons and flap her wings and lift it up, then would drop it and try again. She finally flew off to a pole and then flew upstream.
I walked over to the bridge and saw Mom and 2 of the kids perched in a dead tree along the stream to the west of N1. One of the kids was on a lower branch of that tree and I could only occasionally see wingtips when it flapped. The other was on a higher branch and was able to be seen, although I couldn’t hear him/her because it was so far away. I could see his/her beak moving so I’m pretty sure s/he was asking Mom nicely to catch a fish for him/her. Lol Mom eventually flew off and landed in the pine trees to the back of the hatchery. The kids didn’t follow, so I assume they stayed on the dead tree.
Mom finally flew off after a nice long stay. It was a hot day and there wasn’t a lot of action, so I decided it was time to head home. Even though it is always hard to pull myself away from Decorah, it sure makes it easier knowing I can go back whenever I want. Now I just hope the weather cooperates! At least I didn’t get bug bites this time! Does anyone have an “in” with Mother Nature? ;)
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