We have your nestflix! Kick back, relax, and join the Decorah Eagles guessing game. Are Mom and DM2 going to start ramping up nestorations at N2B or are they building a new home where we can’t find it? Today’s videos don’t offer much clarity, but they do give us an amazing look at magnificent Mom! The deer buffet at Decorah North remains hugely popular with all kinds of guests and Mr. North and DNF have said ‘Yes to the nest’ with corn husk and stick deliveries! If you’ve never heard coyotes howling, check out the ‘Critters of the Night’ video beginning at 9:57. It might send a chill down your spine!
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November 9, 2020: Magnificent Mom
November 9, 2020: Beautiful Mom vocals, closeups, fly-off – https://youtu.be/H4rCAh2_wRs. Stunning visuals of magnificent Mom on the Y-Branch at N1, with extreme close-ups starting at 17:18. The video concludes with a fly off up the creek.
November 9, 2020: Mom Chases Another Eagle-DM2 Eats A Furry Lunch – https://youtu.be/1mAcb88Cc8E. DM2 is on N2B with a furry lunch. Suddenly, two eagles appear overhead. While we can’t see them well – they are moving pretty quickly – it seems likely that one is Mom. DM2 sits on the nest and pants as he recovers from the effort of getting lunch into N2B. He looks around, but Mom doesn’t show up to share lunch! At 3:53, he takes off and flies to a nearby branch for some raccoon al fresco. The video ends with a look at Mom on the Y-Branch.
November 9, 2020: A juvenile visitor at Decorah North
November 9, 2020: Highlights from morning and afternoon – https://youtu.be/UtC17b4mHJA. The early bird gets the best sticks! DNF and Mr. North are working in the nest. I love how they stand so close together and peer out into the very early morning light! The dig and fine-tune soft materials while cattle low in the background. At 3:06, they vocalize together on the babysitting branch. Nestorations continue throughout the video, interspersed with perching across the creek and feasting at the new dead deer banquet near the nest. We see a subadult eating at around 15:38 next to a hungry crow. It is joined by Mr. North at 16:49. He lands in the pasture and walks in. The subadult ignores him and both fly off at 18:30. At 18:41, we get a great look at nest progress. At 23:51, we see a juvenile perched in the pasture tree.
November 9, 2020: Critters of the night – https://youtu.be/ZJsMQqJU8f0. The video opens with two coyotes at the deer carcass. We see them feasting through the brush and get a very nice view of one at around 5:20. We see one laying down at 8:04. What is it doing? At 9:22, we get some nice ‘eyes in the night’ as the coyote moves through the meadow. At 9:57, we get a short howl followed by more vocalizations and howling. The noise might startle you and make your dogs bark – if you don’t watch anything else in this video, check the howling out! At 12:01, we see an opossum slowly foraging, followed by some deer and a nice buck. I can’t see if he has a scrape, but rut is on and he is almost certainly trailing does.
November 5, 2020: GHO on the Flyway
November 6, 2020: Great Horned Owl with prey – https://youtu.be/CpdLCBijc0U. What a fascinating place to see a GHO perching with prey! I wish we could see what it was. It flies off at the end of the video.
Is this the owl from Great Spirit Bluff? Cornell tells us that minimum GHO territory size is just under .1 square miles, although researchers have found territories exceeding a square mile. This snag is about 3 miles from GSB as the bird flies. That doesn’t rule it out, but it isn’t within the home territory of the owls showing up at GSB. I’m inclined to think that this is a dispersing juvenile.