Monthly Archives: December 2020

Raptor ID: Cooper’s Hawk or Sharp-shinned Hawk?

Image of an adult Cooper's Hawk

By Sophia Landis “Is this a Cooper’s Hawk or a Sharp-shinned Hawk?” This is one of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to raptor ID – and for good reason! Cooper’s Hawks, Sharp-shinned Hawks, and the rarer Northern Goshawk make up North America’s share of the accipiter genus.  Before we get into the nitty gritty of how to ID these species separately, let’s take a look at what they all have in common. Accipiter Build and Behavior Unlike

2020 Memory Lane: Flyway Favorites

December 15, 2020: Image of Sandhill cranes preening on the Flyway

What are some of your favorite flyway memories? Moderator Izzy said: “I had so many wonderful memories this year! From the magic of happy turtles and leopard frogs, to pelicans fishing, cranes dancing, and eagles fishing for whoppers, every single moment has been so special to me!” Here are some of Izzy’s favorite things and we hope you like them too! This cam can be watched live at Video footage was taken from: Three Northern Map turtles – leap

Videos from Decorah, Decorah North, and the Mississippi Flyway

December 27, 2020: Image of Mom and DM2 in a tree

We have your Sunday matinee nestflix megaroll, with videos from Decorah, Decorah North, and the Flyway. In Decorah, Mom and DM2 make a visit to N2B, while the Decorah North eagles busy themselves with nestorations and copulation. Check out the Flyway videos to see an eagle flying in very unusual way and relax with two sandhill cranes preening. As always, thanks to our camera operators for finding such special moments, our video makers for sharing them, and to you for

D27, D35, and D36 check in!

An image of D36's map on December 28, 2020

Where are our eaglets? It looks like D35 is on on the move! Brett wrote: “She covered nearly 99 miles on 12-24 as she bolted from the Upper Iowa River NW of the hatchery, ending the day near Anamosa, IA. She passed relatively close to her brother who was near Manchester, IA, at the time. Maybe she tipped a wing as she flew by! On Christmas day she headed south to the Cedar River, stayed a couple of days, then

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