Monthly Archives: February 2021

2-26-21 Day Trip to Decorah

February 26, 2021: Mom incubating at N3

By Robin Brumm I had the afternoon off for an appointment on Friday, so decided to make a quick trip to Decorah to see what Mom and DM2 were up to. I figured if we had eggs there would be somebirdy there. If not, I would be watching an empty nest. When I got to N3, I didn’t see anybody. I wasn’t sure if I was happy about that or not! I took a few pictures of the nest, and

All Eyes on the Flyway!

March 9, 2020: These Mergansers are headed north to Canada! Common Mergansers are often the last waterfowl migrant to move south in the fall and the first to return north in the spring.

If you watch the Mississippi Flyway year-round, you know that it slows down in the winter. The icy cirrus clouds and blowing snow have their own austere beauty, but we don’t see much except an occasional coyote crossing the ice. Get ready for that to start changing as soon as next week! When should we expect ice-out? Ice-out is a process! We started to see thinning ice around February 27 of last year, although most of the river remained locked

Newman and Nova are back at Great Spirit Bluff!

February 24, 2021: Newman seems very confident back on the scene at Great Spirit Bluff. We have heard him enforcing his No-Fly zone already!

By RRP Director John Howe Peregrine Falcons Newman and Nova are back at Great Spirit Bluff! On February 24th, we saw (and heard) male Newman reclaiming his territory and favorite spots, protecting his No-Fly Zone from local eagles, turkey vultures, and owls. Mate Nova joined him on February 25th. What about the owls? We have been testing audio and visual owl deterrents by shining a light at favorite perching spots and broadcasting the sound of barking dogs. Our deterrents appear

Eagles, ‘menopause’, and a new mate at Xcel Energy’s Fort St. Vrain plant

Avian Reproductive System, From Handbook of Bird Biology, Second Edition

Has Ma FSV entered ‘menopause’? This blog was going to be focused on eagles and ova, but Elfruler, our original DE lead mod and a long-time chronicler of bald eagle nests, noticed that the male had a band on his right leg, not his left. A new eagle has replaced Pa FSV. If you’d like to learn more about eagles and ova, please read on (TLDR: Ma FSV has not entered menopause). Thanks to Elfruler for her observations and Donna

Announcing: Our first egg fundraiser!

February 27, 2021: First Egg Fundraiser

Please join the Raptor Resource Project on Saturday, February 27th, for our first egg fundraiser! We’ll celebrate two eggs for the Decorah North eagles and talk about both eagle families! DNF and Mr. North will be there. Will Mom and DM2 show up? We can only hope! The fundraiser will go from 8am to 8pm on our Decorah North page: and from 8 am to 12 noon and 4 pm to 8 pm on the Decorah Eagles page We

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