Photos and Story by Robin Brumm
The weekend comes around, so of course, it is time to go to Decorah. Since everybirdy is still in the nest, I don’t have to leave at dark o’clock, so off I went at light o’clock, lol. When I got to N3, Mom was in the nest with the eaglets. I’m guessing they had eaten before I got there because I only saw a head peek up a few times. DM2 was perched in the nearby dead tree.
May 1, 2021: Mom feeding D37, D38 & D39
After a little while, Mom flew to the dead tree and DM2 flew to the nest tree for shift change. He perched on an upper branch for a bit, and then floated down into the nest. He sat on the nest shading the eaglets for quite a while.
I grabbed my water bottle and a snack from my bag, looked up, and saw an eagle flying to the left of the nest. I thought that maybe Mom had been perched somewhere over there and just had flown off. I grabbed my binoculars and looked at the nest… hmmm, it is Mom on the nest! How do they switch so quickly without me even noticing??
A while later, DM2 flew to the tree nearby. Mom flew over to join him but only stayed a few minutes before she flew off. DM2 flew to the nest tree and again perched above the nest. A couple of minutes later, Mom flew in with a huge fish. D37, D38, and D39 had a nice long feeding, and I assume, since I could no longer see them, that they were in a food coma. Since the kids were sleeping and it was really hot, I decided to head for home. Maybe the next time I go to Decorah, I will be able to see some feathers, and little heads popping up more often!
May 1, 2021: Mom flying into the nest with a fish
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