We have two hatches at Great Spirit Bluff and DN13 and DN14 are getting more adventurous every day! The earliest we’ve ever seen fledge is 70 days (last year, Decorah North) and we are very curious to see what happens this year. While DN13’s exploration of the ladder branch isn’t quite branching, it is definitely a precursor and sign of things to come. Go eagles…but not quite yet!
Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
June 1, 2021: A second hatch at GSB!
June 1, 2021: Another attempt at feeding! https://youtu.be/MGwIfi5kDPo. A bite makes to the newly hatched eyass’s mouth! She is bringing food in, chupping, and trying to stuff a hungry little beak. Instinct and bonding are prompting her to feed, but her lack of experience makes for more dropped food and large bites for a new hatchling. However, her technique is rapidly improving and we’re looking forward to more feedings tomorrow! I’ll post a second hatch video once we have one!
June 1, 2021: Sun and rolling clouds – https://youtu.be/uPXGi4L4f4c. No falcons, but this is beautiful!
June 1, 2021: First feed at Great Spirit Bluff – https://youtu.be/G4B7rLDCD6M. I’m not sure the hatchling actually got a bite, but Zooey, a first-time falcon mother, is doing her best!
May 31, 2021: First chick has hatched! https://youtu.be/afjjL_z52uU
Decorah North Eagles
June 1, 2021: DN13 explores the ladder branch
June 1, 2021: DN13 side-steps up the ladder branch – https://youtu.be/k6VAbui26yg. Again, this isn’t true branching (powered flight from one branch to another), but the eaglets are rapidly expanding their explorations and gaining confidence as the urge to fly grows. We’ve seen them trampolining and taking big air! DN13 is 68 days old and DN14 is 66 days old. Fledge isn’t far away!