‘House Hunters’ or ‘As The Nest Turns’? The latest from Decorah…

‘House Hunters’ or ‘As The Nest Turns’? Why not both! If you’ve been watching the Decorah Eagles, you know a Canada Goose is incubating six eggs in N2B and we’ve seen a pair of eagles in and around N1 for a couple of weeks. We initially identified them as Mom and DM2, although we wondered why they were so far from their nest after full incubation began. But the couple at N1 last night were clearly not Mom and DM2! They enjoyed a little evening delight in the last moments of twilight and were sunning themselves at the Y this morning. Where were the Decorah eagles while all this was going on? Last night, boots on the ground Dave Kester reported that Mom is sticking tight to her nest!

House Hunters/As The Nest Turns

For anyone who missed our new House Hunters/As The Nest Turns mashup: Mom and DM2 are nesting at N3 behind the Walmart in Decorah. Mom finally started laying eggs on or around March 20 – a feather over three weeks later than her usual schedule: https://www.raptorresource.org/2022/03/29/finally-an-egg-at-n3/. In the meantime, a Canada Goose couple took over N2B and Mother Goose began laying eggs in the nest. As of this morning, we confirmed six! More here: https://www.raptorresource.org/2022/03/25/a-canada-goose-egg-in-the-decorah-eagles-nest/ and here: https://www.raptorresource.org/2022/03/25/canada-geese-precocial-versus-altricial/. Not long after that, eagles began appearing at N1. We thought they were Mom and DM2, and we might have seen the two a few times, especially before Mom went into full incubation. But the pair hanging out there right now aren’t Mom and DM2!

Decorah Eagles