Guidelines and Mods | Pop Video | View Calendar | Make a Donation Welcome to the third year of the Decorah North Bald Eagle cam! We hope you enjoy watching and learning with us! Click the livestream to watch and scroll down the page to learn more about the eagles and their surroundings. For branch ID, follow this link.
The Decorah North eagles are nesting on private property north of Decorah, Iowa. Their nest is located in a white oak tree in a scrap of forest bordering a valley. A stream is located across a field where cattle are pastured. In general, the eagles begin courtship in October, productive mating in late January or early February, and egg-laying in mid to late February. Hatching usually begins in late March to early April, and the eaglets fledge in mid-to-late June. While young usually disperse between August and October, the adults remain on territory year round.
The eagles eat live and dead fish, squirrels, other birds, rabbit, muskrat, deer, possum and anything else they can catch or find. To learn more about bald eagles in general, please follow this link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website.
The male is known as Mr. North. The female is the Decorah North Female, or DNF, who replaced Mrs. North in the summer of 2018. We don’t know exactly how or when it happened. You can read more about it here: https://www.raptorresource.org/2019/01/20/north-nest-announcement/
The first nest at the North site was built in a pine tree. The branches collapsed after the second nesting season and the eagles moved to a dead elm tree. They nested there for just one year before moving to their current location in late 2013. In August of 2018, their nest collapsed and slid or fell out of the nest tree during an extremely heavy storm. None of the tree branches were broken or damaged, so we decided to build a starter nest in the same spot. 2020 will mark their seventh season and fourth nest on this territory.
The North nest is about 56 feet off the ground. It is seven feet long at its longest point, four feet wide at its widest point, is about 3.5 feet high, and has a perimeter of roughly 18 feet.
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It’s April 7 and a lot of you are wondering about the third egg. Will it hatch? It could! It has been almost 34 days since Mom laid her third egg, which is 33 days and 20 hours old as I write this. But her third egg almost always hatches 36 to 37 days after it was laid. If she goes 36 days, which is fairly common, hatch should happen on April 9th. We could see pip later today or
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The Chicago Peregrine Program inspired me to write a quick blog on the colors and shapes of eggs. Bald eagles have white eggs, peregrine falcons have eggs that range from light cream through brick red, and red-tailed hawks have pale eggs that are lightly splotched with brown. How and why do the birds we watch lay differently-colored and shaped eggs? In general, female birds inherit egg colors and patterns from their female parents. Egg-shell is made primarily of calcium carbonate,
Everyone poops, but birds do it a little differently than we do. Next time you are washing bird poop off your car, or laughing at eagle poop shoots, take time to consider an eagle’s whole pooping process! The basic chain of events goes something like this. An eagle catches a fish and eats it. The bits of fish move from the eagle’s esophagus into an expandable storage pouch called the crop, which allows birds to gorge food much faster than
A blog about peregrine falcons, especially the Great Spirit Bluff falcons. Watch them here: https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/gsb-falcons/
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On Friday, April 3rd, RRP Director John Howe gave a Decorah Eagles Ed Talk with special guest Amy Ries. The two discussed embryonic development, hatching, and eaglet care. You can watch the whole talk here!
We have a lot going on at our nests right now! Our nest round-up looks something like this: Decorah: D34 and D35 have hatched. We’re still waiting for the third egg, which was laid 32 days ago Decorah North: DN11 and DN12 are both six days old. DN11 explored outside the eggcup yesterday – a milestone in an eaglet’s life! We have four eggs at Great Spirit Bluff and are expecting hatch there on or around May 3rd. We also
by Sherri Elliott The Decorah North nestlings are keeping their parents busy! Today DN11 is 4 days old, and N12 is 3 days old and these kidlets are a hoot to watch. Just hours apart in hatch order these two spitfires are evenly matched … each vying for supremacy, getting stronger and more mobile, alerting to parents movements, beak bonking each other, and popping up as soon as the feather covers are lifted for an impromptu sumo wrestling match …
Don’t forget to join us for the kick-off of hatch watch in Decorah today! RRP Director John Howe will be talking about incubation and hatch on our Decorah Eagle stream beginning at 1:30! You can listen here: https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/decorah-eagles/ and here: https://explore.org/livecams/raptor-resource-project/decorah-eagles. We look forward to seeing you! We have your morning cuteness overload from Decorah North and beautiful looks at beautiful eagles from Decorah, along with great video of DM2 fishing in the pond! As Sherri wrote: they are strong,
We have your NestFlix! As you probably already know, we had two hatches at Decorah North today. Both eaglets ate and are getting the very best of care from Mom and Dad DNF and Mr. North! At Great Spirit Bluff, Nova laid her third egg and Newman and Nova show us exuberant falcon flight. My heart lifted just to watch them! It’s a hard time and we’re glad that so many of you are seeking comfort here. We will get
Hatching Hatch #1: March 30, 2020 @ 2:36 PM CDT Hatch #2: March 31st, time as yet unknown. Confirmed at 8:23 AM CDT
Eaglets and Outcomes
We often get questions about where the eaglets go after they disperse. We have never tracked eaglets from this nest, but we have tracked eaglets from the Decorah nest. For more information, visit our eagle maps.