Decorah North Nest
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The Decorah North eagles are nesting on private property north of Decorah. Their very large nest is located in a white oak tree in a scrap of forest bordering a valley and an excellent stream is located just across a field where cattle are pastured. We don’t yet know their nesting chronology, although it appears to be somewhat later than their ‘neighbors’ in Decorah. The eagles eat live and 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. Thanks to A2Z Security Cameras for their help and support with our new HD cameras!
||3 – DN4, DN5, DN6
||3 eggs hatched. DN6 died of hypothermia
shortly after hatch. DN4 and DN5 survived
||3 – DN1, DN2, DN3
||3 eggs hatched. DN3 died of cold and
malnourishment on May 11. Sibling
aggression was a significant factor. DN2
was killed by contaminated prey on
May 25th. DN1 survived to fledge.
We know very little about the adults here, although they are both sexually mature bald eagles and older than five years of age. Click here for a guide to aging bald eagles based on plumage color and patterns.
Nest and Location History
That we know of, the nest we are watching now is the third nest built on this territory in six or seven years. We don’t know whether the same pair of eagles have been here all along.
The first nest (DNN0) 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. 2016 will mark their third season in DNN2.
A few statistics:
- DNN2 is 56 feet off the ground
- It is nine feet long at its longest point
- It is seven feet wide at its widest point
- It has a total area of 49 feet
- It is about 5.5 feet high
For more information about DNN, please read this blog:
Videos from Decorah North
Decorah North Nest What are the Birds in Flight
Decorah North Nest Round the Pasture We Go
Decorah North Nest Possible Food Drop
Decorah North Nest Flying Here and There
Decorah North Nest Flybys
Decorah North Nest Visit by Fledgling
Decorah North Nest Three in a Tree and Parent at Stream
Decorah Eagles North what a treat 07 08 2017
Decorah Eagles North Short visit to the nest 07-07-2017
Decorah North Nest DN4 Morning Nest Visit
Decorah Eagles North Juvie eating by the stream 07 05 2017
Decorah North Nest Parent and Fledgling Visit Nest
Decorah North Nest Surprise Visit by Fledgling
Decorah Eagles North DN5 visits nest in the afternoon 07 04 2017