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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.

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About the Decorah North Eagles

About the Eagles

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.

Adults

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.

  • 2018: A female eagle (DNF, or Decorah North Female) replaces Mrs. North over the summer. The nest falls out of the tree following a storm in late August. Kike Arnal and Amy Ries build a starter nest in mid-September. Mr. North and DNF adopt it in October.
  • 2015: RRP adds cameras to the North Nest in September.
  • 2013: The tree falls. The eagles begin a new nest in a white oak tree.
  • 2011: The branches holding the nest collapse. The eagles build a new nest in a dead elm tree.
  • 2009: A pair of eagles establishes the Decorah North territory, building a nest in a white pine tree.

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.

Quick facts
Common name: Bald Eagle
Scientific name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Length: 2.3–3.1 feet | 71–96 cm
Wingspan: 5.9 – 7.5 feet | 1.7-2.2 meters
Weight: 6.5 – 13.8 pounds | 3–6.3 kilograms
Lifespan: Up to 40 years in the wild

Bald Eagle Vocalization

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April 7, 2020: D34 and D35

Your questions, answered: Will the third egg hatch? Why did the first two eaglets hatch so close together?

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

November 7, 2017: Dad Decorah

#Musings: Place, stories, and eagle intelligence.

Place, as writer Thom Van Dooren points out, can be understood as an embodied, lived, and meaningful environment. Bald eagles clearly have a sense of place. Their territories are woven with layers of attention, meaning, and experience: spots to hunt, perch, and hide from the weather, materials to build and replenish their nests, and mates and family to bond with and care for. Eagles have neighbors beyond counting – squirrels, mice, raccoon, rabbits, muskrat, mink, coyotes, deer, prairie dogs, trout,

eggs - Egg Colors and Shapes

Egg Colors and Shapes

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,

April 16, 2018: Poop Shoot!

Oh, poop shoot!

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

March 22, 2020: Newman at Great Spirit Bluff

Peregrine Falcons: Great Spirit Bluff, lifestyles of the fast and furious!

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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Decorah Eagles Ed Talk

Learning with The Eagles of Decorah: Embryonic Development and Hatch

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!

April 6, 2020: D34 and D35 in Decorah

Nest roundup and videos!

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

April 3, 2020: Decorah North Nest

Did You See? A Sweet Afternoon Feeding!

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 …

April 2, 2020: Feeding at Decorah North

NestFlix: Decorah, Decorah North

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,

March 31, 2020: DN11 and DN12

Videos: Hatch at Decorah North, 3rd Egg at GSB, love to the eagle and falcon nation

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

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Nest Records
Decorah North Eagles 2020 Nesting Record
Egg-Laying
Egg #1: February 21, 2020 @ 3:36 PM CT
Egg #2: February 24, 2020 @ 5:13 PM CT

Hatching
Hatch #1: March 30, 2020 @ 2:36 PM CDT
Hatch #2: March 31st, time as yet unknown. Confirmed at 8:23 AM CDT

Fledging
DN9 abandoned the nest early last year after blackflies swarmed the nest.

Eaglets and Outcomes

YearNest EagletsKnown Outcomes
2019DN4DN9, DN10DNF laid two eggs beginning on February 21st. Both hatched beginning on March31, but DN10 died shortly after hatch. DN9 abandoned the nest early following an intense blackfly swarm. David Kester from the Raptor Resource Project rescued him. He was cared for by SOAR and released in the fall of 2019.
2018DN3DN7, DN8Mrs. North laid one egg on 2/25/18. That egg broke in the wee hours of March 16. She reclutched on 4/12, laying two eggs. Both eggs hatched, but the eaglets succumbed to heat and blackfly bites on May 25.
2017DN3DN4, DN5, DN6DN6 died of hypothermia shortly after hatch. DN4 and DN5 survived and fledged.
2016DN3DN1, DN2, DN33 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 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.

Videos

Decorah North Eagles Video Playlist

Click the icon on the top left of the stream to view a full list of videos from our 2019 playlist, or visit our playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/c/RaptorResourceProject