Decorah Eagles and Blogs

September 9, 2023: Day Trip to Decorah!

September 14, 2023: I believe this is Mom

Story and photos by Robin Brumm Saturday was supposed to be sunny and cool. What to do, what to do? Go to Decorah of course! It had been a while since I’d gone to Decorah, and I was wondering what all the eagles were up to. It’s always a gamble going in the “off” season because there is a good chance that you won’t see any eagles, so I had my talons…umm, fingers crossed on the way. As I drove

August 25, 2023: Good luck, DH2!

August 19, 2023: DH2 in the pine by the visitors center at the hatchery.

Happy Fri-yay, everyone! Our eagle-eyed eagle watchers haven’t seen or heard DH2 since the morning of August 19th. It looks like our little eaglet has flown the coop! Will it come back to say goodbye before it leaves for good? Here’s what we’ve learned from the Decorah eagles we’ve tracked so far. We don’t have satellite tracking data, but six days is a very long time not to see DH2, especially given that we saw and heard the eaglet almost

August 15, 2023: A Day Trip to Decorah!

August 15, 2023: DH2 on the roof of the barn to the east of the hatchery

Story and Photos by Robin Brumm I’ve been to Decorah a few times in the last couple of weeks, but didn’t really get any decent pictures. The weather looked good for Tuesday, so I got up at dark o’clock and off to Decorah I went. I was hoping DH2 would be around so I could get some decent photos. When I got to Decorah, I slowly drove past N1 and didn’t see anything. I got to the stop sign and

2023 Decorah Eagles Recap, Episode 2: Return of the Eaglets!

August 15, 2023: DH2 on the Y

Continuing the story from episode one: Our eagle-eyed volunteers spotted a little starring on one of the eggs at around 6:53pm on April 3. We watched enthralled as DH1 – the first of HD and HM’s eaglets – made its way out of the egg to hatch at 4:10am on April 5. Unfortunately, it was the first chick of two inexperienced parents, and died sometime on the night of April 5 or early on April 6th. What happened to

2023 Decorah Eagles Recap, Episode 1: A New Beginning

March 30, 2022: A new pair in a deeply treasured place!

We are turning our Decorah Eagle and Decorah North Eagle cameras off on Wednesday, August 16th, so we’re celebrating the 2023 season by recapping events at the sites we watch. Please join us to help say ‘goodbye!’ from 3 to 5pm on our Decorah chat: What a year for the Decorah Eagles nest! To tell the 2023 Decorah Eagles story, we need to back up to the fall of 2021, when we built a starter nest at the old N1

August 9, 2023: News and NestFlix from Decorah and the Flyway!

August 9, 2023: An alert DH2 on the Y-Branch.

We have news and NestFlix from Decorah and the Flyway! DH2’s successful catch of a (dead) fish was the talk of our corner of the internet today, with followers thrilled that the eaglet got a fish and annoyed that it lost it when a dump truck drove by. We also have a beautiful preening video and DH2 fiddling with and pruning leaves and twigs on the Y-Branch. DH2, I’ll send you our trimming list. It would be great if you

August 6, 2023: Cam Shutdown Announcement

April 19, 2023: Decorah Eagles Family Portrait

What a season 2023 was! We cheered HM, HD, and DH2; celebrated and mourned at Great Spirit Bluff; crossed our fingers for the Decorah North eagles (if one eagle could have incubated an egg all by himself, Mr. North would have done it); and were enthralled by the beautiful birds, turtles, flowers, frogs, and sunrises and sunsets on the Flyway. But the end of the summer is almost here and we need to take our usual fall break for cam

August 4, 2023: News and Nestflix from Decorah and the Flyway!

August 4, 2023: Our little eaglet has gotten so big! DH2 on the Y.

Happy Fri-yay, everyone! We have news and NestFlix from Decorah and the Mississippi Flyway for your viewing pleasure! In Decorah, our little eaglet is all grown up – well, for a juvenile – and receiving visitors as young eagles begin their pre-dispersal/pre-migratory wandering. It’s early August, daylight length is beginning to change more rapidly, and we’re starting to see a lot of pre-migratory behaviors here and on the Flyway, where shorebirds especially are strutting their stuff and posing with perfect

July 27, 2023: News and NestFlix from Decorah and the Flyway

These Flyway turtles appear to have yellow 'eyebrows', which means they are false map turtles!

Looking to escape the heat? Sit down somewhere cool and enjoy our NestFlix! In Decorah, DH2 is learning the skills it will need post-dispersal. How long is our eaglet likely to stick around? Brett Mandernack’s Decorah Eagle transmitter study found that eaglets averaged 162 days of age at dispersal, which means that DH2 is most likely to disperse on or around September 15. However, we might see and hear less of our eaglet in the coming days. DH2 is almost

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