Decorah Eagles and Blogs

April 21, 2020: NestFlix and News!

April 20, 2020: Mom arrives at the nest after flying through a wind storm

Where did our itty-bitty eeeaglets go? It’s been just 16 days since the first hatch at the Decorah nest and 21 days since DN12 hatched at the North North Nest, and in that time we’ve seen the eaglets go from about 3.2 ounces and three inches long to almost a foot long and weighing between four and five pounds! It sometimes seems like we can see them growing as eagle parents pour on the Miracle-Gro, feeding fish after fish after

April 19, 2020: Nest round-up and Nestflix!

April 18, 2020: Sweet Eagle Dreams in Decorah

We have your Monday morning mega-roll Nestflix! First, a nest round-up: the Decorah eaglets turn 14, 14, and 11 days old today, DN12 turns 20, the American Kestrels have four eggs, Nova and Newman have three eggs, and you should check out Explore’s Mississippi Flyway gallery if you need to catch up on the birds we have been seeing there (or just need some birds)! I loved all of these videos, but I especially enjoyed the interaction between Mom and

Why don’t Mom and DM2 DO something about all of those beak-bonking battles?

April 16, 2020: Decorah Eaglets

One of the most common questions we’re getting right now is something along the lines of ‘Why don’t Mom and DM2 DO something about all of those beak-bonking battles?‘ We recognize that eagle parents are bonded to their children, so why don’t they stop potentially harmful behavior? It’s umwelt time, so let’s put our eagle heads on and think through the question! Competition is an important part of eagle ‘society’, but eagles also need to surrender food to hungry mates

Decorah Eagles: Week One

Decorah Eagles Video Round-up

We tried to capture a few highlights of D36’s first week for everyone to enjoy! While D34, D35, and D36 ate, beak-bickered, and grew, Mom and DM2 hauled in fish after fish in their flying fish carts, chased away intruders, and kept little mouths stuffed. Did you notice Mom and DM2’s high sits and shimmy squashes? The eaglets are busy down poking, prodding, and popping down in the Romper Room beneath their brooding parents! See the woolly down patterning on

Eagle D27 checks in!

April 13, 2020: D27 checks in!

D27 sent us an airmail! The barely-three-year-old eaglet is still spending time near the Decorah area, although she should be departing for her summer range in the next 20 days or so. She is working her foraging areas on the Upper Iowa and Trout Rivers and appears to be doing a good job of feeding up for her long migration north. I got curious about what her winters looked like. In 2018, D27’s first dispersal year, she wandered quite widely

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