We’re not pacing the delivery room floor yet, but with an estimated 11 days until egg number one, we’re practicing our breathing exercises! Mr. North and DNF are piling up multiple layers of soft, fluffy grass and shredded husks for their egg cup, adding the final touches to their nestery, and bonding more frequently and intensely. Whatever the date, eggs aren’t far off! I think everyone’s noticed the number of Canada Geese at the hatchery right now. You’ll be happy
We’re looking back on 2023’s favorite things! In my experience, watchers either love them or loathe the Canada Geese. I grew up around geese and understand why some people don’t like them. But I’m in the heart-eyes-emoji camp! These geese are nesting in an abandoned bald eagle nest that we call N2B. Mom and her mate DM2 last nested here in 2020. After they left to build a new nest, N2B sat empty until a pair of geese adopted it
We’re shutting down the goose cam! The goslings leapt on April 26th and the occasional visitors to N2B don’t appear interested in laying eggs. If anything changes, we can turn it back on. Thanks so much for watching the geese with us this year! If you’d like to relive the goslings (so cute!), we have a video: https://youtu.be/K8CfsP4Zyu4. If you’d like to read more about them, follow this link: https://www.raptorresource.org/tag/canada-goose/. And click here for other birds to watch and follow:
We’re sorry to let everyone know that six didn’t make it. In reviewing the footage, it appears the gosling hit a branch on the way down and suffered a severe spinal injury. We can remove logs and dead wood from the bottom of the tree, but we can’t do much about large living limbs and we aren’t going to discourage nesting in N2B. Five out of six goslings survived the jump. This translates to a survival rate of 83%, which
The goslings jumped this morning at about 7:29 AM. After watching them yesterday afternoon, we thought the jump might occur pretty early today, but we were still surprised at how quickly it happened! Within just a few minutes of MG’s departure, all of the goslings had joined their parents on the ground. Our camera operators were only able to find five of them, so we headed into the underbrush to find #6 hidden under a log. We tried reuniting little
Goose hatch started yesterday and we think they might leap today! Some videos: April 24, 2023: 1st gosling hatch 2:27 pm: https://youtu.be/MG7EIs2Xrec April 24, 2023: 7:28pm Decorah Goose Cam: https://youtu.be/NnQvLmSl9tw April 24, 2023: Decorah Geese. And then there were 2! https://youtu.be/sDKV2p9lqmI April 24, 2023: Two hatches at Decorah Goose Cam! https://youtu.be/J6JOCgYQO0k April 25, 2023: Decorah Goose Cam~Ma Goose Tosses Egg Shell Off Nest-You Can Hear It Land: https://youtu.be/23755A7FFbs April 25, 2023: Precious goslings peeking out: https://youtu.be/X5HjEKk_J3I April 25, 2023: Good
Is that a pip? A sharp-eyed volunteer alerted us to what looked like pips in a few of the goose eggs this morning. It could be dirt, but we’re waiting for hatch and the marks are on the right side of the egg. We’ll keep watching!
As watchers know, Canada geese are nesting in an abandoned bald eagle nest in Decorah, Iowa. N2B – currently a goose nest – is located about 700 feet east of N1, where HM and HD are nesting. We believe that hatch will begin on or around Saturday, April 22. You can watch that nest here; https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/decorah-goose-cam/. This blog discusses some of the differences between altricial eagles and precocial geese! Altricial eaglets rely on parental care until they fledge. But goslings
Rain and hail made it a long morning for HD, who spent most of it protecting DH2 from the weather. His rain-soaked feathers were glossy and slicked with water but – like another wonderful eagle Dad who nested here – he continued his watch. I am in awe as our eagles once again show us what they will endure to protect their offspring. Eagles are incredible! Decorah Eagles April 20, 2023: HD spectacular wind-complicated landing, beautiful fly-off from Y –
We have your NestFlix! I enjoyed all of these videos, but I especially loved DH2 getting feisty with Dad (go, DH2!), the tiny cute PS, and the close-up of Mother Goose! We hope you enjoy the videos as much as we did and we’re looking forward to our hatch fundraiser tomorrow! Looking for more hatchling eaglets? The Fort St. Vrain nest started hatch yesterday! You can watch that site here: https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/xcel-energy-cams/ and keep up with it on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/445733962172528.