Decorah North Eagles and Blogs

Learning Eagle Table Manners

May 10, 2022: Learning Eaglet Table Manners

We were asked about eaglet growth and development during our Bird Week chat yesterday. Bald eagles spend about the first half of nest life – say, 35 to 40 days – gaining weight, growing limbs and feet, and growing and replacing feathers. In stage two – about 40 to 75 or 80 days – they begin preparing for life beyond the nest by building muscle, exploring their new wings, learning to unzip prey and feed themselves, and practicing their

Watching Bald Eagles

November 7, 2017: Dad Decorah

This is a flashback post first published on April 26 of 2012. I repost it every year when the eagles begin bringing suckerfish into the nest. For new followers: Bob (Anderson) founded the Raptor Resource Project and was its first director. You can learn more about him here: Bob took a turn operating the controls at the Bald eagle camera this morning. He was fascinated by Dad, who brought in three suckers in one hour. Suckerfish are ‘rough’ fish:

Your mega-raptor (and Canada Goose!) Nestflix Wednesday Matinee!

May 4, 2022: We love cuddle puddles! DN16 left and DN15, right. It's been fun to watch them play and explore their clown clomper feet and growing wings and tails.

As promised: your mega-raptor (and Canada Goose!) Nestflix Wednesday Matinee! DN15 and DN16 turn 39 and 38 days old today and are up to tweagle shenanigans: E-gulping fish, Eagle Kneiveling around the nest, practicing their Eagleibrium, and holding Flappathons as they explore their rapidly growing wings! It won’t be long before our two teen pterodactyls turn into sleek young fledglings, but there are plenty of Eagleicious Delicious moments to enjoy before that happens. Look for walking skills and balance to

Standing and Walking: We’re Big Eaglets Now!

May 3, 2022: DN16 and DN15 are big eagles now!

We concentrate on geese for a few days and DN15 and DN16 turn into tweagles: tween-age eaglets! Their weight gain is slowing, their mid-toes, foot pads, and tarsus are close to or at their adult size, and their juvenile feathers are unfurling and growing! DN15 and DN16’s wing chords and central retrixes (the central pair of tail feathers) will more than double in length over the next 40 days as they get ready for life beyond the nest. The next

NestFlix and News: Decorah and Decorah North

April 17, 2022: DN15 slumbers blissfully away in the North nest

Sorry, everyone – it has been a very busy week and I’m behind on the NestFlix! Read on to catch up on the latest news: new eagles in Decorah, rapidly growing eaglets at Decorah North, and Mother Goose and her eggs (we’re still looking for hatch on the 25th!). Thank you so much for watching, sharing, learning, and especially for caring! What a wild, interesting year it has been. Cross your fingers for all of our birds! Decorah North Eagles

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