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March 20, 2023: NestFlix and News from Decorah and GSB!

March 20, 2023: HM and her eggs

We have your NestFlix! In Decorah, HD and HM care for their eggs and disagree about a shift change. The Bark-a-lounger is just too comfortable to leave! At GSB, we have meadowlark for breakfast and the return of Ralex Honnold (Raccoon Alex Honnold). Savanna isn’t happy about the raccoon and is absolutely ready to defend her nest box from any intruder. You go, Savanna! When will Savanna lay eggs? We don’t have a schedule for her, so we’ll be looking

March 20, 2023: What are we looking forward to this week?

March 20. 2023: HM glows in the bright, warm sunlight.

What are we looking forward to this week? On Friday, we’ll be hosting a movie night at Convergence Ciderworks in Decorah! Come watch EaglePower with John, Dave, and Amy, meet Dave’s Red-tailed Hawk Jewel, learn more about our programs, and drink delicious cider. Doors open at 5:30 and the program starts at 6pm. More here: We’re in what Bob used to call the incubation doldrums at our Decorah Hatchery and Xcel Energy Fort St. Vrain eagle nests. But we’re

Monday. March 13: NestFlix and News

March 8, 2023: Mr. North at the North Nest. He is an awesome, dedicated father and is doing his best to care for the egg.

Ma FSV laid her third egg at Xcel Energy’s Fort St. Vrain nest on Thursday, March 8, which brings the total number of eggs in our nests to six: three at FSV, two in Decorah, and one at Decorah North. DNF and Mr. North’s lone egg is 21 days old, HM and HD’s two eggs are 16 and 13 days old, and Ma and Pa Jrs eggs are eleven, eight, and four days old! Here’s a peek at what’s going

March 6, 2023: What are we looking forward to this week?

March 6, 2023: A Canada Goose at N2B

Another Egg for Ma FSV? As of this post, we have one egg at Decorah North (hatch estimated on or around March 28), two eggs in Decorah (hatch estimated on or around April 4), and two eggs at Fort St. Vrain (hatch estimated on or around April 10). Ma usually lays three eggs, so it’s possible she could lay again on March 9th. Are the geese going to lay eggs again? We’ve seen them checking out N2B, but HD doesn’t

March 3, 2023: Friday NestFlix from Decorah and Great Spirit Bluff!

March 3, 2023: HM reacts to an unknown threat. Every feather is erect as she makes herself as large and formidable as she can.

Whatta day, as Sherri Elliott used to say! Peregrine falcon Newman is pulling in potential mates, Ma FSV laid her first egg of 2023 yesterday, and we’re watching HM closely. Will she grace us with a third egg tomorrow? Talons crossed! In the meantime, we have your raptor movie marathon from Decorah and Great Spirit Bluff. Put up your feet and grab some refreshments…it’s time for NestFlix! Decorah Eagles March 3, 2023: HM gathering grass on N2B – This

February 27, 2023: What are we looking forward to this week?

February 26, 2023: A glimpse of the first egg in Decorah.

Since HM laid her first egg on Saturday, we’re hopeful for another egg on Tuesday! Eaglets from this nest will have the designator DH (for Decorah Hatchery) + a long-count number. So the first egg to hatch will be DH1, the second will be DH2, and so on. Hatch usually happens about 39 days after the first egg is laid, which puts it on or around April 5th – talons crossed! Are HD and HM first-time parents? We don’t know

February 17, 2023: Fri-yay NestFlix at Decorah North, Decorah, and Great Spirit Bluff!

February 17, 2023: HD and HM

Happy Fri-yay, everyone! Hoping for DNF or HM to lay eggs today? Watching for Peregrine falcons at Great Spirit Bluff or any of our Xcel Energy sites? We’ve got a raptor mega-roll movie matinee while you’re waiting! I loved all of these videos, but I especially enjoyed HD’s log cabin, HM on the Y-Branch (it looks like she’s developing a brood patch), Mr. North’s fishy gift, both Norths pondering a squirrel problem, and the fox walking below Newman. It is

February 16, 2023: No eggs yet + falcon yoga

February 14, 2023: Peregrine Falcon Newman at Great Spirit Bluff.

DNF didn’t lay an egg on February 16, although she and Mr. North kept busy with nursery prep: bringing in plenty of new nesting material, scraping and loosening the substrate to keep it soft and fluffy, and raising the rails to keep eaglets in and wind out. They are spending the night just one tree north of the nest tree: not on the nest, but not very far away from it! We’re crossing our talons for an egg tomorrow afternoon

February 13, 2023: What are we looking forward to this week?

February 13, 2023: Mr. North and DNF are getting their egg cup ready!

What are we looking forward to for the week of February 13? Tick-tock egg-clock, everybody…we’re getting egg-cited! Eggs at Decorah North. DNF laid her first egg on February 16th in 2021 and 2022. Will we have a three-peat this year? It seems possible, especially since the two appear to be working on an egg cup: (we get a nice view of the cup at around one minute in). HM and HD have finally gotten their groove on! We don’t

Tick-tock egg clock! Date guesstimates all around our nests.

January 5, 2023: HM near N1

Tick-tock egg clock! Okay, it’s a little early to start counting the minutes, but here are the days we’ve penciled into our planners for first eggs, first falcons, and ice-out on the Mississippi River Flyway. Get your (RRP) calendars out and feel welcome to make your own best guesstimates. Eggs will be here before we know it! Decorah North I’m saving the afternoon of February 16th for DNF’s first egg! She’s been a remarkably consistent layer date and timewise, although

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