Mississippi Flyway Cam and Blogs

January 22, 2024: NestFlix and News from Decorah North and the Flyway!

January 22, 2024: Carpeting the floor of the nest bowl with grass

Put up your feet and chill – we have your NestFlix roundup! I especially enjoyed watching DNF and Mr. North disagree over who gets lunch (Mr. North does not want to share, DNF!), a chunky squirrel sunbathing and eating, and a lovely Cardinal eating multiflora berries! It’s almost enough to make me appreciate multiflora (almost). Stay warm, everybirdie…egglets will be here before we know it! Decorah North January 18, 2024: Great Horned and Barred Owl calling – https://youtu.be/O2H6JIZj84g?si=er3onZE8bUddJr8g. The video

Friday, January 12: News and NestFlix From Decorah North, Decorah, and the Flyway!

January 11, 2024: DNF ate well before working on the North nest. I wanted to reach in and wipe off her beak!

Happy Fri-Yay, everyone! We have news and NestFlix from Decorah, Decorah North, and the Flyway! I loved all of these videos, but I especially enjoyed seeing DNF working on the North nest and watching and listening to duetting eagles on the Flyway. Thanks so much to our dedicated camera operators and videomakers for bringing us such amazing sights and sounds, and to you for watching, sharing, learning, and especially for caring. Rock on, everybirdie! Decorah North January 11, 2024: North

January 8, 2024: News and NestFlix From Decorah North, Decorah, and the Flyway!

January 8, 2024: Mr. North keeps his eyes on the skies!

It’s good to see you at N1, HD and HM, and to see nestorations and bonding ramping up at the North nest. It’s hard to believe that we’re only about one-and-a-half months away from eggs! Decorah North January 7, 2024: Nest work; cornstalk shredding; cornhusk placing – https://youtu.be/JZTHuQ62LTs?si=71Mrmv6Ztw9KfjDQ. As hard as it is to believe, we’re only about a month-and-a-half away from eggs! Mr. and DNF are hard at work shredding cornstalks, spreading grass, and making sure the nest bowl

Bald Eagles: A Fission-Fusion Species?

March 5, 2020: We saw our first large multi-age group of eagles today! They follow the melt north, gorging on gizzard shad and other fish they find in the ice.

While some websites state that Harris Hawks are the only raptors that hunt communally, social hunting – sometimes in mated pairs, and sometimes including unpaired birds, depending on the species – has also been documented in Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Striated Caracaras, Red-tailed Hawks, Ferruginous Hawks, Red-shouldered Hawks, Peregrine Falcons, Lanner Falcons, Aplomado Falcons, Philippine Eagles, and Verreaux’s Eagles. Some of these species are loners, but others – including bald eagles – appear to be a fission-fusion species: i.e., they

December 5, 2023: News and NestFlix from Decorah, Decorah North, and the Flyway

December 5, 2023: I loved this capture of her vocalizing. Eagle vocalizations are awesome!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas now that snow has fallen and ice is sealing over the Flyway! In Decorah, HM raises our hopes by continuing to perch near N1 and HD shows off his expert fishing technique! Meanwhile, Mr. North has venison for lunch, an eagle couple’s nestwork is never done, and a red-tailed hawk eats a squirrel and gives us a lesson in field marks. Don’t miss a beautiful subadult eagle and a Where’s Waldo puzzle

December 1, 2023: NestFlix and News from Decorah, Decorah North, the Flyway, and La Crosse WI!

November 27, 2023: Dinner on the Flyway. Look at those meathooks!

We have your Fri-yay NestFlix! In Decorah, HM plays several visits to N1 and we pull out the Confusion Couch for another season of ‘As The Nest Turns’, while Mr. North and DNF have a date night by IR candlelight at the North Nest. Meanwhile, eagle ice skating has started on the Flyway (good thing they have built-in crampons) and was that an American Kestrel at our US Bank Peregrine Falcon nest box in La Crosse? It was! I loved

News and NestFlix from Decorah, Decorah North, and the Flyway!

November 25, 2023: HM perching near N1. C'mon you two: this nest is so much better!

Happy Monday after Thanksgiving weekend! Pull out the leftovers, put up your feet, and enjoy the NestFlix! I loved all of these, but I especially enjoyed seeing HM on a branch in the N1 tree, a subadult eagle enjoying the fish jerky in N1, nest material filching at the North nest (the thief surprised me!), and the cooperative eagle hunting in ‘Eagles trying to catch a duck’. Spoiler alert – the duck escapes, but it is pretty interesting watching. I’ve

November 22: Bald Eagle Spa Day and More!

November 21, 2023: Bald Eagle Spa Day on the Flyway!

It’s hard for a bald eagle to relax and enjoy a little spa time when other eagles keep barging in on it. But that didn’t stop these eagles from trying! I love their beautiful floating feathers and the drops of water that roll down their backs as they realign and clean their feathers of dust, dirt, and parasites to keep them in tip-top shape. Everybirdy looks sharper after a little feather care! Feathers are essential to the health and survival

November 14, 2023: News and NestFlix from Decorah, Decorah North, and the Flyway

It's a regular eaglepalooza on the Flyway! A juvenile eagle is responds to several more eagles on the snag.

The early bird catches the NestFlix! In Decorah, a red-tailed hawk jump scares a bald eagle, while Mr. North shows off his carving skills and general eagle handsomeness at the North nest. On the Flyway, bald eagles and tundra swans are gathering in great numbers as late holdouts flee the northland just ahead of winter’s bite. It’s beautiful now, but next week could bring snow to the Flyway and Decorah, so watch for eagle pool parties at the North nest

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