Mississippi Flyway Cam and Blogs

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/1404200043743501. 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

March 15, 2023: ID’ing eagles at a bald eagle-palooza on the Mississippi River Flyway!

March 13, 2023: First year eagle on the Mississippi Flyway

It’s a bald eagle-palooza on the Mississippi Flyway! While bald eagles are well-equipped to deal with snow and cold, they can’t fish when the water is covered with a thick layer of ice. These eagles – and many other species – are following the ice line north. As soon as the ice opens up, breeding adults will swiftly wing their way back to their territories. Non-breeders, especially immature juvenile and subadult birds, will probably follow a little later. They don’t

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

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

Decorah North, Decorah, Flyway, and GSB calendars!

The cover for the 2023 Decorah North calendar. Look for it soon!

We have your 2023 Decorah North, Decorah, Flyway, and GSB calendars! John and our volunteers did a wonderful job! We hope you like the calendars as much as we do. Links: Decorah Eagles https://www.lulu.com/shop/raptor-resource-project/2023-decorah-eagles/paperback/product-ryjkmj.html?page=1&pageSize=4 Decorah North Eagles https://www.lulu.com/shop/raptor-resource-project/2023-decorah-north-eagles/paperback/product-kerv4e.html?page=1&pageSize=4 Great Spirit Bluff https://www.lulu.com/shop/raptor-resource-project/2023-great-spirit-bluff-falcons/paperback/product-m8n4wq.html?page=1&pageSize=4 Mississippi River Flyway https://www.lulu.com/shop/raptor-resource-project/2023-mississippi-river-flyway/paperback/product-n48wzr.html?page=1&pageSize=4

Can birds detect severe weather? Storms, cold, and Bald Eagles in winter!

January 2, 2022: Mr. North looks stylish in his wintery down jacket! Subzero temperatures had every one in winter gear today.

Can birds detect severe weather? I’m watching the birds at my feeder as a major snowstorm rolls in. American Golden Finches, Dark-Eyed Juncos, Black-Capped Chickadees, and White-Breasted Nuthatches are decimating my seed feeder, while our resident Downy, Hairy, Red-Bellied, and Pileated Woodpeckers clean out my suet feeder. The feeder action started yesterday. Did our birds know a major storm was on the way? While birds can’t predict long-range weather patterns, they have at least two ways to detect and prepare

2022 Memory Lane Moments: Snowy Owls on the Mississippi Flyway

February 16, 2022: A Snowy Owl on the Mississippi River Flyway.

Memory Lane Moment #2 comes from Lori Carnes! She wrote: “My favorite thing this past year was watching and learning about the snowy owls with our Mississippi Flyway chatters!” Watchers might remember the incredible Snowy Owl irruption on the Flyway in January and February of this year. What were they doing so far from their arctic home? Some species are normally resident on their territories year-round (like Great Horned Owls and Barred Owls), some species are more or less migratory

December 5, 2022: When will our eagles lay eggs? NestFlix and News!

December 5, 2022: HD through tree branches.

When will our eagles lay eggs? In general, bald eagles in the northern US begin laying eggs between mid-January and early March, although reclutching can drive a pair later. As egg-laying time draws near, we’ll be consulting our calendars and looking at eagle behavior to make our best guesstimates! The North Nest: DNF and Mr. North We have three years of data on DNF and Mr. North. Unsurprisingly, DNF began laying eggs earlier after her first two years, bumping her

Giving Tuesday Recap

Left to right: DN15 and DN16, a Snowy Owl on the Flyway, HM and HD

Thank you so much for joining us on Giving Tuesday and for donating to our Giving Tuesday fundraiser, and another thanks to our moderators and camera operators for making the day special with chats and wonderful views! We’ve got a recap and some links from our 1:00pm talk/recap/chat session. First of all – the talk itself! Thanks to Tulsa for recording it: You asked about buying calendars and merchandise, and getting up to date news on our nests! 2023 calendars

November 30, 2022: NestFlix, News, and Photos: Decorah, Decorah North, Xcel Fort St. Vrain, and the Flyway!

November 23, 2022: HD and HM enjoy an evening meal of fishie al fresco on N1.

We’ve got a short, sweet NestFlix round up from all of our eagle nests tonight! The Decorah and Xcel Fort St. Vrain eagles were busy with nest work today, while the Norths took a break to stretch their wings and do a little bit of soaring. We hope that you enjoy these NestFlix as much as we did! Thanks so much for donating to our Giving Tuesday fundraiser yesterday! We’ll have images and links for you tomorrow. Decorah Eagles November

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