Keep your eyes on the Flyway! Birdcast predicts a heavy night for September 5th and 6th in the area of the Flyway. Listen for nocturnal migrants at night and look for nocturnal and diurnal migrants resting and feeding during the day.
How high can a Bald Eagle fly? Can an eagle fly to 50,000 feet to escape a hurricane? A look at what the data says!
Grab an iced drink, dip your toes in the water, and keep cool with us on the Flyway! We have a beautiful and elusive Sora, lovely Sandhill Cranes, some very cool group-hunting American White Pelicans, a subadult eagle with one foot, and a Peregrine Falcon named ‘Poppy’ that I banded at US Bank in La Crosse on June 1 of this year!
We have news and NestFlix from Decorah and the Flyway! DH2’s successful catch of a (dead) fish was the talk of our corner of the internet today, with followers thrilled that the eaglet got a fish and annoyed that it lost it when a dump truck drove by. We also have a beautiful preening video and DH2 fiddling with and pruning leaves and twigs on the Y-Branch. DH2, I’ll send you our trimming list. It would be great if you
Happy Fri-yay, everyone! We have news and NestFlix from Decorah and the Mississippi Flyway for your viewing pleasure! In Decorah, our little eaglet is all grown up – well, for a juvenile – and receiving visitors as young eagles begin their pre-dispersal/pre-migratory wandering. It’s early August, daylight length is beginning to change more rapidly, and we’re starting to see a lot of pre-migratory behaviors here and on the Flyway, where shorebirds especially are strutting their stuff and posing with perfect
Looking to escape the heat? Sit down somewhere cool and enjoy our NestFlix! In Decorah, DH2 is learning the skills it will need post-dispersal. How long is our eaglet likely to stick around? Brett Mandernack’s Decorah Eagle transmitter study found that eaglets averaged 162 days of age at dispersal, which means that DH2 is most likely to disperse on or around September 15. However, we might see and hear less of our eaglet in the coming days. DH2 is almost
It’s time for NestFlix, so put your feet up on the bark-a-lounger, grab the popcorn, fix yourself a cold beverage, and get ready for videos from Decorah, Great Spirit Bluff, and the Flyway! In Decorah, DH2 is taking her sweet time to fledge and building skills and confidence as she hops, hovers, and branches ever higher in the tree. Great Spirit Bluff has been tough, but Jaycie P/60 survived last night’s attempted owl predation and it was wonderful to see
What are we looking forward to this week? We’ve got hatch at Great Spirit Bluff, nestling falcons at Alma, Great River Energy, and the Dubuque Courthouse, and some projected big nights on the Mississippi Flyway. Let’s break it down! Great Spirit Bluff Hatch has started at Great Spirit Bluff! Falcons normally begin full incubation after they lay their penultimate egg and it generally takes about thirty-three days from the onset of full incubation to the beginning of hatch. Savanna laid
We have your Saturday NestFlix! HD2 entered its fifth week of life yesterday and hit the standing milestone on Wednesday. Watch out below – projectile pooping is about to enter a new era! We also saw unihemispheric sleep, sweet eagle dreams, an intruder, and DH2 playing ‘house’. What a charming week! On the Mississippi Flyway, we’re enjoying a new Instagrammable log. Pelicans, Caspian terns, cormorants, and bald eagles are all showing up for selfies and videos! We hope you enjoy
What are we looking forward to this week? Eggs, eggs, eggs! We have four eggs at Dairyland Power’s Alma plant, at least one egg at Great River Energy’s Elk River campus, and eggy falcons at Minnesota Power’s Hibbard plant and three other sites that aren’t online. We don’t know how many eggs Mother Goose will lay, but she’s laid four so far and should be going into full incubation soon. We’re also looking forward to hatch in Decorah (our estimate