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February 13, 2019: 1st egg for the FSV eagles!

Congratulations to Xcel Energy’s Fort St. Vrain eagles on their first egg of the year! It arrived at 8:40PM MT on February 13th – a perfect Valentines Day treat for all of us today! This video by Elfruler shows the entire event: https://youtu.be/koO15X2PDMU. I love the new egg and the ducks in the background. This seems like a good time to revisit the whole subject of incubation: https://raptorresource.blogspot.com/2016/03/do-bald-eagles-delay-incubation.html. This blog was first published on Tuesday, March 16.

How long does it take a bald eagle to lay an egg?

An egg in cross section, modified from Romanoff and Romanoff, 1949

We’ve talked about how long it takes bald eagle eggs to hatch after they are laid (an average of 38 days from first egg to first hatch in Decorah), how long hatch takes once pip starts (it can take upwards of 24 hours), and how long it takes Mom to lay each egg (she usually lays the second egg about two to three days after the first, and the third egg roughly four days after the second egg). But how

Friday Nestflix!

February 7, 2019: Mom at N2B

Happy Fri-yay, everyone! Grab the popcorn and look for great close-ups, two food fights, and very cool fly-ins and vocalizations in Decorah, and a pellet casting and nestorations at our Fort St. Vrain nest. thanks to our excellent crew of camera operators and video makers for finding and sharing special moments in the nest with us! Looking for something to do besides watching eagles? We’ve added a prey log feature to our website. To submit your prey observations, go to

Will Mom and DNF lay eggs?

An image of eggs

Will Mom and DNF lay eggs? When will they lay eggs? Will those eggs be fertile? A lot of watchers have egglets and eaglets on their minds! The short answers: We believe that Mom Decorah and DNF (the Decorah North Female) will lay eggs based on what we’re seeing at their nests. They are both bonded with mates who are meeting their physical and psychological needs, including meal-sharing, mutual nestwork, nest bowl preparation, territorial defense, courtship, and copulation. While we worry,

The Decorah Eagles chat is just around the corner!

Mom and eaglets in the nest

Looking forward to chatting? Save these dates for the Decorah Eagles chat and keep an eye out for flash chats in the meantime! Main chat schedule: – After first egg: 8-11 a.m. and 5-8 p.m. – After first hatch: 8-10 a.m., 1-3 p.m., 6-8 p.m. (Tuesday and Thursday 6-9 p.m.) Education chat schedule: February 11, 2019: 8-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Monday-Friday The Decorah Eagles chat happens here: https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/decorah-eagles/. If you don’t have a chatroll account, we have instructions for

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