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What Bird Is This?

January 4, 2021: A Merlin at the North Nest

What bird is this? It’s a Merlin! This surprise visitor delighted watchers at Decorah North yesterday by perching, eating, preening, and showing off its yoga skills before flying away. According to most sources, North America is home to five falcon species. From largest to smallest, they stack up like this: Gyrfalcon Peregrine Falcon Prairie Falcon Merlin American Kestrel Like Peregrine falcons, Merlins feed primarily on other birds that they catch in the air, although they will also eat mammals, insects,

January 5, 2020: Nestflix

December 31, 2020: Mr. North (left) and DNF (right). DNF is signaling an interest in copulation by lowering her head, tipping forward, and hunching her shoulders.

Unwind, relax, and chill with videos from Decorah North, Decorah, and Great Spirit Bluff! I liked all of these videos, but I especially enjoyed the two eagles playing at Decorah North (five days into 2021 and I already have a candidate for next December’s top ten list!), the interaction between three adults in Decorah, and the beautiful eagles and coyotes at GSB. Thanks so much to our camera operators for finding such special moments, our videomakers for sharing them, and

Raptor ID: Cooper’s Hawk or Sharp-shinned Hawk?

Image of an adult Cooper's Hawk

By Sophia Landis “Is this a Cooper’s Hawk or a Sharp-shinned Hawk?” This is one of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to raptor ID – and for good reason! Cooper’s Hawks, Sharp-shinned Hawks, and the rarer Northern Goshawk make up North America’s share of the accipiter genus.  Before we get into the nitty gritty of how to ID these species separately, let’s take a look at what they all have in common. Accipiter Build and Behavior Unlike

2020 Memory Lane: Flyway Favorites

December 15, 2020: Image of Sandhill cranes preening on the Flyway

What are some of your favorite flyway memories? Moderator Izzy said: “I had so many wonderful memories this year! From the magic of happy turtles and leopard frogs, to pelicans fishing, cranes dancing, and eagles fishing for whoppers, every single moment has been so special to me!” Here are some of Izzy’s favorite things and we hope you like them too! This cam can be watched live at https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/flyway-cam/. Video footage was taken from: Three Northern Map turtles – leap

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