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Day Trips — Favorite Summer Memories

7/27/20. Mom IS Authorized Personnel!!

Photos and story by Robin Brumm I have been to Decorah a few times since I last wrote a day trip, so today you get an assortment of my favorite memories from my recent visits. One memory that stands out was from an early July visit to Decorah. The Juvies were on the ground at the hatchery and flying back and forth all over the place. All of a sudden, I noticed D35 flying low across the hatchery grounds. She

What are those birds?

Black-Bellied Whistling Duck on the Flyway Cam in Lake Onalaska/Pool Seven of the Mississippi River

What are those birds? The first one is a black-bellied whistling duck, which was spotted on our Flyway Cam on Monday, August 10th! They are cavity nesters who usually form gregarious flocks of up to 1000 birds, although this one was alone. It was also far, far out of its usual range. E-Bird shows just a handful of sightings in Wisconsin! The Flyway cam is getting busy now and we are seeing a lot of great species. You can watch

Checking in with the eaglets!

August 12, 2020: D27's map

Where are the eaglets? Up in Canada, D-27 appears to have gotten itchy feet – or maybe itchy wings! She flew over 90 miles south on August 5, but reversed course the next day. By late August 8, she was just 36 miles SSE of Petownikip Lake, this year’s summer island-hopping home. Click on the map to enlarge each image I got curious about D27’s previous summers, so I checked them out on our interactive maps. In 2018 and 2019,

August 10, 2020: NestFlix from Decorah and the Flyway

August 10, 2020: D35 right, D36 left

We have your NestFlix! While we are seeing less of D35 and D36 right now, the Flyway is getting busy. Fall migration is much more drawn out than spring migration and some birds are beginning to engage in pre-migration activities, including feeding and gathering in large flocks. At this latitude, bats won’t begin migration and hibernation until cold weather diminishes insect populations, which means the large and very cool cloud of bats in the first Flyway video is probably local

Your dispersal questions, answered!

Your Questions, Answered!

Where are D34 and DN12? Can the eaglets hunt on their own yet? When will they disperse? Your questions, answered…as best we can! Where are D34 and DN12? The short answer: we don’t know. Neither eaglet has been seen for several days and we didn’t see or hear D34 when we were in Decorah last week. Most of the eaglets that we have studied slowly widened their explorations prior to dispersal. But some (D25 and D1, for example) began adventuring

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