We arrived at the hatchery around 7am on Thursday, April 28, and set up camp under our canopy in rain and 37 degree temperatures. At around 11:10, Mama Goose stood up and jumped for the first time. Not long after she and Papa started calling to their goslings, the eagles at N1 flew over, stooping close enough to the nest to worry us and the geese! Mother Goose came right back and settled over her young until about 12:15, when
If you’ve been watching the Decorah Eaglecam, you know that a new eagle pair appears to be settling into the starter nest we built at N1. I’ll be honest: a lot of us have mixed feelings about that! We hoped the nest would lure Mom and DM2 back to the hatchery, but they chose to nest in N3 again this spring. Still, their behavior this fall gave us a little bit hope that they might make a different decision in
Please join us on the Confusion Couch for another episode of ‘As The Nest Turns’! As you probably know, we have two active nests in Decorah right now (N2B and N3), and a new eagle couple is house-hunting at N1. Mother Goose has six eggs that we think will begin hatching on or around April 25. The big leap should happen within about 24 hours of hatch and we plan to have people down there to protect the geese if
‘House Hunters’ or ‘As The Nest Turns’? Why not both! If you’ve been watching the Decorah Eagles, you know a Canada Goose is incubating six eggs in N2B and we’ve seen a pair of eagles in and around N1 for a couple of weeks. We initially identified them as Mom and DM2, although we wondered why they were so far from their nest after full incubation began. But the couple at N1 last night were clearly not Mom and DM2!
Mrs. Goose laid egg number four in N2B on March 28, 2022, at 6:08 PM. She went into full incubation immediately afterwards, which means we expect hatch on or around April 25th. Unlike Bald eagles, Canada geese are precocial: capable of moving around and self-feeding shortly after hatch. The goslings will jump from the nest within about 24 hours after hatch begins. The jump is high (about 70′), but the goslings weigh just three to four ounces when they hatch