D24 – it was so good to hear from you Saturday! Both D24 and D27 sent postcards from the Decorah area this week. Given the snow and cold further north, we think their stay in Decorah-dise is a good idea! We also like the idea that there are at least three generations of Decorah eagles in Decorah right now: the current crop, D27 from 2017, and D24 from 2016. Live long and prosper! A million thanks to Brett and
D24 finally sent a postcard home! He is currently traveling along the Iowa river just SE of Columbus Junction, Iowa. This is excellent, high-quality territory for eagles, and there are many of them in the area right now. The relatively mild winter and fast flowing water has left large gaps in the ice, while the presence of farms, woods, and roads means easy pickings for hungry eagles. If D24 keeps following the Iowa, he will eventually end up back on
Where are D24 and D25? Their wanderings may be taking them closer together! After flying east to the Mississippi river, D25 returned to NE Iowa. He is currently on the Volga river near the Volga state recreation area. D24 was last spotted on a nameless stream roughly 38 miles SE of his brother. Like D25, bald eagles D1 and Four spent time along the Volga, while D24 is in an area previously explored by Four. Will the two meet again,
Story, photo and video by Robin Brumm It had been way too long since I’ve been able to get to Decorah, but I was finally able to go on Friday. The weather was supposed to have been partly sunny, but about half way to Decorah it started to rain. When I drove up to the hatchery, Mom and Dad were on top of the maple tree. I didn’t see either juvie, but I could hear one squeeing. I took a
D24 and D25 both took their first significant exploratory flights on Sunday, July 31st – in opposite directions! Our boots on the ground report that both of them were back at the hatchery as of yesterday. To take a look at their flights, follow this link:http://www.raptorresource.org/eagle-map/ A huge thanks to Brett Mandernack and the rest of the team at Eagle Valley for collecting and sharing this data with us!