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Flight School *Fun*-damentals

Decorah North: Flight School *Fun*damentals!

by Sherri Elliott Now at the 6-week mark, our little North Nesties DN13 &DN14 are setting aside the training wheels of haunch-walking on tarsi and gaining more confidence and strength with each step they take on those big yellow feet. Leg muscles are getting conditioned standing for longer periods and we also see new motor skills to pivot, stomp, and hop. Wings are getting a workout too … not just to bend over and warble stretch, but the “fun”-damentals of

What’s So Funny?

Mr. North and DN13's ginormous beak.

Did You See? By Sherri Elliott As if Mr North’s look wasn’t comical enough, right behind is the photobomb of 5½ week old DN13’s ginormous beak. The North Dynamic Duo are nearing the halfway point to fledge (gasp!), and while beaks and feet are nearly adult size, they are still just standing on prey and taking nibbles and haven’t fully learned how to use beaks to unzip their meal. The parents will need to mind their own beaks, toes and

Whew + Tick Tock!

February 17, 2021: A nice long stick is brought in and smack dab in the middle of two nest tree symbols I always follow. Note the heart in the Cottonwood tree circled at the top left, and just below the stick, the diamond shape in the bark which I use as a measuring stick to check progress of the build and nest bed amendments.

By Sherri Elliott  Mom Decorah and her mate, DM2 surprised us with a new nest this year…still in their territory, but far enough away that our prying eyes can’t catch them on camera. Lately, they have been spending some time at their old N2B nest, occasionally dropping off a stick or some fluff, but yesterday (and today!) was “eggstra” special seeing multiple drops of sticks as well as getting their groove on with copulation caught on cam (https://youtu.be/t-mzNsAZC4U), an indication

Reservations for 3 ~ Streamside Dining

July 21, 2020: Possum carrion in the creek! D36 left, D35 eating, D34 top waiting

By Sherri Elliott  Decorah Eagle Juveee’s D34, D35, and D36 are so busy with Outdoor School that we rarely get a glimpse of all of them hanging out together in one place, and at one time, so it was thrilling to see them all fly in one by one for a lunch date in one of our favorite places … just below the beloved Y-Branch. Everybirdie took turns dining on the choice entrée … marinated and brined sous vide possum,

Did You See? Dinner In A Tree!

June 13, 2020: DN12 in the perch tree across the pasture (T3)

By Sherri Elliott Decorah North fledgling DN12 got an unexpected room service dinner delivery by its momma DNF last evening in a perch tree (T3) across the stream. There was a little bobble as DNF landed with fish dinner, lots of squeeing and anticipation for the tasty treat, and DN12 masterfully grabbed the fish with a semi mantle and held it in his beak before figuring out how to dine al fresco! In a short time, it was gobbled and

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