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Did You See? DN12’s Home-Alone Schooling!

Decorah North Nest: DN12 Milestones

by Sherri Elliott If you’ve been thinking about calling Eaglet Protective Services to report DN12 being left unattended for longer periods or not getting enough to eat … Don’t! DN12 has thousands of aunties and uncles that are keeping eyes fixed on the little darling, and there’s no doubt that parents Mr. North and DNF are close by also checking on their eaglet. At 6 weeks old, DN12 is half-way through the nesting season and continues to meet or exceed

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May 11, 2020: DN12 responds to a squirrel at the North Nest

By Sherri Elliott A squirrel came calling yesterday at the Decorah North Nest and DN12 locked eyes with the little intruder and wasted no time asserting to defend the penthouse. Look to the left in this short video and see the squirrel tiptoe up to the side door only to meet DN12’s steely eagle eyes. In a flash, DN12 asserted to defend and stood with hackles up, wings stretched out and flapping to loom large…and for good measure muttered some

Did You See? A Sweet Afternoon Feeding!

April 3, 2020: Decorah North Nest

by Sherri Elliott The Decorah North nestlings are keeping their parents busy! Today DN11 is 4 days old, and N12 is 3 days old and these kidlets are a hoot to watch. Just hours apart in hatch order these two spitfires are evenly matched … each vying for supremacy, getting stronger and more mobile, alerting to parents movements, beak bonking each other, and popping up as soon as the feather covers are lifted for an impromptu sumo wrestling match …

Did You See? Reflections on Rain Drops

March 9, 2020: Raindrops on Mom's feathers

By Sherri Elliott Bald Eagles have a remarkable super shield that adapts as a raincoat or snowsuit depending on the elements. Conditioned with uropygial oil as they preen and zip their feather vanes, each feather is an overlapping mosaic over their fluffy down creating a coat that sheds water and helps keep heat from escaping, creating a constant supply of warmth to the eagles and transferred by brood patch to incubating eggs. Mom Decorah may have looked miserable to some

Did You See? It’s Eggs-tra Lovey Dovey at the North Nest!

February 17, 2020: DNF and Mr. North

by Sherri Elliott Activity is ramping up with both Mr. North and DNF making multiple trips in daily with very long branches, wonky sticks, bedding, leaves, and fluffy grasses and today DNF brought in a rabbit leg and waited for a bit then left it on the mattress as she flew away. Was that a gift for Mr. North? He found it within minutes and took it away to eat having a picnic in the treetop perch to the right,

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