We’re writing a series of blogs about the first few weeks of an eaglet’s life. An eaglet spends roughly 75 to 80 days in the nest. For about the first half, it grows and gains weight. For about the second half, it grows flight feathers and starts developing the skills it will need post-fledge. We will focus on week two in this blog. In their second week of development, the eaglets will gain roughly two pounds between their 7th and
We’re writing a series of blogs about the first few weeks of an eaglet’s life. An eaglet spends roughly 75 to 80 days in the nest. For about the first half, it grows and gains weight. For about the second half, it grows flight feathers and starts developing the skills it will need post-fledge. We will focus on week one in this blog. What can we expect in the first week following hatching? Like humans and other animals, growing nestlings
On hatch watch at Xcel Fort St. Vrain! Listen for an eaglet talking through its shell! https://youtu.be/LeMC541Cn1E So what happens right before hatch? The rapidly growing embryo is taking up nearly all the space in the egg. It has turned so that its head is at the large end of the egg next to the air space, pierced the internal membrane, and is breathing air with its lungs. It is taking the yolk sac into its body through its abdomen as it
DN4 has hatched! We don’t have an exact time, but we know it was between 1:20PM and 3:14PM central time! The wind had Mom keeping a pretty tight lid on the newly hatched eaglet and eggs until it was time for for shift change. It was roughly 37 days and 21 hours, give or take a little, from the time the first egg was laid to the time it hatched. We’ll post videos here as soon as we have them.
It’s almost time for hatch watch! We will start hatch watch at Fort St. Vrain on Saturday, March 25; at Decorah North on Sunday, March 26; and at Decorah on Monday, March 27. As many of you already know, hatch begins before pip! We’ll be looking for egg movements and listening for vocalizations between parents and hatching eaglets as we wait for eaglets to arrive. Watch and chat at Decorah: http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles Watch and chat at the North Nest: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/MbgzN2Kpajp Watch