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Eaglet Growth and Development: Week One

Day four: Let the beak battling begin!

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

Your questions, answered: When will DM2 start feeding?

04/06/19: DM2 and feeding

I asked our moderators for their top questions of the day. You wanted to know: ‘When will DM2 start feeding his young?’. This is our answer.  Note: The morning after this blog was written, D32 did his first feeding! You can watch that here: https://youtu.be/FhMf1CCJtBs It is interesting and sometimes nerve-wracking to watch what is most likely a brand-new eagle father after years of watching Dad, who had eagle fatherhood down. We’re going to talk about what DM2 is doing first:

Bald eagle tongues and beaks!

April 5, 2019: An eagle's tongue

This blog was first published in April of 2018. It was inspired by RRP Director John Howe, who was reviewing footage of Mom and Dad feeding eaglets and was delighted by the dexterity of their beaks and tongues. Skip down to the paragraph below the table for more information on feeding eaglets! We know that bird beaks are specialized for feeding and daily tasks. Birds of prey have strong, curved beaks with sharp edges to help them tear meat. Falcons

Peek inside a bald eagle egg: 24 days!

Development of an avian embryo

This blog was first published on March 23, 2017. We reposted it to give everyone a peek inside the eggs. As of this writing, there are two eagle eggs in Decorah. We’re not sure whether the oldest or second oldest egg cracked, but we do know that the youngest is about 24.5 days old, the middle is 29 days old, and the oldest is 32 days old. What do embyronic eagles look they look like as they develop and grow

Peek inside a bald eagle egg: 17 days!

A chicken embryo roughly halfway to hatch

This blog was first published on March 23, 2017. We reposted it to give everyone a peek inside the eggs. As of this writing, there are two eagle eggs in Decorah. We’re not sure whether the oldest or second oldest egg cracked, but we do know that the youngest is about 17.5 days old. What do embyronic eagles look they look like as they develop and grow inside their eggs? Dr. Peter Sharpe from the Institute for Wildlife Studies developed a

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