Clumsy or Clever?

I am wracked with bittersweet feelings now that the days of the Decorah Eagle cam are dwindling down. All three of our baby eagles have successfully fledged and will be moving on shortly. This Saturday, June 30th, is the last day before the camera is shutdown and we have to wait until next year’s clutch to once again follow the goings-on of our favorite eagle family.

Even as we get ready for the eagle cam to be turned off we are still being graced with the antics of our favorite juvenile eaglets. D13, in a move that could be described as particularly clumsy or perhaps even a bit mischievous, almost knocks Mom off of the Y branch as it takes off. So viewers – is D13 clumsy? or mischievously clever?

Mom makes an amazing save and keeps herself from falling off the branch.

Up Close and Beakified

Mini post alert!

I have two monitors for work and when I’m not utilizing the right one I will sometimes blow up the Decorah Eagles bird cam so it fills the screen. Much to my delight, one of the babies decided it was time to investigate the camera and taste the delicious staple stuck in the tree – all from about four inches away. Helllooooo there!

Missing Baby Falcon

I was greatly saddened to learn that one of the baby falcons of Great Spirit Bluff is missing. I had hoped to get the chance to see all three of these beautiful baby falcons grow up and successfully fledge but that unfortunately will not be the case. The Raptor Resource Project does not know for sure what happened to cause one of the babies to go missing. Speculation includes the possibility of predation by another bird, or perhaps that the baby simply tumbled from the nest box. I believe they are looking to see if they can determine the exact cause of the accident. No matter how the accident happened it is a very sad thing to lose one of these precious little fluff balls.

The remaining two falcon sisters are still growing at a brisk pace. Already both are exhibiting full tail and flight feathers. There is still ample baby fluff mixed in with the newly emerging adult plumage though resulting in a fabulously mottled look. I just watched a feeding and holy wow do they vocalize like crazy. I had to turn the volume way, way down on my computer. Speculation in chat mentioned that feeding times produce aggressive behavior. Could the baby possibly have been jostling with a sibling over food and then fallen when things got a little out of hand?