As we move farther into February all of my favorite live nest cams are eagerly awaiting the return of their birds. First and foremost are my Decorah Eagle parents. The main concern with my eagles is whether or not they will choose the nest with the cameras. Earlier this year the eagles started building an alternate nest somewhat close to the original. Since we don’t know which nest they will end up choosing to use this breeding season it has been a nail-biting period of weeks waiting for them to finally make up their minds. If they end up choosing the new nest we will not be able to watch them on nest cam which would be extremely disappointing.
Another nest cam I ended up watching a lot last year, and plan on watching again this year, is the Great Blue Heron nest cam. I had a lot of fun watching what looked like little fuzzy ET babies grow up in the nest. Eventually they did grow out of their awkward alien/bird stage into gorgeous young herons but I will forever be amused by their Albert Einstein-like hair do’s. Below is a highlight reel from their last breeding season. Check out the ET babies for yourself!
I have been following a post by the Raptor Resource Project concerning my beloved Decorah Eagle parents that has me a bit distressed. Apparently the Decorah Eagles have started to build another nest approximately 300 or so yards from the nest we are accustomed to viewing them in.
Alternate nest building is a common behavior among bald eagles. The Decorah pair hasn’t displayed this behavior before, but other pairs have two (or even more!) nest options in their territory. The Raptor Resource folks provide a nice informational overview in their blog post about this behavior. I was unfamiliar with this phenomenon until I read this information so I’m fascinated to learn more about why bald eagles would put that much effort into multiple nests.
My concern is that, given the timing with the breeding season and the camera work already in place for streaming the nest site, if the eagles choose the alternate site for the 2012-13 season we will not be able to watch them rear their babies. 😦 I would be majorly bummed if we have to wait an additional year to watch my favorite eagles. I guess we will see what happens. No matter what though, I want the eagle parents to have a safe and successful breeding season.
D12 fledging last year.
The folks over at the Raptor Resource Project recently released this video of Bob Anderson, head of the project, being interviewed about the Decorah Eagle nest cam project. The video also includes footage of the team setting up the nest cam for the upcoming season. I am super excited for when the eagle cam will be back on and I get to watch my favorite eagle family. I cannot wait until they return to the nest! 🙂
Picture of Dad from last season sitting on the eggs March 2012.
I haven’t been able to go out birding in about two weeks – weather and then the plague have put me in a position where to go would have been less than enjoyable. However I have very much been needing my bird fix regardless. I started wishing that the Decorah Eagle cam was back online again. The nest cam of course will not be turned on again until the next breeding season. So I have to make due without for a while which is really hard.
I wandered over to the nest cam site anyway and was going through some of the video clips that they posted from the 2012 breeding season. Just thought I would share one that I found amusing. Poor Mom eagle totally coated in snow. She is such a good mom though – making sure those eggs stay nice and toasty.
Mini post alert!
I am very sad to report that D12 of this year’s batch of baby eagles from my favorite Decorah Eagle parents is dead. They found D12 electrocuted at the base of a telephone pole. 😦 Raptor Resource Project is working with the local power company to adjust the tops of the poles to prevent this in the future.
We’ll miss you D12!!