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!!
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.