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STLbf

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1785 on: October 15, 2021, 11:33:54 AM »

Thousand thanks to Broken Lug for the maps & photos of the Decorah nest area!  What a perfect geography lesson and orientation.

A few more pics of Mom this morning.  I didn't watch closely enough to tell if the pine tree perch is on top of the Hatchery Bluffs or the pines right behind the hatchery building.  Help me!

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1786 on: October 15, 2021, 11:58:11 AM »

Thousand thanks to Broken Lug for the maps & photos of the Decorah nest area!  What a perfect geography lesson and orientation.

A few more pics of Mom this morning.  I didn't watch closely enough to tell if the pine tree perch is on top of the Hatchery Bluffs or the pines right behind the hatchery building.  Help me!

Great pics, STL!

She was in the hatchery bluffs, where we saw her and DM2 the other day.   :D

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1787 on: October 15, 2021, 01:52:20 PM »

From RRP's FB page:

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Thanks for the postcards, eagles! We love to get airmail from D36 and D27. When last we shared their travels, D36 was wandering East Central Minnesota and D27 had returned to Decorah. At the time, D36 was closer to my house than I was! But he shifted his range on the very day I went to look for him. How do they know? At any rate, D36 is currently vacationing in the Wanamingo, Minnesota area, while D27 is spending time near Spillville, Iowa along the Little Turkey River: an excellent choice in my opinion! While I would visit the Bily Clocks Museum, D27 appears to be making a tour of the river bluffs and uplands. Although she's tended to stay close to home during the winter, she would end up about six miles south of Eagle Valley if she followed the Turkey SSE to its meeting with the Mississippi River.

I thought it would be fun to take a look at what each eagle might see two miles up in the air. Both eagles are within sight of the Mississippi River. D36 can see Lake Pepin - a very popular spot for migrating and wintering eagles - while D27 can just see it as a thin line on the horizon. The fish hatchery is a lot closer!

Where will they go next? This year has been a bit of an outlier, but if they follow last year's pattern, both of them will probably spend Thanksgiving in the Decorah area. I hope we get a chance to see them!

Thanks for the postcards, eagles. Fly high and don't forget to write! As always, a thousand thanks to Brett Mandernack and the staff of Eagle Valley for sharing the data, maps, and expertise. To see the travels of any of the eagles we've tracked, please visit our interactive maps: https://www.raptorresource.org/learning-tools/eagle-map/.


D27's map. D27 hatched in 2017 and turned four this year. She will be old enough to settle down next spring.


D36's map. D36 hatched in 2020 and is the offspring of Mom and DM2.


D36's view from two miles above Wanamingo, MN. I was surprised that we hadn't tracked more eagles here, since the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers join at Prescott, just 31 miles north. But our eagles have tended to fly inland and cross the Big River between Lake Pepin and La Crosse. 'Up' in this picture is NNE.


D27's view from two miles above Spillville, Iowa. She can't see N1 or N2B, but she can see the hatchery!


All eagle migratory paths. Most of our eagles left the Northland in August or early September, but D1 waited for October.


All eagles except D1. East Central Minnesota and western Wisconsin's Lake Country are excellent places to spot migrating eagles! You sometimes see them in great numbers on fall days when the wind is out of the north.
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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1788 on: October 15, 2021, 02:12:53 PM »

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Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species -- man -- acquired significant power to alter the nature of the world.
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LisaG1967

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1789 on: October 15, 2021, 02:36:05 PM »

Thanks, T40

STLbf

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1790 on: October 15, 2021, 02:39:07 PM »

T40, Thanks for the transmitter updates and all the added info that really helps us "see as the BEs see."

Lisa, thanks for the pine tree perch location for Mom earlier today.

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1791 on: October 15, 2021, 06:14:24 PM »

A few afternoon pics from Decorah - Cute lil visitor in N1




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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1792 on: October 16, 2021, 11:25:08 AM »

T40, thank you for the birds eye views of IA and WI.  I have always been a little disoriented when driving around Decorah.  These shots and compass orientation really help.
LISA, perfect picture of Bluffs.
BL, fox took your boot for real? LOL Can't imagine what the fox was going to do with a boot.

LisaG1967

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1793 on: October 16, 2021, 11:55:37 AM »

T40, thank you for the birds eye views of IA and WI.  I have always been a little disoriented when driving around Decorah.  These shots and compass orientation really help.
LISA, perfect picture of Bluffs.
BL, fox took your boot for real? LOL Can't imagine what the fox was going to do with a boot.

Thanks, jaspurr   :D

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1794 on: October 16, 2021, 12:54:09 PM »

From rewind this morning - Mom spent a lil time on and off M2, as it looked like she may have been trying for a fish from the hatchery, cause at one point she was feaking her beak.  She stayed for a while before flying off towards the bluff area. 






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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1795 on: October 16, 2021, 01:09:13 PM »

Mom wants to make sure that no-one  removes the Not For Sale/ Keep Out posts that BL posted. ;D ;D

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1796 on: October 16, 2021, 01:23:02 PM »

BL, fox took your boot for real? LOL Can't imagine what the fox was going to do with a boot.

Yup. I found it the next morning about 200 yards down the trail.
It was a little chewed up but still wearable. little bugger.  ;)
I think they like the salts myself, but it's not uncommon at all ..

https://www.npr.org/2021/02/28/972217816/why-foxes-love-shoes-so-much

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1797 on: October 16, 2021, 01:51:04 PM »

BL, I am glad you got your boot back.  I am learning so much from you.  Always carry bear bells when walking in the woods and don't  leave your boots outside.  You have a very interesting life. ;D ;D

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1798 on: October 17, 2021, 08:10:26 AM »

Beautiful Mom coming in for a landing on her happy place.....M2




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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1799 on: October 17, 2021, 08:14:10 AM »

Good morning Lisa, it looks like she is doing a happy dance.  Beautiful morning in Decorah.