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T40cfr403

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #975 on: June 05, 2021, 06:14:54 PM »

I don't know where D1 and D27 are today, but this is where they were during June in years past.

My apologies to you, D24, for leaving you out of the post. Thinking of you and would love to hear from you again. :-*
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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #976 on: June 06, 2021, 04:18:24 AM »

I'm with you T40.

I haven't a clue where the presently Decorah tracked eagles presently are.

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #977 on: June 06, 2021, 12:12:37 PM »

T40, thanks for treating me to the sound of eagles again. I made it through this season thanks to the SWFL cam, which is now closed.
Lisa, I always laugh when I see GBH's in trees, and this was a gang of them. You have very sharp eyes for spotting eagles in trees and amazing tech skills.
iverburl, do they really nest in trees, or are you pulling my talon? I just assumed that they nested in marshland.

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #978 on: June 06, 2021, 12:50:40 PM »

Lil - There are lots of GBH where I live, but I don’t see too many in the trees, mainly along the water line.  It’s been a nice treat from the cam ops to see the GBHs.


T40 -  I would love to see how D36 is making out and where they are now.

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #979 on: June 06, 2021, 01:03:20 PM »

T40, thanks for treating me to the sound of eagles again. I made it through this season thanks to the SWFL cam, which is now closed.
Lisa, I always laugh when I see GBH's in trees, and this was a gang of them. You have very sharp eyes for spotting eagles in trees and amazing tech skills.
iverburl, do they really nest in trees, or are you pulling my talon? I just assumed that they nested in marshland.
Absolutely. They nest in groups called rookeries, dozens of treetop nests near each other. Often on islands or other isolated locations. They travel as far as twenty miles from the rookery to feed. I was surprised when I learned this until I recalled European storks, a similar species. They nest on chimneys and rooftops, hence the folk tale that they deliver babies because they seem to be waiting on the housetop for some reason.
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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #980 on: June 06, 2021, 01:14:50 PM »

From RRP's FB page: (Don't miss Robin's pix!)

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5-27-21~5-3 -21 Day Trip Weekend to Decorah

Story and photos by Robin Brumm.

I spent Memorial weekend with the Decorah eagles. Since it was a multi-day trip, I will spare you a 3-page report, and just tell you a few of my favorite things.
On the first day I was there, I was sitting talking to Mom and the eaglets, because what else is there to do??!!  Too bad they couldn’t hear me since I was so far away! As I was watching, Mom jumped up, spread her wings, and flew off the nest.  She flew right toward me!  I held my breath as she flew over!  I felt like I could reach up and touch her, but I am sure she was much higher than it seemed.  After she flew over, I realized I was still holding my breath!  Mom circled around the nest area for quite a while until she circled up so high I could no longer see her. 
When I was watching the nest, there was usually one or both parents perched nearby.  I think I saw DM2 more last weekend than I have the last 2 1/2 years. DM2 was often perched on nearby trees for several hours of the day and would occasionally bring in a fish or prey. He would go on fly abouts when Mom came back to the nest, but would show up a while later and perch in a  nearby tree.  He seems like such a devoted and nurturing partner and parent. Mom is often at the hatchery in the morning and evenings and will bring fish back to the nest.  She sat in the nest with the eaglets during one of the afternoons I was there… and yes, she got bonked several times in the head by some wings, so I’m pretty sure that is why the parents spend more time perched in the nearby trees, lol.
The eaglets were very active while I was there.  It was rare that all three were laying down at the same time. At least one or two were usually standing up. There was lots of wingercising and when 2, or all 3 of them wingercise, it looks like a nest full of wings! I did see one get a little bit of air, but not even close to hovering yet.  I had to smile when one of the eaglets was hopping and wingercising, and hop-squashed a sibling.  That sibling got up and some beaking occurred, lol. Just like in years past when we would watch the camera, there seems to be one eaglet that often is the one standing, and there is one that is often laying down. The third one does a little bit of both.  I do miss watching them up close on cam and seeing their personalities develop throughout the season.
I think my most favorite thing was seeing Mom at the hatchery.  I always love being able to see Mom on the maple at the hatchery, and while I was there, I was lucky enough to see her on the maple a couple of times.  Brian, from the hatchery, said that she is there most mornings and evenings. One time while I was watching, she flew off the maple to the raceways. She tried to grab a fish but missed it and landed on the ground.  She was looking around, was watching the fish in the pond, and walked right into the large pond. A minute or two later, she walked back out and then went in again. She came out, stood on the edge of the pond, flew over it, and snatched a fish. She flew over to the N1 tree and stayed for a few minutes before flying off.
It was a really nice weekend to watch the eagles.  The weather was perfect and I got to see the whole Decorah family.  I’m hoping the next time I go back I will see more flapping and hopping, and maybe a hover! 
RRP appreciates Robin's generosity in sharing her photos and reminds you they are copyrighted and may not be downloaded without her express written consent.
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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #981 on: June 06, 2021, 01:40:54 PM »

You want more eagle vocals? "Roseiann B" has 'em for ya. Thanks, Rose!

Decorah Eagles. Eaglevocals in the morning - explore.org 06-05-2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irEWgnVmDBA
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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #982 on: June 06, 2021, 01:52:05 PM »

You want more eagle vocals? "Roseiann B" has 'em for ya. Thanks, Rose!

Decorah Eagles. Eaglevocals in the morning - explore.org 06-05-2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irEWgnVmDBA

Thanks for bringing, Rosieann's video here! 

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #983 on: June 06, 2021, 09:22:27 PM »

Herons will purposely locate their rookeries near eagle nests.  They've documented cases where the eagles nested first and the herons chose to nest near them.  They've also documented eagles moving to a new nest and then herons following.
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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #984 on: June 06, 2021, 10:20:42 PM »

Very cool info, Ginger.
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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #985 on: June 07, 2021, 04:40:38 AM »

Herons will purposely locate their rookeries near eagle nests.  They've documented cases where the eagles nested first and the herons chose to nest near them.  They've also documented eagles moving to a new nest and then herons following.

Very interesting, Ginger

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #986 on: June 07, 2021, 10:53:59 AM »

T40, thanks for posting Robin's great report!  It was reassuring to read about the eaglets' progress and brought back many wonderful memories of past viewing.
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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #987 on: June 07, 2021, 11:03:53 AM »

Mom at the Maple this morning for a lil bit before flying off and heading back towards N3




And, the beautiful GBH's in the treetops this morning

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #988 on: June 07, 2021, 11:59:30 AM »

Cover boy!! :-* :-*

From SOAR's FB page:

SOAR - Saving Our Avian Resources
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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #989 on: June 07, 2021, 12:03:40 PM »

From SOAR's FB page:

The Des Moines Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, Inc.
June 5 at 5:38PM

A big thank you to everyone who came out to CarpFEST today at Gray's Lake, to all the Ikes volunteers and Des Moines Park and Rec for keeping the wheels on the bus! We had nearly 70 fisher folk in attendance! David Cretors got the longest fish at 31.5", and Savanna Judson from SOAR picked up nearly 100 lbs. of fish to feed hungry raptors! Thanks to all!



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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.
― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring