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T40cfr403

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1305 on: July 13, 2021, 02:14:12 PM »

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Where are D27 and D36? The two appear to have opted for staycations this year, with D27 spending her time on the Upper Iowa just north of Decorah, and D36 exploring SE Minnesota.
 
D36 is currently located on the north branch of the Root River near Chatfield, MN. It winds beneath tall hills, steep ridges, and - towards the Root - tall limestone bluffs. Like Decorah, this area has everything an eagle might want: a clean, cold, shallow river teeming with fish, steep, forested slopes for shelter and thermal soaring, and upland farm country with supplemental feed lots and views that go for miles. At 10,000 feet, D36 would just be able to see Decorah from his present location.

How about D27? She turned four on April 1st and will be old enough this fall to find a mate and settle down. She might not do so right away, but her decision to stay home this year might reflect a change in her hormonal regime. Although individual eagles might vary, younger eagles often wander more than older eagles. Is D27 towards the end of her wandering years? Time will tell!

How far has each eagle traveled and is D27's staycation decision a big change? We started tracking D27 on August 9 of 2017. She has traveled about 14,027 miles since then, including three trips to northwest Ontario (2018, 2019, and 2020, when the rest of us were stuck at home). So her staycation is a real departure from her previous three summers!

We started tracking D36 on June 30 of 2020 (I remember his capture well, since it wasn't easy to work with masks on). He has traveled about 3,735 miles since then. His farthest trip north was to the Pelican Rapids, MN area, about 300 miles north of his natal nest, but he has tended to stay a little closer to home than his far-flung sister. We'll see if this remains true as he goes through his second and third years.

Thanks so much for the airmail, D36 and D27. Fly high and stay cool! A thousand thanks also to Brett Mandernack and the staff of Eagle Valley for sharing their expertise, maps, and data. If you would like to explore the travels of any of the eagles we've tracked, visit https://www.raptorresource.org/learning-tools/eagle-map/.

D36 isn't the only one wandering the Root water trail. This stunning area of Minnesota is just a little bit north of Decorah, Iowa. You can learn more about it here: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/watertrails/rootriver/index.html.


Could D36 see Decorah from 10,000 feet, which is about as high as we think bald eagles fly? This Google Earth image indicates that he could likely see the area, especially given that his eyesight is so much better than ours. You can see why he likes the area!


An overview of D27 and D36 in July of 2021.


July 13, 2021: D27's map!


July 13, 2021: D36's map!
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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1306 on: July 13, 2021, 02:36:28 PM »

 ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1307 on: July 13, 2021, 04:49:46 PM »

T40, thanks for the RRP post and maps of our traveling eagles!

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1308 on: July 13, 2021, 10:27:58 PM »

Mom with takes her fish dinner to N2B

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1309 on: July 13, 2021, 10:29:19 PM »

Mom has a little friend

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1310 on: July 14, 2021, 12:57:36 AM »

Decorah Eagles. Fishing in the pond - explore.org 07-12-2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jl-MjpJEZY&ab_channel=RosieannB

Decorah Eagles 7-13-21, Beautiful Mom on the maple, fishing, shows her catch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S7M11qkCm4

Decorah Eagles 7-13-21, Mom brings her fish to N2B, perches on the skywalk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsxIVnNMxpc
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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1311 on: July 14, 2021, 02:18:46 AM »

Tig, Tulsa, T40, Thanks for the maps of our traveling eagle friends and the pics and videos of beautiful Mom. Bring on the fledglings!

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1312 on: July 14, 2021, 06:38:04 AM »

T40 - thanks for the updates on our traveling kids

Tig - great pics of Mom
Will be in Decorah before noon and hope to see her today!

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1313 on: July 14, 2021, 06:38:19 AM »

Sorry for the blurriness on some of these

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1314 on: July 14, 2021, 06:39:03 AM »

T40 - thanks for the updates on our traveling kids

Tig - great pics of Mom
Will be in Decorah before noon and hope to see her today!

They are waiting for you! Drive safely!

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1315 on: July 14, 2021, 10:45:27 AM »

tigeag, thanks for the pics and captions.
T40, thanks for posting tulsa's videos of our beautiful Mom.
I really appreciate all the folks who post because my viewing time is so limited.
I am at ATF in spirit and can't wait to hear and see all the news of sightings.

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1316 on: July 14, 2021, 01:17:14 PM »

Decorah Eagles. Mom in the thunderstorm - explore.org 07-14-2021

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

Decorah Eagles. Mom in the thunderstorm - explore.org 07-14-2021

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

Decorah Eagles. Is that you DM2? - explore.org 07-14-2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdTK1Bzy2Xk&ab_channel=RobertEFuller
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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1317 on: July 14, 2021, 01:18:53 PM »

I am in heaven. I just pulled up at the hatchery and Mom is on M2!!!

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1318 on: July 14, 2021, 01:25:08 PM »

Lisa!!! - So happy you made it safely there --- and that Mom is your official ATF greeter!! 8)
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Re: Decorah Eagles 2021
« Reply #1319 on: July 14, 2021, 02:17:23 PM »

T40 -  Seeing Mom up there made the trip from Maryland definitely worth the while. I almost forgot to put the car in park before I got out, I was so excited!  ;D