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LisaG1967

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2021
« Reply #2175 on: October 17, 2021, 05:01:31 PM »

Two does crossed the pasture from the nest area to the creek at about 6:30, just after daybreak.  Good closeup views of a beautiful buck also, I think 9-point.

The pasture looks frosty at daybreak. Probably just heavy dew; don't believe it's cold enough there for frost yet.

STL -- I think it was frost.  I didn't think it was cold enough either but when I googled I found this on a news site:  "Typically, air temperatures are measured 5-10 feet off of the ground in shady areas. During the morning hours, frost can begin to form with temperatures as warm as 37 degrees. If it's 37 degrees at 5-10 feet above ground, it is almost always colder down at ground-level. That can cause frost to form car windows, grass, and slightly-elevated surfaces that have dipped to the 32-degree mark."  Low-lying areas get frost first and DNN is in a valley.  My local news station mentioned the other day that the average first frost date for this area is Sept. 29, so it's past time for a first frost here.

Lisa -- Nice pics of the coyote.  Apparently it's hunting bugs, probably grasshoppers.

Thanks, Ginger, that was one beautiful coyote.  Looked very healthy. 

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2021
« Reply #2176 on: October 17, 2021, 05:09:18 PM »

Ginger, thanks for the weather lesson!

Lisa & Ginger, yes a beautiful coyote, so round that I wondered if it could be a pregnant female, or just very well fed.  Probably well-fed, as they mate late winter and have pups in the spring.  Coyotes are pretty shy, so kind of surprising to see it out in the open for several hours in the afternoon. Even the cattle didn't really scare it off. Those grasshoppers must be really yummy!

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2021
« Reply #2177 on: October 18, 2021, 08:08:51 AM »

STL

You wanted Mr's eye from this year?

Here you go from this morning
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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2021
« Reply #2178 on: October 18, 2021, 08:44:36 AM »

This sub was watching Mr.
Mr came to the nest with a nice trout breakfish

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2021
« Reply #2179 on: October 18, 2021, 08:47:26 AM »

The best SS I could get of DNF

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2021
« Reply #2180 on: October 18, 2021, 09:17:55 AM »

A juvie tried to land on the nest, Mr said I don't think  so.

LisaG1967

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2021
« Reply #2181 on: October 18, 2021, 09:32:05 AM »

A juvie tried to land on the nest, Mr said I don't think  so.

kizzy - Great pics!

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2021
« Reply #2182 on: October 18, 2021, 12:10:54 PM »

Recently the National Eagle Center had a Facebook post where they discussed what they called "false trigger" time which is when "the shortening days mirror the lengthening days of mid-winter and that can result in a brief period of nest-site activity."   Read the post here:  https://www.facebook.com/TheNationalEagleCenter/posts/10159383568418609

Amy with RRP had some similar thoughts in 2020.  If I understand what she wrote, she makes the case that both the decreasing daylight length and the increasing rate of  change of the length may be factors that contribute to the eagles doing nest work at this time of year.  Amy's post:  https://www.raptorresource.org/2020/10/20/getting-ready-fall-nestorations/

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2021
« Reply #2183 on: October 18, 2021, 12:29:27 PM »

Ginger, thanks for the nest activity note related to length of daylight changing.

Kizzy, great closeup screenshots from earlier this morning. Will help us all to recognize DNF and MrN.

Special thanks to the cam ops who must know what we are looking for in closeups!

Several from me, too. Rewind found MrN landing with the fish, but  I missed the sub-a trying to land on the nest, so thanks to Kizzy for catching those shots. 

MrN's eyes have lots of specks. DNF's eyes are much clearer yellow.

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2021
« Reply #2184 on: October 18, 2021, 12:33:24 PM »

Rewind to about 9:00 for DNF visiting the nest & picking at leftovers from MrN's fish.

You can see how yellow and clear DNF's eyes are even from a distance. Didn't catch any real closeup views of DNF's eyes and beak on this visit. There will be a next time!

LisaG1967

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2021
« Reply #2185 on: October 18, 2021, 01:11:59 PM »

STL - Wonderful pics!

Ginger - Thanks for the link to Amy's post.  :)

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2021
« Reply #2186 on: October 18, 2021, 03:11:41 PM »

Here's a video by Lizzy G Eaglespirit of Mr. North's nest visit this morning.  At 10:25 in the video you'll see the subadult/juvie fly in from the left and land on the nest and Mr. North chase it off.  It happens very quickly.  Also, the video skips at the point where the sub is almost at the nest because suddenly it's landed.  It also skips when Mr. flies off.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZFSr4Ee8fQ

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2021
« Reply #2187 on: October 18, 2021, 05:12:52 PM »

Ginger, thanks for the link to Lizzy Eaglespirit's video of the Sub-A landing!  Somebirdie had the hiccups when it happened.

Rewind to about 3PM, just after the awesome 360-degree pan from Love Branches around to the right and back again. Way in the distance at the creek trees is a mystery bird.  In the far view just below the yellow arrow, it's the teensy white dot.  Closer up looks like it could be a hawk, maybe juvenile red tail.  What do you think?  The cattle scared it away.

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2021
« Reply #2188 on: October 18, 2021, 05:25:58 PM »

Here's a video by Lizzy G Eaglespirit of Mr. North's nest visit this morning.  At 10:25 in the video you'll see the subadult/juvie fly in from the left and land on the nest and Mr. North chase it off.  It happens very quickly.  Also, the video skips at the point where the sub is almost at the nest because suddenly it's landed.  It also skips when Mr. flies off.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZFSr4Ee8fQ


Thanks for the video, Ginger!

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2021
« Reply #2189 on: October 18, 2021, 06:23:49 PM »

Here's a video by Lizzy G Eaglespirit of Mr. North's nest visit this morning.  At 10:25 in the video you'll see the subadult/juvie fly in from the left and land on the nest and Mr. North chase it off.  It happens very quickly.  Also, the video skips at the point where the sub is almost at the nest because suddenly it's landed.  It also skips when Mr. flies off.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZFSr4Ee8fQ

It was a juvie not a sub. Both head and tail are fully dark brown/ black