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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2022
« Reply #1095 on: November 14, 2022, 11:42:01 AM »

Monday morning, early nest visit as usual before daylight (no pic).  DNF spent some early time in the Spit Tree. The North pair was digging and moving sticks around 11:30.  In between, cam ops provided panning views and the cattle at lunch break (cud is on the menu).

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2022
« Reply #1096 on: November 15, 2022, 09:11:33 AM »

This morning... ;D

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2022
« Reply #1097 on: November 15, 2022, 11:19:13 AM »

Lori, snowy gifs around the whole Decorah, DNN, GSB, Flyway areas.

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2022
« Reply #1098 on: November 17, 2022, 03:32:14 PM »

Still cold, windy, snowy in the North's valley, but they are back to work on the nest off and on all day, with sticks and cornstalks.  Several pics from about noon.

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2022
« Reply #1099 on: November 18, 2022, 04:32:25 PM »

About 3:00 to 3:30 this afternoon, a hawk perched in the brushy trees below the nest and toward the creek, before flying to the creek.  I believe it's a red tailed hawk.  What say you experts?

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2022
« Reply #1100 on: November 18, 2022, 04:40:19 PM »

Late afternoon is a great time for wildlife action.  This time 2 bucks meet under the nest area, and one chases the other away.  Best on the rewind about 4:30 PM.

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2022
« Reply #1101 on: November 19, 2022, 11:27:56 AM »

Very windy and cold here today. If you get carsick, don't watch the nest branch rocking in the wind!  The Norths keep working despite the weather. 

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2022
« Reply #1102 on: November 19, 2022, 03:26:29 PM »

Windier and colder this afternoon at the North's place.

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2022
« Reply #1103 on: November 20, 2022, 12:55:16 PM »

Watch a really nice buck walking under the nest just after daylight.  The Norths are working on the nest this morning.  Some nice fly-ins on the rewind, about 8:30 and again 10:30.

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2022
« Reply #1104 on: November 20, 2022, 03:29:08 PM »

Sub-adult has been perched in DN12's Tree since about 2:00 this afternoon.  Otherwise, it's quiet in the North's valley.

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2022
« Reply #1105 on: November 20, 2022, 04:26:30 PM »

Wonderful pics, STL - thank you!

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2022
« Reply #1106 on: November 21, 2022, 01:30:02 PM »

DNF and MrN each brought sticks to the nest early this morning.  Later, 10:00 or so, MrN brought a fish from the creek into the Scary Tree where DNF was perching. I believe he left it for her and went to another branch to watch her eat it.

Not long after, about 10:30, DNF was in the branches behind the nest. Find the pic on the rewind and watch her take off and land hard on a bouncy stick, breaking off the end and bringing it to the nest.  Nice video sequence.  The stick breaking is just above the RRP label on the live feed on screen.

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2022
« Reply #1107 on: November 22, 2022, 11:07:27 AM »

Noisy at DNN this morning. Early, cattle bellowing but out of sight, and later lots of crows calling but also out of sight.

DNF and MrN spent the night on a Love Branch.  MrN visited the nest briefly at daybreak, then flew off to the west, behind the nest area.  A buck walked around under the nest at about 9AM, looks familiar.

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2022
« Reply #1108 on: November 22, 2022, 03:17:51 PM »

The Norths have been perched in the Scary Tree for a couple hours.

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Re: Decorah North Eagles 2022
« Reply #1109 on: November 23, 2022, 12:16:09 PM »

From RRP's FB page:

Decorah North
November 21, 2022: Mr North goes fishing...and swimming!  - https://youtu.be/WlXJDtxlVag. I've done both at the same time, so why not? Check out Mr. North's extremely cool polar plunge at 15 seconds. He almost looks like an osprey at the very end of his dive! He wing strokes through the water and ends up on the opposite side of the stream, grasping his prey tightly before he dispatches and eats it. It's a long way across the field, but we get some cool close-ups beginning at 5:18.
Why isn't the water frozen? Spring-fed streams in Decorah have large open spots through the winter. The water comes out of the ground at about 44 degrees and flows swiftly, which prevents freezing. The cold aerated water is ideal for oxygen-loving trout and the eagles that like to eat them!
November 18, 2022: Squirrel gathering nest materials - https://youtu.be/rYS3zHI4vXQ. I thought this video was very funny. An intrepid fox squirrel gathers corn husks and stuffs them into its mouth before scrambling out of the nest!
Why is the squirrel risking an eagle's nest? Corn husks are a hot (pun intended) insulation material and the squirrel is safer in a tree than on the ground. Gathering husks from the field would require a dash of 20 or more feet across open ground - a big deal for a squirrel, especially when there isn't any place to hide! I enjoyed watching the squirrel's antics, although I'm not sure why it was running around the tree.
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