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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1125 on: May 10, 2022, 03:37:28 PM »

Awesome sunrise screen capture from N1 this AM LisaG & Cam ops !   :)

 LISA / Cam Ops        Me too!  ;)
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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1126 on: May 10, 2022, 03:49:10 PM »

Maybe the unhatched egg has turned to stone and become a fixture of N2B.   ::)

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1127 on: May 10, 2022, 05:14:52 PM »

STL - Interesting question about whether or not D27 has settled down. D27 turned 5 years old this year. I've never seen a tracking map of a nesting eagle, but it might look like the one I attached below. Or the map might indicate somebirdy just thinking of settling down in the area. ::)  I tend to think the map shows D27 likes the area and is getting comfortable with the 'hood. But I'm not sure if a nesting eagle would take so many small trips away from a nest, unless that's where the food is. Her track doesn't exactly look like she was anchored anywhere in particular for very long. I dunno... ;)
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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1128 on: May 10, 2022, 08:05:19 PM »

Morning pics from Decorah







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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1129 on: May 11, 2022, 12:21:07 AM »

From RRP's FB page:

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Where are D27 and D36? They are still sending postcards from their wintering grounds in Iowa - although we're curious to see what D27 decides to do this year! Last year, she left Decorah quite abruptly on July 16 for her summering grounds. How abruptly? She arrived at in NW Ontario on July 27: a flight of 633 miles in just 11 days! But she's staying more or less put right now. We'll see if and when that changes. Brett wrote: "D27 continues to meander nine to 19 miles north of the hatchery, slipping over the MN border on May 4, but returning to IA on May 6." D27 turned five years old on April 1st, which means she is old enough to start nesting if she decides to settle down.

Little half-brother D36 - part of DM2's second clutch with Mom - is sticking tight to the West Fork of the Cedar River, northwest of Cedar Falls and not too far from the Big Marsh Wildlife Management Area. As we've seen so many times, he is sheltering along low rolling hills that rise maybe 100 to 200 feet above the West Fork. The West Fork is well-stocked with fish, the rolling hills give cover and lift, and upland farms and confined feedlot operations offer easy food alternatives if fish aren't biting - or being bitten!

Stay well, fly high, and please remember to write. We've got our fingers and talons crossed for both of you! As always, a thousand thanks to Brett Mandernack and the staff of Eagle Valley for sharing their maps, data, and knowledge with us. If you'd like to follow the travels of any of the bald eagles we've tracked, visit our interactive maps at https://www.raptorresource.org/learning-tools/eagle-map/.


D27's Map! She turned five years old, so will she settle down this year? Back when bald eagles were rarer, they were a little more likely to begin nesting as soon as they reached sexual maturity. But would-be-nesters face stiff competition from older, more experienced adults, which can delay onset of nesting even in sexual mature eagles. We'll see what happens!


D27's postcard! She's meandering just northwest of Decorah right now, flying in big, slow circles between Decorah and Harmony, roughly 17 miles away as the eagle flies. You can see Decorah at top left.


D36's Map! We're looking forward to seeing his migration route and summer grounds.


D36's map, northwest of Cedar Falls. Note the similarities between the two landscapes, although this area is flatter and more heavily farmed.


I got curious about the Big Marsh. It's a large wildlife management area in a heavily farmed landscape, which means it is one of the few places left with adequate habitat for species that need more than corn and shelter belts. Unsurprisingly, it is an eBird hotspot! https://ebird.org/hotspot/L591259. Photo by Bonfire Photography in Bristow, Iowa.
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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1130 on: May 11, 2022, 12:52:59 AM »

Yeah that looks about right for D36 .. https://mapper.acme.com/?ll=42.68042,-92.81301&z=13&t=U

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1131 on: May 11, 2022, 06:37:47 AM »

T40-many thanks for all the info.  I shared your post in the Beakroom with the Beakers. Hope you don't mind
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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1132 on: May 11, 2022, 08:45:06 AM »

Thanks, Ruby  :)

T40 - Thanks for bring the post over on our traveling D's.

Phyl - Thanks for sharing.  :)

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1133 on: May 11, 2022, 12:22:26 PM »

Cam ops have a great weather day for Decorah, foggy early, now warm enough for eagles to perch with extended wings.  And a goose is occupying the Skywalk, maybe a nice breeze up there.

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1134 on: May 11, 2022, 12:26:13 PM »

A few morning pics from Decorah - Male, Female, and a view of the male from two different cams?






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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1135 on: May 11, 2022, 01:25:27 PM »

LISA- Awwwww. Luv these.  Thankls.
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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1136 on: May 11, 2022, 01:39:36 PM »

Cam ops have a great weather day for Decorah, foggy early, now warm enough for eagles to perch with extended wings.  And a goose is occupying the Skywalk, maybe a nice breeze up there.

Great pics, STL  :D

I have been loving the foggy morning look on the cams at Decorah.

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1137 on: May 11, 2022, 01:40:02 PM »

LISA- Awwwww. Luv these.  Thankls.

Thanks, Phyl  :)

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1138 on: May 12, 2022, 09:52:43 AM »

Morning pics from Decorah - Morning sky, goose in N1, and the handsome male






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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1139 on: May 12, 2022, 10:33:32 AM »

LISA these are just great! Esp the  handsome 'fella'.
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