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LisaG1967

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1155 on: May 13, 2022, 04:07:47 PM »

Thank you, T40  :-*

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1156 on: May 13, 2022, 04:14:45 PM »

RRP mentions "Louis Lefebvre's documentation of eagle intelligence." Here's a quick taste of his work:

"So for the record, the smartest bird in the world isn't your expensive parrot that has learned how to repeat your private comments at the most inopportune time. It's just the common crow.

That won't surprise bird lovers who have long marveled at the cleverness of this member of the corvidae family. There are many celebrated cases of innovativeness among crows, which are known to manufacture tools to accomplish varied tasks.

Perhaps the most famous is the Japanese carrion crow that is clearly over the top when it comes to bird IQ. These crows routinely perch at traffic intersections near a university campus in Japan and wait for a red light.

When the traffic comes to a halt, the crows fly down and place walnuts in front of the tires. The light changes, the cars move out, crushing the nuts. The crows then dine, happy to parcel out that part of the task to someone else.

Bald eagles in northern Arizona, eager to get at minnows trapped in ice-covered lakes during the lean days of winter, have learned how to crack the ice with their beaks. Then they jump up and down on the ice to force the minnows up through the cracks.

The gila woodpecker in the American Southwest and Mexico makes a wooden scoop out of tree bark to carry honey home to its young.

In Britain, there's the now-famous case of the European blue tit, which has learned how to peal off the tinfoil on milk bottles left on doorsteps and pig out on the cream. New Zealand house sparrows dine on cafeteria food by triggering a motion sensor that opens the door."
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

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1157 on: May 13, 2022, 07:40:32 PM »

Many thanks T40 and LISA.
Lots to digest and fantastice S caps.
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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1158 on: May 14, 2022, 09:12:04 AM »

Thanks for the information supply yesterday!  Birds are always amazing.

Morning finds a couple geese hanging out at N2B and at least one of the New BEs high on a limb above N1.  Chillin' on a Saturday morning.  ;)

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1159 on: May 14, 2022, 10:19:26 AM »

T40 thank you for the info about birds. I had no idea! I was wide eyed at the traffic stop bird and even wider eyed at those triggering the motion sensors and those getting the cream!!

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1160 on: May 14, 2022, 12:31:58 PM »

Geese on the skywalk, and one of the pair above N1 this morning


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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1161 on: May 15, 2022, 07:24:46 AM »

Morning pics from Decorah - Female on the Y, a stick delivery by female, male on the Y, and close up of male






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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1162 on: May 15, 2022, 08:02:47 AM »

More morning pics - Pretty clouds, Peek-a-boo behind the branch, Male eating a fish above N1, and geese pair on N2B








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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1163 on: May 15, 2022, 10:00:50 AM »

Lisa, you found some action this morning, and a beautiful sky!


The geese are using N2B as a regular stopping off place with a good view of the Retention Pond area.
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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1164 on: May 15, 2022, 10:39:36 AM »

Lisa, you found some action this morning, and a beautiful sky!

The New BE male is the one with a few dark feathers on his head, correct?  At 9:00, he was on the Y, appearing with a very full crop, probably that fish he ate on the overhead branch.

The geese are using N2B as a regular stopping off place with a good view of the Retention Pond area.

The female is the one with the very full crop.  The male was on the branch above the Y. 

This is my personal opinion from watching and observing....I think the different cams and lighting makes the eagles look the same and different at times.  The female does have some dark feathers in her head, but then other times like when they are on N1, you can't see those dark feathers, she looks totally white headed. 

I have also noticed this about the female she has like a dark ring under the bottom part of her eye.  Let me post a pic so you know what I am talking about.  I don't notice it on the male as much.



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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1165 on: May 15, 2022, 10:58:25 AM »

Male above the Y, and close-ups of the female with her huge crop






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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1166 on: May 15, 2022, 11:24:36 AM »

When I watched the female this morning (and in Lisa's picture- thank you, Lisa) I wondered about the eagle's left eye. Is it just some tiny feathers obscuring it or is there something going on with the eye?

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1167 on: May 15, 2022, 12:47:49 PM »

When I watched the female this morning (and in Lisa's picture- thank you, Lisa) I wondered about the eagle's left eye. Is it just some tiny feathers obscuring it or is there something going on with the eye?

I noticed that too.  I wondered if maybe whatever she was eating, she had to de-fur it and maybe some fur was in her eye.

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1168 on: May 15, 2022, 01:57:10 PM »

Lisa, Thanks for the helpful ID  hints!  I'll change the label on my pic.

I'm surprised that the eagles don't have more eye injuries!  They tackle live prey that has claws, teeth, scales, fins, and other sharp bits like broken bones that could scratch an eye.  They get whapped in the face by other eagle wings. Even fur can scratch or irritate the eyes. Then there are the parasites and insects like flies and gnats that bother them around the eyes.  Remember a couple of years ago when Mom (or ???) had an eye that stuck shut from some kind of gooey matter. Lasted several weeks then cleared up on its own.  I was ready to make the trip and climb the tree with a bottle of "Clear Eye" drops!  Well, in my dreams.   :o

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2022
« Reply #1169 on: May 15, 2022, 05:31:13 PM »

LISA, STLbf- many thanks for the ID info and screen captures today. These are awesome LISA.  Like others was wondering about her left eye.

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