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BrokenLug

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2024
« Reply #225 on: March 21, 2024, 05:05:37 PM »

While the N1 cam was looking down on N1FG eating duck weed on the bank of Trout Creek you can see a cool hanging birds nest. Orange circle.

I think it's a Baltimore Orioles nest ?

BTW the area will be getting some snow tonight.
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STLbf

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2024
« Reply #226 on: March 21, 2024, 09:40:44 PM »

BL, thanks for pointing out the hanging bird's nest.  Yes, Baltimore oriole.  Very Cool.  Hope the cam ops will keep a watch on that nest to see if there are chicks this summer.
Ick on the snow forecast.

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2024
« Reply #227 on: March 22, 2024, 12:25:56 PM »

Snow overnight, but not really deep.

At N2B, the nest was unattended overnight. About 7:30, N2BMG came to the nest and sat for about half an hour, then left and didn't return all morning.

At N1, both geese were on the nest overnight and all morning except for a couple brief times away. The eggs seem secure. Around 10:00 they were honking at lot. N1MG quickly covered the eggs and both parents left the nest for the pasture area for a few minutes before returning, still honking at some unknown, unseen disturbance.  They are settled down at time of posting.   Eagle sightings but no pics.

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2024
« Reply #228 on: March 22, 2024, 05:23:18 PM »

At N2B the likely female goose spent about an hour on the nest, sitting and standing, around 3:00 PM

And at N1, I think I mis-named the geese in the pics posted earlier. Sorry, I lost my magic code ring!  As of 5:00 PM, the gander (FG for Father Goose) is feeding in the creek area under the nest, and the goose (MG for Mother Goose) is incubating the eggs.

BrokenLug

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2024
« Reply #229 on: March 22, 2024, 08:11:42 PM »

A snow pillow in N1 in March on my old friend cottonwood tree.   8)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaHNUYAKDn4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0TOuVVAwQI

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LisaG1967

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2024
« Reply #230 on: March 23, 2024, 04:06:13 AM »

Egg#2 for N2BMG sometme after 6:30ishpm.

LisaG1967

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2024
« Reply #231 on: March 23, 2024, 10:56:14 AM »

HM arrived above N1 this morning with vocals, and perched for a while.  She flew over to a lower bluff tree.




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Re: Decorah Eagles 2024
« Reply #232 on: March 23, 2024, 01:50:31 PM »

Lisa, good that you caught the second egg at N2B!  Middle of the night, N2BFG covered the eggs before leaving the nest.  She has been gone since then as far as I can tell, and it's almost 2:00 in the afternoon.

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2024
« Reply #233 on: March 23, 2024, 02:02:33 PM »

At N1, the gander left about 8:00 to float in the creek and take a nap, while the goose remained on the eggs.  HM perched in branches above N1, and the geese objected as usual and the gander returned to the nest to help with honking.

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2024
« Reply #234 on: March 24, 2024, 12:46:49 PM »

At N2B, the goose was away during the night.  She returned just before the color cam turned back on, and uncovered her 2 eggs, and has been sitting on them since.  The snowy windy conditions got worse about noon.

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2024
« Reply #235 on: March 24, 2024, 01:08:51 PM »

At N1, the geese are on duty, despite the snow and wind.
A sub-adult eagle was eating a frozen something (duck?) near the pond corner, with crows on the rewind.  The sub-a flew to branches near N1 and perched for a while, causing a ruckus by the geese.
HM or HD has been perching in a favorite tree at the base of the bluffs.

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2024
« Reply #236 on: March 24, 2024, 02:44:02 PM »

Great pics, STL

Loved the sub-adult with the osprey look this morning!

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2024
« Reply #237 on: March 25, 2024, 10:51:15 AM »

Lisa, the masked sub-a is around again this morning.  Before perching on the snag, maybe one of the Maples, the Sub-A was at the fishing corner or a tree at base of the bluffs.  This whole area is kind of up for grabs by new eagles since HM & HD are nesting farther away.

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Re: Decorah Eagles 2024
« Reply #238 on: March 25, 2024, 02:19:58 PM »

STL, I took these early morning of the sub-adult perched below the bluff before heading to M2.  HM arrived a short time later above N1, vocalizing.






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Re: Decorah Eagles 2024
« Reply #239 on: March 25, 2024, 05:05:24 PM »

Great pics, Lisa.  Variety is the spice of life here at the Decorah Hatchery area, that's for sure.

The goose at N2B has laid a third egg, visible in the pics from about 10:00 this morning.  Again, the nest was left unattended during the night.  It's gonna be really interesting to see if any of these eggs hatch.  Also just before MG rose up from the eggs, an intruder goose landed in front of her.  She snapped at it and it flew away.  The gander immediately landed just behind her and they both honked warnings.
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