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    It has been a while. I got a Facebook post from Raptor Resource Project today so thought I would share it.

    Happy Fri-yay, everyone! We'll keep the news short and sweet: today Decorah eaglets D34 and D35 turn 33 days old and D36 turns 30 days old, and DN12 at the North nest turns 38 days old - about halfway through an eaglet's 75 to 80 day nest life! We had our first peregrine falcon hatch at Great Spirit Bluff last night, with possibly more to come, and we also have falcon hatchlings at Dairyland Power Genoa and MPL Hibbard. Thank you for watching, sharing, learning, and especially for caring! We wish you hope, health, and sweet eagle and falcon dreams.
    Decorah Eagles
    May 8, 2020: Eaglet closeups - YouTube. For everyone who can't get enough of our great gangly grey tweeneagles, we have a cuddle puddle with flxing yellow clown clompers, taupe talons, emerging feather cloaks, disappearing dandelion puffs, and sleepy eaglets. I especially enjoyed a look at all four feather types we see here: white natal down wigs and mohawks, grey thermal down, rapidly emerging juvenile pinfeathers and covert cloaks, and Mom's beautiful adult plumage.
    May 8, 2020: D34 shows off wings, DM2 brings sucker fish - YouTube. The wingercizing action starts at 1:20 as D34 feels the wind before doing a little preening! Check 3:15 to see it sitting up next to Mom, who is sporting a little beak bling! Mom puts the teakettle on at 5:05 as DM2 brings in a little fish for early tea. Wondering where the love went? We have a blog about that!…/what-is-up-with-our-eagle…/.
    May 7, 2020: Mom brings fish - YouTube. I love this video! We're at the point of down emergence where it is easy to tell the eaglets apart and everyone is doing things a little differently! D35 is working on its silly walks (all joking aside, D35 is moving well on its feet). D34 and D36 are serious about lunch behind the new grass picket fence. We get some nice close-ups of the triple threat at 6:46 as everyone finally gets in the mood for lunch! Note that D35 sneaks in for a little self-snacking at 11:20 while D36 and D34 focus on Mom.
    May 6, 2020: D35 and D36 try to self feed - YouTube. The video opens with a nice look at the eaglets. At two minutes, D35 makes a pretty credible attempt to self-feed, grasping a fish in its talons. Unfortunately, D35 starts with the tail - not a very easy place to break into the fish! D36 watches closely and eventually moves in on it. When D35 doesn't want to share, D36 finds its own fish. Hmmm - how do eat this thing? D36 makes a pretty good run at the gill at 8:00 minutes, but can't figure it out either. Breakfish in bed doesn't work so well when Mom isn't feeding you! Mom finally moves in to give everyone an unzipping lesson and a little fish!
    May 5, 2020: Mom brings in a huge branch - Magnificent Mom is a lumberjill! She brings in a very large branch, finagles it around the eagles, and works it into place. Bringing in play perches or raising the cribrails for the every-more-mobile eaglets? This large stick - which appears to be freshly broken off! - could do either one. If you enjoy her lumberjacking, she appear to be serious about raising those rails. Here is another video from May 7, 2020:
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    May 7, 2020: pin feathers tail feathers and a fish for dinner - Beautiful views of pin feathers, tailfeathers, and DN12's covert cloak! I love seeing all the different textures, shapes, and feathers as the eaglets grow and change!
    May 6th, 2020: Intruder alert! Mr. North and DNF warn an intruder away from the nest. Look for a quick flyby at about 1:33.
    May 6, 2020: DN12 grabs the fish that Mr. North brought - It's tug-o-fish between Mr. North and DN12 as DN12 lunges in for the steal! Mr. North was planning on feeding his eaglet and takes the fish back. He can't feed fast enough for DN12, who doesn't seem to feel sated unless it has a softball-sized crop or better!
    May 5, 2020: DN12 wingercizing - Holy cow - look at DN12! Wingercizing has gone from silly to serious as DN12 steps up on its feet and flaps its wings with everything it has! Compare its size with that of Mr. North. While we are seeing a little positioning bias - DN12 is closer to the camera and so looks larger - the similarity in size is still astounding!
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    We posted these videos separately, but the hatch was so exciting that I thought I would include them in the round-up as well! We also have hatchling falcons at Daiyland Power Genoa and MPL Hibbard!
    May 8, 2020: 1st Feeding - Like peaglets, little falcons are always hungry! Hatchlings require small meals multiple times per day to support their growth rates. This little falcon will reach roughly adult size and weight just 24-25 days from today!
    May 8, 2020: Newman 1st look at eyass - It's a shift change! Newman takes over from Nova as she leaves the nest box to stretch her wings. If you watch this video, you'll see that she moves out very slowly and he moves in the same way, holding his feet loosely to prevent damage to eggs or hatchlings. This is a great example of two unconcerned peregrine parents handing off brooding duty - and a good example of instinct or a fixed-action pattern! Nova, a first time parent as far as we know, still moves slowly and carefully around her eggs and young.
    May 8, 2020: First eyass of the season! Our first brief glimpse of the first hatchling. I went back over our records and was fascinated to see that Michelle's first hatches tended to happen during the day. We'll see what time egg #2 hatches!
    May 7, 2020: Newman incubating late at night: 'Egg talking' starts at 1:42 in the video below, although you might need to turn up the volume to hear it. Ethologically, egg-talk could be described as a fixed action pattern: an instinctive behavioral sequence that is highly stereotyped and species-characteristic. Putting it in modern terms, wouldn’t you vibe back at a voice you vibed with?

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    Re: Eaglecam

    Raptor Resource Project Facebook and

    5-27-21~5-31-21 Day Trip Weekend to Decorah
    Story and photos by Robin Brumm.

    I spent Memorial weekend with the Decorah eagles. Since it was a multi-day trip, I will spare you a 3-page report, and just tell you a few of my favorite things.

    On the first day I was there, I was sitting talking to Mom and the eaglets, because what else is there to do??!! Too bad they couldn’t hear me since I was so far away! As I was watching, Mom jumped up, spread her wings, and flew off the nest. She flew right toward me! I held my breath as she flew over! I felt like I could reach up and touch her, but I am sure she was much higher than it seemed. After she flew over, I realized I was still holding my breath! Mom circled around the nest area for quite a while until she circled up so high I could no longer see her.

    When I was watching the nest, there was usually one or both parents perched nearby. I think I saw DM2 more last weekend than I have the last 2 1/2 years. DM2 was often perched on nearby trees for several hours of the day and would occasionally bring in a fish or prey. He would go on fly abouts when Mom came back to the nest, but would show up a while later and perch in a nearby tree. He seems like such a devoted and nurturing partner and parent. Mom is often at the hatchery in the morning and evenings and will bring fish back to the nest. She sat in the nest with the eaglets during one of the afternoons I was there… and yes, she got bonked several times in the head by some wings, so I’m pretty sure that is why the parents spend more time perched in the nearby trees, lol.

    The eaglets were very active while I was there. It was rare that all three were laying down at the same time. At least one or two were usually standing up. There was lots of wingercising and when 2, or all 3 of them wingercise, it looks like a nest full of wings! I did see one get a little bit of air, but not even close to hovering yet. I had to smile when one of the eaglets was hopping and wingercising, and hop-squashed a sibling. That sibling got up and some beaking occurred, lol. Just like in years past when we would watch the camera, there seems to be one eaglet that often is the one standing, and there is one that is often laying down. The third one does a little bit of both. I do miss watching them up close on cam and seeing their personalities develop throughout the season.

    I think my most favorite thing was seeing Mom at the hatchery. I always love being able to see Mom on the maple at the hatchery, and while I was there, I was lucky enough to see her on the maple a couple of times. Brian, from the hatchery, said that she is there most mornings and evenings. One time while I was watching, she flew off the maple to the raceways. She tried to grab a fish but missed it and landed on the ground. She was looking around, was watching the fish in the pond, and walked right into the large pond. A minute or two later, she walked back out and then went in again. She came out, stood on the edge of the pond, flew over it, and snatched a fish. She flew over to the N1 tree and stayed for a few minutes before flying off.

    It was a really nice weekend to watch the eagles. The weather was perfect and I got to see the whole Decorah family. I’m hoping the next time I go back I will see more flapping and hopping, and maybe a hover!

    RRP appreciates Robin's generosity in sharing her photos and reminds you they are copyrighted and may not be downloaded without her express written consent.

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    Re: Eaglecam

    They must be getting to that age when the flea infestation becomes pretty intense. I think that's the main reason they leave the nest is the fleas. From previous years I remember the "wingercizing" as you call it. Hop hop hop, flap flap flap, levitate just a little, thump momma in the head a couple times. And lots of scratching.

    They truly are beautiful. Thanks for sharing. =^..^=
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