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Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by MaryF » Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:37 pm

HWF would like to welcome RRP's Decorah North Nest to our large family of bald eagle nests. This is year 3 for the cam but is the second season for them here on our forum. :hi:

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT THE ORIGINAL DECORAH NEST WHICH HAS IT'S OWN THREAD ON THE FORUM

Link to the cam with chat https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams ... orth-nest/

Link to the Facebook page -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/580935642071322


***All photos used in the opening posts are from "2016 DNN Tribute" - Courtesy of and Property of Raptor Resource Project -
http://www.docsplace.org/decorah-eagles ... -live-cam/

DNN   M+D DN   2   2016.jpg
-- Mom and Dad North


Decorah North’ is a very large bald eagle’s nest in a secluded valley north of Decorah. The Decorah North eagles are nesting on private property north of Decorah. Their very large nest is located in a white oak tree in a scrap of forest bordering a valley and an excellent stream is located just across a field where cattle are pastured. We don’t yet know their nesting chronology, although it appears to be somewhat later than their ‘neighbors’ in Decorah. The eagles eat live and dead fish, squirrels, other birds, rabbit, muskrat, deer, possum and anything else they can catch or find.

DNN   nest   2016.jpg
-- The Decorah North nest



A few facts about the nest ~~~

*The nest is 56 feet off the ground

*It is nine feet long at its longest point

*It is seven feet wide at its widest point

*It has a total area of 49 feet

•It is about 5.5 feet high

•The eagles began building it in 2013 so this will be their third year using the nest.

*Using the method listed here (http://goo.gl/WajKSb), The nest’s weight was roughly estimated to be roughly 1700 pounds (using 37 pounds per cubic foot for wood weight). Good thing it is located in a sturdy white oak tree!

DNN   nest area   2016.jpg
-- The nest area


A quick note from RRP: The nest is located on private property and can’t be seen from the road. We are asking everyone to respect the landowner’s privacy (and cattle) and refrain from visiting the nest in person. Thank you.
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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by MaryF » Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:37 pm

Nest History


Link to last season's thread -- http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/vi ... 216#913216


We know very little about the adults here, although they are both sexually mature bald eagles and older than five years of age

DNN   lovebirds   2016.jpg
-- The Norths---such love birds


We don't know too much about this nest as it is still fairly new. We do know that the nest we are watching now is the third nest built on this territory in seven oreight years. We don’t know whether the same pair of eagles have been here all along.

DNN   Nest and tree   6-16.jpg
-- The nest high in a white oak


The first nest (DNN0) was built in a pine tree. The branches collapsed after the second nesting season and the eagles moved to a dead elm tree. They nested there for just one year before moving to their current location, in a white oak tree, in late 2013. 2018 will mark their fifth season in the Decorah north Nest.


DNN   3 eggs   2017.jpg
3 2017 eggs with Mom and Dad making a switch
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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by MaryF » Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:38 pm

We do know a lot about the 2015/16 nesting season at this nest---the first with a cam on the nest. It was a very sad and unusual year for this pair.

DNN   another 3   2016.jpg
-- the three 2016 chicks -- how cute is the tiny one!?


A quick summary of the 2015/16 season --

2016 – DN1, DN2, DN3

3 eggs hatched.

DN3 died of cold and malnourishment on May 11. Sibling
aggression was a significant factor.

***Little DN6 passed away on April 4th at 2 days old. :cry1: See this post forum/viewtopic.php?topic=957932#957932

DN2 was killed by contaminated prey on May 25th.

DN1 survived to fledge.

DNN   only 2   2016.jpg
-- Two eaglets left in the nest


A little more detail on the 2016 season --

Nesting Record

Egg #1: 3/11/16 @ 2:29 PM CT
Egg #2: 3/14/16 @ 2:28 PM CT
Egg #3: 3/18/16 @ 8:41 AM CT

Hatch #1: 4/17/16 @ 1:19AM CT
Hatch #2: 4/19/16 @ time unknown. Shell discarded at 4:19am
Hatch #3: 4/23/16 @ 9:14AM CT


DN3 died on May 11th from a combination of lack of brooding, lack of food, and sibling aggression. Blog here: http://bit.ly/1NrEDnt

DN2 died on May 25th after consuming contaminated prey. Blog here: http://bit.ly/29Ve1d5

***Mom North became very ill from the contaminated food as well but fortunately she was able to recover and continue to raise the third and only eaglet to survive.

DN1 fledged on 7/9/16 @ 6:30AM CT.


DNN   just 1   2016.jpg
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-- Just one beautiful eaglet left to fledge
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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by MaryF » Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:38 pm

All three eggs did hatch in 2017. Unfortunately the youngest died from hypothermia at only one day old. They named him Dewy
DNN   3 chicks   2017.jpg
Huey, Lewy, and Dewy 2017

Statistics for the 2018 season ~~~

*Cam on --

*Eggs laid -- Egg#1 - Feb 25, 2018 (the only egg)
Sadly this egg somehow was broken on March16th :(

Apparent second clutch!! ~~ Egg #1 -- April 12. 2018 (3:20PM) !! Egg #2 -- April 15, 2018 :wub:

*Eggs hatched -- Egg #1 - May 18, 2018 (DN7) --- Egg #2 - May 20, 2018 (DN8)

It appears that we have lost both of our beautiful, tiny eaglets today, May 25, 2018 at the age of 7 and 5 days. :cry1:

*Eaglets named --

*Banded --

*Branching --

*Fledged --

* Last seen --


DNN   Huey+Looie   2017.jpg
The 2 remaining 2017 eaglets---both fledged
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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by Philjo56France » Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:47 pm

Good morning all, bonjour RitaR, Carole
Around 00h05
2018-03-02_07h42_11.jpg
2018-03-02_07h44_05.jpg
2018-03-02_07h43_53.jpg
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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by Philjo56France » Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:54 am

Sleeping so well at 02h45
2018-03-02_09h46_16.jpg
But just 10 min before
2018-03-02_09h48_07.jpg
then Dad arrived "let me see my Egg"
2018-03-02_09h49_24.jpg
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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by Philjo56France » Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:56 am

then
2018-03-02_09h49_41.jpg
2018-03-02_09h50_05.jpg
2018-03-02_09h50_24.jpg
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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by Philjo56France » Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:58 am

and
2018-03-02_09h50_52.jpg
2018-03-02_09h51_13.jpg
2018-03-02_09h51_36.jpg
It was around 02h25-02h30
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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by Philjo56France » Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:02 am

3h00, Dad is branched to the left
2018-03-02_10h38_29.jpg
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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by Philjo56France » Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:11 am

It's 06h08
Good morning Mom, and Dad branched far behind her
Little calls from Mom
2018-03-02_13h08_23.jpg
2018-03-02_13h08_39.jpg
2018-03-02_13h09_08.jpg
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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by Dino » Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:17 am

There are some that think this was a male intruder and not Dad North. I am hoping that is not the case. Also her second egg seems well overdue at this point. There is a you tube video of the "intruder" actually rolling the egg before Mom covers it back up. The interaction between the two plus the delayed second egg makes me wonder if this isn't Dad North.

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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by Dino » Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:17 am

Now confirmed. Male intruder last night. Showed again this morning but thank god Dad North also came in to protect his egg and Mom North. She looks so tired and really needs a long break from the nest. Also confirmed that still only one egg is in the nest. I think this means 5 days from first egg which means the egg #2 is long overdue or maybe it is just going to be a one egg clutch this year. Time will tell. Hopefully the resident Norths can keep this intruder out of the nest and their territory.

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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by elainemyrkle » Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:47 am

I don't watch this nest on a regular basis, but I did see the intruder this morning and took this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVr08EZ ... e=youtu.be
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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by Philjo56France » Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:10 pm

Good morning all, bonjour RitaR, Carole, Dino, Elaine
around 00h30
only one egg
2018-03-03_08h05_14.jpg
2018-03-03_08h05_59.jpg
Around 01h05
2018-03-03_08h04_42.jpg
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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by Philjo56France » Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:50 am

02h35
2018-03-03_09h48_38.jpg
2018-03-03_09h49_01.jpg
02h45
Sleeping well
2018-03-03_09h46_15.jpg
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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by Philjo56France » Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:57 am

04h40
Dad ? is vocalizing a little
2018-03-03_11h54_16.jpg
2018-03-03_11h54_44.jpg
04h55
2018-03-03_11h53_36.jpg
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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by Philjo56France » Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:21 am

01h20
2018-03-03_13h20_18.jpg
2018-03-03_13h20_52.jpg
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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by elainemyrkle » Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:34 am

Good Morning and Bonjour. I have a feeling everyone is busy trying to get our forum switched over, so I thought I'd take a video from this morning of this nest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YvUBEi ... e=youtu.be
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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by RitaR » Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:56 pm

Hi Philjo and Elaine. Wonderful start up of the nest Mary. Thank you.

2:54 pm Sunny at the nest but very windy.
windy at DNN 2.54 pm.JPG

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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by elainemyrkle » Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:19 pm

Oh my Rita, it sure is windy there. It kind of made me a little dizzy taking this video. :w00t:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCThmCv ... e=youtu.be
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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by Philjo56France » Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:36 pm

Good morning all, bonjour RitaR, Carole, Elaine (and thanks for the videos here and at D)
around 00h30, always windy
Just there to have a look at the egg
2018-03-04_07h31_36.jpg
2018-03-04_07h32_02.jpg
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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by Philjo56France » Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:11 am

03h02
2018-03-04_10h05_37.jpg
and 28 min before
2018-03-04_10h07_58.jpg
2018-03-04_10h08_27.jpg
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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by Philjo56France » Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:22 am

06h20, always windy
Good morning Decorah North and have a good day
2018-03-04_13h19_51.jpg
2018-03-04_13h20_23.jpg
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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by elainemyrkle » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:04 am

Good Morning and Bonjour. Just a video of this morning which includes a very nice close-up of their egg.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAEu7MS ... e=youtu.be
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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by RitaR » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:09 am

Hello Philjo and Elaine. Another windy day at the nest.
10:08 am.
Nest is rocking again.JPG

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Re: Decorah North (Iowa) - 2017/18

Post by RitaR » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:59 am

Still very windy. Always amazed at the size of this nest. It's massive!
massive nest.JPG
Such wonderful zoomers here!
Close up.JPG

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