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Decorah Iowa 2018-2019

Post by IrishEyes » Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:43 pm

I am opening this nest thread for Judy B.. and Judy will add to it later ! :)
[Thanks, Bev! ~JudyB]

Welcome to the Decorah, Iowa bald eagle cam's 2018/19 season! HWF would like to thank the RRP/Raptor Resource Project for bringing us this extraordinary look into the life of this pair of bald eagles.

Link to the Cam -- https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/decorah-eagles/

Alternate Link via Explore.org -- https://explore.org/livecams/bald-eagles/decorah-eagles

RRP blog -- http://raptorresource.blogspot.com/

Facebook page -- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Raptor-R ... 6266324668

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The nest is in the central time zone.

The Decorah Bald Eagle cam was set up and is maintained by the Raptor Resource Project, a non-profit organization for the preservation of falcons, eagles, ospreys, hawks, and owls. The cam first went live in 2008 for the 2009 nesting season, and is viewable 24/7 during the nesting season with the help of an infra-red camera. The exact location of the nest is not given out to protect the eagles but it is located near a fish hatchery providing this family with an almost unlimited source for fish although we see many different types of prey come in to the nest to feed the eaglets. This is one of the most productive eagle nests - they've laid three eggs each year since we started watching in 2009, and in all but one year, all three hatched and fledged (two eggs hatched in 2016 and both those chicks fledged).

We will be seeing something different this year - Dad Decorah disappeared last April during a bad storm, when the chicks were less than 3 weeks old - and Mom was courted by a new male, who helped guard the territory while she was focused on successfully raising her three chicks. We suspect that male will return this fall, and with luck we will get to see them working on the nest and becoming a bonded pair - and it will be interesting to see how that all works out. Please post your observations - different perspectives help us learn so much more! Note - the male who was with Mom last summer was initially being called UME for Unknown Male Eagle, and later was named DM, for Decorah Male.

2018-2019 Nesting Season:


Work in progress !

Link to last year's thread for this nest - viewtopic.php?f=112&t=161
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Re: Decorah Iowa 2018-2019

Post by JudyB » Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:46 pm

History

Please see the History post in our 2018 thread for the story through 2017. The only real update is that D27, one of the 2017 eaglets who was caught after fledging and fitted with a transmitter in August 2017, is still exploring and transmitting as of October 2018 when I'm typing this (map here - you may need to click Submit for the most recent data). It is interesting to see where she's been exploring.

2018 was a year of changes, and a testament to what a strong and determined eagle Mom Decorah is. There was a bad snowstorm coming on April 18, and were on the nest together feeding the chicks in the morning before the snow started. As the snow started piling up around the nest, Mom kept the chicks warm and dry (little D31 was just 2 weeks old); Dad was perched nearby, keeping watch, as it began to get dark, and came to the nest to give Mom a break. The sun was out the morning of the 19th, and Mom fed the chicks what looked like an at least partly frozen fish from the pantry. Mom was away from the nest briefly from time to time, and was feeding the chicks regularly. We didn't see Dad (though it was hard to tell who was who with some of the brief visits), and Mom was calling from time to time without a response. On April 20 the Raptor Resource Project confirmed that Dad appeared to be missing, and that they had people on the ground looking for him, in case he was injured. The snow melted quickly, and Mom was able to spend some time perched above the nest, taking a break. Another male eagle was seen in the area; there is no way to know if he was involved in Dad's disappearance, but he did not seem to pose a threat to the eaglets.

to be continued (note to self - I'm up to page 24 - viewtopic.php?f=112&t=161&start=690#p37639 - in my review of last year's activity)

Note: I hope to be back soon to finish the history. The brief summary is that Mom did a fantastic job raising her three chicks, and they all fledged successfully; she was helped by being very near a fish hatchery, which meant she could bring back food for her growing family very fast, reducing the risks little chicks face when left alone. Once the chicks were bigger, I believe she did spend some time sitting with the new male, but need to continue my review to find out when that happened.
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Post by IrishEyes » Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:46 pm

A quick summary of the adults at this nest, with thanks to the Raptor Resource Project; there's a lot more information in their blog of January 6, 2019.

We first began watching Mom and Dad Decorah in 2009, but the nest had been observed before that, and Mom Decorah joined Dad in the fall of 2007, when she was appeared to be 4-1/2 years old; that would mean she hatched in 2003, and will be 16 this spring - in the prime of eagle life.

Dad was last seen on April 19, 2018

UME1/DM showed up soon after that, and was there until early July

DM-1 replaced DM in early July, but the change wasn't immediately obvious because the interactions with Mom were similar and the eagles weren't being seen as much as during the active nesting season; he was in the area until mid September.

UME-2/DM2 replaced DM-1 in mid-September; we don't know what happened to DM-1 (or to DM, for that matter); DM2 has become an active partner with Mom as they prepare for the 2019 nesting season, and we are hoping the pair will raise their first chicks this year.
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Post by IrishEyes » Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:01 am

SATURDAY , OCTOBER 6, 2018

Good Morning Decorah Eagles and all who watch this nest.... looking forward to seeing Mom and her new mate ?DM! :D

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Announcing: our Decorah and Decorah North cam-on dates! We will be turning both cameras on this Saturday, October 6, at 12:00PM/Noon CDT. We invite everyone to join and watch with us as Mom and DM and Mr. and Mrs. North let us in on their plans for 2019!
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Re: Decorah Iowa 2018-2019

Post by IrishEyes » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:05 am

Hi Again.. :woohoo:


Hay Day ... We are live.. Cloudy and All is quiet except for the wind
12:01pm
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12:07pm
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Post by Philjo56France » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:05 am

Good Morning all, bonjour Decorah !
and re-bonjour Bev
Rainy nest for the live at 12h04
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Post by IrishEyes » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:11 am

Bonjour Philjo


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Nest is looking great
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Re: Decorah Iowa 2018-2019

Post by IrishEyes » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:28 am

12:27pm
One last peek for now

No one home
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2:23pm
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Post by Kitcat11848 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:34 pm

Bonjour Philjo and hi Bev and everyone watching thie nest. So glad the cams are streaming. Hope we’ll see Mom and Dad here soon.
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Post by IrishEyes » Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:07 pm

Hi Mariann.... sorry i was out for a while !
7:03pm
Dark at the empty nest
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I checked the DVR as back I could go and the Mom and or DM were a no show today or any other eagles as far as I know .. :luck: for tomorrow !

Goodnight Decorah Eagles, Philjo, Marianne and all who watch this nest ! :grhug:
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Post by Philjo56France » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:43 pm

Good Morning all, bonjour Bev, Marianne, ..
00h30 empty nest
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Post by IrishEyes » Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:46 am

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2018

Good Morning everyone, bonjour Philjo , Marianne !

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5:46a
Light rain .. Dark and quiet at the empty nest
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Re: Decorah Iowa 2018-2019

Post by IrishEyes » Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:08 am

9:06am
Raining at the empty nest
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I checked the DVR and there were no eagles seen on the nest!
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Post by Philjo56France » Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:16 am

10h15
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Post by IrishEyes » Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:19 am

11:18am
Cam is still on the same view as Philjo posted
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Post by IrishEyes » Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:26 pm

3:26pm
No sign of the eagles so far today
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Post by Ferenz » Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:35 pm

A beautiful juvie was here... :grlol;

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Post by IrishEyes » Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:16 pm

WOW! Great catch Ferenz.. :thumlft: thank you so much !

6:17pm

Windy , raining and no eagles in view
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Post by IrishEyes » Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:42 pm

7:40pm
Cam is pulled in for the night ..It is dark, raining and quiet except for the sound of the wind
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Goodnight Philjo , Ferenz and all who watch this nest! :grhug:

Edited Oct,8 .. to remove s'cap... I accidentally posted the one the DNN :oops2:
Thanks Philjo I posted the right s'cap.. thankful it was in the trash and i was able to retrieve it !
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Post by Philjo56France » Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:16 pm

Good morning all, Bonjour Bev, Ferenz
a visitor (beautiful juvie) here like at Decorah North, good, we are not alone !
i didn't notice that Decorah nest and Decorah North nest were so similar before your last post :mihihi:
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And keep that for you, the Mouse Family is still there, (yesterday night, tonight) even if i was enable to catch them on a pic (too quick)...
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Post by IrishEyes » Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:42 am

MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2018


HAPPY THANKSGIVING CANADA!

Good Morning Deborah Eagles and everyone , bonjour Philjo , Ferenz.

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4:35am
Dark and quiet at the empty nest
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I remember the mouse from last season :mihihi:
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Post by IrishEyes » Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:26 am

12:22pm
Nest is empty
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From Cam chat
Decorah Eagles 10-7-18 Tour of the area - YouTube
DECORAH EAGLES 10/7/2018 5:03 PM CDT A VISITOR WAS ON THE Y BRANCH - YouTube
DECORAH EAGLES 10/7/2018 5:03 PM CDT A VISITOR WAS ON THE Y BRANCH - YouTube

https://youtu.be/F2_LU_sDMCw https://youtu.be/usT4aobfHMg
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