[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
https://www.facebook.com/SOAR-Saving-Ou ... 164528389/
https://www.theweathernetwork.com/us/we ... wa/decorah
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:
- cam on: October 6
- adults seen at nest: Mom on cam but not on nest, October 8; male originally thought to be DM but actually a new male being called UME-2, October 15; Mom and UME-2, October 24
- new male named: DM2, January 6
(RRP blog with more info)
- eggs laid: Feb.22.. Mom spends night on the nest
Egg#1 10:32pm Video with thanks to 'eaglewhisoer 18 https://youtu.be/fgJitZZB2aA
Egg#2 Feb.26 at 6:44pm
Egg # 3 .March 2 at 7:05pm
Video with thanks to tulsaducati https://youtu.be/8DAQhfEHR0Y
March 11..Sadly Egg #1 has broken
- hatched: April 4.. D 32 at 6:54pm ....April 7..D 33 at 7:19pm .
I am adding this here.. start here .. D 32 is upside down and out of the nest bowl
All turned out good and there is a video also and scaps !
- branched: June 3 D 32 at 61days old.. .. June 5, D33 at 58 days old
June 3..D 32 Accidentally feel from the Skywalk.. Video with thanks to Elaine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLQOk6O ... e=youtu.be
June 5.. D33 .. His feet slipped on the Skywalk .. dropped under the branch and dropped down ....
Video wth thanks to Elaine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezqs8nl ... e=youtu.be
June 5 ...DNR found D 33
June 8.. D32 was found evening ..
- fledged: Sept.20, 2018.. D32 taken "wild maiden flight"
- last seen:
Work in progress !
Link to last year's thread for this nest - viewtopic.php?f=112&t=161