How exciting watching the Decorah eagles. Awaiting the hatching of egg number one. Excellent camera work. If there are any bird lovers out there this is really great. Watched last year and this eagle pair fledged 3 eaglets. If interested they are on ustreamtvdecoraheagles. Lots of fun!!
I'm truly surprised that some granola munching bird hugger hasn't squawked about invading these eagles privacy. If they were human, this would be unlawful. Most of those folks think animals should have much of the same rights as humans. Heck, I know folks that treat animals way better than they treat humans, going so far as to violate human rights for their own pets' sake, and not have a clue that that might be offensive. I LOVE people that bring their pets to my home unannounced and let them trash my place or carp all over and don't bat an eyelash. FYI, if I'm throwing a reunion, large gettogether, graduation, or the like....don't bring your large pet. I'm fairly certain they weren't on my invite list. And certainly don't let them run all over underfoot, or tangle their leash around great grandmas legs as she is holding a hot cup of coffee or take a dump in the lawn for cousin Brian to step in for a first impression...
Oh, it was live when she first got it but she killed it right on camera and fed them the intestines.
My daughter just called to say that I have gotten her hooked on eagle watching. She said since the mouse, she has fed them a squirrel and a fish. Apparently there have been some good shots of Papa Eagle also close by in the tree. Apparently he's the one doing the hunting.
My seven-year old grandson is enjoying it and asked him mom to forward it to his teacher, but he's having a little trouble understanding this is live as we speak and he keeps thinking it was recorded earlier.
This morning Papa Eagle brought two squirrels and he and mom fed the babies. My daughter was watching when she woke up and said she started complaining loudly and papa came a short time later with breakfast. Grandson wanted his mom to email the site to his teacher because his school is known as the Eagles. She did and now the whole school is watching. So cool! Thank you, CJ 49, for sharing this link.
You are so welcome. I enjoyed the entire process last year. Would come home from work, grab a glass of the vino, kick up and and enjoy!
The eaglets won't fledge until probably end of June/early July. So, there is a lot of watching to do.
Thank you, again. And home for at least part of the day, I check in on it frequently and sometimes get to see some fascinating things. And my grandchildren, 7 and 9, are really enjoying it. Even the baby goes to the computer and says, Birdie, birdie.
Anyone still watching? One of the babies is getting a little stronger and Mama Eagle is letting him out from underneath her occasionally. Then she decides he's been out long enough and stuffs him back in. It will be interesting when all three are strong enough to wander around. I was watching this morning when Papa brought two lovely fish for breakfast. Amazing to me that he knows he's responsible for feeding his family. Our God thought of everything.
Mom (or dad) is feeding them right now. They are still little bobbleheads. So cute! Wish my mom had good internet and could watch; she's obsessed with going to see the eagles up on the river. When she's over Easter I'll have it up for her to watch.
Why does it feel like I'm talking to myself lately? WHERE IS EVERYONE?!!!!! I wondered the same. Mom is having a much harder time keeping them under her wings. She is letting them roam around the next a little. It will be amazing to see how big they get before they finally leave the nest. I am really enjoying this.
Yes, I think the friend who posted it originally said they won't leave until late June or early July. Have you noticed that the bigger one is starting to lose his down and get real feathers? This process just fascinates me.
I saved ballet costumes and prom dresses for years. Daughter didn't want to part with them but claimed she had no room for them. When we moved, she finally agreed to toss them out. She doesn't mind cluttering up my house but not hers.
I have little knitted jackets and hats and booties; I wrapped them up and gave them to Stephen for his 18th birthday a few months ago They were so tiny! I have their christening gown hanging up in one of the bedrooms, next to mine! I have special t-shirts they had, and blankets, and toys.....I have a whole tub full of school work I couldn't bear to throw away. Not to mention my 25 or so scrapbooks. The kids fight over them; I tell them they will get all of them one day. "You take them Ben", "No, you take them Stephen".....
Luckily I have twin nephews younger than my boys; they have received all the rest of the clothes!
Have you noticed how big their wings are getting? And they are beginning to show a few white feathers on their heads, although I understand it takes four to five years before they are full grown and the head becomes completely white. I have enjoyed this so much that I gave a small donation to the organization. I have gotten way more than 10 bucks worth of enjoyment out of it.
I think it won't be long now before the eaglets leave the nest. They are really big and starting to hop from the nest to the nearby branches. Lots of exercising their wings. I imagine next they will leave for short trips while mom and dad teach them to hunt for food and then they will be off for good. I am also watching a nest of baby hummingbirds but they are not nearly so interesting at this point.
You are right. When they do leave the nest it is for good. A transmitter was put on one of last years eaglets. She spent a lot of time in Minnesota but would fly back to the Decorah area. Now however, would you believe she is in the Hudson Bay area! Over 1200 miles she has traveled. Wow.
So glad others are "hooked" on the eagles, too.
They are still cute! It's fun to watch the biggest chick pick on his little brothers (or sisters). Just like watching my kids when they were smaller. In fact, they still do that.
Why does it feel like I'm talking to myself lately? WHERE IS EVERYONE?!!!!!
Sorting and washing 21 year old baby clothes and tiny dresses that my first baby got her picture taken in! Gonna bring them out to my first baby and take pictures of her first baby in them!!!!!
I saved a collection of baby clothes and heirlooms and whatnots way up in the top of the garage alllllll these years! I have dresses for the girls for their annual Christmas and birthday pics all the way up to about 8 yrs old. Then they got fussier about what they wore, as well as more individual, as well as the market for similar or identical dresses got more difficult as one went to larger kids' sizes/dept. while other one was left behind. That's when I focused more on saving all their school work and newspaper articles. Everyone is famous in a small town and my kids were certainly no exception!
Too, I'm digging up old photo portraits and making comparisons by age....neat! Very very neat!
(...can you tell I'm beaming???)
Oooh, and not to mention, (listen up all you parents with garages and basements full of stuff for decades upon decades) I'm taking a sampling of bedroom and other accoutrements that belong to my oldest, to furnish her own home with now that she has one, instead of mine! Whooohooo!
My daughter had been saving some of the beautiful clothes that our grandaughter, now almost 10, wore when she was little. Since the last baby was a boy, and he will be the last, she decided she needed to go through them and give some of them to me for the crisis pregnancy center where I volunteer. Yesterday I brought home all of these beautiful little things, washed them and hung them on hangars. It was such an emotional experience. I called my daughter and said, "Who wore these precious little clothes? It can't be that sweet, long-legged girl that lives at your house now." It just doesn't seem possible that that precious baby is now 10. I talked to her next and told her how precious she had been and how precious she still is to me. She said, "I love you, Grammie." Of course, she always says that whenever I see her or talk to her on the phone but it's hard to equate this almost grown up girl with that little baby. Oh, well, thanks for sharing my nostalgic moment.
Did you hear the sad news? On July 3rd, D12 (the oldest of this year's Decorah eaglets) was found dead at the base of a power pole. Electrocuted --- with a wing span of 6-8 feet they said it occasionally can touch two wires.
The banded eagle from 2011 "litter", "bunch", eaglets whatever you'd call a group of eaglets ------anyway it's' been tracked to Hudson Bay. Summering in the arctic---hummmmm does sound to bad with the heat we've been "enjoying" here in the midwest.
I had not heard that and am sad to hear it. My husband and I enjoyed them so much. It's hard to imagine those fuzzy little eaglets growing so large in such a short period of time. I'm looking forward to next year already.