This nest is located across the road from the Fish Hatchery in a family's back yard. It's also the nest from the documentary "American Eagle". The following are some links if you feel like doing some watching or poking around.....
RRP message board - click on "other raptor cams and information" for raptors other than peregrines. Decorah has its own thread and the higher the page number the newest. Once you visit there you can click the blue "new" and it will take you where you left off before. There are some great videos people have caught, i.e., egg laying and other stuff, and with the new zoom/pan cam Bob has gotten some wonderful closeups (can't wait for the babies).
After the goof of flinging the older bobblehead I think dad must be trying to make up. Usually he brings more fish, maybe a squirrel, usually at least one rabbit (although the one mom saved there for a week has been getting fed), but not only is part of the rabbit there, he brought in a crow last night and now today a muskrat.
That's twice the trouble maker has been tossed and it just wouldn't give up afterward either, poor mom. It finally attacked the foot of the muskrat that's lying there belly up and succeeded in crawling back where it should be.
Stopped at the fish hatchery (was just going to say hatchery, but considering we just had three eaglets hatch ) and didn't see dad, but mom was up there babysitting. First picture is taken from across the road at the fish hatchery...
I had a good day! We had to go down to Castalia, IA on an errand and came back up through Decorah. First we stopped at the other eagle nest SE of town. Last time mom looked like she was sitting on eggs and this time looked like E&E did when a baby was down in the nestcup
They definitely had their heads together about something today.
After that we hit the SW side of Decorah to check out the eagles by the hatchery. I think I caught one of the bobble heads between mom and the edge of the nest! Boy they grow fast.
Mick posted this on the RRP board. You guys have to see this. There were some close-ups further into it, but they're at that neat "buddha" or whatever stage you want to call it and at the beginning the little guy come tromping up from in back and the big one in front is sitting there with his feet out in front of him and starts curling and uncurling his toes. ;D
I was disappointed it was so dark and cloudy when we were there, NOW the sun is out.
For those concerned about where Mom & Dad are when they aren't on the nest lately, first I'll show you dad. As we drove up he flew in and landed in one of his usual spots east of the nest tree. The cam faces pretty much east and you can see the road and bridge depending on how much the cam is zoomed in. He is in the tree is across the road to the left of the creek/bridge as looking from the nest.
Mom was RIGHT BY the nest, but on the west side (behind the cam) watching over the kids. That's what I meant by the parents can be very close, just not in view on the cam.
While were were there dad flew off to the northwest once he knew things were ok and mom joined the kids in the nest.
I thought this might be the oldest I could see...
Not sure if this is the oldest or one of the other kids peeking up, I thought it looked like one of the younger two...
The first pictures are general: Nothing spectacular, just the water that was running under the bridge. It's moving fast and is SO clear, grass really went with the flow and you can see the mossy rocks in the bottom...
In front of the hatchery is a mosaic sign that ws made and put up that has to do with the biking/walking trail that runs past the hatchery...
And just a couple trout pictures from the hatchery...
lostmarbles: HAPPY B'DAY SUE!
Feb 2, 2013 20:57:40 GMT -6
thumper59: I think i might like the new forum setup
Feb 3, 2013 4:45:57 GMT -6
thumper59: Looks as if just a 2 egg clutch this year,,,, good for the e's,, last year 3 was a real challenge
Feb 17, 2013 7:46:47 GMT -6
mimiw2: Baja Your pictures are amazing! How wonderful that you can see these eagles daily. I've only seen eagles in person once in my life and I'm in my 60s. What a thrill it must be to live near them! You should publish a book about these eagles.
Jun 22, 2013 9:16:50 GMT -6
mizrob: your pics are amazing, am so glad you're able to get out, take 'em, and share them with us. THANK YOU!!!! believe me they are appreciated on many levels...
Jul 12, 2013 4:29:27 GMT -6
iawatcher: I'm so glad someone like you lives right by E&E and like to follow them. Wonderful to see them and also the area around there. First I'd seen the dam. It's really something when turkey vultures roost together, I'd seen that one time, amazing.
Oct 12, 2013 10:26:52 GMT -6
iawatcher: Oh the bird you were't sure of, looks like a cormorant.
Oct 12, 2013 10:27:08 GMT -6
meallen013: Wonderful pictures Baja. I hope we meet sometime when I'm at the lake this summer.
Apr 21, 2014 17:32:11 GMT -6
iawatcher: Thank you again Baja! You got some of the most amazing shots, especially the ones of Stein's feather falling out, wow! The nests were interesting and pelicans were great.
Apr 22, 2014 0:45:46 GMT -6
iawatcher: Pure speculation, but if their eggs aren't going to hatch I wonder if that would make Elsie more tolerant of the other eagles. Just a wild guess and not asking.
Apr 22, 2014 0:46:20 GMT -6
rebrosa: Super pictures Baja
May 23, 2014 10:49:42 GMT -6