04-03-2011 4:18 PM - edited 04-03-2011 4:23 PM
Two Eagles....in the nest.....with eggs just about to hatch. I believe it is a live video. I noticed that there are an awful lot of folks watching. This is in NE Iowa near the town of Decorah. NE Iowa is pretty much dairy country....hilly and lots of forest and woods with cliffs and rock formations. Not too far from the Mississippi River. Have a look while it is is still daylight.
I rushed to get this posted for all our wildlife lovers. Hope I'm correct on my facts.
02-12-2013 6:18 AM
Believe you guys might have remembered me mentioning Great Horned Owls are nicknamed the "Lion of the Bird World" and for good reason. They don't build a nest of their own, take over other birds nests, and have even driven Bald Eagles off (see "Prey" in below link). The expert birder/naturalist at the park where I used to work found 2 larger Red-tailed Hawks dead under their next and said it was evident Great Horned Owls had done this nasty deed by the large talon marks on them.
Even if the Bald Eagles, with almost twice the wing-span, were able to fend off the Great Horned Owls from their nest the eagles are well aware the owls now know where their nest is and the eaglets would never be safe.
I also read in the eagle blog that non-nesting Bald Eagles in the area disturbed the pair of nesting eagles. It also said the drought in Oklahoma may have caused a food shortage causing the female also having to leave the nest alone to hunt. Wouldn't doubt this may have been when the Great Horned Owls started moving in and taking over the nest.
Pretty sad and didn't seem like the pair of Bald Eagles had much going for them this year with all the competition along with the food shortage.
02-12-2013 8:20 AM
well it's confirmed that the owl has laid a clutch of two eggs and still has one of the eagle eggs she is incubating. Seems like the owls are quite the predator when it comes to creating nesting for their chicks.
02-14-2013 6:16 AM
Things may be heating up, in Decorah!
Ustream had videos of mom and dad setting on the "Y" branch, near the nest. Maybe they will return to the nest with the camera. Even if they don't, it was nice to see them, again.
02-17-2013 5:28 PM
According to the Raptor Research Project's facebook, the Decorah Eagles have chosen their new home for nesting this season.
Decorah Eagles Nest Announcement ~
It appears that the Decorah eagles have chosen the new nest they started last fall for this year’s nesting season. If they were going to use the old nest, we should have seen them bringing in soft nesting materials and building a nest bowl for their eggs. While Bob observed them bouncing back and forth as late as the morning of February 13th, they appear to have a pronounced affinity for the new nest.
They've promised to get a camera near Nest 2 in the fall after the babies fledge.
I'll miss checking in on them this year but I'm excited that they have a 2nd home.
02-18-2013 6:50 PM
Thanks for the info. Skeeter. I don't have an account on Facebook and apparently Bob doesn't care about those of us that watch on the regular web site. That is a shame but I guess a couple of Eagles appreciate a new home as much as we humans do.
At the urging of my grandchildren I tried Facebook.....and dropped it.....three times. All I ever got out of it is a ton of SPAM that is still plagueing me.
03-19-2013 9:24 AM
We now have 2 baby eagle chicks in Oklahoma. The owl has lost her eggs during the snow storms and they have been seen around the nest but no nesting yet. However the original nest now has a nesting pair of eagles and two hatched over night. Still two eggs incubating. Sutton Eagle Site
03-19-2013 9:42 AM
Thanks OFID. I just checked and either mom or dad is keeping the tiny ones warm. She/he looks harried. Must be windy and, perhaps, rainy right now. Looks like I do in the mornings.
03-22-2013 7:07 AM
Well, we now have a 3rd chick at Sooner Lake. Was hatched sometime yesterday. Mom and dad seem to be doing another great job caring for the little ones.
04-23-2013 4:25 PM
I had not checked the Decorah, Iowa Eagles for a while. So looked today. Got referred to facebook. I hate facebood. But I checked and there are several videos. Here is link to the most recent one on 4/20/13. One adult arrives with food. Adult #2 leaves and the other one proceeds to feed the little ones. I count two heads. There is no dedicated video camera set up for this new nest so the view is not very good. But mom and dad are carrying on their parental duties in good shape: