Iowa Bald Eagles ready to hatch their eggs. LIVE!

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Iowa Bald Eagles ready to hatch their eggs. LIVE!

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.

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You've had so many interesting jobs in your lifetime!  Wow, 700 miles!

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Indeed Phil has had lots of cool experiences in his life.  Need some more stories, Phil!

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I find it very hard to watch them, and the babies, when it gets freezing and snows.  Smiley Sad   Hope they all make it through another season.

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SPD, I don't think you have to worry too much about the kids of 2011.  They all made it to full growth.  I think D-1 went north for the summer (as wouldn't we all like to do).  Probably her/his instincts pulled her back south for easier feeding during the winter.  I think there is still a lot of open water that has not frozen over so the eagles can still feed.  My farm is 65 miles SE of Des Moines in the South Central part of Iowa.  The folks up there tell me their winter has been super mild....just like here in the Kansas City area.  Anyway.....one of the fellows following D-1 found her/him in a tree not too far from the community of Laurel, Iowa. This identification as to location concerns me because Laurel is quite a way west of Decorah.....south of Marshalltown, Iowa and north of I-80.  So either the bird has done a little traveling again or the picture is not labeled correctly.

 

D-1 near Laural, Iowa.jpg

 

Taken 12/30/2011.    Notice the increase in the white feathers showing as the Eagle matures.  I don't know how long they mature before they pair up and mate for the first time.  Maybe one of the rest of you has seen something on this.  Anyway....mom and dad have been making occasional visits to the nest....sprucing it up a bit.  They are magnificent birds aren't they?

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I think it's 2 years for all of the standard white feathers to come in, but not sure.

 

Well, I'm still gonna worry, as I do about all critters in the wild.

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If I'm not mistaken, Mom was thought to be about 4 when she 'hooked' up with Dad after he lost his first mate.  

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Smiley Very Happy   Hooked up, just like humans!

 

That was a sad story when he lost his first wife. Smiley Sad

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Well.....as we know.....after a 700 mile exploratory flight all the way to the Boundary Waters area of Minnesota and back....Eagle D-1 has returned to the Decorah, Iowa area...where she was hatched last spring.  Everyone in that area is quite excited....not the least of whom is Bob Anderson who runs the project and the camera that keeps a steady eye on the nest.  Not much activity in or around the nest.  Too early.  But if you are lucky....once in a while mom and or dad come back to it and do a little sprucing up then they disappear for considerable lengths of time.  We're all looking forward to this coming spring.

 

Bob did an interview this past Sunday with a NE Iowa TV station.....channel 7 in Waterloo I believe.  You can read the text and/or watch the feature story here.

 

Enjoy.    By the way, an this just blows my mind, the Decorah Eagles video cam has rung up 213 million views.  AND it is still very popular with thousands still watching in hopes of catching a glance to the two resident adults.  That has got to be some sort of a record.

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I keep checking the UStream app on my Android smartphone.  No activity, when I looked over the past ten days but the nest looks ready.

 

Speaking of UStream, have you all seen the Feline Rescue stream?  Pretty cool, even at 1 AM.  One cat was asleep on top of the red fridge.  Cats up all night!  Some sleep some jump but I have never seen one ride the big wheel.  Definately cool and I'm not a cat fancier.

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Thanks for the eagle update!  And no, I haven't seen the cat rescues!

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spd2demun wrote:

Thanks for the eagle update!  And no, I haven't seen the cat rescues!



I think that this website will take you there: www.ustream.tv/ffrcYesterday afternoon they had youngsters (10-15 year old kids, maybe?) who looked to be volunteering.  Nice.  The center is located in Defiance, Ohio.

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Fascinating at 4AM, their time.  Will keep an eye on that one, as well as our eagle friends.  Thanks!


dhascall wrote:

spd2demun wrote:

Thanks for the eagle update!  And no, I haven't seen the cat rescues!



I think that this website will take you there: www.ustream.tv/ffrcYesterday afternoon they had youngsters (10-15 year old kids, maybe?) who looked to be volunteering.  Nice.  The center is located in Defiance, Ohio.


 

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The eagles in Vian, Ok have already laid eggs. I haven't seen how many though.

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Thanks OFID.   I have bookmarked that site and will take a look tomorrow when it's light.  That's the nice thing about the Decorah, Iowa site.....the infra red lighting & camera make the nest visable all night.

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hpmsrm wrote:

Thanks OFID.   I have bookmarked that site and will take a look tomorrow when it's light.  That's the nice thing about the Decorah, Iowa site.....the infra red lighting & camera make the nest visable all night.


NP, I wish they had IR at those nesting sites, but oh well.  I only went there to see if any nest building had started yet and saw that the Vian site was already nesting.  Momma has two eggs, laid on the 17th and 20th of Dec.

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