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04/09/2011 09:05:27 PM · #151
Yes, #1 out of the egg is definitely on his/her way. Always in front when it's time for food.
Always ready to peck any sib who gets in the way. (oh, dam, they are going to infra-red now)
The other two are still hanging in there. Interesting to note that while parents sometimes leave the two
oldest out in the elements now, when they get on the nest, the baby gets to be brooded while the
other two squirm and exercise those muscles.

This is(I cannot help but repeat the word) a fascinating nature study.
04/10/2011 10:13:01 AM · #152
Attending parent is at the edge of the nest right now, with the little eaglets just waking up after a nap.

I turned the show on earlier and then went off to read the newspaper. Usually attended by a cat who causes commotion first thing in the am, today there was quiet. He was at his station monitoring the eagles.
04/10/2011 10:18:25 AM · #153
Thanks to the Infrared camera, I was able to observe behavior in the middle of the night. There was an intense t-storm with wind and heavy rain. The nest was swaying in the wind. All the eaglets were tucked under the mom. She literally formed a "roof" for the eaglets with her wings and body. She had battened down the hatches (pun intended). I am truly amazed at the growth rate of these eaglets. It's stunning. Their heads and beaks are now larger than the egg from which they emerged.
04/10/2011 10:26:16 AM · #154
I hope they do o.k. today. Weather forecast for the area is scary.."Windy with scattered strong thunderstorms developing this afternoon. Damaging winds, large hail, and possibly a tornado with some storms. High 86F. Winds SSW at 25 to 35 mph. Chance of rain 60%."
04/10/2011 12:49:59 PM · #155
Where's the third baby!?!?!

oops. there it is.

Message edited by author 2011-04-10 12:50:19.
04/10/2011 12:52:23 PM · #156
Is that something dead in the foreground?
04/10/2011 12:56:05 PM · #157
Originally posted by kenskid:

Is that something dead in the foreground?


I'm guessing rabbit.
04/10/2011 01:00:22 PM · #158
There's a relatively new fish in there.
I think a parent brought it in, started eating on it, and then had to do nest duty.
04/10/2011 01:09:04 PM · #159
The chat site counsel lady told me it was some kind of bird the dad brought up !

Originally posted by vawendy:

Originally posted by kenskid:

Is that something dead in the foreground?


I'm guessing rabbit.
04/10/2011 01:10:10 PM · #160
Originally posted by kenskid:

The chat site counsel lady told me it was some kind of bird the dad brought up !

Originally posted by vawendy:

Originally posted by kenskid:

Is that something dead in the foreground?


I'm guessing rabbit.


A bird? It blows in the wind so softly, I figured it was fur.
04/10/2011 01:20:49 PM · #161
I was just chatting and someone asked what the "babies" names were. The moderator say we don't name them because they are "wild". I few posts later, the chatter posted some names she will "call" them by. The moderator said "don't use names or I will kick you off of chat"...someone asked why and moderator said "read the rules....we don't name them" !!!
04/10/2011 01:36:13 PM · #162
These are wild birds. Will not be tagged, nor named. They are not pets. Preventing children from attaching pet-like names to wild birds is a rule of the forum.
04/10/2011 01:40:29 PM · #163
Now everyone is saying "E3" "E1" etc....I guess that is ok. I guess a kid could hear "E3" as "EeeThree" and just name him that !

Originally posted by hahn23:

These are wild birds. Will not be tagged, nor named. They are not pets. Preventing children from attaching pet-like names to wild birds is a rule of the forum.
04/10/2011 04:43:05 PM · #164
Great feeding session now. The nest has been fluffed up. The chicks are happy and healthy. The breeze has dried out the immediate environment. Everything is going well, as one would expect from a mated pair of experienced eagles.
04/10/2011 04:54:27 PM · #165
That was a great feeding session. Looks like all are eating well and happy.
04/10/2011 07:00:38 PM · #166
wow -- the wind has really picked up.
04/10/2011 07:16:07 PM · #167
Originally posted by vawendy:

wow -- the wind has really picked up.


Yes, that wind sure has picked up. The tree and nest are moving more than I'd like to see. No so concerned about the adult eagles because I've seen them go through much worse in the winter months. The babies on the other hand...

At least as Hahn mentions...we have experienced parents who will do all it takes to protect the little ones. My biggest fear is the weather getting so bad the nest falls which is always a possibility. I think this nest has been built extremely well and added to over the years. It's stood the test of time.

It's feeding time again. :)

ETA: Well it was for a few minutes. I guess the adult got up to stretch and fix the nest a little and decided to feed the eaglets for a couple minutes before laying down again.

Message edited by author 2011-04-10 19:18:08.
04/10/2011 07:36:42 PM · #168
The forecast, at least, looks a little better. They are calling for wind, but the tornado watch is over and they are no longer predicting severe storms for this evening...
Decorah weather HERE
04/10/2011 07:56:24 PM · #169
Originally posted by ancientimages:

The forecast, at least, looks a little better. They are calling for wind, but the tornado watch is over and they are no longer predicting severe storms for this evening...
Decorah weather HERE


oh good!
04/10/2011 09:05:53 PM · #170
Right now, the way the resident parent's feathers are flowing, the wind is still pretty fierce. And yes, the nest is swaying too. That ton and a half of housing could cause motion sickness today.
:)

Still, when the winds were really bad, once today, one eagle called the other, and they both seemed to form a buffer zone for E1 through E3, just to keep the little ones safe and out of the wind.

Do you suppose that eagles, whose very lives depend on assessing the weather, know the patterns and singularities of the weather far better than we might aspire to?

I wonder...

PS #1...and night falls in Iowa. There it goes, into infrared.
:(

PS #2, Ohh, there comes another fish...and away

Message edited by author 2011-04-10 21:11:38.
04/10/2011 09:14:36 PM · #171
Originally posted by sfalice:

Right now, the way the resident parent's feathers are flowing, the wind is still pretty fierce. And yes, the nest is swaying too. That ton and a half of housing could cause motion sickness today.
:)

Still, when the winds were really bad, once today, one eagle called the other, and they both seemed to form a buffer zone for E1 through E3, just to keep the little ones safe and out of the wind.

Do you suppose that eagles, whose very lives depend on assessing the weather, know the patterns and singularities of the weather far better than we might aspire to?

I wonder...

...and night falls in Iowa. There it goes, into infrared.
:(


I would imagine that's a distinct possibly. Considering Eagles are known to be able to fly as high as 10,000 feet up they probably have an innate ability to assess wind and temperature patterns in jet streams as well as have a Darwinist read on warm and cold fronts and their effect on survival.

Either that or they have small smartphones tucked somewhere in their feathers where they can check weather.com. LOL.

Dave
04/10/2011 09:26:35 PM · #172
Originally posted by DCNUTTER:

[quote=sfalice]
Either that or they have small smartphones tucked somewhere in their feathers where they can check weather.com. LOL.

Dave

dang it - you made me laugh at my computer screen again.

PS - thank you for all the valuable information you also posted.
:)

Message edited by author 2011-04-10 21:30:47.
04/10/2011 10:07:07 PM · #173
Originally posted by sfalice:

Originally posted by DCNUTTER:

[quote=sfalice]
Either that or they have small smartphones tucked somewhere in their feathers where they can check weather.com. LOL.

Dave

dang it - you made me laugh at my computer screen again.

PS - thank you for all the valuable information you also posted.
:)


You're welcome! :)
04/11/2011 10:47:14 AM · #174
I see it's business at usual at the Decorah Eagle Homestead. Dad's on watch right now and the kids are tucked into the bowl. He brought in a fish, fed the eaglets and mom left for some R & R.
04/11/2011 11:11:01 AM · #175
Originally posted by hahn23:

Decorah Eagles

Only 50,000+ people watching. Eggs (3) to hatch any day now. It's more fun to watch this nest than do the work I'm supposed to be doing. LOL!!!!!


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