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By: MaryF (offline) on Friday, October 04 2013 @ 01:03 AM EDT (Read 44335 times)  
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Welcome to the 2014 edition of the Decorah, Iowa bald eagle cam! We would like to thank the RRP/Raptor Resource Project for bringing us this extraordinary look into the life of this pair of bald eagles.


This is one link to the cam--http://www.farmyou.com/falcon_cams/deco ... _xcel.html

It can be found on USTREAM at this link--http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles

The cam may also be watched through HWF at this link--index.php?topic=DecorahEagle1#camera

RRP blog ~~ http://raptorresource.blogspot.com/

Facebook page ~~ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Raptor-R ... 6266324668


Click on image to download ~~ Beautiful Mom Decorah--s'cap by Maryanne11


The Decorah Bald Eagle cam was set up and is maintained by the Raptor Resource Project, a non-profit organization for the preservation of falcons, eagles, ospreys, hawks, and owls. The cam first went live in 2008 when it was broadcast by Luther College. Ustream picked it up in 2010 after which it became wildly popular all over the world. The cam is viewable 24/7 during the nesting season with the help of an infra-red camera. The eagles don't see the light and are not disturbed.

About this nest - This nest is in Decorah, Iowa and is in the Central Time Zone. It's exact location is not given out to protect the eagles but it is located near a fish hatchery providing this family with an almost unlimited source for fish although we see many different types of prey come in to the nest to feed the eaglets.

The first nest N1, is about 6ft long/wide and about 6ft deep. It is located about 80ft up in a cottonwood tree. Eagles have been observed in this tree since 2002 but the first female was a different one than the Mom Decorah that we all know from the cam.

In early 2013 the eagles were seen to be building a new nest--the "yonder nest"-- not far from the first one. They are now nesting in the new or yonder nest, which will be known as N2 (nest 2). N2 is about 500 feet east of N1 (nest 1), by the side of Trout Creek. It is 60-70 feet up in the center fork or crotch of a cottonwood tree. This nest is about 4 feet across and about 3.5 feet deep--the diameter will no doubt enlarge with the new material added to the nest this season.

Click on image to download ~~ /handsome Dad Decorah--s'cap by MaryF


In 2008, PBS's Nature released a documentary called American Eagle, which featured the now famous nest. The documentary includes the death of the male's first mate, who disappeared during a snowstorm, and the subsequent courtship, nest-building and mating with "Mom". She was very young...maybe even between 4 and 5 years old when the nest became "hers". She still had dark brown feathers in her head and tail. After fledging two eaglets in 2008 this pair has successfully fledged three eaglets--triplets--in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013---AMAZING!!


Click on image to download ~~ the 2012 "triplets"--s'cap by anna Holland


Based past experience for this pair, look for eggs in late February or early March, chicks in early to mid-April, and fledging in late June or early July

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Stats for 2013/2014 ~~

* Cam on---Oct., 25th

* Eggs laid--- First egg: Feb. 23rd at 4:55 PM CST ~~ Second egg: Feb. 26th at 5:33PM ~~ Third egg: March 2nd at 6.43 PM

* Eggs hatched--- First hatch: April 2, 2014 (D-18) ~~ Second hatch: April 3, 2014 @ 11:29PM (D-19) ~~ Third hatch April 7, 2014 (D-20)

* Branched---

* Fledged--- D18 -- June 18th at 3:41PM (77 days) ~~~ D19 -- June 18th at 8:16PM (76 days) ~~~ D20 -- June 20th at 1:37 PM (74 days)

*** We lost beautiful D18 to electrocution on July 8th (14 weeks old)

* Last seen---

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By: MaryF (offline) on Friday, October 04 2013 @ 01:04 AM EDT  
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A note from Bob Anderson in the nest blog concerning why the eagles may have moved to another nest ~~

Theory one: That's what eagles do. In one study of 318 eagle territories in Alaska, 45% of eagles studied had more than one nest on their territory. In another study of 924 territories, eagles were found to have an average of 1.5 nests in their breeding area. N1 was built in 2007. Maybe it was simply time for them to build a new nest. We all know how much time they spend working on the nest.

Theory two: The old nest was built farther out along the branches of the cottonwood. Its weight was causing it to tilt toward the outside. This could have caused the eagles to abandon it in favor of a new nest.

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There are two new cams on N2-- one PTZ and one fixed cam. The PTZ is a mini PTZ and the fixed cam is also quite small. They are about four feet above the nest. The cams themselves are small and painted drably to minimize reflections or anything else that might disturb the eagles. The cameras are still on the original nest but unless the eagles are seen frequently like they were last year after the eaglets fledged only the new cams on N2 will be on.

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This interesting historical note was found and posted by member CAL04----

Decorah, Iowa, history note: Decorah is named for a prominent Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Family. Decorah is the Native American name for the French Descaris or DeCarrie Family. Chieftess Hopokoekau, known as “Glory of the Morning” or “Coming of the Dawn”, married French military officer, Joseph Sabrevoir Descaris about 1729 during the Fur Trade Era. Many descendants of this union were later removed from Wisconsin to Iowa and beyond. The Decorah Family is Thunderbird Clan.

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For any of you who have never seen this beautiful video featuring the Decorah eagles I urge you to find the time to do so. It was beautifully done quite a few years ago by PBS and features the original one-eyed Mom eagle. She was there before the beautiful Mom that we all know and love today. It has great views of the area, the tree, the nest and best of all---Dad Decorah and his mates-past and present-doing their thing! RRP's Bob Anderson and the Decorah eagles are the stars of this videol. It contains some surprises-both good and bad-but is absolutely beautifully photographed and a must for all eagle lovers.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes ... sode/4349/


Here is present day Mom Decorah as she looked when I first saw her as a new 4 year old female in the nest!!

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By: MaryF (offline) on Friday, October 04 2013 @ 01:04 AM EDT  
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HOW TO IDENTIFY MOM AND DAD DECORAH


Bob Anderson, the man who "zooms" the Decorah cam has done a video that makes it easy to identify Mom and Dad Decorah. They both have very distinctive characteristics. Take a look at his tutorial....and enjoy!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lARYcL5A50


Click on image to download Beautiful Mom Decorah

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Click on image to download Both parents together in the old nest.



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By: MaryF (offline) on Friday, October 04 2013 @ 01:04 AM EDT  
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This is a nice google picture showing the relationship distance wise between N1 and N2 (the nest now being used). ~~

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By: RickBlack (offline) on Saturday, October 26 2013 @ 02:11 PM EDT  
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Flying by to share some videos - 2 from yesterday on our first day going live and 1 from this morning - enjoy

Sitting eagleVideo Camera Cam goes live for new season http://youtu.be/RUiY4kIrg4I

Sitting eagleVideo Camera New season starts at Yonder nest cam http://youtu.be/ldqWtsWSPyc

Sitting eagleVideo Camera Nestorations at Yonder nest http://youtu.be/y05gcnIcjuE


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By: RickBlack (offline) on Sunday, October 27 2013 @ 04:29 PM EDT  
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Highlights from Sunday morning nestorations

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By: RickBlack (offline) on Tuesday, October 29 2013 @ 10:02 PM EDT  
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Mom and Dad were busy today with a nest make over - highlights of early morning activities

Sitting eagleVideo Camera http://youtu.be/7G8f-418JpE


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By: RickBlack (offline) on Saturday, November 02 2013 @ 07:00 PM EDT  
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A day of big deliveries & team work at Yonder Nest. At one point Mom brought in a branch so big it forces Dad to bail off the nest to avoid being hit.

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