All 5 Decorah eaglets have hatched--3 at the Decorah nest by the fish hatchery and 2 at the Decorah North nest.
The Decorah eagle eggs will be hatching soon (late March to early April). This nest has three eggs and is taking a squirming delivery from the nearby fish hatchery.
The Raptor Resource Project says the Decorah eagles usually lay eggs in mid-February--just 10 to 15 days after successful mating. Hatch is usually in late March to early April.
As we watched the two Decorah eagle nests this year, only three eaglets survived...just barely after forced from their nests prematurely by blankets of biting black flies.
The little kids lining Mineral Point Avenue in Janesville for the Parker High School Homecoming Parade could hardly wait for the big kids to start throwing them candy.
The Decorah eaglets, prematurely forced from their nests by biting black flies, are being cared for by SOAR which is planning a soft release when the birds are ready.
For the latest information on the Decorah eaglets and the surviving falcon from Great Spirit Bluff along the Mississippi River, go to their Facebook page.
Killing animals is a necessary evil for natural history. A lot of research relies on the collection of wild specimens. Curbing the practice could hamper science.
Once most of their wing and tail feathers are developed, the eaglets can finally leave the nest. First flights usually occur at 9 or 10 weeks of age and are preceded by vigorous exercising and flapping.
I love the 1937 poetic documentary film "The River," that I'm showing today about the Mississippi River. Not only does The River mention Wisconsin, it also cites the Rock River twice.
In my last report, I claimed that the male eagle that appeared shortly after the Decorah Dad disappeared last year is the new dad of the Decorah nest this year. A viewer corrected me.
Thanks to the Raptor Resource Project, EagleCam operators and Eagle Whisperer 18, we get to enjoy the Decorah North Nest parents delicately feed their eaglets.