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.

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.

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.

The Decorah eagles have been through a lot lately, protecting their eggs in harsh weather and being attacked by owls for much of the night. Maybe that's why you will see mom Decorah sleep through a nest infestation of mice. And the Decorahs have lost an egg, but the Raptor Resource Project d…