Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bald Eagles, Nests and Nest Cams

I have wanted to do a blog post about Eagles for some time now, and I really want to share with everyone about the Decorah, Iowa Eagle nest cam. I have been watching it for a few weeks. They have 3 eggs and I just realized this morning that the first one is hatching! When the mother Eagle stood up you could see the little guy almost out of his shell! It was so cool! The site also has a lot of information about Eagles, as well as a link to a nice tutorial about how to tell the difference between the male and female. That way you can know which one is sitting on the eggs! It is very helpful! Here is a link to the tutorial, and here is a link to the webcam! I’m assuming the other two eggs will hatch pretty soon, so go check it out ASAP!

In regards to the Shippingport Island Bald Eagle nest, I read on the BirdKY listserve yesterday, that they were observed defending the nest against a third adult Bald Eagle. It has been reported by several sources that a third Eagle has been frequenting the area. I’m so proud of our Papa Eagle; it appears that he has finally matured. He stays nearby, relieves Mama Eagle from nest sitting, and defends the nest! I have not heard anything about babies being seen yet; we’ll keep our fingers crossed!

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle flying over Shippingport Island

I also read on the BirdKY listserve yesterday, that the female Osprey has arrived, and they had even been observed mating. I went down there this morning and got to see both Ospreys. While I was there, they defended their nest twice against a Bald Eagle! I’m not sure if it is one of the nesting Bald Eagles or that third Bald Eagle, but every time it got close to the Ospreys nest, they would fly around yelling at it and even dove at it a few times! Pretty exciting stuff!

Osprey vs Bald Eagle
Osprey vs Eagle

Bald Eagle & Osprey
Bald Eagle and Osprey

Osprey at Shippingport Island


Jean said...

Wish I had the time to watch the Eagle's nest cams...and all the other cool native bird nest cams. I will have to rely on sites like yours for updates. Thanks!

Mia McPherson said...

I love to watch the Decorah Eagle nest cam when I have free time. I think it is great that we can see such intimate moments without being intrusive. Have to love modern technology for things like this!

Karen Bonsell said...

Jean, I know what you mean. Time is hard to find these days & once I start watching, it's hard to stop! It seems like all the excitement happens when I step away! Thanks for your comment, I will try to keep everyone updated!

Karen Bonsell said...

Mia, you are so right! It's amazing the things that can be done with technology these days! Thanks for your comment and the retweet!

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