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Old 01-16-2019, 08:22 PM
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Dad Decorah went missing April 18 of 2017. Mom Decorah has had three suitors since then.
It looks like she has settled on her final bachelor who is currently designated DM-2 (Decorah Male Two).

They are quite the couple and are very active in "nestorations" in preparing the nest for the new season. Historically first eggs are mid to late February. As a new couple, we shall see if that pattern holds.

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Decorah Eagles 2019 .. Amazing new cameras
Popout the video and chat. The high resolution cameras are amazing this year.

Just a view of where Mom and her new beau are right now.
Mom and her new man are setting up house.

New 4K cameras and a new couple is going to make for an exciting new season.





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Old 01-16-2019, 09:56 PM
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The new 4K cameras sure make a great view, even in the darkness.
No visible light is on the nest but the hi-definition cameras pick up the light from the infra-red illuminators.

Crystal clear view even in the darkness. One of the eagles perched near the nest...

https://www.raptorresource.org/birdc...-video-pop-up/
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Good to hear. I will start my daily monitoring now. I was sad that Dad Decorah did not make it last year. Mom did good raising her chicks..

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Good to hear. I will start my daily monitoring now. I was sad that Dad Decorah did not make it last year. Mom did good raising her chicks..

I got busy last year and forgot about checking in on them. Did something happen to Dad or did he just leave?
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Originally Posted by jcbcpa View Post
I got busy last year and forgot about checking in on them. Did something happen to Dad or did he just leave?
It's unknown. They had a lot of volunteers doing extensive searching but as far as we know, they did not find anything.

As Rustybee mentioned, mom did an amazing job raising and feeding three eaglets by herself. There were days she brought double digit fish to the nest.
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I got busy last year and forgot about checking in on them. Did something happen to Dad or did he just leave?
There is some speculation about Dad's disappearance. He was on a mission in his final days at the nest. He delivered many fish up to his last sighting on April 18, 2018. Mom was a single parent from then on and raised three eaglets to fledge on her own.

Mom has a new beau that seems to have risen to the top in Mom's bachelor selection process. He is known as DM2 (Decorah Male Two).

They were both active on the nest today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv5I...ature=youtu.be
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Pass along this link to the educators in your life. Many teachers are registered with Raptor Resource Project and they use the site to teach many different subjects. Math, biology, writing,, 2000 teachers registered and it is amazing how they use the eagle cam to engage their students on so many subjects.

https://www.raptorresource.org/classroom/
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Moms new boyfriend is getting settled into nest N2B.

DM2 is getting settled in. The next Decorah Dad?

Pretty amazing cameras and camera operators.

Past records support about a month before first egg if they consummate this relationship.

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It's unknown. They had a lot of volunteers doing extensive searching but as far as we know, they did not find anything.
I think it's pretty safe to assume he's dead. I've been watching for many years, and you get attached to them in a strange sort of way. I was hoping they'd find something--anything.
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I think it's pretty safe to assume he's dead. I've been watching for many years, and you get attached to them in a strange sort of way. I was hoping they'd find something--anything.
Yeah, it is hard to not make the assumption of Dad's demise. He was, however, a fish delivery machine and a very dedicated brooder of the three eaglets through those late April snow storms.

John Howe, the director of Raptor Resource Project, goes into some great detail about Dad's disappearance and the sequence of Mom's suitors after she became a single parent and raised three eaglets to fledge solo.

https://www.raptorresource.org/2019/01/06/19892/

DM2, Mom's final choice?, tends to the nest in today's snow in Decorah
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPzY...ature=youtu.be


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Even in the snow, Mom and DM2 tend to the nest and hang out on the maple tree that overlooks the hatchery.
Jump to 4:00 to get to the real fun..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrkF...ature=youtu.be

In the words of Marisa Tomei in "My Cousin Vinny" ... "My biological clock is ticking!!"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrkF...ature=youtu.be

Mom's biological clock is ticking. We are a month from a first egg if this pair decides to consummate this relationship.
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Mom brings frozen rabbit to the nest.. eventually shares it with the new boyfriend.

Best cameras and camera operators!
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New grasses to combat the snow on the nest

Pretty cool.. after some snow the eagles combat it with a fresh delivery of grasses.
The video is worth it for the initial approach to the nest. The new male is on a mission.

A month away from first egg based on the past decade on this nest, but this is a new dynamic with a new male.
New couples sometimes have eggs later in the season. Fun nest to watch.
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Mom and her new male are getting pretty cozy.
Mom is entering that brief period where she is fertile. DM2 may hear that clock ticking.

Mom and DM2 get romantic on the skywalk in the early morn.

"Decorah Male 2 rounds the corner of third and looks to steal home!!"
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Very cool. Bald Eagle porn?
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Very cool. Bald Eagle porn?
Just a new couple with increasingly more romantic moments..
Live now

Mom is like Marissa Tomei in "My Cousin Vinny"
"My biological clock is ticking!!" (stomping)
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Defending the nest against an intruding sub-adult.I guess this new pair are in solidarity on defending the nest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7fX...ature=youtu.be
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After hunkering down for a few days in the brutal cold, Mom and DM2 return to the nest.
They have a raptor version discussion about sharing a meal...

Decorah Eagles 2 1 19, 5:30 pm DM2 eats, Mom tries for a share

Great eagle adventure, great new cameras and some very skilled camera operators. This is a new pair dynamic, but Mom's history is first egg laid later this month. With a new male, some studies say that could be pushed back from Mom's past history with Dad. We shall see.

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Before this new male (DM2) Mom's earliest first egg was 2/17. 2/18 is also popular. (Tic, Toc...)
It is hard to tell if this new pair dynamic will produce an egg, but they are a bonded pair.

Mom says, "My biological clock IS ticking!!"

DM2 delivers some big sticks to impress Mom for Valentines


Classroom chat started on February 11. Over 2000 classrooms are registered from all over the United States and several overseas.
Many educators are using the nest site to engage their students in a variety of lesson plans.

Pass this site to an educator in your life. The educator registration is on the top-right of the page.
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Five to ten days between a successful mating and the first egg on the nest..

PG, but it was a sparky morning for Mom and DM2 in Decorah this morning.

Morning romance in Decorah
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