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Patience Thy Name is Eagle...Bored Thou Art a 9 Year Old

Decorah Eagle in NestIt's Just a Matter of Time 

You only have a few more days to see the height of patience as the Decorah, Iowa, eagles sit on their three eggs.  The folks at the Raptor Research Project expect the first eaglet to hatch between March 23 and 25.  That’s this week!   If you haven’t been to their webcam, here’s where to find them  

I normally write about food, but the youngest granddaughter and I have become enamored with the eagles so this blog is tangentially about food.  Our family caught up with the Decorah eagles last year after the eaglets had hatched and stayed with them until the eaglets fledged and flew the coop, so to speak.   

We started watching this February as the adult eagles’ refurbed their nest.  It is 80 feet up a cottonwood tree.  As we watched one eagle would carefully place a stick in the nest and fly away.  Then the 2nd bird would fly in and just as carefully move the stick somewhere else.  Since my husband and I have had the same decorating issues with our furniture, I know it’s wrong, but it’s hard not to treat these raptors as humans.

Eagle with eggsWhat the 9-year-old granddaughter likes to do is show up, settle in with a salty snack in hand, and check on the progress.  But she is not as patient as an eagle. Since all the eagles have been doing recently is sitting still on their eggs she doesn’t even finish the popcorn before it’s time for her to move on.

Eagle Food 

This year the project has a new camera and the picture is clearer which means once the adults start feeding the eaglets we will really be able to see those fish torn apart.  Perhaps we’ll even be able to identify the small furry rodents that periodically appear in the nest and seem to be a favorite food of raptors.

We’re expecting to enjoy the next couple of months while the eaglets keep us entertained as they grow. 

Eaglets 2011

The Photo is the 2011 Eaglets

As I reread this post, I see that I’m not as far away from “food” as I originally thought.  After all, it seems whenever we have a special family time, food is involved in one way or another.

janann giles
3/20/2012 1:41:38 PM

You'll love how they get the camera up...They put up a ladder and climb up the tree - somewhere on the site is photos of that - including staff sitting inside the nest. Thanks for reading - I know you have commented on others posts - for some reason my home computer won't let me log in - I'm on my daughter's right now so am going to catch up on commenting.

nebraska dave
3/20/2012 4:10:59 AM

Janann, pretty cool. How did they get that camera 80 feet up into the tree. I just love the inovation folks have for technology. With all other life, it's all about food. Humans are the only species that like to be entertained. Well, and I kind of like food as well. Probably more than I should. :0) I expect starting this spring the belt size just may decrease a couple notches. That would be nice. I tried to get out in the garden today but the rain prevented it. Ah, well, there's always tomorrow. There's always rainy day projects but who wants to work on a rainy day. Have a great Eagle watching day.