Raptor Resource Project

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I discovered this site because I receive group e-mails from a cousin who is now home schooling her young two daughters due to the coronavirus.  Their grandmother sent this site for the children.  I spent hours yesterday checking on this pair of eagles hatching their eggs.  It can take up to 24 hours or more for a baby to break free of an egg.  You can even watch them at night.  They are so patient.  They take turns going off to hunt.  When they change jobs, you can catch a glimpse of the eggs.  When the eagle on the nest shifts a bit, you can also see what’s happening beneath the parent’s body.  Sometimes you can hear sweet cheeps between the parents and encouraging cheeps to their babies.  It is so amazing, but, like the eagles, you have to be patient.  Today the eaglets are breaking free of the eggs.  Life goes on!  https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/decorah-eagles/

16 comments on “Raptor Resource Project”

  1. This is weirdly addictive. Nothing happens until something happens, and when something happens it’s a jolt. A big yawn, a lifting of wings and resettling, a vocalization… Thanks, Barbara!

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  2. I’ve had this on for a few days and the early morning has been the best. I’ve seen two feedings this morning – fascinating to watch. A great diversion. Yesterday I saw the dad eagle bring a bunch of fish — it was magical!

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  3. The last egg may start hatching tomorrow! It can take 24 hours or more. It’s amazing to see a baby hatch! One of the moderator’s in the chat reported that breaking free of its shell is the hardest thing an eagle ever has to do!

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  4. Yes, I’ve been watching some every day, too. Nine fish in just under 15 minutes! But flies come with decomposing fish flesh, so dad may be regretting his gusto.

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  5. Just flying by to say that Amy at RRP issued a Bald Eagle Expert certificate to those of us who were still hanging around the nest on July 3. I printed mine out, of course. It is signed and dated by the successful parents, Mom and DM2, and reads thusly: “You have completed the Cottonwood Class of 2020 and are now a BALD EAGLE EXPERT. Happy fledge-u-lation and may you always Fly High! 🙂

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    1. I am so glad you loved the Decorah eagles. I have watched them faithfully since the eaglets hatched at the beginning of this pandemic. They have brought me so much joy! I was very moved when they fledged, I even cried–totally unexpected! I am hooked and will continue to follow the site–the cycle of life goes on. I’m jealous, I didn’t see the opportunity to receive a certificate on July 3, but we were there together for the final daily chat!

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      1. Barbara, Thanks again for bringing us this winged adventure during the woes of COVID lockdown– I loved watching these lil guys grow up!

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      2. The branching and fledging was high drama for me, too! I still have the Eagle Cam up every day & I’m sure I will until they shut it down for annual maintenance. Decorah has become my happy place. I have thought that there are friends there with me while I’m watching, and I was right.

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