December 21, 2011 we stopped by the hatchery to check on the eagles. No one was home, but the new eagle information/bathroom building is coming along great!
Since there were no eagles to watch we wandered around looking at the fish. In one of the tanks the fish were trying to climb the water pouring in just like they would going upstream somewhere.
We stopped back and one of the eagles, Mom maybe, was home. The sun was starting to go down a bit and it cast a golden glow..........
Last look at the bluffs before we headed home.
February 17, 2012 we stopped by the hatchery to check on the progress of "our" eagles. They've been busy working on the nest.
March 9, 2012 - Dad did a bit of preening on a branch east of the nest waiting for his turn to egglet sit.
He looked around and waited.....
....and finally mom called to him, she wanted off, and he took off and circled around.
He landed on the branch west of the nest to continue waiting.
Aha, he finally gets his turn!
Mom went and perched in the tree just northeast of the bridge for a few minutes and vamoosed.
March 23rd we stopped while in Decorah. We knew mom or dad had to be on the nest, but couldn't even see a white head and no other eagle sitting on any trees. There were a few robins being the worms came up to the surface with last night's rain.
....we did see some turkey vultures riding the thermals!
Aha, finally!! A white head! That's as much as we saw as far as eagles when we were there, but............
April 6th we stopped over to see if we could see any fluff balls and meet up with Linda from Wyoming. Dad was west of the nest......
...and mom was in the nest with the kids.
After going over to a branch on the east side he "took care of business" before leaving.
There were a couple turkey vultures soaring around again today.
And we have a PONY.
And here we have Linda from Wyoming and Nora with the nest in the background. Linda was a wee bit excited today :)
Left to right -- horse, horse, in my opinion a MULE, and the pony.
To me this head does not look like a horse to me and lots of mules don't have the huge, long ears. Have we solved the mystery of "Big Foot" noises? ?)
We also ran into Samanson "Sam" that did a lot of D1 hunting a while back. Left to right Sam, Linda, and Nora (who was about to smile and came out really weird).
Dad(?) flying off into the wild blue yonder.
Before we left it was probably the same one circling around west of us.
I was disappointed we didn't see any fuzzy heads today, maybe next trip when they are a hair bigger than now, as fast as they grow, and it was fun meeting Linda from Wyoming & her sister and Sam & her husband!
May 1st and what a day. The clouds even let up while we were there. I'm thinking that's mom up there with them.
Little of focus, but thought he looked so cute sitting there like mom.
"Yes, there are people down there looking up at us again. Soon you'll be able to go down there too."
That one almost moved like it's gaited. If it is should be great on trail rides.
Red-winged black bird east of the bridge.
A pair of house finches that took off before I could get a better picture.
Looking down from the bridge. The water was running pretty fast, some of the grasses were lying flat and swaying with the water running over/past it.
Something blooming, ha! Was trying to get a butterfly but wasn't having much luck.
May 12th - Mom or dad is on the right, could barely see the kids today with all the leaves.
Same here, could see at least one of them standing by mom or dad.
May 21st - He looked so cute sitting there looking around.
Man those wings are long.
Started doing some serious flapping.
Was lucky enough to see a Baltimore oriole too.
Sitting in the shade preening.
June 12th - One in nest, one on edge of nest, one out on branch that's out of sight here.
There we go, edge of branch one and out on the limb one :)
Sorry if this was so shaky, I hate shaky videos, but it was windy. I WAS leaning against the stop sign too. :) But had to show you those wings.
June 20th - When I got to the hatchery one was in a tree north of the bridge on the west (nest) side of the road. Could barely see him in there.
Darlene Miller and her husband, Glenn, great couple to talk to!
Patti (and I need to get the rest of the name she goes by too, sorry)
Like I said, they were out a ways when these were taken, but having a great time. This was looking north across the bridge from the hatchery.
Two headed for the bluffs. After the pictures will be the video and the one sitting down in the left lower corner made a very ungraceful landing, but looks ok :) and the other one is having no part of sitting around.
The rest of these pictures including the video are almost into the sun and they were way out there.
Out of focus, but having fun flying together and practicing turns.
Two were having fun flying by the bluff. I did notice the "landing gear" were down a lot. Towards the end watch the left side of the top of the limestone, a rather ungraceful landing takes place, but it worked. :)
June 27th - We got to Decorah early this morning. We missed seeing the capture, but D14 received a transmitter and here Bob & Brett had just released her on the north side of the bridge.
There is nothing neater than watching an eagle "tromp" around...
...give a hop or two.
The expression on the bicyclist for a split second was wonderful. She was moving pretty good and was going to come around the curve in the bike trail and saw D14. Can you say fast stop? Ha!
She decided she was going up to the railing between the bike trail and road that crosses the bridge. Bob is looking happy this morning.
Brett that does the trapping/transmitters and his assistant.
"Well hey, I got this far, I'll cross the road to the other railing!"
You need to take the good with the bad on these today, out of focus, but loved the landing gear down.
Did a little feather shake after landing.
Then she just sat and looked around and posed for a bit.
And she's on her way again...
...heading for a tree.
She kind of circled around.
Bob and Brett answered lots of questions and "posed" also.
She's in the big tree, but where.
That's one of the other juvies.
THERE'S D14! Those kids can sure hide in the leafy branches.
One of the kids.
The one tank had some pretty good-sized rainbow trout.
D14 decided to get a fish. She's down in one of the nearly empty tanks.
It was a good-sized fish for her, she picked it up and it still curved a hair at the tail end. She wanted to take it with her, but couldn't.
Ok, fish or no fish it was time to go up top.
She sat around there for some time letting us admire her and take lots of pictures.
And then it was take off time.
She made very good time back to the nest tree.
Here is most of us, I know there were quite a few cameras clicking, so someone should have one of all of us. This one includes (left to right) Scott (of Iver & Burl), RA, Indy, LB, Nora, Libby (hubby Bill is taking pictures with about three people's cameras and not in the one), and my Joe.
The hatchery has a map they are putting pins in of visitors.
There's our famous Brian of the hatchery, Joe, and Scott is holding the map.