This article on the Decorah Eagles website several days (or was it weeks?) ago offered lots of info regarding the project.  (You may need to copy/paste this and other links into your Browser.)  My quick look-see this morning didn’t locate it again, but it’s worth a more careful search if you haven’t seen it. 

HighlightsByLakeshiaWhile you’re at the Decorah website, you should view the short clips posted there.  One clip shows the female desperately clinging to the nest during a high wind.  Another shows an eaglet who grabbed onto a parent’s face and was nearly thrown out of the nest — and then was helped back from the edge.  One clip shows closeups of eaglet’s feet and face (beautiful, I’m sure, in the mother’s eyes.  Oh, so fine, to have grown so big so fast).  Another (my favorite) shows close-ups of  the third egg cracking open and hatching, with the first-hatched siblings clambering over it and the adult fussing around.  All the clips are incredible.  I appreciate so much the tireless work of the camera control room Engineer and the rest of the crew.

Have you checked on the eagle website in British Columbia, Canada lately?  Lots of hatching and other action there, too.   18th Apr  10:38 am  Check this one out.  It’s one of the eagle cams from the Canadian site.  There are two live cams here.  The lower one gives a view of the nest from another tree … and you might get a bit sea sick watching the tree top nest rock in the wind.  The upper view is from above the nest and the rocking isn’t quite as obvious because the waves below are moving.

The Peregrine nest in Boise is due to show some hatchlings in a few days.  Here is some interesting info re Peregrine Falcons in general and this nest in particular posted at the website on April 21.

“The eggs are now a week old (as of April 21) and are quickly developing, assuming they are fertile. The eggs, which are slightly smaller than a chicken’s, will be incubated by both adults until hatching begins in early May.

“By the 1960s, Peregrine Falcons were gone from the eastern United States and large portions of the western states due to the effects of DDT. They were exposed to large doses of DDT after eating other birds that had come in contact with the chemical. This caused female falcons to lay thin-shelled eggs that broke in the nest before hatching. In 1972, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned the use of DDT, which made recovery of the species possible. The Peregrine Fund pioneered many techniques for successfully producing the birds in captivity and releasing them into the wild. The organization released more than 4,000 young birds before the Peregrine Falcon was removed from the U.S. Endangered Species List in 1999, making it one of the most successfully recovered endangered species ever.”

I keep reading of Kestrel cams but haven’t gone surfing for them yet.  If you find a good one, please send the link. 

Meanwhile, here are some of my recent shots at a variety of nesting sites. 

A male Downy Woodpecker has been daintily pecking away at a dead limb in the neighbors’ silver maple.  I hope, of course, that he’s excavating a nesting cavity.   I’m really excited because the tree overhangs my back yard, right up-close and personal!   

Last Friday, two young Barn Owls  showed up in a yard on Last Chance Road, a few miles west of College Place.   (At least a friend there  thought they were fledglings).  This high bank across the road from the houses is full of Barn Owl and possibly Great Horned nesting cavities, and, of couse, many  starlings.  Two or three decades ago, the Pathfinder director took us there after dark.  He shined his powerful flashlight up by the bank, and we could see the owls bringing in gophers.  Many of them.  Here’s the bank. 

And here’s the “young” barn owl, fast asleep in the tree.  Very fast asleep.  I walked around and made noises so it would look toward the camera, but it held that pose.  

Front and back views of the owl.  Would someone please tall me the gender, and if this an immature or an adult?

Another friend on Last Chance Road heard a noise a few nights ago and went out to investigate.  (Don’t ever do that!)  Sure enough, she encountered a masked burglar.  The noise was from the falling metal lid of the garbage can where the dog food is stored, and the dumpster diver, a very large raccoon.  A few hours later I found the alleged culprit fast asleep on top of a magpie nest in her yard.  

🙂  Smiles

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