DECORAH EAGLES BUZZED BY SMALL BIRDS

By guest writer Tom B.

Friday, June 24, 20011  9:09 a.m.

Wow!  No sign of “the kids” this morning, but one of the adults just landed on the nest and proceeded to devour some unidentifiable morsel, all the time being harassed by a small tan or off-yellow bird.  The harasser was finch-sized or slightly larger, and was actually banging into the sides of the eagle.  Perhaps that morsel was one of the harasser’s relatives.  The eagle finished its snack and has departed, leaving the tree vacant again.

Saturday, June 25, 2011 7:42 AM

There’s activity in the tree-top today.  Both adults are perched out on the branch, just looking around, while several small, finch-sized birds buzz them.  The small birds are even banging into the eages’ backs and sides, trying to drive them away.  The harassers are too quick to catch any detail, but they’re very determined to claim this tree as their territory.  The eagles, meanwhile, are generally ignoring the small bird attack and are clearly more bothered by the flies.  No sign of the fledglings.  Oops.  I lied.  One of the youngsters just landed and one of the adults hopped in, past the camera, to the nest.  Interesting.

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