Another Year, Another Clutch of Eggs for the Decorah Eagles
DECORAH, Iowa — The Decorah Eagles are tending to another clutch of eggs this year. The Eagles have been together since the winter of 2007-2008 and have successfully hatched and fledged two eaglets in 2008, three in 2009, three in 2010 and three in 2011. This year, they are tending another trio of eggs, and the Internet is watching, waiting for them to hatch.
On Tuesday, March 27, the first of three eggs hatched. We’ll be watching to see how soon the others follow suit. On March 29, a second eaglet was spotted, although it’s not clear when it hatched.
Built in 2007, the nest is located in a cottonwood tree about 80 feet high near the Decorah Fish Hatchery, operated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and located in the extreme northeast section of the state in Decorah, Iowa. The nest spans six feet and is approximately five feet deep and weighs approximately 1,365 pounds. A previous nest built prior to 2007 fell when a windstorm broke one of the branches.
The non-profit Raptor Resource Project has been studying these Eagles for years and provide the live camera that you see above.
FOX4KC.com is also keeping a close eye on two Great Blue Herons nested in Ithaca, New York. The Herons have been together since 2009 and have successfully hatched and fledged four young each year. To see pictures and watch their live cam, click here.