I need to catch everyone up on the goings on in Decorah Iowa.
First, we lost Bob Anderson in July. He is the one who was instrumental in getting cameras set up to view our favorite pair of eagles. He fell ill in Spring, with what sounds like a similar problem to the one I have, but evidently, he was not fitted with a device or anything; not yet anyway.
All 3 of the eaglets from this season fledged with no problems, that we know of. Due to Bob's death, none were captured and tagged or radioed. Bob had already chosen a successor in the event something happened to him and it's already going very well.
In August, a very very violent storm, came through, tore the tree apart and knocked nest N2 down. They were able to recover all the camera equipment and it was intact. They came up with an idea to build a new starter nest, using material from the fallen one, mount the cameras in that tree, and see if the eagles took to it. They baited it with small animal carcasses and natural meat jerky. They still have cameras mounted in the original N1 nest and they baited it with squirrel. The squirrels were taken from the tree, but they evidently decided they liked the new digs better. Both parents are in the nest, named N2B (for Bob) as I type this. They are bringing in sticks and leaves, doing their usual Fall "nestorations" to get it ready. YAY! The cameras are mounted in a way to give us a much closer view, when they zoom in. As I watched just a minute ago, I felt like I could reach out and touch their feathers. They chose this tree to attempt this new nest because it has a great big limb, good for "branching" as they young learn to fly-hop from place to place.
If you scroll down this blog page, you can see pics of the new nest being constructed, as well as see that it's big enough for a grown man to sit in. It will get even bigger as the eagles work on it. They put wooden braces underneath it to help make it more sturdy for the future, since they always add pounds and pounds of material every year. http://raptorresource.blogspot.com/2015 ... -nest.html
So, it looks like things are well under way for us to have another great season of Eaglets in 2016. Here's the link to the live feed. http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles
They have also discovered another nest about a mile or so from this one. It's on private property, and they hope to get permission in time, to mount cameras at that one, as well.