Sad loss at Decorah North
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Author:  Pat [ Sat May 26, 2018 2:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Sad loss at Decorah North

It seems that poor pair of eagles at Decorah North are not meant to raise their young. This year has been especially bad for them. Here's the latest report from Raptor Resource Project.

We are sorry to announce that both eaglets at the Decorah North nest died yesterday. To recap: Mrs. North laid one egg on February 25. That egg broke on March 16th, but she reclutched on April 12th, laying one egg on the 12th and another egg on the 15th. DN7 hatched on May 18th and DN8 hatched on May 20th.
Why did the eaglets die? As we learned last year at Great Spirit Bluff, blackflies carry a pathogen that overwhelms the immune systems of young birds. Today's blackfly strike, combined with the extreme heat and humidity, was more than the eaglets could take. The North reclutch was inspirational, but we all worried that the late hatch might negatively affect the eaglets - and it did. As John pointed out, what happened at the North nest shows how important the hatch window is in the larger picture. Insect hatches that overlap the vulnerable developmental stages of eagles and falcons can have devastating effects.

Author:  LoriH [ Wed May 30, 2018 8:36 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Sad loss at Decorah North

Oh my gosh! I haven't checked in on either nest, or read anything in over a week and it caused me to miss this sad news. It seems the whole country went from winter to the middle of a hot summer in 1 or 2 days time. It's affecting me with my heart issues, that's for sure.

Thank you Pat for letting us know this horrible news. I know we all hope for a better year in 2019.

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