I've been watching most of the day. Just a bit ago the UME landed on the branch of the nest tree. Mom was on the nest and didn't seem all that bothered by him/her (with closeup shots I think it's a male.) And he didn't look at the nest at all. He flew off without a bat of an eye from her. Chat folks were speculating it might have been one of their offspring, but obv not one with a tracker.
She fed the eaglets a ton tonight using buried food mostly. But still no sign of Dad Decorah, and no further updates from RRP on FB. She keeps calling for him but no response. It's sad - I read the history of the Decorah eagles today while Mom was away from the nest and learned this pair has been together for 11 years, after a previous mate was with him for 5. So he is at least 21 years old, and possibly older. She is only about 15 (he was a cradle robber!
) As long as it has been I fear something has happened to him and he will not return. Hopefully Mom can bring enough food to keep these three piggies fed!