I have seen these eagles with various stages of beak color, I seen a couple with the yellow beaks and the others with the darker beaks. I seen them circle individually and groups up to seven. When they circle overhead, the whole circle drifts off from east to west. I think they cover a large area because some days I don't notice them or I just wasn't looking when they went by. I'm going to keep my eyes open today for them when I'm out mowing.
Harmon, an eaglet in trouble
May 4, 2012
There was a rescue today of Harmon, an eagle chick near Hutchinson Minnesota
This eaglet was trapped in the nest and rescued.
The bird was covered in maggots and feces.
When man stood eaglet up on its feet, he fell over. equilibrium problem.
The eaglet was taken to a rehab facility and plans are to return it to the nest after a check-up.
Harmon Goes Home
Sunday, May 6, 2012 late afternoon
Dr. Ponder at the Raptor Center gave Harmon his check-up and found him in much better condition than expected.
Several quick phone calls and we were back on our way to return Harmon to his nest.
It wasn't a simple task, but we were able to safely returned him back to his perch, 75 feet in the air. Now its a waiting game to see if the parents return.
Decorah eagle found electrocuted
July 3, 2012
We are very sorry to announce that D12 is dead. D12 was found electrocuted at the base of a power pole on a Sunday morning.
Power lines themselves are not an electrocution hazard for birds (birds can and do sit on wires), but unshielded poles can be dangerous.
The Avian Protection Plan Guidelines include information on raptor safe poles and modification of existing poles. New structures are fairly safe, but older poles may not be.
Older poles may have been installed either before people were aware of electrocution hazards to wildlife.
One of the Decorah eagles born this spring was found electrocuted over the weekend.
The Raptor Resource Project, which runs the well-known Decorah Eagle Cam, says one of the younger eagles was found electrocuted at the base of a power pole on Sunday.
The bird was known as D12, and had recently left the nest for the season.
"We continue to remember how blessed we are with all the successes from the Decorah nest so far, and we will be thankful for all the future successes as well.
This is the first known tragedy from the Decorah nest, and we thank all of you for your heartfelt thoughts on this loss."
The Decorah Eagle Cam operated by the Raptor Resource Project tracks a pair of bald eagles each year as they lay eggs and the eaglets eventually leave the nest.
The live stream has been viewed by more than 20 million devices around the world.
The Raptor Resource Project is a non-profit based in Decorah. It was established in 1988 to preserve birds of prey.
Norfolk Botanical Garden eagle nests removed
October 3, 2012
The eagle nests at Norfolk Botanical Garden were removed Thursday morning.
Federal, state and local wildlife officials said one complete nest and a partial nest had to be taken down because of the danger to wildlife and aircraft coming and going from nearby Norfolk International Airport.
The FAA cited concerns about four bald eagles being struck by aircraft in the last 10 years. The USDA identified bald eagles as "an extremely high" hazard risk to aircraft.
The city applied for state and federal permits to remove the nests before nesting season begins in the next few months. The permits came in this week.
To my surprise, the nest Nixy was born (hatched) in was removed, and her parents will not be permitted to re-build in the male's territory of many years. Sad.
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