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Decorah Eagle on three eggs

Decorah Eagle on three eggs

From All About Birds:

Nest Description
Getting ready to settle down

Getting ready to settle down

Bald Eagles build some of the largest of all bird nests—typically 5 to 6 feet in diameter and 2 to 4 feet tall, and ranging in shape from cylindrical to conical to flat, depending on the supporting tree. Both sexes bring materials to the nest, but the female does most of the placement. They weave together sticks and fill in the cracks with softer material such as grass, moss, or cornstalks. The inside of the nest is lined first with lichen or other fine woody material, then with downy feathers and sometimes sprigs of greenery. Ground nests are built of whatever’s available, such as kelp and driftwood near coastal shorelines. Nests can take up to three months to build, and may be reused (and added to) year after year.

Despite the snow, the eggs look snug under their parents. Hopefully, the weather will warm up soon enough to make their job a little easier.

Screen shot 2014-03-08 at 5.37.16 PM from Decorah Eagle Cam

Screen shot 2014-03-08 at 5.37.16 PM from Decorah Eagle Cam


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