Decorah Eagles

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Have you seen the Decorah Eagle live video stream?  I’m fascinated by eagles – always looking for a rare glimpse.  There are a few in our area, but they are hard to spot.  The Decorah Eagles are in Decorah, Iowa and there is a video camera on their nest and you can watch a live stream!

Click here for the live stream.

from the website:

How high is the nest?
About 80 feet.

How big is the nest?
about 6 feet across, about 4 feet deep; it weighs about 1000 lb.

How old is the nest?
The eagles built it in 2007. A previous nest close by fell when a windstorm broke one of the branches.

Are these eagles banded?

Which is the male and which is the female?
It is hard to tell the difference unless they are both on the nest. The female is larger than the male. This female has a ridge above her eyes that goes further back than on the male, and her eyes are surrounded by a greyish shadow; the male has a line around his eyes that makes them look “beadier.” Some think that the male’s head is “sleeker” than the female’s.

What is the history of this pair?
They have been together since the winter of 2007-2008. Her markings at that time indicated that she was about 4 years old. They successfully hatched and fledged 2 eaglets in 2008, then 3 in 2009, and 3 more in 2010.

When were the eggs laid in 2010, and when did they hatch?
First egg was February 25, second on February 28, third on March 5. First hatch was April 3, second on April 6, third on April 9. All three eaglets fledged and are now on the wing but are not being tracked.

What is the area around the nest like?
The nest is in a cottonwood tree on private property near the Decorah Fish Hatchery (operated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources), on the banks of the babbling waters of Trout Run in extreme northeast Iowa. The nest can be seen from the hatchery, but visitors to the hatchery should keep their distance from the nest tree, both to respect the private property where the tree is located and to avoid disturbing the eagles.
Here is a ground-level video of the surroundings, taken in March 2010.
This video shows the eagles’ point of view.

Where can I see pictures and videos of these eagles?
RRP provides an archive of daily views of the nest over the immediate 24-hour period, taken every 2 minutes. Click on Eagle Dailies.
RRP’s Youtube site has many videos.

Who operates and maintains this cam?
The Raptor Resource Project (RRP) maintains the cams, of which there are two, and the feed is streamed online 24/7. Both are positioned on one of the nest’s supporting limbs about 4-5 feet above the nest. The main cam is automated and is trained on the nest. The other cam has pan-tilt-zoom capabilities (PTZ). At dark the main cam switches to infrared (invisible to the eagles) night-time view. Here is a slide show of the cam installation in fall 2010.

Who does the panning, tilting, and zooming, and when does that happen?
Bob Anderson, Executive Director of RRP, switches to the PTZ cam when time and weather permit, and especially when there appears to be interesting activity in the nest. He will be especially attentive when hatching begins.

What is the Raptor Resource Project?
Established in 1988, the non-profit Raptor Resource Project specializes in the preservation of falcons, eagles, ospreys, hawks, and owls. We establish and strengthen breeding populations of these raptors by creating, improving, and maintaining nests and nest sites. In addition to directly managing over twenty-three falcon, eagle, and owl nest sites, we provide training in nest site creation and management across the United States, reach more than 85,000 people each year through lectures, education programs, and our website, and develop innovations in nest site management and viewing that bring people closer to the world around them.
Our mission is to preserve and strengthen raptor populations, to expand participation in raptor preservation, and to help foster the next generation of preservationists. Our work deepens the connection between people and the natural world, bringing benefits to both.
Check out the links to cams of many of the raptor nests that RRP manages.
RRP also has a Facebook page.

Does the Raptor Resource Project accept donations?
Yes! RRP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and relies on the donations of friends. There is a donation button on the RRP home page.

What’s this about a PBS documentary on this nest?
The Decorah eagle nest was featured in a PBS Nature series program, “American Eagle,” that premiered in November 2008. Filmed by cinematographers Robert Anderson and Neil Rettig in high-definition, the video is available on DVD and online.

How can I read or participate in a forum about this and other RRP cams?
Go to the RRP Forum.


  1. 1

    So beautiful! Love eagles!
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    Stumbling you back! Love your stumble tumbles! :)

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    Here from the Boost Your Buzz.
    Would love it if you checked my blog out! Have a great night.

  4. 4

    Those are awesome. My mother is into nest cams.

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    Stumbling back! I’m an Iowa Girl so I’m hearing a lot about these famous birds.

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    I will have to show this post and video my my kids — not sure my daughter will care – it’s not about dance — but I think my boys would find it interesting.
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    katklaw777 says:

    Me and my cat, Annie Banannie, have been watching them for a week now…I sure hope the littlest one makes it.
    Every time they are feeding them I send special thoughts so they all get some. The adults are so very gentle with them…
    I have watched other eagle/bird cams and this one is the best!

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    That is fascinating! I love eagles too, they are so magnificent!
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    This is so darn cool!!! Thanks for sharing this!!

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    Kristin :)

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    Stumbling you back chica :)

  11. 11

    Love this! Thanks for sharing!

  12. 12

    Eagles are so beautiful – thanks for the great info!


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    Thanks for the stumble! Heres to Stumble Tumble Tuesday :)

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    Our neighbor has an eagles nest in their tree! It is so awesome to see them in flight!

    Stumbled this!

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    Eagles are such a beautiful bird…graceful and awesome to watch!
    Stumbled this!

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    Wow Kelly, I love the nature lesson thrown in. Eagles are just spectacular, aren’t they?

    Thanks for participating in Stumble Tumble Tuesday. I stumbled you. Please Stumble me as well. Here’s my post:

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    I’m not going to get a chance to participate in Stumble Tumble Tuesday this week but I Stumbled this one :-)

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    Hi! Sorry for the delay but stopping by to stumble back! Have a great weekend.


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