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Activity reported at Decorah eagle’s nest

This news story was published on December 28, 2012.
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A bald eagle in Mason City, Iowa.  Picture taken in February of 2012.

A bald eagle in Mason City, Iowa. Picture taken in February of 2012.

DECORAH – The Raptor Resource Project (RRP) reported Friday that a red-tailed hawk made an appearance at the original eagle’s nest in Decorah on Thursday.

Officials with the non-profit group, which specializes in the preservation of eagles and other birds, and helps to maintain eagle’s nests, said Friday that the arrival of the hawk was “a real surprise, given how calmly the eagles reacted to it.”

This past November, an official with the RRP found a male eagle named D14 dead near Rockford, Iowa. The RRP reported that “D14, a 2012 hatch year bald eagle from Decorah, Iowa, was electrocuted after landing or trying to land on a power pole.” It had been outfitted with a transmitter.  “D14 was healthy and butterball fat. There were no signs of wear from the transmitter or backpack.”

Another eagle, named D12, that was hatched in Decorah was also electrocuted in 2012.

Watch video of the hawk at the Decorah eagle’s nest:



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