The Raptor Resource Project is reporting this morning that the N2 tree has fallen in a thunderstorm. Lightning broke off the eagle nest about 20 feet below the nest. All three young eaglets have been accounted for and one parent has been seen. There is no reason to think that anything has happened to the other parent, it just hasn’t been seen yet. The N2 nest was the main nest used by the eagles this year to raise the eaglets, but since they have fledged it was not being used much at this point. Here is the official statement from RRP, you can also find a picture here: https://www.facebook.com/103786266324668/photos/a.168536729849621.27387.103786266324668/881349975234956/?type=1
“7-18-15 ~ Decorah Bald Eagles Nest 2 Tree Downed In Severe Thunder Storm
As you can see from the photo, our N2 tree took a direct hit and has toppled. We have the following information from Bob this morning, and with RRP folks and volunteers on site for the busy After The Fledge weekend we hope to be able to bring you more information as it is available.
“Greetings all, As if things could not get any worse, early this AM we had a severe thunder cell roll through Decorah and lightning/wind broke off the eagle nest about twenty feet below the nest. All three young eaglets are accounted for and we have one adult eagle being seen regularly. There are many other trees in the surrounding area that have been damaged. We are all glad that all three eaglets are accounted for and once again survived heavy lightning and/winds. Lots of damage to the wood surrounding the nest tree which is now just a stump.”
RRP would like to say, first and foremost, the eagles are fine!
As to other questions: What will happen now? Where will the eagles build a new nest? Is the camera equipment and infrastructure ruined? The answer is, we simply don’t know what next. But we know that the eagles endure all hardships and will build again. We’ll just have to be patient and see what happens as the months continue.
For right now, N2 was not really being used. The Juveniles are using other trees to perch, learning their lessons on how to fish and hunt, as well as flight and chase lessons, and it would only be a few more weeks before they will eventually disperse and head off to follow their own destinies. We’ll continue to bring you those ‘summer stories’ of our family, and update regularly here as we have more news.”