Twitter, Eagles, and Bird Behaviors


I’m not so much a Twitter fan. 140 characters?  Yeah, that’s maybe enough to say hello. But I have a Twitter account and some followers. I follow some folks. I haven’t figured out how to use it with any efficiency. And life is busy, I don’t want to learn new stuff, code words, symbols, tags… Nick uses it. I haven’t had much use for it.

Until I started watching the Decorah eagles. There’s a chat there and I can chime in—in short blurbs—via my Twitter account. But I shouldn’t do that. People, as a species, are arrogant, rude, and not very bright. They should not be allowed to chat about things without supervision. They annoy me.

The eagles are doing a fine job with their adorable eaglets. At night, or rather in the early pre-dawn hours, something is harassing their nest. And the speculation is insane. And I cannot content myself with 140 character messages. I know a little bit about bird behavior…

The facts: something smaller than mom is swooping in and hitting her in the head and flying off. It is night vision so there is no color to help define the something…

The speculation is that it is an owl—or dad.

Dad? Really? So dad, who can pick a fish out of the water while diving at 100mph has become a clumsy old coot who can’t land on his own nest where he has lived since at least 2007) when the sun goes down? He is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, graceful and beautiful by day, a clumsy oaf by night. Really? K. not so much.

The other reasoning – which I mostly agree with – is that a small owl is harrying them. Owls fly at night. Birds have a long history of harassing each other simply because they can! The dive-bomber is clearly smaller than mom. It is also clearly not attacking – it hits her head and quickly moves away. It’s either trying to dislodge her from the nest, so it can get her babies. Or it simply doesn’t like her in the neighborhood, knows she won’t leave her babies, so is on a power trip. It’s doing this because it can. I’ve seen birds do this before. Parrotlets harass Macaws. Crows, hawks. This is not unprecedented behavior. It’s an ego—Napoleon thing!

And I know y’all really don’t care, but I really needed more than the words twitter would allow me to say my piece!

To watch the Decorah eagles, click here. Be warned they are addicting!

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