The parents of the three eaglet chicks in Decorah, Iowa had quite a scare last night. Buzz around the internet said that the parents were on high alert after an owl was heard close by. Since large owls, such as the Great Horned Owl will kill and eat animals are large as a fox, the parents had cause to worry. But both Eagle parents were vigilant as they protected the nest and their young eaglets by calling back in response to the owl, who could be heard in the distance, letting it know their nest was off limits.
Someone caught a few minutes of the episode which occurred after midnight early Tuesday morning and posted the video on YouTube:
The Decorah eagles as they have come to be called since they are located in Decorah Iowa are fine today. The live streaming video sponsored by the Raptor Resource Project runs 24/7 and has been viewed this year by over 12 million eagle enthusiasts. And for those who may not have been enthusiasts before, be warned: after watching for even a short time, it’s difficult not to get hooked.