It was very disappointing to read about the eagle from the Decorah nest that was killed while contacting a power line a few days ago. Unfortunately as the Bald Eagle continues to make this great comeback, the larger numbers are likely to have this happen more often.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, we contacted Mid-American Energy earlier this year and asked them to review the power lines near the Alcoa nest and in the direction they tend to fly to the north of the nest. I am attaching a couple of pictures to show some of the things MEC installed. On a two-line pole they seem to have put in covered jumper wires and on some four-line poles they have covered the two inside lines nearest the pole where a bird might try to land.
It has been great seeing both Liberty and Justice in the nest regularly for the past month or so. They have added quite a few sticks to the structure. I was just at the nest today and it looks like it is at least four feet from the bottom of the structure to the top. They are very impressive builders.