It ain’t big enough
11-Jul-2021 Sunday Wabasha City Marina (~UMR mile 759) to Wabasha Parkside Marina (~UMR mile 760) (1.3 nautical miles 1.5 statute miles)
Elevation: 666 feet Elevation change: 0 feet
States (1): Minnesota
Destination Mississippi River Statute Mile 830
Remaining Statute Miles: 70
Remaining number of Locks: 2
Along the Way
We just can’t seem to get way from BUGS!!!
The boat lift at the Wabasha City Marina wasn’t large enough to pull out yes dear… so we can switch out the props. We needed to move to Parkside Marina on the north end of Wabasha.
Dale opened the lift door to the cockpit storage/genny compartment door to pull something out. Ugh! It was lined with mayfly carcasses. There is no escaping these bugs.
Parkside Marina is really green with lots of bottom weeds too. The water is low and it has been hot. Prime weather for growing weeds.
- Bald eagles have a wingspan of 5 to 8 feet long and a body that ranges from 2 feet to just over 3 feet long.
- The female bald eagles are larger than the males. On average, male bald eagles weigh 25 percent less than females. Females weigh around 13 pounds, while the males weigh around 9 pounds.
- Bald eagles live around 20 to 30 years old in the wild. Captive individuals have been known to live longer, with one eagle almost reaching the age of 50.
- Bald eagle pairs typically bond for life around 4 or 5 years of age.
- Bald eagles build the largest nest of any North American bird. Nests have been found that are as deep as 13 feet and up to 8 feet wide. Some bald eagle’s nests can weigh as much as 2000 pounds!
- Once an egg hatches, the baby eagle will be confined to the nest anywhere between 8 to 14 weeks before fledging (taking their first flight).
- Once they can fly, the parents will continue bringing the juveniles food and providing protection for another six weeks! During this time, they continue to develop their flying and hunting skills before heading off on their own.
- Bald eagles can fly as high as 10,000 feet.
- While on the hunt for prey, eagles can dive up to 100 miles per hour. But in regular flight, they can travel about 30 miles per hour.
- Bald have two centers of focus. This gives them the ability to see forward and to the side simultaneously.
- Bald eagles can swim, sort of. Eagles have hollow bones and fluffy down, so they can float pretty well.
We didn’t see ANY eagles around Wabasha.
Drolleries and Yuks
What do you call an eagle that plays the piano?