There is an eagle under there and more stories

The Nor’easter moving up through the eastern United States is having a big impact on birds that are trying to incubate their eggs for a spring hatch. At the Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey, the female was buried under snow and her mate cut away the snow to help her get out and have a break. Because of the snow that seems to be worsening, I am going to embed the youtube feed here in my blog so that you can check to see that everyone is alive and well after. This Bald Eagle is incubating three eggs that hatched over a period of time from 17 January to 23 January.

The birds of prey really amaze me. Big Red, the 19 year old Red-Tail Hawk at Ithaca was encased in ice and snow several times before being deluged last year trying to incubate and raise her eyases. Laura Cully said, in her always very wise way, “She’s got it under control, don’t worry.” Oh, those words really helped me. Bird Red is not incubating any eggs or trying to feed little one’s, of course, with Arthur’s masterly help, but their nest is getting increasingly full of snow at Ithaca. Big Red should be laying her eggs around the third week in March. Can’t wait! Here is the live feed to that nest:

If you are missing Big Red and Arthur and their little ones, here is a summary of the goings on in 2020. Oh, how I love these birds!

The summary starts with Arthur and Big Red selecting the nest and bringing in more twigs, the two of them incubating the eggs, Arthur taking care of Big Red in a snowstorm and taking his turn and then, the ‘live chipmunk’ along with a whole bunch of prey. Big Red is drenched in rain and blown off the nest. Babies hatch and grow and fledge. If you are just starting to watch bird cams, this is a grew introduction to the life cycle of the eyases.

While the Bald Eagles are getting covered with snow in the northeastern US, it is too hot for the Royal Albatross in New Zealand. The Rangers that work with the New Zealand Department of Conservation installed pipes today so that all of the parents feeding little ones or still incubating eggs are cooled off. Incredible. Hats off to New Zealand for taking such good care of its wildlife.

The camera is focused on Lime-Green-Lime (LGL) and Lime-Green-Black (LGK) and this week old chick who is this year’s Royal Cam Chick. These two are hilarious. Neither one wants to give up taking care of the baby! Parents take turns going out to sea and returning to feed the little one ‘squid shakes’ while the other one keeps it warm and feeds it. Eventually, the little one will be big and old enough to stay on its nest while both parents go out to sea. It is particularly touching the times that the two parents have together – minutes, sometimes an hour to be together, preening and doing sky calls. They truly are gentle giants.

And last, but never least, are the two little ones of Harriet and M15 from the SWFL Eagle Cam in Fort Myers. The little ones developed an eye infection. Because of the two recent deaths of eaglets at Captiva, everyone went into fast forward to get these two off the nest and to the vet. They are enjoying eating rat and quail fed by a veiled attendant with tongs so as not to imprint on humans. And they are gaining weight. But the eye infection, while improving, has not improved completely enough to send them back to their nest. They are hoping soon. Here is the link to the SWFL cam. Keep an eye out. You will see the large cherry picker bring the babies back to their eagerly awaiting parents this week, we hope.

Here is one of the first videos that CROW released. You can see how infected the eyes of the two were and at the end, you can get to see them eating from the tongs. It doesn’t take the place of the parents but these two have a ferocious appetite that has grown in the two days since this video was made.

Image of E17 and E18 courtesy of CROW.

The link is to the main cam. I believe that there are 3 or 4 different cam views.

And the last thing I want to do is to post Phyllis Robbin’s poem that she wrote for Daisy the Duck. So many people joined with us in hoping that Daisy would be able to raise her clutch to fledge. It wasn’t to be but Daisy is alive and well and is paddling in the water near to the Sydney Olympic Park.

Thank you so much for checking in today. Stay safe if you are in the eye of the snow storm pelting the northeastern US and stay cool if you are down in NZ and Australia. See you tomorrow!

6 Comments

  1. Thank you for your wonderful columns! My husband and I look always look forward to reading them. They are a highlight of our day!

    1. Dear Sandy and Dan. Awww. Thank you so much for your wonderful letter. It means so much to me. I rarely hear from anyone who reads my posts, so this is just wonderful. I wish I had better news about Daisy and her eggs. But she is safe, and it wasn’t the sea eagles. Weren’t the lorikeets cute? Have a lovely day, and stay safe.

      1. Czytam Pani blog tłumaczony automatycznie translatorem. Podziwiam za połączenie zaangażowania i dystansu. Ja tak nie potrafię. W ogródku sroki porzuciły rannego ślepego gołębia grzywacza to dniami i nocami leczyłam, grzałam i karmiłam, a jesienią weszłam na to wysokie drzewo i wieszałam uplecione kosze dla kolejnych gołębi. Wiem, że wydrukowałam mu mój obraz i będzie dziwolągiem, ale jak wspomniałam nie mam odpowiedniego dystansu. Mamy w Polsce krukowate z niebieskimi oczami -kawki. Jedna trafiła do mnie wygłodzona , wyciągnięta z jakiejś studni z jednym okiem spuchniętym i krwawiącym i została 5 miesięcy w mieszkaniu. Miała zerwaną skórę z łebka i białe miękkie pióra, tak zwane anielskie. Wyzdrowiała. Wszyscy dziwili się, że można mieszkać z ptakiem. Martwiłam się jak nie oswoić takiego dzikiego ptaka, to nie papużka. Każdy ptak jest dla mnie cudowny i ważny. Teraz zimą rano tak cicho to zaglądam do gniazd w Youtube. Te z tropików są nierealnie piękne. Wolę nasze szaraczki.
        Pozdrawiam i proszę pozwolić mi być z Panią w tych wycieczkach po gniazdach.

  2. Dear Iwona, Thank you so much for writing to me and telling me about the wonderful birds that you have taken care of. It really is a joy for me to connect with other people who love birds so much.
    You are so kind and are like an angel to the ones that come to your garden. I did not know that there are blue-eyed ravens. I only have one raven and three crows that come to my garden and their eyes are yellow. I have learned something new and wonderful from you and also the care you gave to that raven who was starving and injured. How joyous it must have been to have taken care of that lovely Covid for those five months and to have seen her heal from the tragedy. Ravens are very intelligent as you know. I wonder if this raven comes to visit you ever? Do you know?
    Would you have a photo of your Raven that you took care of? and would you mind if I told my readers how kind you are with the birds and caring. It might inspire some of them to help when they see an injured bird. Thank you, Iwona, for considering this question. And, please come along on the journey with these birds with all of us. Thank you again for writing to me.
    Mary Ann

    1. Mam zdjęcia moich ptaków, i chętnie bym przesłała, ale jak? Cieszę się, że komuś podobają się moje ptasie przygody. Uratowana kawka przylatuje do mojego syna. Krąży nad głową i krzyczy. Ja byłam do leczenia i niemiłych zabiegów. A może to była dziewczyna, bo na pewno lubiła bardziej mężczyzn? Kawki zimą latają dużymi stadami razem z innymi wronami. Dzień krótki a ja pracuję i jestem krótko w ogródku. Wiosną na pewno zajrzy do otwartego okna. Ptaki te bardzo reagują na wzrok i jak się im przyglądam wiedzą o tym i zachowują się inaczej, więc podglądać je lepiej ukradkiem. Nie można im pokazywać niczego co mogłyby zniszczyć, lub co mogłoby im zrobić krzywdę. Podglądają i tylko czekają by sprawdzić po co ja tam zaglądałam.

      1. Oh, I love to hear the story about your birds, Iwona. Thank you for allowing me to share the story of the Raven that you helped. That is so very special. If you send photographs they could come to my e-mail and I will share them this week. My e-mail is: maryannsteggles@icloud.com
        You must be looking forward to spring when the birds return! So am I. I have only the three crows, the hawk, 17 Starling, 1 chickadee, 1 Downy woodpecker, and hundreds of sparrows now in my garden. They leave about 4pm every day.

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