Sunday in Bird World

Today it not just about Ospreys. There have been some nests that have been overlooked lately so I am going to try and catch up on some of those for all of us.

I love how the wildlife rehabbers go to great lengths to make certain that the babies they rescue do not imprint on humans. Have a look at an eaglet that came into care and how it is being fed:

The female White Storkling at the nest in Mlady Buky, Czechoslovakia is ready to fledge! Look how beautiful she is with her wings spread. She looks like a dancer bowing to her audience. She was making all the right moves this morning. She began flapping her wings as the sun was rising and got very enthusiastic around 6am. She is restless and continues flapping and looking out to the world beyond the nest.

Father Stork comes in to feed the three youngsters. This generous community continues to provide supplementary food for Father Stork so that he and his three babies can survive. You can see, in the background, Father Stork eating from the fish table that is provided to him and his family. Sadly, their mother was killed on one of the electrical lines and these three are alive today because of this community. It is heart warming to see that the storklings are ready to fledge. Everyone can be so proud of their efforts!

The Bucovina Golden Eaglet, Zenit, grabbed the prey delivery from Mom and completely self-fed today for the first time. Zenit mantled and flapped all the while telling Mum to go away he could do this himself. Wow. Another milestone to independence. Lady Hawk caught this magical moment in a video:

There has been a lot of discussion about goshawks lately because they have raided and killed many Osprey both in Latvia and an eagle in Spain. There is a Crested Goshawk nest in a park in Taipei. The adults failed at their first breeding attempt and had one hatch on their second. The eaglet is three weeks old. So cute.

Crested goshawks live in Asia. Their territory is from the Indian subcontinent to Taiwan. In terms of its range and numbers it is of ‘least concern’. It is, however, a protected species in Hong Kong because of the encroachment on its forest environment. The hawks are now adapting to urban living. The Crested Goshawk is 30-46 cm in length or 12-16 inches. Like other raptors, there is reverse sex size diamorphism – the female is larger than the male. They feed on insects, birds, and mammals. The nest is normally made of sticks in a tree and most often the female will lay between two and three eggs.

The image below shows a Crested Goshawk Female. Look at that gorgeous plumage.

“鳳頭蒼鷹 – 雌鳥 Crested Goshawk (Female)” by alexwhite21 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

In size comparison, the Northern Goshawk that has caused issues related to the death of the Osprey chicks in Latvia and Spain is approximately twice the size of the Crested Goshawk. Each species has a long tail and shorter broad wings to help them speed around the forest area where they hunt. They are more adapt at living in the forest and often lure their prey into that environment.

Here is the mom in her nest with her eaglet.

The eaglet has been ringed with two official bands.

The eaglet will fledge in 2-3 weeks. You can watch this little one grow up here:

Now let’s check on some of those Ospreys!

Foulshaw Moss. Tiny Little is still moving in to get fed. I have seen some people worrying about him but, honestly, this little one is going to be grand. At tea time on Sunday, 464 was self-feeding. Self-feeding is hard work and the chicks spend a lot of time and energy fighting with the bones in the head. They get tired. So when 464 finished eating, Blue 35 took over and fed Tiny Little and Middle Bob.

In the image below, 464 is self-feeding. Mom, Blue 35, is waiting and it is Tiny Little stretching his wing. As we will all be saying, Tiny Little isn’t so Tiny anymore. And that is a good thing!

Blue 35 has taken over the feeding and, of course, Tiny Little is right there for the bites! Tiny Little and Middle Bob have always done well together. It is really good that 464, the big female, fledged first. It is hard to imagine but a couple of days ago Tiny Little looked like an extremely young chick. Now, unless the bands are visible and you follow the chicks it is hard to tell them apart. Now that is magnificent and it shows precisely what getting a good feeding means to these chicks.

Dyfi. Right now it is pitching down rain. Earlier it looked like Dysynni was hovering so high that he was going to fledge – but, he didn’t. Ystwyth is in awe! Dysynni is 52 days old today and Ystwyth is 48 days.

I imagine that Sir Richard Branson whose Virgin Galactic’s Unity Spaceplane took off from Spaceport America this morning successfully returning to Earth from space would really like to fly like a bird. Laura Culley, falconer and great mind, told me once that humans have the DNA for feathers and flight we just haven’t turned them on. Any geneticists out there to confirm that?

And then the rains came and Idris delivered a really nice fish that Telyn is feeding the nestlings. No more thoughts of fledging today!

Poole Harbour. Both CJ7 and Blue 022 were at the nest at Poole Harbour today. They continue bonding. There is at least a month or six weeks til they head off on their migration. Let us all hope that this lovely new couple return in late March or early April – both of them – and entertain us with their antics while raising chicks.

Clywedog. Oh, it is wet and miserable at this nest in Wales today. Only Bob looks pretty miserable.

Never fear. Dylan went out and got a nice perch for Only Bob’s (Blue 496) tea time treat. Seren is happily feeding her little one. Soon Only Bob is going to be thinking about fledging too.

Look at Dylan’s strong thin legs. The other day he flew 13 km to get a trout for his family’s dinner. Thanks John Williams for confirming that distance!

Loch of the Lowes. It is raining in Scotland, too. NC0 is on the nest feeding her nestling and her fledgling their tea time meal. NC0 has been flying with Fledgling Bob over the loch. It will be wonderful to see her spend time flying with both her babies once Second Bob has fledged. NC0 has become a very good mother. She struggled at the beginning with the feeding and many thought that Second Bob would not survive and perish like little third Bob. But, look at these two now. Fantastic. NC0 really came into her own. Laddie has done his part, too!

Are you interested in France’s plan for their Osprey and White Tailed Eagles? If so, Stephanie Scofield posted the French government’s document on the Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) FB page. If you cannot read French, have a look anyway. The graphics are very helpful. Here is that report:

Thank you so much to the person who forwarded me an image of Z1, Tegid. I do not know who to credit for the image so thank you to that individual. I hope you do not mind my posting it today!

I am so grateful to my friend ‘T’ for telling me about this brave little osprey. As many of you know, I am setting about on a ten year plan to follow the osprey hatches that were beaten and battered and deprived of food but, who made it despite all the odds against them to fledge! I want to see how their lives unfold. Sadly, many like Tiny Tot on the Achieva Osprey nest are not ringed and most are not seen on camera. So my list is short. It includes Z1 Tegid, JJ7 Captain, Tiny Little Bob Blue 463, and Tiny Tot. If you know of others please alert me. You can leave me a comment or send the information through e-mail ( It is much appreciated.

Here is Tegid. He has a nest with chicks for the second year in Snowdonia in Wales! Look at those strong little legs, too.

It is a soaring hot day on the Canadian prairies. The birds are really enjoying the water dishes and baths – they are keeping us busy filling them. I am taking a break from cleaning my tiny home office. It got stuffed with all manner of everything during the pandemic and now it is time to get that sorted. It is so nice, like now, to stop and check in on our friends with feathers!

Thank you so much for joining me and thank you for all the letters, comments, and pictures. I love hearing from you.

Thank you to the following for their streaming cams where I take my screen shots: Scottish Wildlife Trust and Friends of Loch of the Lowes, CarnyX Wildlife and Clywedog Ospreys, Dyfi Osprey Project, Poole Harbour Osprey Project, Cumbria Wildlife Trust and the Foulshaw Moss Osprey Nest, Crested Goshawk Nest Cam in Taipei, and the Mlady Buky White Stork Nest Cam.


  1. Linda Kontol says:

    Thank you Mary Ann Steggles for all the exciting updates on our Ospreys and Eagles! They are all so exciting to watch and each have their own personalities. At Every nest you shared we hope for a nice fledge and productive life. It is amazing the golden eagle Zenit that Lady Hawk photographs is so stunning and has grown up so fast! Thanks also for the French report on their ospreys and eagles. I look forward to it!

  2. That little Golden Eaglet is quite the handful! That is our hope. I remember when they put up the camera and the dad was so afraid of it. It felt like a repeat of Spilve and Klints. I am so happy that the dad has returned to help raise this little one. Fingers crossed for the others!

    1. Mail! says:

      Yes I was so glad that the dad came back too. The mom and dad are wonderful food providers. Yes and Fingers crossed 🤞 

      Sent from AT&T Yahoo Mail for iPad

  3. Salliane says:

    Hi Mary
    Hope you had a nice weekend 🙂

    I am providing a link for you to the Loveland, CO osprey nest and chat
    Please read the chat comments and let me know what you think.

    My feeling is the bander should go back to recheck or contact a local rehabber/rescue center for assistance immediately.

    I don’t concur with the bander’s comment that Os can survive with injured or missing digit

    1. Hi Salliane. It is really nice to hear from you. I will go and have a look to see what you are talking about. Today, I saw Cooper’s hawk that was rescued because it is missing a talon. It had fallen out of the nest. The center is getting the little hawk stronger and plans to return it to the nest. It is missing the hallux (the back one) that helps with hunting. There was another Bald Eagle that I recall from last year – she is quite old – named Ma. Her foot was quite crooked like it had been broken at once (but I can’t say for sure that is the reason), and she was still catching prey and delivering and feeding broods of kids. People seeing her were quite concerned, but she functioned quite normally. Close to me, there is a three-legged deer who lives out amongst the other dear, and as it happens, my dad had a three-legged dog when I was born. She protected me, apparently. So animals can adapt for sure.

      1. Hi Salliane. I have been thinking about you and wanted to reach out and find out if any help came to the Osprey chick in Colorado. I meant to do this yesterday but our 16-year-old cat got very sick quickly and passed away. What I have seen is that it really depends on the people and the nest. SW Florida and the Pritchett family LOVE their Bald Eagles, Harriet, and M15 and if they need help they get it. There are lots of people supporting them. At other nests, they tend to say ‘let nature be nature’. That said, nature isn’t what it was. Humans have impacted it. I hope to hear from you that there was a good ending to the worries about the little one. All the best.

    2. Have you been watching this nest like you did Achieva? I ask that because I know that you would have noticed if any of those chicks had been injured at any time. Did the injury occur before the bander arrived? or after? Was the chick born with the issue? Or did it show up between hatch and now? What caused it? Lots of questions. At the WBSE nest in the Sydney Olympic Park, everyone watching knew that 26 had an injured leg. Many felt that the mother had stepped on the chick’s leg after hatch (within a day or 2). They saw it happen. There was concern the little one would never stand, walk, branch, etc. And there was concern that the sea eagle should have been examined early on and taken into care. 26 fledged then returned to the nest for 6 days and refledged. It was clear then that it would not be able to survive on its own. The Pied Currawongs chased 26 out of the forest on the evening of a big storm. 26 wound up on the balcony of a 22nd-floor condo 1.5 km away from the nest. She was taken into care. There remains a huge controversy over how this was handled and what happened next. 26 was euthanized. I still get tears in my eyes. That bird tried so hard. — In my blog, you will find a story about the Old Warrior. I think you can search. There is a super wildlife rehab site in a very old Bald Eagle with a beak injury, a broken leg, and lead levels of 48. He wanted to live, and they got his lead levels down to 10 – that in itself is a miracle. Now they have applied for a permit to keep him as an ambassador. He is so healthy now. —— Sometimes it matters who is in charge of making decisions on what is to be done. Old Warrior showed he wanted to live, and gosh, darn, those people worked to give him his life. Sometimes a wildlife rehabber will go with the individual banding the chicks. Banding is so common in Montana and the UK that they make videos showing it, take pictures, share them on FB, etc. They weigh and measure and give health checks. Everything is very transparent. Very young osprey chicks, like 3 weeks, seem to do well in care. They do not seem to get stressed. I have been told that older chicks, like these, getting ready to fledge, do not do well. At the Cornell Red Tail Hawk nest, it was apparent that K2 was having serious problems with her right eye and beak. Cornell informed everyone that K2 was still eating well (she was) and that they could not risk disturbing the nest and prematurely making K1 and K3 fledge early. Then after K1 fledged, they decided to go up and get K2 as her health was not improving. She was in a lot of pain, and the vets said she could not survive independently. Like 26, she was euthanized. I hope that someone knowledgeable is monitoring the situation. I take offense that just because ospreys are not endangered, they are not cared for! As it happens, today, out of Montana is the word that there is a serious threat to the ospreys due to climate change in that state.

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