Yesterday, it was reported that a male Osprey was killed by juveniles at Boedecker Lake in Colorado. The juveniles have been arrested and they will face charges. There was one chick in the nest along with the mom. This event will have tragic implications for the family. The female will need to remain with the juvenile and feed it while she also readies herself for migration. So sad.
This response is very different than when the two men sent to replace two lightbulbs at a park euthanized two Osprey – of course, they didn’t say how – instead of placing them in suitable containers til the bulbs were fitted. This incident should be examined further.
I went to the UK as a Commonwealth Scholar in 1990 and received my PhD from the University of Leicester in 1993. After three decades of university teaching, I retired to devote my time to the study of raptor behaviour. I am particularly interested in Ospreys and am working on a long term project on third hatch survival and siblicide in these raptors. My blog is a result of a fascination with my local wildlife and the desire to encourage others to love and care for birds! I live on the Canadian Prairies and prior to the pandemic travelled a lot. I am questioning the use of aviation fuel at the moment as we all strive to help our planet. My early research was in politics and art including British public statues exported to Southeast Asia and Vietnam Resistors that contributed much to Canadian ceramics. Books and articles were published on those subjects over a period of 3 decades. Now I am working on books for children so they can learn about the challenges our raptors face.
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This is another horrible news. Why would someone do that? Both cases are wrong.
Prayers for the mom and chick(s) that the father was killed.🙏❤️💕
Prayers for the poor parents that don’t know what happened to their kids(chicks) just for 2 light bulbs. 🙏🙏