The Miracle Chick

If I mention the name Aran, who is the first to come to mind?

This morning there was a posting about a ‘miracle’ chick – indeed, 2 miracle eggs and one of those being a chick that never should have hatched but did. These stories always interest me because, I immediately think that they are third hatches. This was not the case with these two little bundles of joy.

What a beautiful couple. They have been together now six seasons. You can see Aran’s prominent feather problem.

Mrs G (left) and Aran (right). July 2021.
Mrs G 3 September 2021
Aran in one of his favourite spots before he migrates. September 2021

Aran arrived at the Glaslyn nest, unringed and, as you know if you follow the Ospreys of the UK or Wales, specifically, in 2015. The public wanted the couple named. The female who had raised chicks at the nest previously was to be Mrs G, after Glaslyn. Aran was named after the local mountains, Eryri. The story is lovely and deserves to be read in its entirety. I am enclosing the news from Glaslyn. The story of how Mrs G and Aran came together and how Mrs G’s sixth and seventh eggs – yes – 6 and 7 – came to hatch is remarkable. It makes you feel good. I can add that WO was last seen a couple of years ago in the north of England. So, he really was a survivor! (I intend to check the listings to see if W0 has been spotted this year and the circumstances).

I did get my hair cut and the minute I got home I went to check on the PLO nest. In his book, Soaring with Fidel, David Gessner explains the term ‘Kathleening’. It is when a person claims to have seen the biggest, and the most after someone tells their story. I do not want to sound like I am ‘Kathleening’ but, seriously, Mum was feeding those kids – again. When I left they were eating and when I got home they were eating.

Are those babies getting squirmy? She hardly got them covered and she is feeding them again1

Mom has decided that she wants the fish on the other side.

Yeah for Mom. She pulled that fish over the nest of babies without clobbering one of them.

Mom has decided that it is time for some more fish. The little ones will make their way to the table shortly.

That’s Little Bob on the left with the two older sibs facing in the same direction. Little Bob has his mouth open and he is looking at Mom.

Little Bob has a nice crop. He is the one on the far left. You can still see his egg tooth. It will be gone soon! Big Bob is in the middle. She is the one with the most pin feathers and Middle Bob is on the right.

Mom is looking for another delivery and the three Bobs are waiting at the table with their napkins tucked in and forks at the ready.

It is 12 degrees C with 11 kph winds. What a difference from the days when it was blowing at 34 kph. Dad was able to get some rather large fish those windy days. I wonder if it is the same with the calm water???

I have been notified that the Season of the Osprey, the much awaited documentary put out by Nature and PBS will be shown in the US on 27 October at 00:00:30. Please do check your local stations to make sure this is correct!

That is it for me tonight. There will be at least another 7 or 8 feedings today before Mom gets some time to rest. I will bring you the details tomorrow. Take care everyone! Thank you for joining me.

Thank you to the Port Lincoln Osprey Project’s and Bywyd Gwyllt Glaslyn’s streaming cam where I took my screen shots.


  1. Linda Kontol says:

    Thank you Mary Ann! What a great newsletter again! I’m so happy for the three little PLO’s!💕💕💕. The story of Aran and Mrs G sounds so exciting! I can’t wait to read this story. Thank you for the link. Have a good evening and sleep well! Linda

  2. Salliane says:

    Another great newsletter. I must look up David Gesner’s book.
    Seems like all is going well at PLO which is great…Big Bob is getting larger, tho. I hope there will be no fighting at the nest this year.

    I’ll take a look at the link you provided. The ospreys of Wales and UK are so different in coloration from the ones in the US. I find it quite interesting! Aran and Mrs G are a gorgeous couple.

    Oh …FYI. I just received the “used” book, The Call of the Osprey. It is in good shape…paper cover with very little wear on edges (it was received in a plastic pouch…not in a box) so I am thinking it was from shipping.
    I did correspond with Heiko Langer and Dr Greene many years ago about the Hellgate nest and (of course) Iris and Stanley. I believe Dr Langer is in Saudi Arabia? working for KAUST…not sure if he is still there. He left Montana in 2014…thereabouts.

    1. Hi Salliane. Did you order Soaring with Fidel? That is a true gem. If you did. Read page 82 and laugh with me. It is amazing how nice the used books are – and quite the bargain. I started this year only buying used. It is lovely to hear from you. Yes, some of the UK birds are really dark. It took me a while to get used to them! Have a great day.

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