Updates from Bird World…or, oh, gosh…WBSE released 6 days ago!

Holly Parsons posted an update from Dr Cilla Kinross on the FB page for the Orange Peregrine Falcons. Thank you Holly!

(Nov 23):”I had a look at the eggs. One was clearly unfertilised. The other was, I think fertilised, but there was no chick inside. It exploded (big POP) all over me and it was just yellow liquid. No chick remains. I’ll do updates later. I’ll also try to get some confirmation from the museum where there are candling experts (I am not).”

One great report that was featured by Sunnie Day on FB is this. Just look at those numbers. Now how do we take care of these amazing birds – our Osprey?

Osprey Report for 2021, USA

The entire report on the Ospreys for the 2021 season can be read here:

https://www.ctaudubon.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Osprey-Nation-Report-for-the-2021-Season.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3gLbtstZokgb5Ii6EVTE6gj5_ifSVGCQQGaUiFUUmj61p3SMgUJy-WkUQ

If you want to protect our Ospreys, The Observer focuses on them this week. They say:

“A growing cause of death for ospreys is entanglement:  If adults incorporate monofilament or other discarded non-natural twine into their nests, these can end up wrapped around chicks’ feet, injuring or trapping them.  And, as food specialists, with one main food source, a grave threat to our osprey populations is contamination of their aquatic ecosystems; our Sarasota waterways.  As top predators, they’re exposed to the highest concentrations of toxins (such as mercury) in our environment. 

To protect these beautiful birds, who are key members of our ecosystem, we can keep toxins out of our waterways, and plastic litter, including twine and fishing-line, out of our environment.”

White Bellied Sea Eagles. 28 on the left and 27 on the right.
Is this WBSE 28 and not 27?

And great news coming out of Sydney, Australia. Someone let the cat out of the bag. The juvenile WBSE that was grounded by the Pied Currawongs was released six days ago on 18 November. I am using the term ‘juvenile WBSE’. There is no proof that it is either 27 or 28. It is a juvenile WBSE.

Just like we compared the Peregrine Falcons on the ledge yesterday, I want you to look carefully at the two images above. Someone that I trust very much indicated to me that the juvenile taken into care was not WBSE 27 but, rather, it was WBSE 28.

Dr Christian Sasse is one of my favourite people. He is so dedicated to the wildlife of British Columbia and in particular the Bald Eagles. Have a look at this beauty!

https://fb.watch/9t2vM9rY8t/

It is 14:47 and Harriet and M15 appear to still have one egg in the nest at Fort Myers, Florida on the Pritchett Farm.

Falky scored the 06:37 breakfast fish. At that point, Ervie took off flying behind Dad. Maybe Ervie is gonna go and see if he can get a fish himself.

The Eastern Osprey in Australia do not migrate. Unlike the Northern fish eagles that do shift to warmer climates during the winter and catch their first fish when they migrate, the Eastern Osprey will fish before they leave the parent’s territory.

There goes Ervie off the perch. I sure hope he learns to fish. He can get his own breakfast and eat it somewhere away from the brothers!!!

I have seen no further news coming out of UC-Berkeley on Grinnell and Annie.

It is not late in the day but it feels like it. It will be totally dark in less than an hour and a half. So I am off to clear up things outside.

Thank you for joining me. Take care!

Thank you to the following for their streaming cams where I took my screen captures or for their FB Pages: Port Lincoln Osprey Project, Sea Eagles@ Birdlife Australia Discovery Centre and their FB Page, Sunnie Day and Holly Parsons.

6 Comments

  1. Hi Mary Ann, I’m so happy to have found your blog! I’ve been wondering about the Sidney sea eagles ever since they left the nest. There was never a way to find out how they were doing or if they even survived. (I live in Washington state, USA) It seems one was injured after all — when he was chased from the nest? Glad he’s been released. I hope both are doing well now…?Thanks for all your news on other nests. It’s so fascinating watching these beautiful, intelligent, endearing birds!

    1. Hi Betty, So happy to have you with us. The WBSE are such beautiful birds. My fridge is filled with magnets from last year with 25 and 26. There is absolutely no way to find out if they survive unless there is some ‘defect’, like a hole in the wing, that is recognizable. The sea eaglets should return to the nest to be fed by the parents like 26 did last year when it was exhausted, more injured, and starving. The parents fed 26 well providing fish all the time. If they get chased far away and do not imprint the area in their mind they seem not to return to the nest. It is unclear if the parents feed them elsewhere. Or who got fed and who didn’t. The recent injured juvie was released on the 18th. It is not clear – without DNA or a band – if that bird is 27 or 28. That said I am hoping that we will get more news! Thanks again for joining us. I report on a lot of streaming cams. The birds bring us such joy.

      1. Thanks for this additional information, Mary Ann. When watching these various nests I end up getting so attached to them all – it’s good to know, when possible, how they fare after they fledge. (Did you by chance watch the Redding, California bald eagle nest last spring and summer? Beautiful triplets!)
        Now I’m crossing my fingers for young falcon “Yurruga” in Australia to have a successful life. (This was the first time I’d watched a peregrine falcon family.)
        My first nest watching experience was of a bald eagle nest near Victoria, BC – in about 2006 (?) (It was the first year they streamed a live camera.) Perhaps you were watching too?

        Thanks again for your informative site here on WP!

      2. Betty, I am sorry if I didn’t reply to your comment earlier. Yes, it is always so bittersweet. We get attached to them and then there are constant worries after they fledge. I wish the world were safer for all the birds. I was so glad to see that the Australians banded 27. I wish he had two bands like the Osprey so that you could easily see his number. Fingers crossed for him and Yurruga. I understand that the parents are taking food into the treed area so Yurruga must be in there! The chaps out in Victoria are amazing. They sure love their eagles.

  2. Thank you Mary Ann for all the updates. I am surprised for the sea eaglets. I thought it was 27 in the photos! I’m glad it has been released and hope it is doing well.🙏 and the sibling too ! ❤️❤️
    They are beautiful!
    I’m so glad the PLO’s are eating well and all are getting along ❤️❤️❤️
    The photo of the beautiful eagle from Dr Sasse is amazingly majestic!❤️🦅
    Thank you also for the Osprey report too!
    Have a great afternoon!
    Linda

    1. Hi Linda, You are most welcome. We really don’t know. They didn’t know when they picked it up but an old timer who is ‘close to the nest’ believes it is the first sea eaglet that fledged, 28. Regardless one of them is hopefully doing alright but since they released it on the 18th and didn’t tell anyone and there has been no update – who knows! The PLOs are great. Ervie got the second fish so we just need one for Bazza. That Osprey report was fantastic. I am really looking forward to seeing them again…nothing cuter than a wee little osplet.

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