Grinnell and Annie Unite – and other Bird World News

In North America it is the first day of the New Year. We remain under an Extreme Cold Warning. It is -30. Yesterday, it was reported that there are nearly 200 ducks still in the open waters of our Assiniboine River. When it is warmer I will go and check for all of us! And get a photo.

It is incredible that the waterfowl can tolerate such extreme temperatures. The ducks apparently swim very close to one another. That mass creates a large area of heat which keeps the water melted so they are able to eat. They just have to keep moving. They will swim in one direction in unison and then turn and swim the other direction keeping the water flowing so that it does not freeze. Their down – remember all that down that Daisy removed from her breast for the nest? – keep them warm along with their waterproof feathers. This is impressive in terms of adaptation.

I am so excited. Annie and Grinnell bonded on the ledge of the scrape box together first thing New Year’s Morning. Tears. Grinnell is back. Annie has picked him over the interloper that injured him! Oh, I could hardly believe it. Grinnell arrived calling Annie last night. What wonderful news for everyone. Congratulations UC-Cal Falcons.

Wow. Remember I said that E20 was a pistol? Meaning that this little one is full or surprises. Well, guess you wanted the first bite and climbed out of the nest bowl to get it? E20!!!!!!!

Here is a very short video showing E20 climbing up the nest bowl. At first, 20 did not get any food because the angle was wrong. It is an advantage to not be right under Mum or Dad’s beak. Notice that the adults have to turn their head in order to feed the chicks. That is so the eagle can see the beak of the eaglet. It is often why first time Bald Eagle mothers have difficulties feeding – they do not tilt their head. In the image above you can see the tilt of Harriet’s head in order to feed the babies. And, yes, E20 does get fed. This little eaglet has lots of spunk.

Harriet will make sure that they are both fed. Sometimes she fills up the one that is causing all the mischief so it will go to sleep and then she will feed the other one. Harriet is very experienced. She had this nest with her mate Ozzie before M15. There has never ever been a chick lost on this nest to siblicide or hunger. Ever. It is a really good nest for everyone to watch.

The other streaming Bald Eagle cam with two eaglets is Hilton Head. Deb Steyck put together a video of the Dad, Mitch, feeding the pair. They will, eventually, both get fed. Now sure how much experience Mitch has feeding his babies!! They are such darlings.

Dear Ervie was on the nest at the Port Lincoln Osprey as the sun was setting on New Year’s Day in Australia. Happy New Year PLO!

Yesterday, Mr and Mrs Daisy visited the nest of the White-bellied Sea Eagles. What Daisy doesn’t know is that the crows have been visiting the nest almost daily looking for eggs. If they see her sitting on eggs they will go after them. Then, like clockwork, Lady and Dad returned to the nest to spend the night on thee first night of the New Year. As much as we all love Daisy, I hope that when she comes back the Sea Eagles are there and she will choose a different place for her nest!

First, it was the Currawongs bothering the Sea Eagles.

Then BooBook Owl came calling in the middle of the night.

Maybe this time we should collectively blow Daisy off the nest?! I feel so sorry for her. I wish she had a safe place to raise her ducklings. This nest is not that safe place! And, it is possible the Sea Eagles will have trouble with the Ravens now. I hope not.

I want to wish you and all the birds every happiness and success for the New Year. It is so nice to have you here with us. Take care of yourself. See you soon.

Thank you to the following for their streaming cams where I took my screen shots: Port Lincoln Osprey Project, Sea Eagles@Birdlife Australia Discovery Centre Sydney Olympic Park, UC-Cal Falcons, SWFlorida Eagle Cam and D Pritchett.

3 Comments

  1. Linda Kontol says:

    Thanks Mary Ann for these wonderful updates on New Years Day! I’m so happy for Grinell and Annie! Daisy and her mate visiting the sea eagles nest again is such a surprise and them spending New Years Eve night there takes the cake! Thanks for the photos and all the info on them and the PLO’s❤️❤️❤️ . E20 is so funny! I would have thought the older one E 19 would be the dominant one! 💕💕
    Have a great New Years Day Mary Ann! I do look forward to the Duck photos when it warms up there. Thank you!
    Linda

  2. Mary Ann, that’s great news to hear that Annie and Grinnell have reunited! I love that video. And I hope the interloper never returns.
    Also fun to see E20 climbing the nest bowl. It surprises me to see that he seems to be the dominant one. (How do you tell them apart?)
    Worries me about Daisy Duck though. It seems there must be a safer place to lay her eggs besides an eagle nest — especially after what’s happened there in her last two attempts. Maybe if her mate would help out there’d be a chance – but even then sounds doubtful.

    Hope your weather starts to warm up — for your sake, and for the sake of all the beautiful wildlife that surrounds you. Take good care, and thanks again for all the bird news every day. I always look forward to your posts!

    1. Annie and Grinnell. So happy. Today the parents had to feed the two eaglets separate. E20 was getting beaked a bit and Dad stepped in. I will post it later. Yes, Daisy is a worry but even now the sea eagles, too. The smaller birds can be very disruptive or dangerous. Yes, us, too. It is too cold! I would be happy with about -8! Take care, Betty. Thanks so much for writing to me with your comments

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