It’s three for Ron and Rita and other news from Bird World

Ron and Rita welcomed R3 early this morning. It appears that R3 hatched around 07:58. Notice also how Rita puts her beak at the tip of R1’s beak when it is wanting to peck R2. Very interesting.

Here is a very short video of R3 hatching.

R3 is officially fully hatched at 10:32:01.

Rita is now showing us anything as R1 and R2 look outside the nest cup.

That nest cup is very small. Fingers crossed for this little one to catch up and the older siblings to be kind. There is lots of food and experienced parents.

Congratulations Rita! (and Ron)

I have yet to see Daisy the Duck return to the WBSE nest in the Sydney Olympic Forest since her and her mate came to check it again on New Year’s Day. The Ring-tailed Possum still has its own nest amidst the twigs that have been added to this enormous structure over the years. It was running up and down around the tree last night.

It is hard to see it but if you look at the left side of the ‘V’ branch, it is running down to the bottom of the V and on the nest image, it is running up the other side.

The Port Lincoln Osprey Lads must have a pact. Each one of them gets to spend an entire day on the nest! First it was Bazza, then Falky came the other day, and now it is Ervie’s turn again! Ervie flew in with a piece of fish yesterday and it is believed that he must have caught it himself. However, later, he also received a fish from Dad, the last fish of the day. They have also been diving off the barge – Falky is very good at this and it is wonderful to see them figure out how to fish. We most often do not get this opportunity.

There is Ervie protecting his fish on the nest from any siblings that think they will fly in and grab it.

Falky and Bazza are leaving Ervie alone to enjoy his dinner.

And perhaps by prior arrangement or reservation, Ervie gets to sleep on the nest alone. So when we see that one of them is staying by themselves all day on the nest, we will not worry about them. It looks like they are taking reservations for occupancy! What characters these three boys are.

There are so many things that humans use for one thing that wind up harming anyone that comes near them. Today, let’s look at ‘sticky paper’. Strands of sticky paper used to be common where I live to catch mosquitoes and flies. In France they are still used to catch birds! What horror and today there are used to catch mice and rats. Any bird or animal that gets near this gooey paper will be harmed. This was posted by CROW. The last sentence is not there but they suggest calling your local wildlife rehabber. Do not try to do anything yourself.

The wee ones at Hilton Head are still small and fuzzy but E19 and E20 are growing fast. Today, they are out of the nest cup and sleeping with their head on the sides of the nest. This is a major change for these two. Their pin feathers are also coming in and we can see their little tails starting to grow as their wings get bigger and bigger.

Another possum was just brought on deck for dinner along with the remains of yesterday’s two fish.

Eating and growing make for one very tired E19.

An earlier feeding of fish.

All is well at Harriet and M15’s. The beaking has really slowed down. Let’s hope it stays that way!

We are on egg watch at Big Bear for Jackie and Shadow.

Here is the link to the camera of this favourite Bald Eagle couple. We wish them the best of luck as they struggle to have nestlings up in northern California. It is perhaps the lingering DDT in the area that continually causes the shells of their eggs to be thin or the eggs to be unviable. But, let’s start 2022 off with all your warm wishes. I hope this is their year – they are so dedicated to one another.

Pip watch for those followers of Connie and Clive at the Captiva Bald Eagle Nest this weekend. Hoping that this year is better for Mum Connie and her new partner, Clive. Connie lost both of her chicks to rodenticide secondary poisoning last year. They were Hope and Peace. It was tragic. And, of course, rodenticide, like sticky paper, needs to be banned. Raptors and Cats are the answer to getting rid of rodents.

Here is the link to the Captiva Bald Eagle Cam:

I am trying to find streaming cams for raptors in Japan. In my quest to find a raptor cam in Japan for one of your fellow readers, I have found squirrel cams, monkey cams, cams for traffic and temples, cooking, etc. But I have yet to find a mention of a raptor cam. I will continue my quest but if any of you know of one, please let me know so we can all enjoy. Thank you so much!

The squirrels are adorable!

And the most incredible monkeys and deer but no raptors! This is Awaji Island.

Thank you so much for joining me. It is so reassuring to know that there are so many people, from all of the world, that love the raptors – and all the birds and animals. Take care everyone. See you soon.

Thank you to the following where I took my screen captures: Hilton Head Bald Eagle Cam, SW Florida Bald Eagle Cam and D Pritchett, Friends of Big Bear, Captiva Eagle Cam, Port Lincoln Osprey Project, Sea Eagles@Birdlife Australia Discovery Centre Sydney Olympic Park, CROW FB page, Awaji Island Monkey Center, and Yatsugatake Today.


  1. Linda Kontol says:

    Thanks Mary Ann! This is wonderful
    News ! Congratulations to Rita and Ron 🙏🐣🐣🐣hope all goes well for them🙏🙏🙏
    So glad Ervie came back and all are doing good.
    It seems Daisy and her mate might have found a new place for her to lay her eggs. I hope so!🙏
    Good luck to all the eagles and their eggs.
    Thanks for all the wonderful photos and updates Mary Ann! Take care!

    1. All that worrying about Ervie!!!!!! He flew in yesterday and chaos started! And he got to sleep on the nest last night. I think there must be an agreement. Whoever gets the last fish gets to stay on the nest and rest all night and maybe get the morning fish. I don’t think we need to worry about any of those PLO boys anymore. Oh, Linda. I hope Daisy has found another nest. I am almost afraid to click on that camera and check. And, R3. Let us hope it is a little clever scrapper. Fingers crossed.

  2. Akane says:

    I’m glad to see that the birds I was worried about have returned one after another. I’m glad to hear that Daisy has found her nest.
    Thanks for the shout out in the newsletter! I don’t know what to say. left a great impression on me.
    That is the Ezo squirrel, which lives only in Hokkaido.
    I know of one live camera for Hayabusa. It’s at the Washington Hotel in Osaka. Some of you may know about it…. Here is the link:
    This is all I know about raptors in Japan.
    Thank you very much. Take care!

    1. Akane says:

      I was able to talk to someone who knows a little more about cams in Japan.
      “Birds of prey in Japan are under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Environment and local governments, and although there are cams for researchers, there is no live coverage. There is also concern that large numbers of solar panels are cutting through the forests and affecting the birds.”
      He also said that Live streaming is not possible due to high communication costs.
      FalconCam, which I mentioned in my reply above, is a web-only cam, and there is no cam on Youtube. I wanted to teach each other about birds and chat with them while watching the stream like English-speaking people, but I gave up. But I still have hope.

      Sorry for the disappointing report. Thank you very much, Mary Ann and everyone.
      Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

      1. Dear Akane, That report and their reasoning is very interesting. It is very disappointing. I wonder if the Ministry understands that streaming cams are highly educational, bring much joy to people, and also create a community that wants to work towards protecting the birds. I do wonder about the hotels. We talked about them. Mirvac is a big Corporation in Melbourne and they sponsor the camera for the Collins Street Falcons. I am certain that they write the camera and all the expenses off of their annual taxes as ‘public relations’. I do not know if Japan has that in their tax system. We do in Canada. Gosh, if we could only get Sony to sponsor a raptor camera. As you know the birds are not always in the forests —– although I really do appreciate the attitude of not destroying forests. Urban raptors. I have a hawk that comes to my garden almost every day. I think Sharpie makes a circuit finding food. Just a thought. Akane, you are always welcome. Long ago I had a very good friend that lived in Yokohama. He was with the Ministry that had charge of the ports. Long retired now and I have lost touch sadly as he might have been able to provide names of sympathetic persons. I wonder if we can find out who is doing the research. I will get on to that. Surely someone is doing research on urban birds!!!!! We will continue to try, Akane. I very much appreciate your report. Thank you.

  3. Akane says:

    It is really a pity. I think it’s a very good education to know what’s wrong with birds (usually fishing lines) and what’s good for them. It also helps with human intervention.
    The peregrine falcon nests at the Washington Hotel in Japan were all made up of club donations. Under the Japanese tax system, 20% seems to be allowed as a deduction… I didn’t know which company was or was likely to be a sponsor.
    It turns out that Canon, known as a camera manufacturer, has forests that are committed to wildlife conservation, habitat improvement, and prey growth. Sony has provided over 40 cams to the international environmental NGO Conservation International.
    I researched various things and really learned. Thank you for telling me about the people who live in Yokohama. I also do my best! Thank you for telling me a lot!

    1. Dear Akane, You are amazing at research. My goodness look at all you have discovered. There are a couple of falconry associations in Japan. I wonder if they might go to Canon or Sony and see if they would sponsor a streaming camera or two – if they know where some falcons are nesting and where it would not involve cutting trees, etc. I will try and find their names and write to them. Akane, I appreciate all of the information that you found. It is marvellous. Thank you.

    2. Dear Akane,
      There is a site run by a gentleman in New York City, Bruce Yolton. He makes videos and posts them on his blog of the hawks that live in New York City. You might find some of those of interest. They are not streaming cams but they are good to show the lives of the birds. The URL is Bye for now, Mary Ann

      1. Akane says:

        How can I thank you…. It’s great to have a company sponsor Cam. Thank you very much.
        Thank you for telling me about the New York hawk, I have bookmarked it.
        I have been without internet access for a while, so I apologize for the delay in responding. And I apologize for the delay in thanking you.

      2. I hope you find that site about the Urban Hawks interesting. Mr Yolton only posts his videos there to find them and some are spectacular. I wonder if you have seen the documentary on Pale Male. He is 32 years old and a Red Tail Hawk living in Central Park. The people fought to have his nest kept on one of the most expensive buildings. It is The movie is free. There is a white box that says Watch for Free under the hawk flying at the top. There is a lot of information about the challenges to hawks further down. I might remind everyone of this film. It is beautifully done. You just have to live through the young filmmaker telling you what happened to him at the beginning! Yes it would be wonderful if one of those companies could sponsor an urban hawk camera.

  4. Akane says:

    Thank you very much for taking the time to tell me all about it.
    Unfortunately, I didn’t know about the Pale Male …. I took a look at it as soon as I could. I’m still learning English, so I couldn’t understand everything, but I was very impressed by your enthusiasm. The chick I caught a glimpse of was very cute😊I wish Japan could be like this.
    Sincerely yours,

    1. Oh, I wish it was translated or had subtitles. I think you would really enjoy the fight that the people and some movie stars put up to not only save the nest but build a better one for Pale Male! He is thought to be the oldest Red tail Hawk. The KNF chick ate finally. Made me nervous and the new chick at Berry College looks strong. Yes, I wish you had lots of cameras. The skyscrapers are perfect for them to live.

    2. Dear Akane, I just found this on my feed. I do not know if you have seen it but thought I would send it along in case you had not. All the best, Mary Ann.

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