Sunday in Bird World

Oh, wow. It is a bright sunny Sunday on the Canadian Prairies. There is no snow falling and the temperature dropped from that very nice -14 C at midnight to -24 C this morning. It is supposed to further drop to -29 C. When I went out to fill all of the feeders, Dyson was on top of the large suet cylinder chewing away. He took no mind of me as I worked around him until I got the camera out. Then he scurried away! The now regular 28 European Starlings were the first to arrive. They were followed by the several hundred Sparrows. The chickadee seems to find a way to manage in the midst of all of them but I have not seen Junior or Mr and Mrs Blue Jay for a couple of weeks. Little Red will wake up sometime around 14:00 and join the garden gang. When it is cold like it is today the feeders are all filled twice. Thank goodness for bulk buying!!!

Louis just gave up his incubation duties at the Kisatchie National Forest Bald Eagle nest. He gave us a quick glimpse of the egg. Doesn’t look like a pip yet.

Louis had his talon caught in some of the Spanish Moss and it completely covered the egg. I wonder if this is egg #2? One of them was broken by Anna when she was landing one day in December. If it is #2, then pip watch could be delayed until Tuesday.

Annie arrives at 12:00:33 and there is a nice view of the egg after the moss is cleared away. Anna is looking at the egg closely. The adults will be able to hear the eaglet inside if all is well as we near pip.

The news coming out of Captiva Bald Eagle Nest on Sanibel Island is that there is no pip yet for Connie and Clive. Last night Lena 2 laid the first egg for the Captiva Osprey Nest.

Pa Berry is incubating the egg at the Berry College Eagle Nest. There is no pip there and they are expecting rain today. The weather has been terrible for this pair. There was snow last night and high winds and hail the other day. I honestly did not think the tree would survive that storm never mind Missey who was hanging on and keeping those eggs safe.

E19 and E20 are fast asleep at the SWFlorida Eagle Nest in Fort Myers. Their only job is to grow – so they eat and sleep. Adorable.

It got a little too hot under Mum but the shade is really nice! The Mumbrella.

Bald Eaglet spells ‘cute’. These two are really growing. Notice the egg tooth is almost completely gone.

R1 and R2 are ready for some lunch at the WRDC nest. It will be around 26 degrees C for these Miami-Dade eaglets today. I hope there is a nice breeze.

Here is a view of the Hilton Head Bald Eagle Nest in South Carolina. What a magnificent nest.

The two eaglets of Harriet and Mitch are in a food coma. They are doing very well. I love their fat little bottoms and tails. They scoot around pushing and moving with their wings.

Awwww. I have been watching the Port Lincoln Osprey Barge closely. You will recall that both Ervie and Falky had early morning fish. Then Bazza, who had a crop, decided to push Falky off the ropes. I was quite afraid for Falky but, on his third try, with a cool head, he was able to free himself from the water. It was brilliant.

Ervie decided that he was not giving up the nest. Indeed, control of the nest is all important by the dominant bird. That is how it came to be that Erive had four fish deliveries yesterday. The deliveries were at 07:08, 15:29:44, 18:05, 18:30, and at 18:40 Ervie seems to find another fish on the nest! His crop should have popped! There is clearly a reason that there is competition for the nest!!!!!!!

At 17:40, Ervie still had a crop from the 15:29 fish.

Ervie spots one of the adults coming in with a fish. It is Dad.

That was a nice fish for Ervie.

Ervie was still eating the 18;05 fish when Mum landed on the nest with a small fish. Falky flies over from the ropes to retrieve that little fish.

So there is Ervie in the back eating his fish and mantling. Mum is in the middle with the fish under her left talon. Falky has gotten turned around and is facing us.

Mum decides she wants out of there quick. Falky is still facing the wrong way. Ervie has his fish under his talons and is mantling.

Ervie decides he doesn’t like Falky on the nest and boots him off. Ervie takes both of the fish.

Now Ervie has two fish to eat! It seems like Ervie has been eating all day. There is no sharing like they did as youngsters. These are three males that will be future rivals if they are not fully already.

Ervie was selected for the sat-pak because he was believed to be the best bet for survival. I continue to say that made a perfect choice. It may feel entirely unfair but it takes confidence, creativity, and cleverness to survive it seems.

Ervie sleeping on the nest in the middle of the night.

Ervie is on the nest and Falky is on the ropes waiting for that first fish delivery. Wonder who will get it?

Other Bird News: Rafa Benjumea has reported that the recent count of Ospreys in the Sanctuaire des Balbuzards in Senegal is 161. That is excellent news. How many Bald Eagle nests and couples do you think are in the small state of New Jersey? The 2021 count shows 247 Bald Eagle Nests. Out of those, 222 were active. 296 eaglets hatched and there were 27 new Bald Eagle couples. That is quite the count! There are growing numbers of Bald Eagles being admitted to Rehab Clinics with high lead levels. A few make it while a lot perish. It is a simple fix: stop using lead in hunting and fishing equipment! If there is one thing that you can do this year to help the birds is to get on your computer and write to the politicians in your area asking them to ban lead in hunting and fishing equipment. While you are at it, you might want to ask them to ban the manufacture and sale of any type of rodenticide. We remain on pip watch for Captiva, KNF, and Berry College – and we are getting close to a pip watch for NEFlorida with Samson and Gabby.

Thank you so much for joining me today. So happy there are so many people who get joy from the birds! It is heart warming. Take care. See you soon.

Thanks to the following for their streaming cams where I took my screen shots: Hilton Head Eagle Cam, SWFlorida Eagle Cam and D Pritchett, WRDC Eagle Cam, Port Lincoln Osprey Project, Berry College Eagle Cam, and the KNF Eagle Cam.

10 Comments

  1. Linda Kontol says:

    Thanks as always Mary Ann for the great updates and newsletter! Ervie is something isn’t he? 😂. Lol! I do wish for them all to get their fishes today though. Best wishes to all the new nests with all their eggs and little bittys! 💕🙏
    Have a great Sunday afternoon and I look forward to the next newsletter !
    Thank you Mary Ann!
    Linda

    1. Hi Linda, It has just been a fabulous day down at the PLO barge. My goodness it has been an amazing year for these three youngsters and all their loyal fans. I am so happy for them. Ervie took a deliberate dive and came up with a fish on camera. The best!

    2. Oh, my pleasure, Linda. He is a corker. I wonder if all those Bald Eagle eggs are going to pip at the same time???? It looks like a crazy week ahead.

  2. Ann-Marie says:

    Hi Mary, spectacular dive from Falky at 11:30:23, he returned to ropes and had a decent sized fish! All caught on camera with a lovely close up of him enjoying his prize!
    It’s a must see!

    1. Hi Ann-Marie. Oh, thank you so much for thinking of me. I didn’t see your comment til after I posted the catch but I so soooooo appreciate the notice. I might have missed it if I had not re-wound to see what happened when I left. Isn’t it exciting?! I cannot think of a time seeing a recent fledgling catching a fish on camera. Hopefully more. Again, thank you so much for your kindness.

    2. It is! I went back and took a video clip. Oh, he must have been so proud of that fish. He was hungry. And it was a nice one. I hope he gets another today….or three.

  3. Mary Ann, thanks for another interesting report! All the egg watches certainly have us in suspense. (Do you happen to know when we can expect the New Zealand Albatross egg to hatch?)

    And those Ospreys! I hope they’re able to sort things out. Lots of drama there, it seems.

    Hope you’re staying warm. Can’t imagine that kind of cold! All your yard birds and critters are sure lucky to have you. They probably wouldn’t survive without your good care and regular feedings.

    You take good care also! Wishing you a good week ahead.

    1. Hi Betty, I was told about 27 January for the Quarry Track egg of YKR and OGK. That is exciting and well, today was just a roller coaster day with the PLO lads! Those Bald Eagle eggs just might pip at the same time!!!!!! It looks like a great week ahead. Fingers crossed for all to go well. And thank you. It is my pleasure!

      1. Thanks for the egg watch date on the Albatross nest!
        My fingers are crossed too — for all of them.

      2. You are so welcome. I am excited for YRK and OGK. Fascinates me how they can feed their little one with those great big bills of theirs!

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