Late Friday in Bird World

LOL. It looks like Ervie roosted on the perch last night. The angle of the camera only allowed you to see the nails of the talons if you looked really close. He is back on the nest waiting for his breakfast fish!

They were moving the camera when I caught a glimpse of Ervie on the perch.

No one else appears to be on the barge. Ervie will be hoping that Dad or Mum will hear his calls for breakfast.

Andy and Lena of the Captiva Osprey Nest on Sanibel Island now have three eggs.

Despite the fact that I am always checking on on E19 and E20 at the SWFlorida Bald Eagle Nest, I often don’t comment. That is a shame. These are two of the best behaved Bald Eagles I have seen. It feels like the year for that. The Port Lincoln lads lined up and ate and really didn’t have much rivalry at all until they had fledged. E19 and E20 had a bit but that went away quickly. They are marvellous. I hope that Lena and Andy hatch three well behaved Ospreys, too. We will not know, however, as the owner has decided that once the eggs hatch the camera will go offline until the ospreys are too big for the Crows to take.

Meanwhile E19 and E20 are being ‘filled up’. Look at that crop.

The little one at the KNF nest could be heard chirping loud and clear wanting to be fed. Louis was brooding and, well, Louis is a great fisher but he isn’t such a good feeder – at least not yet. Give him time.

That little eaglet is very strong. It can clamour up the egg cup after food besides being able to sit upright for a bit.

Louis has brought more fish and Anna is brooding the eaglet now. It will get a nice feed. The microphones Cody installed are fantastic. You can hear the eaglet clamouring for a feeding under Anna!

Anna got up right away and gave the baby some nice big bites of Pike.

This little eaglet is so patient and Anna is a splendid Mum.

The baby will have a nice big crop when Anna finishes feeding but they aren’t going to show us. Look at how chubby it is already! This is one of the strongest little bobbleheads I have ever seen. A great family to watch. No worries about sibling rivalry or hunger here! The chat moderator, Tonya, has just confirmed that when Kisatchie, their eaglet last year, was 13 days old, Louis brought in 8 fish and Anna brought in 2 for a total of 10 fish on the nest in case the chick got hungry!!!! (or Mum or Dad). Wow. I recall that big stack of fish in the corner.

Remember to send in your name suggestions to by 30 Jan. Let’s give this great eaglet a super name! Everyone can join in. They will select some names for a final voting.

Here is the link to this great Eagle family in case you lost it.

If you are looking for something to do on a Friday evening, if you haven’t seen it, I highly suggest the movie about Pale Male, the Red-tail Hawk that lives in New York City’s Central Park. He is 32 years old this year. Him and Octavia still live in the park. It is free. Scroll down for the white rectangle that says ‘Watch It’. It is an inspirational story of how the people of the City came together to save the nest of this amazing hawk.

It looks like there could be a pip or a large crack in the second egg at Berry College. Will continue to monitor.

Take care everyone. Thank you so much for joining me. See you soon!

Thanks to the following for their streaming cams where I took my screen captures: Berry College Bald Eagles, SWFlorida Bald Eagles and D Pritchett, KNF Bald Eagles, Captiva Ospreys, and Port Lincoln Osprey Project.


  1. Linda Kontol says:

    Thank you I Mary Ann for the updates and pics and links. Good luck to all of the nests and the little hatchings!
    We have so many Blessing to be thankful for! ❤️


    1. You are so welcome. It is always a pleasure to share with such kind gentle souls like yourself. Yes, the hatchlings seem to be doing well. I am particularly fond of that little chubby one with the tail at the KNF nest. So strong! And I was a little early for Gabby and Samson. Sadly another week before pip watch. Take care. Enjoy your weekend…we have lots of blessings, we just need to focus on those.

  2. Thanks for all the news in your three posts today, Mary Ann. I’m going to be worried too about that egg shell that attached itself to the unhatched egg. Glad everything else is going well with other nests. So glad eaglets are all eating well!
    Hope they’ll be able to track all the Ospreys. (Am worried about Ervie though, hanging around the nest so much. I think you’re right that something must’ve happened that scared him – and took away his self confidence. )

    1. Thankfully, that shell is on the small end and not the big one. A miracle! Hopefully it will not cause B16 too much of a problem. Today, Ervie even flew and got off the nest lots. So if it wasn’t trauma did he pull a muscle or something that caused him to rest???? Do you remember when he hung upside down on the nest by a talon? Hopefully Ervie is back to his old self with scores of confidence. We wait!!!!!

      1. Yes, we wait!! You’re right, bird watching does require lots of patience (which I’m learning every day now!)

  3. Beverly Penney says:

    Oh my goodness, Mary Ann, I don’t have enough words to thank you for the link to the “Pale Male” video/doco. I follow the Red-Tailed Hawks, Big Red and Arthur, in Itacha, NY. I didn’t know about Pale Male. I was so emotionally moved as I was watching this I couldn’t even stop to catch a breath. Not only because of my beloved hawks but the interaction of the people. This is by far one of the best videos I’ve seen. Thank you doesn’t go far enough, but thank you from the inside, bottom of my heart! ❤️ Beverly Penney, Bridgewater, Tasmania, an American expat and VietNam-era US Air Force veteran.

    Beverly 🧓🐕🐾✝️🌈 🌹If you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, run down there and light the bloody thing yourself!

    1. Dear Beverly, hello in Tasmania. What a beautiful part of the world. Oh, your note makes me so happy and confirms that it is always good to repost inspirational films. Pale Male is one of those. It really does show the love and the power that people have to make things happen. You might also want to check in on Bruce Youlton. He takes photographs of the hawks in and around Central Park and NYC. They are lovely and he often includes little video clips. My very first love of RTHs was a couple on the ledge of the University of NYC library ledge. The female died of rodenticide poisoning and the male cold not keep up with incubation and his own health. Eventually those two led me to Pale Male and then Big Red! The opposite of you both we both got to the Queen. Bruce’s website is
      Thank you so much for letting me know how much you enjoyed it. All the best.

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