Wednesday afternoon and all is well in Bird World

It has turned out to be a really good day for both the garden birds and E20 and R2. The blowing snow and wind yesterday kept the birds away from the feeders in my City but, all of the reports this morning are that the birds are back in full force. That is wonderful. I have an onslaught of European Starlings while others have a yard full of Redpolls. I would love to switch with them just for a couple of hours. Outside of the City the Snowy Owls are rather abundant and when it is warmer than -25 I really hope to get out to see them and take some photos to share.

In my last blog, I hoped that M15 would step in and feed E20. Well, he did! Maybe each of you wished that too. It is amazing what positive energy can do. The two just finished a different feeding about an hour or so ago. E20 waited and then was fed and both have enormous crops.

That is E20 at the top. E19 is in food coma at the bottom. Relief. Eagles do not have to eat every day. Indeed, in the wild, it is often the case that there is feast or famine. However, growing eaglets certainly do better and have no feather stress if feedings/food deliveries are stable. Harriet and M15 have never lost a chick to siblicide and I don’t think they are going to now. It is, however, difficult to watch – the bonking or beaking.

I did peek at the WRDC nest. R2 had been fed twice. I have no idea how many times R1 had eaten but when I checked, R1 was eating and eating and eating. R2 was keeping its head down and out of the way. It tried to squeeze in to get close to Mum but it seems the fish was eaten. Still R2 had a crop, not nearly as big as 20s but a crop nonetheless.

R1 is the eaglet eating. You can see R2s crop as he looks out of the nest to the world beyond.

40 minutes later, R1 is full to its beak but it does not like R2 trying to move in close to Mum. Too bad that R2 didn’t start pecking away at that fish he was on in the image above. Maybe he will become very clever and do that!

B15 is doing great. Both Pa Berry and Missy have been feeding and feeding that cheeky little eaglet. Squirrel and fish were on the menu this morning. The adults have also been cleaning up the nest cup, making it soft and nice for the eaglet.

This eaglet is seriously sweet.

At less than a week old, B15 can make its way around the egg cup quite well. This morning it had its eyes and beak focused on that fish.

The winds have been terrible in the Kisatchie National Forest. One big gust blew Anna right onto the baby! Right now it is 23 degrees C and the nest is in the area of a severe thunderstorm watch until 19:00.

Cheeky (and hot) baby trying to get out from under Dad!

Louis is on the nest. The sound is so good you can hear Anna out in the forest ‘talking’ to something. There is so much food on the nest. No worries if rain comes. Let us just hope the strong winds stay away from this nest at the top of a Loblolly Pine.

And everything is definitely alright with the world when Ervie is on the Port Lincoln Nest screaming his lungs off (???) wanting breakfast!!!!!!

What everyone really wants is for the Erv to see a fish in the water while he is on the nest and dive in and bring it back and eat it. That would just be like the best present everyone could get.

As we get close to the hatching of the Royal Cam chick, the NZ DOC has provided us with a document telling us what to expect. I hope that you can open it. Hatch watch 27 January – yes, that is 6 days away. (You might have to cut and paste).

/native-animals/birds/birds-a-z/albatrosses/royal-albatross-toroa/royal-cam/what-to-expect/?fbclid=IwAR05icSK-au13aCXIrpMFcFaEVM7UhZVOM1BcFDJwybS0UBxbLW3O7AtvWU

It is very windy and there are Albies flying around everywhere. OGK does some stretches and seems perfectly content incubating his egg. I wonder if YRK will blow in today? She might if her foraging has gone well but, it is early days to expect her return.

Having a chat with his egg. Precious.

What a peaceful nest to close this newsletter. If you want to watch the action as we approach hatch in New Zealand, here is the camera link:

There has been a sighting of an Osprey with a yellow leg band at Port Augusta which is 350 km north of Port Lincoln. Both Falky and Star have yellow bands but opposite legs. We wait to confirm which leg it is. All I can say is Wow. That is further than Solly who was on the opposite side of Eyre Peninsula at Streaky Bay and up to Eba Anchorage.

Oh, it is a good day. Thank you so much for joining me. Take care everyone. See you soon.

Thank you to the following for their streaming cams where I took my screen captures: Berry College Bald Eagles, WRDC, SWFlorida Eagle Cam and D Pritchett, Port Lincoln Osprey Project, Cornell Bird Lab and the NZ DOC, and the KNF Bald Eagle Cam.

8 Comments

  1. Linda Kontol says:

    Thanks Mary Ann for this update! OGK and YRK are such good parents and I love it when they talk to their egg,❤️ Ervie will soon catch a fish and I think he did catch the puffer fish? But not where we could watch him so maybe a parent got it and gave him off nest. I am anxious to learn of the yellow band and see if it is Star or Falky. What about Bazza? Is his band yellow? Since I think he left before Falky I thought it might be him too. So glad all the little bittys are being fed good. That crop was amazing on E 20! M15 is such a great Dad!
    Thanks Mary Ann and have a great evening!
    Take care !
    Linda

    1. Ervie definitely caught the puffer. His head and legs were wet. So Ervie has the dark almost black green band, Falky’s is yellow, and Bazza has a red one. It is definitely one with a yellow band but they don’t know yet if it is Star or Falky. The band is on opposite legs. I can’t wait to find out! Yes, it was good to see E20 full. M15 got in there last year so I hope he comes to help often now. I wonder if he was a second hatch picked on by a big sister????

      1. Linda Kontol says:

        It is a possibility! M15 is sure like Ozzie in a lot of ways also, to me.
        I can’t wait to find out about which one has the yellow band!
        Thanks Mary Ann and keep us posted when you find out.
        Great evening to you!
        Linda

      2. It is Falky! I guess he wanted to get as far away as he could!!!!!! Quite unbelievable. No one ever thought male Ospreys would travel that far from their natal nest. It makes it possible to imagine then that DEW and Star are far, far away and safe. Bazza, too. Must look further for them. You are so welcome, Linda. It is entirely my pleasure – unless it is bad news.

  2. Thanks so much for this one, Mary Ann. Sounds like there’s hope for all our nests again, with E20 and R2 getting more to eat today and the full crops. Hopefully that’ll continue. Crossing fingers! (I’ve been avoiding both nests, but did watch a couple of videos today.)

    Thanks also for the URL to the Albatross information site. I really appreciate your keeping us in the know about so many nests and the goings-on in each of them! Looking forward to more news tomorrow.

    1. So far, so good. I am a little shy of the WRDC nest for sure. Keeping a hopeful mind!!!!! You are more than welcome. It is my pleasure, Betty!

      1. Mary Ann, I just took a deep breath and checked in on the WRDC nest and both babies have full crops! It appears they just finished a bedtime feeding and they’re now huddled together happily (it seems) under mama. Hopefully R1’s aggression has subsided, just like E19’s. Crossing fingers!

      2. Both E19 and R1 have been stinkers today but the two younger siblings did get fed and had crops as you noted. It is sure nice to see. We should be nearing the end of the aggression, fingers crossed!

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