Sunday in Bird World 23 Jan

NE26 is here! There are so many hatch times posted that it is unclear when NE26 was officially out of that shell. Does it matter? The AEF is showing 07:28:38 but the eaglet is fully dry and fluffy so I think Gabby was hiding that hatchling, keeping it warm. It is noon and it is still only 7 degrees C or 44.6 F. Chilly for Florida!

By 11:30, NE26 was holding its head up and looking straight at you! Notice that the inside of the shell was, in part, a beautiful blue.

What a cutie pie! Hello.

I wonder if you will be strong and sassy like your big sibling, Legacy????

Samson just brought in a nice fish to the nest – and its got its head on! He is so excited about the little furry one and wants to make sure that Gabby and it are well fed.

Gabby checks to see if the baby wants to eat. That pantry is so far from the nest cup. Remember Legacy last year crawling up the bowl to get over to it? Sure made NE24 strong.

You are so precious with that big egg tooth!


Gabby was hungry! And the little one needs to figure out which way to face the pantry! Not the grass! Gabby keeps checking to see if N26 wants to eat some fresh fish.

Proud Mama Gabby!

The growing eaglet in the Kisatchie National Forest Bald Eagle nest has already had 5 feedings between 06:47 and 11:45. I thought Anna might be slowing down but no…the feedings are just getting longer!

What a little cutie looking up at one of the parents on the branch above the nest. If you are looking for the turtle, it is still there amongst all manner of large fish and a beautiful Eagle feather.

A nice family portrait!

B15 at Berry College is doing well.

B15 peeking out between Mum and Dad.

At the WRDC nest of Ron and Rita in Miami-Dade, R2 has figured out to let R1 get full and then get up to eat. Once R1 is full, it doesn’t care what R2 is doing. So around noon, R2 started eating and it is getting really full. Whew!

For all who are teachers, the Raptor Resource Project can help you, from K through high school, from art to science. Why not teach about raptors?

It is a great Sunday. Everyone is doing well. There are big snowflakes starting to fall on the Canadian Prairies. They are swirling and are quite beautiful. But, please, no more snow! We are 50 days away from the arrival of the first Ospreys in the UK for breeding season! Do you have a favourite nest? I can’t decide but I am awfully keen to see some little osplets in the nest of CJ7. Hopefully she will return to Poole Harbour along with her hopeful partner, Blue 22. For those of you that might have missed it – Jackie and Shadow have their first egg as of yesterday and YRK has flown in to relieve OGK on the Royal Cam nest in New Zealand. It looks like it will be Mum on the nest this year when the hatchling is returned. The egg is in the incubator hatching right now! E19 and E20 are doing great at SWFlorida and Ervie has been sleeping on the perch at Port Lincoln all night – so all is well with the world.

Take care everyone. Thank you for joining me today. See you soon.

Thank you to the following for their streaming cams where I took my screen captures: NEFlorida and the AEF, KNF, Berry College, and the WRDC.


  1. Linda Kontol says:

    Mary Ann thanks very much for
    All the updates! This newsletter covered it all and then some! Congratulations to Gabby and Samson at NEFL!🐣 The photos and detailed info is so wonderful to receive!
    Have a Blessed Sunday afternoon and take care!

  2. Thanks for all the good news, Mary Ann! (It’d be nice if it would always be so good!) That new little baby is indeed a cutie. As are all the other little ones.
    I’m wondering about that Big Bear nest – it looks so uncomfortable. Do you think Jackie and Shadow will bring in more fluff? Or maybe there isn’t much available — just pine needles and twigs.

    Can’t wait to see the Albatross baby when it hatches. Hopefully they’ll be bringing the egg (or newly hatched chick) back soon.

    Will look forward to your next post. Thank you again!

    1. Hi Betty. They certainly do not have the nice Spanish moss that the eagles have in the Southeast to line the nest. It has always been rather ‘stick oriented’ to me. Pine boughs get prickly when they dry out. I wonder if they do have any other nesting material available. The biggest problem Jackie and Shadow have is making sure that one of them is always on the nest so the eggs aren’t taken, being careful not to break those fragile eggs, and the residual DDT in the environment. I do wonder if it impacts the shells and maybe even the viability of the egg. We cross our fingers for this lovely couple! NE26 is strong and is going to be a real handful. Which is always good! So exciting. So many hatches. You are always welcome.

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