Late Friday Afternoon News in Bird World

18 March 2022

It is difficult to believe but it appears that the Little Bit or Tater Tot at the Dale Hollow Nest is still alive. This is quite unbelievable. The will of this little wee eaglet to live is intense. It has moved again to try and get in the shade. It does not have the protection that the other two eagles have. It still had natal down despite its 17 days old. The other two are 20.

If rewards of fish could be given, this little one would win them all. It has lowered its breathing so it doesn’t use up so much energy and it has played possum more than twice to survive. This was at 16:25.

In other news, I have heard from a reader in Lithuania, ‘S’ who has cleared up a mystery about Milda at the Durbe White-tailed Eagle nest. Milda has been through a lot of mates since she lost her long time partner last year. This is what ‘S’ writes: “I just wanted to add on our Latvian WTE nest – Milda has a new partner now – Voldis (a shortened version of the name of the Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky). She has recently laid 2 eggs (15/03 and 18/03), but Voldis seems a bit inexperienced and is not willing to incubate for longer periods of time, nor is he bringing food for Milda while she incubates. We hope the situation improves, but it may as well be that the eggs do not hatch this year under these circumstances. Hope dies last, of course.”

Meanwhile, there is no news at the Captiva Osprey nest over the cause of Big Bob’s sudden death. However, Middle and Little are doing very well!

Mum Lena offered Little Bob the fish tail. Yum, yum. He was happy to have the honour.

I just checked at the Dulles Greenway Bald Eagle nest of Rosa and Martin. For a second some of us saw the chick below and thought we were seeing double. There is, however, just one chick on the nest, confirmed by the moderator. And it is a cutie!

Why does one egg hatch and not the other? The Dulles Greenaway nest posted this informative article.

The Red-tail Hawk celebrity couple, Big Red and Arthur, at the Cornell Campus are doing great and waiting for the arrival of egg 3 tomorrow. Big Red is trusting Arthur with more of the incubation duties and he has happily provided her with the gift of a mouse today for her afternoon tea.

Everything also looks good on a hot Friday afternoon in California at the West End nest. The three eaglets of Thunder and Akecheta are literally sleeping with the fishes. Oh, they are going to have such gunky fur! Yikes.

There are no new reports of Cal Falcons Annie and Grinnell or Ervie at the Port Lincoln Osprey Project today.

I am exhausted from the happenings at Dale Hollow. Little Bit or Tater Tot would be a formidable eagle if it could survive. Twice now I have thought it died. Even the moderators on the Dale Hollow chat which they opened up just this morning believed so. Please send all your love. Surround it with love! If my grammar has gone sideways today, I apologize. There has been a lot of stress today. Wrap your arms around Little Bit!

Correction: Apologies to ‘A’ who first alerted me to Little Bit remaining alive. I previously said it was ‘L’.

Thank you for joining me. I cannot see a problem at any other nest! Take care everyone! See you soon.

Thank you to the following for their streaming cam where I took my screen captures: Cornell Bird Lab and the RTH, Captiva Ospreys and Window on Wildlife, Dale Hollow Eagle Nest, Dulles Greenaway Bald Eagles, West End Eagles,


  1. Linda Kontol says:

    Thanks Mary Ann for all this info and photos. It is amazing that the little one at Dale Hollow is still living. It is probably injured as well as starving and I pray that they will allow help for this baby eaglet before it’s too late. 🙏💕I know this isn’t waht they do here so I pray with open arms and good wishes that it gets fed and survives🙏💕 also prayers for the middle eaglet as well. 🙏💕 May a miracle happen here. God Bless them .
    The other nests look good and we are so thankful! 🙏
    Thank you

    1. Sadly, no miracles. A big fish on the nest, two today with Big full and full. Mother will not feed begging chick at her feet. Because the starvation, the heat, and the frenzied killing by DH14 is so horrific, I now believe the storks have it right. Too many to feed, do it quick. I never thought I would say that but now I am after witnessing these two wee ones just wanting some food and warmth from their mother.

  2. Lisa says:

    FYI….the 2nd season of Animal was released on Netflix just today. The 2nd episode, Birds of Prey, is the first mainstream nature documentary that I have seen that touches on siblicide in Bald Eagle nests. The episode is beautiful in many ways but certainly struck a nerve.

    1. Oh, thank you so much! I am sorry I did not get back to you earlier. I will watch this tonight! Much appreciated, Lisa.

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