07 March 2022
It is raining snow and snowing rain on the Canadian Prairies on Wednesday afternoon, 6 April. The huge mounds of snow that have covered every space available have melted from the inside out and are disappearing causing fears for a spring flood. Grey squirrels, Dyson and Scraggles, have come out only in the last light of the day to find food. Little Red must be tucked in nicely in his penthouse. So far only one of the Blue Jays has returned. I hope the others are just delayed. For years it has been the three of them – of course, birds do not live forever but when I look out and see my friends in the garden you want to believe that they will always arrive to say hello. Wildlife in an urban setting has many challenges. I am happy to report that my little corner of the world has four new families feeding the birds which, by the act of seeds falling, also feeds the rabbits and the squirrels. Individuals are now showing their toddlers the birds outside eating out of their feeders and together, we are building a bigger and bigger corridor for the wildlife. Our City no longer takes care of the boulevards in front of our homes and this year I want to encourage, where possible, the planting of bird friendly shrubs or trees on these sites. Wonder if I can get a grant from the City to help pay for the trees for everyone? It’s a thought! Will keep you posted.
You have asked me about Osprey nests with streaming cams now that the US birds are returning – some already have eggs in the nest. My friend ‘S’ loves Ospreys because they only eat fish. She knows the US nests; I tend to watch the ones in the UK and now Europe also. I asked her for her top list of nests to watch and she sent me quite a few. I am going to start with one or two a day. These nests are known to be successful. First up is the Dunrovin Nest in LoLo, Montana, home to Harriet and Swoop. Harriet is home; Swoop has not returned yet.
Here is Harriet on her nest looking out to the Montana hills.
Do you want to learn more about Ospreys? Then there is a special programme for citizen scientists run by a graduate student in Conservation Biology from William & Mary College. You observe a different nest, take notes, and meet up in a virtual world every Thursday at 14:30. The programme for this year has not started. Check out this link for more information!
One of the biggest challenges on the Dale Hollow nest for Middle Little is Big and her previous intimidation. When food comes to the nest, Little Middle is frightened and becomes defensive. Little Middle is self feeding but there needs to be food on the nest so that it can do this. Wednesday evening at 18:23:23 River brought in a 2 bite teaser. Big shot up immediately, grabbed the tiny minnow, if you like, and horked it down. Little Middle did not, of course, have a chance.
It is Thursday morning and both of the eaglets have eaten well. The nest appears to be drying out, too. Now that Little Middle is nice and full, it is time to go elsewhere and check on all those other nests including Karl II’s movements over night.
While Dale Hollow is drying out, the National Arboretum Nest in Washington DC is getting a bit wet. That little fuzzy ball is sure changing!
Big Red is getting some of that rain in Ithaca, too!
Need another Peregrine Falcon nest? Here is another with four eggs like Utica, like the Red-tail Hawks in Ithaca and Syracuse…Some think that the increase in the number of eggs is to compensate for the loss of birds due to Avian Flu this year.
There is a pip in egg #2 at the US Steel Eagles!
A beautiful image of Jackie and her fast growing baby, Spirit, from yesterday afternoon. It really is a lovely name the children chose.
If you are a fan of the oldest female Osprey in the UK, Mrs G at the Glaslyn nest you might be wondering why – since you know she has returned from migration – she is not on her nest. She is over visiting with Aeron Z2, one of Monty’s boys. She is waiting for Aran and he is waiting for Blue 014. If neither return will these two get together and what nest will they choose, we wait! Aeron Z2 and his brother Tegid, Z1 who has a nest in Snowdonia have been very interested in that Glaslyn nest. Oh, the soap operas of the birds.
I am extremely fond of Idris and Telyn at the Dyfi nest in Wales. If you want to watch an Osprey cam this is one of the good ones in the UK.
Here is the link:
Karl II was near Minsk last night. There is hope that he might be near the Latvian border later today. As well as Karl, his mate and all the other storks in Latvia and Estonia should be on their way and hopefully safe and away from the war. Waiting is hard. Champagne corks will be popping when he lands on his nest!
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources posted an image with a saying yesterday: “Rescuing Wildlife is Legal”. If you see injured wildlife, please notify your local wildlife rehabber. Don’t know who that is? Find out! Because of the spread of the highly pathogenic Avian Flu,, special protocols might be in place. So ask before you help.
The New Guy at the Cal Falcons nest is still doing what he does best — support Annie! Yippeeeee. The romance continues.
Have a wonderful day everyone. Thank you so much for joining me. See you soon!
Thank you to the following for their streaming cams and/or FB or pages where I took my screen captures: Google Maps, Friends of Big Bear Valley, Dale Hollow Eagle Cam, Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Pix Cams, Cornell Bird Lab and RTH, and Dunrovin Ospreys.
Hi, dear Mary Ann! Thank you for another wonderful newsletter! Since I know you really love ospreys, I just need to tell you that our Latvian osprey guy returned to his nest today around noon, at 12.36. It’s such a joy to see him again! Now we must wait for his lady Vita. The live stream is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UvwkaT_AII
Wonderful report on Bird World and the beautiful Ospreys. thank you Mary Ann.
Loved the opening pic of Spirit and Jackie, how adorable.
Smart Little Middle, so happy h/s has learned to self feed. Just imagine the strong neck muscles LM is developing to be able to self feed at this young age. LM is doing everything h/s can to survive to fledge. So glad the fishing line issue is resolved, we can all breathe a sigh of relief.
Super Guy is getting a name (although I will always think of him as Super Guy, lol). I hope it’s something worthy of this little powerhouse of a falcon, who swooped in, like Superman, to save the day for Annie. ❤️ He needs a cape. 😊
Super Guy definitely needs a cape!!!!!!!!! I was going to call him that and then when CalFalcons posted the contest for a name I thought maybe not to confuse matters. Little Middle is doing great. I have – as many have – delighted at seeing him sneak up to a piece of fish and sit there and eat away while Big hasn’t a clue. It ‘feels’ like things are settling down on the nest. I hope these two continue to thrive. Spirit is one adorable eaglet. There is something about nests that have one..you get to know the eaglet better than if there are there, sometimes. Great name the children picked. Thank you for writing in, Lily.