Saturday in Bird World

14 May 2022

Today is Big Bird Day when all the world is counting. The lists of the birds coming into the garden is growing and growing. For the first time, there have even been some Baltimore Orioles and the numbers of Harris Sparrows continues to grow. The rain forecast for this afternoon has been cancelled by the weather station and it is hoped that those traveling long distances to get to the north of our province have a good rest and feed before starting up that journey again. I made a decision to put out at separate stations many different kinds of food: sliced oranges, grape jelly, peanuts, Butter Bark, Black Oil Seed, White Millet, Solid Seed Suet, and Meal Worms. Gosh those European Starlings love the Butter Bark and the Meal Works while the Harris and Chipping Sparrows are taking to the Millet. It should be a big count by the end of the day.

Southwest Florida. The big eagle nest of Harriet and M15. Everyone thought that E20 had left for the long goodbye but look who is back on the nest branch this morning?

The streaming cam for the nest of Anna and Louis will probably be turned off on 20 May. It was a fabulous season down there with Kincaid that beautiful female. What a treat that she hung around the nest tree for so long. Indeed, she was there this morning proving to be a delight for everyone. It was so nice that Cody got the cam up and running after the latest storm.

Kincaid arrives at 11:19:20.

All of these fledglings will be leaving their parents territory – if they haven’t already – to find their own place in the world.

Speaking of fledglings, the Three Amigos at the West End nest are thinking about flying. Kana’kini hovered this morning. Here it is:

The security system seems not to be bothering the ospreys at the new Llyn Brenig Osprey nest in Wales. LM6 laid her first egg on the 25th of April. Dad LJ2 has been bringing in some fantastic fish. Wishing this couple all success this season.

It is sometimes very difficult to tell which osplet is which at the UFlorida-Gainesville nest. While this is a good thing, it is often hard to focus on who is eating and who isn’t. This morning was very interesting. I am hoping that the dominance attacks on Middle by Big are behind us.

A fish was delivered – it looked like it had been hacked up by a chain saw – by Dad at 08:32. The kids were squawking to be fed but Dad didn’t, as usual, by into that. He left the fish. While both of the chicks pecked about, it was Middle that really got into the self-feeding. Of course, he has had to do this for several weeks now to get any food at times. He is doing well. Mum comes in a little over an hour later and feeds the two. Both were fed.

There are male Ospreys that really like to feed their chicks. This Dad doesn’t seem to enjoy this part of the parenting. I am glad to see a big hunk of fish on the nest.

Middle has found the open spot and he should be able to get some good fish. Notice the ‘design’ of the feathers on the top of its head. That is a way of distinguishing the two. Big’s plumage is darker with a much longer tail, also.

Middle has done a good job on that fish. Another difference is the size of the wings. You can clearly see this below. All bets say Big sibling is another one of those robust aggressive females and our Middle is a male.

Mum comes to the nest. She is feeding Middle. Big is behind her just like yesterday. Interesting.

I wonder if Middle ever wishes that Big would just flap those wings and fly off? She will, Middle! The plumage is gorgeous. There is still a long way to go for that tail to be long enough for flight.

When Big Red laid four Red-tail Hawk eggs at the nest she shares with Arthur on the Cornell campus, everyone went into shock. Almost immediately thoughts of doom and gloom went through the community – fearing that the wee one, L4, would have the same fate as the youngest eaglets and osplets. Not so with hawks and falcons normally. Little L4 has been the first in line making its way through the gang if necessary to get on the front row. Today, L4 is skipping and flapping its wings! Big Red is going to be tired and Arthur has had to bring in more food than ever to feed his family but life is good and everyone is well.

Get the worry beads out! When these four start running and flapping from one end of the ledge to the other your heart will sink several times. But all will be well if you don’t see them as there are blind spots on the cameras. It looks like chippy is for lunch!

The California Condor chick that was hatching yesterday has hatched. You can get a wee glimpse of the newest member of the Condor family at Tom’s Canyon under Mum. The female is 846 and the male is 462. 462 hatched in 2008 and 846 hatched in 2016.

Here is a short video of the hatching:

Alden is trying so hard to be the best Dad and mate he can be. Alden will figure it out. Precious. He caught a moth and brought it in to feed to the chicks. I adore Alden! You know he will get this and he will want to take part in every aspect of the nestlings lives.

He is really hunting and getting the pantry full an those wee white balls are growing! The oldest is 9 days old today! And the youngest is 8 days old.

There are so many nests but I know that some of you will want to go and check on E20 or Kincaid if you didn’t know they were around the nest trees. Have a lovely Saturday. Please take care!

Thank you to the following for their streaming cams where I took my screen captures: Friends of Llyn Brenig, Cal Falcons, SWFlorida Bald Eagles and D Pritchett, KNF, UFlorida-Gainesville Ospreys, and the Cornell Bird Lab (RTH and Condors).


  1. Linda Kontol says:

    Thank you Mary Ann! The photos and updates make me so thankful that all are doing so well!
    Have a great Saturday and we hope to hear from you again soon!

    1. You are so very, very welcome Linda. It is my pleasure. The garden is so very busy today. The minute I turn a new species lands. But I did get the elusive Baltimore Orioles – went and got more oranges and boy do they like Grape Jelly! 2 jars so far!!!!!!!

  2. E. J.Vandergrift says:

    Robert E. Fuller, of Fotherdale, North Yorkshire, UK, has a YouTube channel and FB. He has cameras inside and outside of tawny owl and barn owl and kestrel nests. Recently a female kestrel (6 chicks) had an altercation with tawny owls, left the nest and only returned once. The male kestrel has since learned how to feed the chicks (3 of them, Mr. Fuller removed the weakest 3 in order to care for them), and even has tried his best to brood them. Thought his channel might be of interest to you.
    Thank you for all of the updates, I’ve been following them for months.

    1. Oh, thank you so very much! I had been alerted to one of the owl cams but had not seen the Kestrels. I think this would be of great interest to everyone – it certainly is to me. That is wonderful news that 3 are being reared by hand and the male has been feeding the stronger 3. That makes my heart beat big! I will put this in this evenings or tomorrow mornings news. Much appreciated. I am also glad you are enjoying the updates. It is hard to keep up now that the nests are all busy at different stages! But oh, the joy the birds bring!

  3. Lisa says:

    I find it so interesting to witness male raptors become part of the breeding season when they weren’t there initially. We’ve seen it with Alden, Shadow at Big Bear and Milda the White Tailed Eagle…all with different outcomes. These Camss are oyful and on occasion, sad. But what they show us is fact in its rarest form which is priceless

    1. I do not mind typos! It is the thought that counts. Aren’t we blessed being able to witness these amazing birds? And there are some amazing males out there who really get involved with their children. If you watch some of the UK Osprey nests, you will see this, also. You reminded me of Milda – my heart broke for her. What an amazing mum she was trying to save those wee ones and starving herself. Hopefully she will get really healthy and get a good mate! Fingers crossed for next year. I was thinking of Blue 33 today. He kept coming to the nest to check on Maya and the chicks after the fish incident. Is it Dylan at Llyn Clywedog that insists on brooding and feeding? I must dig out my notes. And M15 at SWFlorida. He really stepped in and helped last year and again this year too with the smaller one. — Thank you for writing in, Lisa. Glad you are loving the birds.

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