Annie’s new mate, Alden, is trying really hard to feed the chicks and be a good mate. One day he brought in a moth and tried to feed them. Annie rushed in! Alden has incubated and has brooded the chicks and he is fantastic at bringing in interesting prey items. Alden loves to hunt at night and has found many different species than Grinnell who liked to hunt his prey in downtown San Francisco. Pigeons are larger and it doesn’t take lots of them to fill up the female and the chicks. Most times Alden’s prey items are smaller.
Today the two chicks were in the scrape. Annie was not there. It was hot. They certainly did not need brooding.
Annie was not around later and Alden came in with a prey item. The chicks were hungry. Alden decided to feed them. The following video that Cal Falcons posted is better than any comedy I have seen in a long time. Enjoy!
I went to the UK as a Commonwealth Scholar in 1990 and received my PhD from the University of Leicester in 1993. After three decades of university teaching, I retired to devote my time to the study of raptor behaviour. I am particularly interested in Ospreys and am working on a long term project on third hatch survival and siblicide in these raptors. My blog is a result of a fascination with my local wildlife and the desire to encourage others to love and care for birds! I live on the Canadian Prairies and prior to the pandemic travelled a lot. I am questioning the use of aviation fuel at the moment as we all strive to help our planet. My early research was in politics and art including British public statues exported to Southeast Asia and Vietnam Resistors that contributed much to Canadian ceramics. Books and articles were published on those subjects over a period of 3 decades. Now I am working on books for children so they can learn about the challenges our raptors face.
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So funny! Bless his heart. 😊 Thanks for posting this, Mary Ann.
I am so glad you enjoyed it, Betty. I couldn’t help but not post it. The world is so gloomy – I laughed and hoped everyone else did too. He is trying so hard and those two gave him such funny grief playing tug with that bird! These two chicks are going to be total characters when they are running around flapping. I can’t wait!
Bless you, Alden! So earnest. The right guy in the right place at the right time. So thankful you are there.
Yes. Alden is precious. I noticed today that those two chicks did not act up for Annie! They sure did give Dad a hard time though. Alden is trying so hard and he is going to get there and become an expert feeder!