Early Sunday in Bird World

25 September 2022

Good Morning Everyone. Clear beautiful blue skies on the Canadian Prairies and a temperature of 13 degrees C. It is fantastic. The forecast calls for no rain this week which, is excellent. We are really into migration and it will be fantastic to bundle up a bit and watch the geese and ducks fly into the ponds this week without rain.

Last evening I went to a pond in an industrial area that I have started to frequent. The Canvasbacks had moved from the two smaller ponds to the big one and the Blue Heron was there as well along with a couple of Greater Yellow Legs, other ducks, a single Double-crested Cormorant, and some geese. The Blue Heron flew off to what I am now calling the secret pond to roost for the evening with the Great White Egret.

Great Blue Heron taking flight to the other pond.
Greater Yellowlegs swimming instead of punching at the mud.

Nest News:

It was a wet late feeding for the three osplets at Port Lincoln. Little Bob was absolutely soaked but, they all had full crops and did well even when the fish was flapping about. I always worry when chicks get soaked to the bone when they are just wee with only their soft natal down. They cannot regulate their own temperatures and, well, they can get a chill. Mum got right back on top of them and her body heat will keep them right toasty and they will dry off, thankfully.

Incubation continues at 367 Collins Street. According to the calendar, hatch watch starts on the 27th and that is tomorrow in Melbourne. It is also unclear which male is providing food. I did not see the ‘line’ that the second male has now being called M2. As a result, my identification went to M1 or the old male. I hope that there can be some good clear shots of that male once these chicks hatch so we know who is providing food and who is around or not. This female should get a golden award. She has had no help with incubating these eggs. I realize that this does not take a lot of energy but normally this part is shared with the male. She is hanging in there well for a bird believed to be a first time Mum.

Xavier and Diamond also continue their incubation. We have 5-6 days to go before we start to look for a pip in those eggs. Those cameras in that scrape at Orange will give you a ring side seat to see the hatch. At Collins Street, it will only be from a distance.

There are very interesting lessons being taught at the Sydney Sea Eagles – or at least, trying to be taught. These two are the most laid back sea eagles I have seen in years. Dad brought in a teaser of a piece of fish at 1715. Mum was on the nest and SE29 and SE30 stood there, looking at the fish, waiting for Mum to feed them with no move to steal it! Meanwhile, Lady is eating the fish…

That is a very good crop on one of the eaglets.

Notice how Mum waits before doing anything. Lady and Dad must be wondering what is up with these two…is it possible that we have two males this year? I wonder. They are so calm.

Making News:

Toxic chemical pollutants are killing our raptors – and if it happens in one country, you can be assured that the problematic toxins will be found elsewhere.


It is really incredible. Normally the fledglings of Big Red and Arthur are not seen after the end of August and here we are getting to the end of September and Suzanne Arnold Horning is still finding them for us on the Cornell Campus. This is just fantastic.

This is L4. What a magnificent hawk with her beautiful red feathered apron just like her Mum, Big Red.

The Bald Eagles continue to arrive at their nests in the US with sticks and a determination to rebuild the nest after last year’s clutch. You can almost check on any streaming cam and find that the couple have been there at some point working. Pa Berry and Missy have been busy for weeks now at Berry College! And Cody and his gang at the Kisatchie National Forest are getting some strange sounds made by eagles with their new ‘sound system’. We will jump out of our shoes when those eaglets start hatching- their cheeping will be so clear!

Listen to Louis pant when he lands on the nest:

It looks like it will be an interesting year. I urge you to add the KNF nest to your roster of eagles to watch — I know, you have too many already but, this is a great couple. Their third year together.

Thank you so much for joining me this morning as we wait for the hatches at the falcon nests in Australia. Right now everyone is sleeping! I hope that you have had a lovely weekend so far. Take care of yourself. See you soon.

Thank you to the following for their streaming cams or posts/videos where I took my screen captures: Port Lincoln Ospreys, Charles Sturt Falcon Cam, 367 Collins Street by Mirvac, Sea Eagles@Birdlife Australia Discovery Centre Sydney Olympic Park, Suzanne Arnold Horning, and Kistachie National Forest Eagle Cam.


  1. Linda Kontol says:

    Thanks Mary Ann for the pics and the info for the ducks and heron you visited. Hope you get to visit the others this week too! So glad little Bob was right up there and got fed and back under Mom as well as the others 💕💕💕
    Still sending prayers to Melbourne that all will and should go well. ❤️❤️
    Looking forward to Diamond and Xavier’s hatches soon❤️❤️
    The sea eaglets are very nice and calm. Very interesting that they stand and watch. I guess they are also wondering what is up with our fish. lol. Hope fully they will learn soon enough. They are beautiful ❤️❤️
    It’s very interesting and good to know about Big Reds and Authurs L4 still being there. It’s a beautiful one for sure! Thanks for the photo and update!
    I’m looking forward to watching all the eagles who are getting their nests ready.
    KNF is a joy to watch. Thanks for the newsletter and we look forward to the next one. Have a great and. Leased Sunday Mary Ann!

    1. You are so very welcome, Linda. Today all seems well. Little Bob ate til he about popped, the second male is feeding and according to Alison he incubated some yesterday. All of that is good news for Melbourne. And yes, it is so lovely to see L4 doing so well.

  2. Alison says:

    I thought you might be interested in a TS for the Collins Street scrape. Today at lunchtime (26 September at 13:18:03), about two and a half minutes after mum had flown off for a break, little dad turned up at the ledge with food, e-chupping and looking around for mum. He was nearer to the nest than usual and waited there for mum for over five and a half minutes before flying off with the prepared prey. Also, he did some incubating yesterday which is the first time I’ve seen him do that since 29 August (although I probably missed some stints). Tomorrow we begin hatch watch. Nervous times indeed!

    1. I did see the prey delivery and the male fly off – it was reassuring to see him there with the prey. I did miss the incubation. That is a great sign too. We keep our fingers crossed. And reflecting on your other question I continue to wonder if some of the four eggs could belong to male 1 and some to male 2 – like we thought at UC-Berkeley. This could account for his gentleness towards the clutch. So many questions! And answers only known if DNA tests were made of the chicks and the new male.

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