A pip at Orange and breakfast news from Bird World

4 October 2022

It was a gorgeous day and I headed north up to the wetlands to check on the geese and ducks. In the process, I discovered a Swan family and only wished I was in a canoe and not hiking the trail. It was simply amazing to be outside and then return to find the Australian nests waking up! I am also watching a pile of Dark-eyed Juncos eat millet. They would normally have been here three weeks ago and they are just arriving. The Blue Jays are here after the corn and one of the squirrels is eating peanuts. The Crows cleaned up the cheesy hotdogs while I was away so they are off elsewhere searching for a dinner.

I honestly did not believe it would happen at Orange but a pip was spotted by Holly Parsons and I was alerted by ‘H’. It would be really interesting with Xavier and Diamond having two. I wonder if this is the third egg? No way to tell. I hope the little one gets out of their soon!

It is the egg closest to diamond. Look at about 5 o’clock near the gravel.

Dad headed out bright and early for Mum and the kids. A nice big Zebra fish arrived on the nest at 07:11:40. The kids are all dark – it is difficult to tell them apart in a pile now!

Thank you Dad!

Little Bob got some nice bites at the end when Mum got near the tail. The feeding ended at 0731 with not a flake of fish left.

The Collins Street Four were fed early, just as the golden glow was coming over Melbourne. Everything is going fantastic here. It will be a little crowded if the rain starts as the eyases are getting so big!

SE29 has been flying on and off the big Ironwood Tree nest in the Sydney Olympic Forest since it fledged. SE30 always looks a little lonely without its sibling there. Both are wet from the rain this morning. Lady arrived with a fish and fed SE30 and then 29 appeared!

Everyone has had breakfast with the possible exception of SE29. Hopefully the rain today will not be so terrible at any of the nests so that it hampers food deliveries. It might, however, keep SE30 from taking flight. What is good is that SE29 continues to fly to and from the nest strengthening its wings and its muscles and seemingly without interference from the Currawong. I never remember this happening at this nest with any of the fledglings. Such a promising sign.

Thank you for being with me for this quick check in first thing in the morning. The day is starting out well everywhere. Keep checking on Diamond and Xavier. It is possible that there will be a second hatch. Remember from pip to hatch can take from 24-72 hours. Take care everyone. See you soon!

Thank you to the following for their streaming cams where I took my screen captures: Charles Sturt Falcon Cam, 367 Collins Street by Mirvac, Port Lincoln Ospreys, and Sea Eagles@Birdlife Australia Discovery Centre Sydney Olympic Park.


  1. Linda Kontol says:

    Thank you Mary Ann! I hope SE30 will learn to fly soon too. So glad they are doing good and SE29 is coming back to the nest. Hope the little bitty hatches soon at Diamond and Xavierโ€™s nest and does good. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
    Melbourne parents are doing great and Iโ€™m so glad. Maybe they got to know one another and the old Dad just left. The little ones are so cute and fluffy. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
    Thanks for the photos Mary Ann. So glad little Bob got some fish before it was all gone. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
    Hope to see you here again soon!
    Linda Kontol

    1. I am certain SE30 wants to fly, too. He looks lonely there without 29. Mind you he does get a nice fish from Lady! Linda, I am just relieved that 29 is coming and going freely and not being scared off by the Curras. First time I can recall at this nest. Isn’t it wonderful?!

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