27 February 2022
Oh, good morning, everyone! Lewis hopes that you had an extraordinary wonderful weekend full of treats! He has been enjoying some strawberry-filled Japanese crepes lately – just little bites – and he loves them! I must go into a room and lock the door to keep him away! He does not understand, ‘Sweets are not good for a cat’s teeth!’
Sunday was a rather fantastic day in the garden! Mr Woodpecker was in ‘Abigale’s tree’. Mr Crow came here. Oh, it is so nice to see you! And then, there was the rabbit. I don’t want the rabbits here, but, it was such a delight to see one alive. The feline pets that frequent the feeders kill the rabbits for fun. It isn’t their fault. Their owners let them outside when it is clearly against city by-laws.
So what is Abigale’s tree? We started ‘re-foresting’ our city lot by planting trees for family members and cats when they died. Now the garden is getting full. It is a nice escape for the birds in the City, cool in the summer and lots of food in the winter. Abigale was the big ‘Blue’ Abyssinian cat. She was huge, adorable, and ever so gentle.
Mr Crow reminds me of E22, who is always ‘sqeeing’ for food even if he has a fish tail in his mouth!
There is wonderment when seeing wildlife in a big city. It makes me so happy and tells me that, hopefully, when we are gone, they will take over and have the run of the place again.
The best news around is that Superbeaks initalized a brand new camera today and what a view!
You can see the eaglets branching on the tree and eating and the image is so clear. Congratulations Superbeaks…and thank you. We love Muhlady, PePe, Pearl, and Tiko! It is not clear about fledging. It appears that one of the eaglets has fledged and another has branched but, both might have fledged. It could not be determined watching with the old camera.
The new camera has great colour and also a nice zoom.
Both of the eaglets were at the nest today.
M15 delivered one earlier prey item on the SW Florida nest on Sunday before dropping a nice fish off at 13:09:30. (The female took the possum tail from an early delivery). E21 got that breakfast and the 13:09 prey item, too. 22 has been calling to Dad, who has been on the tree branch ever since. M15 is ignoring 22. I don’t believe 22 got any of the earlier breakfast, and he is hungry. This is the problem with Dad needing to play the double role of Mum and Dad. He is making drops, and the eaglets are dealing with food as they would if they were in the real world. In other words, the eaglets mostly have to fend for themselves in terms of eating. It is good. These are great lessons. Sometimes it would be nice to see Dad feeding the babies, but it could also draw the female to the nest. On Saturday, M15 delivered 5 fish and 2 prey items to the nest!
E21 is being cautious. It knows that 22 is hungry and could grab that fish. I hope 21 leaves something because 22 mantled the early fish and then lost it to 21 and hasn’t eaten. It looks like there is a lot left. Hurry up 21 so 22 can have some before ‘she’ comes.
I need to continue reminding myself that E22 got a super duper feeding from Dad Saturday afternoon! Yes, M15 does still feed them. E22 did eat a lot on Saturday. Must not panic if he doesn’t get fish today. That is the mantra.
The fact of the matter is that E21 is not as good at self-feeding as 22 who had to figure all of this out to survive. E22 is now ‘under’ 21’s tail and will steal that fish! The time is 13:30.
Thank you, big sibling! There is enough for 22 to have a meal. E22 eating at 133953.
At 135223, E22 eats the fish tail.
There was another delivery at 14:19:06. Both eaglets ate off this fish. It went back and forth, and each wound up with a good-sized crop. Then Daddy Door Dash M15 flew in with another fish at 16:36:59.
Notice that 21 has a piece of leftover fish from 22 and is reaching over to Dad’s beak to be fed! Too funny. E22 is absolutely stuffed.
E22 with his big crop. I wonder if he will also want some of the last fish of the day?
No. That was the quickest feed. E21 got it all, and 22 didn’t care; he was too full to care. That is a brilliant way to end the day! It was another excellent day at the SW Florida nest of M15 and the Es. Harriet would be proud.
Too funny. By 1652, 22 is digging around an old fish head for flakes of prey.
The Es had a great day in terms of food.
A very good radio interview. You might have to cut and paste the title into the news organization.
M15, you are magnificent. Sweet Eagle Dreams.
The Es had breakfast around 10:28:45. 21 was more or less fed by Dad, while 22 snatched and grabbed some nice pieces of the prey. Thank you, M15!
It is a much nicer day at the Big Bear Valley nest of Jackie and Shadow. Still, snow on the nest, but the storm that raged for several days has passed. Sadly, the two eggs in the nest are now well beyond the viable dates. Egg 1 was laid on the 11th of January, making it 46 days old and egg 2 was laid on the 14th, 43 days old. There is time for a second clutch.
Yes, it is Connick! Blink, and they do grow up. Those ebony-coloured feathers are now making this little one look immensely grown up. Connick is on the rails. In the second image, you can see that thermal down that will help Connick regulate its temperature and keep him dry.
Louis has flown into the KNF-E1 nest in the Kisatchie National Forest. I want you to look at the size of E1-03. Sure looks like they have a female this year at this nest after two previous male fledges.
Not much longer til branching!
Do you need to see baby eaglets? Well, get ready! The first egg at Duke Farms was pipped at 21:31:13 Saturday night, the 26th!
The eaglet at Duke Farms is making progress Monday morning. Dad has been on the nest checking how things are going.
Just a few hours before the pip at Duke Farms in New Jersey, Denton Homes in Iowa had their third egg!
SK Hideaways shows us that Lou is growing up. Annie gets a whole prey item all to herself. Brilliant!
Going for a walk on flooded lanes and being the only one there with a Golden Plover. Rather idyllic, right?
CROW has had an intake with Red Tide poisoning in Florida.
Yesterday I posted an image of the Stellar’s Eagle that flies back and forth from Canada to Maine. This eagle is far from home. Here is an image from Hokkaido, Japan where the eagle should be!
Remember this if you should spot a new hatch GHO on the ground. Call your local wildlife rehabilitation centre and wait. And then suggest the laundry basket for the nest if they don’t know this trick of CROW.
Thank you so very much for being with me today. Take care. See you soon!
Thank you to the following for their notes, tweets, posts, videos, and streaming cams that make up my blog today: Superbeaks, SW Florida Eagles and D Pritchett, Lady Hawk and SW Florida Eagles and D Pritchett, Tonya Irwin and Raptors of the World, FOBBV, Window to Wildlife, KNF-E1, Duke Farms, Sherri van Syckel and Bald Eagles Live Nest Cams and News, SK Hideaways and Cal Falcons, The Guardian, CROW, and Jonathan Wadsworth Photography and Birds of Prey.
Thank you Mary Ann for the cute pictures of your kitten and birds. Lewis is so adorable and that is funny how
Much he likes the strawberry filled crepes. My Dad had a little dog that loved ice cream and potato chips. Lol
So glad the snow storms have stopped at Big Bear. I wish they would try for a new clutch while they can. Little
Connick is so big! He is really growing up! Good luck to Duke farms and Denton Homes too. The stellar eagle
Is amazing! Love the picture. That little
Crow was really taking a chance or either the Stellars eagle is good natured bird. Good luck to the camorant in care.
The little owlet was so cute. So glad it’s parents came back to him/her.
Thanks Mary Ann and we look forward to the next newsletter soon !
You are so very welcome, Linda. Thank you for your comments. That is cute about your dad. It is funny what the pets like. My dad’s dog loved ice cream! The eaglets are growing so fast. It is like they are little fluff balls and then poof – all ebony feathers wanting to fly.
So good to see Annie and Lou getting along so well. What a handsome little falcon Lou is. Annie seems to like small males! Fingers crossed for a scrape full of floofs this season.
And speaking of adorable fluffballs, that little GHO is so cute. Owlvira and Hootie’s four owlets in Corona, California are just so sweet. Three of the four have their eyes open now, and the youngest is so tiny but very active. Mum is absolutely regal and dad is hunting hard to feed six mouths. These little ones are 35 grams at birth but grow to a kilogram within 25 to 30 days. That’s a lot of rodents!
Meanwhile, that incredibly cheeky crow is a very lucky bird indeed!