1 May 2022
Good Morning Everyone,
Sunday was a beautiful day on the Canadian Prairies albeit quite windy. It was quiet in the garden this morning but the action picked up as 1700 approached. Thank goodness. I simply cannot imagine a world without birdsong. I wouldn’t want to live in it!
It has also been a very stressful weekend because of the events at the nest of Angel and Tom in Tennessee. Angel is the Leucistic Red Tail Hawk with a new mate, a young male, Tom. The first chick that hatched was unattended by Angel and Tom mistook it for something on the nest and killed it. That is the only explanation I can find, and then, of course, he realised what he had done. He has now been missing for some 36 hours. I believe that the sheer magnitude of what he did is keeping him from the nest, but that does not help Angel, who now has their second hatch to raise. That is nearly impossible. We are also waiting for news of DH18; since there was no update on Sunday, we can assume that DH18 is stable in its subsequent surgery today. This gives me hope. Thank you to everyone who donated to the AEF to help with DH18’s medical treatment. The sheer volume of funds is an excellent indication of the public support for intervention. We need to care and show it sometimes with our wallets or actions – your phone calls, e-mails and screams for someone to help these two eaglets.
We are awaiting word on the condition of DH18. He will have additional surgery today but, it appears that his condition remained stable over the weekend as there were no further communiques from the AEF.
Looking to do some good in the world? Where you donation fully supports the operation? Then look no further than helping the folks in West African clean up the birds that are dying of HPAI. If you go to the crowd funding site and cannot find this project, please go to Sacha Dench’s Twitter feed, find this and click on the image. Anything helps…5 GBP or 24 GBP for a boat to help move the cleaners and the dead birds.
Sasha Dench tells us why it is vital that we chip in now…I can add another one. Even though HPAI is around lurking and can rear its ugly head, this outbreak in West Africa needs to be curtailed well before the Ospreys and other birds return in September. That seems like a long time away. It isn’t. This affects everyone. It is not just Gambia’s problem.
‘A’ writes: “We have a hatch at 1:22:43pm. There’s a good view of the chick at 3:15:59.. Still no sign of Tom. He has not been seen since 3.24 yesterday afternoon. Will he return? Or did Angel’s anger with him when he killed the chick so extreme that he is scared to return? We wait.” This is extremely unfortunate and it may mean the demise of this relationship and nest as Angel cannot take care of herself and protect and feed the little one…well, that is what we would think. We wait as ‘A’ suggests but it is not looking good. The baby cannot thermoregulate and unless it is really warm in Tennessee, which it could be, leaving it would be problematic. ‘A’ notes that it is very out of character for Tom who was there to incubate within a few seconds of when Angel needed a break. So what is going on? Does he feel so guilty about the death of the other baby? In his grief for his actions he chose to leave? or did something happen to him? Let us hope he returns.
Typically, RTH nests are easy to watch but, sadly, this is simply making me ‘ill’.
Lady Hawk captured the hatch on video for us.
By night fall, Tom has not appeared. Angel was said to have dropped her crop. She will be hungry. The little one will need to eat Monday morning.
On Monday morning Angel went to find food, Tom returned and saw the chick. Then Angel appeared quickly..so far. Tom seems not to know what the chick is. Will he realise when Angel feeds the baby? We wait.
Arlene Beech caught Tom’s first sight of the second chick when Angel was away. Tom needs to delivery prey to this nest. Angel is brooding the little one and it does not appear injured by the encounter with Tom.
Arthur was young, like Tom, at the Cornell nest of Big Red when he fathered their first clutch but, that went smoothly as have all the other clutches in subsequent years.
Heavy rain began on Sunday at the Cornell Campus. Big Red was soaked.
The rain got heavier. We should be keeping a close eye on this nest.
SK Hideaways gives us some great close ups of Big Red and Arthur as we are now on pip watch.
So far there does not appear to have been a fledge at Moorings Park. It was windy on Sunday and I thought there might be some good hovering but there was some wing flapping.
Cute little Decorah hatchery eagle has quite the crop.
We worried at times but the trio at Dulles-Greenway are getting the final bits of their juvenile plumage. They are doing some self-feeding. Martin and Rosa did great.
The two at Pittsburgh-Hayes are fine also. They are a little soggy this morning.
USS6 is wet too!
We haven’t checked in on them for some time but the two eaglets at Duke Farms are now standing on the rim of the nest and at least one, if not both, are up around the base of the branches.
‘R’ reports that Bob 2 at Achieva ate fine earlier in the day but only had a few bites later and then got a good throttling from Bob 1 just because she felt like it. Both have been pecking around the nest for food and both are getting more steady on their feet even on that twiggy nest. Bob 2 or Middle had a ps at 18:10. Not a great one but alright. — ‘R’ reports that despite all of the attacks on Middle, Diane did get a reasonably good feed into Middle later. ‘R’ also confirms that there is a significant drought going on in the St Petersburgh area and there is fear for wild fires there. I had heard that the canals where the ospreys fish are drying up and this would be a major contribution to the lack of fish on this nest this year. Hopefully Diane’s place for catfish is alright.
Jack has delivered two fish in a row Monday morning – at 0855 and at 1013. Bob 1 controlled the food. Middle needs to figure out how to get around to the other side and eat but it is very frightened from the beatings it took yesterday.
SP chick at Taiaroa Head had two feedings. One was by Mum L who had been away for a fortnight. This is fantastic.
This is the latest update on Connie and Clive’s little eaglet, Connick, that fell out of the tree on Captiva Island. Connick is in really good hands down at the Audubon Centre for Prey.
It is hard to imagine but World Bird Sanctuary is showing us Murphy’s baby then and now. Way to go Murphy! Again, thank you to everyone who reached out to help World Bird Sanctuary.
B16 with his parents, Pa and Missy Berry. What a gorgeous juvenile she is! Always so grateful to all the BOGS on the ground for their images and videos…the things we miss that never make it on the streaming cams.
The two surviving eaglets from the Bartlesville, Oklahoma Eagle nest are doing great. They are about 28 days old today.
Keeping an eye on Lake Murray…
Kathryn has introduced me to a new nest – a pair of challenged Griffon Vultures who get to act as foster parents every year! She adds, “Both of these vultures were born with rickets and they have their own accessible nesting box. They do lay their own eggs but they have so far been infertile. They do a great job of raising chicks though. They are locally endangered there and they have two additional cameras on their feeding stations (where a lot of vultures go) so they can have food that is free of any poisoning.” I wonder how many others are fostering little ones. How grand!
They feed the chicks by regurgitation just like the Albatross.
As we prepare for big Bird Day on May 13th, there are other bird counts going on around the world. Here is a chart by The Bird Nature guide showing how bird sightings are going around the world.
There is a big celebration going on in Finland this year and other areas might want to copy what they are doing. It is BirdLife Finland’s 50th anniversary. Reports indicate “that almost half of Finlands needing species are nationally Red Listed, with significant declines occurring across nearly all of the country’s habitats, owing to various threats, including intensification of agriculture and forestry, eutrophication of its wetlands and peatland drainage.” (BirdLife International April-June 2023, 58) In order to help half this, Birdlife Finland set about to install a passion and connection amongst the people. They had birdwatching trips, bird ringing days, and grew their membership to 27,000 members. One of the most interesting things, however, began in 2017 to mark the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence. The government encouraged people to celebrate the year by recording 100 birds. Today, thousands of people take part in this traditional exercise noting that it has caused “growing public support for habitat protection in recent years”. We should all try this!
There is a man going to prison for killing a Bald Eagle. His sentence is two years.
Perhaps the UK Raptor Persecution groups should cite this when individuals who have killed many more raptors get off with a slap on the wrist! Just a thought.
One of the most exciting things this week is the hatch of Big Red and Arthur’s three eggs. I cannot tell you how much I look forward to this annual event. My goodness, we sure do need some joy in Bird World – and I hope it comes in the form of three healthy hatches and the news from the AEF that DH18 is going to make a full recovery! Mark on your calendars the 5th of May. That is the banding day for the Cal Falcons! We will find out their gender, there will be some name contests, and we will see the kids with their bling. Loretta is watching Charlo Montana for us for eggs. that might happen as well. Then there must be a fledge coming up at Moorings Park this week. So lots of exciting things coming our way. Send your positive wishes to Angel that her mate Tom returns to help her and please spread the word about Sasha Dench’s appeal for funds to help fight HPAI in the Gambia (watch her short video and educate yourself).
Thank you for being with me. I hope to have some images of the kittens this week. It is nearly 2300 Sunday evening and they are “just waking up”. Nocturnal. Eat and sleep all day! Take care everyone. See you soon.
Thank you to the following for their notes, tweets, posts, videos, and streaming cams that help to make up my blog this morning: ‘A’, Kathryn, ‘R’, AEF, Sasha Dench, Window to Wildlife, Cornell RTH, SK Hideaways and Cornell RTH, Moorings Park Ospreys, Raptor Resource Project, Dulles-Greenway, PIX Cams, Achieva Credit Union, NZ DOC, Gracie Shepherd and Raptors of the World, World Bird Sanctuary, Bill Cameron and B3 Branch Buddies Berry College Eagles, Sutton Centre, Lake Murray Ospreys, The British Nature Guide, Live Griffon, and Terry Carman.