Rose is home, Abby flew on the 8th…Wednesday in Bird World

10 May 2023

Good Morning Everyone,

Thank you so much for your notes and e-mails. Lewis and Missey are delighted you are not tired of seeing pictures of them! Right now, Lewis is looking out the conservatory window as a Chickadee flits back and forth to the table feeder. It is like having a movie screen’ for cats! They can look but not harm. Both of the kittens are now no longer ‘kittens’. No one told them that! They are huge and still growing! It will not be long before Lewis cannot fit in the cat house at all…and I notice more and more how tight that Big Dog Bed is getting! I wonder, with the summer heat now with us (yes, we have winter and summer only – spring is three days and fall about a week now), if they want to sleep in that fluffy bed together. We wait to see.

Lewis does not realise that he is now too big to roll up in the white lacquer tray.

They still fit. The lady who makes the crocheted blankets for our Humane Society is 99 years old. She works every day to make sure all of the rescues get their little security blanket. Lovely. A sweet soul.

First up, if you want to help select the name of Annie and Lou’s three chicks, get a move on it. Voting closes on Thursday with the name announcement on Friday. Type in the blue link in your search.

Look at those adorable babies…Thanks, ‘S’. I love the peach colouring that is coming in!

I had a great question today from ‘B’, and I wonder how many others have been wondering the same thing. “I watch the falcons at UC Berkley and wonder why there’s no evidence of bones or feathers clinging to the bone after they’ve finished a pigeon.” Falcons eat the whole prey item, including the fur, feathers (well, most of them – the others eventually get blown out of the nest, bones, teeth, all of the organs and, of course, the meat of their prey. This also includes the webbed feet of waterfowl, etc. Absolutely nothing goes to waste! What cannot be digested/processed in the crop before going down to the stomach will be cast in a pellet.

Rose is home. 16:32:03 according to ‘H’. What a relief for everyone. If you see this again, remember that Gabby also takes a spa break up at NE Florida, just about this time in the eagle development. So next year, remember that Rose might do this again! So happy she is well. The chatters are all in tears. It has been such a tumultuous year at this nest (well, everywhere). We needed a good ending on this one, for sure.

I was so busy watching C3 and the hatches at Big Red’s and just periodically checked on Abby and Victor. Abby was helicoptering. I caught that but, she took her first flight on 8 May at 0828! Well done, Abby. Many think that Sally should get Osprey Mum of the Year…she certainly gets my vote for US Ospreys! My goodness these two are eating like they were hatchlings…7 meals or so a day. She is always feeding them. Incredible. Wish we could have helicoptered C3 over to Sally! We have to thank Harry, too, for all the fish.

Murphy and his baby were caught and given a health check today at World Bird Sanctuary. That included weights and measurements and guess what? Murphy is confirmed to be a male and so is Murphy’s baby.

I am a huge fan of Mark Smith’s video and photography of Ospreys along the Florida coast. ‘R’ sent me a link to a FB video of this Osprey, pulled under three times (holy smokes), but he landed this enormous Pompano. Florida State Parks says, “The Florida pompano, part of the jack family, is a species of marine fish with a compressed body, short snout and deeply forked tail. Pompano fish often have a color variation of blue, green and yellow on their dorsal areas and silver and yellow on their body and fins. This species is popular for both sport and commercial fishing, and most that are caught weigh less than three pounds are less than 17 inches long, although some can weigh as much as 8-9 pounds and reach lengths up to 26 inches.”

Gracie Shepherd caught E22 trying to catch a fish in real time and slo-mo.

Idris has been out fishing, too. Telyn is shocked when he brings in a third Shad while she is eating the second!

Moving over to my favourite nest…Big Red and Arthur…no siblicide at this nest – ever. And there won’t be. (The majority of siblicide occurs in eagles, ospreys, Boobies, etc – not hawks and falcons).

It is such fun watching Big Red and Arthur’s Nest. M1 and M2 are quite perky, and Arthur has that nest lined with a variety of prey already. No one will go hungry, and I like that they store extra food if prey is short. Sibley, author of so many books on birds, says, “Any furred, feathered or scaled creature that is smaller than a groundhog and turns its back on a meal-minded Red-Tailed is very likely going to be returned to the earth as a pellet.”

‘A’ sent me a link to a marvellous feeding of the two with the M3 egg pipping early Tuesday. ‘A’ has been concerned about M3’s progress and the third has not hatched as of yet – Wednesday morning.

Now what is happening inside that egg with M3. Well, here is the answer from the Cornell chat: “About three days before hatching, the embryo’s head burrows beneath the right shoulder so the beak is positioned under the wing & against the two membranes separating the embryo from the air space at the large end of the shell. The beak pierces through the membranes into the air space & pulmonary respiration begins. About a day later, with a dwindling oxygen supply, the embryo begins to kick, to twist and thrust its head and beak.

Small cracks advance counter-clockwise by millimeters around the big end of the shell. A special “hatching muscle” on the back of the chick’s neck (see photo to the right)swells to several times its normal size with a great influx of fluid from the embryo’s lymphatic system. This swelling accentuates sensory signals sent through the neck, stimulating the embryo to further activity. Eventually, the cap of the egg is cracked enough. The embryo pushes it, unfolds from the tuck and escapes from the shell.”

Big Red is thanking Arthur for bringing more prey – this time; it looks like a duckling or gosling.

I always wonder how they can stay so clean!

There was some beaking around 0737 Wednesday morning. Big Red has been feeding very large pieces of prey and it looks like M1 decided to give M2 a beak hold and peak. A bit unusual. They do scrap the little hawk lets but there has never been any reason to worry in the past. The beak shows us M3 is still working away. It will hatch some time today.

At the nest of the other RTH, Angel, Tom is very slowly learning his role. He has brooded the baby Wednesday morning and has brought in breakfast. Angel has also flown in with a Meadowlark (live).

At 10:08 on Tuesday Angel had been hunting and has arrived back with a nestling for the chick to eat.

‘A’ tells me that there were five feedings for the baby Tuesday. Fabulous.

The last was 1947. The baby went to bed with a nice full tummy. Things continue to improve. Nice crop!

Things are so looking up at this nest. As ‘A’ observes, Tom tried to protect the baby from the Blue Jays while Angel was out hunting around 0709.

As the 81 wildfires in Alberta continue to cause issues for people and wildlife, the first egg at the Fortis-Exshaw Osprey platform near Canmore was laid on Tuesday at 17:13ish.

At the Utica NY Peregrine scape box, there have been two hatches so far!

Indeed, falcons are hatching everywhere!!!!!!

Wakefield looks to have four little fluff balls (feel free to correct me on the number!).

Cromer Peregrine Falcons have two eyases this year who enjoyed eating a Cuckoo on Tuesday. Oh, that is messy!

Four at Manchester NH:

The fluffiest in Japan grew up!!!!!!! Look at that sweet face and those incredible eyes.

‘A’ writes:

In happier news, listen to how happy SP is to see mum L again today after she had been gone for nine days of foraging out at sea. He is chattering the moment he sees her then begins wheeing away unceasingly. Such a very happy (rather large) albie chick he is.

One of the saddest things about some of the osprey’s nests is that we ‘expect’ that the third hatch might not survive due to the history of the nest. So far this year that has been held at Port Lincoln, where Zoe killed the younger siblings, and both Achieva and Lake Murray lost their third hatch. There were no hatches at Captiva, and Moorings Park is thriving with Abby and Victor and Venice Golf and Country Club with three. Many are on incubation duty, and those eggs will begin to hatch in a few days in the UK. I do not expect any issues at those nests unless it is LOTL. There could well be several problematic nests in the US where delayed incubation has not been employed. We wait to see. If you are aware of any osprey nests where there is an issue with potential siblicide, please make a comment or send me an e-mail: maryannsteggles@icloud.com I would like to monitor these nests. Thank you!

Will Big at Lake Murray take over and not let Middle eat? Can Lucy handle two osplets. I wish then she would only lay two eggs… C1 virtually tortured C3. Middle had to work hard to get some fish on Tuesday. No doubt Big will dominate every feeding and this one is going to have to be clever!

Middle finally got some food but look at Big. Big reminds me so much of Zoe at Port Lincoln in 2022. She ate almost the entire fish! Middle got some right at the tail. I hope that we keep another chick in this nest.

Charlie and Charlotte have their second egg of the 2023 season at Charlo Montana on Tuesday, 9 May around 1730.

‘S’ found some wonderful resources on monofilament line that I want to share with everyone. There is so much to do – and we can all help in memory of DH18!

This one is mainly about protecting seabirds. Have a read…I am always learning something new!

Thank you so very much for being with me. 11 April is pip watch at Loch of the Lowes in Scotland and at Manton Bay with Blue 33 and Maya. Take care. See you soon!

Thank you to everyone for their notes, videos, tweets, posts, and streaming cams that helped me to write my blog today: ‘A’, ‘H’, ‘S’, ‘R’, ‘B’, Loretta, Kathryn, Cal Falcons, WRDC, Moorings Park Ospreys, World Bird Sanctuary, Mark Smith Photography, Gracie Shepherd and SW Florida Eagle Cam, Joan Brady and Friends of Dyfi Osprey Project, Cornell RTH, Window to Wildlife, Fortis Exshaw, Melissa Richards and Falcon Watch Utica, Stamford All Saints Peregrine Falcons, Wakefield Cathedral Falcons, Cromer Peregrines, Karen Rjarks and Manchester NH Falcon Fans, Japanese Peregrines, Lady Hawk and NZ DOC, Lake Murray Ospreys, Charlo Montana Ospreys, and Native Animal Rescue.

2 Comments

  1. Linda Kontol says:

    Thank you for all the news updates and photos and links! The kittens are so cute in their bowl and pet bed. Thanks for sharing them with us!
    Congratulations to all the new eggs and hatches everywhere!a big congratulations to Iris too and Bless her as she has to adjust every year with not having a helping mate. I guess Louis was the love of her life. ❤️
    Thank goodness Rose is home! The little falcons are adorable too!
    Thank you Mary Ann and have a great Wednesday! See you soon on here!
    Linda

    1. Well, it is interesting. We have seen eagles get divorces but Iris – poor thing. Picked the Wong guy when Stanley died. I am glad the Raven has the egg! And I am glad that Iris did not spend time incubating it and it hadn’t hatched…she will have a good restful summer. Louis and Starr can do all the heavy lifting over at the baseball park!

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