18 May 2023
Good Morning Everyone,
The skies have been weirdly overcast. The ‘look’ is partly from the wildfire smoke infiltrating Manitoba. It has, however, been drizzling for part of the day, making it a bit cooler at 22 degrees. They say our air quality poses a ‘low’ risk today because of the rain. I wonder about the poor birds and mammals in Canada’s western provinces. How are they doing amidst this outbreak of fire?
Lewis has taken over one of the chairs. Claudio tells me that I can clear up his hair stuck to the wool with washing up gloves. I need to try this!
Several times a day, Missy and Lewis take turns washing one another’s faces. My goodness, they are such a delight. The sheer joy animals bring our lives is so difficult to describe. Hold them close.
Just a note for all those Canada Goose fans. Decorah Goose Cam is shutting down. The new couple do not seem interested in using the nest. We will look forward to another successful year in 2024.
The loss of Pale Male, Central Park’s notorious Red-tail Hawk, who died at the age of 33 years in the loving care of Bobby Horvath took the birding community by surprise.
Thirty-three years. What a long life flying between high-rise apartment buildings in the area of New York City’s famous park. It was a long life and yet, of course, the loss is felt. Just like friends and relatives who have lived to ‘a ripe old age’, it still leaves a hole. For me, the death of Pale Male made the presence of Big Red and her three hawklets on the Cornell Campus much more significant. We didn’t get to watch Pale Male’s life play out – unless you happened to be living in NYC or visiting – but, since 2012, Big Red has been the star of one of the few Red-tail Hawk streaming cams in the world. She is the ‘Queen’. She is not young. So every day with her is simply precious.
Kelly Sorenson of the Ventana Wildlife Society writes that the use of the HPAI vaccine was approved on the 16th of May as an emergency measure to try and save the Big Sur and Pinnacle Condor Colonies in Central California from H5N1. The resolve to save these beautiful birds has made news around the world.
The quarantine pens resulted from a huge fundraiser of the Ventana Wildlife Society. They raised 85,000$ to build them to enclose the California Condor community against the avian flu that is killing the condors in Arizona.
The total number of condors in Central California is currently 91 since the Dolan Fire of 2020. Ventana Wildlife continues to rebuild from that horrific fire that took so many lives.
Let us hope that the protective measures that are being employed will help during this tragic outbreak of H5N1 in the region. Arizona lost 20 of their flock this spring. Incredibly sad.
R5 fell out of the WRDC nest and was quickly rescued. On Wednesday, he was returned to the nest successfully without any alarm to R4. Well done, WRDC.
Lucy was vocalising during the late afternoon at the Lake Murray Osprey platform. LMO has done an incredible job of trying to keep the GHO from any further attacks after the predation of C1. Looks like the strobe lights, golf carts, picnickers and loud music are working. Other osprey nests with predation by GHOs should take notice – and also, check out the metal barriers installed by Cowlitz PUD against Bald Eagle attacks at their osprey nest in Washington like that which happened last season.
Lucy is fishing and taking good care of C2 who has a huge crop as best she can with these daily and night intruders at her nest.
We are on pip watch at the Dahlgren Osprey platform of Harriet and Jack.
I woke up to news form ‘H’ that the pip hatched early morning on the 18th.
Angel and her baby continue to do well although Tom either has trouble hunting or is a little unreliable. There was lots of food on Tuesday with a single delivery of a bird by Tom on Wednesday (please correct me!). As ‘A’ notes, Angel left the little one for several hours and either was unsuccessful in hunting or ate all the prey herself. Hopefully today there will be lots of food. The difference in this nest and Big Red’s is striking including – the eyases at Cornell are hardly ever left alone. Still nervous as there is a ways to go for Angel and Tom and RTH5.
The third osplet hatched at Rutland’s Manton Bay nest of Blue 33 and Maya. Oh, goodness, there is five days difference between Big Bob and Little…with one egg left to hatch!
So far, so good at Loch of the Lowes.
Louis brought in three really nice fish for Dorcha today. Gosh, he has always been such an extraordinary mate.
Dr Sharpe is really out there working to get all of the eaglets banded and, I presume, to say goodbye to the nests that he has so lovingly taken care of for many, many decades on the Channel Islands. These two beauties belong to Andor and Cruz.
More pictures from when Dr Sharpe banded Thunder and Akecheta’s eaglets the other day.
E22 is still at the SW Florida Eagle nest in Fort Myers. There are some incredible images being taken by the photographers on the ground. Oh, how I wish someone would make a book about this year!
This beautiful image came from the streaming cam. E22 is such a beauty and how wonderful to continue to see you.
B16 is 116 days old and fledged 38 days ago. She continues to come to the nest at Berry College in Georgia and her loving parents continue to provide prey for her. What a beauty!
Our dear Ervie, the 2021 third hatch at Port Lincoln osprey barge, continues to get photographed in the area that he has called home since he fledged. I wonder if he is still fishing with Dad?
Lou and Annie’s chicks are awfully precocious this year. Rosa has already been looking out of the windows, a behaviour seen a week or so before fledge. Now all three of them have been caught glimpsing at the world that will soon welcome them.
Luna has also joined Rosa in trying to catch moths! Oh, the legacy that was Alden…his spirit, not his DNA, lives on at The Campanile.
Iris may or may not have any eggs in her nest. One was laid, are there two? Hopefully the Corvids will be there to claim them while Iris is off catching whoppers like the one today. It is incredibly sad that after 2018 – that was five years ago – that Iris did not have a reliable mate. She would, as we can see, be an amazing mother with good DNA.
As it nears midnight in Canada, Blue NC0 is awaiting the first fish delivery of the day to the Loch of the Lowes from Laddie for her and the two little bairns. There was a nice late fish by Laddie on Wednesday evening. It looks like Mum still has a crop but those little ones will be ravenous.
Maya is waiting for her delivery from Blue 33 at Manton Bay also.
My last check on the Moorings Park Osprey platform for the day shows Victoria eating away whenever he can. He has not fledged yet. Abby fledged ten days ago! It is so nice at home with Mum Sally, Victor just might want to stay forever. I don’t blame him. It has to be one of the most stable osprey platforms in the US.
Keep sending all of your good wishes to every nest. They need all the help that we can muster for them.
Thank you for being with me today. So much going on! Take care all. See you soon.
Thank you to the following for their notes, posts, videos, and streaming cams that helped to make up my blog today: Geemeff, ‘H’, The Legend of Pale Male, Cornell RTH Cam, The Guardian, Ventana Wildlife Society, Heidi McGrue and R Nest Eagle Nest Watchers, LMO, Sheila Staley and Osprey Friends, Window to Wildlife, LRWT, LOTL, Geemeff and Friends of Loch Arkaig, IWS/Explore, Jann Galliva and CIEL, SWFL Eagle Cam, Rebecca Dawn and SWFL Eagles, Berry College Eagle Cam, PLO, Fran Solley and Friends of Osprey Su Bus, Cal Falcons, SK Hideaways and Cal Falcons, Montana Osprey Project, and Moorings Park Osprey Platform.
Thanks Mary Ann for these updates and links and photos! Love the Ervie photos and he looks great! Love the ones of E22 also! All the photos are great and thanks for them all! Those kittens are so cute and funny! I know they are fun for youll to watch. 💕💕
So glad about the vaccine for the condors! They need it and hope it helps them 🙏. So glad the decoys are working at Lake Murray. Prayers for them 🙏. I was thinking of Big Red and her family too! What a wonderful pair they are! I’m so glad B16 is still coming to the nest to get food at Berry College!
Really a beauty!❤️. Prayers for more food from Tom again. I don’t know why he slows down like this. Angel
Has it handled when he does! She’s awesome! Hopefully the fires in Canada get put out by the rains 🙏
Prayers for all the UK ospreys and for Laddies foot to hurry and heal. 🙏
Thanks for this great newsletter Mary Ann and have a good afternoon!
See you soon!
Thanks Mary Ann for the photos and great updates ☺️ the vaccines is well-needed in all aviation art species, if we can possibly get them.
When there is a moment, I have been viewing Angel and Tom’s cam, and found that the only threat to this nest is the pesky Blue Jays, which do not bother RTH5. Am I wrong?
You are so very welcome, Rita. You are correct. The Blue Jays and Mockingbirds are just pests that dive-bomb the nests. The only thing would be if they frightened a chick sitting on a nest rim and it fell off, but otherwise, they are quite benign. Great question!
Alrighty then, thank you for the clarification. BTW, I watched “A Man Called Otto”. Seeing your kitties remind me of the movie. The kitties are so calming to look at, I am sure you must feel the same effect having them close to you. ❤️
If you have a chance to see it, there is “trained cat” which is Otto’s companion. The cat comes from my local area, and all local news sources have done features about the cat and his owner/trainer. 😻😽
Oh, thank you, I will check it out! What has been a real eye opener is how much the kittens enjoy the birds in the garden. They are always watching for the Dove and Mr Crow loves to tease them. I always know when he is around if I don’t see him by the way Lewis and Missy are asking. Hoping all is well with you!
You are so very, very welcome, Linda! It is always my pleasure.