21 May 2023
Good Morning Everyone,
It was a lovely hazy Saturday on the Canadian Prairies. The garden continues to be full of species returning from their migration, stopping over for a few days or a week, before flying further north. There have been so many Baltimore Orioles and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks this morning that I had to open the window. It as the ‘first’ time that Lewis and Missy had a chance to whiff the outside air and hear the birds. They were mesmerised.
The Baltimore Orioles were eating oranges and grape jelly safely in front of the kittens.
It is the first year that Rose-breasted Grosbeaks have been in the garden and today there were more than 30 that visited.
The males have the red bib. Both are equally beautiful.
As Dad and Lady prepare for the 2023 season in the Sydney Olympic Park, there is more news coming in about WBSE30 and it is all good! Thanks, ‘H’.
This is nothing short of heartbreaking. DH17 fledged to the cam tree on Saturday. S/he was 79 days old and extremely hungry. River has been absent for three days. DH17 was last seen eating on the 19th. On top of this, the nest is crumbling underneath DH17, just like last year at the Notre Dame nest in St Joseph’s Park in South Bend, Indiana. Send your most positive wishes.
Here is the branching and the flight for DH17 on Saturday. This means that no one would be able to get to DH17 unless it is grounded.
The other big news of the day is that R4 has branched at the WRDC nest of Rita and Ron in Miami.
There is concern that there is monofilament line on the Patchogue NY Osprey platform. Thanks, ‘M’ for reaching out to me. In order to get help, we have to be rather loud! Here is the number for one of the USFWS in the area of Patchogue: (631) 286-0485 and there is the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Centre and their hot line number is Hotline: (631) 728-WILD (9453).
At the SW Florida nest of M15, E22 landed on the nest with a squirrel on Saturday caught by Vija.
There is an amazing series of photographs by Liz of SE22 around the Fort Myers nest. Check out her FB page for them!
Little RTH5 had a really nice feed and a big crop before the rain started. He is three weeks old Angel is trying the best she can to keep this baby dry.
Angel and Tom meet for a prey exchange. You can see them in the video by Arlene Beech – and then the feeding of RTH5.
‘A’ sent in all of the time stamps for Angel’s nest: “RTH5 Is 20 Days Old.06 47 44 Angel off the nest, onto a branch, and back with breakfast. A transfer from Tom. A young robin. 06 48 11 Tom arrives for a short visit. 06 52 35 first feed starts. 09 10 28 Angel up for her yoga exercise. 09 34 12 Angel leaves. 09 47 18 Tom and Angel land in a tree right of screen A prey transfer. 09 48 45 Tom leaves and returns a few seconds later and then enters the nest, RTH5 pecking at his talons again. 09 50 25 Angel leaves the tree. 09 51 10 Angel in with a rabbit Tom moves onto a branch and leaves 09 52 35 Second feed begins. Both feeds brought by Tom.1 20 28 Feed 3 starts the remains of the rabbit. 5 24 15 RTH5 up and wing flapping. 5 28 59 Angel leaves, spraying the camera with water off her wings. 5 40 14 A crop drop by RTH5. 5 53 45 A lot more crop dropping.5 20 36 Angel returns. chick pecking at her talons. 6 24 24 RTH5 stands up while mum preens it 7 31 10 RTH5 out from under mum. Very very close to the edge for a PS. Does a wing balance. 8:38 PM.///Twilight 9:07 PM.”
Oh, the three at the nest of Big Red and Arthur are certainly growing like wild weeds.
No more pink…they have eaten enough wild food to start getting their ‘yellow’ bits.
Iris was at her nest today watching the train. Oh, how comforting. At a time when we are losing some of our older raptors, it is such a privilege to be able to see what is believed to be the oldest Osprey in the world. Iris has been at this nest since 2012. She had earlier raised chicks with Stanley on a power pole.
The first hatch has had some fish at Dahlgren today. One delivery was larger than the twiddler that came in during the afternoon. I hope Harriet is getting some food, too – along with Jack.
Big has already fledged at the Achieva Osprey nest and has been doing regular fly in and outs returning to the nest for fish. All good with her. We are waiting for Middle. Both osplets seem thin to me as does Diane – but that is just me. Two nice sized fish came to the nest on Saturday. Hopefully more and hopefully Mum is eating off camera.
Later in the day at Achieva, Diane brings in a fish at 17:49 and Jack brings on in at 18:57. Everyone is eating! Thank goodness.
All continues to be going well for C2 and for Lucy at Lake Murray. Continued wishes that all of the things put into place to keep the GHO will work. Lucy is doing well at providing fish for her and her only surviving osplet for 2023.
Lucy is a great fisher. She flew out of the nest and into the water and plucked a big fish out for her and C2 and was back at the nest in less than a minute!
There she goes…on the right-hand side. To catch the fishing use cam 2.
At Moorings Park, Abby is still not letting Victor get any of that fish – at least not the mid-afternoon arrival! Victor has been hovering all day and that is good. It will help build up those wing muscles.
‘R’ asked me why I was calling Victor a female. Two reasons – the very late fledge because it takes females so much longer to get their body mass and feathers complete and also because of the short stocky legs. Many also add a note about ‘the necklace’ but there are some males that have far more prominent necklaces than many of the females that I have seen. I do not normally go by that but I sure look at the legs! We will never know for sure.
There is always a lot of fish at Manton Bay just like there has been at Moorings Park. Blue 33 is a great provider. Fingers crossed for Little Bob!
Loch of the Lowes is looking good. Laddie brought in a really nice fish late on Saturday.
The first hatch at Llyn Clywedog was on Saturday and by 2100 it had already been fed four times!
There are several other nests in the UK that we are waiting on..including Glaslyn, Dyfi, Loch Arkaig, and Llyn Brenig. Elen still has the big board in her nest at Glaslyn – yes, she flew in with it!
At the Dyfi nest of Idris and Telyn, Telyn seems particularly uneasy – can she hear the chick? Isn’t she beautiful? Maya’s daughter!
All is well at Llyn Brenig.
‘H’ has reported that all is going well for Severna Park Ospreys: “I just watched another long feeding this afternoon. It was entirely peaceful, not one single bonk. Reminded me of Dory feeding Schooner, Skipjack, and Sloop when they were little. And, although Peanut is small, I felt s/he received a decent amount of food for its size, and of course the other two ate more. Peanut was in a food coma after 20 minutes. To me, Peanut looks good. S/he is a little bit pudgy, not skinny. So, I certainly do not detect anything that makes me worry about Peanut at this point. (hatch dates: 5/8, 5/9, 5/12)”.
They remind me of Bazza, Falky, and Ervie. Such civilised little osplets.
I am counting four little heads at Mlady Buky! This is the nest of Bety and Bukacek.
I am so waiting for Karl II and Kaia’s four eggs to hatch in Estonia!
I have suggested to Lake Murray that they get in contact with Cowlitz PUD. They installed two metal panels on either side of the nest to try and deter predation from the Bald Eagles. You might recall that all three osplets were taken within a two day period last year by an eagle at Cowlitz. It might be of benefit to Lucy at her nest but, we will need to see if it protects the chicks in Washington this year.
There is news that Steve and Callie are using the the alternative nest on Hog Island. They used the same nest and ‘H’ sent a photo from the Audubon Ranger of their alternate nest on Long Cove, Hog Island. It is unclear why the couple changed their nesting site. As we have seen with other ospreys and eagles they move nests for many reasons including chicks falling out of nests, a new mate, predation by larger raptors, and even human activity can sometimes cause them to move.
Great news is coming from the Audubon Centre for Birds of Prey in Maitland, Florida. Go, Connick, go!
Netting – in this case construction site material – but, it could have been netting to keep birds off plants (do not get me started), netting from produce, soccer ball nets, tennis court nets, fishing nets —- or it could have been monofilament line or baling twine. Thankfully a number of folks came together to save this fledgling osprey! Please read this story below…
‘SP’ says that she imagines my garden as beautiful. I am not sure that is what you would call it…I will post pictures during the lush of the summer! No, a landscape designer would say it has gone ‘to the birds’. Everything has been done to attract wildlife – the bunnies, the squirrels, Mr Crow, and, of course, all of the birds except for a small Japanese garden in its first year that is ‘mine’. That said I plan to put some Bee and butterfly-friendly plants in along the side!
As I was reading this short article about a couple in Sheffield trying to attract birds, I was reminded of the garden in the UK. It was beautiful – full of fruit trees – pears, plums, apples…and little hedgehogs everywhere! You had to be there – in the garden – to ‘see’ what was happening, which meant not much was happening. Sitting in the conservatory, I look out to the table feeder, about 4 metres away. The oranges and the grape jelly for the Orioles are about one metre. They are unaware of my presence…it is the best thing I ever did – for me. But for them, vines are growing in layers for years on top of the wood boxes. They can build nests like the birds in Iris’s Osprey nest, and no one is the wiser. They can build them inside the woodboxes…Trees and shrubs are constantly planted to create a tiny forest in the city. My point is that anyone can create a space for birds, and right now, water is one of the essential things for them. You need a bowl – shallow is best. I use stainless steel, and all the bird ‘things’ get run through the dishwasher separately at super hot temperatures.
See the hedge in the image below…they provide an excellent place to escape the heat and rain as well as a place for nests that are concealed from predators.
Oh, thank you so much for being with me today! Take care all. See you soon.
Thank you to everyone who sent notes, made videos, posted announcements and news, and to all those that provide streaming cams that helped to make up my blog today: ‘A’, ‘H’, ‘M’, ‘SP’, Australian Raptor Care and Conservation Inc, Dale Hollow Eagle Cam, Deb Stecyk and Dale Hollow Eagle Cam, WRDC, Vija and SW Florida Eagle Cam, Window to Wildlife, Arlene Beech and Window to Wildlife, Cornell RTH, Montana Osprey Project, Dahlgren Ospreys, LMO, Moorings Park Ospreys, LRWT, LOTL, CarnyXWild, Llyn Brenig, Bywyd Gwyllt Glaslyn, Severna Park Ospreys, Mlady Buky Storks, Eagle Club of Estonia, Cowlitz PUD, Audubon Centre for Birds of Prey, Audubon, Carol Craig and Osprey Friends, and The Guardian.
Thanks for the updates on some of the nests around the world, and thank you for the views from your garden. Congratulations on all the birds flocking to your turf. I’ll bet the kitties had quite the imaginary convos with the birdies, clicking their teeth at the birdies with anticipation.
I like that we can now see Angel and Tom-a-hawk bringing in food, with Angel feeding RTH5. At first, Angel was always blocking the view of the chick while feeding. Maybe RTH5 is pecking at Tom’s talons because it wants Tom to do the feeding, ya think? 🤔🧐
It’s nice to see 2 of the European stork nests progressing. 🤞
Thanks for all you do; have a happy Sunday 🤗😘
Oh, thank you, Rita. You are more than welcome. I am so happy about the garden…more species than the nature centre! Tells me the wilding of all of it is working…not beautiful to humans but definitely it seems to birds. I am over the moon with joy! Yes Tom-a-hawk….what a great name…he is doing well. So happy for Angel and RTH5. Looking good…
Thanks Mary Ann for all the great pics of your garden and the kittens watching through the window is just fabulous!
I am so thankful for the metal bars around the nest and hope it will happen elsewhere as well! What a great idea! So glad Lake Murray Osprey chick is still doing good. Thanks to all who helped with the dad in that net and saved h8m!
It’s very sad about River. I don’t understand her missing. I pray she returns soon.
I pray for the eaglet that is there hungry and if he goes down they can rescue him !
This has been a sad season for them
All the Uk nests are doing well and I pray for all the eggs and hatchlings everywhere to thrive this season !
Prayers for all others that need help too!
Thanks again Mary Ann and see you soon with a new newsletter !
Mary Ann also those grosbeaks are so beautiful!
They are, thank you!