Lady and Dad’s first egg, fledges, DH2 gets prey…Saturday in Bird World

17 June 2023

Good Morning Everyone,

Gosh, it is a bit of a shock on the Canadian Prairies. W e went from 38C to now plunging to a low of 11 C. last evening and this morning. S eriously, do we have to keep a jumper out for the summer days like this? I t will be warming up to 24 so all those Canada Geese won’t be wishing they had stayed behind. We hope they all find plenty of food, something in short supply it appears in the South.

As we approach ‘Father’s Day’, let us take the time to think of two male raptors this year that have or are having single-parent duties. M15, the SouthWest Florida Bald Eagle, began caring for E21 and E22 on the 2nd of February, the day that his long-time mate, Harriet, went missing. To the shock of everyone, he fed both eaglets, fought off intruders, flirted on occasion with females, and fledged those two eaglets teaching – at least E22 – the joys of bathing in a pond, catching fish, and soaring. What a dad.

Newmann is now taking care of four Peregrine Falcons at the Great Spirit Bluff scrape after his mate, Savanna, was killed protecting the nest from a GHO. As soon as Newmann realised that Savanna was not there to feed his chicks, he stepped up to the scrape and has been Daddy Door Dash ever since.

In the midst of their grieving, both summoned the energy to forge ahead and raise their last chicks with their now missing, presumed deceased mates. Thomas and Kami fledged on Friday. Happy Father’s Day M15 and Newmann.

We want to also give a shout-out to Murphy, who wanted to be a dad so much after 31 years. You did well, Murphy! Foster Dad of the Year!

The latest news on Murphy’s Baby. Thanks ‘H’!

There is an energy about young eaglets right before they fledge when – at a single moment – they realise they are a bird with the potential to fly. Squeeing they will use their nests like trampolines if there are no branches in a tree to jump back and forth. In this video, Jefferson, the only eaglet of the 2023 season of Smitty and Bella at the NCTC nest, demonstrates his zest for life! Can’t wait to see this youngster with its deep espresso plumage take to the skies! But stop for a moment and look at that tail. It is as if someone took a white brush and painted the tail feathers and then dipped them in the deepest richest coffee at the tip. This is an incredibly beautiful eaglet.

After Jefferson’s morning romp around the nest, he accidentally branched and flew off for a successful fledge.

My friend, ‘L’ reminds me that humans can make a huge difference in the lives of our raptors if they choose to do so. In Huntington NY, the members of the Lighthouse Preservation Society decided to do a good deed for a pair of Ospreys. We can help to create positive change. Always remember that. Never give up!

My friend, the late Toni Castelli-Rosen, and I often chatted about the most beautiful plumaged juveniles. She was a great fan of the White-bellied Sea Eaglets while I adores the Red-tail Hawks with their peach chest feathers and their rusty brown and cream feathering. Of course, then there are the osplets..and to be honest, they are gorgeous as well. Take the time to look at these youngsters. I can no longer tell you which ranks as the prettiest for me but I do know that the plumage of an osplet, feathered before fledging, is so much nicer than that of their parents.

There they are at Patchogue…check it out. The Ospreys have limited colouring – they did not get on the bright bohemian bandwagon for summer dresses! They stick to a brown-and-white palette but notice the chicks. Their feathers have a creme white crescent on the tip of each one, making that very dark eye band stand out from their white chests. For those new to Ospreys, that dark band helps deflect glare when fishing. Football players have adapted it. The tails, when fanned out have scallops at the tip end alternating white or dream spaces with espresso thick lines. They say that the females have darker more distinctive ‘necklaces’ but that is not always the case. The necklace below looks ‘broken’ – it is decidedly not distinctive!

The plumage really helps to camouflage the chicks when they are on their stick nests.

Little Mini had a good day. Every time I checked it had a nice crop! Several times, Little Mini raised its neck high when it was by one of the Big siblings. This tiny osplet is a ‘cracker’. Love this kid. Smart. A fighter. And look at those clown feet.

Big bite for Mini!

The camera at Llyn Clywedog has exceptional resolution. Notice the magnificent necklace of Blue 5F Seren and look closely at the feathering of the chicks. You can see that rich brown colour better.

To compare, the gorgeous plumage of the Red-tail Hawks, the Ms and Big Red. Notice the ‘peach’.

Speaking of Big Red, a very informative video of the intervention at the nest of Big Red and Arthur was released Friday afternoon.

As has been the practice, Little Mini ate well during the early morning, and I expect it to have some fish later on Friday. This little one is getting its feathers, and while we are not out of the woods yet, Mini is being wise and is a survivor. He ate again from 1335 to 1400, and another fish came on the nest, a big one, at 1440. Mini did not get any of that fish. It started to rain..but, no worries on Friday for Mini at Patchogue.

Today’s Mysteries:

Last time ‘H’ and I checked, there were eggs, blink and there are three Osplets. McEuen Park in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

So does anyone know what happened at the Bay Cam, Chesapeake Bay Foundation? ‘H’ checked in and only the goose egg is there. Where are the osprey eggs? What happened? Do you know?

Nest Check-In:

Boulder County Fairgrounds: Rain and mist, cooler temperatures. All seem fine. Several big fish on the nest. Three chicks still with us.

Moorings Park. Victor stays on the nest and Dad brings in fish! My look at the plumage. This is brilliant. This chick is so healthy. Victor fledged on the 19th of May.

Outer Banks. Three thriving Osplets.

Pitkin County Open Spaces and Trails: Three beautiful and healthy osplets.

Collins Marsh: Several nice fish and pieces on the nest today. Impossible to tell because Mum blocked the view on how the three ate.

South Cape Marsh Meadows: Two lively hatchlings wanting fish!

Forsythe: Several fish but Little Mini does not get hardly any bites. ‘H’ counted only 17 bites for the wee one by 1100.

Cowlitz PUD: Chick is OK. The fish are not huge and plentiful but feathering and growing.

Barnegat Light: All is harmonious.

Great Bay: All appears to be fine.

First Utility District: Hard to see the chicks but there are at least two of them in beautiful juvenile plumage! Look – standing on the rim of the nest!

Dyfi Osprey Nest: Everything at the nest of Idris and Telyn is absolutely perfect.

Poole Harbour: CJ7 and Blue 022 look down lovingly at their triplets. All is well.

Llyn Brenig: Life is good.

Glaslyn: Life with his new parter Elen and their two osplets is great. Aran seems to be really having a good season – not sure all those fish are, though!

The King and Queen of Glaslyn – Aran and Elen.

Loch of the Lowes: After a difficult start and the fear that something had happened to Laddie LM12, life is now good at Loch of the Lowes. Blue NC0 can see Laddie flying in with their fish for the kid’s bedtime snack.

Loch Arkaig: When we talk about ospreys with dark plumage, the first one that comes to mind is the late Mrs G from Glaslyn. However, one look at Dorcha, Louis’s mate, tells you that she is as dark as Mrs G. Gorgeous deep chocolate feathering and talk about a necklace! Gracious. Hers is the envy of all. Pesky Only Bob is rather spoiled!

RSPB Loch Garten: Both chicks doing great! You can hardly see them in that deep egg cup.

Llyn Clywedog: The two of Dylan and Seren are doing fantastic. Growing and growing on those nice fish Dylan brings in from the reservoir.

Foulshaw Moss: White YW and Blue 35 have a great nest of chicks this year. It looks hot there in Cumbria today; the three chicks are well-hydrated! And growing.

Relief in the form of food for the Decorah hatchery chick – that cute little Only Bob -. Had not had food in several days. Mum believed to have left area but today both parents turned up with fish! Three of them! A fish, a squirrel, and a huge rabbit head which he is eating in the image below.

Congratulations to Lady and Dad at the Sydney WBSE nest. According to ‘A’ who has been anxiously awaiting this moment, the first egg arrived. “Lady is lying in the nest bowl. She now has something precious to protect. Lady arrived in the nest at 14:14:29 this afternoon and it was immediately apparent that she meant business. The egg was laid by about 14:31, when she raised her body slightly to allow the egg to dry and harden. By 14:52, she has settled back down again. We could clearly see an egg in the nest from 15:45:10, when Lady takes a break. Dad arrives at 16:13:20 to see his egg and incubates for a few minutes before leaving again at 16:24:30.”

There is an update on Middle! I hope his crop is full to bulging…precious Middle.

‘T’ reports that a Goshawk attack in Poland kills two storks – knocked off nest. Feathers found when team went to check at nest site. So sad. As ‘T’ says, they fly all the way to and from Africa to have this happen! This happened two years ago also.

For today’s feel good moment, we than Sunnie Day for posting an article on a Canadian power company’s intervention.

I am going are you?

Here is the info and how you can sign up – it is free!

In Canada, Ducks Unlimited has patterned with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and conservation-minded landowners in Alberta to purchase the largest tract of grasslands to become part of the natural environment in Canada, never to be developed. The group are busy raising the 30 million to finalise the plans. I am delighted.

The British Trust for Ornithology confirms that backyard gardens help increase the population of pollinators. Thank you to everyone who is changing their lawn out for a space for the birds, bees, and butterflies – so many are and if you do not allow anyone to spray those insects that come about will be healthy food for songbireds feeding wee ones in the nest..

Here is the full report from the BTO:

Thank you for being with me today. Please have a lovely weekend – get outside and listen to some birds. Your spirit will soar! See you soon.

Thank you to the following for their notes, posts, videos, and streaming cams that helped to make up my blog today: ‘A, H, T’, SW Florida Eagle Cam, Great Spirit Bluff Peregrine Falcons, World Bird Sanctuary, NCTC, Deb Stecyk and the NCTC, PSEG, Cornell RTH, McEuen Park, Bay Cam. Boulder County Fairgrounds, Moorings Park Ospreys, Outer Banks 24/7, Pitkin County Open Spaces and Trails, Collins Marsh, SCMM, Forsythe Ospreys, Cowlitz PUD, Conservancy Wildlife Foundation of NJ, Great Bay Ospreys, First Utility District Ospreys, Dyfi Ospreys, Poole Harbour Ospreys, Llyn Brenig Ospreys, Bywyd Gwyllt Glaslyn, LOTL, Friends of Loch Arkaig and the Woodland Trust, RSPB Loch Garten, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Sydney Sea Eagle Cam, Raptor Resource Foundation/, Birds in Helping Hands, BTO, Sunnie Day and Cabin News, the New York Times, and Ducks Unlimited.


  1. Linda Kontol says:

    Thank you Mary Ann for this SUPER newsletter today! Beautiful photos and info on every nest and links to go to for our enjoyment and learning!
    Glad most all nests are doing very well right now. Prayers for all littles and Minis that need it! Congratulations to Lady and dad on their first egg in Australia!
    Hope all goes well there this season!
    Have a great Saturday Mary Ann and see you again soon on here!

  2. Sabine says:

    Standing ovation for all the great bird dads out there! M15 have helped to heal everyone’s heartbreak over Harriet, but the loss of Savanna is still very fresh. She deserves her own standing ovation for protecting her babies from that GHO. I couldn’t bring myself to watch that video, and the sights of Newman looking up, calling and longing for her are just too much. Thankfully it hasn’t stopped him from taking care of his awesome “four”. Hope all of them fledge and get to live in honour of their brave mother and caring father. And so, so happy for Bella & Smitty and their incredibly beautiful Jefferson! All birds are so mesmerizingly beautiful in their own way. Best hopes for all the osprey nests! Thank you for the coverage of all the events and efforts made by amazing people!

    1. You are positively welcome…all deserve an applaud. Life in the wild is not easy because of us. I forgot about the step-dad at Dale Hollow but all of them deserve applause and Savanna…protecting her babies. Poor thing. I long for there to be rain and fish falling from the skies in Estonia! — and Latvia. Thank you for all you do!

  3. Akane says:

    Thanks for the wonderful Father’s Day blog and the nest update!
    Is it instinct to raise chicks there even after being preyed upon by GHOs and goshawks? I feel sad every year.
    I am so glad that the middle of Achieva is doing well. Mini is smart and brilliant, I’m rooting for Mini all the way to fledge.

    Have a wonderful day!

    1. I always worry about those goshawks, Akane. We see that some nests do not have any occupants perhaps because of them…and I recall that lovely little Latvian male osprey who could not get a mate even though he was a wonderful provider because the goshawk kills all the chicks. Yes…keep rooting for Little Mini. I think she is going to grow big and strong and let those others have a taste of it!

  4. Sabine says:

    I can happily report that it has been raining for two days in Latvia. Finally!!! I can’t remember the last time when I was so overjoyed about raining and taking it in with all my senses. I’m so happy for all the wildlife getting some relief. We already see a rapid change in the feeding pattern at our live-streamed white stork nest – they’re getting more and more of all the little creatures that have come out of hiding. I was really worried about my local birds and put out drinking plates, as well as mud buckets for my barn swallow friends. However, the frogs in the pond are getting increasingly loud (sorry, frogs, but I’m happy to know that there is a food source for local storks). I am so sorry for all the osprey nests having a hard time. It seems that this year has been very difficult for many bird species. It means that better times are ahead, I certainly hope so. Thank you, Mary Ann, for all the incredible work towards conservation of our wildlife!

    1. Oh, I am shedding little tears of joy for all of you…I am so happy for the rain. I remember being in India when the monsoon began late one year and the people dancing in the streets raising their arms in gratitude. So happy for all the animals…sorry frogs! They are a bit like pigeons for the falcons…I hope it is also raining for Karl II and Kaia. I will run and check…I have been watching your white stork nest and will now mention it because of the rains…so happy for all. You are welcome and thank you…it is my pleasure to be in the midst of such compassionate people.

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