Fledge at Rutland, Dmitri’s stork gets a nest…Tuesday in Bird World

4 July 2023

Good Morning,

To everyone celebrating the Fourth of July – have a wonderful day! I remember the sparklers and those triangles ‘black things’ that grew like long snakes when lit with a match and made such a mess. There was always a picnic and a freezer full of homemade ice cream. There were also fireworks. Of course, now, we think of their harm to wildlife and to pets, not those dazzling colours in the sky. No one knew then, but we do now – so, instead of fireworks, give something to your local wildlife rehab – a bag of dog kibble, a gallon of bleach, old towels and sheets – whatever you can afford.

The theme of this year’s osprey season might well be the number of nests where the females have had to go and supplement the fish brought in by the males.

We will start with the sad bits and end on a high note with Soledad’s 3rd day in the wild world of downtown San Jose.

Monday was a bit of hard day – again. The third hatch at the Borders nest in Scotland died from starvation/not being able to get to eat/siblicide. There were mitigating circumstances and everyone hoped that things would work out for Samson and Juno’s little chick. Samson was gone for some 20 hours and did not deliver fish and for some strange reason, many of the males are not doing well at deliveries this year. Even Blue NC0 has been going fishing again at Loch of the Lowes. Juno went fishing and came in with some big ones, but the two older siblings took over, and the little one was left out. Fly high, sweetie.

The third hatch is on the far left being submissive.

The two chicks are in a sad state at Newfoundland Power. I hope when you read this that they have passed over that Rainbow Bridge. So many of you have phoned and e-mailed the power company and so have I. Unfortunately, nothing will probably be done. Humans need to become more empathetic to suffering. The first one appears finally succumb to starvation after more than two or more days of being injured and without food. The second one was injured with sticks by Hope on the 2nd. Hope tried to aerate the mud around the chicks and feed the chicks. I have great pity for her…she lost her all of her chicks, save for one in 2019. She appears not to understand how to care for the babies or why they are dying. ‘T’ and I are wondering if raptors can suffer mental illness.

It is raining in Newfoundland and poor Hope is brooding her dead and/or dying chicks. Did I say my heart just aches for this mother who just seems so unaware.

There is good news at another nest we have been concerned for, thankfully. The life of the only surviving chick at the MN- Landscape Arboretum nest is improving. The female had quite the turnaround, and this little one is growing nicely.

At the Patchogue nest, it looked like Big was going to fledge Monday afternoon. At 1518 s/he had its wings out almost knocking Mini off the nest. Lots of wing flapping and hopping and some very good hovers. All of this caught Mini’s attention and then later, the other two big siblings. Gosh, do you remember when we were reluctant to check on this nest for fear something had happened to Little Mini? or we went to bed worried about how much food Mini had. Well, now this nest is one that I turn to for hope. These parents have done an exceptional job. If osplets model their future behaviour by the way they were treated on the nest, then these four will have very successful families!

Siblings all lined up before Big gets really antsy. Oh, it could have been such a wonderful self portrait if not for the itchiness of feathers! But look at our Little Mini there with its smile and huge crop – a reminder that with the hard work of the parents and the determination of this tiny tiny chick – we can have success. Look at the size of Mini next to Big! Gracious.

The long skinny legs of Big make me think it is a male…a big male.

Big getting some height.

Mini of the ‘many’ faces today as she pondered all the flapping and hovering. Then every once in awhile Mini would get excited and flap its little wings, too.

Mini wanting Big’s fish.

There is a chance of a fledge at Patchogue today although it would be good if Big would continue the hovering practice.

Another site that makes me happy is Dmitri and his stork. If you remember he removed the beaten and battered fifth stork from the family nest before its mother could kill it. He cared for its wounds, fed it worms, and made a pen for it to grow and eat. Now look. Dmitri made a real stork nest for his not so little foster storklet, Pyatachok. ‘T’ tells me that the name refers to ” “the small coin 5 kopecks and also a piglet like the friend of Winnie the Pooh.” The five of course refers to this one’s birth order.

I understand that Dmitri has a very treatable cancer and that the community and wider community have rallied to gather funds for his after care and treatment. His operation is 18 July. Wishing him well. Anyone who rescues an abused animal and treats it with the respect that this man has is fantastic. Oh, my faith in humans does sometimes rise high. This same community helped with the materials and maybe even the camera for this kind man.

Missing all the squeeing from the WRDC nest…well, here is Rose delivering a fish and R4 and R5! Thanks Heidi Mc.

Sunnie Day gives an upclose and personal view of Whitley and Noble at the much loved Crooked Lake osprey nest.

The new couple at the Collins Marsh osprey platform in Wisconsin are doing fantastic. The two surviving chicks have grown like crazy and are doing so well.

I cannot confirm that the couple at the Cowlitz PUD are Electra and her mate. I can say that this single surviving osplet is being well fed when fish is available. It is growing and Mum is sleeping side by side with the chick in the nest which might help protect it from any predators.

You would be hard-pressed to pick out the tiny third hatch at the Boulder County Fairgrounds osprey nest today! Exceptional parenting, plenty of fish – this nest of three has thrived with that tiny one growing and catching up. This nest was once on my worry list – no more!

The Lipka osprey nest in Poland with its three osplets is doing exceptionally well, also.

The three at the Ramucka Forest osplet nest in Poland are also thriving!

The three chicks at Nest #1 in Finland are trying to work out what to do with a piece of bark (is it similar to Birch?) brought to the nest.

Elen and Aran’s chicks have been ringed at Glaslyn. We have two boys.

We have the first fledge of the 2023 season for Blue 33 and Maya at Rutland Water. Blue 3H3 took off at 0924 on the 4th of July. Congratulations.

‘H’s report on the nests she is monitoring:

FortisExshaw: “It has been difficult to view feedings at this nest, as our view is usually blocked.  But there was a feeding at 1734 on 7/3 that was easily seen.  Everything was going along great, and Little was in the front row receiving many bites of fish.  However, four minutes into the feeding, one of the older chicks, that I believe to be Big, unleashed a beaking attack upon Little.  Little didn’t do anything to instigate the attack.  After the attack, Little stayed crouched in submissive posture for the remainder of the feeding.  I cannot say that was the first time there has been aggression toward Little at a meal, but it was the first time I have seen it.  The kids are prone to bonking battles in between meals, and sometimes those battles are started by Little.  Pics attached are from the 1734 feeding.  (ages 16, 16, and 14 days on 7/4)”.

Osoyoos: “Osoyoos – The 8 and 7 day old Osplets are just little angels at meal times, but they do get into some bonking between meals.  Oh my, this nest is in dire need of some padding.  See the attached pic . . the kids are sitting in a hole below the level of the pole that the nest is built on! “

Severna Park: “Severna Park – These gorgeous teenagers are on fledge watch.  Ages 57 and 56 days on 7/4.”

Forsythe: “Forsythe –  The temperature was very hot with thunderstorms later in the day. The heat may have made for difficult fishing for the Ospreys.  There were two early fish, then Opal was MIA for several hours.  When she returned at 1411 she brought a very large fish with her, and at 1459 Oscar also landed with a large fish.  There were six fish in total.  This nest remains peaceful.  The Osplets are 43 and 42 days of age.”

McEuen Park, Idaho: Look at those beautiful osplets – all three of them! I hope they are not scared off their nest today by fireworks!

Dear Soledad. Oh, how we do worry about you! So good to see how you are doing.

Ferris Akel found all of Big Red’s family last night at Cornell. The three fledglings are doing exceptionally well.

A short and lovely article about a man who bought 35 acres of land in Ireland and began to rewind it. There is hope as each of us does what we can to help our planet. Maybe in your garden it could start with a single plant to help bees or butterflies.

Thank you so much for being with me today. Be kind to yourself. Take care and see you soon!

Thank you to everyone for their notes, posts, videos, and streaming cams that helped me create my blog today: ‘A’, Border Ospreys, PSEG, MN-Landscape Arboretum Osprey nest, Newfoundland Power Company, Sunnie Day and Crooked Lake Ospreys, Collins Marsh, Cowlitz PUD, Boulder County Fair Grounds Ospreys, Lipka Osprey Nest, the Ramucka Forest Ospreys, Bywyd Gwywwd Glaslyn, Rutland O, Fortis Exshaw, Osoyoos, Severna Park, Forsythe ospreys, McEuen Park, SK Hideaways and SJCH Falcon Cam, Ferris Akel Live Stream, and The Guardian.


  1. Linda Kontol says:

    Thank you Mary Ann for these updates. Thanks for the Holiday message too!
    So happy most all of the nests are doing good. So sad for the little ones who lost their life from starvation and / or suliside. I feel bad knowing that kids view a nest where the little ones were not helped and passed away. I know it must be very sad for them and all of us as well. 🙏🙏💕💕May the little ones fly high and rest in peace.
    Thank you Mary Ann for the photos and I’m so glad little Mini grew up enough and gets fed enough now. 🙏💕
    Have a good day and we hope to see you here again soon!

    1. There are some nests that are thriving and Little Mini lucked out with a nest where the parents are very dedicated! it really shows. I cannot imagine what it is like for Dad to have to feed six! They will be so thin and tired but they have a nest full of beautiful babies! I do believe that Hope was either injured and cannot parent properly or has something genetic that also prevents her from being a good parent. In that case, as sad as it sounds, we do not wish this behaviour to be passed on and on for generations so maybe that is why these horrible things are happening on her nest.

  2. Sabine says:

    So sad for Hope! It seems she has still much to figure out parenting-wise! I’m really glad Minnesota’s little osplet is being cared for more properly. Let’s hope it stays that way! It’s great that many nests are doing well. Best wishes for Dmitri’s surgery! He has sure earned a lot of good karma. Thank you, Mary Ann, for keeping us informed!

    1. Hi Sabine, Thank you so much for your note in your busy schedule! It is such a delight to see the little chick at Minnesota being cared for. I just watched a feeding and noticed that the Mum has tried to create a ‘sort of’ egg cup and nest. Really, this is a landscape place with lots of sticks and grasses. I think they should donate materials and build up the sides so that they do not blow away. Then the couple could have a proper home!!!!!! One year a chick got blown out of this nest. — Hope. I was first upset and then I talked to some people and if her behaviour is the result of an injury or genetic – well, there I not much ‘hope’. I feel sad for the chicks and wish that the eggs would be removed to an incubator and then fostered. The area could use some more ospreys! Meanwhile, let us all send positive wishes to that kind man who rescued that little stork and gave it a chance in life…so that he gets a second chance, too.

  3. Akane says:

    Thanks for all the updates.
    Having a healthy nest helps me.
    On Independence Day, someone set off fireworks right next to the Oyster Bay nest.
    I sent an email to Mary Ann, but it may not have reached you. I have sent you a screenshot along with it. Did you not receive an email from me?
    Sorry to bother you and ask here.

    1. Dear Akane, I did not see it. Please resend. I would certainly have answered you if I had received it…I also just checked in the Junk mail and no letter or image. maryannsteggles@icloud.com I wonder if that is what caused the first one to fledge there…Fireworks should be banned. I hate seeing people happy over them including people who should be serving as an example….for their position. Give the money to wildlife rehab instead of frightening all the wildlife and all the pets.

      1. Akane says:

        Thank you Mary Ann!
        I have sent other thank you e-mails, etc. in the past, but you may not have received them.
        I have resent the email. I hope your email got there safely….
        Yes, I too would like to see fireworks banned. I am glad that they did not catch fire in the oyster bay nests or burn the chicks

      2. I am a little late, Akane in catching up with my comments and I apologise. There have been so many sick and dying osplets and then fledges and ringings that this time of year it is difficult to keep track. Yes, I hope that we xcm gather together and ban fireworks and that if we can get a movement started in the names of Jackie and Shadow who were so frightened to return to their nest for many days. It would be such a blessing for all the birds and animals and even pets!

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