12 August 2023
Good Morning Everyone…
Oh, it has rained. We are to have rain throughout the weekend and into next week. The river does not look so dismal (muddy and low) and there were lots of Canada Geese out swimming when I went to the farmer’s market this morning. We have everything local save for peaches which are coming in from Ontario. Oh, how I remember the big peaches my mother used to buy that came from Georgia when I was a wee lass. The juice would roll down your chin! These are not quite that good, but – they are delicious.
Calico continues to visit every 3 hours and eats like she has 25 kittens somewhere…that somewhere is beginning to be a monkey on my shoulder. If she were healthier, that Go Pro would be strapped on her and off we would go….but she isn’t. So we wait. Waiting is a little like waiting and watching Mini’s left leg heal. We all want it to happen now. ‘M’ reminded me of Royal Albatross OGK. He was missing for 40 days and returned with a limp. It was painful to watch, but he eventually healed. OGK would come down the hill ever so slowly. Made us all ache in sympathy. OGK is due to return this November on Taiaroa Head – if he did not perish. I have him on the Memorial Wall but will be ever so delighted to delete that…he was the most amazing dad. Do you remember?
The many faces of Mini today. To my untrained eye, Mini’s leg did not look any worse on Friday.
She did not lose that fish piece that arrived from dad around 0951. She almost did and then she recovered. She will fly away with it in her beak.
1627. A much bigger fish came on the nest and Mini also flew off with it in her beak. Let’s hope that she did not lose it! That would have been a feast!
This amazing Dad is off – more fish to catch – a huge family to feed!
Mini is off at 1429 with the fish in her beak.
1838. Mini is really wanting Dad to land with a fish for her.
Mini is not lethargic. She is flying and eating, and she is managing. This is all good. We need to just breathe – in and out – and send all our positive energy to our brave girl. She can do this! Healing takes time. It does not happen in a day.
In other news:
Let’s start with the nests that ‘H’ is monitoring:
Fortis Exshaw: “Oh, dear. It’s either feast or famine for JJ. There were two fish delivered to the nest by Louise (13:24,16:16), and the older sibling, Banff, ate them both, mouth to tail. Life is difficult for JJ. Not only is JJ at the bottom of the pecking order, but JJ seems to be a smaller, non-aggressive male. Fortunately, JJ ate quite well on 8/10. The stepdad, O’Hara, made an appearance at the nest on 8/11. At 1850 Louise landed in the nest, quickly followed by O’Hara. He helped Louise ward off an intruder, and stayed at the nest for several minutes. There had been some concern that we had not seen O’Hara for a few days. The last positive identification of O’Hara was on 8/8. But truth be told, with all the pixelation of the video lately, we could have easily misidentified an adult doing a quick fish drop as being Louise. One day at a time . . hoping for some fish for our beloved JJ today.”
Kent Island – ‘Good Golly, Miss Molly!’ Molly fledged, at 60 days of age. But . . we did not get to witness her take off for her maiden flight. The Explore.org livestream was showing one of their frequent ‘highlights’. Bummer. When the brief ‘highlight’ period ended, we saw that the nest was empty! Tom soon landed with a fish to lure Molly back to the nest, and he was joined by Audrey. Molly was later spotted in a nearby tree (photo credit Mrs. Com). By nightfall, Molly had not returned to the nest. Congratulations to Audrey, Tom, and Molly! Well done, all.
Osoyoos – The livestream returned, and we saw that the osprey family was doing well. My goodness, ‘Junior’ had grown in the past 48 hours. And, it was evident that s/he had progressed with the wingercising, even achieving a few inches of lift off the nest. There were five fish brought to the nest after the stream returned.
Forsythe – Oscar brought three fish to the nest for Ollie. Ollie spent more time away from the nest on 8/11. Older sibling Owen, has not been seen for 8 days, and we hope that she is doing well.
Dahlgren – D12 caught a small fish! In recent days, D12 had landed on the nest with a fish a couple of times, but we weren’t sure if she actually caught it herself. This time, we witnessed the catch. D12 scoped out the fish directly below the nest, made a pinpoint dive, emerged with her catch, circled around and landed on the nest with her prize. Well done, D12! Older sibling, D11, was not seen on 8/11.
Severna Park – We are fortunate to be able to still see the fledglings. One or both can often be found at the nest. Oscar is doing a great job making sure his juvies are fed.
Thank you so much ‘H’ for your keen eye and your informing commentary!
The story at the Osprey nests throughout the Northern hemisphere is that of final fledges, fledglings returning to the nests hoping for fish meals, and pending migration.
Muonio Finnish Nest: The first fledge was on Friday. Just look at that crop in the middle! The one on the far left is getting ready to take its first flight. Bravo!
Ilomantsin: The fledglings – all have flown now – are returning to the nest and Mum is more than happy to feed them when she gets a chance.
MN Landscape Arboretum: Maybe it is just me but I would love to see this chick get some more fish! The small mud puppies are easy for the chick to eat but gosh…could we have a few more please and thank you.
Steelscape: ‘PB’ reports that it was a fantastic day for the third hatch who had been losing out severely. Fantastic news.
Sandpoint: This is not a nest that I have observed in previous years. It was added this year to the data base. Does anyone know if these are inexperienced parents? Or is the local fish situation really dire? Timestamps on the chat for Friday: By Karyn: Fish count stands at 3 from Keo Ts 5:38:58. Coco steals 5:53:32 and downs tail 6:09:04 2nd fish 10:47 and most eaten by dad. Coco tries to take from Mom but ends up with one bite & literally a tail. 3rd fish is a micro mini at 11:47:11 and mom eats the head and Coco steals…just a few bites to that fish.”
Cowlitz: Everything looks good. Fledgling continues to return to the nest!
Clark PUD: Fish on the nest and look at that wing span!
Seaside: Naika and Kawok are on and off the nest wanting fish! It is all good.
The Bridge Golf Club Ospreys: The cam had been going on and off line and now it is back up. Reports are the two surviving chicks have fledged but are returning to the nest for fish! Congratulations everyone!
Dyfi: The UK nests are getting rather lonely. T he fledglings no longer have to wait on the nest for fish to arrive. They can see their parents and chase after them or they can go and practice in the water preparing for their future fishing adventures.
Telyn has migrated from the 13-28th of August in past years. Wonder what it will be this year?
Glaslyn: Aran is delivering fish to the two lads. Elen was last seen at the net on Friday morning. It is possible she is taking time to prepare for migration – or has she departed?
Llyn Brenig: Everyone has a fish!
Llyn Clywedog: The rain drops hitting the nest sound like someone tossing small stones and the wind is howling in the distance.
Loch Arkaig: The nest of Dorcha and Louis is not quiet. Ludo is right there waiting for Dad to bring him a fish – and he is decidedly not silent about it! This chick is going to need lozenges before the season is over!
Tatarstan Eastern Imperial Eagles: Oh, goodness the plumage on these birds is magnificent. They both lived…lots of food and superb parenting. They are both females.
Sydney Sea Eagles: Perfect little angels at this feeding. 31 had a huge crop and Mum was filling 32 to the top of its crop, too! There is such a variety of prey in the pantry – birds, fish, and eels. Pin feathers are starting to emerge and if you note the size difference already, you ,right be inclined to believe that 31 is a Bib Sister while 32 is a wee brother.
Loch Garten: KL5, the 2020 male fledgling from the Loch Garten nest, appears to not be going anywhere. He is looking for his own nest as are many two year old returnees. Thankfully he will be leaving for migration sooner than later and will allow some peace and order to return to the nest. The juveniles are getting much experience defending this nest and themselves against very aggressive intruders.
Congratulations to the West Midlands for the very first ringed osprey in centuries!
Kurzeme Black Kite: Dad is making all the deliveries for Bronza. Mum was last seen on 8 August and is most likely preparing for her migration by fattening up off the nest. What a gorgeous Black Kite!
Stepping back in time: There have been many favourites on the SW Florida nest but E17 and 18 were nothing short of adorable…will never forget 18 having to go into ‘time out’ in the rehabbers!!!!!!
It is an important moment for those involved in the reintroduction of raptors in the UK.
Birds In Helping Hands wants us to spread the word and not use insecticides and herbicides.— Please write down the ingredients for the safe weed killer (if you are inclined to kill them) somewhere for next year! Tell friends and family. Most of the cleaning firms in my City only use white vinegar – no harsh chemicals at all. Think about it. We need to protect those who cannot protect themselves.
Most of you have experienced some very hot weather this summer. Ever wonder what that heat does to our birds? to the seas that they depend on for their fish? Birdlife International has a short informative article to educate all of us.
Thank you so much for being with me today! Please take care. Hoping to see you soon.
Thank you to the following for their comments, notes, postings, articles, tweets, and streaming cams that helped me to write my blog today: ‘H, M, PB’, PSEG, Fortis Exshaw, Kent Island, Osoyoos, Forsythe, Dahlgren, Severna Park, Finnish Osprey Foundation, MN Landscape Arboretum, Pam Breci and the Joy of Ospreys FB, Clark PUD, Sandpoint, Cowlitz PUD, Seaside, Diane Lambertson and The Joy of Ospreys FB, Dyfi Osprey Project, Bywyd Gwyllt Glaslyn, Llyn Brenig, Geemeff and The Woodland Trust, Tatarstan Imperial Eagles, Sydney Sea Eagles, Sue Wallbanks and Friends of Loch Arkaig Ospreys, West Midlands Ringing Group, LDF, Laura Davis Nelson and SWFL Eagles, @Timmackrill, Birds in Helping Hands, and Birdlife International.