9 November 2023
Good Morning Everyone,
Hope ‘hopes’ that everyone has a wonderful day! This morning she decided to be contrary and not pose!!!!!!! Go figure.
Oh, the temperatures climbed to a balmy +2 C on Wednesday and all the snow melted. Sunset happens at 1630. It is dark. Did I say that I hate winter? And now as 2300 approaches, it is snowing rain. The feral feeder is filled and I have attempted to make it a little weather proof. Those poor cats that live outside. Let’s see if we have a resident in the shelter tonight.
The girls had a lazy day. Hope and Missey continue to watch their favourite cat/bird video. And, yes. It is true. Miss Hope, the Queen of the ‘High Five’ taps on the screen until I come and turn her video on. I am well trained. Missey went to sleep on the wicker only to look up and see a male Northern Cardinal, and she immediately bolted right back with Hope. In other news, Hope got caught in ‘the act’ when I went to find Calico. She is certainly a robust young kitten! I do not know how Calico managed to keep this kitten so safe and well-fed out in the wild.
Hope is a perfect example of why you try to socialise the kittens of community cats. She is simply lovely. Thankful every day that Calico trusted me and wanted to come inside and that Hope has joined us.
Missey’s eyes look like they will pop out when the Cardinal is on the screen…she is getting ready to leap!
Hope’s ‘guilty’ look. Calico still produces so much milk…she waddles around the house!
Will these three have a little brother after all? Wait and see! We certainly could use a male influence here in Cat World. :))).
At Port Lincoln, Dad is in the shed and Mum and the kids are wishing he would go fishing.
Mum and chicks are still waiting for breakfast and Dad is still perched in the shed.
Dad left and Mum took a break…still no fish. It is nearing 1300.
Dad came through with a fish, and a man and his three-year-old son provided four supplementary fish for the family! Thank you. You are helping to keep this family alive.
Meanwhile….Xavier has delivered two breakfasts to Marri and Barru.
Check out this video of the storm a few days ago!
Remember. We are getting so close to fledge that you might as well go and purchase the tissues and have them ready. What a great year it has been at Orange. How delighted for Xavier and Diamond. Now…there are bushfires in some areas of Australia along with a drought. I just do not want it to pour down rain in Orange for the entire fortnight following their fledge. Cross your fingers and toes with me, please.
So what is happening at the Parramatta River in Sydney? I am not seeing any updates for two days now. All was well then. Let us hope it stays that way.
Now to the US and the Bald Eagles readying for the 2023 season.
At NE Florida, Gabby and V3 continue to be hopeful and work on their nest near Jacksonville, Florida.
Lady Hawk catches two mating attempts.
Near Fulton, Illinois on the Mississippi River, there is concern for Valor 2 – once part of the infamous Lover’s Trio Bald Eagle family. Dennis Becht has gone out to try and find Valor 2 and get him help.
Here is the latest update on Valor 2 from Dennis Becht.
Connie and Clive are working diligently on their Captiva nest – parents of Connick. No word on Connick’s release from the Audubon Centre for Birds of Prey at Maitland. He could not have better care. They were waiting til all of his feathers grew in to release him. What a great facility!
Eagles at Decorah.
New nest building at Decorah Hatchery?
Alex flew in to the KNF-E3 nest to do some nestorations.
Checking out the nest bowl at the E-1 nest of Louis and Anna in the Kisatchie National Forest.
Eagles were working at Dulles-Greenway.
It is always a beautiful view at Big Bear Valley – but it is always better when Jackie and/or Shadow are there!
Franklin and Frances have been busy at Bluff City.
D3 was at Centreport today.
29 Days to hatch watch at Superbeaks!
Black Vultures checking and cleaning the NCTC nest of Bella and ________.
Audubon’s report on the 2023 Eagle breeding season in Florida is here.
Check out the size difference between genders in these raptors.
It is that time of year when all that lead that went into the animals that were hunted and killed gets eaten when the eagles and other carrion eaters find the innards left in the field. That lead is toxic just like all of the fishing equipment that continues to be used that is lead. Time to switch!
For those of you that still have fall, remind everyone –
Please tell everyone you know not to celebrate with balloons. There are beautiful alternatives. Use safe biodegradable paper. OR let’s ditch the decorations altogether and celebrate by donating to shelters for animals or humans! Just imagine.
All of our wildlife have emotions.
John Love is responsible for reintroducing the White-tail Eagle in the UK. He dedicated his entire life to these magnificent feathered creatures. Go to roydennis.org to see the video tribute.
The Ventana Society announces that the quarantine pens for HPAI – to save the California Condors – are now on their way!
Because things are at the end does not mean they are any less important than those at the beginning. Indeed, it is often the reverse. Humans cannot survive without insects. So every time someone puts chemicals on their lawn to make it look beautiful, the insects get poisoned and then the birds that eat them. Let us all begin to re-think our attitudes before it is too late. This is a grim report.
From ‘H’ for all of us – thank you! We do what we can with what we have.
Thank you so much for being with me today. Please take care of yourself. See you soon!
Thank you to the following for their notes, comments, posts, articles, images, videos, and streaming cams that helped me to write my blog this morning: ‘A, H, Sassa Bird’, PLO, Charles Sturt Falcon Cam, Sharon Pollock, NEFL-AEF, Lady Hawk, Dennis Becht, Window to Wildlife, Raptor Resource Project/Explore, KNF-E3, KNF-E1, Dulles-Greenway Eagle Cam, FOBBV, Baiba, Sara A, Centreport Live Cam, Superbeaks, NCTC, Audubon Eaglewatch, Elite Falconry, Science of the Total Environment, Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew, Sassa Bird, Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation, Ventana Wildlife, The Guardian, and Emily Dickinson.