As many of you might be aware, the nest of Martin and Rosa and the trio has been falling apart rapidly. We saw this at the Notre-Dame Eagles nest last year, Minnesota DNR this year, and more recently, the Dale Hollow nest. It really compromises the lives of the eaglets who have juvenile feathers and who have branched but not flown.
Pi fell out of the nest this morning and was rescued.
DG4 – Pat – was the first to fall on Monday and is in care.
Flora is the only eaglet left on the small area of the nest.
This nest is being closely monitored. Send positive wishes out to all!
It has been one of those weeks. Thankfully, it is ‘baby’ season and an excellent reason to get out amongst the ducks and the geese and count the newly hatched. Three duck mamas were quacking away, trying to keep the little ones together. It was hilarious. Those ducklings are so fast, darting hither and yon, enough that Mum just can’t keep track of them. It was adorable. I could see no goslings – yet. Not at this park, but there were 9 male Wood Ducks and not one female in sight. Perhaps they were on the island incubating eggs. At any rate, it was lovely. The day’s heat had cooled, people were smiling, and everyone seemed to want to chat.
As Father’s Day nears, I am eternally grateful that mine taught me the beauty of nature, the happiness of sitting quietly in the garden, that feeling of joy when a Cardinal lands on your upturned hand and takes a seed but, most of all, a responsibility to make the lives of animals and birds better, if I could. He helped me connect to nature and to something far bigger than myself.
‘H’ sent me a link to a TED talk this morning. She knows me well – I get very upset when humans on chats apologise for ‘anthropomorphising’ animal feelings. She knows I am a big follower of Marc Bekoff at the University of Colorado and Jane Goodall and their studies of animals and emotions. She knows that I watch adult raptors grieve when their children die. So she sent me a talk by Ron Magill. Some know Ron Magill as ‘the Eagle Guy’ from the Miami Zoo. The nest that Ron and Rose have was the brainchild of Magill. But, he is more than just eagles, and in this 18-minute talk (please listen to all of it as you will miss the best parts if you don’t!), he tells us the story of Quasi, an orphan lion cub at the Miami Zoo. Keep the link. When anyone on a chat tells you animals don’t have feelings – don’t get mad; educate them! Thanks, ‘H’.
How many Osprey nests had four eggs and four hatches? Blue 80 over at Threave Castle has four in the nest, too. It will be interesting to see how that plays out compared to the US nests. For awhile, the monitors of this nest (there is no streaming cam) thought there to be only three but up popped the fourth head. So far so good.
Yesterday, I said that “If there is a nest that gives me hope, it is Patchogue on Long Island.” Thursday was a pretty good day for Mini so let’s go through it.
This Mini-Bob has attitude! Please look at it below with those three enormous siblings lined up behind it. Mum looks down directly into its eyes. She is good to feed that baby if it gets its beak up close to hers. This Mini has to be a female…oh, how I wish we would know for sure.
Four osplets, one little Mini – and yet so civil. Fish come on the nest – nice ones – every couple of hours and the kids line up and eat if they are hungry. Mini was right up there at 1507 and was still going strong until he was so full – and hot – and got under Mum’s tail for shade at 1531.
I want to give a shout out to this great Dad who just keeps bringing in the fish! I did not count the number today but it certainly makes a difference when you have a nest with chicks spread like this one…just monster sized big siblings and there, in the centre of the nest, Mini – who is just starting to get into the Reptilian phase.
‘L’ writes that a delivery at 1600- a small gold fish – resulted in Little Bob being a little aggressive to Tiny – who did not get any food then.
Dad just delivers fishing – Daddy Door Dash Supreme. He should get some 5 star rating in TripAdvisor! A late fish came on the nest and I could not find Mini. Well, he was right up on the right side of Mum and he did get fed. Mini did not have a huge crop – or he did a crop drop which could have happened – but he did get fed for a period of time (about 15 minutes). I am astonished by this baby on this nest of ‘huge’ siblings.
At the 0930 delivery, Mini did not get any fish. And now I am beginning to worry about Mini’s survival. The big siblings are now bashing one another. Mini got up to the beak and could have eaten but was submissive. He should have snatched those few bites…they all add up. So this nest is far from being out of the woods. A s the three larger siblings grow and require more food, it might be impossible for Mini to get up there. Let us wait and see if he can figure this out.
At the Severna nest, a big fish came on the nest at 10:08:37. Big already had a huge crop from an earlier fish but, she still had to get up front. By 10:33 Middle is eating having previously moved up under Mum’s tail. Middle is still eating at 10:49!
At 16:31, a massive fish comes on the nest. It is big enough to feed both chicks and Mum to the brim!
Big will go first regardless of its already huge crop – Middle still has a crop from an earlier feed, too.
By 1654 Middle has positioned himself on the opposite of Mum and is getting fish. This chick has come a long way in figuring out how to survive on this nest! Bravo Middle.
At the Forsythe nest of Opal and Oscar, Oscar keeps bringing on the fish just like the male at Patchogue. Little Mini is right up there eating. All appears to be well with the world here with so many deliveries on Thursday.
This is Mini getting fed, not Little! Mini is stretching its neck to make it really long.
‘H’ notes the following times at Forsythe: “Forsythe: 1052 feeding, Mini in the back, got two bites (smallish fish). No bonking. 1225 feeding, Mini worked its way up to the front and got at least 32 bites, again it was peaceful. There was a pretty significant beaking match between the two oldest at around 0929, but not at a feeding.”
No bullying at the Dahlgren Osprey nest. The two are both enjoying being side by side eating fish.
There are two osplets for Duke and Daisy at the Barnegat Light Osprey platform on Thursday! Thanks ‘H’.
So far the only Bob at Cowlitz PUD is doing fine…perhaps the other two eggs will be DNH.
The team at Patuxent River Park went to Nest 1 and removed the youngest osplet, and fostered it with another family. They did not, however, go to Patuxent II where it is believed that Mini died at least a day ago.
The eyas at the San Jose City Hall continues to do well. ‘M’ asked me about the shiny black area on the crop. This is nothing to worry about. The crop gets full, the chick goes into food coma and rolls on the stones/gravel of the nest rubbing the feathers off. Those will grow in and be beautiful before fledge!
The eyas at the Evergy Topeka Falcon Cam is getting some more feathers. Notice, however, that the wing and contour feathers have not broken out of the quills. ‘SP’ contacted the administrators of the nest about the condition of Little, and she was delighted with this response: “I have been in contact with our wildlife biologist . We’ll be banding the chicks on Friday and wildlife personnel will check on the viability of the smaller bird. If it needs to be rehabbed or needs any special attention, we’ll learn that on Friday and ensure that it gets the help it needs.” Now that is the kind of response we want from those in charge of these streaming cams. This is fantastic news.
Checking on some Canadian Osprey nests. There are three eggs at Newfoundland Power. If it is a typical year, there will be no fledges. I hope it isn’t for a change.
At Osoyoos, Soo and Olsen laid their eggs on the 21, 23, and 25th of May so we have a ways to go til fledge.
Fortis Exshaw has had to endure much smoke from the wildfires. Eggs laid on May 9, 12, and 15.
The Dulles-Greenway trio have been named!
At the UK, nests there is often all manner of information available. For example, look at this fish delivery table for Llyn Clywedog! Dylan does not quite double his deliveries from last year but, almost.
When asked where the fish came from, this was Alastair’s reply. Please note the amount of fish that are put in the Reservoir each year. Imagine how that might impact some of the US nests positively!
Alastair Cameron: “based on observations by John Williams the perch seem to come from the shallower “fingers” of the reservoir as it merges into smaller gulleys at the edge of the reservoir. Dylan certainly seems to go to perch when the weather is wet (perhaps easier to see when there is rain on the surface) or hot, when the trout are swimming deeper. John has also observed that at least some of the brown trout seem to come from another reservoir called Nant y Moch, a few kilometers away. Llyn Clywedog Trout fishery stock the reservoir with around 40,000 trout per year, mainly rainbows but some browns as well.”
It is difficult to image – my goodness do you ever wonder where time goes? – but the eldest osplet on the Dyfi nest of Idris and Telyn is now turning into a reptile. The soft downy is gone from the back of its head and that oil spot is starting to come!
Elen and Aran seem to be doing fine. the wee Bobs got covered with grasses and Aran spent some time uncovering them while Elen had her tea.
Louis and Dorcha’s only Bob having some fish supper before the sun goes down at Loch Arkaig. Some are ‘hearing’ chupping from the second egg. Could we really have another hatch? I doubt it.
CJ7 was busy feeding her two Bobs at Poole Harbour before dusk as well..fill them up and maybe they won’t wiggle all night! gosh, these Mums must get tired…and by morning, CJ7 and Blue 022 had their third!
Geemeff brings us Scottish Osprey nest real estate news. Louis’s old nest at Loch Arkaig is currently occupied by Affric & Prince. The couple keep returning to Nest One, and even had two mating attempts there last night. No idea why their own nest failed, but this one’s available and we’d love to have a resident pair again.” That is fantastic news. Louis is busy with Dorcha and the Only Bob at nest 2 so, perhaps, he will give this couple a lease!
There has also been a hatch at Kielder Forest, nest 5A. Mr and Mrs UV.
What about Angel and Tom’s little RTH5? ‘A’ gave me a big giggle – which one needs after some of the nest sadness, when she told me, “I woke up this morning (it is 9am) and immediately checked my darling Angel and RTH5 and suddenly, there was this strange hawk in the nest. It stands up all the time and looks upwards instead of down. It swallows voles, mice, birds, lizards and every other small thing that moves. It had six feedings before noon today, and then continued on eating in the late afternoon. It just eats and eats and eats. I had no idea a RTH could consume so much in such a short time. They are hunting and eating machines (or at least RTH5 is insatiable). She (I do think we may have a female here, though it is still too early to tell, and the hawklet is still way smaller than mum, but I wonder about the sturdy legs) is even more adorable.”
We could say the same for Big Red and Arthur’s Ms…simply adorable. Walking eating cutie pie machines. The advantage that Big Red’s kids have is the long ‘runway’ for them to strengthen their legs and wings.
Wetlands are one of the most important aspects of biodiversity. We are seeing them destroyed around the world and yet, they might hold part of the secret for revitalising our planet. Around the world, these wetlands are under attack by industry wanting mining and now a huge area near Lake Victoria could fall to agricultural development. The area is the largest wetlands in Kenya, Yala Swamp. What are humans thinking? and why are there individuals who are not trying to fix our relationship with nature instead of harming it?
Not a great image – really cropped – but look at Murphy’s Baby flapping its big wings! Smile. Murphy and Baby doing fine. Nest not so much!
Thank you so much for being with me today. Please take care. See you soon.
I am very grateful to the following individuals and groups for their notes, posts, videos, tweets, and streaming cams that helped to make up the information in my blog today: ‘A’, ‘H’, Geemeff, ‘L’, ‘M’, ‘SP’, TED Talks, PSEG, Severna ospreys, Forsythe Ospreys, Dahlgren Ospreys, new Jersey Conservancy, Cowlitz PUD, Patuxent River Park, San Jose City Hall Falcons, Everay Topeka Falcon Cam, Newfoundland Power, Osoyoos, Fortis Exshaw, Dulles Greenway, Alastair Cameron and Llyn Clywedog Osprey Group, Window to Wildlife, Cornell RTH, Birdlife International, Dyfi Osprey Project, Bywyd Gwylld Glaslyn, Friends of Loch Arkaig and the Woodland Trust, Poole Harbour Ospreys, and World Bird Sanctuary.
I hope that you have had a fabulous first half of the week. It is the end of May. The lilacs are blooming and the garden is so fragrant. The Baltimore and Orchard Orioles ‘flew the coop’. I have not seen one in the garden since late Monday evening. The Cowbirds are gone and the Grackles have arrived. Mr Crow was here for peanuts along with his mates and Mr Blue Jay, Dyson and family but, other than those, it was rather quiet. And cooler. Down to 11 C tonight – Melbourne weather. It feels cold.
I wish I could send a big bouquet to everyone. The lilacs were planted 24 years ago. They were just sticks that autumn. Now they are so tall – of course, the big bunches of blossoms are at the top. These are lovely, and a tiny little sprig in the conservatory makes the entire space smell grand.
As I am writing this, Bobby Horvath of WINORR who cared for Pale Male in his last hours, told me he would happily go and clean up the Patchogue nest if a bucket truck can be obtained. People are willing to help. Let us hope that permits come through. Bobby said, “It’s a matter of resources. A bucket truck capable of reaching the site and if there’s live electric involved or not. Then permission is a whole other issue. If a truck can be secured I offer my assistance removing any material I can.” I am so grateful, and there are others..it is getting all of this in place that is the issue. Fingers crossed. Thanks, Bobby!——— The power company is telling callers that they ‘will take care of it’…..let’s hope that someone does. I have to say that I worry about that little osplet but so far so good. Look at them lined up like so nicely having fish…is it possible that they are all males like Bazza, Falkey, and Ervie and this Mini will survive? One day at a time. One day at a time. I live with hope. Bib Bob is at least six times the size of Mini and the older two are just entering the Reptilian Phase. It makes monsters out of them for a short time…not sure why. Would love to see the hormone levels in their blood – the aggressive ones.
Thank you to everyone who reached out to get help to this nest. You are fantastic.
Mini-Bob looks unwell this morning and may be dying/dead. It is difficult to tell – deep sleep. Mum has been looking curiously at the poor little thing while she was also trying to remove some rubbish earlier.
This should put a big smile on your face! Wonderful, generous people really made a difference to this wildlife rehab sanctuary.
What does it mean when people donate even the tiniest things? This! Thank you to everyone who reached out for Murphy and his eaglet…this is amazing news. Windfalls like this do not happen all the time. Murphy got a lot of publicity. Just remember that every wildlife sanctuary requires items from clean used towels and sheets to those unused power tools in your garage. Go out and look. See what you have. Offer it locally!
Read all of the lines…your help for a year and more. See what is there that is needed – and then keep your eyes open for anything on this list. Is someone moving and clearing out their space? Are they leaving laundry supplies? See if they will donate them!
Gosh. I almost need ear plugs – Rosa, Zephyr, and Luna are sooooo very loud. Lewis goes running when he hears them…he is frightened.
Gorgeous Mum Annie leaves the kids to the prey – good idea, self-preservation.
In case you are missing little fluff balls starting to get rather loud, check out this feeding at Cromer Peregrine Falcons.
WRDC has announced that both of Ron and Rita’s eaglets this year are males. No surprise there! They were a delight all year, very civil…Thanks, ‘H’.
Oh, it is so nice when a fish delivery comes in and your big sibling is out flying around seeing the world. That is what happened to Middle at the Achieva Osprey nest on Wednesday morning at 0745.
Little Bob at Severna Park can be seen to get right in there when there is fish despite the huge size difference. Another nest of three that we are keeping tabs on…with hope.
Lucy flew to her nest at Lake Murray and was making the tiniest little cheeping sounds. To go to sleep and wake up and find that your only surviving chick is gone…where did it go? who took it? what happened? My heart aches for her. She lost her entire family.
Bridgette has confirmed what ‘H’ reported to me that the third chick was dead when it hatched or shortly after and Harriet consumed it. “Unfortunately #3 was not alive and was eaten up by Harriet at 5:30 a.m. Yes, that’s how it is in nature. Let’s hope for a healthy development for #1 and #2.
All is well at the RTH nest of Big Red and Arthur in Ithaca, New York. No one is hungry, no one is injured, no one has fallen out of the nest and there are no predators around those babies.
Arthur bringing in another delivery! The deliveries keep flowing. Big Red is now leaving the chicks for longer on the nest and taking breaks at a nearby light stand where she can ‘sun’ herself. She is within a quick distance if there are any problems at the nest.
Come on, have another bite! I know you are hungry! LOL. No one is ever hungry on Big Red’s nest.
Everything is good with Angel and Tom and RTH5. Tom continues to deliver, Angel picks up and feeds RTH5 who is growing fast just like Big Red and Arthur’s chicks. Remember those Blue Jays dive-bombing Angel, Tom and the nest? Well, RTH5 had a Jay nestling today. That is why they were so upset!
Both chicks at the Dahlgren Osprey platform of Jack and Diane in Virginia seem to be doing fine. There is such a difference in size. We wait and hope…
There was a second hatch at the Carthage TN Osprey platform in the early morning Wednesday the 24th.
Will there be only two little osplets for Idris and Telyn this year. We wait to see. This is what Dyfi thinks..as you look at that image I want you to remember that in four months or less, this baby will be flying alone to West Africa where we hope that H5N1 has been contained and eliminated as much as possible.
No shortage of fish for only Bob at Dyfi! Will there be another hatch tomorrow?
The first hatch for Mr and Mrs 69 at Kielder Forest hatched on the 23rd and was alert on the 24th ready for a fish feed!
Everything is going well at the Rutland Manton Bay nest of Blue 33 and Maya. The little ones can get into mischief but they are thriving. Late Wednesday Blue brought in another of his whoppers and Little Bob got its head stuck under it. He made it right…thankfully. While these big fish really do feed a lot of chicks, they are incredibly dangerous.
The baby took a whack. Let us hope it is alright. The others are up eating what would typically be either the last or penultimate meal of the day. Oh, yes, it is moving up to the food line. Lots of fish there. Mum will eat and all three will be stuffed.
It has been a rough year for many nests. Laddie and Blue NCO didn’t lose their first hatch but there have been so many intruders and it is having an impact on fish delivery. Blue NC0 had to fight off an intruder for over an hour. Imagine with two little babies under her. Brave Mum.
At Llyn Clywedog there was an intruder trying to land on its Mum, Seren Blue 5F. It was Blue 469! The big male from 2021. I don’t think Mum is too excited to see her big boy with two little ones under her!!!!!!!!!
A video has been posted of River taking the fish off the nest at Dale Hollow and presumably providing it to DH17 who you can hear squeeing in the background.
Dr Sharpe and Amber continue to band all of the 2023 eaglets they can on the Channel Islands. You might recall the rescue of the largest one at Bald Canyon. All ringed today.
The three at PA Farm Country have done very well, indeed. I have not checked on them in so long. Just look.
Beloved E22 is still at the nest with M15. This is the longest that any fledgling has remained…aren’t we fortunate?
The latest news on the situation at Dale Hollow that I have seen.
The Raven came and took the third egg of Iris at her nest on the grounds of the Riverview Clinic in Missoula, Montana. Fingers crossed that she can now relax and enjoy her summer.
The Sydney Sea Eagles are getting busy on their nest.
A Place Called Hope is one of the wildlife rehabbers on my list to be cared for if I were found. They are telling a story and appealing to everyone in Connecticut to get back to the politicians on these much-designed rodenticides. Most of you do not live in Connecticut, but I want you to read this narrative anyway. Then, when you have the time, get on to your politicians (a sad lot to be handling something so dangerous – I hate when things become ‘political’) and find out what is happening where you are! Help..secondary poisoning is very real. You will know if you have a pet that dies from this in great agony. I did. Her name was Duncan, after my Dad. Thank you! We have to educate ourselves.
Recycled Plastic. More harmful than the original? The key is to not use plastic – ban it from your life, whenever you can, just like you would rodenticide!
“But … the toxicity of plastic actually increases with recycling. Plastics have no place in a circular economy and it’s clear that the only real solution to ending plastic pollution is to massively reduce plastic production.”
“Recycled plastics, the report says, often contain higher levels of chemicals such as toxic flame retardants, benzene and other carcinogens, environmental pollutants including brominated and chlorinated dioxins, and numerous endocrine disruptors that can cause changes to the body’s natural hormone levels.”
And now for some good news…don’t plant! Just leave nature to take over and do what is necessary!
“Forestry doesn’t get everything right,” he says. “But with huge areas to work with we can experiment – a bit of local disruption can supercharge an ecosystem. Scrape back here, block a watercourse there, or we can suspend planting and just step back. It might take decades to see the benefits, but fine. Foresters are used to long cycles.”
Geemeff reports that the Crowdfunder to assist in the clean up in The Gambia of the HPAI birds met is goal. Congratulations Conservation without Borders!
Thank you so very much for being with me today. I am off and running this morning so the blog is finishing up at midnight. There will, no doubt, be lots of osprey news happening in the UK while I am sleeping! It will not make it in for tomorrow…so please check to see if there are any more hatches! Take care. See you soon.
Thank you to the following for their notes, tweets, videos, posts, and streaming cams that helped to make up my blog today: ‘A’, Geemeff, ‘H’, Patchogue Ospreys, SK Hideaways and Cal Falcons, World Bird Sanctuary, Cromer Peregrine Falcon Cam, WRDC, Achieva Credit Union, Severna Park Ospreys, LMO, Dahlgren Ospreys, Cornell RTH, Window to Wildlife, Dalhgren Ospreys, DTC Osprey Cam, Dyfi Osprey Project, Kielder Forest, LRWT, LOTL, CarnyXWild, RTE.ie, Gracie Shepherd and Raptors of the World, Sara MacDonald and PA Country Farm Eagle Cam, SW Florida Eagle Cam, Celia Aliengirl and Dale Hollow Eagle Cam, Sydney Sea Eagle Cam, A Place Called Hope, The Guardian, Conservation without Borders and Crowdfunder, and @RSPCAChris.
I continue to brag about my little garden ‘for the birds’ but, today, once again, there were more species there than at the nature centre! The wilding of the space continues to bring the migrating birds into the garden to eat and rest. There is a new book by Isabella Tree, who took land at Knepp Farm in the south of England and wilded it…this one is called The Book of Wilding. There are some chapters devoted to helping urbanites wild their spaces. It was just released and is on its way from the UK. I will let you know about it when it arrives!
Gosh..good news is always welcome and on Sunday, the good news is that River was at the nest delivering a fish to DH17. The bad news is that DH17 mantled and River could not get the fish to her only surviving eaglet. What remains of the nest is too small for her to land. Let us all hope that 17 will follow River from the nest to a place where she can feed it! So happy she is alright. Dale Hollow has had enough drama this season.
Both eaglets have fledged at Duke Farms! Big flew first and soon after Middle followed. Congratulations to Duke Farms on another fantastic eagle season.
Dylan and Seren have their second hatch at Llyn Clywedgog, just around 0600 on Monday the 22nd.
First hatch for White YW and Blue 35 at Foulshaw Moss in Cumbria this morning…oh, folks, it is beginning to happen..hatches everywhere!
Kathryn reports that Carthage TN has its first hatch of the season. Dad was there for the big event! Thanks, K. Looks like 0724 Monday the 22nd. Congratulations everyone.
‘H’ found a lovely tribute to the NE Florida nest of Samson, Gabby, and V3. Most of us know that Gabby migrates. Let us hope she returns in September, as usual, along with V3 for a new chapter at the nest.
Since his fledge, Victor Victoria has been working its wings. On Sunday morning, s/he took an earlier flight. On his return, Abby was so excited and cutely greeted him! Abby also kept her eye on Victor when he was flying, following his every move on his short spin around the nest. This is an excellent way for Victor to get his muscles strengthened.
Victor hit the fish jackpot. Abby was away and two fish came to the nest one right after the other. S/he ate them all! Times 1527 and 1535! Victor was still eating an hour later!
Dahlgren’s first hatch is looking good. On pip watch tomorrow for the second egg.
Angel and RTH5 had a nice early meal on Sunday. This nest really turned around after its very tragic start this season.
Another glorious day at the nest of Big Red and Arthur in Ithaca, New York on the grounds of the Cornell Campus.
Arthur makes a delivery and takes time to admire his babies. He will be very busy with flying and hunting training once they fledge, too.
A hatch at the Dyfi Osprey nest of Idris and Telyn always gets me excited. Soon!!!!!!! Someone has a sense of humour. And it is Telyn’s 10th birthday today…all the best Blue 3J!
Here you are as a little chick..in the middle, the only girl that year. Look at those strong legs.
Another safe night at Lake Murray! There were two fish deliveries on Sunday. The first was at 0813 and the second was a really large fish at 1606.
Lucy sleeping with and protecting C2 Sunday night.
All appears to be going well for Blue 33 and Maya at the Rutland Osprey platform. I was a little worried about Little Bob but it is getting some fish and they appear to be eating and eating and eating thanks to Blue’s fishing.
Oh, they are cute…those two babies of Laddie’s and Blue NC0s. Laddie brought in a fish right before dusk and all ate..
A really good summary from the Woodland Trust on the first week plus at LOTL:
Dylan and Seren’s little one is looking so sweet. It will also figure out how to get that fish just like Monty and Hartley’s eyas will.
I have not checked on the Dulles-Greenway trio in awhile…talk about beautiful eaglets. Martin and Rosa must be very proud!
SS6 at the US Steel Nest in Pittsburgh is also doing well. You can still see some quills from that need to break off on the tail.
Our heartbeat E22 is still at the nest. Lady Hawk caught her activities on Sunday for us. How special. Every day is precious…it could be the last. I sure hope not! Might we wish E22 would hang around? Why not? There is no female thinking of the next breeding season…OK. I am daydreaming but…
‘R’ has been watching the Achieva Osprey platform closely. We have both been very concerned about the drought and any impact it could have on the fishing for Jack and Diane and, of course, the effect on the osplets. Here is a map of the drought.
The location of the nest is circled in blue on the following map. You can see some of the water features where Diane and Jack might be fishing – but, at the same time, facing huge competition or former areas where the water could now be dry.
Diane came in with one of her big cat fish at 1709 on Sunday. There was an initial tug-o-war between Big and Mum but the fish is large enough for all three.
They see Mum coming.
Eventually, everyone eats! The ‘wad’ of black material on the nest is worrisome.
18:59. They are still working on that fish.
The first hatch at Alyth for the season.
Murphy’s eaglet has finished growing. He will not work on strengthening his muscles while all the feathers finally grow in. Aren’t they adorable?
There are four at Patchogue!
Iris had a young male visitor – Lupine, 2020 hatchling. He has a wire transmitters and they were able to match the bird with the ring information. Iris did not sound an alert and Louis did not come. How interesting.
Cal Falcons. I must admit that any stomach acid I might have does not act up when I watch falcons and hawklets. They get fed. Rarely does anything happen. They are adorable. They grow faster than ospreys and eaglets and fledge earlier. I mean the eyes of a little Peregrine Falcon could swoon the most cold hearted.
We know about the legendary speeds of the Peregrines but it is also their remarkable eyesight which is considered to be 10x that of humans. For a comparison, Wedge-tailed Eagles, the largest raptor in Australia, have eyesight 2x that of humans. You can see how extraordinary the eyesight of the falcon is!
The eyes of the Peregrine Falcon are enlarged so much that they do not ‘work’ the way human eyes do. In order to see, the falcon has to move its head – it has only a slight ability to move the eye in its socket. This is why it moves its head if a human is in front of it. It also has two foveal or positions of maximum visual acuity rather than the one that humans have. One fovea gives it forward binocular vision while the other is at an angle of 40 degrees to the axis of the bird helping it to track its prey.
All three looking out the windows!
Look at those wings go!
I have written to find out how the single falcon at San Jose City Hall is doing. How are Monty and Hartley settling in?
‘SP’ writes: “The eyas seems to be getting plenty of food. The young tiercel hasn’t been doing all the hunting, but is seen bringing in prey from time-to-time. He’s also taking regular turns at incubating.” Great news. Thank you!
Here is the feed. It takes time to get in a rhythm as a first-time Mum, Dad, and a wee eyas, but wait…this chick is adorable and it will be getting its eating skills down in a few days. Must get those eyes completely focused. One more day.!!!!!!!
Oh, thank you so much for being with me. I hope that each of you had a wonderful weekend – and for those who have a long weekend, enjoy! Savour every moment. 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’, Kathryn, ‘R’, ‘SP’, CarnyXWild, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Carthage TN Ospreys, AEF, Moorings Park Ospreys, Dahlgren Ospreys, Window to Wildlife, Cornell RTH, Dyfi Osprey Project, LMO, LRWT, LOTL and the Woodland Trust, Colin Douglas and Friends of Loch Arkaig, Dulles-Greenway, PIX Cams, Lady Hawk and SW Florida Eagle Cam, NOAA/NIDIS, Google Maps, Achieva Credit Union, Polly Turner and Friends of Loch Arkaig Ospreys, World Bird Sanctuary, Carol Craig and Osprey Friends, Montana Osprey Project, Cal Falcons, SK Hideaways and Cal Falcons, and SK Hideaways and San Jose City Hall.
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.
It is Canada’s first long weekend of the ‘summer’ season. Victoria weekend – also known as Bank Holidays in the UK. It is considered the safe time to plant your tender annuals in the garden or the first time to head to the cottage and turn the water on. Of course, it has been warmer and we are all ahead of this schedule but, it is a long weekend for people who are working and hopefully, a fun and safe time.
First up, one of the first raptors in the reintroduction scheme in the UK has died. Red Kite, Aragon, was 29 years old. First we lost Pale Male and now Aragon who was named after the area in Spain who donated him to help the UK with their project.
This is absolutely hilarious…for the smile we all need today, thanks, Heidi McGrue!
Here is another one…Talk about a feeding frenzy…have a look at what it is like for Annie and Lou at Cal Falcons with Rosa, Zephyr, and Luna! Goodness.
Victor Victoria finally fledged at the Moorings Park Osprey Park at 0809 on Friday the 19th of March, 11 days after her sibling. You will notice that I am using the pronoun ‘her’ and ‘she’. Vic flew to the Purple Martin bird house in the middle of the pond and from there had a few short flights and then was seen soaring, being escorted by the parents. One of the highlights for me was Abby landing on the bird house next to Victor!
It is always a worry til they return, and Victor returns to the nest at 1734 to the relief of everyone involved and all of us watching.
Victor was hot and hungry! A Red-winged Blackbird serves as an escort. I had gone to check on Angel seconds before – thanks for the alert, ‘H’. — And just a correction to some information that I have mentioned earlier. Moorings Park does not stop their pond. Thanks, ‘SD’!
It appears that the fourth hatch at Manton Bay in Rutland has died. A large fish was delivered right when it was hatching and sent its shell flying along with flapping all four osplets hard. The fish covered Mini-Bob and when Maya was finally able to get it off, the little one was very weak. Mini had a feed in the afternoon but later, there were only three heads eating. Maya was seen later covering it with grasses so no predator would get her baby.
There were four in the image below but you can see Mini…so frail and not moving. Later in the evening, only three heads could be seen. So sad for Maya and Blue 33.
Geemeff caught the last feeding and the lack of Mini Bob…taking a deep breath. Happy to have three osplets. That fish could have done more damage – so grateful it didn’t.
A plaque has gone up to Harriet near to her nest on the Pritchett Farm. It is a beautiful tribute to a much loved Bald Eagle.
Have a look at this little beauty – Chase and Cholyn’s baby from this year.
All continues to go well at Lake Murray for Lucy and C2. Tonight, I noticed that Lucy is not on the perch but is down in the nest with her baby. Weather? GHO? or both? She was on the nest til dawn when she went fishing.
Diane, Big and Middle all had fish today at Achieva in St Petersburg, Florida. Diane brought in a big fish around 1900 and Big had her own to self-feed and Diane fed Middle.
Little RTH5 wasn’t so welcoming to Tom when he arrived on the nest with empty talons. She went after them! Too funny. RTH5 ate so well on Friday. Had at least one crop drop and was so full once it could hardly move on the nest with its big crop. Details of the feedings and more images later in the blog, too. I love this little nestling.
“Oh, just one more bite!”
Thank goodness for the wildlife rehabbers who take care and try desperately to return to the wild every life that comes into their clinic. Here are two stories for today to put a smile on your face.
If you live near Hawk Mountain in Pennsylvania, sometime, if you can, take the opportunity to visit there during the migration counts in the spring and fall. Here are the recaps so far this year.
The counts reveal a shark decline for our dear Ospreys.
Angel’s RTH5 has eaten very well today and these are the details that were posted, not available earlier. These are the prey deliveries and feedings up until 1700 Friday: “9:25:51 Angel back with a young Meadowlark. 9:26:20 Feed1.12:49:08 Tom in for a visit. 1:26:29 Angel back with a young Meadowlark. 1:27:33 Feed2. 3:09:52 Angel with a young Meadowlark. 3:10:40 Feed3.” We will really be able to see changes in the plumage of RTH5 which are beginning now but next week, the look of this adorable baby is going to be sooooo different.
The arrival of the Meadowlark and feeding 3.
Preening her baby!
It is a windy morning in Ithaca, New York at the nest of Big Red and Arthur. The cam operator gave us some lovely images of the eyases.
E22 was at the pond this morning looking out and probably thinking about fish and a good swim. Everyone is treasuring each moment and wondering what will come next.
For those of you that followed Louis and Aila at Loch Arkaig, you will recall that they used what is known as nest 1. When Aila did not return from migration two years ago, Louis took another nest site with Dorcha. The old nest has been vacant. Sue Wallbanks reports that there is hope that a new couple might move in – LV0 and Blue 152. That would be fantastic. Too late for eggs this year but for bonding and planning…absolutely!
Bruce Yolton caught up with Flaco, the Eurasian Eagle-Owl who escaped the Central Park Zoo. He was hunting at the Compost Site – far nicer than an earlier construction site and the dumpsters. He had caught a rat!
A UK man was sentenced for putting out poison bait – along with other offences – to protect his exotic birds. I am glad that the instigator was punished, but I wonder about the sentence. Cris Packham calls the sentence ‘pathetic’. I totally agree. What will it take for humans to understand that they do not have the right to kill wildlife indiscriminately? (or at all!!)
It is, of course, not just planning in the UK that is causing havoc with wildlife. Plans for a tidal barrier along with some entertainment and economic plans for Norfolk and Lincolnshire are drawing a lot of criticism from environmental and wildlife groups for good reason. The coast along Norfolk is one of the most beautiful attracting waterfowl from the tundra to the UK for the winter. Politicians believe that economic concerns trump anything to do with the environment but have they lost touch? Does the area really need more cruise ships? Perhaps nature reserves and eco-tourism?
Thank you so much for being with me this morning. There is lots going on and many nests not covered. We are awaiting for hatches and monitoring chicks but so far all appears to be going well. Take care everyone. Have a lovely weekend. See you soon!
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Thank you to the following for their notes, posts, tweets, videos, images, and streaming cams that helped to make up my blog today: Geemeff, ‘H’, ‘M’, ‘SD’, BBC News, Heidi McGrue and the WRDC, SK Hideaways and Cal Falcons, Moorings Park Ospreys, LRWT, Geemeff and LRWT, Cornell RTH, Lisa Russo and the NEFL and SWFL Eagle Cam Watchers Club, IWS/Explore, LMO, Achieva Credit Union, Window to Wildlife, Wild Bird Sanctuary, The Raptor Centre, Hawk Mountain, WGCU, Sue Wallbank’s and Friends of Loch Arkaig, Bruce Yolton and urban hawks, Chris Packham, and The Guardian.
The hot temperatures (28 C) on the Canadian Prairies plummeted to 7 C Thursday morning with rain. It sent us all scurrying to find our jumpers (sweaters) and proper shoes! My heart went out to the birds as they huddled under the dripping leaves. The lilac branches are full of leaves, and they did better than expected after I made a run to get more suet blocks for them. The squirrels scurried around for peanuts amidst the Crows who competed for the best of those nuts. They check everyone out, and then, of course, there are the Blue Jays that do the same thing—quality control. I carefully placed slices of juicy oranges and dollops of sweet grape jelly on the feeding tray hoping to attract the arriving Baltimore Orioles. paid off with five of them in the garden today for the first time this year. I sound like a broken record, but the joy these birds and animals bring to my life – and those around you to yours – makes all the difference to us. We might not even realise it. You have a reason to get up in the morning – you have to check on them and see how they did during the night!
Good news is – the methods being used by Lake Murray Osprey kept Lucy and C2 alive for another night. No GHO strike! Fantastic.
Well, we are going to see if this super Osprey couple can do it again. If Maya and Blue 33 fledge four osplets this season, it will be their fourth – yes, they’re fourth – time. As I continue to say, this has to be something for the record books. You have all seen osprey families struggle with three, often winding up with only two if there is siblicide. Just imagine juggling four!
Incredible. The hatch dates for the four are May 12, 13, 17, and 18. Six days difference between Big and Mini.
The hatch came around 18:23.
Oh, a big fish came in for a late dinner at Manton Bay – still alive and flapping all over the four.
In fact, as Geemeff shows us, number 4 “had a traumatic arrival last night and an encounter with a live fish – then it was brooded overnight with the cold wet fish, then bashed again when Maya tried to move it,”. Geemeff puts it all in the video. That little one is fine this morning!
There are four osplets at Rutland and there are also four little osplets at Patchogue New York on Long Island. Wow. I just about missed that! It will be interesting how each of the nest handles this situation. Blue 33 has a well stocked fish source but, what about Patchogue?
There was concern that Laddie at Loch of the Lowes was not getting fish to the nest. I would, of course, like to see a whopper first thing in the morning but, he delivers a small pike around 1334 and then a whopper later in the afternoon. I wonder if the fish stocks are low at LOTL?
The little perch coming in. It would have been an appetiser for the three of them but, fish nonetheless.
The later delivery after a huge clump of moss came in!
The Audubon Centre of Prey has been receiving many requests for updates on Connie and Clive’s eaglet, Connick, that fell out of the tree on Captiva Island. You will recall that he had issues with feathers falling out of the follicles. He was sent from Captiva to Audubon where he will live, be cared for, and be trained for the wild but it is going to take some time. Here is the update and a request for funds to anyone interested in helping.
Latest photo of Connick. He is looking good don’t you think?
‘H’ sent me this further article form Audubon on Connick.
Cuteness overload and it isn’t Lewis – it is the Ms. If you watch Big Red feed the Ms, she offers bites until no one wants any more prey. They are all so civilised – hawks versus ospreys. Just my observation.
Sleepy Big Red.
Angel is happy to play tug-o-war with RTH5. It is unclear to me how much prey came in on Thursday but, ‘A’ reports that Tom brought in at least three prey items. Well done.
Pip watch starts this Sunday for Idris and Telyn. Yahoooooo. Now this is a good nest to watch – Dyfi.
Hartley and Monty, the San Jose City Hall Peregrine Falcons who took the scrape after Sequoia and Shasta passed have their first hatch of the 2023 season.
This very young Dad who tried to feed the first egg now gets to meet his first chick ever!
There have been three safe nights at Lake Murray. All of the remedies that LMO have put in place seem to be working well. There is rain and the wind is picking up. A lone male osprey arrived on the nest and is gone but it sure would be nice if he would bring a fish for Lucy and C2. They are hungry today. She has not had success in her fishing like she normally does….send good positive energy!
Lucy has no choice. She has to leave C2 to go fishing. Thankfully he has his thermal down.
This is the first time that I have checked on River and DH17 since the AEF led the intervention. What a beautiful eaglet standing on the rim of the nest. Best wishes for a fledge and a new mate to Dale Hollow. Another single Mum trying to get one baby off the nest safely.
Late in the day, at least one very big fish were on the Achieva Osprey nest in St Petersburg, Florida. The time was 1559. There could have been more earlier. Big and Middle both ate – trying at self-feeding and being fed by Mum Diane.
At 1633 Diane is feeding both.
At 1743 one of the chicks is walking around with another big fish…there had to be another delivery as Diane had been feeding both of them from the late afternoon catch. But maybe it was just one enormous fish. Rewind is not helping me. I dislike that feature on this camera. Both chicks are looking well. It has been a rough year for this nest. It will be good to have these Middle fledging now that Big has.
Victor seems to feel no urgency to fly – just to eat fish. It has been eleven days since Abby fledged. He sure hatched on the best nest that he could for that. It is a buffet at Moorings Park and Sally is happy to let them self-feed but also, she loves feeding her babies.
Want healthy ospreys? The key is to stock the ponds and stock them well. The cost of fingerlings is nothing compared to what the world will be like with the loss of our wildlife. So please, if you get a chance to speak out at any place where they are considering stocking the water for the birds that eat fish, stand up and allow your voice to help the raptors!
Know a place where there is a water area with fish provided for the osprey talk to the people concerned – see if a fund raiser for fingerlings would be appropriate. See if a shore clean-up can happen. Get involved if you can. You will smile in the morning when you wake up, knowing you have made a difference.
Photos are still coming in from the banding at Thunder and Akecheta’s nest West End nest in the Channel Islands. These give us a great look at where the couple moved their nest. Is it because of the falling out of the nest last year???
Yesterday, I posted the significant news that Ventana Wildlife has emergency approval to use the HPAI vaccine on its condor population. Here is a touching story of an egg from one of the condors who died of Avian Flu in Arizona.
For the first time in the history of Cornell’s streaming cam at Sapsucker Lake, a Red-headed woodpecker has come to feed. It is a bird listed as being of ‘special concern’ and its range is normally south of Ithaca. Like many other species, these Red-headed woodpeckers could be moving north to get away from the heat of their usual spring and summer breeding grounds.
Here is an article form New York’s Department of the Environmental Conservation discussing the woodpeckers.
For our readers in Australia, duck hunting season has been cut short…oh why should we kill ducks in the first place, I ask. It is for a great cause – apparently, the hunters could not tell the difference between a duck and a parrot. Have a read!
The sightings of the first birds in the spring bring with them many traditions, just like the cherry blossoms in Japan. They are signs of renewal, of spring, of hope. Are they the same birds that left in the fall? We don’t know unless they are banded…but nonetheless, the joy they bring should never be underestimated. It is cited in numerous studies and articles and yet, as humans and governments we are failing them.
There is growing concern in Brazil over H5N1. My friend Claudio reported to me that the first case of Avian Flu has been detected in Brazil and this news is running through the financial markets. Brazil is one of the largest producers of factory chickens. There is also concern that there is a human that has been infected with Avian Flu. All of this ha been confirmed by the various ministries in Brazil and you can Google ‘First case of bird flu in Brazil’ for more information.
Also after continually checking on Milda with no effect I contacted my friend, Sassa Bird and she says the WTEs will not be banded this year and it is unclear but from the sounds on the nest it appears that both eaglets are still alive. This is good news. Thanks, Sassa Bird.
I want to close with a beautiful image of E22 this morning around 0627 at the SouthWest Florida Eagle nest of M15. She hasn’t left the area and it is so good too see her at the nest tree squeeing at Dad for breakfast!
Thank you so much for your kind notes. I am so happy to hear you are enjoying the blog, the book recommendations, and the kittens. Take care, everyone. See you soon!
Thank you to the following for their notes, videos, posts, and streaming cams that helped to make up my blog today: ‘A’, Claudio, ‘H’, Geemeff, Sassa Bird, Valerie Webber and Loch Garten and Other Ospreys, Carol Craig and Osprey Friends, LOTL, Audubon Centre for Birds of Prey, Cornell RTH, Window to Wildlife, Dyfi Osprey Project, SK Hideaways and San Jose City Hall Falcon Cam, LMO, Dale Hollow Eagle Cam, Achieva Credit Union, Moorings Park Ospreys, Jann Gallivan and CIEL, Liberty Wildlife, SWFlorida Eagle Cam, and The Guardian.
The skies have been weirdly overcast. The ‘look’ is partly from the wildfire smoke infiltrating Manitoba. It has, however, been drizzling for part of the day, making it a bit cooler at 22 degrees. They say our air quality poses a ‘low’ risk today because of the rain. I wonder about the poor birds and mammals in Canada’s western provinces. How are they doing amidst this outbreak of fire?
Lewis has taken over one of the chairs. Claudio tells me that I can clear up his hair stuck to the wool with washing up gloves. I need to try this!
Several times a day, Missy and Lewis take turns washing one another’s faces. My goodness, they are such a delight. The sheer joy animals bring our lives is so difficult to describe. Hold them close.
Just a note for all those Canada Goose fans. Decorah Goose Cam is shutting down. The new couple do not seem interested in using the nest. We will look forward to another successful year in 2024.
The loss of Pale Male, Central Park’s notorious Red-tail Hawk, who died at the age of 33 years in the loving care of Bobby Horvath took the birding community by surprise.
Thirty-three years. What a long life flying between high-rise apartment buildings in the area of New York City’s famous park. It was a long life and yet, of course, the loss is felt. Just like friends and relatives who have lived to ‘a ripe old age’, it still leaves a hole. For me, the death of Pale Male made the presence of Big Red and her three hawklets on the Cornell Campus much more significant. We didn’t get to watch Pale Male’s life play out – unless you happened to be living in NYC or visiting – but, since 2012, Big Red has been the star of one of the few Red-tail Hawk streaming cams in the world. She is the ‘Queen’. She is not young. So every day with her is simply precious.
Kelly Sorenson of the Ventana Wildlife Society writes that the use of the HPAI vaccine was approved on the 16th of May as an emergency measure to try and save the Big Sur and Pinnacle Condor Colonies in Central California from H5N1. The resolve to save these beautiful birds has made news around the world.
The quarantine pens resulted from a huge fundraiser of the Ventana Wildlife Society. They raised 85,000$ to build them to enclose the California Condor community against the avian flu that is killing the condors in Arizona.
The total number of condors in Central California is currently 91 since the Dolan Fire of 2020. Ventana Wildlife continues to rebuild from that horrific fire that took so many lives.
Let us hope that the protective measures that are being employed will help during this tragic outbreak of H5N1 in the region. Arizona lost 20 of their flock this spring. Incredibly sad.
R5 fell out of the WRDC nest and was quickly rescued. On Wednesday, he was returned to the nest successfully without any alarm to R4. Well done, WRDC.
Lucy was vocalising during the late afternoon at the Lake Murray Osprey platform. LMO has done an incredible job of trying to keep the GHO from any further attacks after the predation of C1. Looks like the strobe lights, golf carts, picnickers and loud music are working. Other osprey nests with predation by GHOs should take notice – and also, check out the metal barriers installed by Cowlitz PUD against Bald Eagle attacks at their osprey nest in Washington like that which happened last season.
Lucy is fishing and taking good care of C2 who has a huge crop as best she can with these daily and night intruders at her nest.
We are on pip watch at the Dahlgren Osprey platform of Harriet and Jack.
I woke up to news form ‘H’ that the pip hatched early morning on the 18th.
Angel and her baby continue to do well although Tom either has trouble hunting or is a little unreliable. There was lots of food on Tuesday with a single delivery of a bird by Tom on Wednesday (please correct me!). As ‘A’ notes, Angel left the little one for several hours and either was unsuccessful in hunting or ate all the prey herself. Hopefully today there will be lots of food. The difference in this nest and Big Red’s is striking including – the eyases at Cornell are hardly ever left alone. Still nervous as there is a ways to go for Angel and Tom and RTH5.
The third osplet hatched at Rutland’s Manton Bay nest of Blue 33 and Maya. Oh, goodness, there is five days difference between Big Bob and Little…with one egg left to hatch!
So far, so good at Loch of the Lowes.
Louis brought in three really nice fish for Dorcha today. Gosh, he has always been such an extraordinary mate.
Dr Sharpe is really out there working to get all of the eaglets banded and, I presume, to say goodbye to the nests that he has so lovingly taken care of for many, many decades on the Channel Islands. These two beauties belong to Andor and Cruz.
More pictures from when Dr Sharpe banded Thunder and Akecheta’s eaglets the other day.
E22 is still at the SW Florida Eagle nest in Fort Myers. There are some incredible images being taken by the photographers on the ground. Oh, how I wish someone would make a book about this year!
This beautiful image came from the streaming cam. E22 is such a beauty and how wonderful to continue to see you.
B16 is 116 days old and fledged 38 days ago. She continues to come to the nest at Berry College in Georgia and her loving parents continue to provide prey for her. What a beauty!
Our dear Ervie, the 2021 third hatch at Port Lincoln osprey barge, continues to get photographed in the area that he has called home since he fledged. I wonder if he is still fishing with Dad?
Lou and Annie’s chicks are awfully precocious this year. Rosa has already been looking out of the windows, a behaviour seen a week or so before fledge. Now all three of them have been caught glimpsing at the world that will soon welcome them.
Luna has also joined Rosa in trying to catch moths! Oh, the legacy that was Alden…his spirit, not his DNA, lives on at The Campanile.
Iris may or may not have any eggs in her nest. One was laid, are there two? Hopefully the Corvids will be there to claim them while Iris is off catching whoppers like the one today. It is incredibly sad that after 2018 – that was five years ago – that Iris did not have a reliable mate. She would, as we can see, be an amazing mother with good DNA.
As it nears midnight in Canada, Blue NC0 is awaiting the first fish delivery of the day to the Loch of the Lowes from Laddie for her and the two little bairns. There was a nice late fish by Laddie on Wednesday evening. It looks like Mum still has a crop but those little ones will be ravenous.
Maya is waiting for her delivery from Blue 33 at Manton Bay also.
My last check on the Moorings Park Osprey platform for the day shows Victoria eating away whenever he can. He has not fledged yet. Abby fledged ten days ago! It is so nice at home with Mum Sally, Victor just might want to stay forever. I don’t blame him. It has to be one of the most stable osprey platforms in the US.
Keep sending all of your good wishes to every nest. They need all the help that we can muster for them.
Thank you for being with me today. So much going on! Take care all. See you soon.
Thank you to the following for their notes, posts, videos, and streaming cams that helped to make up my blog today: Geemeff, ‘H’, The Legend of Pale Male, Cornell RTH Cam, The Guardian, Ventana Wildlife Society, Heidi McGrue and R Nest Eagle Nest Watchers, LMO, Sheila Staley and Osprey Friends, Window to Wildlife, LRWT, LOTL, Geemeff and Friends of Loch Arkaig, IWS/Explore, Jann Galliva and CIEL, SWFL Eagle Cam, Rebecca Dawn and SWFL Eagles, Berry College Eagle Cam, PLO, Fran Solley and Friends of Osprey Su Bus, Cal Falcons, SK Hideaways and Cal Falcons, Montana Osprey Project, and Moorings Park Osprey Platform.
It was gorgeous weather on the Canadian Prairies yesterday, Tuesday, the 16th of May. That meant it was neither rainy, windy, or too hot. That called for a trip to Oak Hammock Marsh, the wetlands jointly managed by the Province of Manitoba and Ducks Unlimited. I have my qualms with DU – guns and shooting ducks, but they have played a considerable role in creating a network of wetlands that are home to so many migrating geese and ducks with trails surrounded by shrubs that are home to all manner of songbirds. Yesterday was no exception.
Just before arriving at the site, there was water still standing in the fields from the spring flooding. Talk about ducks – I had to take photos to remember all of them!
A male Northern Shoveler taking off in the centre. Below a Red-winged Blackbird. The water was full of Shovelers! Along with Pintails, a few Mallards, some Gadwalls. It was a surprise to see so many ducks on this one field. Grateful for spring flooding!
It is an enormous area.
The great stand off. The Red-winged Blackbird taunted the Canada Goose who was protecting its mate and their nest all afternoon.
Tree Swallows are the most common of the North American Swallows. They have this stunning iridescent blue-green upper parts – head, neck, wings, back with a spotless white underbelly, throat, etc. Two-toned! The lack of trees and woodpecker holes means that these birds are entirely dependent on nesting boxes for their breeding.
Oh, what damage we have done to the habitat of so many birds.
Purple Martins are the largest swallow found in North America. They used to build their nests and live in abandoned woodpecker holes but now, in the wetlands, and across the Prairies, they rely entirely on the goodness of humans to build them birdhouses so they can breed.
A pair of Brown-headed Cowbirds. Oh, I wish the light was better. They have a beautiful sepia-coloured head on an iridescent-green black body. These two had a nest in this tree and they were diligently keeping four Grackles at a distance.
A male Redhead. Easy to spot with that gorgeous and rather trendy brick-red upper neck and head! They are diving ducks and you will only find them in North America. Redheads like to lay their eggs in other ducks nests, more than any other duck, according to The Pocket Birds of Canada, 2nd edition (23).
Then when I walked the trails, it was a blessing that there were benches every 10 metres or so. Not because I was tired but overwhelmed and trying to identify all of the birds. Thank goodness for Merlin Sound ID and the Notes app on my phone!
It was a lovely time. Nothing was rushed…the stopping all around the trails allowed me to simply savour all those beautiful sounds and the smell of the marsh. There were children in the distance getting ready to go out in canoes and kayaks..they were laughing. Priceless.
As I write, Dyson and Scraggles are on the deck after peanuts, Little Red is going after the table feeder, Mr Crow is flying in and out, telling them the peanuts are his! What a blessed life. I cannot imagine, for a second, not having the sound of birds around me.
The big news of the morning is that Pale Male, the legendary Red-tail Hawk of Central Park has died. What a way to wake up! Thanks, ‘H’. He was called ‘Pale’ Male because of his light plumage. He was notorious for having his nest on one of the most expensive buildings around the Park and was the focus of the movie, The Legend of Pale Male. It is free online and if you haven’t seen it – or if you have – and want to honour this amazing raptor, have another look-
At the WRDC Bald Eagle nest in Miami-Dade, Ron and Rita’s R5 fell out of the nest and has been taken for evaluation. He appears to be fine but whether or not he will be returned to the nest is another story since R4 could bolt.
‘T’ reports that the rescue of getting the nylon wrapped around one of the storkelets in Lindheim, Germany was a success.
The Loch of the Lowes nest is not strictly out of the ‘woods’ yet. The fish are not coming on the nest like they are at Rutland but, fish is coming. Continue to send your warmest and most positive wishes. Just look at those two sweet little babies.
Laddie brings a flapping fit to the nest at 1330 on the 16th.
These will be the only two hatches for Laddie and Blue NC0 this year. The first hatch was the second egg….and, as my grandmother always reminded me, things do work out. We might not always know the reason but, they do. In this instance, Blue NC0 has always struck me as a female osprey who can deal with, at most, two in the nest unlike Maya who has easily handled four three times. It has been a rough start and two healthy little ones is better than three sick and starving.
The Woodland Trust has put out a statement about the nest and the events of the last week.
These two are seriously cute…let us hope that Laddie can keep up the fishing.
Laddie had only delivered on fish on Tuesday and then, right before 2100, he came in with a nice big one. Everyone went to bed with full tummies.
The wildfires in Canada are having a huge impact on the air quality not only for humans but for wildlife. This is the Fortis Exshaw osprey platform near Canmore, Alberta. The smoke is coming from fires at a distance. There are currently at least 81 fires burning in that province of Canada.
Oh, it would be nice if the pouring rain in Tennessee was in Alberta getting rid of the smoke. As I am writing Angel is keeping RTH5 snug and dry as the drops come down through the leaves and branches of the nest tree. There was snake on the menu today along with some of the usuals. RTH5 is growing, getting feathers, and is nothing short of adorable.
Tom’s deliveries to Angel and RTH5 caught on video by Arlene Beech.
Continued positive wishes for Lake Murray Ospreys. All their efforts on the night of Monday the 15th paid off – the GHO did not get C2 Monday night and let us all jointly send energy that it never does. Wish them well.
Thankfully C2 is cleverly camouflaged on that nest! Still, the GHO knows that it is there.
Lake Murray Osprey has put in more strobe lights, moved the mannequins around, put out some more bicycles – all in an effort to deter the GHO.
Big Red in all her glory! The Ms are growing and Arthur simply cannot stop hunting.
The little baby at Decorah hatchery is anything but a baby. It is walking stronger and flapping those beautiful wings as more and more juvenile feathers come in.
There are many advantages to being the only baby in the nest. Look at those legs and that fat bottom. Incredible.
All is well at Achieva Credit Union in St Petersburg. A really nice big fish came late in the afternoon. I am not sure about prior deliveries. Big is so busy working those wings while Middle is enjoying that fish.
Oh, and then another big whopper came on the nest! Everyone at Achieva had a good fish day.
My goodness Blue 33 is a good provider! I lost count and couldn’t even go back before noon…fish after fish. Big ones for Maya and the kids – not little twiddlers. I cannot see a pip in either of the other two eggs. That does not mean it isn’t there, though.