Barru fledges…Tuesday in Bird World

14 November 2023

Good Morning Everyone!

Monday was another gorgeous day on the Canadian Prairies. We have a light blue sky, little wind, and melting snow. Tomorrow, we are looking at 9 C. Everyone will think summer has returned! There was a brisk wind at the nature centre, but still many people on the trails for a Monday, hoping to spot some wildlife.

On display at our nature centre is a Red River Cart. They were used to carry goods and are symbolic of the Metis people of our region in Canada. In fact, Manitoba is the home of the Metis Nation. “The term Métis refers to a collective of cultures and ethnic identities that resulted from unions between Aboriginal and European people in what is now Canada.”

Today, in the garden, a Blue Jay was at the feeders. It is Junior, the Dad. I have not seen any of the other Blue Jays for some time.

They might have migrated or found their territory away from Dad, but that is generally not true. They tend to stay together as a family just like the Crows. Strange. I have not seen or heard the crows for several days. All of this is a bit concerning. Hoping nothing has happened to them. The Starlings are here pounding away at the hard suet cylinders, and the Sparrows and Juncos are all over the place. Little Red is here, too, along with the Chickadee. No sign of Dyson but two of her kits were at the feeder. The Boyfriend has been here many times today cleaning out the food bowls. He is looking good.

One of Dyson’s kits (two came today) getting ready to climb into the little covered feeder on the deck.

The other one was on one of the solid seed cylinders having a good old lunch.

That high-quality/high protein dry cat food has undoubtedly improved the sheen on his fur. He is a beautiful tuxedo cat.

Hope and Missey have been playing in the house, but Calico seems unwell. She is not her usual self, and I am watching her closely. She did not eat her food at breakfast. This is highly unusual. Calico loves to eat. I hope she has filled up on some really good, high-quality dry food instead. Oh, good news. She ate her lunch, and I caught her refuelling at the hard food dispenser. She is fine! Relief. Little Hope goes for her surgery next week. Thanks to Fixing Feral Felines for all the good work that they do.

The news for Monday/Tuesday was that Marri fledged from the scrape of her parents Diamond and Xavier at 09:38:42. Barru is watching closely.

Here is the video of that amazing first flight – it was a beauty! Looked like she had been flying for over a week. Amazing. So happy.

Heidi Mc caught the fledge as well.

Barru is still in the scrape.

Well, Barru did fledge! A few hours after his sister. 15:36:34. It was brilliant. Like Marri, Barru flew like a pro. I love how he went to the ledge, hopped around the scrape, flapped those wings like crazy and out he went. Tears. Congratulations to Xavier and Diamond – two beautiful fledges for 2023.

Aren’t these two just the cutest little osplets? We blinked. Overnight they left the Reptilian Stage and started their way to juvenile plumage. And now there are those Clown Feet! Adorable. Sweet. Civil. We only had the rare little incident. Lovely.

Mum went fishing. She flew in with a really nice one at 09:05:13.

She is feeding herself and her kids. A bite for you and a bite for you. That is a huge fish Mum brought in. Remember. The supplementary fish is simply that – supplementary. The three are hungry and this is wonderful.

Mum was hungry. The osplets are stuffed. I am feeling glorious right now. So, when anyone asks: Do the female ospreys go fishing to feed their family? You know the answer. Mum can leave her chicks because they can regulate their temperatures. They are bigger and not easy prey as they would have been a couple of weeks ago. Bravo, Mum!

The feeding lasted 88 minutes. Mum finished the fish off. She was very hungry.

Dad brought in a whole fish at 13:56:20. I bet he is hoping there is some fish left for him!

They are still eating!

Dad looks like he has a nice crop. I wonder if he ate a fish and caught another one to bring to the nest?

Dad is sure looking close to see if there is anything left. Just look at the crops on those babies.

PLO did not supply any supplementary fish – they did not need to. Mum brought in that whopper and Dad brought in three fish. Thanks ‘H’. The fishing conditions must have been so much better yesterday. Fantastic.

The big excitement is the streaming cam at Captiva, and there are already ospreys visiting the new platform that was put up by Window to Wildlife after Hurricane Ian. Sadly, they had just installed a new platform and camera then. Let us hope that this is a safer year.

Beautiful images coming out of Centreport Bald Eagles.

No rest for Bella. Smitty has been missing for too long and there are many intruders.

Hoping there is nothing amiss with Abby at Eagle Country.

The GHOs are back at the Bald Eagle nest on the Pritchett Property.

‘H’ reports that one of the eagles has been in the SW Florida nest for some time. Is today egg laying day? or are they protecting the nest from the GHOs?

I am not sure what is happening at the nest of Gabby in The Hamlet. That is the reason that I have made no comment. Waiting to see what will happen there in the next couple of days. She nipped at the feathers of a visitor male today in the nest bowl.

Shadow and Jackie were both at Big Bear on Monday.

Waiting or her mate with hope for a better year.

More information coming in about the camera at the West End.

Did you know that Shrikes keep a larder just like Peregrine Falcons and some other birds so that there is food for their chicks?

I love Corvids and this beautiful Raven came to Loch Arkaig. The now familiar Buzzard had been there a few hours earlier.

Thank you so much for being with me today. Take care of yourselves. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Thank you to the following for their notes, posts, articles, videos, and streaming cams that helped me to write my blog today: ‘A, H’, Charles Sturt Falcon Cam, Heidi Mc, PLO, Liz Schwartz, Deb Stecyk, Sassa Bird, SW Florida Eagle Cam, NEFL-AEF, FOBBV, Holly Parsons, Gracie Shepherd, Bird Guides, and Geemeff.

Connie and Clive come in 2nd…Sunday in Bird World

12 November 2023

Good Morning Everyone!

Damp, coldish, grey day on the Canadian Prairies. The temperature has warmed up and will be a balmy +7 C on Tuesday, they tell us. It felt like the chill went down to the bone today, however.

The Starlings were particularly beautiful today. Look at their chest. It looks like a lovely handmade sweater with white stitching. The emerald green feathers with that lovely straw-coloured tip looks like an upside down candle in places (notice it is yellow and then a touch of white at the very end)…and then on the wings it tapers into a teal blue. The yellow beaks during breeding season have now turned to black while the head and nape sport silver and gold plumage over black. I would think the designers in Paris should take inspiration from this bird’s plumage in their new couture designs.

In an effort to keep up with the walking – despite the snow, ice, and a brisk little wind – I headed off to the English gardens. There were White-breasted Nuthatches, Blue Jays calling in the pines, and Black-capped Chickadees flitting about. It wasn’t the most pleasant of days, but I did take an image of one of the sculptures in the Leo Mol Sculpture Park that I wanted to share with you.

The information provided by our City on the sculptor is as follows: “Leo Mol (Leonid Molodoshanin) was born in 1915 in Polonne, Ukraine. He studied in the Leningrad Academy of Arts, Kunst Academy in Berlin, Germany, and the Academy of Arts in The Hague, Netherlands. In 1948, he made his home in Canada. He passed away in 2009, after receiving multiple honorary degrees and being inducted into the Order of Canada.Mol created his sculptures using the Lost Wax method. In this process, clay is modeled on a rebar and wood structure then covered in liquid rubber to form a mold. Plaster is layered over the mold, creating a cast. ​The cast and mold are separated from the model and melted beeswax is pressed into the rubber mold. A cement mixture is then poured inside the wax layer. After the cement hardens the molds are removed, leaving a wax model with a solid cement core.”

The plaque below commemorates the 50th anniversary of the repeal of the Act in May 1947. Mol created it in 1997. It features images related to the Chinese who worked to open up the Canadian West while working for CP Rail.

Parks Canada states, “In the early 1880’s contractor Andrew Onderdonk brought thousands of labourers from China to help build the Pacific Railway through the mountains of British Columbia. About three-quarters of the men who worked on the section between the Pacific and Craigellachie were Chinese. Although considered excellent workers, they received only a dollar a day, half the pay of a white worker. Hundreds of Chinese died from accidents or illness, for the work was dangerous and living conditions poor. Those who remained in Canada when the railway was completed securely established the basis of British Columbia’s Chinese community.”

The Asian Heritage Society provides more information on the history of the Chinese workers and the discrimination that they faced.

The kittens are so smart. They curl up in their own little spots and sleep the cold afternoon away. It does so seem that they have their ‘spot’. Hope has completely taken over Missey’s basket. Calico prefers to sleep on the hard seat of a Danish chair, and Missey prefers to the highest spot on a wicker. If I am looking for them and the house is quiet – that is where they will be.

My beautiful, sleepy heads.

Then there was bird video time.

Finding pinecones.

Hope has already figured out that she is too cute for words. She has me totally wrapped around her paw. She is 4 months and 9 days old.

Saturday night Missey and Hope ran from one end of the house to the other and back again…what incredible energy they have!

The big news is – Connie has laid the first egg of the 2023 season in the nest she shares with partner, Clive, at Captiva. Congratulations!

Well, that was a surprise. The time was around 13:43ish. Wasn’t expecting this! Wonder who will be next? Many are hoping it will be M15 and F23 to stop any thoughts by the GHOs.

https://www.youtube.com/live/4jzwIkUn14g?si=G0cK-3SiJXFiSlQY

You asked about Valor II. This is the latest news that I have seen. His eye looks worse to me. Send your best wishes out to Valor II and the team trying to get him so that he can go into care.

Skipping now to the two main nests we are watching – Orange and Port Lincoln…

Diamond and Xavier have been busy bringing in prey to the scrape as well as trying to feed the babies and Diamond slept on the ledge night before last. She knows that her two beautiful babies will fly soon. Why bring the prey to the nest? To get them to remember to fly to the scrape for food! It is a no brainer…let us see if they do. Izzi certainly did!

In Richard Sale’s book, Falcons, there is not much information about fledging but he does say, “Even when they have begun to fly the young Peregrines stay close to the nest site at first, often roosting with siblings (and occasionally with adults if roosting spots are few), but eventually choosing their own roosts. The fledglings are also fed close to the nest site by the adults, though the latter begin to teach the rudiments of prey capture by making food transfers I mid-air, the youngsters catching dropped prey or taking it from the adult’s talons. Prey dropping seems to occur too frequently to be a chance event… (170-71).

On Sunday, the adults spent much more time in the scrape with their chicks than they have done in recent memory.

Here is the day in video.

These are two of the most patient – sweet – osplets I have ever seen. They deserve a gold medal for waiting for the fish to arrive without tearing into one another.

No fish yet.

Heidi Mc got that feeding on video.

There is news of Sydney Sea Eagles. Thanks, ‘A’. “November 12: Both parents and a juvenile were sighted 9.45 this morning in the same area roughly opposite the weir. Ground crew assumed food was brought in to the ground, with lots of squeeing. The juvenile flew down to the ground where the parent went, then all was quiet. Observer was unable to see where they landed or what the prey was. Later during the day, there were no more sightings reported. The picture shows an adult in the mangroves across the river, which is quite wide there. The shadows under the mangroves make it very hard to see a juvenile or confirm which it is. Then around 5:30pm, a parent and juvenile were seen there again, before the young one flew back into the mangroves.” ‘A’ continues, “Doesn’t that just make your heart sing? Oh it must be a wonderful experience for Lady, who dotes on her eaglets. This must be thrilling for them. Every day that passes is another day of flying experience and the chance to learn how to fish for those monster eels mum always seems able to find (Dad rarely brings one in, but Lady must have a secret eel pond somewhere in those mangroves). And every day, they get more adept and confident at dealing with those bloody currawongs. It will be the hottest summer in 100,000 years, they are saying, and a deadly bushfire season. We can only hope the areas along the coastal rivers are spared. South Australia will see temperatures of up to 50C (no, not a typo) up in those central areas, which are largely just miles of desert in all directions, with the occasional stream or river, though they are drying up.” 

Superbeaks. Today we are 25 days from hatch watch.

Gabby and V3 seemed to miss one another on Saturday. V3 came with a turtle…was it a gift and Gabby missed it?

Anna visits the E1 nest in the Kistachie National Forest.

Alex and Andria were together on the E-3 nest.

An eagle around the Decorah North nest on Saturday.

An adult in the trees near the Dulles-Greenway nest on Saturday.

Jackie and Shadow were at their nest on Saturday, too. Everyone who writes to me wants this couple and Jak and Audacity to have chicks this year. So send out all the positive energy. Both of the areas are plagued by the residue of the DDT that was sprayed in the 1940s.

Beautiful eagle at Centreport!

As you are aware, the GHOs have been exchanging food gifts in the same nest as M15 and F23. The GHO has come in and knocked F23 off the branch Saturday evening. It appears that F23 might be favouring her right leg. Let us hope not. This situation could get quite tense. There have been many territorial and nest disputes between Eagles and GHOs over the years.

Is there an alternative eagle nest on the Pritchett Property? Does anyone know?

M15 on the branch above the nest protecting his lady.

They have now discovered what we know – that the GHOs have been coming to the nest they have been preparing for their eaglets. Send positive wishes. Please.

F23 in the nest. Hoping she is alright.

Were you aware that there are this many species of Crow?

I wonder if Murphy will start incubating a rock this year or if one year as a parent was enough? Parenting is stressful. We wait.

It is not about our feathered friends but the quality of the water ways and the amount of fish or lack thereof will certainly impact their lives.

‘R’ sent me a wonderful podcast on raking leaves. I will post the link. I always learn something and if you have a big lawn with a heavy cover of leaves, you do not want to leave them on the lawn. Rake them to the side. If you have large Oak or Magnolia leaves that do not decompose, move them to the side. Leaves are wonderful for covering up flower beds for the winter. They decompose over the winter and will provide you with lovely mulch. When to rake and not…

https://www.npr.org/2023/11/11/1212465760/to-rake-or-not-to-rake-the-case-for-letting-leaves-lie

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, posts, articles, videos, photographs, and streaming cams that helped me to write my blog today: ‘H, R’, Parks Canada, Asian Heritage Society, Window to Wildlife, Dennis Becht, Charles Sturt Falcon Cam and Cilla Kinross, SK Hideaways, PLO, Sydney Sea Eagle Cam, Heidi Mc, Superbeaks, NEFL-AEF, KNF E1, KNF E3, Raptor Resource Project/Explore, Dulles-Greenway Eagle Cam, FOBBV, Mike J Dakar, World Bird Sanctuary, SW Florida Eagle Cam, and The Guardian.

Eagles are busy…Thursday in Bird World

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.

Waiting.

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.

Thursday in Bird World

28 September 2023

Oh, goodness. Good Morning, Everyone.

Wednesday afternoon I was feeling so poorly that I wasn’t even certain I would make it to send off even a smidgen of a newsletter. Covid is making its way around the world. This new strain is everywhere. My tip is to make a little preparation kit – ensure you have a good working thermometer, cough drops (my throat was the first sign), whatever you use to bring down a fever, and pet food if you have pets or birds. Pick up those free Covid testing kits. Get in some easy-to-make comfort foods however you define them. I promise you that you will not feel like eating anything, so make sure you have some things that will spur you into eating. Put cold bottles (glass) of water in the fridge. Drink them, and drink lots of tea! With lemon and honey, I scraped some fresh ginger, which helped the throat. But most of all, sleep. Permit yourself to fall asleep at any time of the day.

Hope cannot get enough play time. She doesn’t understand why my energy is so low! Right now she would rather fly around the conservatory – over the table, under the chair, up to the top of the cat tree, down to the purple chair – she has a route. Oh, what energy! Our little butter ball kitten isn’t a butterball anymore.

The kittens have not liked this. There has not been the usual 5 or 6 story times during the day which also include little snacks and treats. But, I tell them that things will be back to normal soon!

One of the bright spots of the morning was looking out and seeing a beautiful sunflower, one of the last growing, a present from the birds and squirrels. This beautiful yellow flower could not have opened up more opportunely!

‘J’ sent a note saying that there are beautiful pictures of the Centreport Eagles on FB – better than on the live cam. Check them out. Schwartz was interviewed about the return of the Bald Eagles to Long Island.

Ervie continues to do some long flights during the day. Oh, Ervie. Boston Island was far enough!!!!!!!!

Ernie’s older sister, Calypso, is taking fish to a nest. Everyone is hopeful that this might signal that her and her mate will be thinking about breeding next season.

Hartley and Monty didn’t want to be left out of the bonding videos! This coming season will be their second together. Can’t wait.

Rosa has checked out the new Dulles-Greenway nest after the old nest collapsed at the end of the breeding season this year. It looks like one or all of the three juveniles from last season have been around the nest at one time or another.

It was raining on the Sydney Sea Eagles when they woke to a new day. Several hours later, everything was starting to dry. ‘A’ remarks, “In Sydney, the sea eaglets are miserable. Soaking wet and not enjoying it. They woke early, shortly after 5am, and SE32 began gnawing at nestovers (there appeared to be a leg bone involved). He was getting lots of small bites off the bone and was getting great practice at self-feeding, but not enough to challenge SE31 when the breakfish arrived around 06:15. She claimed the headless fish immediately, leaving SE32 to closely watch her as she self-fed.”

‘A’ continues, “Today was a learning day at WBSE. SE32 started the day shortly after 5am, self-feeding on what looked like a leg bone. He was pulling off lots of very small pieces but at least he was learning. Two part fish were then brought in by around 7am, and SE31 ate most of both. SE32 did manage to steal a fish from his sister a couple of times, but continually tried unsuccessfully to swallow it whole, so she always managed to steal it back. He did get a couple of bites in the process, at one point holding a part fish down really well and pulling several large bites off it, but his sister was more accomplished and is self-feeding like an adult. Then, at around 10am, mum brought in half a fish and tried to feed SE32, who proceeded to steal the fish from mum but then lost it to SE31. Eventually, around 15:12 a nice fish was brought in and SE32 was fed most of it. SE31 tried to push in about eight or nine minutes into the feeding but mum was very determined to feed SE32. I am convinced she was trying to ensure SE32 got fed (she had tried to do that with the part fish around 10am but he had been a little too ambitious, stealing and then quickly losing it). Poor little eaglets were absolutely soaked from before dawn today. It was miserably wet in Sydney.” 

Our first-time Mum at the MN Landscape Arboretum nest lost two osplets, and well, she could have had the one survivor die as well, but she figured it out, and Dad is making sure that their only baby is fit for migration. Six fish on Wednesday. Six. What a Dad. One beautiful survivor. It reminds me a bit of Hope. If Calico had only enough milk for one, Hope was the survivor – the Mini.

There has been a fledge and a return at Osprey House in Australia. Nine weeks and 2 days old. Two self-feeding, one fledge. Doing well.

At the Charles Sturt University Falcon scrape in Orange, Australia, ‘A’ notes, “At Orange, poor Xavier has just lost the argument over the eggs and has reluctantly got up and left at Diamond’s insistence. As is usually the case, Diamond has returned with a respectable crop. Oh Xavier is SUCH a handsome falcon. The moon is almost full tonight – 98.3% apparently. It will be 100% at three minutes to eight tomorrow evening (Friday 29 September) in eastern Australia. Diamond is silhouetted in the moonlight. We are within two days of pip watch. I cannot believe the time has gone so fast. Again, I hope no more than two of those eggs hatch. There is still a while to go at Port Lincoln (at least two and probably two and a half weeks). Collins Street is about a week ahead of Port Lincoln, so perhaps ten days till pip watch.”

Remember. Falcons and hawks develop much faster than eagles and ospreys. Here is an image chart for the development. You can compare the images to the eyases at Orange.

Here is a little more information, general information, on falcon breeding, scrapes and nest sites, and eyas’ development.

Falco is continuing to live around the area of Central Park where he escaped from his enclosure at the zoo. Bruce Yolton tracks the urban hawks of NYC in his blog. Here is his latest short video on this beautiful Eurasian Owl who has defied the odds and survived.

Some information on Eurasian Owls – maybe you have never heard of them!

The general rules of spotting an injured bird! Please don’t give water or food unless told to do so. Get a box with a blanket and air holes. Dark and safe. Keep warm. Get to the clinic asap.

Remember: If you can pick up a raptor, it is ill and/or injured. Get help.

‘H’ brings us up to date with what is going on at Captiva!

The Captiva Eagle Cam went live yesterday evening (if you don’t already know).

Captiva Eagle Cam – Connie and Clive

Also, the Captiva Osprey cam was struck by lightning, and may not be up until November.  This is a link to a short video from Conner explaining a few things about the Captiva nests cams.

Message from Connor Re Captiva cams

Looks like there is some action at the WRDC nest this morning. Thanks, ‘H’. Love watching them move around those big sticks for the rim!

Protecting nature. It isn’t being well cared for where I live. The public has to let its voice – no matter where you live – be heard. We are heading for a provincial election on the 2nd of October. Will anything change?

Would you happen to know what the American Flyways Initiative is? If not, educate yourself as to why these major migratory routes and all the land and water along them need protection (and improvement to habitat).

Think Mini. Think all of the ospreys, hawks, and other raptors and songbirds that you love. These flyways are the transport corridors from their winter to summer homes and we must protect them.

Tonya Irwin has issued a long correction on FB stating that the female who was injured on the E1 nest with Louis is not Anna. I hope that this is not a ‘bad’ sign for our beloved female.

Thank you for being with me today. Take care, everyone! Stay safe

Thank you to everyone for their notes, articles, videos, and streaming cams that helped me write my newsletter this morning: ‘A, H, JJ, J’, CBS NewYork, PLO, SK Hideaways and the San Jose CH Peregrine Falcons, Dulles-Greenway, Sydney Sea Eagle Cam, MN Landscape Arboretum, Osprey House Environmental Centre, Charles Sturt Falcon Cam, CDN Peregrine Foundation, RSPB, Bruce Yolton, The Peregrine Fund, The Global Bird Rescue, HeidiMc and the WRDC, The Free Press, and Birdlife International.

JJ Buried, Fledges, Migration…Monday in Bird World

28 August 2023

Good Morning Everyone,

It was another beautiful day – it is decidedly fall. I can look out the conservatory’s windows and see the sky between the branches of the 100+-year-old Maple trees a block away. They are so tall that they dominate everything. Thankfully, they are Maples as the old Elms are being cut down. On my walks, I cringe when I see the orange spray paint – a solid circle and a line underneath means the tree is diseased and is due to be cut down. All of the trees in front of my house that the squirrels used to leap to the ones on the other side (they formed a huge canopy) so they did not have to run across the pavement will be gone before winter. The Re-Leaf programme has already planted a Snowflake Hawthorn in place of one of them, and I am due two other trees in a few weeks to go on my property. A friend is also donating some small trees they thinned from their property. So the forest behind my house – the garden area – is growing and will continue to do so. The intent is to have it so thick that mowing is never required but, primarily, so the birds have a thick shelter, a sanctuary.

Calico is adapting wonderfully. We have played with toys, and had meals, she has slept on my lap while I was reading, and she is eating well. No one in the area has seen kittens or a kitten – during the day or at night. Everyone was asked when they were walking their dogs or working in their garden this evening. One lovely lady is leading the late-night search for them for another 5 or 6 days. Then we will all rest easy. They will continue to be vigilant. We all noticed that the food left under the deck – very smelly fish- had not been touched and a hungry kitten would have wolfed it down. Sad.

I suddenly discovered that I had a lot of time on my hands and could sit, sip tea, and read, sometimes with Calico and sometimes alone. Missey and Lewis – believe it or not – are not especially lap kitties. I am hoping they will change their ways. They adore being ‘together’ – that relationship is, for them, paramount. So far, everyone is happy, and this transition will be slow and steady…I am happy to have Calico safe with Lewis and Missey in the house. She is no longer hiding under her tent in my old offie but, is sleeping in the open on the large pet carrier with a soft blanket that my lovely neighbour made long ago for another rescue kitten, Duncan. Duncan loved watching Ladybirds and often had to be stopped from eating them! They dominate the pattern.

Thanks ‘JE’ for sending me the link to this rescue by PSEG Long Island.

We have this rescue but we also have trouble at Centrepoint. Can you help by writing in to help save the eagles of Centrepoint? Here is the information – thanks ‘J’ for sending this in:

18 August at 02:27  · “Last year we fought for the rights for the eagles to keep their territory as they found it. Today the Town of Huntington approved the beginning of construction of the first of many projects that are in direct view of their nest. I failed the people who adore both the eagles and the the town of Centerport. The Huntington Town Boards, Council, Zoning board and more including our elected officals failed us all. They promise it all before we vote, made by certain officals in the town, the inter-connections from the town officials for these construction projects is disgusting and wrong. The abuse of power must end. There I was thinking they were looking out forthe people who voted for them.. What a fool I was. Poor eagles…Didn’t sleep much last night knowing that these projects being SOO close to our eagles nest could spook the eagles from Centerport – so I compiled a list of Names and Phone numbers / email addresses of those you can contact…Let these caring individuals know what we think. If you send an email to ANY of these people be sure to “CC Andrew Raia” He is the town clerk and it forces the town to make your email part of the record. Please only like this post if you’re willing to send emails to these people. This way I know if 3 people or 300 people make the effort. Thanks all..”

TOWN OF HUNTINGTON
100 MAIN STREET, HUNTINGTON, NY 11743
GENERAL SWITCH BOARD: 631 351-3000. HOURS: 8-4

EDMUND J. SMYTH, SUPERVISOR 631 351-3030ESMYTH@HUNTINGTONNY.GOV
DR. DAVE BENNARDO, COUNCILMAN 631 351-3172DBENNARDO@HUNTINGTONNY.GOV
JOAN CERGOL, COUNCILWOMAN 631 351-3173JCERGOL@HUNTINGTONNY.GOV
EUGENE COOK, COUNCILMAN 631 351-3174
ECOOK@HUNTINGTONNY.GOV
SALVATORE FERRO, COUNCILMAN 631 351-3175SFERRO@HUNTINGTONNY.GOV
ANDREW RAIA, TOWN CLERK 631 351-3206 ARAIA@HUNTINGOTONNY.GOV

Federal Government & StateSenator Kirsten Gillibrand 202 224-4451

SENATOR CHARLES SCHUMER 202 224-8542 
(WASHINGTON OFFICE) HTTPS://WWW.SHUMER.SENATE.GOV

KEITH BROWN, NY STATE ASSEMBLYMAN 12TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 
631 261-4151 (COMMACK OFFICE) BROWNK@NYASSEMBLY.GOV

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It was a very touching moment when Tina Moore retrieved the body of JJ, Jasper and Louise’s second hatch at Fortis Exshaw, and buried him by the big rock by the lake. What a kind and generous individual. RIP JJ – soar high in the thermals above the pond.

The intruders have been relentless.

Poul Blue 2E3 fledged from Tweed Valley. He was fitted with a tracker and this is his amazing journey so far. A goshawk killed his sister Sacha after she fledged. So, he is ever so important. He is doing so well….safe travels!

What a beautiful place for an Osprey nest – Charlo Montana. Fledglings still at home, still fish calling!

At the Glacier Gardens Bald Eagle nest, Hope flew off at 0659 this morning. She made several trips back and forth to the nest including eating some prey!

At 1106:

Final sighting of Dorcha at Loch Arkaig. 17 August.

Final sighting of Louis at Loch Arkaig. 24 August.

And when will the final sighting of Mini be at Patchogue? She was on the perch Sunday morning, the 27th of August, but as of 1437 Manitoba time, she has not reappeared.

‘R’ has been watching Mini since her injury – very closely – and he notes that she has been using her leg much more and putting weight on it and wonders if “she tore a ligament since her knee only appears to buckle in a single direction?” We won’t ever know, but it does appear that she will recover, and that is excellent news.

Mini returned to the nest perch at 16:26.

Mini flew back to the nest around 1700 and was, surprisingly, joined by Mum, who might be coming to check on her nest and say goodbye before migrating. Most females appear to stop – however briefly – at their nest before leaving, even if they have been out and about in the territory for several days or weeks before their departure.

Mini is doing very well. Mrs J Johnson on the chat reports that Mini has developed new skills including mashing the fish with her beak to eat it and now eating with both her right and left feet. We know she scratches her head with her left leg. She had a crop when she landed in the afternoon, so she is being fed off nest. I bet Dad would love it if all of them were down where he caught the fish to save him from flying through town.

Maya and Blue 33 were still home on Sunday. They had a juvenile intruder about. It seems none of the nests have been left undisturbed this year.

At the Fortis Exshaw nest, ‘H’ brings us the latest on the tragic events unfolding at this nest near Canmore, Alberta. “It was an emotionally stressful day for the viewers.  We heard Banff calling and approaching the nest at 0647.  She was being chased.  Banff landed at the far side of the nest, and planted her talons firmly on the back of JJ’s body, and she tucked a bit.  Banff knew that she was about to be struck.  And she was.  One second after Banff landed she took a hard hit on her back by the big female intruder.  The intruder held on to Banff as they went over the edge of the nest, and Banff briefly held on to JJ.  JJ’s body fell to the ground, and it appeared as though the intruder was still holding on to Banff as she flew over the pond.  For a short while, we heard Banff weakly calling in the distance.  Ugh, poor Banff.  We had previously witnessed the intruder pair attempting unsuccessfully to remove JJ from the nest on a few occasions.  Well, now JJ’s body was on the ground.  And, what about Banff?  Was she alright?  It was a very long day waiting for any sign of Banff.  Meanwhile the new ‘owners’ of the nest were frequently on and off the nest.  The female ate a fish on the t-perch, and was briefly joined on the perch by the male.  A viewer that lives nearby arrived at the nest shortly after 1000.  ‘TM’ was there to look for Banff, and to bury JJ’s body.  We all watched as TM buried JJ near the pond.  It was very moving.  Thank you, TM for your compassion, and for giving sweet JJ a proper burial.  While TM was at the nest area, she felt confident that she heard Banff’s unique voice coming from across the river.  She spotted an osprey in a tree, but wasn’t quite able to make it out to be a juvenile.  Before she left, TM again heard Banff calling.  Throughout the afternoon we thought we heard Banff calling in the distance.  And then . . at 1725 we heard Banff’s voice, and it was getting closer, and louder . . Oh please don’t land on the nest Banff!  The female intruder landed on the nest with her intruder alert . . yes, that’s right, Banff is now the intruder at her natal nest.  Then sweet Banff quickly flew by and buzzed the nest from behind the camera, and she was screaming at the female: “I am still alive you crazy bird!”  Haha!  The female intruder really did have a look of amazement on her face, lol.  We were thrilled and relieved to know for sure that Banff was alive and well.  Banff is an amazingly strong and resilient fledgling.  “It may not be possible for us to see you any more, Banff.  For your safety, you should not come back to the nest.” 

‘H’ also reports on Forsythe noting what I have – there is not much to report! “Oscar brought one fish to the nest for Ollie.  Ollie flew to the camera pole at 1033, and she was not seen the rest of the day.”

One of the fledglings was on the perch at Wolf Harbour in Alabama on Sunday afternoon.

Fledgling or fledglings going to the Seaside Osprey nest on Sunday also.

Dad continues to bring fish to the fledgling at the MN Landscape Arboretum nest.

At the Bridge Golf Club, both fledglings are still coming to the nest for fish. It is reported that there were four delivered on Friday and three on Saturday. So far, one fish has been delivered on Sunday that I have seen.

Harry continues delivering lots of fish to the third hatch at Alyth. Indeed, the most activity over the weekend is these incredible Dads flying back and forth from their fishing spots to the nest to fatten up their chicks so they can migrate. Then, the Dads will need a few days to care for themselves. They are real athletes. Those legs must be ever so strong and muscular.

There is a fledge at Sandpoint – and a return! Well done, Coco.

The goshawk is still about at Poole Harbour and it makes me nervous. One fledgling died last year when it was dragged off this nest by the hawk.

Sadly, there might not be any eggs this year at Port Lincoln. Mating attempts are not very productive. He is young! It might be good for Mum to have a year off – but there is still time for eggs. It is Australia, not North America and Eastern ospreys do not migrate.

Spoke too soon…maybe.

The three fledglings at Boulder County Fair Grounds spent the night together on the perch and were there at the nest during the day wishing for fish.

A giggle from the Dyfi nest today!

Have you wondered about Flaco, the Eurasian Owl that escaped from the Central Park Zoo? Robert Yolton catches us up on some of Flake’s latest comings and goings. I don’t always post on Flaco, so please go to Robert’s blog – you will learn much about urban hawks!

Andor visited after being in the water at the Fraser Point nest on the Channel Islands Sunday. He dried off quickly in that beautiful California sun.

Mum and Dad were on alert at the Sydney Sea Eagle nest in the Olympic Forest. Possums and other intruders kept them busy. SE31 and 32 are doing well. They are standing strong, their beautiful feathers are coming in, and they are delightful.

We are expecting the second egg for Diamond and Xavier today.

SK Hideaways caught that second egg! Congratulations Xavier and Diamond.

Please keep all of our friends – feathered or not – in your positive thoughts as Idalia heads for Florida.

Thank you so much for being with me today. Take care of yourself. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Thank you to the following for their notes, posts, videos, tweets, and streaming cams that helped me to write my blog this morning: ‘A, Geemeff, H, J, JE, PB, R’, Fortis Exshaw, Forsythe, Geemeff and Tweed Valley, Charlo Montana, Glacier Gardens, Geemeff and The Woodland Trust, PSEG, LRWT, Wolf Harbour, Seaside, MN Landscape Arboretum, Bridge Golf Club, Alyth, Pam Breci and The Joy of Ospreys, Anne Ryc and Love for Pool Harbour Ospreys, PLO, Boulder County, Marissa Windic and Friends of Dyfi Osprey Project, Sydney Sea Eagle Cam, Charles Sturt Falcon Cam, SK Hideaways and Charles Sturt Falcon Cam, and Sunnie Day.