18 May 2023
Oh, the best of the morning to everyone!
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.