1 December 2023
Good Morning Everyone,
It is going to be another -1 day tomorrow. It is not 00:39 and is only -5C. Wow. We have had some lovely weather albeit damp to the bone. That I do not like. It reminds me of my first December living in the UK. Frozen. Wet.
The girls were not impressed with the electrician working on the thermostat for the floor heating in the conservatory. It meant that they could not be in their favourite room for part of the day. Wish I could have understood the ‘cat’ talk! They all found places to sleep to wait it out.
Precious Hope aka ‘Bushy Tail’. Oh, I thought something had happened to her incision. It looked like dried blood. Geemeff calmed me down by mentioning a ‘scab’. Hope is ravenous and back to herself in terms of eating and playing. She has been batting at my hands this evening wanting more treats. She has now learned to eat fast so that Mamma will not come and eat her food and goodies. What a girl. Oh, do I adore her. Feeling blessed every day having them in my life. It is now 15 days after her surgery.
Mamma on her favourite hard chair – she beat Missey to get to it. Missey found a really secret spot and I could not find her for a photo.
‘The Boyfriend’ came around for some dinner. The deck is getting a good cleaning this weekend, and he will have a permanent feeding station with a nice roof – big enough that he can go in and out and his food will stay dry.
There is not much going on in Bird World. When those eaglets start hatching, things will pick up, but that is a few weeks away. (I am looking forward to Osprey season, which is even further away….grrrrr). Until then, my blog will likely be shorter than normal. I will try to hit on the new events or changes with comments on the Australian nests until we have some eagle hatches. Superbeaks is a week away.
At the NTCT nest of Bella, the new young male and her have bonded and are working on the nest. Smitty has not been seen since 21 September. That is now two months and a week. Bella has moved on.
What will happen at the NE Florida Bald Eagle nest of Gabby and V3 is entirely unclear. There were no eggs last year and this was believed to be because of the turmoil surrounding the territorial dispute and which male would take Samson’s place. So far, we have not seen V3 and Gabby bond on camera, but this does not mean they haven’t. I do find it a bit unusual, however.
Don’t begin to think of eaglets at SW Florida til after the 24th/25th of December. We are a ways away. Superbeaks is first with Muhlady and Pepe, then we have Alex and Andria at KNF-E3, and Connie and Clive at Captiva.
As far as I know, no new eggs have been laid at the other Bald Eagle nests. Please feel free to send me any news!
At Port Lincoln, Mum had the Trevally out and fed the chicks and herself early in the morning. Then, as I understand it, Dad came and took the fish and appeared to have lost it. It was a huge, beautiful fish. It would have kept them going for the morning and spread out the feedings. Remember that ringing is less than a week away – December 8. #2 will get its name, and we will hear the measurements. Remember. Measurements are not a firm determinant of gender. Calypso was deemed to be a female. Calypso turns out to be a female!
Gosh, these two are gorgeous. Imagine. We are nearing fledge.
The fish fairy arrived at 16:30. Everyone was hungry! (What impact, if any, does having only one meal a day or two have on feather development etc? Will there be stress lines? There has been no indication of the birds being stressed and their plumage looks good but, we often think of osplets having 5 or 6 meals a day -).
There are still fish left for later. This is fantastic.
Look at those wings.
This video of the juvenile from two days ago. ‘H’ found Cilla’s response, “FalconCam: Regarding the identification of the peregrine fledgling that landed on the tower roof next to the lightning rod on 11/30, Cilla stated: “I’m not convinced either way. We are hoping it will come to the box where it is easy to measure it.” She added: “It is a very frequent occurrence that fledglings don’t make it past the first few weeks while learning to fly. They are prone to crashes into telegraph wires, windows, buildings, treetops, etc”
A mystery at The Campanile is solved – our two favourite falcons on the UC-Berkeley Campus, Annie and Lou.
There is good news coming from various countries and agencies about the moves to protect wildlife and try and stop human destruction in all its forms.
Flamingos are receiving protection, “On their long-striving strolls through the wide wetlands of the Doñana, the flamingos can hopefully take their bath in peace again. The Spanish and Andalucian governments finally came to terms and signed a joint agreement to abolish destructive agriculture methods, as well as to invest 1.4 billion Euros to support sustainable farming in the region of Doñana.”
The Grouse Moor licensing bill in Scotland has passed its first reading.
Gannets ‘ foraging patterns indicate changes due to climate. What other birds might use adaptive techniques?
Wow. Just had to post this. An osprey light!!!! Goodness. Someone was talented.
Thank you so much for being with me today. Take care. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Thank you to the following for their notes, comments, videos, articles, and streaming cams that helped me to write my blog today: ‘H’, Superbeaks, NCTC, Deb Stecyk, NEFL-AEF, SWFlorida Eagle Cam, PLO, Liznm, SK Hideaways, Birdlife International, Raptor Persecution UK, BTO, and Marisa Macfarlane.