2 August 2023
Good Morning Everyone!
Before we get on with the news…I really want to put a smile on everyone’s face this morning. Ervie. Dear Ervie. A female was hanging out in Ervie’s territory. Now Ervie is visiting hers. Jumping up and down for joy and little tears…Can we even begin to imagine? Just remembering that tenacious little third hatch taking on big Bazza continues to bring joy…and of course, all the scraps with Falky. The puffers. The worry and now this!
Gosh, I thought I would not be adding to the Memorial Page at this time of year, but here we are at # 127. Three new additions in the last 24 hours. One of them is the second hatch of Big Red and Arthur on the Cornell Campus, who was discovered in bushes under a roof, indicating a building or window collision. M1 and M3 had been spotted on Campus. Condolences…everything was just going so well, and it would not be long until they would be leaving the territory and finding their way.
The other two deaths were the Black Stork fledglings, Jola and Derek.
Just breathe. That seems to be the mantra this season. Just breathe because balancing out all the deaths are some very good things that are happening.
You might recall that the Friends of Big Bear Valley were petitioning to have Labour Day fireworks cancelled in the Valley because of the stress put on Jackie and Shadow. This year it was several days before they returned to their nest. FOBBV asked for and received many articles on the damage fireworks cause to wildlife and domestic pets. ‘B’ wrote me this afternoon to inform me that there will be no more fireworks in the Big Bear Valley. Isn’t this wonderful? It should give us the understanding that what we do can matter – that our actions can drive meaningful change. We cannot give up in despair.
Sandy wrote in her FB post on 31 July: “Thank you for keeping up with Jackie and Shadow even as they are enjoying their summer break. They would like to announce that all of us can now relax—they heard that the Labor Day fireworks show planned for September in Big Bear Lake has been cancelled. Hooray!! Sandy”
This is the latest news from Loch of the Lowes. Blue NC0 has not been seen since 15 July and PF5 has not been seen since 28 July.
More good people helping an Osprey!
Oh, these Osprey fledglings are getting themselves into some mischief. Another rescue.
Checking in on a few nests:
At Patchogue, Mini continues to fare rather well. On Tuesday a fish arrived at 0826. I believe it was Mini that took the fish and flew off the nest with it. If it wasn’t she was definitely on the nest at 1028 and received a smaller fish. At 12:53 she was on the nest watching for Dad to fly through with a fish.
At 1700, Mini was ready and waiting when Dad delivered a magnificent fish! Look at the size of that fish. Mini will not need a late night top up. Way to go Dad!
Mini flies off with that big fish!
It is difficult to measure just how well each of the three osplets is being fed at Steelscape in comparison one to the other but the third hatch is still with us.
Pont Cresor: Home to Aeron Z2 and Blue 014. Three chicks fledged – 11, 16, and 19 July. Congratulations!
Collins Marsh: This nest continues to do amazingly well. Nice fish and the two chicks growing – one already fledged.
Pitkin County Open Space and Trails: It is good to remind ourselves that the battles for fish on the nest are helping our fledglings learn how to survive in the wild when there are many more vying for that fish they have in their talons. We have to breathe. In order to live, the ospreys must eat and that often means being ruthless.
Imperial Eagles, Tatarstan RU:
Port Lincoln Osprey: Dad brings Mum a fish on the nest!
Charles Sturt Falcon Cam, Orange: Loving Xavier and Diamond. Wishing for a good season.
Sydney Sea Eagles: So delicate how Lady gives the tiniest of fish flakes to SE31 and SE32. Dad is keeping the pantry nice and full. He even fed Lady while she was brooding.
“Dad brought in the customary fresh fish at 06:52:25 this morning. It was intact and relatively large for this area. A lovely breakfast for the family. Mum had already fed them a first breakfast about an hour earlier, but SE32 was not really over-interested in eating at that time of day (exactly as it did yesterday morning). By the end of the morning, both had eaten plenty of lovely fresh fish. Always a happy sight.” – ‘A’ reports.
‘PB’ has been keeping an eye with ‘H’ on Fortis Exshaw. In fact, I am pretty certain that many of you are checking in and sending your wishes to this nest that is struggling with intruders. ‘PB’ writes: “Small fish 18:16 that #1 gets (from Mr O?), then Louise with bigger fish 18:26 and she feeds 2 and herself, mom is on extreme alert.”
Fortunately that chick 1 was busy with the earlier fish so Louise and 2 could eat.
I noted another fish that came in at 19:55. Chick 1 got that one and is getting really good at self-feeding! It is a good thing that Louise and chick 2 had the fish that Louise brought in – they must have been very hungry! In fact, we often forget that the parents have to eat as well…not just the chicks on the nest.
Oh, another fish at 2128! Did 2 get this one? It was mantling the delivery.
And ‘PB’ writes that Louise brought another fish in right after this one. Well, that is one way to make sure the very hungry second chick gets fed – one fish right after another and then another and another til the big one is so full it doesn’t care.
Louise flew off the nest. Has she engaged with an intruder? Two cannot self-feed and is picking at the fish – chick on the left.
One eventually goes into a food coma, while Two really tries to figure out what to do with his fish. And bravo…self-feeding for the very first time. This is a good thing.
‘H’ was keeping track and she put it very well…I love how she says Louse went into high gear! “It was touch-and-go for a while at the Exshaw nest. On 7/31, Chick #2 only had one meal, around noon. Chick #1 has begun to rush Mom or Mr.O to grab the fish upon delivery. #1 is quite capable of self-feeding an entire fish. Chick #2 is not at that level as yet, in fact #2 is downright polite about it, and won’t even try to steal a piece from #1. By 1800, there had only been two fish delivered, and #1 had claimed and eaten both of them. We were very worried about #2. Well, then Louise kicked it into high gear and delivered five fish between 1813 and 2137. Oh, bless her! Chick #1 grabbed the fish at 1813. And for the first time, #2 grabbed the fish at 1825, and tried to self feed. After a few minutes, Louise took the fish and fed #2. Yeah! Chick #1 claimed the fish delivered at 1955. Then at the 2128 delivery, chick #2 grabbed the fish from Louise and mantled it! Yeah! Chick #1 had designs on that fish too, and she seemed quite taken aback at #2’s new confident behavior, lol. There was one more fish brought by Louise at 2137, which was claimed by #1. Chick #2 did a nice job self-feeding from his fish, and was still eating it well after dark. I believe that Louise delivered all of the fish to the nest on 8/1. There was a delivery at 1103 where we had a very limited view of the adult, but there was a brief view of Louise’s distinctive back-of-head markings (quite different from Mr.O). Another questionable identification of the adult was at 2128, however both top and back head markings proved it to be Louise. In my opinion, Mr.O did not make an appearance on camera on 8/1. But, don’t worry, Mr.O was probably guarding the area so that Louise was free to do her thing.”
367 Collins Street: Not live yet. They were just testing the system! That said, it could be up and running right now.
Boulder County: ‘PB’ notes that the storm that swept through the area has taken out the camera on the Osprey nest. At the time all three osplets were on the nest. Let us hope that everyone is fine.
Cowlitz PUD: Everything appears to be just fine and the metal guards have protected the nest and not impeded any movement of the adults or the fledgling.
Hellgate Canyon, Montana: Everyone has a picture of Iris with her huge fish today on the Owl Pole. It is always good to see her here or on the nest! Looking’ good, Iris.
Osoyoos: There has been a question about removing the Middle chick’s body from the body. All of you have watched Osprey nests and chicks dying at various ages. Sometimes the adults remove the body of their dead chick while, at other times, it is left on the nest and becomes part of that historical object.
‘H’ reports: “Olsen brought 9 fish to the nest on 8/1, and a few of them were large. Soo, and her remaining chick were well fed. I have seen a few nests where a chick died from siblicide from aggression that was fueled by a lack of fish on the nest, and then the next day there were lots of fish. Chatters would ask, “where were all those fish when they needed them?” The weather conditions have not improved at Osoyoos . . it is still quite hot, and the air is smokey from the nearby wildfire. One difference seems to be that Soo was missing the last 52 hours of chick #2’s life. The Osoyoos osprey family of three carries on . . and we support them. The youngster is 37 days old.”
‘H’s other reports:
Kent Island – The livestream returned after having been down for nearly four days. It seems that Audrey and Tom’s 51-day-old chick may have grown a bit in those four days.
Severna Park – It was so nice to find both juvies on the nest in the afternoon. Earlier, one of the fledglings landed on the nest carrying a partial fish.
Barnegat Light – News Flash: Dorsett went diving and swimming! Dorsett spent a fair amount of time on a piling at the Bay beach, when at 1002 she decided to take the plunge into the Bay. Later in the afternoon she waded in the water and took a bath at the shoreline of Barnegat Bay.
Dahlgren – Members of this lovely osprey family are often seen at the nest. It is always good to see them.
Forsythe – In a flurry of fishing, Oscar delivered six fish to the nest for his two fledglings between 0724 and 0920. Owen and Ollie each received three fish. There were no fish delivered to the nest later in the day. The older sibling, Owen, seems to be spending the most time away from the nest.
Thank you so very much for being with me today. Please take care. L ooking forward to seeing you again soon.
Thank you to the following for their notes, posts, videos, and streaming cams that helped me to write my blog today: ‘A, B. H, PB’, Fran Solly and Friends of Sth Australia, Cornell Bird Lab, Maria Marika, FOBBV, Loch of the Lowes Visitor’s Centre and Wildlife Reserve, Laura Asbell Stansfield, Barbara Walker and Osprey Friends, PSEG, Steelscape, Inc., Nyth Pont Cresor, Collins Marsh, Pitkin County Open Trails and Spaces, Imperial Eagles RU, PLO, Charles Sturt Falcon Cam, Sydney Sea Eagles, Fortis Exshaw, Boulder County Fair Grounds, Cowlitz PUD, Montana Osprey Project, Osoyoos, Kent Island, Forsythe Ospreys, Wildlife Conserve of NJ, and Dahlgren Ospreys.