11 June 2009

Sad news....

Blackwater Wildlife Refuge lost their second chick. It disappeared sometime Wednesday. The single chick appears to be healthy.

16 comments:

Realist said...

Yes, I saw earlier that Blackwater had lost 2nd chick. Shame. I do remember that parents had difficult time initially establishing nest - hawk trouble and another osprey wanted to make it a threesome. Eggs were laid late. Wonder if these events had anything to do with chick loss. Or is it just the luck of the draw. MG Moderator - can you shed any light on this??

(On the side - everytime I see weather there, I cringe. Live on coast in MA...rain for the last week and temps in the 50's. Beach? No way!)

moderator said...

I can't say what happened at Blackwater, it could be a variety of factors. It is best to follow their site's log to determine what happened. I wouldn't want to misled our and their viewers.

I'll continue to follow their site and keep everyone informed.

moderator said...

The following is from Blackwater's site...

At this time we’re not sure why the second chick perished. The bird was about a week old and seemed active. It’s possible it had an underlying health problem or genetic issue (possibly passed on by the mother) or it’s possible that during the rain the other night, the chick became wet or chilled in a dangerous way. But from what we could see, the parents were keeping a close eye on the chicks and were bringing in a good amount of food. In fact earlier today, one parent brought in a huge fish that dwarfed the remaining chick.

We’ve never lost a chick this late after hatching, and since we can’t see any clear reasons for its death, it will likely remain a mystery. From what we can see, the remaining chick appears strong and active at this point, and we greatly hope it remains so.

Carol said...

Is the webcam stuck this morning?

moderator said...

We were experiencing network problems. The camera is back up and running.

Anonymous said...

Not to change the subject but was that GJ first flight..

katt

moderator said...

No...just hovering over the nest. We are thinking that today may be the day for GJ's first flight away from the nest. GJ appears anxious and ready. Earlier this morning MG was buzzing by the nest several times while GJ looked on and seemed ready to go, but never did.

GJ has been more active this morning than the past two days so we are hoping he/she will take the first flight.

Anonymous said...

Thank you!! This is so exciting.. I was wondering where MG was.

Katt

moderator said...

I believe MG is sitting on top of the camera. If you look at the nest, left of center, you can see a shadow that is moving.

Realist said...

Just turned on computer, and lo and behold, it looks like MG caught a fish!! S/he is eating it with great relish and not sharing with GJ. No parents in sight. Perhaps this will spur on GJ to take the first plunge.

MG Moderator - is it possible that MG is already catching fish or did parent catch it and put in nest. It was just yesterday that mother was still feeding both.

Love the cam shots of mother sitting on nearby post keeping eye on activity in the nest.

moderator said...

No, mom brought the fish in and gave it to MG who ate most of it until GJ stole it then finish it. Earlier the male brought a fish in and GJ took it then attacked the mother when she attempted to take it. GJ is not as nice as MG, which we have all witnessed....not biased of course. P-)

GJ still hasn't flown off the nest. MG has taken to sitting on top of the camera.

Carol said...

What do MG and GJ stand for?

moderator said...

GJ and MG are initials of employees that operate and maintain the osprey cam.

Carol said...

Kinda like surrogate grandparents, right?

moderator said...

Yes. We had a third chick, DS, that died mysteriously in the fifth week. DS was also named after an employee that maintains the osprey cam.

Carol said...

I am really hoping we can get a live cam with audio installed before next year's tenants arrive. The one over in Scotland is so much fun to watch and listen to. If PE doesn't have the funds I am sure you could ask for donations to raise the difference between what PE can contribute and what is needed. You guys are doing a great job and I applaud PE for providing the web cam as it is.