13 May 2011

Sad news....We lost MT.

A little before 11:00 Jasper was bringing in more sticks and inadvertently lifted MT up by the neck with a stick and carried MT to the edge of the nest. MT fell from the tower and did not survive the fall.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh no! Relieved I did not see that. Maybe a stupid comment but did Bea react?
DB

moderator said...

She called out to MT, but he/she couldn't cross over the many sticks and fell of the tower.

Anonymous said...

She will be even more protective now I guess. Nature can be cruel!
DB

Anonymous said...

M♥T - Rest in Peace little one.

Beth/Oh

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear this.

Is the body of any value for research, perhaps regarding blood chemistry, bone density and so forth? Is it retrievable?

Peter

Melinda said...

How sad! I saw one of the little ones away from the others this morning and was fearful for it. I suppose it was MT. While being able to watch their lives unfold before us is such a wonderful experience, the flip side of the coin is the awful feeling of being unable to prevent what happened this morning.

I have been watching the Norfolk Botanical Garden eaglets since they hatched and experienced along with so many others the tragic loss of the mom eagle to a plane strike. The eaglets are being well cared for now at the Wildlife Center of Virginia and have excellent prospects for a release into the wild this summer. I hope we will get to see Bea and Jasper raise the two remaining babies successfully. Jasper is doing a great job with the fish deliveries!

Anonymous said...

I am sure glad I viewed all 5 of them for about 15 minutes non-stop this morning. Etched in my mind now is Jasper feeding MT and helping Bea with the task at hand. What sure is difficult is being unable to see the sadness on Bea's face......it is really eerie...like it never happened because she can't display emotions.

What a Friday the 13th this turned out to be.

moderator said...

Peter,

I contacted SCDNR and a local Osprey Research group and neither is studying six day old chicks and advised us to dispose of the body.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the feedback.

Dust to dust.

Peter

Anonymous said...

It is amazing how much larger one chick is -- I assume the older one? Has there been any sibling feeding rivalry contributing to this size difference, or would you say that it is part and parcel of the their growth at this point?

Thanks again for a nice site. Have a good weekend.

Peter

moderator said...

Hey Peter,

MKD, the oldest chick, is the largest chick. Competition in the nest has definitely begun with MKD being the aggressor. MKD went after TE more than it did against MT. Chicks will fight for food and attention from its parents and the strongest and largest usually wins out.

Osprey parents do not intervene in these scraps between siblings. This week MKD was putting a "smackdown" on TE. Hard to watch at times, but is part of growing up and establishing dominance.

Anonymous said...

I was on the beach and have just come to the site this afternoon. What a sad thing! As one poster said, nature can be cruel. But Bea and Jasper have the other two chicks and will to continue to care for them. About the chicks pecking each other, it is so hard to watch, but one of the things I read on the Bald Eagle site, is that it causes the birds to learn how to survive when they are on their own. And I just don't watch.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

So sorry about the sad news of the loss of one chick. I got to watch this a.m. the feeding of all 3 and just got back on. Also did not know about the eagles in Va, I have been watching them but it's been awhile since I was on that site. I went and they have a notice posted. I am also watching the Decorah Eagles which are growing rapidly. So far no problems at that nest.
L/HHP

Anonymous said...

Oh no...that is so sad. Poor little guy. I hope the other two make it through. I remember when we had the other 3 a couple of years ago and one of them died not too long before it should have fledged.

Sue

Anonymous said...

Mama's sure cuddling those two little chicks this Monday morning. Looks like she's given them some breakfast.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

The pine cone in the foreground is pretty well decimated. Has anyone seen either of the parents eating the seeds, similar to a couple of weeks ago?

Peter

Anonymous said...

7:30 Tuesday morning, and the two little chicks are getting breakfast and looking good!

Vivian

moderator said...

Hey Vivian,

Jasper brought in a small fish so I'm sure Bea sent him out to get more breakfast.