29 May 2011
27 May 2011
26 May 2011
News from other sites...
- Friends of the Blackwater Refuge are expecting chicks any time now.
- Loch of the Lowes is on 24 hour watch in anticipation of their eggs hatching. Their male osprey is having trouble with crows and chasing them away from the nest.
- The Dunedin nest in Florida recently banded their three chicks.
- The Hailuoto-Marjaniemi nest, which is nestled in the artic forest in Finland, has four eggs.
19 May 2011
17 May 2011
With the two chicks maturing at a fast clip, you can see the differences in MKD's crop compared to TE's. The crop stores food for later digestion.
MKD has definitely established dominance over its sibling by pecking at TE and nudging him/her out of the way at feeding time. This mornig MKD was even pecking at Bea while she was attempting to feed him/her...probably not a good idea.
13 May 2011
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.
11 May 2011
09 May 2011
We now have our three chicks: MKD, TE, and MT. The parents, Bea and Jasper, are doing a fine job caring for their chicks. Jasper has been bringing in plenty of fish and Bea has been sheltering the three from the heat and indiscriminately feeding the trio. With MKD being the oldest and strongest, it is usually up front at feeding time.
When the chicks hatched from their shells you may have noticed a white notch at the top of their beak. This is an egg tooth that enables the chick to chip away at the shell poking holes in it allowing it to break through the shell. (See photo). The egg tooth will fall off in a couple of weeks after hatching. Upon hatching the chicks will have a buff down with a white stripe down their back which helps camouflage the chicks making them appear as one of the many sticks in the nest.
At two weeks the chicks begin to develop a dense wooly down and will lose the buff down. The chicks will appear black and prickly, somewhat “reptilian” in appearance. This “reptilian” stage will last about a week to two weeks.
07 May 2011
We have our third chick hatch around 10:13 Saturday morning which was caught by viewer Sue. The third chick's name is MT. You can see the broken shell to the right side of Bea.
06 May 2011
04 May 2011
MKD took it's first taste of fish just under two hours after hatching and has eaten twice since freeing itself from the egg shell. Jasper continues to re-inforce the nest while delivering fish to Bea and their first chick. Of course Bea keeps a pine cone close to where she sits, occupying herself by nibbling on it.
03 May 2011
We hope to see some activity with chicks at any time. :-)