29 May 2015

WC eating again....

WC is finally getting a chance to eat. One of the other chicks came over and WC retreated. Thankfully WC was not pecked....this time.

Today marks the beginning of the seventh week since AA, the first chick, was hatched. AA and DG, the second chick, have grown quite large and in the last week have begun jumping about the nest and flapping their wings, causing them to become stronger. WC, the youngest chick, has had a tough time since hatching. With AA and DG being the dominant chicks, WC has received less fish to consume which is evident in their size comparison...(see photo below).

We hope to see DG focus less on attacking WC whenever the mood strikes so the little chick can eventually fledge.

DG, WC and AA

27 May 2015

I am shocked that WC has held on this long. DG continues to torment the smallest chick by pulling out its back feathers and continually pecking away at its back and neck. As AA eats first, DG harasses WC. I had hoped the situation would improve as the chicks aged, but now as they are older the physical damage seems to be taking its toll on WC.

22 May 2015

This morning WC was the prime beneficiary of a flounder. This is the first time that we have seen WC with a full crop as the pictures above show. The crop is a special organ that swells at the base of the esophagus that forms a storage space for food to be digested later. The crop allows the chick to swallow as much fish as possible and enable it to go longer between feedings. Crops also store indigestible fish items such as bones and scales, which will eventually form into pellets and be regurgitated.

19 May 2015

Well this is a first for us.  Jasper brought in a very tiny fish and Bea, AA and DG didn't take notice of it.  WC has taken the small fish and is attempting to eat it without Bea tearing the fish for him/her. We are pretty sure that WC is basically starving.

The chore of feeding is left to the female because a fish is normally too tough for a chick to eat a fish itself. Hopefully little WC will be successful at keeping this fish to itself and has the strength to tear it and be able to eat. 

WC was unable to eat and gave up. Bea is now feeding WC.
This Friday will mark the 6th week since the first chick hatched. The chicks seem to be doing well up to this point, but WC is half the size of the other two, AA and DG. As the temperatures begin to heat up the chicks will require more fish to keep hydrated. We're concerned for WC as he/she continues to not receive an ample supply of fish. As the photo below shows, WC is half the size of AA and DG. 

DG continues to peck away at WC causing the smallest chick to lose most of its feathers on the upper portion of its back. WC is holding on, but it remains to be seen if this chick will fledge.

14 May 2015

13 May 2015

The three chicks - DG, left, WC, middle, and AA, top. WC is holding its own, but DG continues to harass the smallest chick. WC definitely is undersized compared to the other two chicks. Jasper has been bringing a good supply of fish, but with AA and DG consuming more fish, WC doesn't always receive the quantity and quality pieces he/she needs. Hoping to see that trend change.

07 May 2015

We are mid week through the chicks 4th week and I'm beginning to believe that the smallest chick, WC, is falling behind. The past week DG has been harassing WC almost constantly. WC is nearly half the size of its older siblings and often goes without eating.

I'm hoping Jasper brings in enough fish so the other two are sated and gives WC the opportunity to eat.  

WC -top
DG - Center
AA - bottom

05 May 2015

May 9, 2015 is International Migratory Bird Day

IMBD celebrates and brings attention to one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas - bird migration.  Bird Day is celebrated in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

What is International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD)?
IMBD celebrates and brings attention to one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas - bird migration.  Bird Day is celebrated in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

When is International Migratory Bird Day??
IMBD officially takes place on the second Saturday in May in the U.S. and Canada and in October in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean each year. But we recognize that this date doesn't work well for all bird events and bird festival organizers, or for the migratory birds themselves. To the south, migratory birds have left, heading for breeding sites to the north. Farther north, the birds haven't arrived.  We remedied this problem by removing the month and day from our bird education and festival materials, leaving only the year, and reminding groups "everyday is bird day." Now, IMBD is celebrated almost year-round. Most U.S. and Canada events take place in April and May, while fall events are the norm in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Why Celebrate Migratory Birds?
Public awareness and concern are crucial components of migratory bird conservation. Citizens who are enthusiastic about birds, informed about threats, and empowered to become involved in addressing those threats, can make a tremendous contribution to maintaining healthy bird populations. By modeling what can be done and involving people, their interest and involvement in stewardship can grow. One of the most successful vehicles for public education on migratory birds is International Migratory Bird Day(IMBD).  Across the Americas Bird Day events are providing great ways for people to get involved. 

04 May 2015

This week all three chicks will be 4 weeks old.