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JC

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JC

You know I would just love it if Sky would come visit Wisconsin like Star did last year !!!

Cristine

Good Morning! I just came online to see Justice feeding the kids a breakfast fish so nicely, then Liberty flies in... almost mantling, and pulls the fish away from him and starts feeding the kids herself. Justice just kind of walks away... and flies off the nest like he was saying.."oh well"!
So good to hear about Star and Sky's locations. I keep hoping one of them will fly inland a little farther closer to our farm. We had a bald eagle in our "neighborhood" a few years ago, and it was such big news that they reported in our small town newspaper.
Have a blessed Sunday everyone.

Chris

Up river at Lock and Dam 13 Stewards have a camera on North Cormorant Island where White Pelicans, Double Crested Cormorants, Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, and Ring-billed Gulls are currently nesting. It looks like thousands of nests are there and a few have already had their chicks hatch.

http://stewardsumrr.org/webcams/cormorant-island/

Rat

Yes Mavis pike are a very bony fish. I never liked them & they are really ugly. They will eat ducklings, goslings & loonlings!!! JC wild duck doesn't taste fishy. They eat mostly seeds, grasses & like geese will go out into corn fields & eat. Meat is very dark & dryer than domesticated duck. All of our eaglets seem to be getting darker & darker every day. Can hardly tell them apart unless they spread out. It's just beautiful here today. Sun is out, no wind.

Lori

Good morning to everybody. It is a beautiful day at the nest and here. I saw a hummingbird at the feeder when I got up. A nice way to start the day. The feeders was busy yesterday. I don't know if its the same hummingbird or more than one. I'm thinking it's more than one. Have a good day everyone!

Rat

JC, I forgot to tell you that if you want to see the egg being laid at the loon nest you can go to the video on the website. The camera this year has that capability to save the videos. Go to the right of the nest streaming & you will see the word video & social stream. Click on video & you can choose from numerous videos & if you click on social stream it's like typepad here. The egg is indeed gold but not for very long. Check it out!!! Their social stream is a lot like this one. People are pretty close. Hope you can see the egg laying.

Mavis

I get so excited every time I hear about Star and Sky! Just knowing they are doing ok makes everything so much better. Star does good inland or on the river. She would be the one most likely to detour for Cristine's fresh chicken and apple pie. Sky...he is just lovin that river fun. I wonder if either of them travel with a buddy or just go it on their own. I really thought they would meet at the nest at some point. Maybe that will happen one day.

I was making more hummingbird food, Cristine and missed Justice. Your comment sounds just like Lib. She is the bossy one, isn't she?! He provides the vittles and lets her have her way. He is so tender with the kids...and I credit him with saving little Spirit. That gentleman is a real keeper. Behind all that show...I bet their bond goes deeper than we will ever know. I'm sure glad he decided it was time for fish!

Cristine

That is an amazing camera, Chris. So many birds! I love the way it is constantly panning.

Carol C

Makes me want to take a ride up there. Maybe he will make it back here yet.
Finally the sun coming out & shade in the nest..

Mavis

Rat, I did not know about the video/social. I think I was on their FB page and saw a video of the eggs being laid, I guess in 2015. There were two. Good video and that page is probably open for everyone. Larry said many naturalists and Loon experts seldom see a Loon egg laid..if ever. He said many have seen this for the first time by watching his video. I thought that was pretty neat. I enjoyed peaking in the year of the 2 hatchlings. They have a short season...28 days to hatch and they stay on the nest only 24 hrs before taking to the water, never to return. That is really amazing.

Lori, I betcha have more than one hummer! They are usually in pairs. THe male shows up first, then the female. Or, that's the way it is here. I know you have to enjoy their visits...watching them never gets old.

Chris

Justice brought in a Flathead Catfish. Interesting to watch the kids when a parent is coming into the nest. All eyes are to the sky.
https://twitter.com/Horse_Islands/status/861259254006779905

Joyce

It's a hot time in the old town today. All breathing with open beaks. And those kids are getting big.
Checked my Eagle Cam tee shirts. Hope and Glory and Rudy. Sure would like another.
Getting my hummingbird feeders out. Starting to see the mountain birds. Stellar Jays are pushy about getting their food. And they come around when I water the garden.
Enjoy your Sunday. Getting the popcorn ready for the Giants game. Poor souls. Just can't do anything right.

JC

Loon seems to be sitting now..Thanks for the info Rat...but I was fortunate to see the egg pop out at the time.....and it was golden...maybe we will get to see it again on or about Tuesday ...
Their were two eggs last year...I remember...because the little fellow got into the water almost immediately...but could not get back up on the platform...we watched that little guy go round and round...then Dad let him ride on his back..the Mom left for the night and the Dad had to make the awful decision to sit on the egg or swim with the baby on its back...He took care of the baby and keep calling the mom...she never returned...and we later learned he chose good as the egg was not viable...So Mavis you were correct in your recall...Two eggs last year...
Our Eaglets look hot..I never quite understood why the bunch together when it is hot...cattle do the same...I want space when I'm hot...

Carol C

Finally saw a humming bird at my feeder. Maybe it's been there before & I just never saw it.
Chris that cam is neat. I wonder how far those islands are from Fulton.
Justice kept looking at the fish Like eat it kids!!

Wendy

Was it last year or two years ago that the baby loon couldn't make it back to the nest from the water? That was a long night.

I checked for an update on Thunder Snow because I thought after further examination they may have found an injury, but glad to see there is no news.

Mercury squeezed through the middle of the kids to get to the front of the nest then puffed out her chest, flapped her wings and figured out that keeping her wings away from her body was probably a lot cooler. Also noticed some head shaking in L/J and a couple of the kids so the gnats must be irritating them today.

Mavis, I went shopping yesterday and got all excited when my local market had Soozie's Doozies. The excitement didn't last very long though because they only carried the chocolate chip & snicker doodle varieties. I bought the chocolate chip anyhow.

Joyce

Who is on her/his back? Strange while the other two eat like little pigs.

Joyce

Not to worry. Baby just popped up for a turn at the grub! The look so funny when
they try to walk around. Not ready for Dancing With the Stars yet!

JC

Say Mavis ...I went back and read Larrys Blog...it WAS 2015 that the little guy was the only hatch...my time flys ...anyway last year Larry had to pull the nest early...as the cam got broken...but he did write about finding a nesting Loon in the back waters...Sure hope we have babies this year.. I stand corrected...probably won't be the last time neither 🤔

Mavis

The reason it seems like yesterday is because we had so much fun watching the little tiger swim for the first time...then we were worried it couldn't get back up on the nest and would drown. Many of us were watching a baby loon for the first time. Afterall...they are only on the nest for 24 hrs and we watched! Not many ppl catch those precious 24 hrs. Doesn't really matter to me...I was actually asking how many eggs are usually laid and happened to reference last year. No big deal! Thanks, JC.

Judith H

I found this clip on Thunder Snow bucking and kicking, almost comical. I read somewhere, could have had a pinch in the girth or saddle. Now that we know he's okay, sure looks like he was having a great time. Just scroll down for the video.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/05/07/thunder-snow-the-horse-that-refused-to-run-the-kentucky-derby-is-doing-fine/?utm_term=.33d9b44fd4af

Judith H

It looks like Mercury is starting to develop some ID marks...white vertical line on the left wing.

Chris

Carol I am not sure the layout at Fulton and they call it an Island but it is not listed as a real island on Google maps. I think it might be named for the birds that live there. I do know it is part of Stewards Nature Reserve.

The river is starting to recede but the rode home still has a long way to go before anyone can drive on the Island.
https://twitter.com/Horse_Islands/status/861335720551731200

JC

Looks like Mercury is using Apollo for a foot stool..funny pose!!

Carol C

Stewards has a lot of tours. Birding, golf cart tours would be fun but all on the wrong days. Might have to move some customers around.
Chris hopefully it will go down soon.

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