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 Post subject: Re: HOG ISLAND, ME~2016-2017
PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:42 pm 
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:eggthumb: They have names!

1- Aspen
2- Sierra
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:eggthumb: It's a sunny day @ Hog Island. Mom is holding her wings out and the chicks have all buried their heads beneath her chest to avoid the sun and heat! :flirty:


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 Post subject: Re: HOG ISLAND, ME~2016-2017
PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:03 pm 
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:sorrow: Aspen :sorrow: Sierra were both lost to a GHO this past week! Only Bailey remains. I believe I said this @ another Osprey site: To me it seems the osprey have the worst of it with there nests each year. Bailey (a female) remains on the nest tonight and Rachel is on the perch. Saw on the site that Bailey is still a week and a half from fledging.


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From Explore Blog:



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 Post subject: Re: HOG ISLAND, ME~2016-2017
PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:22 pm 
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Earlier today from Mod:

Hi friends. We know it's been a tough week watching this nest, and we want to thank this beautiful community for being kind to each other and accommodating one another's varying perspectives and ideas. You can find some commentary from Audubon and our tribute to Sierra on our blog: https://blog.explore.org/ho...

Please, no comments regarding intervention - not even suggestions about how to modify the nest/nest surroundings in order to protect the remaining chick. We will remove these comments.

We're requesting that at this time, no one posts video embeds or photos of this week's unfortunate events, in respect of fellow community members who'd prefer not to see them.

And please, don't moderate each other's comments! If you see a comment that might break chat rules, FLAG it. To us, moderating one comment is always preferable to moderating a whole thread of comments. Thank you so much!


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 Post subject: Re: HOG ISLAND, ME~2016-2017
PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:24 pm 
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From Dr. Rob Bierregaard:

"Tough times for those of us following this nest.
There is nothing that can be done. Nature is what Nature is. The owl may come back tonight or tomorrow night or not at all. I remember one nest where an owl took two young on successive nights and never came back for the last young.

Sorry to be dismissive, but you have to remember that it is pitch black out there and there is nothing that can be done to deter an owl intent on taking the young out of the nest. Neither Steve nor Rachel can see the owl coming. It comes completely silently and just appears out of the dark and a young is gone. Steve isn't even close to the nest, so there's nothing he can do. Nor is there anything Rachel can do. By the time she knows something is happening, it's too late.

Ospreys and Great-horned Owls and Bald Eagles have survived living near each other for millions of years. That said, local dynamics can change the viability of an Osprey nest. If a pair of Great-horned Owls settles close to an Osprey nest where there is a Bald Eagle nest nearby, the prospects for the Osprey nest may be slim.

But remember that Ospreys can live into their teens and they can weather many years of low productivity at a nest. In the 60s, individual pairs of Ospreys around Long Island Sound nested for a decade without producing a single young. Every year they came back and laid eggs that didn't hatch because of DDT. They have no emotion. They don't get frustrated or disappointed the way we would. They just come back every spring and respond to their hormones that tell them to build a nest, copulate, lay eggs, and incubate them. If the eggs don't hatch because of DDT or the young don't fledge because Bald Eagles or Great-horned Owls eat them, they don't care. They just move on. They come back next year and do it again the next year.

We don't know what will happen here, but we do know that it is outside of our moral or scientific authority to do anything but watch what plays out in the always fascinating natural world around us."


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 Post subject: Re: HOG ISLAND, ME~2016-2017
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:loveheart2: Bailey and Rachel on the nest!


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 Post subject: Re: HOG ISLAND, ME~2016-2017
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Just read they banded the 2 remaining chicks after Sierra was killed. And sure enough the remaining juvie has a band. Rachel is in the nest feeding Bailey right now.


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 Post subject: Re: HOG ISLAND, ME~2016-2017
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:clap: Just saw Rachel, Steve and Bailey on the nest!


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 Post subject: Re: HOG ISLAND, ME~2016-2017
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Does anybody know what the blasting noise is here tonight? I don't recall hearing this in the past.


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 Post subject: Re: HOG ISLAND, ME~2016-2017
PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:29 pm 
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Mod posted this from Dr. Steve Kress on the loss of Aspen and Sierra:

Steve Kress, vice president of conservation and director of Audubon’s seabird restoration program reached out to us comment on the recent owl attacks on the Hog Island Osprey Nest:

"Many thanks to our osprey community for your deep interest in the Hog Island ospreys. I share your feelings of loss when predators strike the nest. We have all gained enormous admiration for the ways and challenges of Ospreys and want them to flourish. I hope predation events can also build greater appreciation for osprey predators such as Great Horned Owls and Bald Eagles. The speed, agility and accuracy of the owl is remarkable. Consider the challenge of snatching prey that is nearly as large and heavy as the predator in near total darkness without making a sound! Great horned Owls rival the osprey for their ability to find and capture prey against huge odds.

The question 'Will it return?' is anyone's guess at this point. But I have a hunch that this owl does not have a nest. If it did, we would have heard its resonant hooting in winter and spring. More likely it is either a young bird or one that moved into the area recently. It could vanish as suddenly as it appeared-or return for another meal.

One thing for sure- only the most fit animals can live in the wild- and this is especially true for predators. Nature selects survivors because they are so very good at living. Individuals are tested daily and only the most fit- and often the lucky ones- survive to see the next day.

Most important, know that Hog Island is a sanctuary for all birds. Seeing and learning about them through the cams is a special privilege- full of delight, surprise and sometimes shock. Witnessing these raptor life cycles -loaded with unpredictable challenges and drama- is an extraordinary window into survival and the play between chance events and slight adaptive advantages of behavior and form. Each day gives me added reason to be more humble as a witness to their grace and the challenges of living."

Thank you for your words, Dr. Kress.


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 Post subject: Re: HOG ISLAND, ME~2016-2017
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Thanks Swinwk..

I'll have to see if I can find the recent article about the rise of GHO predation on osprey nests.. :girlsad3:

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:sunsmile: Appreciate that Sky! Just saw Rachel and Bailey! :loveheart2:


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 Post subject: Re: HOG ISLAND, ME~2016-2017
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:15heartbeat: Rachel and Bailey on the nest!


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 Post subject: Re: HOG ISLAND, ME~2016-2017
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:flirty: Mom and Bailey @ the nest!


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