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 Post subject: Re: HOG ISLAND, ME~2019 - 2022
PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2022 9:15 pm 
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:eggthumb: Dory initially was making sure to bring the half shell back under her when she repositioned to continue to incubate it as I think she was about to do in this gif by Fish Hawk Watcher, but I saw it out from under her finally just before dark. Hope it's gone by morning.

Dory with her newly hatched chick, the remaining 2 eggs and that worrisome half shell.


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 Post subject: Re: HOG ISLAND, ME~2019 - 2022
PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2022 12:57 pm 
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:7val: :hatchegg: :hatchegg: For Dory and Skiff this morning. The oldest chick got it's head caught in the half shell from the newest chick for awhile, but was able to get out of it. Unfortunately, feeds not accomplished yet for the oldest as being 1st time parents it is going just as you might suspect it could go. Skiff brought in a fish early this morning that Dory ate part of from the rail, occasionally she would stop and peer down at her chick and you felt she knew she was supposed to be doing something, but just not quite there yet. Later she did move the fish down into the nest and stood with her back to us and you were hoping she might make an attempt, but didn't and the chick was faced the wrong way when it came back into view on the cam. The newest chick hatched later on and Dory and Skiff have their talons full at this time, but hoping they will get it figured out later today.


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 Post subject: Re: HOG ISLAND, ME~2019 - 2022
PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2022 1:02 am 
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:girlsad3: A very difficult day of viewing 1st time parents who obviously have no experience in the care of hatchlings. I never saw Dory nor Skiff offer the chicks a bite to eat today. Skiff brought fish in, but Dory ate and at times he ate.

Both chicks were up and food begging with open beaks during what should have been the last feed for the day and both seemed to wear down some and then they would rise again trying to be fed, but they didn't get anything. They have been stepped on at least once by each parent with their talons tucked thankfully. One had a fish dropped on it partially as Dory tried to take it from Skiff and lost control of it. It then flapped it's tail several times whacking the one it had been dropped on. The chick didn't move at 1st and it was unsettling, but then the chick did raise up and it was a relief.

I am aware of someone saying earlier today they saw Dory try giving a chick a bite, but it was too big. I never witnessed this. Later if I have time, I am going to go back over the day that's still on the DVR to try and see if I missed anything. Late in the evening I saw Dory eating on the fish that was nearby as she brooded, she had her back to us and it was difficult to see. The fish was flown out of the nest before dark and I am sure consumed.

Dory is the primary brooder and it is if she is incubating the chicks as if they were still eggs. The oldest chick is probably close to 28 hours old as darkness fell. Hoping somehow this will improve tomorrow morning for them. They still have 1 more egg to hatch.

Unfortunately, Explore did not open the chat for these hatches and so you do not get the benefit of what others see and with a sense of the time seen, much less what a mod might be able to add. Really disappointed that Explore instead of exercising their right to ban viewers causing problems on the chat, chose to shut it down entirely, not once but twice this season. It has been down for well over a month this last time except for a weekly Q & A for 1 hour by the new mod here. They chose to ban all of us even though the overwhelming majority had absolutely nothing to do with the disruptive behavior that was seen here.


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 Post subject: Re: HOG ISLAND, ME~2019 - 2022
PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2022 4:31 pm 
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:7val: FEEDS!! I've been watching them back on the DVR for a few hours, stopping for each feed and letting them play out in real time. At the crack of dawn Mom's day started as she had been doing. Then I believe a little before 8 I noticed Mom drooling from her beak as she would pause every now and then while she continued to eat and it reminded me of as they do when feeding their young and I wondered.. and just like that she started feeding one and I had a boo hoo! Hahaha! I think it was the youngest, but not sure. Then slowly, but surely as the morning, then afternoon progressed, so did she and both have been fed multiple small meals. What a relief!! The one, maybe the oldest is usually last to be fed and is not as efficient receiving the bites, but is getting enough I think. One got stepped on again today, but bounced back up shortly. One concern is the 3rd egg is capped with a partial shell from a previous hatch, but hoping it will be rolled off soon. It's turned out to be a great day at the Boat House!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2022 7:28 pm 
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I only checked in later and saw the beautiful chicks, and both parents in the nest . I wasn't aware that they weren't being feed. Surely , they will figure it out.

So today, I watched a couple of long feedings, very painful. I don't know how they hold their little mouths open for so long. It seems she fed one chick until it was either full or exhausted, you can only imagine how the 2nd chick felt. Sill, they had food, as awkward as it was. The male was there the whole time watching, perhaps cheering her on.

I know I am. :spingirl:


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 Post subject: Re: HOG ISLAND, ME~2019 - 2022
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2022 2:11 am 
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:dancegirl: Thanks for your gorgeous captures ljames and your thoughts. It's so nice to see someone here enjoying 1st time parents Dory and Skiff with their hatchlings!


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 Post subject: Re: HOG ISLAND, ME~2019 - 2022
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2022 5:42 pm 
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:15heartbeat: The 3rd Boat House chick is trying to hatch even though it is capped with a piece of partial shell from a previous hatch!


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 Post subject: Re: HOG ISLAND, ME~2019 - 2022
PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2022 9:06 pm 
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:7val: :hatchegg: :hatchegg: :hatchegg: Not only did it try, it did hatch this afternoon! Congratulations to Dory and Skiff. And they have names:

maeve_audubon Mod MimiMA • 2 hours ago
The chicks are Schooner, Skipjack, and Sloop! :-) A whole nautical family in the boathouse nest - which couldn't be more perfect. We received these name suggestions through our contest form and the favorites were voted on by Hog Island staff!


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 Post subject: Re: HOG ISLAND, ME~2019 - 2022
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2022 1:57 am 
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:eggthumb: Dory tried to give the 3rd chick about 3 bites this evening when the others were pretty much finished as it had it's beak up and opened. Don't think it got a whole bite maybe, but If nothing else it got the juices from it. Will try and post a video or gif and captures of the main event today, tomorrow. So, I guess the baby's name is Sloop!! Sloop did break through the capped end of the egg when it hatched!! Meanwhile, Schooner the oldest chick took a rest on Sloop while it was trying to hatch by putting it's wing over him and laying against Sloop for support. :teehee: Skipjack was oblivious to anything new in the nest during that time.


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 Post subject: Re: HOG ISLAND, ME~2019 - 2022
PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2022 12:28 am 
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:eggthumb: Skiff brings in fish through out the day and always stays with the family during the feeds. Dory has really improved with her feeding skills. They don't go very long between feeds here. All 3 chicks are thriving.


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 Post subject: Re: HOG ISLAND, ME~2019 - 2022
PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2022 6:57 pm 
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:flirty: Here's a gif by Fish Hawk Watcher from hatch day of chick#3 last Tuesday on the 21st in the late afternoon during the hatching process of an incident I had posted about previous:

I think this is the oldest chick taking a rest with it's wing outstretched over chick#3 that it is leaning against for support as the hatchling is trying to come the rest of the way out from it's shell last Tuesday. This chick hatched from the end of the egg that was capped with part of the shell from a previous hatch. Lucky for the hatchling part of the crack it made in the shell was just under the capped area and parts were just barely out from under it. At any rate, it made it!!


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