Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Part One of Kay and Jay of Tulsa's Fledgling Kat, Queen's Raptor Updates, and More

Photo by Cheryl Cavert
June 11, 2010

Hi Donegal,
Kay and Jay's offspring Kat fledged about two weeks ago. I was out of town around that time but as soon as my plane landed, I was out watching!! I immediately located Kat at the nesting tower, running around the nest level, branching from one triangle to another and walking on the steel beams connecting them.

Photo by Cheryl Cavert
The next day I observed the same thing but also perching on some black lines a foot or two above the nest.

Photo by Cheryl Cavert
And the same the following day - Kay would sit above and watch - I hope she was as entertained as I was by Kat's antics.

To be continued...

Christopher of the Unisphere nest
Photo by Peter Richter,

"The first Unisphere fledgling, Sadie, was returned to the park after 3 weeks in rehab with Bobby and Cathy Horvath this past Friday (6-25-10). She had a minor leg injury after fledging, but is now healed and ready to resume her life in the wild. We attempted to release her hoping she would land in the same tree as her brother Christopher, but she had other plans, and flew more than two hundred away into a London Plane tree. Curious as to what was going on, Christopher chased after Sadie and landed in the same tree as she. He checked her out and let out a few loud yelps, hopefully in approval that his sister has returned."

Also check Peter's site for updates on Atlas and Andromeda's eyasses and the placing of a foundling Red-tail with a foster family.

From the New York Post--
Feather friends save hawk

A band of Bronx bird lovers joined forces over the weekend to save a baby red-tailed hawk — rescuing the frightened fledging from traffic then canoeing up the Harlem River in search of a noted naturalist to treat the ailing raptor.
The hawk marooned in the middle of busy Melrose Avenue on Saturday was "young, hungry and weak," said Daniel Chervoni, a member of the Friends of Brook Park environmental group.
The bird took a tumble from its nest atop an air conditioner on 149th Street and Melrose Avenue.
Fortunately, local bird watcher Lee Rivera grabbed the hawk from the dangerous intersection and rushed it to nearby Brook Park in Mott Haven.

"We were trying to feed him chicken and sliced turkey but he wouldn’t touch it," said Chervoni.
They rushed the bird to licensed falconer Ludger Balan, who was coincidentally giving a talk they’d planned to attend about 50 blocks north on the Harlem River.
Read more:

From W.A. Walters, gleaner of tidbits from the NYTimes--
SCIENCE June 29, 2010
Observatory: Beaks, Bills and Climate
A study comparing bird bills provides the most substantial evidence yet supporting the idea that animals in cold climates evolved to have shorter appendages.

Donegal Browne


Karen Anne said...

Re shorter appendages in cold climates "limbs, ears, and tails." All those tiny Scandinavians, he must be right :-)

Donegal Browne said...

Good point. Works with bunnie and birds, why not humans?