Red Shoulders Nesting (A loss)

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I'm afraid we lost one yesterday or last night. The weather was terrible and she had them covered late yesterday but I don't believe either could hunt due to the weather as their feathers looked like they would sink if dropped in water.
The one adult spent a lot of time bringing in new hemlock pieces to reline the nest while I am sure the other was hunting off some where as I only saw one at the nest all the time I watched with the scope. They look hungry.
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Survival, that's what it's all about. Good job on the captures and bringing the story to us.

Louie
Thanks Louie I am hoping this weather wil start to be nice as it has been terrible and there talking about another storn over by Iran that can affect us also. A lot of nest failures this year so far.
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Nice shots Lou
To bad on the loss of #4
Thanks for the update
I'll hang with then Gale as maybe the rest will make it OK. I guess I should know that 4 young for a pair of RSH is a bit much for them as the hatch time is quite a ways in between so the last one is quite smaller than the first.
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I have see the older ones try to push the little one out at the St Autustine rookery.
By golly that bugger held on and made it.
4 Great Egrets
 
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I have see the older ones try to push the little one out at the St Autustine rookery.
By golly that bugger held on and made it.
4 Great Egrets
Anything for food Gale. All raptors are the same in this respect and when a pair like the RSH has 4 there is almost always going to be some loss. Their first nesting (5 years ago) they had 4 but a coon got them all but I have since placed a predator guard on the nest tree and some smaller tees nearby but I did find a piece of the flashing torn off on one so perhaps it started up and with 4 in there they started to get nervous and one fell out and the coon went for the one on the ground. Just a theory as I found the grass tramped down in the area below the nest tree. I am going there today and cut the tree down and any other smaller ones growing nearby.
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Survival of the fittest
Should be that way with 2 legged animals and this world would not be over poputated:>)))
 
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Great images, Lou.... I commend you for your dedication to this nesting site. Only good raccoon is a hat in my books!
 
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Great images, Lou.... I commend you for your dedication to this nesting site. Only good raccoon is a hat in my books!
Thanks Sandi I just came back from cutting thar damn tree down and Geezze it was bigger than I though and i did it by hand as a chain saw makes to much noise.
The three of them were looking over the edge at me and the one parent was watching from a short ways every move I was making but seemed in agreement. After I was all done and got that damn thing into the woods I went to get my scope to look up and the parent flew in so I had my camera in the wagon and I figured I'd take a few as it was nice and open and guess what. My 5 year old microdrive card quit. I said to my self HUMMMmm Murphy law is at it today.
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Nice shots Lou!

How are you feeling lately???
Thank you Jim for the photos and your concern. I will be having surgery on my knee this month and I am hoping all goes well because I have an invite to go on a hunt with one of 5 licenced Falconers in the US that hunt with a golden eagle. The eagle a 4 year old male just brought back from Wyoming and is undergoing creance flying training and is sitting the Falconers fist quite well so I am thinking mid July I will get to hunt with a golden eagle. Fingera are XXX.
I screwed my knee up at the Conowingo last season. Just getting to old to carry this big stuff around. I am having trouble checking on my eagle nests as some of them are in spots only an eagle could like.:biggrin: I did visit an easy one yesterday and the young looked good. I did do most of my viewing at about 700 feet with my telescope. I'm working on a series on how to build an eagle nest with treated lumber. Hope to post a slide show in a few days.
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Great images, Lou.... I commend you for your dedication to this nesting site. Only good raccoon is a hat in my books!
Sorry I missed you Sandi I was having some cable trouble. I think Davi Crokett though that way also but he could out grin a coon so bad it would fall out of the tree. Did you know he could grin the bark right off a tree?:biggrin::biggrin:
Lou
 
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