Ya gotta love it when you start your day with Mamma and Pappa B soaring the skies together in what I can only describe as “Joy Flights”. I first noticed this activity on Baby #3’s hatch day. Mamma B hastily took leave of her precious brood to join her life long mate Pappa B in a celebratory “flight of fancy”, and were they FANCY!
Bunny fur for breakfast for the babies! Despite the blustery rain, sleet, hail and gale force winds, it was a polite meal in raptor land. Baby #3 is proving to hold his own and baby #1 is moderating his aggressive behavior a bit. Baby #2 seems a bit neglected in this clip but he has eaten enough to give us a review of raptor nest hygeine! (Sorry for the shutter noise, but weather deemed I shoot from inside.)
Mamma is keeping up with the demanding bunch and Pappa is keeping the coffers full. He got his just reward tonight. After his last delivery to the nest I saw him fly off into the sunset with a huge rabbit dangling from his talons. Lighting unfortunately did not allow me to capture it “on film” to share. After a long day of tending to 3 voracious offspring, Mamma B settled in to enjoy the sunset.
The wind had died down and the sun graced us with its glowing rays as it sank below the horizion. Mamma B turned to see if I was watching too. It was such a peaceful way to end a hectic but blissful day.
Life is Good in Raptor Reverie!
Today is Baby #1’s 4th day with us. Baby #2 is celebrating his 3rd day. And our unexpected Baby #3 is 2 days old today!
Mamma Bird stayed busy feeding her brood, shredding bark to tuck them in with, and maintaining the nest walls to keep her babies safely contained. It was a sunny morning and Mamma’s beautiful tail and expansive wings came in handy to create a raptor umbrella, to shade her precious hatchlings from burning their tender skin in the sun and dehydrating in the heat of the day.
Pappa Bird was tireless in providing for his hungry raptor family. Once a delivery is made he is off again in pursuit of the next victim…I mean, meal. He covers a lot of territory keeping food on the “table”. This slideshow is one flight from the nest. He has a diverse ecosystem in which to hunt.
Here is an education in raptor hygiene. The babies are programmed to tilt their little butts, up and over the edge of the nest, to poop!
Baby #2 not only has rhythm…he has TIMING!
Well, that baby is “pooped” and so am I…until tomorrow. Dreams are sweet in Raptor Reverie!
I am proud to announce Baby #1’s arrival at 6:50 something AM Rocky Mountain Standard Time!
While observing Baby #1, I noted one of the eggs appeared to have holes in it. I was wildly excited that not only were we going to have one but #2 was on the way! By the end of the day, nothing had happened and after watching some video footage of the Mamma kicking the “hatching” egg as she hastily exited the nest, I decided the egg was just damaged instead.
So this morning’s surprise was TWO hungry mouths to feed!
The snake was brought to the nest yesterday afternoon. Pappa Bird delivered another snake mid morning. They also feasted on a rodent and a medium size bird.
Late in the day the Bald Eagle created some excitement as he glided through the valley just a little too interested in the new hatchlings…
The Mamma Bird gathers both babies and hatching egg, tucking them under her just like they were all still eggs!