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Thread subject: Message for Gib
Name Date Message
Anne 06/24/05 06:10 pm It is a scene of contentment I agree. Betty and Dennis are wonderful parents and I wonder if Betty knew what she was doing when she got rid of the fourth chick by not feeding it. It has made her life very peaceful and her two remaining offspring are thriving. However when these two young ones go off and fend for themselves, I bet they will be fierce rivals all the same.
Marie 06/24/05 09:05 pm From what I have read Gib, if the first hatched is MALE then there is often much more sibling rivalry, aggression than if the nest is full of females. Certainly in the world of eagles it has been reported that two young will often survive if the first egg hatched is a female. If however it is a male hatched first in the case of two hatchling eagles in a nest then it has been suggested that only one hatchling will survive. Interesting reading.......
I have a hunch we have two females in the osprey nest this year.
Melanie 06/25/05 10:32 am It's at least probably that we have two chicks of the same sex. I know folks think they have seen necklaces, but as I saw when banding, at this age both males and females have a pale golden necklace. Any female markings are still in the underfeathers by the time they fledge.

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