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Thread subject: What a Roller Coaster Ride
Name Date Message
Jack 04/29/07 07:31 am It is 7:17 and I was just about to remark that this was as peaceful as I've seen her look in two days. She appeared relaxed and was leisurely preening herself...when all of a sudden ...in came a bird from the NW...talons at ready to attempt to roust her from her nest once again. I wonder if our bird even has any concept of time or if she just performs her instinctive duties only in the present.....for the moment. I know that she has to be experiencing fatigue and hunger. And I feel that the hunger will eventually force her off the nest. But the interlopers have to feed too......if she could only time a fishing trip to coincide with one of their feeding periods....she might be able to find a fish and get back to the nest before the safety of the eggs was compromised. But I also know that without her mate she cannot complete the task. But nature mandates that she will stay the course until all hope is lost.....and hopefully she will breed again next year. And once again we can all be privy to what was once the secret world of the osprey nest. We are very fortunate ......even to be experiencing the tragedy that we are.
Shelley 04/29/07 07:35 am Jack, you are so right. But I shudder to think of the eggs hatching. That would be the real tragedy. There is no way at all that any chicks would survive in this type of situation. Better for her to abandon the eggs than the chicks, in my humble opinion.
Celeste 04/29/07 08:56 am I am assuming like many animals, dogs that I definitely know of, she lives in the "now", mixed with the instinct to brood. At this point I want her to leave those eggs and be safe...that's the best possible ending to this very sad story.
Marie 04/29/07 09:39 am She will leave the eggs Celeste as soon as her reserves become critical. Birds look after themselves FIRST.

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