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Thread subject: Betty
Name Date Message
Pamela 06/15/07 01:41 pm If the egg wasn't in the nest, would Betty be there as frequently?
Celeste 06/15/07 04:26 pm Betty stays with the chicks at all times when they are this young regardless of the egg that is not hatching. She will start leaving for longer periods of time when they are about to fledge. In fact, that is how they encourage their chicks to fledge by flying around and about the nest, and sometimes the male will carry a fish to tempt them to fly. There is also a decline in feeding when they are also about to fledge, another incentive to get moving and learn how to fish for the migration they will have to make in early fall.
Pamela 06/15/07 07:19 pm Thank you, Celeste. Your group is so knowledgeable. I'm learning every day and observing is so interesting. Other than Poole and Gessner, do you have any book recommendations that you have found helpful?
Celeste 06/15/07 08:51 pm I like using "The Fish Hawk Osprey"...Stephen Carpenteri is the author. A lot of his info is from Poole but what I like about it is that it is a condensed reference book that answers a lot of the everyday questions that come up. The book is out of print, however, but I just checked Amazon.com and they have some used copies, (mine is used), and AbeBooks.com has several used copies also. The book is soft cover, and has spectacular color photos.

AbeBooks.com has the most choices for used copies...

HERE
Pamela 06/16/07 08:34 am Just ordered the book, Celeste, thanks so much for responding. When is your group going to get together and update everyone else? You're all a wealth of current information! Put me down for an autographed copy!

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