Plus, the idea of someone with the approved credentials trying to remove the rope seems like a long shot too. As long as she is strong enough to fly, she will not let anyone get close to her. Once she becomes weak enough to be caught she will also be close to starving. On Tuesday afternoon, her prognosis did not look good.
However, around 8:30 on Tuesday evening Ronda reported the following. Her message began with a focus on Tanya's sibling.
"...She did not stay long, but flew full force over to the light pole where her sibling was perched as if to land almost on top of her. They locked talons and in the struggle that followed, the rope was pulled off of her sister's talons-- I think that is really what I saw! Both Osprey then flew free for some time before landing back on the nest."
Wow! I know of no way to prove that the sibling's help was intentional. However, during the many times I have watched Osprey I have never seen two of them grasp talons. At the very least, this time Tanya is the recipient of an incredibly positive coincidence.
Date: 8-16-22Time: 6-7pmMeet: Just south of Seattle's Japanese Garden
Recommended CitationJackson, B. J. and J. A. Jackson (2020). Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole and F. B. Gill, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.killde.01
1) Learn and leave established native flora undisturbed.2) Remove invasive species and then wait to see if native plants begin to grow without assistance. (When native plants start on their own, then these plants or trees are likely the most appropriate flora for the habitat.)3) Scatter seeds from nearby native plants in a similar habitat.4) If you feel you must add a new plant then select a native plant while considering how the plant fits with the specific habitat and understanding the plant's logical place in the normal succession of native plants.
My friend Elaine Chuang shared several resources (that were new to me) from the January 2022 Washington Ornithological Society meeting. By the way, Elaine credits Vicki King for researching and supplying this information. The major new concept is that specific keystone native plants enable critical moths and caterpillars that in turn provide food for the great majority of birds, especially during the breeding season. Here are the top two links from her list.
Native Keystone Plants for Wildlife:
Resources for adding plants to your Pacific Northwest Garden: