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Re: Radisson - 2014 / Smiley & Princess
« Reply #30 on: May 03, 2014, 15:24 »
TPC, is this Smiley's first time being a 'Dad' ? - How old is he?   

Yes this is his first nesting - he hatched in 2009 in Grand Forks.  His full sib & nest mate is Alice who was in Wpg in 2010 and Brandon in 2011).  First report on him after he fledged (so far as we know) was in West Winnipeg in the spring of 2010, then again in 2012 and then at the Radisson in 2013, then HSC when Ivy booted him out and then south of the Radisson territory when Cowboy kicked him out of the Logan territory.  Now he's back and he's hit the lottery, an experienced female and the top spot in Winnipeg.

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Re: Radisson - 2014 / Smiley & Princess
« Reply #31 on: May 03, 2014, 21:08 »
Now he's back and he's hit the lottery, an experienced female and the top spot in Winnipeg.

Thank you for all the updates and getting the forum back up and running. I had to draw an org chart based on your earlier description of Smiley's ancestry.

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Re: Radisson - 2014 / Smiley & Princess
« Reply #32 on: May 03, 2014, 23:21 »
Now he's back and he's hit the lottery, an experienced female and the top spot in Winnipeg.

It's a great story for Smiley, but it does break up the dynasty of four generations of Radisson males, yes?


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Re: Radisson - 2014 / Smiley & Princess
« Reply #33 on: May 04, 2014, 09:24 »
Now he's back and he's hit the lottery, an experienced female and the top spot in Winnipeg.

It's a great story for Smiley, but it does break up the dynasty of four generations of Radisson males, yes?

Actually, not really.

Pop was our first male who was replaced by his son (from the first wild nest) T-Rex, who was replaced by Simba, a nephew of T-Rex's from Brandon (Simba was a son of Phoebe), who was the replaced by T-Rex's son Trey, so was replaced by Trey's son Ivy and now Smiley who is a 2nd cousin once removed through Terminator (grand-daughter of Phoebe). 

So still in the family and making a pattern of sorts, 2 Radisson males, 1 related outsider, 2 Radisson males, 1 unrelated outsider ... Simba was around for 2 years, Smiley is 5 years old now so we'll have to see what kind of longevity he has ...

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Re: Radisson - 2014 / Smiley & Princess
« Reply #34 on: May 04, 2014, 10:09 »
His longevity may depend on how well he performs. Princess is not known for her gentle nature.

If he doesn't do enough of a good job, would she still accept him next year?

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Re: Radisson - 2014 / Smiley & Princess
« Reply #35 on: May 04, 2014, 12:07 »
If he doesn't do enough of a good job, would she still accept him next year? 

Would depend on the alternative ... if she returns (keep in mind she is 12 years old this year) and if she has two candidates - Smiley and another male - then Princess may side with Smiley or she may just stay out of the "negotiations" and go with whomever wins.  She didn't seem to have any problems choosing between Hart and Smiley this year, so theoretically she could do the same next year.

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Re: Radisson - 2014 / Smiley & Princess
« Reply #36 on: May 04, 2014, 14:49 »
Thanks to Eye-Spy the cams at the Radisson are back up and operating.  Now we need to wait for the CBC upgrades to be completed and we can finish getting the Radisson equipment ready for us to go live.  When the CBC upgrades are ready we should be ready to go out to Brandon and reinstall all the cam computer gear and then we should go live shortly thereafter.  Tentative "go live" date is after the Victoria Day weekend sometime.  When I have a better estimate I will be sure to post it.

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Re: Radisson - 2014 / Smiley & Princess
« Reply #37 on: May 04, 2014, 14:52 »
Oops, almost forgot  :o  Eye-Spy reports a 4th egg in the nestbox and my first look through the cams again was of Smiley looking not half-bad getting onto the eggs to incubate.  Maybe he will turn out to be a keeper after all ... have to wait and watch and see ...

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Re: Radisson - 2014 / Smiley & Princess
« Reply #38 on: May 04, 2014, 15:11 »
... Smiley didn't seem to much like the nestledge, liked the nestbox but he has atrocious manners - he poops in the box and has yet to figure out how to make a scrape, which is unusual in my experience with males. ...

This may be a dumb question, but if Smiley was unable to make a scrape, did Princess make it? Or did she just lay the eggs (four - yay!) without one?

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Re: Radisson - 2014 / Smiley & Princess
« Reply #39 on: May 04, 2014, 15:51 »
Yay!! ...4 Eggs!!!.....Can't wait for the CAM to go live!!  ;D

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Re: Radisson - 2014 / Smiley & Princess
« Reply #40 on: May 04, 2014, 17:09 »
This may be a dumb question, but if Smiley was unable to make a scrape, did Princess make it? Or did she just lay the eggs (four - yay!) without one?

Princess made the scrape, not as deep as the one Ivy used to make but certainly what she needed.  Considering how fast Smiley has figured out how to get four eggs under him, I'd like to think he will figure out that a good scrape makes him more appealing to the ladies.

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Re: Radisson - 2014 / Smiley & Princess
« Reply #41 on: May 04, 2014, 18:51 »
Princess made the scrape, not as deep as the one Ivy used to make but certainly what she needed.  Considering how fast Smiley has figured out how to get four eggs under him, I'd like to think he will figure out that a good scrape makes him more appealing to the ladies.

Sounds like he has good genes to pass on!

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Re: Radisson - 2014 / Smiley & Princess
« Reply #42 on: May 05, 2014, 05:17 »
  Many thanks to Eye-Spy for getting the cameras up and running. You always come through for this forum.  :-* Four eggs for the Radisson Royals. Exciting news.  ;D

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Re: Radisson - 2014 / Smiley & Princess
« Reply #43 on: May 05, 2014, 11:48 »
It is wait and see now. Just like a bunch of aunties what for the next generation to come.

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Re: Radisson - 2014 / Smiley & Princess
« Reply #44 on: May 07, 2014, 13:00 »
I seem to be spinning from all the changes!  Wasn't able to view last year and this year seems to be getting off to a heck of a start!

Birds are in the west nestbox this year thankfully, one less thing to worry about with a new male and an older female who got a wee bit beat up earlier this year (more on that later when I have more time - and yes, she's fine, no worries).
 
TCP are you able to tell the story yet of what happened to Princess earlier this year?