Friday, March 16, 2012

The Ospreys are back

Up and down the island Ospreys are busy with the carrying and arranging of sticks.  Our pair (we claim them because we built the platform for the nest) has returned and are just beginning to carry in sticks.  It's a great effort to watch.  Some sticks get knocked out and maybe picked up again floating on the water.  This is an established nest, so the preparations seem downright orderly compared to watching a brand new pair trying to get a nest done in 2 or 3 days.
The weather has been unusually warm, and I don't trust it.  The typical spring Nor'easters can can create a horrible 3 day cold rain and blow event which can kill the eggs by the time it's over.  But let's hope. 
Last year most of the nests failed up and down the island.  Here is to an easy year for our Osprey!

Here is our banded osprey just off the nest.

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