21 February 2008

Fortifying the Nest

1436 hrs - Fish Meal
The female osprey was seen eating a fish on the nest. Not sure which osprey caught the fish or when it was brought to the nest.

0747 hrs – Twigs and Moss Nest activity has increased tenfold since the last update. The osprey, especially the male, has brought in branches, twigs, and Spanish moss to fortify the nest. The osprey continues to mate while preparing their roost.

20 February 2008

Three's A Crowd

1429 hrs – Mating Season Has Begun
Cupid’s arrow must have hit its mark because mating season has begun. The two osprey residents were spotted mating this afternoon. Ospreys copulate on average 59 times per clutch.

1300 hrs – A Scuffle Breaks Out
Three ospreys were seen on the nest and a scuffle broke out among the male osprey and the new osprey. It is possible the new osprey was Ollie from last year, but we couldn’t quite tell. The two birds flew off shortly later leaving the female on the nest.

0700 hrs - Cleaning House
Both ospreys were seen moving Spanish moss and sticks about the nest.

19 February 2008

New Pair Of Osprey

Over the past two weeks a new pair of osprey have established their roost on the communications tower. Neither of the birds are Ollie and Olivia, last year’s ospreys. This female has a much darker “necklace”, the speckled markings on the breast, than Olivia had and the male’s head markings are different than Ollie’s. Only time will tell if Olivia and Ollie will return to claim their nest. Sparring will surely ensue if there is competition for the nest.

So the wait begins…for courtship that is. Love is in the air. Our new resident couple has not been seen mating yet, just repairing the nest from winter’s weather. Now that the arrival of Palmetto’s star attraction is here: a pair of ospreys, we can all sit back and watch and hope that 2008 will be a good year for the ospreys.

04 February 2008

The Ospreys Have Returned

The osprey's have returned from their southern vacation to South or Central America. The first osprey appeared on the nest, which is located at our Hilton Head office, Friday afternoon on February 1st.

We were not able to see the osprey's distinctive markings to tell if it was "Olivia" or "Ollie", Palmetto's resident osprey couple from last year. The osprey moved sticks around the nest, tidying up the homestead, then flew off shortly later.

Today we spotted a pair of ospreys, but again we could not definitively identify them, though one did have similar markings of the male.