22 September 2009

I found out who put the spanish moss and new sticks on the nest, an osprey. I have yet to check out it's markings to verify if it has been on the nest in the past. It could just be passing through for it's southward travels.

About two weeks ago we had six osprey circling above our office, where the nest is located on Mathews Drive, using the warm air currents to keep them aloft. I had never seen that before with osprey...flying in a group that is. Maybe some of our osprey viewers may have knowledge of osprey flying together.


Not sure why this osprey is bringing in spanish moss and sticks, though I'm sure next seasons osprey will appreciate it!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Moderator,
I asked Lisa/Webmaster from Blackwater Refuge and this is her reply:
To be honest, that sounds more like vultures. But I have read of ospreys migrating together when they reach places like Cuba. In David Gessner's book "Soaring with Fidel," he describes seeing ospreys coming through the clouds together as they migrated through the mountains in Cuba -- and they were calling out to each other. This was unusual because most people believe that ospreys migrate pretty much alone.

But that's the only time I've heard of anyone seeing ospreys in a group like that.

Lisa

Mary Pat :)

moderator said...

It was definitely ospreys and not vultures. I wasn't the only one that witnessed it. My co-worker and I both said that we had never seen that behavior before with ospreys. During that time an osprey was on the tower frantically calling out, so not sure what was going on that day. But it definitely were ospreys above our office flying about.

Anonymous said...

Mystery solved! So glad to know others saw ospreys lately. A couple of weeks ago, after I thought they had all left the island, I saw what I was sure was an osprey flying near the shoreline, hoping it would circle back so that I could get another look. I hadn't thought that what we are seeing now are the birds that are migrating from the north. Thanks, Moderator, for the info.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

Believe me I understand..we all know that birds do not always do what is normal. I sure it was a beautiful site. Definitely something was going on. I just asked her because she posts a web log and supples us with a lot of information on eagles and osprey. Sorry if her response offended you. That was not my intention.
:) Mary Pat

moderator said...

No offense taken. It was a most peculiar sight. The osprey on the tower was constantly squaking while the others were circling overhead. We both stated we wished we had a camcorder to tape the osprey.

Anonymous said...

Moderator,
Here is another response on your siting. At the bottom is there a link to their website. I do check it often. They also show migration numbers.
Mary Pat :)

Hello Mary Pat,

We do see Osprey in small groups sometimes on migration of up to nine that I recall , and we see them singly as well.
I am not aware of any evidence that family groups or pairs stay together on migration, but I assume that is possible for
awhile. In Cuba they see Osprey in flocks of up to 50 at a time crossing the gulf to wintering areas in south america.
there may be some advantage to migrating in flocks where migration has some risk such as that situation. They are often heard calling
too so there is some interaction going on.
so much more for us to learn about these amazing birds!

feel free to contact me if there are other questions.
we have natural history account on our website under Learn About Raptors
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Anonymous said...

WOW! Mary Pat
Thanks so much for the information and link. I can't even begin to visualize a flock of up to 50 osprey flying overhead. I'm migrating back to Hilton Head for the winter myself and look forward to learning more about the fascinating world of the osprey.

I also wish to thank our moderator and Palmetto Electric for all the marvelous information and continuing osprey updates.

:) KB

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information :-)

Anonymous said...

The other day while walking along the shore on Hilton Head, I saw what I was almost certain were three ospreys. Today on a similar walk there were three similar birds flying over the water searching for fish. Fortunately, a man was there taking pictures with a powerful looking telephoto lens. They were definitely ospreys and he got some nice pictures. I wonder if these birds are adding sticks and stuff to our nest. They were definitely staying together. It was quite a site to watch these beautiful birds. They must be on their way south and decided they wanted some of this Hilton Head beauty before traveling on.

Vivian

Craig Hotti said...

We witnessed between 50 and 100 Osprey floating on the wind at the Sacramento Delta last September. They floated above our heads for about an hour. Took quite a few pictures.