26 January 2010


At the Shandy Point nest it looks as though they currently have an owl as a resident.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Moderator, for the great picture of the Shandy Point nest. It definitely shows that an owl is on the nest. I can only hope that, if the owl is nesting, the chicks will be hatched and fledged by the time the ospreys return!

Vivian

Carol said...

My guess, and I find this hard to believe, is a CAT! A calico with a white band under its chin to be exact. I've followed it for about 5 minutes with a magnifying glass and that's my conclusion. Hard to believe! Time will tell.

Carol said...

I just took another look. Whatever it is, it does NOT have a beak, this I am sure of (I think!).

Anonymous said...

Carol, I think if you look at the picture that the Moderator posted, especially with your magnifying glass, you will see that it does have a beak. It has the pushed-in face characteristics of an owl, and it definitely has tail feathers. And it has those stick-up feathers that look like ears on its head like the horned owls.

Vivian

jazzel26 said...

There is no doubt the Shandy Point nest has a Great-horned Owl incubating (this is not a cat).
GHO are easily identified, not only by their size and ear tufts, but they have a white bib.

GHO begin incubation (like ospreys) as soon as the first egg is laid. Unless this nest fails the owls will be there when the ospreys return.

This is not an ideal nest site for the owls, and also a very bad situation for a successful breeding osprey pair returning to their nest. Another conservation WAKE UP call!!!

I emailed Rob Bierregaard about the GHO on the Osprey nest. I asked him if there would be a nasty fight when the Ospreys return, or will they look for a new nest site. His reply.

"Pretty safe bet that they'll look for a new location. NOBODY messes with Great-horned Owls."

Linda

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Linda, for the information on the great horned owls. I was afraid that there might be a fight over the nest, but from what Rob said, it looks like the ospreys will just have to look elsewhere. Well, it might be fun watching the owlets!

Vivian

jazzel26 said...

Great-horned owls are mortal enemies of the ospreys! In fact tethered, and decoy GHOs are used to attract ospreys to nets for capture.

I would hate to see a GHO chick being fed an osprey chick. Hope there's a good supply of rodents in the area.

Linda

Anonymous said...

Well, now, do I really want to watch the developments at the Shandy Point cam? I know that whatever happens is "nature" taking place, but still . . .

I will keep watching anyway. We know from the Hilton Head osprey cam that things aren't always "perfect." Even so it provided lots and lots of pleasure.

Vivian