20 January 2010

Just a few minutes ago we had our first osprey on the nest in January. We're unable to identify the osprey at this time, due to the angle of the head. We have to check against past year photos to make a match.

We'll add to this post as activity increases.
=)
moderator

10 comments:

Carol said...

How exciting! Can't wait to find out if this is Benetio!

Carol said...

It appears the osprey must be circling over the nest judging by the crows' attention to the sky above! Time to move on blackbirds!

Anonymous said...

I just missed the photo!
I saw the camera angle and yelled
"Osprey" at the nest ;-)

Beth/Ohio

Anonymous said...

Awesome!!!!!!! The season will be here before we know it. I hope we have a great season with the Osprey.
Mary Pat :)

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moderator said...

We haven't noticed any osprey activity on the nest since the 20th, but we continuously have the nest cam visible just in case our male, Benecio, arrives. The storms that have been passing through lately may be delaying the osprey's arrival.

Carol said...

Just as well they are not attempting to build a nest in all this wind and rain. It amazes me how small birds can hang on, literally thru storms such as we had last night.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the osprey seen on the nest last week was one that stayed on the island through December. Several times during November and December I saw ospreys flying near the shore and figured it was too late for migratory stops. The little guy last week probably picked up Beneico's vibes telling him to "get lost." In any case, it's nice to see some activity on the nest.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

A couple of hours ago I went to the Shandy Point (Wilmington) NC web cam to see if there was any activity there. Something is in the nest, and at first I thought it was a squirrel, then maybe a cat, but it seemed to have tail feathers. The angle of the sun is causing shadows, so it is hard to tell. Now that it is a little clearer, I think it is a great horned owl. My question is, might it be nesting, and what happens when the ospreys return? If anyone wants to take a look the url is

http://home.roadrunner.com/~ospreynest/autoupdate.htm

Please share any ideas.

Vivian

moderator said...

Hey Vivian,

Checked out the Shady Point site. I can't make out what is in their nest. If it is another bird, I'm sure there will be competition for the nest.

If you figure out what it is, please post your findings and I'll do the same.

Thanks!!!