24 February 2010

Benecio is still at it preparing the nest with moss and sticks, though we haven't seen Bella for several days now. The intruder still shadows Benecio's every move. Bella may have been at the nest, but off screen as we have seen shadows of another osprey at times.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update...
We still have time if the
home-wrecker finds a different
mate.

Beth/Ohio

moderator said...

Hey Beth,

Bella was on the nest this morning for about 5 minutes before she flew off. I saw the shadow of another osprey, but couldn't make out who it was. Benecio continues to bring in nesting material, though not at the rate we all want to see.

Anonymous said...

In speaking with a couple members of my HHI bird club, it appears not all ospreys migrate to South America. So perhaps the "intruder" may be GJ??? staying here in Hilton Head or maybe Georgia/Florida?! Just a thought! Of course, that still doesn't help Bella and Benecio prep the nest and settle into a routine.

billfish73 said...

what time does the osprey arrive?? I've been watching for 3 days and still haven't seen anything but the nest. I just saw an osprey get a fish in my lagoon about an hour ago, maybe that was Bella??

Anonymous said...

I am saddened this morning to see that all the work done on the nest the last few days seems to have been blown or taken off. Right now there are three crows sitting there--probably wondering what is going on. This does not look good for our osprey couple!

Vivian

moderator said...

The osprey come and go throughout the day. Most times they can be seen on the nest at dawn. This season's intruder has disrupted our pairs nest building and mating routine. We saw Bella on the nest yesterday morning at 10:27, but she only stayed for a few minutes.

The nesting material that Benecio has brought onto the nest has been positioned on the east side, or the camera's side of the nest. The hole in the nest is still present. Our pair still has time to get their act together and I'm sure we are all watching and eagerly waiting for it to begin.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, MG, for the reassuring post. Another look this morning shows the nesting material that yesterday was all over the nest is now on one side. I sure hope that is a good sign.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

I don't remember when the first egg was laid last year. Can someone refresh my memory? Maybe it is still a little early yet. Time will tell. I am really getting anxious.
In another note, the three chicks at Dunedin, FL nest are thriving. The youngest chick is very fiesty, pushes itself forward in front of the two oldest for his/her fair share of food. :) There is a video of this behavior. Here is the link again http://ospreynest.info/
:) Mary Pat

moderator said...

The first egg was laid March 7, the second egg March 10, and the third egg March 12/13.

Anonymous said...

Then they are really behind schedule. I hope they still have time and they didn't go nest somewhere else. Any idea on that?
Thanks,
Mary Pat :)

jazzel26 said...

Mary Pat

There are only 2 nestling on the Dunedin nest today.

Linda

Anonymous said...

Hey just wanted to let everyone know ( who doesn't live here) it is so windy,,, almost if they don't have duct tape forget it... i have seen two couples fighting for a nest on the north end so everyone is trying to settle down. I think our couple will make it happen. Lets keep the faith for our couple.

Katt

Anonymous said...

Thanks Linda, I will check on that. I've emailed them for confirmation.
:) Mary Pat

billfish73 said...

The Link from Anonymous in Dunedin FL was good! There is an osprey there!! I can't wait to see the ones on HHI. I always check the ones out at Sam's club, they are always hanging around.

Realist said...

Good to be back! Have been glued to the Dunedin cam and forum on BCAW. Nature has already taken its toll there... But, the up side is that two healthy chicks are thriving!

Anonymous said...

Someone was on the nest around
8:43 am...
Didn't still long.

Beth/Ohio

Anonymous said...

Two on the nest Sunday morning
around 8:08.

Beth/Ohio