13 March 2010

As of today, Saturday, March 13, it appears our couple has gotten into a rhythm of raising a family. The female has been on the nest for most of the day and has mated with Benecio multiple times. I haven't seen the intruder today so hopefully things are looking up for the pair. They are getting a late start compared to last year, but they still have time to raise a family.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very exciting :)
We've been waiting for them. But as they say, better late than never.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the good news MG :-)

Beth/Ohio

Anonymous said...

There seems to be an abundance of nesting material there. I thought the material would need to be pushed into something that looked more bowl-like, but looking at the photos from last year, I wonder if the nest might be ready. :o)

Vivian

Realist said...

Empty nest today (at least at this moment!) What's going on??

Going to Shanghai, China for 2 weeks but taking netbook so can keep up with the happenings here.

Hope all's well that ends well!!

Anonymous said...

Hello, Realist. Have a great time in Shanghai! Hope by the time you get back there will be some eggs in this nest!

Vivian

Anonymous said...

Can someone tell me what kind of bird is on the osprey nest in Olympia, Washington? It definitely is not an osprey. I just started watching today, and s/he seems to have stayed on the nest all day. I wonder if ospreys will take over the nest, although it seems late for that to happen.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

It is a Great Blue Heron Vivian, has been at the nest all winter...

Have a wonderful trip Realist!

Beth/Ohio

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Beth. Great Blue Herons fly over the Atlanta area, and I had one caught in my fish pond there several years ago. I never realized they had long thin feathers on the front of their bodies--don't think I ever saw one without its neck stretched out. What is the guess as to whether or not ospreys will inhabit that nest this year?

And this might be the second day that there has been no activity on our nest here. MG--Have you seen anything today?

Vivian

moderator said...

Good morning Vivian,

Yes, the couple was on the nest this morning mating and moving sticks around. That was around 8am and I haven't seen them since.

Realist said...

Thanks, y'all, for the bon voyage. Go to China annually, as son #1 lives and works in Shanghai.

I am concerned about the goings on (rather, the non-goings on) in this nest. But, as we all know, nature will run its course.

Mary said...

Vivian..do you have the link? I'd love to see that.

Mary

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary,

Here is the link to the osprey nest in Olympia, Washington. I have not seen the Heron on the nest since Sunday evening. I am hoping to see ospreys there!

http://wdfw.wa.gov/wildwatch/ospreycam/video.html

Vivian

Anonymous said...

Any thoughts MG on the HH situation?

Hey Vivian and Mary, I caught two
Herons on the nest today.

Photos on the BCAW forum.

http://www.peregrinefalcon-bcaw.net/viewtopic.php?f=153&t=426&p=40818#p40818

Beth/Ohio

Anonymous said...

If this pair is unsucessful in rearing chicks this year, what impact will this have on future nesting by this pair? For how many years do Osprey mate and raise young?

moderator said...

Osprey have a long lifespan, studies show some living to 25 years. Osprey usually mate for life.

This year the couple has been hampered by an intruder that continuously harrassed them. The couple has been mating and may still lay eggs. If not they most likely will hang around throughout the season to protect the rights to the nest. It is possible the pair can loose control of the platform and we could see new osprey next year. Hopefully that will not happen.

At Loch of the Lowes, in Scotland, EJ and her partner have been together since 1994 and have laid over 50 eggs. So osprey's mating and egg laying can last for quite a long time.