30 April 2010

The "new" female continues to occupy our nest and move material about the platform. Whichever ospreys come to our platform next season will have a lot of repair work ahead of them for the nest is beginning to fall apart. The middle section is slowing coming apart as did the left side of the cam view.

26 April 2010

Thought we'd update everyone on news from other osprey sites:

At Blackwater they currently have two eggs and possibly expecting a third by Wednesday.

The Loch of the Lowes blog indicates they have three eggs which happen to be the 56th, 57th, and 58th egg that their female has laid in her breeding life. The earliest their eggs will hatch will be the 18th of May and the latest around the 28th.

The Kentucky Environemtal Education Project nest has three eggs.

At the Dunedin Osprey nest the fledglings are spending less time on the nest.

The Connecticut Milford nest has three eggs as of April 11th.

The Montezuma Osprey Cam in New York has a few eggs of their own.

For more birding sights go to Little Birdie Home.

19 April 2010

Benecio and the new female have been battling each other this morning in the air, on the platform, and slamming each other into our camera. At first we saw him flying in with a fish, which we thought was nice of him to offer the new resident, but then he quickly attacked her. Bella could be in a nearby nest, though we haven't seen anything to indicate that.

13 April 2010

Benecio was on the nest a while this morning. It was a delight to see him after a week's absence. The new female is still alone at this point in time and we are not sure if Benecio is with Bella at a different nest or if Bella has taken up with a new male.

06 April 2010

Our new female has been occupying the platform on a steady basis for a week now. Benecio is still stopping by on occassion and we are hoping these two will form a couple, but we'll have to wait and see. Bella is still MIA so we don't know if she tired of the whole situation and went elsewhere.
We haven't noticed other males on the nest so Benecio is probably the ideal mate, as we know from last year.

01 April 2010

The new female, foreground, and Benecio were on the nest together for about 20 to 30 minutes before another osprey came to the platform, then all three flew away. Benecio kept his back to the new female the entire time.

The new female has been visiting the nest frequently and organizing the stand. She was alone for a time before she flew off chasing another osprey. We're not exactly sure how many different osprey are attempting to take ownership of the nest because they are coming in and out so quickly it is hard to gather pictures for identification.