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.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

The new girl is very pretty and seems very determined. I hope she has what it takes to get Benecio working on the nest! A pair of ospreys has just returned to a nest in Olympia, Washington, that had a resident Great Blue Heron. They are busy putting things in order.

The former osprey nest in Shandy Point, NC, that is home to a Great Horned Owl and one owlet is fun to watch. Very different from the osprey nests.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

The nest is now a very cheerless place ... needs some energetic input by whoever wins the right to occupy it.
DB of Canada

moderator said...

The new female continues to bring sticks to the nest. We haven't seen Benecio on the platform for about five days now.

Anonymous said...

Wonder if Benecio is now full time with Bella in another nest. The new girl needs to get a new guy! She is very pretty. . .

Vivian

BarefootNurse said...

I am confused - I thought Ospreys mated for life? If Bella found a new nesting placce would her mate not automatically follow or do they defend their nest in hopes to return as a pair?

Thanks for the great pictures and info!

Anonymous said...

I've been watching Ben (I believe) on the platform - giving himself a great grooming. He was alone for about 15 mins before flying off.
Hopefully he's preparing to impress the new girl in town?

DB of Canada

moderator said...

Ospreys generally pair for life, but if mating is unsuccessful they may seek a new mate.

We haven't seen Benecio on the nest for about a week now and the new female is the only occupant of the platform. No male has been seen with her since Benecio was spotted on the nest April 1.