20 May 2010

This is our current couple on the platform. I didn't recognize this pair from previous year's photographs. The male has been busy bringing in sticks, moss, and pine cones to the nest. On the 18th and 19th we spotted a third osprey coming to the platform with the pair chasing him/her off. The engagements happened too quickly for us to tell if it was Benecio or another osprey. The female spends the majority of her time on the nest.
This pair has a tremendous amount of repair work to do. The left outer edge of the nest has been slowly crumbling away for a few months and the middle is showing signs of falling through as well.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Could the female be the one that has been on the nest after the intruder left and has found a partner? And that sure looks like a shell in the middle of the nest this morning. Looks like they have started decorating.

Vivian

moderator said...

This female's markings are different from any other females that have been on the nest. And the object in the middle of the nest is a pine cone. They both have been busy adding material to the nest.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info MG...What I noticed about the one Osprey is the skinny/thin neck area :-)

Anonymous said...

What is it all about though? I have to believe it is late in the season to be "setting up home". Are they making sure that this will remain their territory? Such exciting news!
Finally, the new couple have recognised the potential of this nest!!!!

I'm sure I'm not the only one delighted.
DB of Canada

Anonymous said...

osprey on nest!

Anonymous said...

correction...now there are 2!

Anonymous said...

Just checked in and there is a visiting osprey at the lower end of the nest.

moderator said...

We've had a new pair on our nest for about a week now. They've been adding nesting material and mating each day. Not sure what to expect from these two. It's a bit late in the season to begin a family, but we'll see what happens.
8-)

Anonymous said...

Do you think the construction at the office had anything to do with B&B's departure this year?

moderator said...

No, construction just started recently and Bella and Benecio left due to an intruder chasing them about, never giving them a chance to settle into the 2010 season. Bella has been gone over two months now and Benecio was last seen in the beginning of April.

With all the daily activity in our operations yard, where the tower is located, the osprey's never seem to mind considering they are 100 feet hight in the air.

Anonymous said...

I've checked back twice over the past 45 minutes and an adult remains on the nest.