16 August 2010

2010 Season

The 2010 season began on 20 January as the first osprey was spotted on the nest. Our pair from the last two years, Bella and Benecio, appeared on the nest on 8 February, but it didn’t take long for an intruder osprey to enter into the picture on 15 February. The intruder, a female, harassed Bella and attempted to catch the eye of Benecio.

As Bella and Benecio attempted to set a routine to raising a family, the female intruder continued to hamper their efforts and Bella finally gave up and left the platform all together leaving Benecio to protect the nest. We’ve no idea if Bella stayed in the area or took up with another male as we hadn’t seen her since 24 March. It is possible that Bella and Benecio found another nesting location and took up residence there while Benecio attempted to retain ownership of the platform for next season.

Another female appeared at the nest on 30 March and quickly began organizing the stand. Benecio attempted to defend his home of the past two seasons, but this new female was quite persistent to make this her new quarters. Benecio and the new female often chased each other about the air and on the nest, once slamming themselves against our camera.

On 18 May a new pair of osprey landed on the nest and is the latest twosome to attempt to make it their own.

The 2010 season at first appeared promising wit Bella and Benecio’s return, but instead had much drama for all of the viewer’s. Who knows what will happen if all of this year’s participants come back next season. We are still considering audio/streaming options, but cost is the main factor in not pursuing it at this time. We will let you know if anything changes on that front, but for now we will continue with the 5 second refresh rate.

We would like to thank all of our viewer’s and blog participants. Hopefully next year will be a successful season with less drama and chicks to watch mature. The blog will remain open for commenting and the camera will continue operating unless we have maintenance to perform.