21 March 2011

At 7:32 this morning the male suddenly expanded his wings and looked towards the western edge of the platform. He flew towards an intruder osprey and knocked it off the platform and quickly chased it away. The intruder's back was toward the camera so we couldn't make out if it was male or female.

We've been noticing the pair often looking skywards the last few weeks. Maybe a possible explanation for no eggs yet? There hasn't been much competition for the nest this season as existing nests are still unoccupied around the island. Last year was a different story. Our pair, Bella and Benecio, could not establish the nest and evidently left with several ospreys vying for the platform.

The female continues to spend most of her time on the nest, often with her head down and eyes closed.

9 comments:

moderator said...

The intruder osprey re-appeared at 11:32 this morning while the male was on the nest alone. The female had recently left the nest with a fish. Our male quickly dispatched the intruder, which appeared to be male from its markings.

Anonymous said...

When the female is on the nest in the position that you describe (head down, eyes closed) is that indicative of anything, i.e. approaching egg laying?

moderator said...

From what we have witnessed over the years, this posture from the female is indicative of her prior to laying eggs. Other bloggers probably have more experience in this area than ourselves since we are still somewhat new to the game of osprey viewing and can give you better information. I'll check around the internet and see what I can find.

moderator said...

From what I've read some ospreys become subdued before egg laying and that the female will spend the majority of her time on the nest.

Let's hope that her meditative posture is a sign of future eggs!!

Anonymous said...

We hope, we hope!! Come on osprey mama with some eggs!

Anonymous said...

Thanks MG for all the wonderful updates...
We want eggs :) HH couple!

Beth/Oh

moderator said...

As of yesterday the pair has placed reeds and leaves in the center of the nest so maybe they know the time is near!!

Anonymous said...

If eggs are imminent, I would think the time is fast approaching to give thought to naming the pair?
DB Canada.

Carol said...

I'm getting eggcited!