11 March 2011

Both male and female are occassionally bringing in more material and randomly placing it about the platform. The nest area is slowly expanding across the fence section and has become thicker. The female is spending nearly 100% of her time on the tower. She could be tidying it up a bit and creating a better looking nest.

The male continues to bring his mate fish throughout the day. Most of the fish we have seen have been mullet, which generally inhabit salt water or brackish water and frequent shallow, inshore areas, commonly grubbing about in the sand or mud for microscopic plants, small animals, and other food. They are a silvery fish about 1-3 feet long, with relatively stocky; cigar-shaped bodies.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

This morning it looks like more of the platform is being filled in--almost over to the outer edge with a few sticks and a little moss. Maybe our couple is getting the knack of it? At least it looks like they are really serious. Thanks, MG, for keeping us informed of their goings on.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

After last season's flurry of excitment, it's a relief and joy to observe our new couple dutifully constructing their nest in peace.

Perhaps a photo of a full view of the entire nest now and then might be added to the photo gallery might help to show the condition and progress our osprey pair over the spring and summer.

jazzel26 said...

Historically (2008,2009, 2010), this nest has had intruder/conflict issues, 2011 seems no different. First eggs were laid, 2008 - 3/14, 2009 - 3/7, 2010 - no eggs. 2009 was the only year the nest produced and fledged young. If this pair resolve the apparent conflict issues, and have eggs, the male has plenty of time to build up the nest during incubation. Males, not distracted by territory issues, can build a nest in just a couple of weeks. It's difficult to predict when eggs may be expected, when there's very little documentation on mating. At this stage in nesting, the cam view should include as much of the platform as possible….I know from past years observing the nest, it is possible to show more of the platform.

Anonymous said...

Jazzel--I went through the entire photo gallery from 2007 to the present season, and can find no pictures showing more of the platform than we see now. I'd like to see those pictures if you can remember what season you saw a better view. I don't remember reading about or seeing signs of conflict issues this season, so let's hope all goes well from this point on. We're hoping for the best for this couple (and for our viewing pleasure, too).

Vivian

jazzel26 said...

Hi Vivian...the intruder/conflict issues on this nest are well documented in this blogs archives, just click on a year, and read. If you what to pics of the views, start with Bird Cams Around the World, link: peregrinefalcon-bcaw.net. or google Bird Cams Around the World. Go to the osprey topics, you'll find Hilton Head. You will also find archives to 2010 and 2009 nests, Hilton Head will also be there.. MaineBald Eagle and Hancock also have Hilton Head topics and archives. Hope this helps. BTW..the view was very good this morning when I checked the nest.

Anonymous said...

I think the camera is malfunctioning!