21 February 2012

Yesterday, we noticed that the new pair of ospreys fighting for control of the nest against another pair. As of this morning we have the second pair on the nest. The newest pair could be our couple from last year, Bea and Jasper, as some of their markings are similar. As we obtain new photos we will compare the latest photos against last year's pair to see if we indeed have a match.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, the drama begins. I kinda hope that Bea & Jasper take over the nest. It would be nice to see them raise another clutch. But I do not want to see so much drama that we don't have a clutch. I'll keep my fingers crossed!!
Mary Pat, Adamstown, MD :)

Carol said...

The first pair have mated. What happens if they lose the nest to the new pair? Will she lay her eggs only to have them be lost? Surely it's too late for them to find/make a new nest should they lose this one.

moderator said...

Carol,

There are vacant nests scattered about the island that the first pair could use. The first pair is still in the area and we could see the two couples fighting over control of the platform. At this time the second pair has mated multiple times this morning with the male bringing in fish at least twice so far.

We'll have to wait to see which pair maintains control of the tower.

Carol said...

It appears that the male on the nest now is the intruder, correct?

moderator said...

No, we have a new pair on the nest which could be Bea and Jasper, last year's couple.

Carol said...

Yes, Mod. That's what I meant. The female is beautiful! Hope it's Bea!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, lots of action today...
Thanks for the closeups.
Mating at the nest :)

Beth/Oh