23 July 2012

There is a new adult male on the nest. It appears to be the one GV was chasing off a few weeks ago. The male was moving palm fronds and sticks about the platform. It would be a bit early for a migrating osprey so this male may be attempting to secure this site for future breeding rights.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Perhaps this new adult male is the one I saw yesterday morning on the nest--looking like he wasn't sure what was going on. He probably was deciding whether or not he should start some "housekeeping." I do see osprey during the winter months when walking the Hilton Head beach, and I always wonder if they are "stick arounds" or if they just got a late start from their northern nests. In any case, they are beautiful to watch flying over the shore and dipping for food.

Vivian

Gina said...

Should we expect to see Bea or Jasper defend the nest this time of year?

moderator said...

Gina,

We haven't seen much of Bea and Jasper lately, but that doesn't mean they have left the area yet. It's possible that they will defend the nest. We've had osprey from past seasons hang around and defend the nest.

Last year Jasper and Bea left the nest in late June. When they arrived back this season they forced out the new pair that attempted to make the platform their home. In my opinion I don't believe they will defend the nest, but just take it back next season, provided they both return.

Anonymous said...

It might be impossible to tell, but I wonder if the osprey on the nest the past couple of days is one that was on the nest early in February, that Bea and Jasper chased away. I'm afraid they all look too much alike for me to tell one from the other (except female from male), but perhaps there are pictures of the early "intruders."

Vivian

moderator said...

Hey Vivian,

Sorry it took so long to get back to your post. I checked the photos of the male earlier this year and they are not the same osprey. So it looks as if we have a new adult male looking for a home.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information on the new male on the nest. We probably could see others through the fall as they travel south--or decide to stay here. It will be interesting to see what happens next February.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

Walking the beach this morning I saw an osprey flying off the ocean over land. It was a little north of Matthews, but could have been flying to this nest. I was surprised not to see a fish in its talons, or if there was one, it was mighty small.

Vivian

Gina said...

I often see a "family" of 4 osprey circling overhead. I like to think of it as "flying lessons". Funny how all the osprey here on Cape Cod are named Bea & Jasper.

Anonymous said...

Gina, that is so funny. The names used here were taken from the two counties in this area. Why are Bea and Jasper so popular on the Cape?

Vivian

Gina said...

Hi Vivian...I was only speaking for myself. Watching Bea & Jasper has really touched my heart and everytime I see an osprey I think of them and how dedicated they are.

I did not know Bea & Jasper were named after nearby counties. I do remember reading that the juvies are named after employees of the power plant. I know some webcams do not give names but I love how some of the names have come about.

Anonymous said...

Bird on the nest at 1:27 PM EDT.

Have a good weekend.

Peter

Anonymous said...

From the looks of the nest, the "intruder" is still adding material. Hope we don't have squabbles next spring.

Vivian

moderator said...

Hey Vivian!

I saw Jasper on the nest the other day for about fifteen minutes so it may be him that is attending to the nest.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I hope it is Jasper keeping up his nest building skills so that things will go smoothly next January/February. Bea and Jasper did a better job this season with nest building, and hopefully they will do even better next season.

I've seen osprey on the nest a few times in the last couple of weeks, but I'm not able to tell one from the other. It's nice to know that Jasper is still around.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

Is that a feather or a leaf in the nest? I missed seeing any birds there this morning.

Vivian

moderator said...

Good eye Vivian, that is a feather!!

Gina said...

Good Morning... still seeing a few osprey here on Cape Cod. I was checking out all the beautiful photos in your photo gallery and was wondering if you know why osprey seem to love pine cones? I came across another osprey cam up in Maine and they also have pine cones in their nest. I remember you once mentioned that Bea was "playing" with the cone while incubating the eggs, but do they eat the seeds also?
Thank you again and looking forward to next season!!

moderator said...

Hey Gina,

So far Bea and occasionally Jasper have been the only osprey’s that we have seen that have a taste for pine cones. It appears the seeds are eaten, but we could be wrong. We’re not sure if nibbling on pine cones is from boredom incubating the eggs or if these two find them to be a delicacy.

Anonymous said...

It is September 14, and this morning there is an osprey on the nest that might be a juvie. Maybe he/she has made the stop on the migration south. I was afraid that it had only one leg, but after a while saw the other leg down briefly. I wonder if it is injured somehow. Good luck to it on its next leg of a long trip. (Or maybe it will hang around for the winter?)

Vivian

Anonymous said...

Sept. 15th around 8:50 am Osprey on nest...Looks like adult.
Thanks all HH bloggers and our wonderful mods for the updates-sightings!

Beth/Oh

Anonymous said...

The web cam has not been operating for quite a while. Any plans to get it up and running any time soon?

Vivian

moderator said...

Hey Vivian,

I have to check with mt co-workers to verify what the problem may be.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Moderator, for checking on the nest camera. Hope it can be working before our birds get back. If you can, give us an update on the progress. A new camera would be awfully nice! ;o)

Vivian

Carol said...

Welcome back bloggers and HELLO Mod! Hope you all had a great 2012.

Anonymous said...

I believe the camera is working--although it is very blurry. Anything in the works for cleaning up the picture? I guess our osprey will be arriving back to the nest by the end of this month or beginning of February. I sure hope we will be able to tell what's going on there when they do arrive. Thanks, Moderator, for any information.

And Happy New Year to all!

Vivian

Anonymous said...

It sure would be nice to know what is going on with the web camera. Is it being cleaned, repaired, replaced??? Please let us know when we can again watch the goings on there!

Vivian

moderator said...

Hey Vivian,

The camera was malfunctioning so a new one is on its way. We hope to have it up and running within a week or two. The ospreys are not on the nest yet.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Moderator, for the camera update. WOW, a new camera? Sounds good. Can't wait to watch our osprey friends this spring.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update!

Will check in daily for cam news :)

Beth/Oh