06 February 2014

There have been a few other ospreys in the area, but so far no sign of either Bea or Jasper, the pair from the last three years. Not all ospreys in our area migrate, but we do observe less in the fall/winter months. The North American population breeds from Alaska across Canada and along the Atlantic coast from Newfoundland to Florida. Populations also occur clustered around the Great Lake states, northern Rocky Mountain States, and on the west coast from Washington south through Northern California. It is possible Bea and Jasper has not finished their migratory flights just yet.  We haven’t giving up hope of their return as they arrived last year in mid-February. When and if they do return we could see a fight for the platform. In 2010 there were about six osprey’s attempting to claim ownership of the platform, which resulted in Benecio, the resident male at the time, attempting to retain the nest. Bella, his mate, had enough drama and eventually flew the coop along with Benecio.


The new pair has settled comfortably on the platform.  This pair is demonstrating their period of courtship by spending time on the nest together, mate-feeding and copulating. Courtship feeding has been suggested to function in several ways: to advance laying date by improving female condition, to induce a female to copulate or to allow a female to assess her mate.

7 comments:

moderator said...

The nest competition begins. Another male osprey is challenging the new pair for the nest. It could be Jasper from the last three seasons, but the screen shot we have of the osprey is not definitive. Hopefully we'll get a clear close-up of the newest male to determine if it is Jasper.

birdgirl said...

Awww, I hate it that the new pair worked so hard getting the nest ready. But it would be great to have Bea and Jasper back. That's nature.

Vivia

Anonymous said...

Wow-very nice morning on the nest with super close ups...Do we have Bea or Jasper?
Many thanks!!

Beth/Oh

moderator said...

I was surprised to see a new male on the nest. It looks like it may be Jasper. I've been referencing past photos this morning and the markings are very similar. The new female is responding to this male so we'll have to see what happens with that. Hopefully I'll be able to confirm whether or not this is Jasper by today.

birdgirl said...

Wait, wait!! The new female is responding to the male that might be Jasper? I hope Jasper (if it is Jasper) is not two-timing Bea! And the story goes on . . .

Vivian

carol mullins said...

Being taken out to a fine restaurant for dinner always turns my head, too!

birdgirl said...

Beautiful closeups of a beautiful bird. Just wish it would turn in the direction of the camera!

Vivian