25 February 2014

Since Jasper's and Bea's arrival February 10 and 17, respectively, the pair has been doing a bit of housekeeping bringing in nesting material. So far the nest looks a bit in disarray, though the holes are quickly being patched. 

With better weather since Bea’s arrival Jasper has been presenting her with a daily variety of fish, strengthening and reaffirming their bond. The pair is settling in nicely and has mated often. 

Last year Bea laid eggs March 13th, 16th, and 19th. The previous two seasons she laid eggs from March 24th through the 31st. Bea is now spending more time on the platform arranging sticks and Spanish moss. Of course today she found herself a pine cone, which she quite enjoys nibbling. So maybe in a few weeks we could see the beginning of their 2014 family.

17 February 2014

The osprey photo gallery has been updated with the first installment of pictures for the 2014 season.  Check out the photos !
Bea returned to the communications tower this past Saturday.

Before Jasper and Bea arrived another pair had taken up residence on the platform. Once Jasper returned he quickly dispatched the new pair. There are other empty nests nearby and it is possible that the ousted pair could occupy one of those sites. 

This season will mark the fourth in a row for Bea and Jasper. Each of the previous years, the pair has raised two healthy chicks. Maybe this year we could see more, we’ll just have to wait and see. The nest definitely needs some tiding up, so I’m sure in the coming days we’ll see the nest begin to take shape.

10 February 2014

We checked past photographs and the distinctive head and eye markings have confirmed that the latest male on the platform is Jasper. So now we are awaiting Bea's arrival, which hopefully will be soon. The new pair of osprey that initially occupied the nest is nearby, but has lost the nest to Jasper.

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.

03 February 2014

We currently have a new pair at our nest. We'll have to wait and see if Bea and Jasper from the past three seasons return to claim the platform. The new male has been steadfast in repairing the nest since his arrival a few weeks ago.