Oyster Cove Osprey Update
I’ve done a little bird detective work, and it seems that the pair of osprey that arrived to our Oyster Cove nest March 13-14 have taken up residence on the new Osprey Point platform erected last year. The last two mornings I did not sight an osprey on our nest or on the Lippincott channel marker as previous mornings, and in minutes would find one osprey on the nest platform at Osprey Point when I drove past enroute to work.
Arriving home yesterday and today, an osprey was on the Osprey Point platform; minutes later when getting home both our nest and the channel marker were empty.
Although I have not yet been able to positively confirm this pair is Oliver and Olivia by markings, I do know the eye colors of each match our pair. Instead of spending time this evening comparing markings, I wanted to post this update.
I do have a treat to share. Last night just before 5:30pm, I saw Olivia (we’ll say it’s her for the fun of it, but it was a female) landing on our nest platform. She was immediately followed by Oliver landing. I got some nice shots….
They were perched for 3 minutes when a jogger came by, followed by a walker. They didn’t budge on the jogger but Olivia departed first as the walker approached, Oliver followed. You will see that when Olivia departed, there is a clump on her left talon. She flies down to and skims the water to try and wash it off. The dirt washed off but an entanglement was still attached. You can see Olivia use her other talon to pull it off. I believe it was fishing line which is dangerous to the osprey and you can see why. Yet they will use it as nesting material. Luckily, Olivia got rid of it!
Olivia flew down to Lippincott’s channel marker and landed. Oliver followed and appeared to be landing too but instead continued flight and flew over to CBEC and the back to the waters behind the nest heading south and circling, looking for a fish to strike.
Olivia stayed on the marker a while and then departed to her left, headed over to the direction of Osprey Point’s new nest platforms. We were headed out to dinner when this excitement occurred and hubby hung out while I photographed and made notes. Soon as Olivia left, we left and drove by Osprey Point’s platforms and there was an osprey perched. My ongoing detective work seems to be concluding the pair’s move to the new digs. Oh, and after Olivia flew off the marker, a gull landed on our nest. I think he was testing the waters to see if Olivia or Oliver would challenge him at the nest. Of course, he would lose if they cared about the nest enough to protect it.
I guess I’m not giving the kind of information we want to hear about Oliver and Olivia taking residence out of our sight. We could get lucky and have another pair of osprey claim the nest. Or maybe Oliver and Olivia couldd attempt to claim two nests, one for reproduction and ours so they have another ‘perch’ to visit like they did last night? Sounds like I’ve gone fishing now! LOL After three years of watching, photographing, and falling in love with this pair, it’s hard to let go. But Mother Nature is in control, which we are learning this season. It should be interesting.
That’s the latest, until next post, take care!