Oyster Cove Osprey Update Part 2

I was really hoping that by not posting for a day would give the time to allow things to change for the better but it hasn’t for our Oyster Cove osprey nest.  😦

Both last evening and tonight I vigilantly watched the osprey activity that was occurring in my immediate area.  If, and we hope it is Oliver and Olivia who appeared to return to our nest for a couple days, visiting it, inspecting it, and watching it from Lippincott Marina’s channel marker, giving me strong impressions they were a little leary, maybe spooked by the nest they abruptly left a month early last season.  The activity on the new Osprey Point nest platform is constant, with periods of rest on Lippincott’s marker.  But no venture to our nest that I’ve seen.  I cannot tell if any nesting material has been brought to the other platform just yet.  Here’s a photo from this day last year of the progress Oliver and Olivia had already made after arriving a day later than this year.

Oliver bringing nesting material to the nest while Olivia watches - March 22, 2011

I just previously said “we hope it is Oliver and Olivia who appeared to return”.  It’s just nice thinking that they survived to return yet another year!  🙂

In the distant, the Oyster Cove community can now hear osprey calls.  There are others that have also returned.  In the last couple days, a female has shown up on the south entrance of the Kent Narrows Channel Light 3 Green.  She’s been there constant since I first saw her, perching, eating fish, and even making threatening calls at flying intruders.  Then I watched this boat quietly return last night at 6 pm and I didn’t hear a sound from her, she just watched it go by.  I followed the first shot with a grainy close-up so you could find her.

Female Osprey on Kent Narrows South Approach Light 3 Green

Female Osprey close-up

So whether another osprey pair occupies our nest or we just have nest ‘visitors’ this season, we’ll not fret on Oliver and Olivia’s decision to relocate.  There is a reason why they did and we would want them to go by their instinct to stay safe if so be it.  Best of luck to them and I’m sure I’ll be sharing photos of them visiting our nest if another pair doesn’t!  🙂

And that means if my osprey blog doesn’t have an osprey family to document and follow daily as I’ve done the past two seasons, I’ll have to continue to inundate you the other photos of birds and wildlife I’ll now have time to share this summer!

With that said, here’s a round up of my best captures this past several days of some of our other feathered friends in my backyard.

The American coots are here feeding every evening.  I keep thinking it’ll be the last night before they forge north on their migration.  And luckily before leaving, they came real close to our berm and then rounded the osprey nest to head out, giving me some great close-up ops.

American Coots

American Coots

American Coots

American Coots

American Coots

I’ve also seen a pair of mallards quietly investigating the bushes around us, looking for a safe spot for nesting.  Here’s the Mrs giving me a striking sunrise pose.

Female Mallard

Another day, these fellas were enjoying a sunset.

Two Male Mallards

The American robin is abundant in the community, so I have no problem locating one from my balcony as they scurry around keeping control of their little area.

American Robin

Not often but coming through our community are small flocks of common grackles (blackbird).  Here’s one that posed on one of our walk-way path’s light, followed by one doing what appeared to be a mating-attraction dance for another grackle.  He didn’t succeed.

Common Grackle

Grackle trying to attract a female

A couple I threw in of him giving his “Angry Birds” pose.

Grackle - "Angry Bird" look

Grackle - "Angry Bird" look

Finally, three shots of a herring gull who told the world he was on the osprey nest.  And maybe trying to cheer us up pretending to be an osprey for us.  😉

"Herring gull pretending to be an osprey"

Herring gull tellin' the world he's here!

More tellin'!

Well, that’s the latest in our osprey saga.  Thanks for following and visiting, and I know I can continue to share some wonderful photographs of the birds, wildlife, nature, and landscape captures throughout this season.  Oh, and there will still be osprey photos once I get water-mobile, actually that’s when I’ll be able to give some really great close-ups of our area’s other osprey!

22 thoughts on “Oyster Cove Osprey Update Part 2

    • The grackles were funny, the one I photographed was obviously a third party to the pair and he wasn’t too happy that he wasn’t invited or included. 🙂 Thanks Tootlepedal!

  1. The photo of the osprey bringing nesting material to the platform was a fantastic capture. I’m sorry to hear that they don’t seem to be using your platform this season.

    I live in Ohio and I enjoy watching the osprey nest in nearby reservoirs. Our platforms all have perches on them. I was talking to the gentleman who built the platforms, and he explained that the perch gave the parent some place to go when it wanted to watch its young, but was also feeling harrassed by them. As a parent myself, I appreciated the gesture. 🙂

    I got a chuckle out of your “angry bird” characterization. Maybe he was angry that he wasn’t charming the ladies with his dance.

    • I chuckled back about your comment on the platform perches for the parent to watch but be able to get away from the kids, and also the angry bird grackle not charming the ladies. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the angry bird giggle this morning, Donna. Grackles are abundant here and you gave me a new look at a sometimes bothersome bird. Looking forward to water photos of the osprey and maybe a confirmation that “your” pair is really safely returned and nesting on down the way. And, of course, looking forward to more land shots, which are great. Thanks, and try not to be to sad about that mostly empty platform – think of it as a stage ready for one act plays!

    • Thanks so much Beth for your comments of support! I do anticipate many visitors to the nest if an osprey pair doesn’t come and plan on shooting those one-act plays! I have a folder of photos that are just visitors to our nest, we’ve had some pretty cool things land for a rest. A Great blue heron definitely is a neat sight on the nest!

  3. I feel your frustration Donna, but it still might be too early to give up. I do love your other waterfowl photos, plus your many bird photos. Regardless, I know I’ll continue to follow your blog. Love your work 🙂

    • A bit frustrating for sure. But Sheriffsmith Tom had a good thought the parents left it for one of the kids who could still be partying it up in Brazil on spring break, LOL. Thank you for your support and comments Joleen!

  4. I love the angry Grackle shots but the Robin also has a very stern look on his face. Don’t give up hope yet … maybe they left the nest for one of their kids to use and they just haven’t got back yet (still on Spring Break) LOL … Tom

  5. Beautiful, beautiful photos, Donna, LOVE the grackle shots. To me, they are gorgeous. They are a pain in the butt here, too 🙂 WOW that’s alot of coots! Great shots all around!

  6. I’m so sorry O and O haven’t re-established the nest yet. 😦 I like your attitude, though. They have a reason and we’ll just have to trust them. Is there any chance the platform has become unstable? Due to storms or something? Don’t know if anyone in your community can check on it and make sure it’s not shifting. Just a thought.

    But, I love looking at ALL your photos and not just the osprey! And your commentary is also lovely.

    • Thanks Kitty. The platform was pretty steady last season when the osprey were doing hard take-offs and jumping on it, also when the eagles over the winter landing/taking off, and I’ve watched it in storms to see if it sways, and it hasn’t been. Good thought though, I’ll keep my eye on it in high wind storms this spring/summer to be sure. Most definitely want it to be ready for next year! 🙂

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