Oyster Cove Osprey Nest Update 3
A couple of days have passed, and we still are not really seeing any activity on our Oyster Cove osprey nest. The gulls seem to enjoy it the most. Our pair thought to be Oliver and Olivia have made residence on the new Osprey Point nest platform in Marshy Creek, either one or both seem to occupy it constant, as if to secure and protect it as their own. Only once have I seen those two come to our nest yesterday at 6:40pm, one did a touchdown landing and then lifted off to join the other as they both went back towards Osprey Point. I thought it kind of comical, as if it were a game.
The female osprey I mentioned I’ve seen off to my right perched on the Kent Narrows South Approach Light 3 marker has finally been joined by a male osprey. They seem to enjoy perching together on Kent Narrows red marker 5 most of the time. I had hoped to catch some close-up shots of them on our way out by boat on Friday but they weren’t there then.
Yes, we made it out on the water on Friday afternoon, the temps were unbelievably in the high 70’s and husband just had to spring launch the boat. We were only able to venture just south of our place and down towards the Miles River and into the Wye River, after we found going out that the GPS was not working properly. I love the Wye River, it circles Wye Island NRMA which is protected by Maryland DNR and boasts constant wildlife. We weren’t able to do the circle, but Friday was still no disappointment in just an hour of floating around and snapping.
Flocks of everything were everywhere, it was awesome. I still have photos I haven’t looked at….. 🙂
More osprey are arriving daily and several were about in the skies and nests along the waters. As we returned from our ride and reentered the Kent Narrows channel, we came back past the osprey nest that is located at Kent Narrows Yacht Club and Marina. Their nest is active every year and their osprey have returned. On our way out, the pair were on their nest; but when we returned, they had moved to the the KN green marker #9 in the channel across from their nest. A couple of kids were fishing below their nest.
As we approached the osprey pair, they kept an eye on us over their shoulder. In the background of the next photo is the Rt 50 bridge over Kent Narrows. Kind of funny to see a tractor-trailer behind the osprey!
Osprey are really quite tolerant of us humans, and those that nest and perch along channel markers in our area usually will stay roosted and watch you as you pass by them. Sometimes the younger ones will chatter a threat at you but they won’t attack. These two just watched us as we slower cruised by them. The male has the fish.
I could have posted ten times these photos, I got so many good ones. They pose so nicely for you! As we continued to the public ramp, the two osprey continued their perch unfazed.
At the boat ramp waiting for Rick to get the trailer, these two mallards came up to me pretty fast at the boat, they were obviously locals who are probably used to getting fed along all the restaurants, docks, and boaters along the Kent Narrows. I know I disappointed them with no hand-outs. I kept telling them, “sorry”!
And this fella was perched at a tree right there as well.
What a glorious couple hours of bird ops! I hope you enjoyed seeing them through my lens, and as always thank you for stopping by!