Oyster Cove Osprey Nest Platform Update

This is an update to our community’s Osprey nest platform from my last post dated May 30th, The Makings of an Osprey Nest, which showed the beginnings of a possible Osprey nest by an Osprey pair I had noticed was trying to start an impossible nest atop Lippincott’s Channel Marker #3.  Oyster Cove community neighbor, Becky, commented on my last post the following:

“I believe these two are the osprey pair that built a large nest on top of a boat at the marina next door. They were very busy and had mated I believe. At some time in the past few weeks someone destroyed the nest and left these two osprey without a home so late in the season. Maybe the boat owner decided he did not want to share his boat! It really was a mess. I did however feel sorry for the uprooted osprey.”

This now makes sense and possibly completes the ‘puzzle’ of how a pair came about so late in the season to start a nest on our Oyster Cove platform!  Thank you, Becky, for your observations, it is most appreciated!  🙂

Our ‘new’ Osprey pair take turns perching singly on the platform, sometimes you might catch them on it together, but they seem to perch more often on the Lippincott channel marker.  They can probably see where they were first building a nest on the boat from the marker and may still feel the need to protect that area, may have even tried to restart the nest on the boat with a stick or two.  Depends on whether the boater has been around more often to scare them away.  I have noticed they do act as if they own our Oyster Cove platform and will chase away any of the other area Osprey that come near it.  That’s great news!

The final photo in my last post on this ‘new’ nest is repeated now first, and then followed by photos as the nest changed.  It’s really not much bigger, for every few sticks added, one or two get knocked off.  I’ve not taken a lot of the Osprey on the platform, and most times it’s been through my sliding glass door, so that blurred the shots.  I’ve just enjoyed watching them from the window through our binoculars.  🙂

May 30, 2013 pm

May 30, 2013 pm

May 31, 2013 am

May 31, 2013 am

June 3, 2013 am

June 3, 2013 am – Landing to have breakfast on the platform

June 3, 2013 pm

June 3, 2013 pm

The male Osprey in the next photo perched in this position for quite a while.  I just couldn’t see how he could be comfortable, lol.

June 4, 2013 am

June 4, 2013 am

June 5, 2013 pm

June 5, 2013 pm – A stick doomed to fall

As the male Osprey in the next photo was perched,  he decided to work on the nest.  Now that cannot be easier!  No, it wasn’t, he quit after couple attempts.

June 6, 2013 am

June 6, 2013 am

June 6, 2013 am

June 6, 2013 am

June 8, 2013 am

June 8, 2013 am –  Protecting the nest from another Osprey doing a fly-by

Here’s the nest as of this evening.  The Osprey pair came a few times to perch…..

June 9, 2013 pm

June 9, 2013 pm

but I found them this evening back on the channel marker, where they feel the most comfortable I guess.

Our Osprey pair perched at Lippincott's Channel Marker 3 - June 9, 2013 pm

Our Osprey pair perched at Lippincott’s Channel Marker 3 – June 9, 2013 pm

My fingers are still crossed this Osprey pair continue to build, perch, and protect our Oyster Cove platform for the season, learning to get comfortable amongst us!

Hope you enjoyed, thank you for stopping by!

14 thoughts on “Oyster Cove Osprey Nest Platform Update

    • I know what you mean, what if I could lay sticks along the berm for them. (Neighbors around me would think I’m crazy!) Blog reader Linda/SC did just that last year for her new osprey pair by putting sticks in a pile on the ground near their tree and they did indeed come and take them. Amazing that we can help them out some, lol. Yep, some progress albeit slow is still progress! 🙂

    • Thanks so much! Late yesterday and last night’s strong-wind t-storms knocked a few more off, darn it. But this morning I saw one of them bringing another stick to the platform. Tonight looks like a few more! 🙂

  1. I was sad to hear about the osprey building a nest on someone’s boat. If only they had been stopped right from the get-go, maybe they would still have had time to have offspring elsewhere this year. At any rate, it is interesting to see them continue their bond together near your platform.

    • It was sad to know someone would just trash the nest to the water. I’m hoping they looked first to make sure there were no eggs yet. It would have been against the law if there were to have destroyed the nest that way. I’m loving their strong bond through all their crisis’. 🙂

  2. I am curious to know what the laws are in Maryland. I do know in Florida once the eggs are laid it is against the law to destroy the nest. Big fine. I thought it might be a federal law covering all states regarding eagles and osprey. Anyone know?

    • GREAT question Becky! Here’s what is stated on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Chesapeake Bay Field Office website’s Q&A page:

      Q. What should I do if ospreys nest on my dock, boat or house?

      A. Ospreys, just like other migratory birds, are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. But sometimes landowners want to remove these nests, because of their location. Osprey nests can be removed without a permit from structures such as boats, docks, construction equipment, etc., as long as there are no eggs or young in the nest (inactive).

      If eggs or young are present the nest is considered active. And to be removed requires a federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act permit from the Service’s Northeast Regional Office (Division of Migratory Birds) at 413-253-8643. In Maryland, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife and Heritage should also be contacted at 1-877-463-6497.

      The permit process can be lengthy, particularly if the active nest does not pose a safety hazard, therefore removal of nesting material from nests under construction should be conducted on a daily basis to deter birds from nesting.

      If an active nest has to be removed, an alternate nest site should be identified through coordination with your local U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office and local state wildlife agency office. In some instances, installation of a suitable nesting platform maybe required.

  3. Thanks for the update….it does seem that with Osprey that younger pairs do need ‘instructional’ help along the way…..that or nest that are pretty much pre-built for them.

    • Thanks for your comments David! It can be quite entertaining watching the young ones give each other ‘looks’ like they’re expecting the other to do something, lol. It sure is miraculous all-the-way-round!

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