Oyster Cove Osprey Nest Update

This post will bring us up-to-date from my last post on an Osprey pair who had shown perseverance on attempting to rebuild their nest on our Oyster Cove osprey nest platform after the severe weather had blown it off.  This first photo shows almost double growth on April 14th from the previous day of the rebuilding.

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April 14, 2013

As if it’s not enough to have to start again on buildling, our Osprey pair still had to defend their nest from another local area Osprey that lives over on the Kent Narrows South Entrance Channel Marker #4.

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Our Male Osprey taking off after the other local Osprey

"Our" Osprey chasing off one of the Osprey that lives on Kent Narrows South Entrance Channel Marker #4

Our male Osprey chasing off one of the Osprey that lives on Kent Narrows South Entrance Channel Marker #4

Still chasing!

Still chasing!

The other Osprey retreated to his home and ours returned as if he was proud at what he’d done!

Well, that was early in the day of the 14th.  Later that evening, I was shocked at what I witnessed.  The male Osprey from the KN Channel Marker #4 flew over to our unprotected osprey nest platform, swooped down, grabbed a large stick, and bee-lined back to his nest, the stick dragging along in the water!  That STINKER!

Osprey from KN Channel Marker #4 flying off with a stick from our OC nest platform!

Osprey from KN Channel Marker #4 flying off with a stick from our OC nest platform!

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Other Osprey arriving 'home' with our Osprey's nesting material.

Other Osprey arriving ‘home’ with our Osprey’s nesting material.

That may further explain why our new Osprey pair have been having a heck of a time trying to build a nest, neighbor Mr. Stinker Osprey may have been taking from ours all along and adding to his noticeably well-built nest.

The Osprey pair on that channel marker I believe are the same pair from last year.  I noticed they reunited quickly and immediately rebuilt/repaired their nest from last season.  And just as quickly the female was sitting low in the nest, incubating eggs.  Several weeks ago, I could see with my binoculars it appeared little ones were being fed periodically.

The day after I witnessed the ‘taking’, we went for a boat ride and passed by the Osprey pair as we passed through the Kent Narrows markers.  This pair is quite use to boats passing within just a few feet of them as there’s little room otherwise.  I took a couple shots while we cruised on pass Momma feeding her babies.

Female Osprey feeding chicks on KN Channel Marker #4.

Momma Osprey feeding chicks on KN Channel Marker #4.

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Momma Osprey feeding a chick while the other one gives me a pose.

Momma Osprey feeding a chick while the other one gives me a pose.

Awwwwww…… 🙂  Okay, so daddy Osprey really does need the extra sticks to build that nest larger to keep those little ones within!  I saw two chicks total.

Later in the day when we returned, I took a few more photos of the family.


On watch while the chicks were up and about.


Keeping an eye on us but never a peep or noise.


I see you!

I’ll be trying to get some more photos of this family and the chicks as they grow!

This Osprey family is exciting but our nest platform is not so.   The sticks and nesting materials, or lack thereof, continued.

April 17, 2013

April 17, 2013 – 7:21 a.m.

When I got home that evening, it looked like the other area male Osprey had ‘visited’ again and took basically the rest of the sticks.

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April 17, 2013 – 5:43 pm

On the 18th, we had a lot of rain.  That evening those last couple measly sticks were gone.  Yesterday and today, I’m finding no sticks on the platform and ‘our’ Osprey pair are either perching over at Lippincott’s channel marker or are no where in sight.

I can imagine they are quite discouraged this season.  I know I am for them….   😦

25 thoughts on “Oyster Cove Osprey Nest Update

  1. I love the close-up! Strange how they will tolerate people and things close to their nests. Near here there is a nest on a railroad bridge, just a few feet above the train cars as they pass through.

    • It is, I know when we pass by a more private nest away from boating activity, they can be pretty skittish, but then at the same time, another one isn’t, so go figure. It perplexes me why they pick some of the unusual places they do when there’s sometimes ample man-made platforms sitting empty close-by. My goodness, above a train track with it’s noise and pollution, that is really crazy! Fishing must be really good there! 🙂

  2. Aww that is both very happy and sad at the same time. Nature surely has its ups and downs! Loved the pictures and the story.

  3. oh dear Donna, what a beautiful post and photographs, especially the one “I see you”… made me smile… Thank you, have a nice weekend, love, nia

  4. Great eye contact and close-ups of the “Stinker” family. Like the second shot of “your” male osprey with the light shining through the wings.I keep hoping for the other pair but maybe I am being naive. Regardless, I am enjoying the story.

    • We know nature does have its quirks, but I keep hoping too. Not looking so good though, our ‘pair’ hasn’t been around last few days that I’ve seen. They probably said the heck with this nest-building business, lol. 😉

    • Thanks Phil, I’m an die-hard osprey fan and love photographing them. I feel very lucky to get to see them in action on a daily basis. And I really REALLY miss them when they leave in the fall!

  5. I have felt bad for your osprey, too. But to play devil’s advocate Mr. And Mrs, Stinker Osprey are actually tending young this year, so they seem to be more in need of the sticks.

    Loved the close-up photos of the Stinker family. 🙂

    • Thank you Deb, so true, once I saw the little ones, I couldn’t blame Dad Osprey for his smartness, he’s not only got to build the nest bigger for the growing chicks, he’s got to fish for all of them too. As HJ said, I’m sure he tells the Mrs, I’ll be back, taking a quick trip over to Home Depot! 🙂

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