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Visited early this morning. All 3 around. The female, still in defense mode, buzzed me three times with talons down. Observed the juv. hunt in front of me and over the marsh. It was unsuccessful. It sat on the rock berm for awhile, then flew up to where the female(?) was perched, where it proceeded to beg for food (high pitched screams).
Visited this morning. All 3 appeared to be a around and some were hunting (and catching their quarries). Even tough the juvenile had fledged a few days ago and wasn't close by, the female, calling and with her talons out, still buzzed me anyway.
Stopped by this am. Same situation. All 3 were away from the nest. I believe the juv. was atop a nearby pole the whole time. One of the adults--probably the female--buzzed me once or twice, still protective of its offspring as if it were still in the nest. I still can't believe that yesterday I saw the juv. hover above the nest for the first time, and now it has flown.
Observed again from 5:45-7 pm. None of the Ospreys was in the nest. Presumably, the juvenile fledged during the day. All 3 Ospreys were perched in the vicinity of the nest. The juv. has entered a new stage!
Observed from 7:45 -8:45 am. Female on perch. Juv in nest. Male visited and then perched nearby. While I was there, the juv. wasn't active. Then, as I got back to my truck I turned around for one last look. This is the first time I've observed this. The juv. went to the edge of the platform, vigorously flapped its wings, and then briefly went airborne above the nest. A special moment. I had to leave, but will return later.
Visited from 8:15-10:15 am. When I arrived the juv. was standing in the nest and flapping its wings. A good sign. As soon as I got past the gate, the female began to call, then left the nest, then wheeled above me with her talons down and open. She'd never done this before. She clearly didn't want me around. She did this 3 times as I walked to my usual spot to observe the nest. She'd fly above me, return to the nest, reappraoch etc. She then returned to the nest and settled down. The juv. hunkered down, and only stood once while I was there. The male showed up once or twice. Several times while I was there, the female appeared to hunt over the marsh (or river). She hovered with talons down. She never dove. She did appear to be over the marsh and not over the river. I couldn't help but wonder if she were showing the youngster how to hunt. Several times another Osprey or a crow approached. The female let out a guard call(?) each time.
Visited from 6:30-7:30 pm. Usual alarm calls. Unlike what I've observed in the mornings, the juv. was standing upright in the nest and was visible almost the whole time I was there. No wing action, though. The marsh was much quieter (bird activity, insect activity etc.) than it is in the am. No sign of male.
Observed nest from 8:15 am -9:45 am. The female buzzed me (circled overhead calling) twice while I was there. And for the first time since I started observing, she remained on the platform perch the whole time and never once visited in the nest. The male came by at lest once but didn't land and stay and didn't deliver food. Another Osprey pair came pretty close to the nest at one point. The female watched them closely and vocalized a bit. The lone chick hunkered down the whole time. I could only see the top of its head and occasionally heard it vocalize.
Visited 8:15-10:30 am. The quick transformation of the 1 juvenile still amazes me. Again, no sign of second chick. The juv. in the nest hasn't exercised his/her wings really at all when I've been there. Male is around nest/on nest more often now, but never stays long. Sometimes he appears to bring a fish to the nest only to carry it away again, and then perhaps eat it at a roost nearby. I've also seen him do this with a headless fish.
Visited 8:30-9:30 am. Saw both male & female adults, but only observed 1 chick. It appears now that there's only one chick in the nest.
Observed from 9:30-10;30 am. Female left the nest again as on 6/24, and circled over me with talons down. She then returned to nest. Male showed up a while later with a fish. Observed 1 juv., though I'm sure both were there. Juvs. should fledge soon.
Observed from 9:30-11:30 am. Shortly after I arrived, female left the nest and circled above me for about 5 minutes. I was apprehensive. She'd never done that before. Male visited nest several times but stayed only briefly. Saw 1 chick. Heard chick(s) vocalize. Female vocalized a lot. Heard various calls. Female still brooding.
Observed for a while this am. Female was on nest. No sign of the male near nest. May have seen him at a distance. The chicks are vocalizing and beginning to sound like the adults. When I first heard the chirping this am, I thought it was the female. It was one of the chicks.
Observed for an hour or so in the morning. Chicks becoming more visible. Shortly before I left the area, an adult Cooper's Hawk flew by. The female vacated the nest, gave chase, then returned.
Visited 8:15-9:30 a.m. The 2 chicks are more visible, and the female spent most of her time on the nest rim. An intruder buzzed the nest and was eventually escorted away by the nesting male. Boy did the female defend her nest, as can be seen in the photos. The intruder could have been the male from nest #6811 (failed nest) or a late-arriving first-time breeder looking for a nest site.
Observed nest for 2 hours (8:30 am -10:30 am). Female was on nest, then stood up. I then observed 2 brownish and featureless nestlings (could only see heads). Male arrived but stayed only minutes and brought no food. It appears I was wrong. Female has been brooding, not incubating. I'm guessing eggs were laid 4/1 or thereabouts & hatched 5/10-5/15.
I first observed this nest on 5/17/17. It appears to me that the female is incubating as she is in the nest every time I visit. No sign of chicks yet. The male visits infrequently during the day.
Two chicks 5-6 weeks old. Female brooding young.