Two osprey in nest. A sunny morning.
My interpretation of the observations, is that the female was the dead bird in cemetery. The male hung around for a long time after she died. I wonder if there were eggs in the nest.
Osprey flew away from nest/tree as I approached the edge of the cemetery.
One osprey perched on nest.
The usual scene: adult perched above the nest. No activity in the nest.
One adult perched above the nest. Sitting in the rain.
Large adult flew off from tree with nest as I arrived. There was a dead bird in the cemetery below the nest last week. I think it was an osprey. And now there is only one adult hanging out by the nest.Today the dead bird has been removed from the cemetery. I have a photo taken earlier of the dead bird.
Dead bird on ground in cemetery near the nest. It could be an osprey.
Female sitting low in nest. Male arrives and perches on branch above nest. (He may have brought food but I didn't actually see.) After a half hour, the female shows some interest in something in the nest and then begins feeding. After some time she moves aside. The male comes down from perch to eat, feeding from the same area of the nest. After 7 minutes, the male flies away. Female relocates to sit low in nest. Fifteen minutes later, two other osprey soaring high in the same area. One carrying what appears to be nesting material.
A week ago, an osprey was perched above the nest. After some time, another arrived, appearing to navigate among branches to enter the nest which is located maybe 8-10 feet down from the top of the tree. After a third approach, it landed on nest. Stood on nest for some time, appeared unsettled at first, but later settled down. After 5 - 10 minutes, a third osprey approached. The osprey which had been perched in the upper part of the tree flew away, following (or chasing?) this third osprey. The one in the nest stayed put. After some time one osprey (returned?), joined the one in the nest. Possibly mating.
Today one osprey barely visible in nest. Another osprey arrived joining the one in nest. After some fluttering around and excitement, one osprey left the nest with some food in mouth, transferred it to foot/feet mid-flight. Landed in tree by cemetery road and proceeded to eat.