Safe Travels...A Rough Story

You all know that I took on the responsibility of monitoring a local Osprey nest about a month ago.  Visiting the nest is just part of the role as I have found, over the years of monitoring Bald Eagles' nests, that getting to know the locals and sharing information with them is beneficial...beneficial to them, beneficial to the nest and beneficial to me as well.

About ten days ago in speaking with a few of the water works guys, they mentioned another nest.  When Jim told me about it, I said, "I'm so glad you told me because first of all it's right by my house and secondly, on and off all Summer, I thought I saw something up there but thought I was seeing things.  I'll scope it out on my way home.  Thanks!"  (Note to self:  leave the binoculars in my car).

Unfortunately, when I did stop there I wasn't pleased with the outcome.  Yes, there was a nest on top of the cell tower but in the nest, I thought I saw what appeared to be a dead bird.  Going home to get my larger lens and returning right away confirmed my suspicions.  It was definitely a dead adult Osprey.

The next step was to report the precise GPS co-ordinates of the nest along with what I'd discovered.  The woman in charge of the Osprey Nation Project was of course just as distraught as I was, although she was glad to put another nest on the map.  Telling her I'd researched the owner of the cell tower, she was more than grateful for the info and pix.

This week, I swung by there (since it's on my way home) and from a distance thought I saw something on the outer structure to the left of the nest.  Perhaps a scavenger, I thought.  But I was wrong.  As I got closer, the outline of the bird was distinct.  Looking through the binoculars and then my lens, I was heartbroken to see the distinctive white head with it's dark brown crown and brown streak on the cheek.  It was a young Osprey...perhaps this year's on it's own.  Watching for over 30 minutes, it would occasionally look in the direction of the nest then over it's shoulder at the river behind it.  I knew that it's instinct to migrate South would soon take over.
just seeing, saying, and sharing...
Safe Travels
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FYI:  Young Osprey fledge at 7-8 weeks of age.  Two weeks after they fledge, they follow the adult male on it's fishing trips to learn the skill.  Migrating before juveniles, adult Ospreys head to Central and South America for the Winter.  After being with their parents for about two months, the juveniles will remain at their wintering grounds two to three years before returning north to breed.


Oh how terribly sad. I wish all of life was perfect, don't you. *sigh* Love, Andrea xoxo
eileeninmd said…

It is sad! It makes me glad to see some nest are very successful. Happy Monday, wishing you a great day and happy new week!
Hootin' Anni said…
This breaks my heart!

(I'm feeling remorseful, but need to say thanks for linking in at I'd Rather B Birdin'.)
Somehow I've missed your blog posts the past few weeks, so I didn't know you were monitoring an Osprey nest. How sad to learn of another nest that contained a dead adult. The photo of the juvenile looking on was heart breaking too.
Sad to read about the adult Osprey and hope that the juvenile will be able to fly south on its own. We saw a young one a few weeks ago on Plum Island, Wildlife Reserve in MA.
Good luck to the young Osprey on its journey south. May it have a long and productive life with many babies of its own.
betty-NZ said…
So sad, but the fact that one is alive is good! Maybe he'll be back next year!

Thanks for your link on 'My Corner of the World'! It's lovely to see you this week!

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I hope the young one can make it in its own. So sad.

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