Osprey Babies

Finally!! I am a grandmother!!

I am observing an osprey (Pandion haliaetus) nest near Crystal Lake (Shasta County CA) this season. Recently I thought I saw motion in the deep nest, but did not actually see any osprey chicks. However, I was encouraged that the nest the osprey pair was tending might at last have a chick(s).

Yes, there are at least two babies! I watched the nest a few days ago for several hours. Only at one point during that time did I see and photograph TWO chicks. Every other appearance above the nest rim was only one young osprey. I cannot distinguish the male from female and can only guess which parent is at the nest at any given point. One osprey usually stayed with the chicks while the other left, only to shortly return with a fish, a twig or stick or even empty-taloned. What more is there to say?

I noted the parents engage in some interesting behaviors and actions. Suddenly I realized how little I knew about ospreys. I must do further research to explain what the male and female were doing and will share what I learn.

For now, enjoy the osprey family.

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  4. usermattw says:

    Congratulations! 🙂


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