Tag Archives: Pandion haliaetus

Nest Vacated

Yesterday morning I returned to the osprey (Pandion haliaetus) nest which, for the third consecutive year, was co-opted by a pair of Canada geese (Branta canadensis). See: Sublet Osprey Nest 03-31-2017 There were two Canada geese inside the nest, not … Continue reading

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Sublet Osprey Nest

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Each spring since 2011 I have observed an osprey (Pandion haliaetus) nest near Crystal Lake (Shasta County CA). This large nest sits about 50 feet off the ground atop a ponderosa pine snag. In 2015 I was surprised to discover … Continue reading

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Hunting Osprey

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An osprey’s diet (Pandion haliaetus) consists mainly of fish. Osprey can dive about three feet below the water’s surface, so usually search for fish by circling (or briefly hovering) over shallow bodies of water. Once prey is located the osprey … Continue reading

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Osprey Back in Nest

Each year I monitor a nearby osprey (Pandion haliaetus) nest near Crystal Lake (Shasta County CA). Last year (2015) a Canada goose pair co-opted the osprey nest. Three of their four hatchlings survived the descent from the tall perch. After … Continue reading

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Shared Nest

For several years I watched a pair of osprey (Pandion haliaetus) raise their young in a nearby nest. Last year I was surprised to discover a pair of Canada geese (Branta canadensis) had co-opted the osprey nest. The geese fledged … Continue reading

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Osprey Carrying Fish

One last osprey picture for this season: Most osprey (Pandion haliaetus) that breed in North America winter in Central and South America. Almost all of the osprey that I followed this summer have departed, with only one or two stragglers … Continue reading

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2015 Juvenile Osprey

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I followed two osprey (Pandion haliaetus) nests this summer near Crystal Lake (Shasta County CA) . Happily each nest fledged two youngsters. Pictured are the juvenile osprey from one of the nests. These birds are identified as juveniles because the … Continue reading

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