Ospreys building nests is an annual event here at Tideland trail. The biggest part of this old nest blew down over the winter. There was just a small piece left but they are now bringing sticks and adding to it. While watching these birds building a nest, you realize just how difficult it must be for them. They are so entertaining to watch and fun to photograph. This is a good place to meet other photographers hoping to get that special photo of this pair. I dropped by this morning after my chiropractor visit and found them to be quite active.
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Did you know?
“Osprey nests are built of sticks and lined with bark, sod, grasses, vines, algae, or flotsam and jetsam. The male usually fetches most of the nesting material—sometimes breaking dead sticks off nearby trees as he flies past—and the female arranges it. Nests on artificial platforms, especially in a pair’s first season, are relatively small—less than 2.5 feet in diameter and 3–6 inches deep. After generations of adding to the nest year after year, Ospreys can end up with nests 10–13 feet deep and 3–6 feet in diameter—easily big enough for a human to sit in.Hope that you enjoy the photos and remember that clicking on any of them will make them larger”. (source: allaboutbirds.org)
Soon there will be babies. Some nesting facts:
- Clutch Size – 1-4 eggs
- Number of Broods – 1 brood
- Egg Length – 2.2–2.7 in (5.5–6.8 cm)
- Egg Width – 1.7–2 in (4.2–5 cm)
- Nesting Period – 50-55 days
- Egg Description – Cream to pinkish cinnamon; wreathed and spotted with reddish brown.
- Condition at Hatching – Capable of limited motion. Covered with down and with eyes openAfter viewing the last two photos, we should see babies in about 50-55 days. I will keep you updated.