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At the community college where I’ve been taking Max for walks. The baseball field (where osprey nest 2 is located) is in the distance on the right, where a bit of the score board is visible.

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This little bird is a juvenile bluebird–it’s mostly brown now, with a little blue on its tail and back.

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Flowering bush that Max and I pass on our walks.

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This one looks like the juvenile starling that was harassing its parents for food in our yard. I recognize that wide-open mouth.

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Kingbird sitting in the middle of a maze of branches.

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And a couple of osprey shots, of course.

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One more with wings spread wide.

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Three for Saturday

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This is the first osprey nest I discovered. I knew there was at least one baby osprey after getting a glimpse of it tucked down under its mother’s wing. Mother is up there as usual today, and if you look to the left….

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Yes, it’s a baby osprey head poking up! You can just about see the orange eyes of the little one.

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Mother osprey guarding her nest.

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More Birds on Friday

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This Eastern Kingbird was perched in a pine tree near the first osprey nest, so it’s likely it’s one of the kingbirds that mobbed the nest last week.

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The kingbird didn’t seem to mind the camera.

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Osprey in flight–one of the pair of ospreys from the second nest.

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This bird appears to have the “necklace” of brown spots and markings that often indicates a female, so it may be the mother bird.

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The osprey was swooping and circling in the sky, and really seemed to be keeping a close eye on Max and me as it flew.

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Geese and Ducks on Thursday

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Max and I saw a couple of goose families and a duck family today at the community college. When I drove into the parking lot we use, I saw shallow puddles here and there from the rain the other day. These puddles were less than an inch deep, but two goslings were enjoying just sitting in one of them. There was an adult goose nearby, supervising them.

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A goose family with seven older goslings, strolling down the sidewalk together.

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And that same family having a swim in the pond.

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This mother duck had several ducklings. She found a wet area in the grass where the little ones could be in the water.

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A few of the ducklings. They were all mixes of yellow and brown.

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Mother duck walking off with her babies trying to paddle after her.

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After the Rain on Wednesday

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More rain today, very heavy at times, but we do need it. After it stopped I went out with Max and the camera, and the first thing I spotted was this Mourning Dove up in a tree. It seemed to be grooming itself after the storm.

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Mourning Dove, looking a little better.

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One more of the dove.

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Nearby a squirrel was running up a tree branch, but it froze when it saw me.

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It was motionless for a couple of minutes.

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And then it turned to look around before going on up the branch.

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Raindrops on branches and vines.

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Raindrops on a leaf.

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Geese and Ducks on Tuesday

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Canada geese swimming in a pond.

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The goose farthest to the left has a white spot on top of its head–I don’t think I’ve ever noticed one like that before.

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I’ve seen this Muscovy duck swimming with its wings raised like this several times, but never got a photo before.

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One more of the duck.

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Back at home, here’s Max following a trail in the backyard.

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Baby Osprey on Monday

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Things didn’t look promising for a baby osprey sighting at the first nest today. The female osprey was sitting up with her wings slightly open, but no sign of babies around her.

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I went on over to the second nest which is in a different area of the community college campus, on top of a tall light pole like the first nest. At first it looked a lot like the first nest–a single adult bird in sight which I think was a female also. But wait–what are those pointy bits poking out to the right of her leg?

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It was the open bill of a young bird under/beside her.

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Baby ospreys have orange eyes which turn yellow as they mature. You can see one of the orange eyes on this little one, partially blocked by a stick.

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A better look at the baby’s face and orange eye. The shadows from the mother’s body make it look a bit darker, almost red.

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Mother osprey and her little one. There may have been more than one baby in the huge nest, but this was the only one I spotted.

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One more of the osprey and her baby.

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