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A Few for Monday

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The juvenile ospreys have left their nests, and the nests are currently empty, with no ospreys hanging around. Here’s one of my last sightings of the young osprey in the first nest, poking its head up from the huge pile of branches on the light pole.

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This is an adult osprey with yellow eyes, sitting by itself on another utility pole–maybe enjoying its freedom from the responsibilities of raising its young.

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The osprey noticed me and camera.

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I haven’t seen anymore Killdeer babies, but here’s an adult.

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Juvenile Osprey on Monday

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A few shots for today of the juvenile osprey in the first nest. Here’s the young osprey in the nest on the light pole.

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Looks like it’s sticking out its tongue at the camera here.

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This bird doesn’t seem to mind the camera, and in fact seemed interested in watching me with the camera.

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The young osprey bent its neck from side to side while watching me. A little to the right here…

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And way to the left here.

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A profile view of the juvenile osprey.

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Ospreys on Sunday

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An osprey update today: the juvenile osprey in the first nest appears to be thriving. When I first spotted it in the nest, I didn’t see either parent and the young bird was moving around and calling noisily.

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Lots of noise from the young osprey.

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Until suddenly mother’s head popped up. She gave the juvenile bird a look, and the young bird had the same expression as a reprimanded child. You can see the color difference in their eyes here–the mother osprey has light yellow eyes, while the juvenile has orange eyes.

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The two ospreys looking around. Mother osprey seems to be watching the camera.

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One more of the ospreys. Mother’s “necklace” of brownish streaks and splotches is visible here, an indication that she’s a female. The young bird has some brownish smudges on its chest but nothing distinct. It could be either a male or a female.

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Sunday Photos

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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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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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