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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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Osprey and Kingbirds on Friday

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The female osprey was in her nest as usual this afternoon. Look at the size of this nest–and she felt it needed yet another stick the other day.

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So mama osprey was sitting in her nest when suddenly two smaller birds appeared and began dive-bombing the nest.

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It turns out they were Eastern Kingbirds, and this behavior is called mobbing. They were harassing the osprey but not hurting her.

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The kingbirds flew off after a few minutes and the osprey looked down at me. She looks as if she’s irritated that I didn’t do anything to help out.

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No babies in sight today, but I took several photos of the female osprey.

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Looking very regal here.

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She posed for a side view.

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One more of the osprey.

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Osprey on Tuesday

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I stopped by the community college today (without Max) and checked on the osprey nest. The female osprey was up there as usual and the male wasn’t around. After a short time the female flew off, leaving the nest unattended, which worried me a little. But when baby ospreys are around 6 weeks old the mother will leave them sometimes to find food, so I hope that was it.

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A few minutes later the osprey returned, carrying a branch. It looks to me as if the nest has more than enough branches already, but she must have felt it needed more.

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She landed in the nest, moved around a little, and lifted her wings as she settled herself.

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No babies in sight today, but they could just be out of sight down in the middle of that huge nest. I’ll keep checking on them.

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Baby Osprey Sighting

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Max and I went for another walk today. The male osprey was sitting on another light pole near the nest, keeping an eye on things.

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Looking around.

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He had his bill partially open most of the time. In this shot he looks as if he’s sticking out his tongue at me.

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Back in the nest, the female osprey was sitting in her usual spot. If you look carefully under her wing on the right side of the photo, between the two branches sticking up, you can see a pink spot.

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I cropped in on the pink spot, and it looked like a baby bird’s open bill with a little tongue sticking out.

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I searched through my other shots of mama osprey in this position, and found one where the baby’s eyes could be seen. Look on either side of the branch sticking up by the pink mouth, and you can see two eyes.

 

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I’m enjoying watching the ospreys, but photography is a definitely a challenge. The ospreys are way up on top of  tall light poles, and even with my zoom lens I have to crop in on the big adult birds. I’m eager for the babies to grow bigger so they’re easier to see and photograph.

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