The sun burns its way through a light mist. The purples martins seem unusually active. There is a steady northeast breeze at 5 mph and my friend Magic is showing off for Tweedy.
It is going to be a beautiful day on the North River.
Over at the big nest I heard the Doctor grumble. Marley forgot it was the weekend and began his wake up duty. Once he gets started, Marley faithfully finishes the job he has started. Good boy Marley.
“I’m glad you spoke to her”, said Harriett. You may think she was not listening, but just hearing it from you makes a difference”.
Ozzie was not so sure.
“Did you tell her about her reversible talons?
Ozzie continued rearranging the nest with speaking
“No matter, she’ll figure it out quickly” Harriett chirped.
The Osprey’s talons are specially adapted to allow one of its three front toes to bend backwards so that there are two claws pointing forward and two in reverse on each foot. No other bird of prey has this ability. It helps secure a good grip on a slippery fish. In addition osprey have sharp spicules on the underside of the toes, and backwards-facing scales on the talons which act as barbs to help hold its catch.
“Why are we talking about fishing when she can’t even fly yet”? Ozzie interrupted.
“Take it easy”, reassured Harriett. “I believe Tweedy will be flying by the end of the week”. You saw her flapping her wings yesterday. I think she is doing very well. In fact I think she is advanced for her age”.
All mothers say that”’ thought Ozzie.
Ouch, I wouldn’t want to be pinched by those talons!
Angela used to paint her beak and talons with red and blue berry juice.