Osprey Nest 2


Osprey nests are large, built of sticks, and lined with bark, grass, algae. A sundry of shore line flotsam and jetsam are frequently found incorporated into their structures: plastic bags, pieces of plastic toys, fishing line and more. Ospreys have a strong desire to carry items back to their nest. They are beachcombers.

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Looking at an osprey nest, one can tell how the world has changed. Writing in Ospreys: A Natural and Unnatural History, Alan Poole lists the oddities found in osprey nests in the nineteenth century: a rag doll; a small doormat; a toy sailboat complete with sail; a feather duster; barrel staves and hoops; a boot-jack; 20 feet of hem rope; a blacking brush; a remnant from an oilskin rain slicker; and bleached-out bones from domestic animals like cattle and sheep. Now, in the twenty first century we find: rubber boots; bicycle tires; Hula Hoops; sections of television antennas; bikini tops; styrofoam cups and plastic hamburger containers.

Here are some items used in osprey nest construction over the last couple of years.


About Harriett Raptor

Harriett O. Raptor 8-year-old mother of five, lifelong mate of Ozzie Raptor until he perished last year, fluent in telepathy with The Doctor and possessor of genetic memory. She is an intellectual, a scholar, philosopher and thinker; a wise, learned osprey especially distinguished for her expertise on the H. sapiens problem.
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