Ospreys require nest sites in open surroundings for easy approach, with a wide, sturdy base and safety from ground predators (such as raccoons).
Our nests are built of sticks and lined with bark, sod, grasses, vines, algae, or any kind of flotsam and jetsam we might fancy.
The male usually fetches most of the nesting material — sometimes breaking dead sticks off nearby trees as he flies past—and the female arranges the nest.
Nests on artificial platforms, especially in a pair’s first season, are relatively small — less than 2.5 feet in diameter and 3–6 inches deep.
After generations of adding to the nest year after year, Ospreys can end up being huge.
This will be Johnathan’s second year. It will be my sixth.