What to Expect


Adult male Ospreys usually arrive at their nesting sites a few days before the females. Together they build or rebuild their nest from last year. After a brief courtship (including The Sky Dance), the female settles into her nest and continues to make it comfortable. If all goes well, eggs are laid. There will be only one brood each year.

Age at first breeding: 3-5 years

On average, the period from first mating to egg laying is:

1st Egg 16 days
2nd Egg 19 days
3rd Egg 22 days

Number of eggs: Usually 3

“I know what you’re thinking Doctor.  You certainly have been non-communicative this year. What’s the matter? Has your telepathy failed you?  I can feel your brain working. If you won’t say it, I will.”

“The doctor is calculating when I may lay my first egg. However he is nervous, anxious, apprehensive. Last year’s surprise of Ozzie’s demise and a nest of no eggs really shook him. But, that’s what I’ve been trying to tell him all along.”

This is nature. This is the real thing. You never know what to expect. That’s why our relationship is so important.”


About Harriett Raptor

Eight-year-old mother of five, fluent in telepathy, a possessor of genetic memory, a genius and scholar. Harriett holds the equivalent of a PhD in philosophy, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and the Homo sapiens’ concept of the humanities. Her understanding of mathematics and logic are beyond Homo sapiens’ current comprehension. Harriett is a thinker, a wise osprey, especially distinguished for her expertise in the Homo sapiens problem.
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3 Responses to What to Expect

  1. Vicky says:

    Cozy nest miss Harriet!!!

    • As cozy as they come! Like the doctor said, “I am a master at nest making”. I agree with you, it sure is coming along very well and the grass that Jonathan brought looks very comfortable.

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