Ospreys are beachcombers. 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.
Looking at an osprey nest, one can tell how the world has changed.
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, styrofoam cups and plastic hamburger containers.
Here are some items used in osprey nest construction over the last couple of years.
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