Category Archives: Ospreys

Osprey nests 1

Osprey nests are built of sticks and lined with bark, sod, grasses, vines, algae, or flotsam and jetsam. The male fetches the nesting material and the female arranges it.

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Mating

If the sky dance is spectacular foreplay, then the copulation itself is fast and furious, lasting just a few seconds. Successful fertilization requires a “cloacal kiss.”   A male will land on a female’s back many times without this final … Continue reading

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Cold, Wet, Windy

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Courtship

Early in the breeding season, males typically perform an undulating aerial display called the “sky-dance.” At the top of each undulation, males hover briefly with their legs dangling and their tails fanned, and then dive downward with their wings drawn … Continue reading

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Nest repairs 2

Older, more experienced birds arrive in their old nesting areas first, always to the very same nest they built the year before. Males precede females by three or four days and start to rebuild their nest.

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Nest repairs

“Jonathan and I have taken care of the Eagle threat,” said Harriett. “Next, nest repairs.” “I do so want the Doctor to be proud of me.”

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Problem resolved

It’s not the size   Hell hath no fury! Plus, it was two against one. “No contest,” said Harriett. “We no longer have a problem.”

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