There are two Osprey platforms within a few miles of us here in the valley, and we stopped at both of them on the evening I described yesterday. The first platform is on a sideroad near what we call '6 Corners' west of Ceylon. It too was occupied this year.
This platform is close to what seemed like a maze of hydro wires to me; it was impossible to get a picture without them. One of the Osprey is sitting on the hydro pole, and the other bird is on the nest. At this location we saw no sign of young, but with both birds sitting near and on the nest, you would expect the young are there.
We drove slowly down the road, the bird on the hydro pole didn't budge. We got a good look.
Then the bird on the nest flew in a large circle and came back to land beside its mate.
Since it was entirely Mrs. F.G.'s idea to drive down this road and see if Osprey were present, I have to give her all the credit!
Having been successful at that site, we drove over to the causeway across Lake Eugenia, even though sunset was approaching. As I shared yesterday, two Osprey were sitting on the nest. This seems like a bigger, older nest, with a deeper pile of twigs to create it.
One of the birds flew, but the other never did, though it moved around a bit.
We saw no young in the nest, but there were two birds that looked like Osprey sitting in the tops of dead trees some distance down the shoreline. We suspect these were the young of the year, now nearly full grown, and learning to fish for themselves.
Meanwhile we had a really good look at the bird sitting on the nest, while it stared right back at us.
So nice to see these birds successfully nest in such a public location. I'm sure cottagers and residents on the lake enjoy watching them catch fish!
It feels like we're getting a bit of a break in this unpleasantly hot weather tonight and temperatures are forecast to stay at more seasonal levels (mid-20's) for the coming weeks. Not only is there rain in the forecast, there is a wide band of rain approaching from Michigan on the radar. Here's hoping; I've never seen it this dry here.