Three years ago I started watching a pair of nesting Osprey in Maine. That year there were three eggs. I watch them hatch, I watch them hustle for food and I watch them grow into three beautiful birds. I was able to watch them fledge (leave the nest). It was an incredible experience.
Because these birds will come back to the same nest every year I started watching again in April. I wasn’t disappointed at first. There were only two eggs that year. Or rather only two hatched. The third never did. When the two young birds we’re only about a month or so old they were taken in the night by what was believed to be Eagles. It was over in seconds but it was heart wrenching. Within a few days the nesting pair left.
For the last few days I’ve been checking in with my nesting Osprey in Maine. This morning there was only one adult bird there and she seemed to be reflective. She was standing at the edge of the nest looking down. Whoever was controlling the camera got a close up shot and I must say the view was spectacular. Several hours later I checked it again only to discover there are, I think, two eggs underneath this beautiful bird of prey. It must’ve happened moments ago as one is still covered in what looks to be blood. Mama looks happy. Well as happy as a bird of prey can be sitting on top of bunches of sticks very high up in the trees. Not my idea for a nursery.
As I watch this incredible creature I am humbled. She and her mate have created a home with twigs and sticks and moss. I don’t know how long they’ve been coming to this nest but I do know that they will continue to do so for the rest of their lives. And they will stay together.
Originally the nest she is sitting in, was partially created by humans in order to entice a nesting pair to make this spot their home. A platform was constructed high in the trees overlooking a bay. Cameras were also added so we could watch the miracle of life unfold. Ospreys eat predominately fish so it is a great location.
Oooh, Papa just came back and kicked Mama off the eggs. I stand corrected there’s only one egg. He was giving it quite the once over. I guess he is checking out his progeny. Ospreys usually lay at least a couple of eggs so it will be interesting to see if she lays any more. I’m so excited to watch this year! Let the good times roll!
If you want to check them out: http://explore.org/live-cams/player/osprey-nest