Sunday, March 27, 2011

MARCH 27, 2011

We are trying to remember what we saw.  When we got up this morning, a  large, dark bird was hulking over the nest.  Beside it was a smaller figure that also looked like a bird.  Absorbed with the Sunday papers, we didn't give it a lot of thought.

By early afternoon, the large bird was gone and the smaller shape had not moved.  Jack went out on the dock to investigate. The shape is a bird that looks much like a decapitated osprey.  Large bones are caught in the sticks hanging over the edge of the nesting platform.

Overhead an osprey wheels in the sky, then drops to the nest.  We think it's the female.  She stands for a long moment on the corpse.  She looks about as if she's trying to understand what has happened. Then she takes to the skies again.

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