Papa has been busy collecting grassy material for the nest. Either Mama has complained about the discomfort of sitting on sticks 24/7 or the chicks are almost here. Or both.
Monday, May 23, 2011
After three years as the ospreys' neighbors, we have been accepted. Jack went out for a sail in Little Bird, our ketch. Mama kept a sharp yellow eye on him, but made not a peep. When he returned, she was still on the nest, of course, but she moved her head from side to side as he pulled up to the pier. According to a raptor expert we know, that's the way that hawks customarily greet each other. After a time, some people are deemed worthy of being considered hawks and also get the side to side head bob. We're in!
Posted by Marcia at 12:50 PM
Sunday, May 15, 2011
After a tumultuous beginning, the ospreys have adopted a lifestyle befitting parents-to-be. Their nest has grown larger and sturdier, and the couple spends more time there -- without the rapturous wing-flapping and sky-diving of earlier this spring. About a week ago, the female took to the nest full-time. Today her mate arrived with a fish. After eating, both stood on the edge of the nest inspecting their eggs. Then she settled in once more.
Posted by Marcia at 2:27 PM