The first day of spring. Nest-building has been going on for several days now. The male makes repeated forays to the shore and always returns with a stick. The female remains on the nest and supervises.
Our ospreys favor a casual nest design and they’ve built one each of the four years they’ve lived on this platform. As with most such plans, it takes a lot of work to look as if it was just thrown together.
The nest is round, of course, and by now it’s high enough for the female to settle in with only her head showing. Every year, they have arranged a spray of long branches drooping off the right side. We wonder if this is their signature nest design, and if other ospreys build unique nests.