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Thread subject: The Third Bird
Name Date Message
RonS 04/12/04 11:52 am A possible explanation of the third adult at the nest (see the messages from 4/9/04) is this paragraph that I found on the Friends of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge site.
"First, a cam watcher wanted to know if the young ospreys from last year have been seen at Blackwater. Osprey young need about two or three years to mature before they are ready to return from southern migration grounds; but when they return for their first breeding attempt, most ospreys will come back to the place where they were born. Something interesting we did see on March 20 was a shot of three ospreys sitting on the cam nest. It's certainly possible one of these ospreys was a former fledgling from an earlier nesting season."
Cecilia 04/12/04 12:28 pm Hey, I bet you are right! I know I'd try to go back to my "room" if I showed up in "my home town" a couple of years later :-)
Celeste 04/12/04 03:09 pm It does makes perfect sense Ron and Cecilia. Maybe if this population of osprey in this area becomes so successful and thriving, more platform nests might be needed as more and more fledglings return to their "roots".
RonS 04/12/04 04:04 pm ..and wouldn't THAT be a delightful problem!!

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