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Thread subject: Osprey Fledglings.
Name Date Message
Marie 08/02/05 01:56 am Today, Monday was a holiday in Victoria. Infact it was British Columbia day so I didn't have to work. BC is the province where Victoria is situated. Having spent two days in Vancouver this W/E with my grand-babies I decided to day had to be spent with the 'birds'. 6hrs of it and it was well worth the time.
I spent much of the day with the Fledgling Ospreys at nest# 1 . Here both osprey chicks have taken to the air. They are flying very well. One even flew to a tree and snapped off a twig just to show mother, in the nest, how good he/she was at this new activity. I could hear it snap when the juvenile grabbed it. Food was brought in on several occasions, mostly by the female. Didn't see much of the male today. Too hot I guess. The female was very proficient with her catch. One time it only took 20mins for her return, fully loaded.
She would stay in the nest with the youngest to ensure that it got all the fish. The bigger fledgling was content to wait. I think it was full from an earlier drop-off for it never harrassed the other fledgling. It remained on a light post close to the nest without uttering a sound. Was the presence of the adult in the nest the impetus that compelled this fledgling to remain at its perch? Infact it was a very well behaved day all round. No fights no squabbles. These two, after a feed would often perch together on one of the lamp poles. At other times one would fly off to the woods and watch all the other birds around.It was so curious of life above and below. It looked like it would fly to the ground to pick up something but it never did. It would almost lose balance while peering down full of curiosity.Thank goodness for those big wings that provided balance when extended. These are the moments we miss on the DPOF. We can't see beyound the vidoe screen. These osprey juveniles are like little children. They watch every plane, every bird passing overhead and scan the horizon with their bobbing heads looking for a parent to arrive. Their calls and body posture changed just as we have seen on DPOF when they spot a parent. I left this nest and returned much later to watch them again in the late afternoon sun. Their parents are very attentive at this stage. Even when I thought they were alone a parent would suddenly fly from the trees and make its self known.
Meanwhile I headed to #2 nest site where only a lone adult perched on the twiggy nest. No young this year. Too bad.
#3 nest only has one chick in it. This pair were late with eggs and incubation, so their one and only chick is about two-three weeks later than the other two that have fledged at nest # 1. This lone chick was at the stage where it sparkled in the sunlight and stretched its gangly wings. It was quite quiet for the two hours I watched. Its mother spent much of the time perched on another light pole. She would fly around a number of times to stretch her wings. After a while the male flew into a very tall tree at the outer edge of the ball field and remained perched. I thought at first it had a fish but it never shared it, even if it did have one.It was a long way off and partially hidden by branches to really see what it had. The female landed in the nest a couple of times and it sounded like she shouted at the 'KID' to wake up. The youngster did just that. Stretched its wings , bounced around for a minute or two and then settled down again. Sleep was needed on this hot afternoon. It hardly uttered a sound. I think Mama wanted Papa in the tall tree to go fishing and he would be more inclined if the 'kid' was heard bleating for food. It didn't work. The' KID '' was too sleepy. The female isn't a very noisy bird either so she flew to yet another light pole and looked at her self repeatedly in the highly polished lamp covers. I thought this was fascinating. She really was peering at her reflection over and over again. I had seen this activity last week when I visited this nesting pair of ospreys. Now, is this what we call vanity? I left nest #3 wondering what she thought of her reflection and whether she really had thoughts on this subject.

Celeste 08/02/05 06:07 am Each time we watch our cam, I "wonder" what is happening outside of our view......thank you for the enlightment, now we can imagine more clearly!
Shelley 08/02/05 08:13 am Marie, you make me smile!! I wonder if she thought her reflection was another osprey?! It reminds me of budgies in cages, pecking and talking to their reflections in their little mirrors.

karen 08/02/05 09:05 am Marie thanks for the wonderful descriptions of life beyond the cam.
Madeline 08/02/05 01:20 pm Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day; doing what you like best. That is being with your grandchildren and Osprey watching. Is there a web site to view these osprey, nests, or are they just out there in the wild?
Marie 08/02/05 11:55 pm Sorry Madeline...there are no web cams at this time link to any of our osprey nests within the Victoria area. Although they are very accessible and right in the city no one has taken responsibility for them that I am aware of. Canadian Fisheries and Wildlife maybe documenting the breeding season of these three sites that I watch but I am not sure.I report to the Wild life tree stewardship program for the eagles and now the ospreys too.
I just love looking around at the base of these nests and on the grassy ball fields for I find some real feather treasures. There are numerous big sticks that the ospreys drop when attempting to add sticks to their nests. They are such hap-hazzard arrangements of twigs, that one wonders how they stay up there all year long. Perhaps the fish remains( and there can't be much of that) and the occasional mis-aimed defecation help cement the twigs together over time.Also all that seaweed and turf balls that come into the nest from time to time must add some ''stuffing'' to the nest structure that help holds it all together. Any way many thoughts go through my mind as I stand watching these lovely creatures.

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