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Thread subject: Not yet...not yet.
Name Date Message
Marie 09/18/05 02:29 am I took a drive late this afternoon to see if any of the local ospreys were still in Victoria.
# 1 NEST was WITHOUT occupants. Unlike the 13th of Sept when Pam and I visited to find both the adult male still bringing home fish for the juvenile. The lady who lives opposite this nest rang me yesterday to say she hadn't seen any ospreys since the 13th. Would be too much of a co-incident for this family to have stayed just long enough till Pam had visited. I would like to think that was the case.
# 2 nest = zip.
# 3 nest ..did have the one and only juvenile that hatched here still calling for food. First time I have seen it back at the nest since it had fledged. Wasn't long before the male came in carrying something that looked like a fish. The passive behaviour , the calls and the wing mantling activity started as soon as it saw its parent. However the male had nothing other than a STICK which it seemed to throw at the young osprey as it flew past the nest. Naturally the stick fell to the ground. It wasn't my imagination...it was totally weird. The juvenile took off after its parent screaming. They circled around together gathering height till I lost them way up high.......
What was this behaviour I had witnessed? I had never seen it before. Was this the irritated behaviour of a parent that wanted to get going on migration and its young hadn't learnt fully to catch its own fish yet. Was the parent( male) unable to fly south yet because of its inherent responsibility to ensure that the young know how to fish properly.
Who knows what birds think and feel. Sure is interesting to watch bird behaviours though.
Celeste 09/18/05 05:04 am Well I definitely think the male parent was sending a message to "move on".....! I understand here on Long Island at the Sands Motel....(where there is an osprey nest on their property) that when both parents have left, for several days the fledglings are "confused" before they realize that they must start their own migration! Perhaps by finally leaving, the male at the Sands "sends" a similar message to his fledges!
RonS 09/18/05 01:51 pm Hmmmm....."Tough Love" in action??

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