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Thread subject: And how the heck do they stay anchored??!
Name Date Message
Shelley 04/20/05 06:48 pm I am tempted to turn off my audio, the sound of the wind is so fierce!!!! Is Betty digging her talons into the nesting material? How on earth does she stay put?!! Is it possible that she could actually blow away? This sounds ludicrous, even as I write it, but just listening to the wind, it amazes me that she looks so calm, not to mention, anchored. Heck, if the entire nest, pole and all, doesn't blow away, I'd be amazed....!!
JoJo 04/20/05 08:54 pm Here is an interesting tidbit about the weight of an osprey nest plus a few other tidbits. I have also read that the weight of the nest, with its complex boards, twigs, sticks and such contributes to its managing not to get completely blown away. Of course, a hurricane/hurricane like winds can do major damage. And with those talons, I bet these creatures can hold on to just about anything!

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âOsprey nests can be used for a very long time and the average number of years is 40-45. They are passed down from generation to generation. In making their nest, Osprey use anything they can find. They will use anything from garbage to stolen parts from other birds' nests. It will normally make its nest in any dead trees or man made structures. In unusual cases, the Osprey will build its nest on the ground, on duck blinds, or old windmills. It normally takes 2-3 weeks for an Osprey to complete its nest. It is by far one of the most flexible raptors when it comes to adding man made objects to its nest. When making the nest, the male and the female work together but the female is usually the one who contributes the most. The average weight of an Osprey nest has been given as 400 lbs in some areas.â

Web site: http://www.twingroves.district96.k12.il.us/Wetlands/Osprey/OspreyLife.html
Cecilia 04/21/05 08:40 am I've noticed that they often try to face into the wind, more or less, which helps them act as an airfoil and the wind can flow right over them. I also think that the bowl of the nest is lower than the sides and that that offers some protection too. And certainly their talons would allow them to hang on to anything but, as we've seen, they usually curl them up as they walk around and settle onto their eggs. If there is a "reunion" this year and you get to come Shelley, you will be stunned how big this nest is...it would take a hurricane to bring it down, unless the support pole snapped for some reason.
Cecilia 04/21/05 08:40 am I'm getting that "Couldn't connect to DB" message everytime I try to change pages or post. Then when I tried several times the above message got posted twice. Now I've discovered that although you can edit a message you can't remove your name, date and message number :-)
Tiger 04/21/05 12:20 pm You can DELETE a message Cecilia. That gets rid of them completely.
Cecilia 04/21/05 12:57 pm Thanks Tiger. I missed seeing that option. Kathy emailed me about it too. I love how we all look out for each other :-)
Kathy 04/21/05 01:45 pm Since I couldn't connect to DB, I decided to e-mail you. :-)

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