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Thread subject: Dennis Removing Fish From the Nest??
Name Date Message
Tiger 05/22/05 02:38 pm Does Dennis remove fish from the nest because he wants to eat it or is it to keep the nest clean?

Mind you Betty had a piece hidden away this morning and it provided an welcome early breakfast.
DaveS 05/22/05 04:14 pm I think the birds, by nature, don't like to waste food. If it's not taken quickly, the fish is fair game for anyone! We see that as the chicks get bigger and start competing for the food.
Melanie 05/22/05 04:20 pm I don't remember Dennis04 taking the leftovers out of the nest. Aren't they also picky about how fresh the fish is? Seems I read that somewhere a few years ago.
Mickey 05/22/05 04:35 pm Dennis04 did remove fish if it wasnt all eaten Mel. I think we all also concluded that Osprey cant smell or arent concerned by smells in the nest. After 4 months it must be a gawd aweful stinky nest.
Marie 05/22/05 05:24 pm Birds are concerned too about snaitation of their nest so perhaps Dennis helps keep the nest relatively sanitary......besides eagles are carrion eaters and we know that they will seek out smelly dead fish. Not that they have a great sense of smell. Only VULTURES are reputed to have an incredible sense of smell. Food left in the osprey's nest could attract unwanted preditors. Eagles will destroy the ospreys young if they discover there is more than fish in the nest........ospreys wouldn't be able to defend their young against the intrusion of an eagle.
Marie 05/22/05 05:42 pm Birds are concerned too about snaitation of their nest so perhaps Dennis helps keep the nest relatively sanitary......besides eagles are carrion eaters and we know that they will seek out smelly dead fish. Not that they have a great sense of smell. Only VULTURES are reputed to have an incredible sense of smell. Food left in the osprey's nest could attract unwanted preditors. Eagles will destroy the ospreys young if they discover there is more than fish in the nest........ospreys wouldn't be able to defend their young against the intrusion of an eagle.

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