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Thread subject: Osprey Nests active.
Name Date Message
Marie 06/05/05 06:01 pm I took a quick look at my favorite Osprey nest on the way home after co-leading a "'Beyond Beginners Bird Course" this am at 6.30. The nest had just been visited by the male witha fish-drop-off. Just missed it by 5 mins but the female was doing her rip and tear activity and leaning into the nest indicating she was feeding hatchlings. The male flew off after a short while. He had his back to the nest, female and hatchlings. ( Novelty of seeing his chicks had worn off already???)
He disappeard toward the golf course. I would imagine that the chicks are only a few days old in that nest. I didn't check the others today. Another day this next week perhaps.
My morning with another leader was lots of fun. We climbed the entire hill that is home to the big Atrophysical Observatory. Along the route we saw a family of GHO's in the woods. The female had three fluffy young learning to fly. Nice encounter with these owls. Further up into a more dense forest we found a Pileated Woodpeckers nest and watched the female feed her young. Two little heads popped out of the hole when the female appraoched. This was the highest pileated nest I had ever seen. Almost got neck strain from looking up so long. The view at the top of the hill rewarded us with wonderful views across the Victoria and surrounding area. We also had encounters with several families of House Wrens. Baby birds were everywhere, including the young of Robins, Juncos, California Quail, Brown Creepers and other little sparrow species. The young often don't look at all like their parents, so to ID these little ones is a challenge even for so called experts. Watching and waiting to see which bird showed up to feed its young often made ID easy. We had 45 species of bird this morning which in 4 and a half hours wasn't bad. One of the participants was a young boy of 7. He had 20 bird calls in his repotoir of sounds that HE could make which were extrodinary. I was amazed. He was shy to boot, so would wander off into the woods at the bottom of the hill and make these marvelous sounds just to confuse us all when we adults were discussing the birds. Apparently his Dad said he listens to bird tapes at home and mimics their sound till he gets it perfect. Fortunately he left these wonderful sounds till we had finished our trip, so he didn't get me too confused throughout the trip. Now I wonder what he will be and do when he gets to be all grown up...;-))
One of our brightest coloured birds was a Western Tanager. A beautifull male. Gorgeous.!
The hummingbirds were out in good numbers but only two species. It really was a great meander into an area I rarely go to.
Pam 06/05/05 06:42 pm Thanks once more for sharing with us Marie. Sounds a very rewarding morning for you. Hope you took lots of photos, particularly of the owls. Have mentally bookmarked this as something I would like to see in September (but not at 6.30 a.m.)
Marie 06/05/05 09:17 pm Oh Pam,
Can't really take many pictures when I am suppose to teach...but I took just a few of the owl, robin, tanager and some baby birds. One day after work this week I will head into that area and see if the owls are around still. They do make good subjests to photograph as they generally sit still, however this morning the 3 young owls were all over the place and so was mom.
cathy 06/05/05 11:56 pm Now I know what this favorite osprey site is like! I think its the one on the light pole in the soccer field. How wonderful that there is a new family there for you to observe (and they you). Can you tell if its the same or different ospreys as last year?
Marie 06/06/05 02:40 am Cathy I do believe this is a new pair. The male is definitely different from last years male for he has a few flecks of brown on his chest. Last years male was pure white in the chest and a very regal osprey indeed. This one is different. Havent had much chance to really study the female as she has been incubating since I returned from England, but you are right, it is the nest where we took photos at the ball park. The place was alive with yelling adults pitching balls. It is amazing how tolerant these birds are of the noise.
Yes I am sure they will be watching me too.
Celeste 06/06/05 05:13 am What a wonderful day Marie.... I am wondering too what path the young boy will follow as he grows up...."a work in progress" for a future "Poole", Puleston, Marie, etc"?:))

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