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Thread subject: Osprey nesting on ground
Name Date Message
martyc35 03/16/11 07:50 pm This MOM with three eggs was found on the beach at Martha's Vineyard recently. The pic was taken by a JMKnapp, who apparently lives near there. I hope she and her eggs will be safe.
marty
Celeste 03/16/11 08:54 pm Gardiners Island, (privately owned) on Long Island, at one time had over 300 nests before DDT, many of which were on the ground. However, even today, there are still some nests on the ground as there are no natural predators to the ground nests. It's one of the few places in the world where osprey ground nests can thrive. I'm wondering if this Martha's Vineyard stretch of beach is isolated, no predators etc. that this osprey felt comfortable to make a ground nest. I've seen platform nests on the Island that if one got to close, the osprey would get agitated, so I'm thinking that this osprey is not feeling threatened?

ospreynests
martyc35 03/17/11 02:06 pm That's interesting, Celeste. Thanks for the link. I think it's a fairly isolated spot on Martha's Vineyard. The person who took the pic said a naturalist who goes there waited for the osprey to leave and went to count the eggs. They seem to be leaving her alone while she's on the nest.
marty
Melanie 03/17/11 03:45 pm Is that really from this year or am I reading this wrong? I would think it is way too early for eggs.

On some of the Chesapeake islands there are ground nests but there can be no predators. Can't imagine there not being any on the Vineyard. Like most of Cape Cod they have skunks and raccoons that you could put a saddle on!
martyc35 03/17/11 07:23 pm Yes, I wondered about the timing, too. I don't know this person, whose pics just showed up in an online diary a few days ago. Could be from a previous year and he just didn't say so. I may try asking, but not sure I'll get an answer.
marty (love your Irish joke, Mel)

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