GLOUCESTER’S BABY OSPREY!

So many thanks to GMG’s Paul Morrison for the excursion out to photograph the Osprey nest on the Annisquam. And thank you to Paul’s sister Kathy for the suggestion. We were there for only a short time when we began to see movement beneath the adult perched on the nest’s edge. After a few moments, the nestling’s shape became visible, but only for seconds, before it settled back deeper into the nest.

Osprey and fledgling Annisquam Essex County copyright Kim Smith

Some interesting facts about Ospreys:

Their population has rebounded following the ban on the pesticide DDT.

This hawk is easy to identify when flying over head as it has a whiter belly than other raptors.

The male gathers the nesting material while the female builds the nest. Osprey return to the same nesting sight and nest, building and rebuilding the nest up over a period of many generations. The man made nesting platforms that we see in Essex County are relatively new nests. Osprey nests that are built up over decades can reach 10 to 13 feet deep and 3-6 feet in diameter, large enough for an adult to sit in.

The osprey’s diet consists almost exclusively of fish, nearly 80 different species of fish are eaten by osprey. Sounds like a Gloucester sort of raptor!

Follow this link for more information about the Essex County Greenbelt’s exciting and highly successful osprey program.

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Osprey nest made over multiple generations

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3 thoughts on “GLOUCESTER’S BABY OSPREY!

  1. What a great shot! When we were watching them all I could see was one bird smooshing under the other one, hardly could tell it was a separate bird.

    So can you tell if the parent is mom or dad?

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  2. Very hard to tell unless side by side. As with other raptors the female is larger. Also, females may have more speckling and streaking on the breast. This Osprey seems to have alot so perhaps she is the female. Thanks again Paul!!

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  3. That was a lot of work to build this castle with a view wow great shot of the castle and builders thanks Kim! 🙂 Dave & Kim 🙂

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