MORE ABOUT GLOUCESTER’S SPLENDID OSPREYS ON THE ANNISQUAM!

Male female Osprey copyright Kim SmithThis morning I had the joy to meet Don and Eleanor. Don built the fantastic Osprey platform that you see in the photos. Several years ago, Don noticed that an Osprey pair were trying to construct a nest on a post by the train tracks; the post that houses the all important train signals. Understandably, railroad workers had to destroy the nest as it was interfering with train operations. After watching the Osprey pair attempt to build a nest two years in a row, Don decided to build and install an Osprey platform in the marsh adjacent to his home. With some advice from Greenbelt, Don installed the platform early this spring. Wonder of wonders, his plan worked! The young pair built a perfect nest and one egg hatched.Male female Osprey -3 copyright Kim Smith

If the mated pair survives the winter migration, upon their return, they will repair and add to their existing nest. And if the young fledgling also survives it too will most likely return to the region. Thanks to citizen scientists like Don and Eleanor and the Essex County Greenbelt’s amazing Osprey program, the north of Boston region is rapidly being repopulated with Opsrey. Don is already building a second platform with hopes of installing it in the spring of 2017.Male Female Osprey -4 copyright Kim Smith

Don reports that since the Osprey have been on the scene, they are no longer bothered by pesky crows. He witnessed a pair of crows trying to rob the Osprey nest of its egg. The Osprey swooped in, snatched both crows, and beat them down into the marsh. The crows have yet to return!

Many thanks to Don and Eleanor for their warm hospitality and efforts to help the Osprey.Osprey and fledgling Annisquam Essex County -1 copyright Kim Smith

Osprey nesting platform built by Don

To take some truly terrific closeups, a longer zoom lens than my own 400mm is required, but we can at least get a glimpse of the Osprey family with these photos.

Male Osprey copyright Kim Smith

6 thoughts on “MORE ABOUT GLOUCESTER’S SPLENDID OSPREYS ON THE ANNISQUAM!

  1. Nice photos and story on the Ospreys. I’m the guy who’s been working with Dave Rimmer and the Greenbelt folks satellite tagging a couple of young birds in the past few years.

    In your following blog, you have a photo of an amazing Osprey nest. The biggest I’ve ever seen. Do you have the background information on that nest? Where was it and who took the photo? I’d love to know more about that one.

    Thanks,

    Rob Bierregaard

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  2. Hi Rob, Thank you for writing. I believe the nest is very old and is located on one of the islands close to Abu Dhabi in the UAE. The image was found on wiki commons media and the photographer is Sjahanmi.

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  3. Beautiful bird and what a wing span! I watched a special on TV about the ones who fly from West Africa to Scotland close to talk about a long flight and they the female and male stay together for life. 🙂 Dave & Kim 🙂

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