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In a marsh amidst surburban sprawl in a shore town
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First chick fledging
Chicks last observed
Reason for nest failure
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Today was extremely hot and steamy. I observed one sitting on a perch on the nest. I really think this nest failed because of the unusually rainy and windy spring, particularly the month of May.
The pair are mostly per hing on or near the nest. No signs of new eggs.
The 2 were on the perches of the nest; as I approached closer, they both flew off. I'm thinking that something definitely happened to the eggs but perhaps they will try again.
I visited at sunset yesterday and one was on a perch while the other was arriving onto a perch. Curiously this morning, I couldn't see if anyone was sitting on the nest, and there were 2 flying overhead. I don't know what this behavior means as I had thought last week there were definitely newly hatched chicks.
I was puzzled today because both were off the nest when I arrived at the site. One was on the perch pole, and the other flew in. Then both flew o to the nest, chirped, and one stayed and the other flew off. I stayed for a bit but it was getting late. As I pedaled home, o e flew overhead with a big fish.
Juliet was on the nest, no sign of Romeo
Romeo on perch, then flew to Juliet on the nest. Can only see Juliet's head. Few minutes later, Juliet jumped up and perched on one of the poles of the nest! so both are perched, looking down into the nest, and fussing. Then Juliet jumped down to the edge of the nest, fussing. I strongly think chicks have hatched.
Romeo and Juliet very active... I think there's chicks!
I think it was Juliet on the perch eating a huge fish; Romeo sat quietly and still on the nest. I say it was Juliet because it looked much larger than Romeo and markings looked different to me. Weather was partly sunny and cool.
Romeo brought in a branch and fussed with the nest a bit. Juliet sat patiently
Romeo and Juliet doing their thing, Romeo grooming himself on his perch while Juliet sat on the nest. Decent day weather wise but more rain is predicted for tomorrow. I wonder if ospreys tire of rain as much as people.
Yesterday Romeo surveying the homestead and Juliet keeping watch too. Weather was partly sunny with wind picking up in the afternoon. Romeo chased a couple of great egrets that flew too closely to the nest.
Even though it rained during the night today turned out to be a lovely day. April was very rainy so I am hoping for the nice weather to continue. The ospreys need a break from the extreme winds and rain as well as we do.
Visited later afternoon; cloudy, chilly. Romeo sat on his perch , preening himself while Juliet sat on the nest. The pair remained like that for the hour or so that I was there.
I began watching this nest in mid-March 2020, and saw the male for the first time this year on March 27. The female arrived the following week, and the last time they were together not in the nest was April 13. It was on April 16 that the female was flat on the nest. I visit a few times a day ; this particular nest is very near my home.