Romance in the Osprey Family. And Plans for a Nursery.

It’s extremely windy today.  Another cold front is approaching. Daring the wind, I wanted to check how the osprey family was doing.

windy on the bay


When I arrived in the salt marsh, Mama Osprey was sitting in the nest with only the top of her head visible, not perching on the edge as she usually does. I noticed the nest had grown a lot since last week.

Mama osprey greets Tiny

When she saw me, she got up a little bit to say hi. Her crop was full, so Papa Stanley must have brought her a fish earlier in the morning. I stood under my “observation tree” for a while keeping her company. Suddenly Stanley flew in, as it were, for a brief romantic interlude.

stanley arriving 1 stanley arriving 2 osprey romantics stanley leaving

Afterwards Mama Sandy instructed him on what to bring from his next trip. I’m guessing it was some specific materials for the nursery.

stanley leaving2

Then Papa flew away for yet another visit to Home Depot.

papa stanley flies away

After coming home I checked on the nest from our terrace. It clearly had some soft nursery materials already in place.  And Mama Sandy was busy arranging them to her liking… in the gusty wind.

mama osprey preparing the nursery

I hope they and their nest will fare well through the storms that are supposed to pass overnight.

Have a wonderful weekend!  Love always, Tiny

34 thoughts on “Romance in the Osprey Family. And Plans for a Nursery.”

  1. I can imagine the guys raising a beer or two to Stanley for the good show today!
    Its so great to follow their story through you camera and words Tiny.
    Thank you!

    1. He he..they might! I’m happy I can take pics also from my terrace…so I can see when Mama starts sitting on the egg(s). They will not be close-ups, but better than just waiting for a tiny head to peek over the edge 🙂

    1. I agree. And I think Papa complied in the last minute 🙂 They always land in the nest that way retracting their talons just at touch down. When their have eggs, and later hatchlings in the nest, they walk around with their talons completely drawn in.

    1. Thanks Eric! I’m hoping it’ll not get as chilly as last time, but the birds have had to endure quite heavy winds and thunderstorms tonight.

    1. It is! The egrets and herons in the marsh have grown their plumes, ready to find a mate. I’ll need to keep my eyes open in the spring for little ones.

        1. me too 🙂 but I’ll need to get better in spotting the little ones. Their moms are very good in hiding them – for good reasons, of course.

  2. I love this story of the two, but her look in the picture with him approaching the nest is hysterical. It’s either “hit the brakes!” or “now what?!” 🙂

    1. It is! We should have had a caption competition for that picture 🙂 I think he flew in with higher than normal speed because he had the hard wind in his back…always an explanation 😉

  3. Didn’t know they have a Home Depot for ospreys! 🙂 At the EBF refuge here in New Jersey, a pair of peregrine falcons has taken over an osprey nest. I wonder what’s going to happen when the ospreys come back in a few months.

  4. I’m not sure, but from what I’ve read, I think that if the nest is still occupied when the osprey couple returns, they are likely to look for another nest site rather than taking a fight.

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