Father Osprey is building his fortress!

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No tiny, soft nest for him! He builds a fortress against Great Horned Owls, Great Blue Herons, Black Vultures, Turkey Vultures and other deadly osprey chick hunters!

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Just imagine the equivalency for you of the weight and size of the stick he is carrying!

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A bit awkward?

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Our first osprey of the season arrived!

One of the most exciting events in our lives is the annual return of the osprey pair who nest on our point. Not a clear photo (through scope through window), but we think this is the male, Dart, short for D’Artagnan. If an osprey could break the sound barrier, it would be Dart! Normally the female returns first. We are waiting for a better frontal view to confirm whether it is Dart or Pepper Dotty, daughter of Polka Dotty.

“Starving” osprey chick

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Red Eye is screaming at top of her lungs from her nest-fortress. Both of her parents are in southern red oak above her eating channel catfish. Unlike nests where there are more than one chick fighting for food, she will enjoy the remains of both parents’ fishes.

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This gives you an idea of what the original photo looked like, shot through telescope. She is perched on top of nest. Nest box alone is about 3 inches deep. Her nest is a true fortress.

Guess which osprey chick has been fed!

Baby birds scream until they are too full to move. So an osprey chick with a full stomach is quiet.

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Red Eye is so full she can focus on grooming. But there is still an osprey survival lesson in progress. Mom retrieved the scrap of fish Red Eye didn’t finish in the nest, brought it up to her favorite eating branch and is now demonstrating that there was more food to be had from Red Eye’s discards.

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Red Eye is observing mom’s thoroughness. Maybe next time there will be fewer left-overs for mom.

Go fish!

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Red Eye (osprey chick) begs Pepper Dotty (mom) for fish. Pepper says what all mother osprey say to their chicks, “Go fish!”

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Pepper continues to eat, ignoring her starving, miserable chick.

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Red Eye continues to complain. Pepper ‘hoods’ her fish. Dart (dad) flies to nest off camera.

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Red Eye flies to nest but Dart is already gone and there was no fish left in the nest. Help!!

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Suddenly Pepper drops to the nest to deliver fish remains to her chick and Red Eye starts eating immediately.

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Happy Red Eye will survive another day! Thanks, Mom!