Up early as usual, I was at the gym by 7:30. Who knew that two hours later when on my way home, I would spot a few very large birds in the distance. I wonder exactly where they are, I thought. Now heading in that direction, I thought if they were near the river and easy enough to get to, I'd investigate. Parking the car I took two quick shots with my cell before getting the binoculars out of the back seat (remind me I need to clean my car!!).
Recognizing the high pitched almost whistling sounds, I said out loud "Osprey." Taking a closer look...sure enough... a pair of adult Osprey (aka sea hawk, river hawk, fish hawk) chattering away with what I believe was this year's fledgling. A young Osprey takes it's first flight at 7-8 weeks, then practices flying and perching near the male's feeding perch calling when the male returns with food (which is what I photographed with my cell).
Once home, I emailed my friend, Mike (my guru on Bald Eagles) and asked if he knew who to contact regarding the activity and the nest. With his help and that of Google, I found information on Osprey Nation - CT Audubon, which was my answer.
Long story short, because I am diurnal like the Bald Eagle and Osprey, I volunteered to steward this Osprey nest from April-August in 2020. Returning to do additional observations a few days later, I will send in weekly reports for the next few weeks to finish up this season.
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