O – Osprey

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The Osprey often confused with the Bald Eagle eats mostly fish consequently you will find them living near oceans, bays, rivers, and other water ways.  An Osprey’s other names include Fish Eagle, Sea Hawk, River Hawk, or Fish Hawk.  This large bird is usually about 24 inches in height with a 71 inch wing span.

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When we moved into our home here on Miller Bay in Poulsbo, we are surrounded with woods. There’s even a gully with a stream running in back of the house.  The gully houses a variety of vegetation and trees… Maple, Cedar, Alder, and Fir.   The Cedar and Fir trees compete with Seattle’s Spaceneedle for height.  The exciting part is that at the tip top of the Fir tree is an enormous Osprey nest.  The nest, from afar, appears to be a space ship that crashed into the tree.  So NOW I do have a “spaceneedle” behind my house.

Osprey2Dear, do you see a camera in our nest?

 

 

 

 

In the Spring when the Osprey return from their trip south to warmer climes, I can hear the babies squawking for food.  Shortly afterward, one of the parents takes off for their fishing trip along the bay.

At times, as I sit at my desk to enjoy the view of the bay, I will see a streak, like Superman dashing to the rescue.  Only suddenly there is a SPLASH of water and the Osprey emerges with a salmon.  Then later in the season when the salmon are spawning, they jump out of the bay like popcorn.  Heck, as far as the Osprey is concerned the fish jumping are as good as popcorn as this gigantic bird takes his pick of the fish flying up to meet him!  I can even hear the bird screech “DINNER TIME!”  The babies anxiously await!

Osprey catching fish

 

 

We periodically have power struggles over the fish as an Osprey attacks an Eagle attempting to knock the fish from the Eagle’s talons, only to send the Eagle crashing into the bay.  Did you know that an Eagle can do the backstroke?

Ospreys are magnificent birds.  It is a joy to watch them swoop from the heights of their nest straight down toward the water only to screech to a halt as they grab a fish and zoom back to feed their babies.

The babies have a distinctive cry, especially when they are hungry, just as any child does… “MOMMY FEED ME!!”

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About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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15 Responses to O – Osprey

  1. Avatar LuAnn Braley says:

    Sounds wonderful, Gwynn. The biggest birds we get around here are usually vultures.

    • Avatar Gwynn Rogers says:

      Generally I’m not a bird watcher, but watching the Osprey and Eagles battle for the fish in the bay is interesting. I love the serenity here until the babies squawk!! 😉 Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  2. We’ve got eagles and red tailed hawks. I’m not an avid birdwatcher though.

    • Avatar Gwynn Rogers says:

      I generally am not a bird-watcher either, but it is definitely hard to miss these gigantic birds and their territorial wars or battles over the food. Plus, the cry of the baby Osprey is totally unique. I do love nature though and enjoy the serenity and beauty. Thanks for your comments.

  3. The view sounds heavenly, Gwynn, and your power-struggle descriptions are great. Love that the babies sound just like human children. Hungry is hungry, I guess, in any language and for any species. Beautiful post.

    • Avatar Gwynn Rogers says:

      Silvia, I AM a water person and LOVE being near it. My former home had a dynamic view of Dyes Inlet right down to Mt. Rainier. It was STUNNING. Here, it is serene. Equally beautiful, but in totally opposite ways. Here I see the wildlife — ok, ducks, seagulls, eagles, osprey and the fish jumping. It is wild and not manicured… but that is what I LOVE! It is similar to the area where I grew up. Thanks for you kind comment. You are a fabulous friend.

  4. Fantastic pics! I love this post. So beautiful.

    • Avatar Gwynn Rogers says:

      Thanks Nadine. I would imagine that you see the Osprey and Eagles out in Port Townsend too. I love being surrounded by nature and the wild. The birds can be so entertaining. I hope you are enjoying New York. Have fun with family.

  5. Avatar pat garcia says:

    Gwynn,
    I like your pictures of the osprey. I am an eagle lover, but did not know that there was another bird almost equal or equal to his feats.

    Shalom,
    Patricia

    • Avatar Gwynn Rogers says:

      Oh Pat, the territorial battles between the Bald Eagle and the Osprey definitely are unique. My neighbor told me that an Osprey stole a fish from an Eagle knocking the Eagle into the bay. The Eagle was doing the backstroke to get himself to a point where he could right himself and take off again. The antics of the birds around here are fun to watch, especially when the fish are spawning in the bay. It is a free-for-all for the food!! Thanks for your lovely comment Patricia!

  6. Avatar Susan Scott says:

    I am AMAZED at the size of these magnificent birds Gwynn and as green as your proverbial — I don’t know what one is as green as – – but I am green at this wonderful view that you have and the blessing to watch the eagle and osprey interact. Here in SA my greatest thrill is to hear the cry of the fish eagle; this would be only in the bush though. I get a thrill seeing them perched on a tall tree surveying their world. And to watch them dive for a fish – well, I could die right then and there and go to heaven!

    Do you catch salmon yourself?

    Thank you for this lovely post! Patricia also wrote about the osprey – amazing!!!!

    • Avatar Gwynn Rogers says:

      The Osprey is extremely impressive and regal since its’ wing span can be up to six feet. Watching them soar around the bay watching for their dinner is lovely to see.

      As for me fishing for salmon, I have not done that for many years. Sadly, now I run to Costco and bring home my salmon from there. It is YUMMY!! I’m glad I don’t have to compete with the Osprey for my dinner!

      Yes, I was in shock to see that Samantha had written about Osprey too. Great minds think alike! 😉

  7. Avatar Susan Scott says:

    Sorry I meant Samantha wrote about Osprey for O…
    Also I pressed the FB button but am unsure it ‘took’. This has happened a few times …

  8. The osprey is a beautiful bird, Gwynn. There’s something mystical about it. We have osprey nests around here, and a few bald eagle nests, too.

    Was that a bald eagle in battle with the osprey?

    You and I are in raptor mode today.

    I’m glad you wrote about this mystical bird. I think, actually, that when you see an osprey approaching you and carrying a fish, it’s carrying a message inside the fish for you. What do you think?

    Well done (your post, not the fish). 🙂

    • Avatar Gwynn Rogers says:

      Evidently a Bald Eagle happened to have a salmon that the Osprey wanted. The Osprey knocked the Eagle out of the air right into the bay… thus the swimming lesson.

      Also, the placement of the Osprey nests fascinates me. The nest is so huge that it does appear to be a space ship that crashed or landed in the tree.

      I chuckled to see that we both had Osprey on our minds… great minds!! 😉

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