And The Newest Osprey Nest Is …

… atop the cell tower near Merritt Parkway Exit 41.

Osprey in cell tower at Exit 41 - Jo Ann Davidson

This pair — you can see an adult in the photo above, on top of the middle antenna — has an eye for real estate.

They’re close to the Y and the Red Barn. Not far from downtown.

Plus they’ve found a great way to beat the Merritt and Wilton Road traffic.

(Hat tip and photo: Jo Ann Davidson)

7 responses to “And The Newest Osprey Nest Is …

  1. Ellen Greenberg

    They have been there off and on for years. My girls summer camp stop was in the park and ride lot and I always worried the birds would swoop down on my little dog

  2. Sharon Paulsen

    Do Osprey’s prey on small pets (similar to Falcons and other more aggressive bird species)?

    I didn’t realize it, if they do!

    They sure are beautiful creatures – hard to see them from this photo though.

    Cool tidbit Dan!

  3. Jerry MacDaid

    Hope they and their eggs don’t get cooked by the concentrated radio waves. At least there isn’t a microwave antenna up there.

  4. Alan Beasley

    Osprey’s diet consists of mainly captured fish, mostly Mossbunkers which are rich in oil. They dive for these, hitting the water at speeds of about 60 miles per hour. The male seems to be the main provider of food while the female is laying eggs and brooding the chicks.

    The resident pair near the Fresh Market has been observed with her on the nest, while he prefers a dead tree behind the store from which he can see and hear her occasional cries. Both birds have wing spans of about six feet.

  5. thank you, Alan Beasley! Best, Diane Cady

  6. Joyce Barnhart

    Alan is right – their other name is “fish hawk”. They dive “mostly for fish (live or dead): also takes rodents, … small verts, crustaceans” according to “The Birder’s Handbook”. The males usually settle in a perch relatively near the nest and eat the brains of the fish before bringing the rest to mother and children. In Florida, our osprey neighbor usually hung out at a tree about a third of a city block from his family.
    Bald eagles often harass osprey carrying fish (almost always head-first for good aerodynamics, I guess) until they drop their catch and then the eagle steals it.
    I was pleased to see an osprey on the edge of the nest at Fresh Market yesterday. I hadn’t seen any birds there for weeks, but maybe my timing was off. Has anybody else seen activity there since they returned in the spring?