A Friend Returns

Every year like clockwork, swallows return to Capistrano.

Just as regularly, an osprey comes back to Westport.

Specifically, to its tall perch next to Fresh Market.

Yesterday, alert “06880” readers — and avid osprey fans — Wendy Crowther and Jo Ann Davidson both spotted our feathered friend, for the first time since last fall.

(Photo/Jo Ann Davidson)

(Photo/Jo Ann Davidson)

Only one was seen. Perhaps its mate was out fishing.

Or just enjoying a fine spring day, back in the town that always welcomes it home.

(Photo/Wendy Crowther)

(Photo/Wendy Crowther)

4 responses to “A Friend Returns

  1. Bettina Gangi

    Laura, do you all remember the nests along the road near Key Largo? I think this Westport pair started coming North with climate change.

    Have a wonderful Easter☮. Aunt Tina

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  2. Susan Iseman

    Great photos ladies, thanks for sharing. Welcome back, beautiful creatures!

  3. CARYL BEATUS

    HAVE ANY BEEN SEEN AT THE NEST ON THE EXIT ROAD AT LONGSHORE?

  4. Joyce Barnhart

    I was very excited yesterday, too, to see a bird at the nest. From “The Birder’s Handbook”, authors Erlich, Dobkin and Wheye: Osprey diet: mostly “fish (live or dead); also takes rodents, birds , small verts, crustaceans. Young fed regurgitant first 10 days. Brood of 3 requires 6 lb. of fish daily.” The female does most of the brooding and the male does most of the fishing, though they will sometimes share the responsibilities. He will bring a fish back to a perch near the nest, eat some of it, usually the brain, and then deliver it to the nest for mother and chicks. The fish are almost always carried head-first, more aerodynamic that way. Ospreys are the only raptor whose front talons turn backward. They were badly affected by DDT but are continuing to recover well. In Florida, they seem as common as sparrows, often nesting on power or light poles next to busy roads. They are a conservation success and I think they’re fascinating.