Or maybe “she’s” back.
It’s hard to tell an osprey’s gender.
But Westport’s favorite snowbird has returned once again from winter in the south.
He (or she) is back in his (or her) traditional perch, next to Fresh Market.
Can spring weather be far behind?
Spotted near Terrain yesterday.
Westport’s favorite winter snowbird has returned home.
Okay. This snowbird is actually an osprey bird.
Alert — and nature-loving – “06880” reader Wendy Crowther spotted the much-loved raptor this morning. He was perched at his usual spot: the nesting platform near Fresh Market.
(He started out here on a utility pole. But in 2014 Eversource — then called CL&P — relocated the nest a few yards away, to avoid short circuits. The original pole now has a black protector, making it unsuitable for nesting.)
So far we haven’t seen his mate. Perhaps this year they traveled separately.
Wendy Crowther was driving this morning, and could not get a photo of the osprey. But here’s what the osprey looked like just over a year ago — on March 26, 2016. (Photo/Wendy Crowther)
Alert — and humane — “06880” reader Colleen Zapfel writes:
While driving on Sasco Creek Road today, we saw a man named Rob stopped next to an injured osprey. [NOTE: Readers — including Audubon experts — have identified this as a red-tailed hawk.]
It was sitting in the middle of the road, not moving, as cars drove by. We got out to help.
We called animal control, went back and put him in a box for safety.
Gina from Westport animal control picked him up. She took him to Dr. Plunkett in Fairfield.
So if the
osprey red-tailed hawk you love to watch is gone for a few days from its normal nest — now you know why.
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)
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.
For months, an osprey nest high above a Fresh Market utility pole has fascinated Westporters.
This morning though, the raptors caused a power outage at the shopping center.
CL&P workers rushed to the scene. Merchants and shoppers gathered to watch, as crew members in 2 large buckets examined the scene.
Everyone expected the nest to be removed.
Instead, the CL&P guys carefully rerouted the electrical feed a few yards away. The nest was undisturbed.
The utility company has taken a ton of hard knocks in the past few years, over their slow response to natural disasters.
This could have been a disaster of another kind. CL&P’s quick — and very wise — response should have them flying high.
The osprey that calls a Fresh Market utility pole home has fascinated Westporters since April.
Alert “06880” reader Alan Beasley has waited patiently for the right moment.
The other day he captured the magnificent bird sitting on the nest, swooping off, then returning with a new stick.
It’s a great sight. Just don’t park (or stand) underneath.