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Osprey: August Update

There was plenty of furor this spring over the Fresh Market ospreys’ nest.

Right now, all seems good.

The nest looked healthy yesterday. Mama was at her perch. Papa was probably at the beach, looking for food.

And Patricia McMahon was there, to take this dramatic photo.

(Photo/Patricia McMahon)

Pics Of The Day #813

It’s been a while since we checked in on the Fresh Market ospreys. Looks like they’re doing great! (Photo/Johanna Rossi)

Meanwhile, there’s plenty of other wildlife to admire. Like many Westporters, this guy is enjoying a fine dinner. (Photo/Johanna Rossi)

That’s MISTER Wild Turkey to you. (Photo/Johanna Rossi)

Cute, unless she’s eating your plants. (Photo/Johanna Rossi)

A yellow-crowned night heron enjoys a meal on Saugatuck Shores (Photo/Gene Borio)

The Osprey Family Is Proud To Announce …

… the birth of 2 chicks.

Carolyn Doan — whose photos of Westport’s favorite raptor have captivated and educated “06880” readers — reports she saw 2 little heads bobbing in the nest this morning.

“Just barely,” she notes. “They are tiny.”

Mother feeding her chicks, moments ago. (Photo/Carolyn Doan)

The Audubon Society steward saw chicks as well, Carolyn says.

Like 21st-century males everywhere, the father is doing what he can to help. Yesterday, Carolyn photographed him bringing food — a fish tail, she thinks — to their home, near Fresh Market and Terrain.

(Photo/Carolyn Doan)

“06880” readers joyfully welcome the new additions to town.

Some Westporters Are Worried Because They Haven’t Seen The Ospreys In A While

Wherever they’ve been — if they went anywhere — they’re back.

Carolyn Doan took these photos earlier today:

(Photos/Carolyn Doan)

Lookin’ good!

A Happy Osprey Update

Yesterday, “06880” reader James McDonald said he had not seen Westport’s ospreys at their Post Road East nest in a week. He wrote that sparrows had taken up residence there, and accused Regency Centers — the owner of the Fresh Market osprey pole — with “effectively murdering” the raptor family.

Put down your pitchforks!

A few minutes ago, alert “06880” reader Chip Stephens spotted this sight in the trees behind Terrain:

(Photo/Chip Stephens)

Chip reports that the male is in branches above the nest, looking down at what he assumes is the mother.

He hears noises, and thinks she may be laying eggs.

Just in time for Easter!

Terrain Hosts An Evening Of Ospreys

Last weekend, Terrain was ground zero in the Great Osprey Outcry.

Employees were the first line of defense, when workers hired by Regency Centers came to remove the osprey nest perched on a pole on the border between the Fresh Market shopping plaza, and Terrain next door.

The nest is back. But Terrain is moving forward. The garden-and-much-more store hosts an evening of education about the remarkable birds. It’s this Tuesday (April 9, 6 to 8 p.m.).

Speakers include Charlie Stebbins and Milan Bull from the Connecticut Audubon Society and Osprey Nation, and Christine Peyreigne of Christine’s Critters birds of prey rehabilitation center.

The goal is to provide a forum for education and volunteerism. The event is free and open to the public. There are complimentary snacks, and a cash bar.

No word on whether the ospreys will swing over to say hi.

Terrain’s neighbors (Photo/Christine Peyreigne)

Home Again

After a rough weekend, our ospreys are back loving life.

And we love them.

(Photos/Carolyn McPhee)

Back Home Again, Ospreys Rebuild

Westporters rejoiced — and relaxed — this morning, as Westport’s 2 favorite ospreys returned to their home.

Overnight, Regency Centers — owner of the Fresh Market and Terrain properties — reconstructed the platform that, less than 48 hours earlier, they had removed.

But there was no rest for the ospreys. As soon as they could, they began rebuilding their nest.

Carolyn Doan captured these mesmerizing photos of the magnificent birds at work.

(Photos/Carolyn Doan)

Osprey Nest Is Back!

After an anguished weekend, Westport’s favorite ospreys once again have a home.

True to its word, Regency Centers — the owners of the Fresh Market shopping plaza, who directed the removal of the nest on Saturday — worked through the night to replace it.

Several “06880” readers gleefully — even giddily — reported the good news this morning.

Richard Webb got a great photo.

(Photo/Richard Webb)

He writes: “I saw them fishing in the Saugatuck River this morning.  I also saw them flying about. They are working hard!”

Also working hard: hundreds of Westporters, all weekend long, to help make this happen. The ospreys thank you.

Osprey Odyssey: Regency Responds

Jack deVilliers — Regency Centers vice president — just responded on 06880+ to the controversy raging after yesterday’s osprey nest removal. Regency owns the Fresh Market shopping center where the event took place. He writes:

To our neighbors,

As many of you are aware there was a removal of a nesting platform at The Village Center that served as a breeding ground and home for two ospreys. Before any work was done on this we consulted a variety of environmental and wildlife sources to find the best way to avoid having our upcoming construction disturb a nesting environment. We were informed that if the nest was not present before the breeding season then the ospreys would be able to make a new nest somewhere else. There never was any removal of existing eggs or birds at any point.

For those who might be unaware, the upcoming construction work is intended to redo the facade, upgrade the parking, a substantial tree installation, sustainable LED lighting, and a rain garden. However, although our intentions were to mitigate any disturbance to our avian neighbors, we may have missed the mark with seeing the whole picture.

Thanks in part to the community feedback that we have received, we have decided to reinstall the platform as soon as possible. Not only that, but we will modify our construction schedule for the breeding season, and will be providing a buffer area that cannot be disturbed until we can determine the fledglings have safely vacated the area. At which point, we will resume our efforts without any negative effect to the ospreys.

It is extremely important to us that we are good and responsible neighbors, and that includes our feathered friends as well as our human ones. We can’t thank everyone enough for their concern and interest on the topic, and a special thank you to those who reached out to us.

Jack deVilliers – Vice President at Regency Centers
203-635-5562

Osprey on a pole, this afternoon. (Photo/Richard Hyman)