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Re: Ospreys

I grew up on the southend of Ocean City NJ. A dry town. Going across the 34th street bridge to the liquer store.. a pair of osprey built a rather large nest atop one of the lightpoles in their parking lot.

Thankfully off on the side of the building.. because during the summer you can't park near it.. they will swoop down on you to defend the nest.

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Very nice Ferret.
Are you on the Chessy?
Here is an Osprey-cam mounted in Langford Creek, MD (eastern shore): OspreysOfKentCountyMaryland
No eggs yet.
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Very nice Ferret.
Are you on the Chessy?
Here is an Osprey-cam mounted in Langford Creek, MD (eastern shore): OspreysOfKentCountyMaryland
No eggs yet.
Maybe if they turned off the light and camera we'd get some egg's.
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Re: Ospreys

They do very well here on top of day shape poles and we have seen the same pair on one near the Huntington Light house for more than 5 seasons
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Re: Ospreys

We love having ospreys in our harbor. They don't perch on the masts and seem to chase the cormorants away.
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Maybe if they turned off the light and camera we'd get some egg's.
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It is supposed to be an infrared light of some kind. Supposedly the birds can't see it (well) and don't seem to mind.
They get to work on their tans at night.
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Re: Ospreys

Beautiful birds. They seem to like the channel markers and large fixed NavAids on the Chesapeake, but someone, perhaps the Coast Guard or Dept. of Nat. Resources, clears them off periodically. I am always concerned about disturbing them by sailing too close. They keep their distance.
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Re: Ospreys

Unfortunately we have a different experience with these birds.. They seem to like our mooring area as potential nesting. We leave for the weekend and by the start of the following weekend there is almost a complete nest built on our solar panel.

We had boats on moorings that have sat for weeks and when the owners finally come by what a surprise they find with three foot high nests on there bows with bird poop to solidify every thing!

It's interesting to watch our mooring neighbors build all kind of anti-Ospray nesting contraptions to ward off their nesting activities. From CD's on fishing line to fake owls and snakes hanging from standing rigging.

Though our boat was in a slip this past weekend we had a couple of Ospreys circling our boat eying it as a potential target for another nesting season...
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Re: Ospreys

Here on the Bohemia, there are 4 nests within sight of my boat. One is on a chanel marker up the river, 3 on old piles down stream and the one right here where I put that frame up. This nest is only 30 feet away from the nearest floating dock, and they will let you get to the end of the finger on that dock without flying up from the nest, but they sure tell you that you are getting close and start to get a bit noisey. I think it will work out just fine with the nest where it is and a lot better then the pair that decided to build its nest on the travel lift at hacks point. Like this they are out of the way and out of danger but close enough to watch.
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Re: Ospreys

Very cool, ferretchaser. Good on you.
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