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Re: Ospreys

Yes, we also enjoy watching the air acrobatics these birds do from hovering, diving and scooping up a fish. We have even enjoyed watching an air battle of an eagle and an osprey fighting over the fish the osprey had just caught. The eagle left with the spoils and the osprey was left to fish again.

The nesting however is best left to trees, poles, navigational aids or platforms. When they pick my dodger, bimini, deck or solar panel, I protest. It is amazing the amount of lumber a pair of motivated ospreys can carry over a five day period. In fact when you return, it looks like a bonfire has been built on you vessel...no flames, of course but the pile of sticks...and I mean LARGE sticks will impress any gardener.

As one posted here, they drop fish parts. Since they eat fish, what they defecate also smells of rotted fish. Sadly, they do not try to poop off one's vessel, in fact they poop everywhere!

I love having our little boat on a mooring. It is a lovely, wooded cove that offers lots of wildlife and a quiet place to just hang out if you are looking for a tranquil afternoon. But when the ospreys are circling and looking for a place to start construction, I am nervous.

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Re: Ospreys

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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...
You can help to live in peace together by gathering this community of boaters and come up with alternate solutions suggested here like creating places for them to perch on...Obviously, this mooring area seems to also stand in prime real estate for them (food, weather, etc)...Get one of your local habitat organizations/bird watch groups to help you out and I'm sure you will see success...
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At the expense of a hand full of screws and some scrap wood, its easy to give them a helping hand. A platform to help them get starded does not have to be pretty to the human eye, it just has to give them a start and after a few days you will not see anything of the wood you have stuck together as it will be covered with their building material.
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Glad to see you got the frame up. Looking forward to updates, with pics!
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You can help to live in peace together by gathering this community of boaters and come up with alternate solutions suggested here like creating places for them to perch on...Obviously, this mooring area seems to also stand in prime real estate for them (food, weather, etc)...Get one of your local habitat organizations/bird watch groups to help you out and I'm sure you will see success...
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I don't think you need to bother with your local habitat organizations/bird watch groups etc. There are a bunch of old piles all over the shop up and down the rivers and creeks along the chessie. I am talking piles that are not in use anymore. Just screw a frame on a couple of them and I think they will soon be turned into nests. everyone has some scrap wood around their marina and a handfull of those never used but kept screws around they boat or house and that is as good a way to get rid of those stashes as any.

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If you want to do a good deed for the ospreys this year, you will have to get things done now. By the time you woke up anyone in your local habitat organisation, the nest building time for this year will be over. Right now you can do more good with a batterie drill and a saw then with your computer or phone.
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Re: Ospreys

We have a pair of Ospreys that build a nest in a big fir tree on the upper island every year, we spend quite a bit of time watching them with binocs from a clearing not far away. They usually need to rebuild the nest completely because the winter storms blow it out of the top of the tree. They come down to the beach in front of our place to gather eel grass to line the nest with, they take so much that it's a real struggle for them to gain elevation. When the chicks hatch the parents have to be on guard because the Bald Eagles, vultures and even the ravens stage attacks that need to be fought off.
Looking forward to more pics Ferret, and goodonya for helping them out!
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Here is the build after a couple of days. The pic was taken yesterday.

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We've had the same pair on our Channel Marker G3 at the entrance to Rock Creek for 5 years now.
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Here is the build after a couple of days. The pic was taken yesterday.

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