Ospreys - Page 3 - SailNet Community
 8Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #21 of 54 Old 04-02-2013
Senior Member
 
kb3pwc's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 121
Thanks: 2
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
 
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.

Happy Spring!

Leslie

s/v Tango
Lankford Bay Marina
Chester River, MD
kb3pwc is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #22 of 54 Old 04-02-2013
Member
 
Southcoasting's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Fairhaven, MA
Posts: 40
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Re: Ospreys

Quote:
Originally Posted by aa3jy View Post
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...

Tartan 34c "Destinada II"
Tartan 27 Yawl "Destinada" (SOLD)
Southcoasting is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #23 of 54 Old 04-02-2013 Thread Starter
Owned by Velcro
 
Ferretchaser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: On a Boat
Posts: 756
Thanks: 16
Thanked 12 Times in 11 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Re: Ospreys

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.

"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."

Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak!.
Ferretchaser is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #24 of 54 Old 04-02-2013
Kayaker/Dreamer
 
Resolute_ZS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 141
Thanks: 2
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 3
 
Re: Ospreys

Glad to see you got the frame up. Looking forward to updates, with pics!
Resolute_ZS is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #25 of 54 Old 04-02-2013
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 1,258
Thanks: 1
Thanked 40 Times in 39 Posts
Rep Power: 10
 
Re: Ospreys

Quote:
Originally Posted by Southcoasting View Post
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...
Someone has no idea what is meant by the Chesapeake Bay Eastern Shore habitat and the locals that reside there is...

s/v 'Tango'
Lankford Bay
Rock Hall,Md.
aa3jy is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #26 of 54 Old 04-02-2013 Thread Starter
Owned by Velcro
 
Ferretchaser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: On a Boat
Posts: 756
Thanks: 16
Thanked 12 Times in 11 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Re: Ospreys

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.

Edit:

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.

"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."

Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak!.

Last edited by Ferretchaser; 04-02-2013 at 12:46 PM.
Ferretchaser is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #27 of 54 Old 04-02-2013
Courtney the Dancer
 
jrd22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: San Juan Islands., WA, USA
Posts: 3,885
Thanks: 4
Thanked 22 Times in 21 Posts
Rep Power: 15
 
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!

John
SV Laurie Anne

1988 Brewer 40 Pilothouse

jrd22 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #28 of 54 Old 04-03-2013 Thread Starter
Owned by Velcro
 
Ferretchaser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: On a Boat
Posts: 756
Thanks: 16
Thanked 12 Times in 11 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Re: Ospreys

Here is the build after a couple of days. The pic was taken yesterday.


"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."

Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak!.
Ferretchaser is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #29 of 54 Old 04-03-2013
Senior Member
 
chef2sail's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Maryland
Posts: 7,088
Thanks: 30
Thanked 58 Times in 54 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Send a message via AIM to chef2sail
Re: Ospreys

We've had the same pair on our Channel Marker G3 at the entrance to Rock Creek for 5 years now.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
___________________________
S/V Haleakala (Hawaiian for" House of the Sun")
C&C 35 MKIII Hull # 76
Parkville, Maryland
(photos by Joe McCary)
Charter member of the Chesapeake Lion posse

Our blog-
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


“Sailing is just the bottom line, like adding up the score in bridge. My real interest is in the tremendous game of life.”- Dennis Conner
chef2sail is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #30 of 54 Old 04-03-2013 Thread Starter
Owned by Velcro
 
Ferretchaser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: On a Boat
Posts: 756
Thanks: 16
Thanked 12 Times in 11 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Re: Ospreys

Here is the build after a couple of days. The pic was taken yesterday.

Southcoasting likes this.

"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."

Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak!.
Ferretchaser is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Snatching lunch from water, ospreys put on a talons show - Honolulu Star-Advertiser NewsReader News Feeds 0 07-25-2011 01:20 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome