September 21, 2020
Return of the Osprey
- as seen by -Gail Rogers
Each year in late March, the osprey (Pandion haliaetus) return to Edith Read Sanctuary in Rye, New York where they are busy rebuilding their nest and mating. Their eggs are usually in the nest by the end of April or beginning of May. The season’s chicks hatch in the beginning of June and transition to juveniles that usually fledge in mid-July. It is always fascinating to observe this life cycle.
This day, both the male and female osprey brought back twigs at the same time making a wonderful moment to photo. Usually, only one bird goes out stick gathering while the other stays at the nest to protect it.
Editor’s Note: This photo was chosen as one of the top submissions for Wild View’s Birds in Your Backyard assignment. Congratulations!