July 17, 2016

July 17, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

This morning I woke up and thought it would be a great day to go check on my favorite Osprey family. What a fantastic idea that wound up being!

Upon arrival at the location of the nest at 10:30am, I could see mom was out of the nest flying a few laps. She landed back in the nest just before I got to my spot. Then a few minutes later a family decided to walk past the nest on the trail and mom flew out, doing a few more circles before landing back in. It must not have been five minutes later when dad arrived with a half eaten fish and all four osprey cooperated for a family portrait. YAY, I'm so excited about that.

From there on out though, the osprey weren't all that entertaining. Occasionally one of the kids would flap its wings to build up wing strength or mom would call out for dad to bring food, but he never arrived with any. Out in the distance I watched as an adult bald eagle flew by and dad launched from his perch to chase it away. Shortly thereafter a great blue heron flew by and landed in one of the trees between myself and Lake Champlain.

After that little bit of activity, it got really quiet and I got bored, so I decided to walk around a little bit. What a great idea that was as I found a pair of bobolinks. Imagine my excitement as I've never seen a bobolink in the wild and here I found a mating pair. How awesome!!!

After photographing the bobolinks, I went back to the nest and waited and waited and waited. Eventually dad flew in with a stick and mom yelled at him like there was no tomorrow. He left without looking back and still had not returned with anything when I left at 4pm.

My photo for today is probably not my best shot of the day, but surely the shot that gave me the most excitement. The female bobolink is on the left and the male is on the right.


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