Saturday, July 9, 2016


Osprey are 21 - 24 inches wide.  A large long-winged "fish hawk".  Brown above and white below, head white with dark line through eye and on side of face.  Wing shows distinctive bend at the "wrist".  At a distance, can resemble a gull.  Voice is loud, musical chirping.  Nesting: 2 - 4 white, pink or buff eggs, blotched with brown, in a bulky mass of sticks and debris placed in a tree, on a telephone pole, on rocks, or on flat ground.

Osprey search for fish by flying and hovering over the water, watching the surface below.  When prey is sighted, an Osprey dives steeply, its talons outspread, and splashes into the water.  It quickly resurfaces and, if it has made a catch, flies off, adjusting the fish in its claws so that the head is pointed forward.  Ospreys declined drastically because of pesticides during the 1950's and 1960's, but since then they have made a comeback and are nesting again in areas from which they had disappeared.

Information from my National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds book.


Tom said...

They are a delight to see.

Vanssmomc said...

Beautiful wildlife. Thank you Marilyn for sharing these pics, I don't think I have ever seen Osprey before, or if I did haven't realized what type of bird they were. Cathy in Webster

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Tom,

I think so, too.


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Cathy,

Glad you like the pictures. I didn't know about them until a friend of mine, also named Cathy, told me about them. They are interesting to watch.


Angela Tucker said...

Beautiful birds. We have hawks, a few eagles, but no ospreys...Have a wonderful day!

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Angela,

They are beautiful birds. Hope you have a wonderful day, too.