This time of year Osprey return to the nests along by the harbour in Summerside. They returned last week and people were eager to observe and photograph them. My husband and I stopped to see them too.
There are three nests in the area and three birds have taken up residence in one of the nests thus far. Nests sit atop platforms on poles positioned for the birds by the city. One pole is tipped but the birds don’t appear to mind.
Birds return to the same nests which have been maintained for years.
One of the nests is in a place which is a construction area. When solar lights were added to the area, the Osprey abandoned it.
When we stopped near the occupied nest, one bird was present. I was able to take some photos, showing the tipped pole and the fluffed feathers of the magnificent creature. The keen eyes and the sharp hooked beak were impressive in this huge bird.
Just as interesting were the items which the birds had incorporated into the nest, plastic, cloth and a set of Christmas light wires. These are merely what’s visible from the street. How sad it is these items were even available to the birds!
Two days later, on our way to the boardwalk we stopped again to photograph the Osprey. Three were in the nest though only two were visible. One flew off and we could see the other two.
I recorded video, just 21 seconds, rather unsteadily, of the birds as one chirped and whistled.
Then it took flight.
These hawks are fish eaters and their nest by the harbour is in a great location. I hope to see them fishing one day.