By Mary Reid Barrow
Welcome back, ospreys!
You sure took your sweet time getting back to us this year. We’ve been wondering where you were. Most of the time, some of you are back at your nests in February.
So where have you been for the past month? Of all years to play coy with us! Your presence, always a harbinger of spring, would have been so helpful long before now.
Osprey expert Reese Lukei said you must have been delayed by the weather! Ha! You were probably enjoying a sunny stopover in the Caribbean before coming back to face our Covid- weary world and uncertain spring weather.
When you decided to come, you seemed to all come at once. It’s as if you held a meeting and said, we can’t leave our friends waiting but for so long.
Many of you arrived at the end of the week and more of you are arriving during the weekend. Did you begin to feel guilty for making us wait so long? I hope so!
Reese noted that a pair of you arrived almost simultaneously on your nest platform in Little Neck at the end of the week and he took the photo that leads off the blog. Others of you are back at your homes on navigation buoys, occasional tall pine trees and many tree snags.
And welcome to you, pretty osprey!
Terri Gorman saw you near your nest on a tree snag at the Narrows at First Landing State Park. You, with your pretty brown necklace, are probably waiting for Dad to fly back with the perfect stick needed to repair your home.
You dads are not dilly-dallying around. You are busily gathering sticks, branches and other materials to repair winter worn nests and you moms are wasting no time bickering about what sticks should go where.
You dads can’t forget that it’s mating time too. Moms, you should lay your eggs by the end of the month and your babes should hatch by the end of April or beginning of May.
Thank goodness you are hard at work. I’m going to tell folks to be on the lookout for you this weekend. Sunday will be a great day for osprey watching.
So, osprey friends, be on your best behavior as you get some welcome home visits this weekend.
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