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Observations & Images
28 April 2007
Approximate age of nestling(s) in days: 31

At the location of last year's Osprey nest were two Ospreys. Whether this is last year's male and his new mate is open to debate.
At this year's nest, the female Osprey is off the nest to relieve herself in the air.
She attempts to break a branch off a dead tree.
The branch will not break and she falls away. She tried again at another nearby dead tree and failed there, too. She came back to the first tree where she was able to finally break a branch off which she took to the nest.
I was surprised to see something moving in the darkness under the nest. It was a relief to see a squirrel make its way out. The squirrel made a slow investigation of the entire tree before jumping over to the next tree to start the process all over again. The female Osprey did not show any awareness that they had a visitor in the basement.
The nestlings were very active today moving around the nest throughout a large part of the day
The male Osprey was easily agitated today sending out warning cries to even very distant birds. Here he gives chase to a Black Vulture.
The male must feel confident in taking on two trespassers since a Vulture's normal response on being harassed is to hasten out of the area as quickly as possible
Today was the longest absence ever recorded for the male Osprey. He was gone over two and a half hours which was quite a surprise. The female never left the nest in all that time. He finally returned carrying a fish and the rest of the day went normally with him sticking around save for short flights to bring in more fish.

THE NEIGHBORS

Indigo Buntings are now a common sight around the nest but they refuse to come very close to the camera.
A Northern Cardinal investigates a grapefruit tree. The grapefruit trees were quite attractive to birds today with Gray Catbirds and Red-Bellied Woodpeckers also seen foraging through them.
A Cuban Brown Anole extends its dewlap while trying to catch the faint rays of the sun on this generally overcast day.
My little observing spot, a small clearing in an abandoned grove on the Refuge surrounded by grapefruit trees, palms, oaks, and lots of miscellaneous brush, is frequently crossed by snakes throughout the day, most specifically the Black Racer. At first I would be quite startled upon seeing any snakes which they would pick up on to vanish immediately back into the brush.
Now they seem quite tolerant of my presence---and me of theirs---to the point of allowing pictures to be taken as long as I don't move around too much though it is quite difficult to get clear shots given the amount of vegetation.
 
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