I have been negligent this summer. I have forgotten to keep up on the gossip of Fred and Ethel and report on it. If you are new to this couple, and have a long free afternoon go
#1 here , #2 here, #3 here, #4 here and most recently #5 here for background on them.
If you lead a busy and full life you can read on and catch up later. This year the couple came early as written in the last recent post linked above. I was too busy to watch their sex lives (as I am sure you are relieved in reading) but they seemed to be working hard at improving the prior winter damage to their nest.
They continued to use the top of our boat as a staging ground, but did not leave the sticks for long.
Ethel sat on the nest and Fred watched from the top snag of the nearby dead tree.
Ethel sat some more and Fred watched some more from the snag of the nearby dead tree.
Ethel sat in rain storms, scalding heat, beautiful afternoon sunsets and Fred watched.
Once in a while I would head down to the dock and Ethel would screech and give me the evil eye while I tried to get a decent photo.
But nothing ever happened! I do not know whether she had laid legs and they failed or she did not lay eggs. Hubby had seen some angry discussion between the osprey couple and two vultures and even an eagle in early summer, so perhaps there was murder and theft involved, but there are no fledgelings to watch this year. So sad. Our friend up the river has four little ones learning to eat and growing!
The osprey couple would disappear for lengthy periods and unusual guests would show up with no one there! They would rearrange some sticks and then leave.
But as we who love the cycles of this great earth know, the world will give them another chance next spring. They still sit and guard the nest and will for another few weeks until all osprey up and down the river are fledged and concentrating on fishing and then heading south.