Weeks went by and they would add a stick or two a day. I was wondering if they would ever start their family.
Then one day there was some commotion on the river. I have to admit that I missed it and hubby while gardening went down to see a Bald Eagle attacking the female osprey as she finally started to sit on the nest. Remember the fight over toilet paper curing COVID? This is something like that, only a fear of diminishing fish resources.
The female osprey survived but you can see she has damaged some feathers and is hunkered down over her precious egg(s). It takes thirty to forty days for eggs to hatch and she has been sitting for close to 25 days. During the mornings I see the male fly in to relieve her while she goes out hunting for breakfast. She also does some lovely morning acrobatics to stretch and strengthen before her return to the nest.
Such restorative activities watching our prey birds.