Who else got a laugh yesterday watching one of the chicks trying to eat a small catfish, with little success? Mom got tired of watching the struggle, so she took the fish and fed it to him. Oliveea is in the nest now by herself. Perhaps waiting for her youngsters to come home to visit?
I have noticed that a few other ospreys (3-4 years old) have chosen new areas for next year nesting and are bringing in sticks. I guess that may be why we see Oscar bring new sticks to this nesting site quite often. We are going to install more nesting boxes in the next few weeks to persuade them to establish areas where the least human interference would be. We try to accommodate nesting locations that the Ospreys have chosen but sometimes we do make slight adjustments for their safety and ours!