Yesterday, we attempted to move the larger sticks to the edge of the nest to give Oliveea more room for nesting. Like all of you, we have been watching while they try to maneuver them out of the way. The sticks are not quite as large as they appear on camera. Originally, they were placed on the sides for Oliveea and Oscar so they could entwine their smaller sticks in them and also to see if the babies would use the longer ones protruding out as a fledging gangplank.
During storms, winds can blow on top of the dam at speeds that can and have destroyed the nest. This happened back in 2011 when two baby chicks were blown out of the nest. One baby osprey had to be transported to the Raptor center and treated for a broken wing, while the other was placed in a make-shift nest. The vultures destroyed our work within 2 hours and made it almost impossible to re-arrange the sticks without dropping down the whole nest. Lesson learned – let them do their own thing and hope for the best!
Today should be another beautiful day with the temps in the mid 50’s and wind up to 17 mph.