Saturday, May 06, 2006


In contrast to several decades ago, the Osprey now seems to be thriving in Oregon's Willamette Valley. This morning this one, which appears to be a female because of the "necklace" of brown streaks, was perched beside her nest on a utility pole. But I'm a bit puzzled by the situation I observed because this bird's mate (which I could not see very well) seemed to be keeping eggs warm in the nest, and I've never observed a male being allowed by the female to stay on the eggs when she is close by. I'll have to watch this pair closely to see if perhaps this is one of the occasional males that shows some of the brown "necklace" plumage.


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