We’ve been watching osprey on a crane since they returned this past spring. The pair chose the P&H Crane at Woodland Pulp, LLC as their new home and set about the work of building a nest. One weekend we watched an osprey swoop down to pick up a four foot branch from the road in a wood yard at the mill. It grabbed the branch and flew away as though it were a toothpick. Impressive.
The osprey add to the nest a little at a time, and I wondered if it were large enough to raise young in this year. It is, and they did. We watched the chick, now nearly full grown, perched on a post high up on the crane. One parent tore apart a fish and had its lunch while the other chirped non-stop. Soon after the parents took flight, circled the nest and chirped to the soon-to-be fledgling. We went about our business so we missed its first flight but I’m sure by now the fledgling is flying and learning about life as an osprey outside the nest.