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Woolwich, Maine

August 22, 2010


We stopped by the osprey nest around 5 pm on our way to a friend's house. It's the first time we've been there at that time of day - and the first time we didn't see anyone near the nest. The usual chick may have been around, but she wasn't on the nest and we didn't see her in the usual trees across the road.

We did see an osprey on the far side of the marsh - no clue if it was one of the adults or one of the chicks.
picture of osprey a long ways away
When you click for the full-size pic, you can see it's an osprey, but not much more. It was definitely too far for my camera.

We did discover that you can see the platform where the eagles I've been calling the Sasanoa eagles nested from the TOM. We hadn't noticed that before because the vantage point is a bit closer to the pole where the osprey nest is than I'm comfortable going when they are in residence. Here's the general perspective without zoom:
view toward eagle nest

And with binoculars (and zoom), you can see that someone's home:
picture of eagle on nest

I have a 12x zoom on my camera, and clearly need something larger to get good shots at these distances, but it at least let us know there were some birds still around.

When we went around to the other side to check on the Sasanoa osprey nest, we saw one of the fledgling eagles fly into the nest and chase the adult off - perhaps encouraging him or her to go get food for dinner! I will try to get those pictures posted before too long.

If you'd like to see additional pictures from this nest, and from the osprey and eagle nests "around the corner" on the Sasanoa River, you can use the link for my Local Wildlife Home Page at the top of the page to see an index to all the visits.