Sunday, October 14, 2012
Goodbye Osprey, Hello Fall!
I have to say that I am happy to see the Osprey go for the winter! They showed up on the day the ice melted in the bay last spring, and stayed all summer long to raise two chicks, who stuck around until just the other day. Finally, their incessant squawking is gone! Day in and day out of these birds begging their parents for food, or begging each other as they got older and started catching fish for themselves. It was fun watching the young birds attempt to catch fish when they were first fledglings and leaving the nest! They weren't real good fishers at first, and the parents would leave them alone during the day, so that they would 'fend for themselves'. I would watch them as I did my swimming this summer. They would perch in the trees and complain about their hunger. As they became better fishers, they would perch on various trees and eat their catch. Many times, right in front of our patio, they would dine and then then drop their trash on our beach. Lovely for my chihuahua to get ahold of a stinking fish carcus. As summer goes on, the sounds of the Osprey goes on until one day you realize you haven't heard the Osprey for several days. I find myself wondering... where do the Osprey go for the winter? Do they fly to the coast of Washington, where they can continue their fishin mission? Or perhaps they fly way south to California or even Mexico? Well, I think I will just have to go research it. First I will try my iBird app to see if it tells me anything.
iBird says basically, Osprey are known to live around large bodies of water world-wide, except in Anartica. As the map above shows, they breed here in the northwest United States and in Canada. They then migrate across the United States and winter along the coast of California, Texas and the most southern states. Year-round residents are in Florida and in Mexico. I'd like to think our summer resident Osprey travel down to the California coast, and enjoy the warmer weather down there, while we stay here in the cold and experience the nasty winter months. Kind of like our other summer neighbors from California! But we know that when the warm weather comes back around our way, our Californian neighbors, and the Osprey will be back in the hood, ready for another lovely summer! For now, we will enjoy our lovely autumn colors as the leaves change with the seasons.