Monday, August 8, 2011
OSPREY - My Nemisis
os·prey [óspree, óss prày]
(plural os·preys or os·prey)
fish-eating hawk: a fish-eating hawk that has long wings and a white head with a dark strip around the eyes.
Latin name: Pandion haliaetus
[15th century. < Old French ospres probably < Latin (avis) ossifraga , a bird of prey mentioned by Pliny, identified with the lammergeier, literally "bone-breaking"]
“Bone-breaking” ear splitting too. We have quite a few osprey at Monck Park. At first these birds were “interesting” and now, to me at least, they are nothing but ANNOYING!
Just outside the gatehouse there is an osprey nest. Osprey nests are found at the top of dead tree.s Foresters actually help the osprey with their nests. When the bird chooses a tree, the forestry department will come along and remove all the branches. They do this because the osprey will naturally choose a power pole and that can be dangerous for the bird and costly to the public.
The pair outside the gatehouse have a young one. And the noise!!! Oh my lord! It is constant. The young one calling for more food, the adults conversing with each other, all of them screeching if a hawk is in the area. Their call is like that of a humongous chicken. “CHEEEEEP, CHEEEEEEP, CHEEEEEEP”. They start early in They start early in the morning and continue until late at night.
Interesting - not anymore.