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The Ospreys are coming, and we have on-camera proof…

Our first clear sight of an osprey on a European nest, as preparations for the breeding season are in full swing everywhere.
The Ospreys are coming, and we have on-camera proof…

First European osprey spotted on a webcam

In the Loire, a migrating osprey has been spotted:

The season is underway, folks!

50 years of Loch of the Lowes

2020 was an odd year for fans of this Scottish nest. Laddie and his new breeding partner abandoned the long-used nest with the webcam, and only very late on in the season did we hear that they'd bred elsewhere around the loch.

While we wait to find out where they'll breed this year — if they both return — the Scottish Wildlife Trust is celebrating 50 years of activity there with a series of features.

50 years of Loch of the Lowes 1969 – 1971 – Scottish Wildlife Trust

And part 2 is already available.

25 Years of Rutland

And, while we're on the subject of major anniversaries:

Get ready for the 25th anniversary of the Rutland Ospreys
Ospreys are expected to return to Rutland Water this month - 25 years after the relocation project began.

The Story of Foulshaw Ospreys

Here's a lovely little video telling the story of the Cumbrian nest:

The choice at Threave

The old nest is staying up for another year at Threave:

17 days and counting. We're leaving the old nest up for another year. Maybe the ospreys will choose the new one this time.

Osprey Recovery Watch

Translocation schemes have been the central plank of osprey reintroduction for years now. We have one in progress in Poole Harbour, which has had an unlucky start, but we're all hoping for happier news this year.

But could another project be in the offing?

A Suffolk translocation project?

This Thursday, there's a talk about a proposal from the Suffolk Wildlife Trust for a translocation project:

You can read more about the project here:

Bringing ospreys back to Suffolk | Suffolk Wildlife Trust
We now see ospreys on migration here in Suffolk for a few short days in spring and autumn, but it has been many hundreds of years since they have bred in the county. We’d love to see them back, and we have an exciting plan to help them return.

Yorkshire wants to attract Ospreys

Meanwhile, Yorkshire is hoping to establish a breeding population  by attracting birds to purpose-built nests:

How a five-year project to lure ospreys back could see them breed in Yorkshire for the first time in centuries
It is centuries since nesting ospreys hunted in Yorkshire’s lakes and rivers - but a determined effort by conservation agencies could finally see them stay and breed in the region once again.

With Kielder clearly having excess birds now, perhaps some of them might find this an attractive alternative? The challenge, of course, is the makles and their philopatry — their tendency to seek to nest near where they fledged.

World Osprey Week is coming

A good curtain raiser for the breeding season is upon us:

World Osprey Week 2021: 22nd - 26th March - Birds of Poole Harbour
What is World Osprey Week? World Osprey Week celebrates Ospreys as they make their spring migrations to their...

US Osprey Event — TODAY

This event on the Story of Ospreys is being held tonight (UK time) at time of sending:

Story of the Ospreys Being Told As Part of CROW Virtual Speaker Series
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There are still tickets available for $10 plus taxes:

Speaker Series Presented by LCEC: The Story of Ospreys
This presentation uses photos, videos and recorded vocalizations to explain osprey behavior.

American Osprey News

Lots of activity over the pond. They're back in Washington:

Welcoming back spring birds - Washington Daily News
Ospreys are back! Pairs and individuals have been seen this past week in Broad Creek at Pamlico Plantation, over the Pamlico River at the Washington Riverwalk, from Dinah’s Landing in Goose Creek State Park and on the south side of the Pamlico near the Bayview-Aurora ferry terminal. Sometimes call…

Penn Power is using its nesting platform as a PR opportunity, and picking up coverage as a result. Better this thanm lettiong ospreys die and people suffer power outages…

Penn Power Partners with Erie Bird Observatory for Second Consecutive Year to Protect Nesting Birds, Prevent Power Outages
/PRNewswire/ -- As part of its ongoing efforts to protect nesting birds and prevent power outages, Penn Power, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE),...

A dramatic osprey rescue:

Upside Down and Trapped, Osprey Rescued from Boat Mast in Merritt Island
Rescuers believe the bird had been stuck for two days.

Long Island's nests are being cleaned ready for the season:

PSEG Long Island Gets Ready For Osprey Breeding Season
Some utility crews on Long Island made sure osprey birds have a safe place to nest Wednesday.

Why do US ospreys love plastic junk so much?

If you're in Delaware, there's an opportunity to help with an osprey count — but the online training is tonight:

Center for Inland Bays to conduct osprey count
The Center for the Inland Bays is looking for volunteers to help the organization conduct its very first osprey count. Nivette Perez-Perez, CIB project manager and volunteer coordinator, said the last aerial survey, conducted by the Delaware...

And over in the SF Bay area, Rosie and Richmond are happily back together for another season:

Richmond and Rosie together!
Richmond was flying around the SF Bay area and arrived at the nest to check on things and bring a piece of fish to Rosie in case she had returned from migration. That was nine days ago, just after …

But getting the nest ready has provided some challenges:

And Finally…

Most people go to Disney World for a holiday. For one osprey, it looks like the perfect place to build a nest — on top of the Tron ride:

PHOTOS: An Osprey is Building a Nest on TRON Lightcycle Run’s Canopy at the Magic Kingdom - WDW News Today
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