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September 19, 2014

Dad Preens in Tree

'Dad' Great Blue Heron, identifiable by his missing back toe, spends part of the morning preening and resting in the dead trees on Sapsucker Pond. 

September 19, 2014

Mom Back in the Nest Box Again

We once more see the return of the female adult in the nest box, preening, scratching around and napping at 7:52 P.M. until 8:27 P.M. and then again at 2:40 A.M. until 5:18 A.M. There was no sign of the male adult. Could he be roosting nearby or is the female planning to dominate this territory for the winter? We originally predicted that both the male and female would occupy the the breeding territory over the fall/winter months, but it now appears that the female may plan on being the sole occupier.  

September 19, 2014

Stan and Juvenile Seen

Both Stan and the remaining juvenile have been seen again today. Stan was observed eating a rather large fish atop a wooden pole. He also delivered breakfast to his young. Many of the fish delivered to his young have arrived headless. When a male osprey is hungry he will usually eat the head and part of the viscera of the fish before delivering it to either the young or his mate. The brains of a fish may be nutritious, also many predators eat their prey head first to ensure it is dead. The head is also a harder part of the fish to consume, the adults may eat it first before feeding the easier softer tissues to the young. 

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