Osprey at the Grange Audubon

There is an Osprey nest at the Grange Audubon this summer. When I found out about the location of the nest, the Osprey eggs had hatched and there were three Osprey chicks.

The nest is on a light pole near the entrance of the park. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website: "The Osprey readily builds its nest on manmade structures, such as telephone poles, channel markers, duck blinds, and nest platforms designed especially for it. Such platforms have become an important tool in reestablishing Ospreys in areas where they had disappeared. In some areas nests are placed almost exclusively on artificial structures". 

In 1996, Ohio created a program to reintroduce 20 nesting pairs of Osprey by 2010, The goal was achieved in 2003.  For more information: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/species-and-habitats/species-guide-index/birds/osprey.   There is an Osprey nesting platform near White's Mill in Athens but there has never been a nesting pair there.

Additional information about the Osprey and their behavior can be found at : https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Osprey/id.

A few of my photos are below. 

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