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2013 Archive

09 March 2013

There may be a conflict of nesting raptors at the Inwood Road nest near Stony Creek MetroPark this season. A pair of Bald Eagles appears to be establishing a nest near the cell tower used by Ospreys the previous years.

18 March 2013

An unconfirmed sighting of an adult Osprey flying low near Cady Road near Jackson.

24 March 2013

First confirmed sighting of the year! An Osprey was seen sitting on "new pipe installed across the top of the platform" on cell tower.

29 March 2013

A single Osprey was reported at the Acme Building cell tower.

30 March 2013

From Greg Smith, a fine photograph of the Mead Road female Osprey at Maple River State Game Area:

The Mead Road female is home... This shot is from the east end of Maple River where she was hunting.  The photographer later saw her at the nest.

Greg Smith photo, used with permission

An Osprey made an appearance at the Inwood Road cell tower near Stony Creek MetroPark.

31 March 2013

An observer reported one Osprey at Kensington MetroPark in the afternoon.

01 April 2013

Barb Jensen provide a list of Osprey sightings so far:

  • Brighton
  • Acme
  • Kensington MetroPark
  • Onsted
  • Mead Road (Maple River State Game Area)
  • Lake Odessa in Ionia County  (NEW NEST REPORT!)
  • Inwood Road near Stony Creek MetroPark

Sergey Postupalsky "noted some changes in the [Ferris State University] nest this morning: a stick that had been near the center of the nest was removed since yesterday and a scrape had been dug in center and dead vegetation removed.  ....  Yesterday the nest looked very much like in the older picture.  I checked again - and doesn't it look like the head of an Osprey  behind the nest between two if the steel uprights? It wasn't there earlier this morning."

The Osprey were reported to have returned to the Telb Road/Detroit Road cell tower in Monroe.  The observer noted that the nest had been torn down earlier and that they "rebuilding it at a pretty good pace!!" He remembered that these Ospreys had returned on April Fool's Day last year, too.

02 April 2013

A birdwatcher spotted an Osprey at the nest on Old Farm Lane this morning.

Another observer noted one Osprey at the Romeo nest.

Four Ospreys were reported at the Acme cell tower. Barb Jensen said that two of the birds are most likely the pair that have owned the nest since 2004.  The other birds could be ones coming through the area and just stopping to scout out some real estate. There are five nests along US-23 between Joy Road and M-59. I call it the Osprey Corridor. This area seems to attract Ospreys. Theres also a tower nest in downtown Brighton.

04 April 2013

Barb Jensen reported that there are Osprey on the nest in Milford. Jim Kortge is hoping that it is the return of the male, who is called Black PT.  Black PT refers to the black band with the letters PT that the bird sports on one leg.

05 April 2013

Jim Kortge confirmed that both birds at the Highland nest (Duck Lake Road and M59) and the Fenton nest (North Leroy) are back.  Janet Hug, the Social Media Administrator for the Oakland Audubon Society, has posted some nice photos on her Flicker site:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkissnhug/8621242285/in/photostream/

Jim said that the Highland male who has been occupying the Highland nest is C42, who sports a green band on his left leg and a silver USFWS band on his right. C42 is one of C09s offspring and was one of the three male chicks fledged from the nest platform west of the Hacking Tower on Wildwing Lake at Kensington MetroPark.

Jane Purslow saw an encounter between a juvenile Bald Eagle and an Osprey at Kensington MetroPark as well as the pair mating several times.

06 April 2013

Jim Kortge paid a visit to the Baldwin Road nest, where he saw an Osprey on the nest, who he believes may have been the female.

This photograph was taken at the Baldwin Road nest and depicts an Osprey believed to be the female.

Jim Kortge photo, used with permission

Jim also provided these comments on C09, who is the main bird who started all of this:

C09 is a male Osprey, who was the first of the hacked birds who made it back and successfully nested. He fledged in 1999 and came back to us in 2001, nesting on the platform [which] is about twenty yards west of the hacking tower, from which he fledged. He really imprinted well before leaving on his first migration to South America.  He successfully nested on [that] platform and another platform about forty yards west of that one through 2009.  In 2010, early in the nesting season, he and his mate (third one, by the way) were beginning to nest..., when a huge gang of photographers and other observers caused the female to leave the nest platform and abandon her eggs.  She did not return nor did C09 that season. In 2011 and 2012, photographers who hang out a lot at Kensington took photos of C09 passing overhead, but weve never located where he was nesting.  It is still an unknown, but it is gratifying to know he is still alive and apparently doing well.  We have not had any reports of him being back this season, but my bet is he will show up again at Kensington, and someone will get another photo of him, as has happened in the previous two years.

Jane Purslow snapped the below photo at Kensington MetroPark.

Here the Osprey pair at Kensington MetroPark are mating. This only takes only a few seconds, and then its over.

Jane Purslow photo, used with permission

07 April 2013

Jim Kortge went to observe the Fenton nest again this morning and had good news. The male was busily hauling sticks up to the center of the monopole, working like a mad dog under very windy conditions, rebuilding his nest. The female was in the area but was not at the tower this morning. He saw her southwest of the tower, probably scoping out something to eat from Lake Fenton. Hopefully the wind drops later today so the male has less work to do. He could barely make headway with the large sticks with the steady wind and then a gust would hit him and drive him backwards. He persisted, and Jim saw him drop at least 5 sticks!  Jim says that hell keep watching as the weather permits. It is supposed to be rainy for the next 4 days.  Jim noted that there is no sign of the work crew. They did remove the sign indicating a federally protected nest on the tower...

Greg Smith visited the the newly identified Jackson tower nest.  The nest is on the bottom array of antennas, not the top.

From the photos that Jane Purslow (THANK YOU JANE!) provided, Barb Jensen has identified the male at the Acme cell tower as C22.  Yea! He is back again!

Thanks to Jane again as her fine photos provide proof that the female at the Kensington nest is the same as previous years.  Per Barb, this is her tenth year. She and her mate got right to work immediately after the lids were removed Thursday.  They are using the same nest as last year, just inside the Milford Road entrance. Barb comments that they put on quite a show for the public, and the park visitors just love them.  What a pair!!

At Kensington MetroPark, the female is eating a fish that the male just brought to her. This was shot on 07 April.

Jane Purslow photo, used with permission

08 April 2013

Barb Jensen confirmed the report that the Ospreys are back on the nest at Skuse Road in Hillsdale.

Greg Smith reported that the Ospreys are back at the Bridgeville and Ranger Road tower nests in the Maple River SGA.

Steve at Accurate Woodworking and Cabinetry in Waterford reported that an Osprey has returned to the Pontiac Lake tower.

09 April 2013

The tower on the eastside of Jackson is reported to now be occupied with both Ospreys. This was found last fall though it was unknown if they nested.

The Osprey pair at the Kensington MetroPark nest were visited by an Interloper Osprey. Walter Chavers took the first photo below, and Jane Purslow took the second photo below:

Kensington Osprey clashes with an Interloper Osprey in the MetroPark on 09 April.

Walter Chavers photo, used with permission

Interloper!  A third Osprey buzzes the nest in Kensington MetroPark on 09 April.

Jane Purslow photo, used with permission

There had been some concern for the last several days over some kind of purple garbage on the 34 Mile Road nest and a question as to whether the tower crew would be asked to remove it. Today the tower crew was informed to stand down for fear of disturbing the Osprey pair.

Jim Kortge has sent photos that he took on Monday morning of the Fenton Ospreys to Barb Jensen and Sergej Postupalsky for them to review as to feather damage sustained by either bird during Sundays awful 30+ mph gusts. Jim had noted that the male was really getting whipped around by the wind, especially the big gusts that hit him when he had a large stick in his talons.

10 April 2013

Barb Jensen relayed the below reports:

  • Fred Drotar, photographer, reported this AM that the Estral Beach Ospreys have returned.
  • Kevin from Dynapower called this AM to report that there were 3 birds on the Hilton tower today. Hopefully the pair that had their nest removed will rebuild.
  • Tractor Supply Company in Ortonville called this afternoon to report that 3 Ospreys were visiting the Ortonville South tower. There always seems to be an extra bird scoping things out. Possibly it's the one that built a nest on the Ortonville North tower last year. The Oil Change folks near that tower are keeping a watchful eye to see if the birds return to that nest.
  • Art and Brenda Parnell visited both the Lake Nepessing tower and the Harsen Rd. (Davison) tower today. Both had Ospreys present.  They also checked the Baldwin Rd. tower but no Osprey was visible while they were there. They visited the Fenton tower and saw the male but no visible nest building at the time they were observing.

11 April 2013

Barb Jensen relayed another sighting and extended kudos to Lisa Clark for the report and all the wonderful things she does to protect our Ospreys.  Lisa reported that the Ospreys have returned to the Brooklyn (MIS) tower on 03 April. It is next to impossible to see the nest from the ground.

12 April 2013

Karen, neighbor to the Pinckney tower, reports that the Ospreys are back on that tower.  Initially there were 4 birds there.  Seems this is a common occurrence.

Doug Fler just called to report that he saw the pair for the first time today at the Lake Orion tower.

This report is just in from Juston Bramble, ATC field technician: at least one Osprey is roosting on the Hamburg cell tower.

Ernestine Lunsford called this evening to report that an Osprey is back on the cell tower on her property.

Barb Jensen is hoping to hear soon regarding any information on Point Mouillee, Elm Avenue (Monroe), Sterling State Park, Woodruff Road (Rockwood), the new Crown Castle Tower nest on Jefferson (Humbug Marsh), and the Lapeer East nest so stay tuned for more reports as our Ospreys make their way back home!

13 April 2013

Jim Kortge forwarded Jerrys (sorry- I do not have last name) report of occasionally seeing the Fenton Osprey getting fish at the south end of Lake Fenton.  Jerry said that it flies over the lake often, and the nest is slowly being built at the North Leroy tower.  Jim had been at this tower earlier in the day to photograph the Ospreys progress at rebuilding their nest.  It was destroyed by cell tower workers [in] the early part of April, after the birds had come back. Very sad to see that happen. We are working on that issue. Jim added that he has witnessed several fish coming into the nest from that direction.  They also fish somewhere east of the tower.

14 April 2013

Karen Dunning emailed Barb Jensen to report the Osprey pair are back at the Pinckney nest.

The nest in the cell tower by Carlson High School is active this year, too.  Bugsy Watson observed the pair mating.

The Osprey platform in Sterling State Park was occupied by a Canada Goose as was the Osprey platform down by the old Ford Stamping Plant on Elm Street in Monroe.

15 April 2013

From Barb Jenson comes this report, At noon I received a call from Gary at the Pennzoil C & J Oil Change company on M-15 on the north side of the city of Ortonville.  The Ospreys have returned to the tower, where they built a nest last summer.  It's located directly behind their oil change business. In fact, there were 4 birds messing around there. They'll sort it out as to who built that nest and who gets occupancy this season.  A short distance to the south, next to Tractor Supply Company, is the Ortonville South tower on which a pair of Ospreys raised  2 young last year.  Those birds have already returned and staked their claim to last year's nest.

Barb Jensen received a message from Jason Cousino (DTE Energy) that he watched an Osprey fly up to the top of the Joy Road/Whitmore Lake tower.  So, things are looking up for this cell tower.  Earlier visits by two different observers had come up inconclusive at best.

Frank Wiltrakis sent in three gorgeous photos of Osprey activity at Kensington MetroPark, one of which is below:

The pair at Kensington have been bothered occasionally by an Interloper. Frank Wiltrakis caught this dramatic confrontation close over the nest on 15 April 2013.

Frank Wiltrakis photo, used with permission

17 April 2013

Barb Jensen passed along a report from Paul Cypher of Lake Erie MetroPark saying that the Crown Castle tower on West Jefferson in Gibralter has an active, though small and flimsy, nest with two Ospreys coming and going.

18 April 2013

There is possibly a nest in Camden.  This will be checked out soon.

Barb Jensen reported seeing an EGG in the Ferris State University nest as viewed via their Osprey Cam.  See our Interesting Links page.

19 April 2013

Jim Kortge witnessed a changing of the guard at the Ferris State nest, noting now that there are TWO eggs in the nest.

From Barb Jensen, This just in... Very encouraging news. Jim and MaryAnn Ridley stopped moments ago and reported that there were a pair of Ospreys bringing in nesting materials and a fish [to the Old US 23/Hilton cell tower]. Two additional Ospreys appeared, and three began circling and one remained on the nest. Stay tuned... It appears there is more action to come. Maybe this nesting pair wont be lost this year after all.

Wayne and Frank were watching the Kensington MetroPark nest on Thursday. At that time, the female was not down deep in the nest.  However, today was a different story. She was down around noon when Jane Purslow and her friend Jenn first took a look. They checked again at 16:00, and the female was in the same position in the nest.  EGG and INCUBATING! The male just couldnt control himself...typical. (Sorry guys!)  Anyway, incubation is about 35 days so the first chick should hatch on or about 23 May. Barb Jensen notes that it was 18 April last year when she recorded her incubating for the first time so she says that it looks like they are right on schedule.

From the upper left and going clockwise, Jane Purslow captured this sequence of Osprey incubmating, a tongue-in-cheek name for the incubating and mating.

Jane Purslow photos, used with permission

20 April 2013

There were a number of sightings reported on the UMICH Birders List:

  • A pair (male and female) Osprey flew over the park at Vandercook Lake today in Jackson County.
  • A Belleville observer wrote that she just had an Osprey fly over my horse pasture, land in a tree, and fly across the pasture again and call.
  • Another birdwatcher noted that Pontiac SRA had a lone Osprey.

Jim Kortge received a report of at least two Osprey nesting in the cell tower near the cross streets of Clyde Road/ Milford Road/ Harvey Lake. Jim said that there is a rather good size nest on the cell tower but does not know if there are Osprey nesting there now or if the sticks are there from earlier periods in time.  Stay tuned for more information and cross your fingers!

21 April 2013

Another birdwatcher posting to the UMICH Birders List saw an Osprey at Lake St. Clair MetroPark along with several other cool birds.

Steve Kovacs had a couple of interesting observations:

  • The Skuse Road female Osprey is being a good mother and sitting on her nest when checked today
  • The power pole on M-49 south of Camden Road looks to Jim Kortge like it hosts a complete nest, which looks deep enough that the female could be incubating and one would not even see the top of her head.  Jim hopes that CMS Energy will pay the site a visit and look at the nest.  He said it brings to mind an incident at a Ford Warehouse facility a few years ago [where the nest] got wet during the fall and caught on fire, destroying the nest, cross arms on the power pole, and the top of the pole.  The active pole was replaced and another higher pole was set by DTE with a nesting platform on top, and the Ospreys are reported to be using it this year.

22 April 2013

Anna from Hartland posted this on the UMICH Birders List.  This morning on my walk up here in Livingston County, Cullen Road near Brophy about 08:30 I could barely see through the trees, two birds flying rather low and heading my way.  As they got closer, I saw the first bird was an Osprey with a good size fish, the second a second year Bald Eagle in hot pursuit.  The Eagle snatched the fish away from the Osprey, then went down into the field at the corner of Brophy and Cullen.  The Osprey circled once then flew west and out of sight.  I watched until the Eagle came up out of the field, and it flew out of sight to the north.  About 08:45, I saw an Osprey with a fish flying west - ?same Osprey?  Then about 09:05, I spotted a mature Bald Eagle flying in a distance over the tree line, heading north.  Pretty exciting morning with several [First of Year] species!!!!! Is birding not the exciting hobby?!!!!!!!

While this photo was not taken of Annas Eagle/Osprey chase, it does depict an immature Bald Eagle and Osprey encounter.  Look at the difference in size. This photo was taken on 05 April 2013 at Kensington MetroPark by Jane Purslow. In this case, the Osprey had a nest to protect, and the Eagle left the area.

Jane Purslow photo, used with permission

24 April 2013

Dave Southward reported that he found out where the Camden Osprey moved to. They started building another nest near the corner of Sampson and Rice Road.  This new nest caused a power outage about 02:30.  This nest is in a precarious location from a power pole stand point.  [There is] some switching equipment on the pole they are building on.  [Dave] contacted the Federal Wildlife Service and received a written document to knock the nest down, but [he is] working with [his] management to install a nesting platform ASAP so they dont just build in another pole location.  Jim Kortge had some suggestions to add some kind of nest platform above the current pole or [to set] a higher pole nearby with a platform on it ASAP. Jim said that the fact that the male seems to like power poles makes one wonder if he isnt from the Skuse Road nest from a prior year and has a power pole nesting imprint!  :-)

25 April 2013

Per Barb Jensen, there is another pair of suicidal Ospreys building a nest on a power pole across from Pte. Moo, on Turnpike Rd., south of Labo Rd. and north of Port Sunlight Rd. More on this soon.

26 April 2013

Sergej Postupalsky had this about the new nest on the power pole at Turnpike Road: We cant a priori assume that this is a half-hearted attempt [to nest]... Some pairs do lay eggs and successfully raise young on their first attempt. If we wait until it becomes clear whether or not this is a serious attempt with eggs, etc., it will be too late to do anything.  Therefore, my recommendation is that an Estral Beach type platform be erected near the site and the present nest removed from the pole. Stay tuned for more information on this nest.

27 April 2013

Jim Kortge relayed a report from Jean in Bath, Michigan of sighting an Osprey at the Eagle Eye and Hawk Hollow Golf Courses.  She has seen this Osprey catch three fish, which Jim regards as a very positive indication that there is a nest nearby. The next map update will include Jeans Osprey sighting.

Don Henise reported on the UMICH List observing the Osprey pair apparently building a nest on the lower platform of the cell tower to the west of Gilletts Lake and east of East Jackson High School.

Barb Jensen was observing the Kensington nest with Jane Purslow. Barb said, The male not only chased off the rogue female, he also took on two different pairs of geese and chased each out of the bay area. The incredible part of the goose chase was those Canada birds werent anywhere near the nest.  They were on the far side of the river near the Farm Center.  I think that he was just trying to impress his mate.  :) Janes totally awesome sequence of photos of the Interloper female and the Kensington pair will be posted here very soon!

29 April 2013

Dave Southward had an absolutely fantastic update on the Camden Osprey.  Recall that this pair had begun building a nest on a power pole near the corner of Sampson and Rice Roads, and it had caused a power outage. It was a definite possibility that the nest would have to be knocked down as the US FWS had okayed doing so due to the electrical switching equipment on that pole.  Then the local Boy Scout troup got wind of it.  Andrew Renwand, a member of the troup used this dilemma as an opportunity to demonstrate the leadership skills necessary to complete his Eagle Rank by heading up a group of fellow scouts in constructing a new nest platform. Consumers Energy installed it. (Consumers Energy rocks!)   Andrew did a nice job on the platform, and some pictures will be included very soon.  Dave later reported success.  He found evidence of the Osprey being in the area, and a neighbor reported seeing the Osprey sitting on the pole over the weekend.

Jim Kortge had some bad news.  He stopped by the Hilton Road nest this morning, and there isnt any nest and no birds. [He] counted maybe 8-10 sticks total strewn about the upper catwalk of the tower but nothing that even remotely resembles a nest.  ... [He is] going to show it on the Sighting Map as Failed.  It looks like the cell tower crew did a terrific job of driving this pair off of the tower by destroying their nest in the process of working on the tower.

Barb Jensen provided this update on the new Newport nest on the power pole near Pte Mouilee/Estral Beach area. Originally, DTE was going to install a platform directly above the nest using some posts that extend above the top of the cross arms and wires. Theyd then place the platform with the original nesting material on those uprights and hope the birds would find it attractive and that would solve the problem of power outages, fried Ospreys, etc.  However, due to some electrical issues that option was scratched. Soooo, Option B was to place it on the next pole down the line, and the birds would most likely move to it.  Deflectors would then be placed on the poles on either side. Problem solved... or at least Jason [from DTE Energy] thought so until he heard from the DTE supervisor...  Soooo, looking like Option C is the only answer, which is really the best one if the land owner agrees to it. The Ospreys are so lucky to have Jason and others at DTE advocating on their behalf.  Stay tuned for the next installment of this interesting story.

Jane Purslow sent in some nice photos of the female Osprey from the Kensington MetroPark nest taking a bath.

BATH TIME! From halfway immersed to a good shaking out.

Jane Purslow photo, used with permission

 

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