I am happy to be a part of the Great Chatham County Camp Out! I hope each of you has a chance to join the ongoing celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of Chatham County. You can see my video introducing the bald eagles and ospreys of Jordan Lake to the campers at the YouTube channel for the event at https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLXENRyQI5Nu_3yJxEcVLoLasHzrDmY7F

Join Doc Ellen as she explores the year-round populations of songbirds and the hummingbirds at Jordan Lake.  We will look at migration arrivals and summer breeding cycles.  Learn interesting facts about our beloved feathered jewels as we explore the smaller avian inhabitants of the Jordan Lake Neighborhood.

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Jordan Lake, Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Captain Doug and I were out on the lake this morning checking on Bald eagle fledglings and fairly new Osprey hatchlings. We came across this bald eagle fledgling, one of this year‘s newest fliers, and had to chuckle as it tried to figure out how to stand on a rolling log. I do not know which nest it was from since we were pretty much midlake. I do hope you enjoy all 30 seconds!

Jordan Lake Dam, Haw River. Ospreys don’t often really get angry with each other and actually go after each other with talons and beaks at the ready. This morning 2 male ospreys got very angry. I don’t know what started the argument because there were no osprey nests nearby to cause a territory dispute (those kind of disputes are almost always a lot of screaming and mild threats). I wondered if the osprey being chased was an immature bird, from last year, and had some how gotten on the wrong side of the other bird. I couldn’t see enough the plumage or eye color to know that. I was just glad to see the threatened bird fly out of the mouth of the tailrace and safely away. PS: the smudges and soft focus are the result of my determined efforts to shoot through the trees on the riprap…life in the photographer’s lane…