Mom osprey floated in over the north end of the dam and curved past the pine trees.
Instantly a fish crow decided to chase her from his territory.
Mom osprey only wanted a fish for her late breakfast.
Eventually the two of them formed a paired flight formation.
The fish crow escorted mom osprey until he felt she was not a threat.
He went back to his nest and mom osprey caught a fish and went home to her nest.
The two chicks are branching now. Wing wapping and jumping from the brim of the nest to a nearby branch.
Mom Godiva is ignoring the youngsters.
Taking a break.
Wap. Wap. Getting the muscles stronger.
I am not sure what got Mom Godiva’s attention. Maybe that the one chick is about to jump back into the nest.
Red-headed Woodpecker Nest Cavity Progress
The male red-headed woodpecker does most of the drilling and excavating.
Because of the loss of habitat, this woodpecker has been on a steady decline and is now on the Watch List.
Our woods around Jordan Lake provide them with the pine snags needed for their nest cavities.
Here you can see the beginning of the cavity.
A wood chip goes flying past the woodpecker’s left shoulder.
Here is a great view of the cavity. He will finish the cavity in the next couple of weeks and his mate will lay her eggs.
Away he goes, chasing a bug for a snack.
Shelter Osprey Nest
Mom osprey was incubating her eggs this morning. I think hatching is about a week away.
Mom osprey stood up and stretched.
Shook out her wings.
Looked around for any danger that might be approaching.
Repositioned the eggs under herself and settled back in to incubating the eggs.
Even if you ARE a bald eagle, some birds just don’t give you any leeway.
The eastern kingbird took great offense that Cacao flew too close to its nest.
The parent kingbird (about the size of a robin) promptly chased Cacao out of the area.
BTW I have seen kingbirds actually land on the backs of both adult and juvenile eagles.
Looks like a jet landing on an aircraft carrier.
Sometimes the kingbird gives the eagle a peck for good measure! But, not in this series.