Jordan Lake: The field identification marks on a fledgling Osprey are beautiful and unmistakable. The bright almost red-orange eye is very intense. As an adult the eye would be a clear golden yellow. At the end of each flight and back feather there is a white marking that looks like the head of a “rivet” to me. As the osprey ages these white markings will wear off and be un-noticeable in a 1.5 year-old-osprey.
I told the fledgling Osprey that there was a big big storm coming. He said, “how big?” And I said, “so big that the sky was going to be stuffed plum-full edge to edge with wind and rain.” To which he replied, “does that mean that Chicken Little was right and the sky is going to fall?” And he twisted his head around upside down and tried to see all the way up into the heavens.