Jordan Lake Neighborhood Raptors
The morning started off with the moon setting in a beautiful Carolina blue sky.
Then the eagles came by and then the ospreys.
First was Lady Lake, panting hard in the heat and humidity.
Then a bright-eyed 2-year-old harassed the osprey nest and arrogantly floated past me.
Dad osprey was showing his fledglings how to fish.
 I wonder what the fledglings thought of the tiny fish dad captured!

Bird Lecture and Exploration

“Really? The bald eagle has 2 focal point in each eye? Whoa! There is a relative of the desert roadrunner that visits Jordan Lake each summer! Come and explore with Doc Ellen some of the most interesting, odd and take home facts about the birds at Jordan Lake. Be dressed for the hot weather and bring binoculars as the second half of the program will be outdoors as we look for eagles and oddities.”

For more information contact Doc Ellen via FB https://www.facebook.com/docellen/ or please email steve.mcmurray@ncparks.gov.

Free admission.  Family friendly.

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 29, 2019 – 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location: 
Jordan Lake State Park Visitor Center, directly off of Hwy. 64., 280 State Park Road, Apex, NC
Hike Length and Difficulty: 
Easy less then 1/2 mile

Shelter Osprey Nest
Ever have one of those days when you need to get the house straightened up?
You get started on rearranging things and then something is just not right?
That flight feather that has been annoying you decides it is going to be extra pesky.
Drat!  Stop the work on the house.  Pull the offending feather out!
Woooooffff!! Spit it out and watch it float away.  So, there!!!

Jordan Lake: Wait! Hold on! Hey, I think you have my fish!
I caught up with the osprey as he was coming up from a fishing dive.
I thought it was probably a decent set of shots.
Got home and started looking through the set and lo and behold, there was more action than I thought.
A cormorant popped up behind the osprey and was looking for his fish.
I don’t think the osprey deliberately stole the cormorant’s fish. Ospreys don’t do that kind of fishing.
I think both birds went for the same fish under water and the osprey got to the fish first.
But I gotta say the cormorant sure looks woeful as the osprey flies off with the fish!