The BALD EAGLES and OSPREYS of Jordan Lake need your HELP! There have been sightings this spring and summer of bald eagles and ospreys with some kind of dark fluids staining their feathers. We are asking for your help in reporting any birds that you observe that are coated or if you see any unusual substances on or in the water of the lake or shoreline. Please contact NC Wildlife Resources Commission at 1 (800) 662-7137 if you sight an injured bird or a dead bald eagle or osprey. Please leave the injured bird alone and do not try to capture it. Any remains must stay in-place. You may also share your concerns with the Army Corps of Engineers at (919-542-4501 x2428) or Doc Ellen via FB messenger or Instagram message. Please include with your notice a location, date, time of day, species of bird and what the bird looked like. Thank you for your help!
Jordan Lake: Usually when ospreys have a disagreement, it is worked out through lots of chatter, high pitched squeals and a couple of bluff dives. There was no bluffing involved in this dispute between two adult female ospreys. None. I think the aggressor was on her own turf and decided she was going to make sure the other female left. I have never seen one osprey deliberately strike another osprey but that is what happened. Yikes! Neither seemed the worse for the encounter as both flew out over the lake, still screaming.
Not One but TWO! Yes, two fish at the same time. One in each talon. The osprey tried hard to hold onto both fish, but, one got away; you can see the fish drop away. I believe this is a subadult male – about 2-years-old – and still without a mate. As strong and determined as he is, he probably won’t have trouble finding a suitable mate late next winter. WOW! Two at Once!!!