THE OSPREYS HAVE LEFT AGAIN FOR THE WINTER. THEY SUCCESSFULLY FLEDGED ONE CHICK THIS PAST SUMMER (2020).
This fall, Rex Hanson was able to coordinate the installation of a new osprey Wi-Fi camera near the visitor center. The installation was conducted by Refuge Manager Eddie Owens, Wildlife Biologist Molly Astell, and Refuge Maintenance Chief Brian Clifford. Molly has been visiting from California, where she works at Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge and is a specialist in using cameras to view California Condors. Rex depended on her guidance to purchase and configure the equipment funded by the Friends. Eddie and Brian were able to obtain a lift to place the camera in position and have plans to expand this project to other locations around the Refuge. We look forward to seeing the camera ready to record and livestream osprey nesting activities during the 2021 nesting season. A link will be posted so that osprey fans can view from their home computers as well as the visitor center. The ospreys usually return to Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge by the first of April each year.
More About The Osprey
The osprey (Pandion haliaetus)—also called fish eagle, sea hawk, river hawk, and fish hawk—is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey with a cosmopolitan range. It is a medium raptor, reaching more than 60 cm (24 in) in length and 180 cm (71 in) across the wings. It is brown on the upper parts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts.
The osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. It is found on all continents except Antarctica, although in South America it occurs only as a non-breeding migrant.
As its other common names suggest, the osprey’s diet consists almost exclusively of fish. It possesses specialized physical characteristics and exhibits unique behavior to assist in hunting and catching prey. As a result of these unique characteristics, it has been given its own taxonomic genus, Pandion and family, Pandionidae. Four subspecies are usually recognized, one of which has recently been given full species status (see below). Despite its propensity to nest near water, the osprey is not classed as a sea eagle.
Source, Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osprey