Connecticut Osprey and how you can help

Photo by Chris Bosak An Osprey soars over the Norwalk River on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.

Photo by Chris Bosak
An Osprey soars over the Norwalk River on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.

Here’s a recent column I wrote for The Hour newspaper in Norwalk, Conn. Most of the Osprey have returned to New England by now and Connecticut Audubon is once again holding its Osprey Nation program whereby citizens monitor the nests of “fish hawks.” There are now dozens of Osprey nests along Long Island Sound and inland and the more nests that are monitors, the more we’ll know about these birds.

Here’s the  column …

I was looking at a small group of Green-winged Teal at 14-Acre Pond in Norwalk this week when a large bird burst out of a tree behind me.

It was an Osprey and it continued to soar over the pond for a few minutes before settling in a tree elsewhere on the shoreline. It was the first Osprey I had seen this year – the first of many I might add. The Osprey population has rebounded to the point where I am sure I will see dozens upon dozens this year.

At first we don’t see a ton of Osprey. They come back from South America in late March or early April and pretty much get right down to the business of nesting. So, before long, there will be Osprey pairs up and down the Connecticut coast, including more than a dozen in Norwalk. But one bird will be sitting on the nest and the other will be out hunting, usually reasonably close to the nest.

By the end of summer and into the fall both adults will be wandering …

Click here for the rest of the column.

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