Yesterday afternoon shortly before 5pm I was on the Cayuga Waterfront Trail where it crosses Fall Creek on a green suspension bridge between the end of Pier Road and the western corner of Renwick Wildwood. There’s a pole with an Osprey platform just west of that bridge (it’s not on the Osprey Trail map, and I don’t know its name). If I recall correctly, last year it looked like a nest there would be occupied (sticks being brought, Osprey frequently standing on them), but then it was abandoned. I wondered if there was too much human activity directly underneath. It’s a popular fishing spot. This year on my sporadic observations I had not seen any Osprey at this platform until yesterday afternoon, when I saw an Osprey glide in and alight on the nest. I had just enough time to think, “Wow, I must tell Candace!” before a second Osprey followed, but instead of perching, it descended toward the bird on the nest talons first. The occupant vacated pronto, flying upstream, while the evictor continued westward without even touching down. Maybe there are established Ospreys who don’t want certain other nearby platforms to be occupied.
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