I believe the Osprey nest there has failed. There was no evidence of the pair anywhere in the park and I spent more than half an hour there. I have seen at least one Osprey each time I visited the place.
I wasn't surprised with this failure, especially after I saw a couple of people sitting at the end of the pier (north of the nest) that is closed for public because of the construction. In addition to those, there were a couple who were walking on the rocks at the south side of the nest (which is fenced and supposed to be closed to public too). A worker at the park told me few weeks ago that people keep breaking the law and nobody can do anything about it. I feel sorry for this Osprey couple which wasted two and half months trying to have a family, but they spent most of their time away from the nest and eventually, the eggs hadn't hatched, in spite of over 73 days of intermittent incubation. I have two questions: Frist: should this platform be removed completely, now that I don't anticipate any Osprey to be able to nest there? This pair could have nested just a half mile north of the park like what happened few years ago when a pair successfully had a family in South Brooklyn Marine Terminal. By removing the platform, we prevent another pair from trying and failing again. Second: Should these eggs be collected for any research? I don't know if people collect raptors eggs from a failed nest. Gus Keri -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01 Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --