Friday, April 30, 2010

Day 21 and the osprey is still here

This early and delightful spring has made working outside a must! We have an unusually large amount of seeding done for this early in the year. We spent last Saturday at an Earth Day celebration, but the weather was beautiful so most people must have stayed home and worked in the yard or just relaxed outside. Attendance was very poor. :(
As of this morning, day 21, the osprey is still on the nest. Last week, Dwight observed him carrying a stick and rearranging his nest. I am not sure what to expect, but every day that he stays around, we are encouraged that at some point, maybe next year, he will bring a mate and raise a family on one of our towers.
Yesterday evening when Dwight was running his dog, he saw two Black crowned night herons.
The first we have seen this season. They are annual visitors to our wetland. I don't know if you notice, but the birds are very loud in the early mornings these days. I am awakened by their songs about 5:30 daily. I guess that's what it means to "get up with the birds!"
The pasque flowers have finished their bloom and the prairie smoke, sometimes called "old man's whiskers", is in full bud and about to bloom. The marsh marigolds are blooming and have been for at least a week--this is about 3-4 weeks earlier than normal --for here.
Enjoy this gift of spring, it's a great one! until next time, Bev

Sunday, April 18, 2010

8 days and counting

We were just out to check on the osprey and he/she was perched on the edge of the nest, standing proud and looking around. We stay well back and watch with a spotting scope.
We could see today that there is, what we think, a nest on top of the branches that Dwight
secured on the platform when we put it up the pole a few years ago. Last evening we were looking at the nest and the bird was lying down and could hardly be seen. We don't know what to expect, but we are SO excited that the osprey is still here and seems to have claimed the nest.
I'll keep you updated.
Have a great day-
Bev

Friday, April 16, 2010

Osprey in flight



Here are a couple pictures of the osprey with a fish in his grasp--look closely. Now that I know how to do this, thanks to a great computer whiz, I hope to post more.
Enjoy-
Bev



Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Welcome Spring!

So much has happened since I last wrote on this blog! The pasque flowers are blooming, we have completed all of our prairie burning, Dwight has done 550acres of prairie seeding and we have a pair of osprey "hanging around" one of our nests. We have had a pair sit on the nest for the past 3 years but they are just migrating and do not stay more than one day. This pair has been here 4 days now and last night Dwight got a picture of one of them flying with a fish between his feet. We are hoping that is a good sign! We have read that osprey watch a nest for a few years to make sure it is safe before they call it home.
It is hard to believe that after such a snowy and cold winter spring would come so early and be so nice. No real flooding and the ground is mellow, a lot of field work has been done in our part of the county.
Dwight is setting the beehives out in the swamp area today, they make the best honey there!! Winter was hard on our bee families so we are getting new ones for those hives. They are in the middle of the section where there is plenty of water and vegetation for them and the flight is not far from either.
We are going to start our "prairie play day", in June. You can read about it on our website
www.theprairieflower.com Better close and get to work. Wishing you flowers and sunshine-
Bev