The area thimbles and channel markers (high exposed places) are back in business. Returning seasonal resident osprey have flown in from warmer climes to renest atop the Southport bridge, squawking and screaming. It always amazes me — cars crossing the bridge, boats at all hours, the rotating platform — nothing seems to bother these intrepid visitors.
There must be something I don't appreciate about living on top of the Southport bridge.
The osprey that live in Cozy Harbor (pictured above) make a swing around our home from time to time. I think we may be under a landing approach — memories of Brunswick P-3 Orions.
I’m never quite sure what appeals to them up on this part of the island. But we hear them quite often — that obvious screeching cry as they circle. Very often they are escorted by a flock of black birds or some other flying nuisance. I did see one by our pond. There’s not much good eating in the pond, although the ducks have started flopping around the edges along the shore. Maybe a little duck sandwich would make a good snack, although don't osprey primarily eat fish? Guess I'd better check Google for an update.
Last year during a little private guided photo tour for some folks from South Carolina, Captain Mark of the Redhook took us out by Squirrel Island near their resident osprey. We watched an outstanding performance: coming and going, nesting and food delivery, all accompanied by substantial oratory.
The Cozy Harbor osprey clan is pretty laid back right now. But once summer boating activity picks up, they become more animated.