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All three chicks have successfully fledged and are doing well. This is only the second year to have three chicks fledged. Now the focus is off the nest, as they learn to fly and fish. They can be seen in the area. Re Tony\, our expert scientist, ospreys can be seen following their parents to fish and being fed off the nest. It should be noted that there are other osprey nests in the area now, so more ospreys are flying around. This includes the Richmond Yacht Club nest and nests in Pt. Molate and off the Richmond-San Rafael bridge. The population is increasing!
During the day, the nest is often empty now. But the fledglings reappear when they are hungry or sleepy. Often the entire family can still be seen on the nest at night. Richie continues to bring fish to the nest and Rosie too. The fledglings sometimes fight over the fish but increasingly are waiting patiently for their turn, perhaps because they have eaten off the nest and are not hungry. At least one has been seen on the nest wet, as though he may have tried fishing on his own.
Poppy is quite proficient with perching and flying. Lupine is still a bit wobbly but is catching up quickly.
The big news of the month was that new data from the DNA taken when the chicks were banded indicated that there were not three males but rather one male and two females. WP (Poppy), the eldest and (VZ) Lupine, the youngest are now considered female. (WR) Sage is still male. This, of course, was of no interest to the birds. They presumably don't worry about gender until it is time for them to mate.
Richie and Rosie can be seen near or on the nest almost every day right now, renewing their bond. They sit together, Richie often looks at Rosie, and he has engaged in mating behavior such as mantling before her. nest floomphing, or nestorating. Rosie is more content just to sit. Does she contemplate her upcoming journey or does she just take off one day when the urge hits? We humans know so little about this and can only observe the birds to learn more.
If you see Richie around the area, or any other osprey (a few males appear to stay around), please let the chat know. Go to sfbayospreys.org and log onto chat. There is the possibility that he might visit the San Pablo Reservoir as well. If you see one of the banded offspring, we would also love to know. We know that two have returned to the area but they have only been seen once.
For osprey lovers who miss the ospreys, there are many videos taken by our faithful VA on sfbayospreys youtube channel. Or log onto chat to talk about ospreys (and much else!) with other osprey lovers. sfbayospreys.org. It is free and open. You need only choose a chat name No other log in or information required.
The Last Day of Summer
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Tis the last day of summer
And the ospreys have flown away.
Do you see Rosie up yonder
She too is flying today.
She will fly thousands of miles,
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To her warm winter home
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Find her favorite Southern beach,
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Spend the winter there alone.
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So farewell to our dear Rosie,
May the wind in your wings be fair
May the skies above be blue
And a warm welcome greet you there.
Richie is at the nest
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Watching for his mate Rosie.
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After your long winter rest,
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Rosie, will you return to me?
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Tis the last day of summer,
And the ospreys have all flown.
Do you see Richie up yonder
Standing on the nest alone?
Midi September 2021