March 1, 2023
Ospreys are returning elsewhere as well. A pair was sighted at the Richmond Yacht Club nest and at the Wharf Street nesst.
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Rosie? eating a fish on the light pole. March 11, 2023 video by Toaster28
March 10-12 The action continues to be on the light poles while the crows build a nest on the crane.
At night, Richie and Rosie usually sleep on the ROV wires, sometimes close together, other times farther apart. In inclement weather they seek refuge elsewhere.
With the cams down due to high winds blowing down the electric poles on Canal Blvd. we had to rely on our BOTG (boots on the ground) reporters to tell us what was going on. And they delivered! Rosie and Richie were seen on separate light poles then on the same one briefly until both flew off to go fishing. They seemed to be fishing over by the sandbar. Rosie returned with a large striped bass and spent a long time eating it.
There has been some discussion about proper terminology. The cam is for all and one must find a balance between scientific terms and terms that are understood by the general public. In biology, the term CK refers to the two birds' cloacae actually making contact and presumably transferring semen. Of course, human observers can never really be sure when this happens, just note the signs, such as the female's receptive raised tail. According to Tony\ Brake, the correct term for any attempted but not necessarily successful CK is copulation. This can be confusing as it it not necessarily how the layperson understands it. At the moment, the chat group as a whole has adopted ACK, attempted CK, though some prefer to follow the scientific terminology. For more information, see
March 20: The cams are still down so we can't see everything that Rosie and Richie are doing, but our local chatters faithfully visit the nest and report back. It appears that the ravens have abandoned the nest they built on the boom of the crane and have relocated back to their light pole. Meanwhile, Rosie and Richie seem to have reclaimed the crane and are busy preparing the nest. They have been seen bringing sticks to the sheave and then to the nest.
March 23: The action has moved more toward the nest. Richie and Rosie spend time on the light poles and usually eat their fish there. But they are coming to the nest. Richie stays up on the pulley while Rosie has been sitting on the rail of the nest. She calls to Richie for fish but seems to be catching fish for herself. On March 23, two observers on the ground watched Richie bring a fish to the nest then be chased off by the ravens. The gulls and ravens have been more aggressive this year. But the ravens did abandon their nest on the crane and seem to have nested on the light pole where they were last year. Meanwhile, Rosie and Richie moved toward the nest.
March 25: Rosie and Richie are spending more time around the nest, although they tend to do their eating on the light poles. Rosie, especially, sits quite a bit on the nest rail. She also seems to be bringing all the sticks. So far the nest is rather haphazardl placed sticks, which are stored first on the sheave. Richie brought fish to the nest today.
A funny look at Richie poking up behind Rosie taken by VA on March 23, 2023
March 27: A pattern has set in, but not one to Rosie's liking. Richie goes off fishing in the morning and catches a fish, then eats it on a light pole. Rosie comes to the nest and calls for her share but Richie does not bring her any. Sometimes, he comes to the nest, but empty taloned. Occasionally there is an ACK (attempted CK). During the day, they may bring a stick or two and store it on the sheave. There is little active nest building going on.
One has to wonder what role, if any, Richie's broken talon plays in his behavior this year. Is it harder to catch fish so that he can only provide for himself? Increased intruder interruptions? Is he less able to defend himself now? Or are there other reasons? Is he just not ready to the commitment yet this season? Humans can only watch and conjecture.
Meanwhile the nest is a mess. Sticks are stored on the sheave, one presumes to be placed later on the nest, and a few sticks are placed haphazardly on the nest. No real nest building has gone on. The weather has played a role, several stormy days each week, with heavy winds and rain, but on the sunny days, the two ospreys don't do much either.
March 30:The action has moved to the sheave on the crane, where Richie and Rosie have been stockpiling sticks for a while. Today was the first sunny day in a while and both ospreys got busy brining sticks. Our BOTG (boots on the ground) got some great shots of sticks being flown in. The two birds spent more time together too. But Rosie still appears to be feeding herself, instead of the usual pattern where the male brings fish to the female.
The evening of March 30, a raccoon was seen climbing to the nest and up the crane.
April 1- With a day of sunny weather, Rosie and Richie really got going today, bringing stick after stick to their new nest. It appears that they have decided on the sheave location for their nest, although Rosie seems to like to sit on the rail still by the other nest. Today the nest started to take shape, with a real nest bowl. And the pair spent more time together.
With this development, we are ever more dependent on our boot on the ground chatters, who take great photos and videos onsite to share.
April 4: Rosie and Richie seem to have chosen the sheave nest as their nest for this year. Both have been bringing sticks there.But Rosie likes to spend time on the rail as is her wont. And both can be seen on the old nest at times. The new nest is fully formed, with a nest bowl and both birds seem to fit, although it is not as spacious as the old nest. We can only wait and see.
Crow harassing Rosie eating fish on a light pole April 2? 2023
They seem to be eating mostly on the light pole, with each catching their own fish. But a few fish have made it to the nest. For information on these, see the Fish Matrix.
April 5: With nice weather today, Rosie got busy repairing the damage done to the sheave nest by the previous winds. She had a fish too, apparently caught by herself. Richie has not been doing much.
April 9: With the continued warm, sunny weather, our two ospreys are getting back in the groove. Richie is delivering fish, there sas an ACK today, and they are spending more time together on the new sheave nest. Rosie also spent quite a bit of time on the rail, her old spot.
Chatters all love Rosie and she has been photogenic lately.
April 13-18: Rosie and Richie are in a pattern now. They have chosen their nest and are working hard to make it suitable for chicks. Every day they bring sticks and materials for the nest bowl.Richie has started bringing fish to Rosie, although she also catches her own. The crows and ravens continue to harass the ospreys but they defend themselves without trouble. Rosie is spending more and more time on the nest itself, although she takes her fish to the strut to eat. Richie is spending time on the nest as well. There have been frequent ACK's (i.e.mating). Chatters think an egg in imminent.
It may be hard to see an egg with this new nest and a limited view but the camera operators are doing their best to show the next close-up.
April 18-20: Richie and Rosie are staying close to their new nest, the upper one. They bring in sticks and soft nesting materials and they bring in fish. Sometimes, Richie delivers, other times, Rosie fetches her own. She likes to eat her fish on the strut. The corvids continue to harass the ospreys when they are eating but appear to be no real threat. Rosie spends more time sitting on the nest and there have been more ACK's, some of which appear to be successful, so chatters are hopeful that an egg will soon appear.
Egg has hatched! Go to the next chapter for more information and to the GGAS Youtube channel.
There is a new game afoot among the WWOC/chatters. Whenever a fish is seen caught by Richie or Rosie ,either the chatter who spies it or PP makes up a little song. This was started by PP, who created an annex to the Fish Matrix for fish that don't make it to the nest. Each fish noted gets a little song. Fish brought to the nest will continue to be logged by our Fish Matrix Master craigor.
Toaster 28's fish song:
Fountains fountains everywhere!
Ponds of water I declare! ]
Fishy fishy wishy wish,
Where did Rosie catch her fish?
Goldfish color is the best
I will bring you to the Nest.
Rosie’s goldfish can’t be beat
We will now have lots to eat
Lots of goldfish for us now
So let Rosie take a bow
Fish for me, fish for you
I will share my source with you.
Fountains fountains everywhere
Ponds of water I declare!
Fishy fishy wishy wish
This is where I catch goldfish!
Attempted CK Rosie and Richie. March 11, 2023 video by Toaster28
Richie and Rosie can be seen on separate light poles, often calling to each other, and sometimes eating a fish, or occasionally together. There have been a few attempted CK's.
March 13: Richie and Rosie were on the light poles most of the day. But Rosie did pay one quick visit to the nest, bringing a stick. She chirped and looked around. When nobody answered, she flew off with the stick. Is she trying to get Richie to help her build the nest?
Video of Rosie flying and being harassed by a crow. Photo by Dianne A March 15, 2023.
March 16: The weather was better today, warmer and sunny. And the ospreys responded. Rosie was seen delivering a stick to the crane and Richie attempted a CK on the nest.
Attempted CK on the sheave March 16, 2023. video by Toaster28.
In the late afternoon of March 17, midi was at the nest. She saw Richie and Rosie on the wires of the ROV. Then they both flew off and seemed to be fishing in the ship channel. Midi walked along Canal Blvd. and soon saw Richie on one light pole eating a fish and a bit farther along she saw Rosie on another light pole, also eating a fish. Midi came back to the nest area and before she left, she again saw Rosie and Richie on the wire. Then they flew off again.
Fetching a stick from the ground. March 31, 2023. Toaster 28.
There have been a few ACK's. We cannot know if any were successful CK's but there is some hope.
And of course, the boats provide an endless source of entertainment when the osprey are away.
April 8: The weather has been sunnier and warmer and Richie and Rosie seem to be responding appropriately. They are spending much more time on the nest area and today Richie brought fish to Rosie! The usual pattern is emerging. to chatters' chagrin, however, the osprey pair has chosen the pulley/sheave as the location for their nest. It does not look as secure spacewise and they have trouble maintaining balance when they bring sticks. But they have their reasons and we can only wonder what those reasons are and "Trust the Ospreys."
April 10-12: Rosie and Richie have definitely chosen the pulley/sheave area for their nest this year and they have been busy bringing sticks and other nesting material. It is beginning to really look like a nest. They are also spending time together on the nest. They still spend the nights elsewhere. They were perching on the ROV wires at night but lately they have been out of sight of the cameras. Richie has brought some fish to Rosie as well.
Welcome back, our Rosie
Welcome home today.
We are glad to see you,
Our favorite osprey.
Did you have a good time
Down in Southern clime?
Do you like to be alone,
Down there on your own?
Now it’s time to get busy,
Find Richie and mate,
Gather sticks and eelgrass,
Start to nestorate.
Lay some eggs, one, two, three
For us all to see.
We will watch day and night,
To dawn’s early light.
Chicks will hatch and will grow,
Keeping us on edge,
Until the day that fully grown,
They decide to fledge.
Then we will scan the skies
For their bright blue bands.
Until you and they decide,
To migrate to Southern strands.
Then Richie will be alone,
Again a bachelor.
And we will have to wait
To see what is next in store.
But Rosie, you will return,
For you always do.
We know we will see you again,
We can count on you.
So let’s raise a toast
To our ospreys dear,
Here’s to Rosie and Richie,
And a new osprey year!