[Tweeters] RFI: Looking for "natural" Osprey nests in Puget Sound area

Bud Anderson falconresearch at gmail.com
Sun Oct 13 10:27:28 PDT 2013


Over the last decade or two, Ospreys have been adopting more and more
artificial nesting sites (power poles, pilings, cell towers, light poles,
platforms) for breeding.

In fact, I am starting to wonder if there aren't more "artificial" nests
now in western Washington than natural ones.

Anyway, I find myself in need of a few photos of natural Osprey nests, i.e.
those placed in trees/snags.

And although I am supposed to be a raptor biologist, I am no longer aware
of many such sites.

Anyone out there willing to share the locations of some local "natural"
tree nests (Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, King, Pierce, Island counties) so I
can go and get some photos?

Plus, I am really kind of interested in this apparent shift in nesting
habitat.

Are we seeing the gradual demise of natural Osprey nesting sites?

Anyone out there working on this?

Thanks,

Bud Anderson
Falcon Research Group
Box 248
Bow, WA 98232
(360) 757-1911
falconresearch at gmail.com
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