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

B Boekelheide bboek at olympus.net
Sun Oct 13 14:42:57 PDT 2013

Hello, Bud,

There is a natural Osprey nest in a big snag (Doug-fir?) at English Camp (aka British Camp) on San Juan Island. If you walk downhill from the parking lot towards the blockhouse on the bay and look back up towards the ridgeline of the island, you'll see the nest. Ospreys were there this past nesting season. It's in San Juan Co., of course, but still active. Probably more natural nests elsewhere in the San Juans, where artificial sites are fewer.

Bob Boekelheide

From: Bud Anderson <falconresearch at gmail.com>
Date: October 13, 2013 10:27:28 AM PDT
To: tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Tweeters] RFI: Looking for "natural" Osprey nests in Puget Sound area

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?


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

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