[Tweeters] Early ospreys

Kevin Lucas vikingcove at gmail.com
Fri Mar 30 20:19:58 PDT 2018


For several years an Osprey overwintered near the gap between Selah and
Yakima, in Yakima County. One winter the Osprey there had a very overgrown
bill. This past winter is the first in a while when we didn't see one there.

The first one I saw this year in Yakima County was along the I-82 corridor,
immediately east of the Yakima River, near milepost 52. That's close to the
southern of two exits to Toppenish. That was on March 13. I think that's a
little later than Jeff Kozma usually spots one. He's a biologist who
usually commutes that corridor, but not this year. A week later, on March
20th, I saw 8 from the interstate over a 20 mile stretch, and probably
missed seeing more that were there.

Good Birding,
Kevin Lucas
Selah, Yakima County, WA

On Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 8:06 PM, Bert Bartleson <bartlesonfsc at comcast.net>

> Hi Tweets,




> About 7:00 PM this evening I saw an osprey land in a fir tree by one of

> the ponds near my house in Thurston County. It stayed long enough for me

> to get good looks with my binoculars and then took off after about a minute

> and flew directly overhead at about 50’. No doubt what it was.


> That got me to thinking. Is this a really early siting? I checked on

> E-bird and saw that many western counties haven’t seen one yet [Mason,

> Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Jefferson and Grays Harbor]. Many other

> counties have only observed the FOY this week – [King 3-30; Cowlitz 3-30;

> Clark 3-29; Pacific 3-28; Lewis 3-25; Pierce 3-25; Thurston 3-23]. And

> then there’s Clallam with a bird in Sequim on January 28th.


> Keep looking there may be many more arriving daily. Any comments about

> historic early siting would be appreciated.




> Bert Bartleson, Olympia


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