3.11.19 Bird Nerd Memory
Yarmouth & Brewster, MA
"O" is for Osprey, who will be returning to Cape Cod very soon. March is typically a wild month here on the Cape with unpredictable weather and rollercoaster-like temperatures. I know maybe it's silly to worry about wildlife, but it's just who I am. It seems that within just a day or three of the Osprey's return to the Cape...usually right around St.Patrick's Day,
there is a Nor'easter. Where do they go? How do they shelter themselves? How do they stay warm enough? How do they have the energy after thousands of miles of migration to build a humongous nest to prepare for the next generation? Birds are survivors. They are also sensitive to the changes in the ecosystem. Be nice to the birds and they'll keep showing up as beautiful as they are.
The Ospreys are on their way! There is warm sunshine on Cape Cod today and it makes me anxious to hear the Osprey call and to see them soaring overhead. Warmer air will be here to stay, but probably not until May. The birds give us the hope of the changing seasons.
I took these photos while on a bird walk in Brewster about four and a half years ago. Our group was so fortunate to stumble upon a juvenile Osprey, looking large and posing for pics! You can tell this is a juvenile by the pale-colored tips on the very edge of her feathers. Mature adult feathers are completely black all the way to the edges. (double click photos to enlarge)