Ospreys Set Up Shop In Savannah
First came Bald Eagles, then Great Horned Owls, now is it the Ospreys’ turn on the Savannah nest? While nothing is for certain until the first egg is laid, the outlook is positive. Over the last week, this male and female have been strengthening their pair-bond by refurbishing the nest and frequently copulating. It may be too early to tell (April marks peak Osprey breeding season in Georgia), but we’re hoping these behaviors suggest that Osprey eggs are in the nest’s future. Watch the Savannah Cam to find out!
The weeks leading up to the breeding season are a busy time. Since this male took control of the nest site, he has been working hard to secure a mate and defend the nest from competitors. Single males generally seek to secure prospective nesting sites before females arrive in the area. Once a territory is established, males begin courting prospective mates by bringing in nest material and delivering fish. So far, this female seems to be receptive to the site and his offerings.
It can be hard to tell male (right) and female (left) Ospreys apart, but there are a few things you can look for to help you distinguish these love birds. Females are about 15-20% larger than males on average, and they tend to have darker, fuller breast-bands or necklaces. Use these clues when the bird’s sex can’t be determined by behavior.