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Lower Vancouver Island Osprey Nests - 2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:17 pm

Welcome to this dedicated thread intended for observations, photos and videos of the Osprey families who are nesting in the lower Vancouver Island area. I have been watching a number of local nests the past few years; observations and photos can be viewed here.

One of the nests is located on a light standard overlooking the playing field at our local University of Victoria. The University installed a camera on another light standard across the field a few years ago and you will find a link to their web cam on their site here. The cam does not zoom in but you can zoom the page larger for a better view of the Osprey. If anyone is interested in watching this cam and takes screencaptures or videos, please include a note giving credit and thanks to the University of Victoria.

The University of Victoria nest. Both photos taken 3 Aug. 2016.
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Re: Lower Vancouver Island Osprey Nests - 2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:17 pm

There is an osprey nest on a light standard overlooking the ball field at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria. There have been many oslets fledged from this nest over the years. The nest can be viewed from the parking lot or from the steets around the park.

Photo taken 19 Sep. 2016.
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Photo taken 10 Aug. 2016.
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Re: Lower Vancouver Island Osprey Nests - 2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:17 pm

There is an osprey nest at the south end of Patricia Bay in North Saanich. The osprey have built their nests every spring on top of a communications tower on the property of the Ocean Sciences Centre near the Coast Guard docks and have produced many offspring over the years.

This is where the nest is built, on top of the flat area. Photo taken 23 July 2017.
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2 young osprey being fed by Mom; photo taken 1 Aug. 2016.
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Mom osprey took her meal to a nearby tree; photo taken 23 July 2017.
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Post by sassyk » Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:18 pm

There is an osprey nest near the Esquimalt Lagoon and Royal Roads University in the forces housing complex. An artificial pole was installed behind the fire hall and the osprey have raised several offspring over the years.

3 young osprey in the nest; photo taken 25 Jul 2016.
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This photo was taken from the opposite end of the housing complex.
There is a communications tower nearby.
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Re: Lower Vancouver Island Osprey Nests - 2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:18 pm

There is an osprey nest on a private property on Wain Road in North Saanich, a short distance north of the Epicure property where the eagles have nested. There is a pump station on West Saanich Road a short distance from the entrance to the Epicure property and I am able to get my small lens through the fencing to take photos. So far I have not managed to get any photos of young osprey; hopefully they will produce offspring this summer.

These first 2 photos were taken 3 July, 2017.
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1 adult in the nest, 2nd adult coming in for a landing.
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1 adult in the nest; photo was taken 31 July, 2017.
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Re: Lower Vancouver Island Osprey Nests - 2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:18 pm

I was told about this osprey nest last summer. It is located in a tree on private property on Marina Way in the marina area in North Saanich. The nest is on a platform that was installed over the top of the tree that broke off. It is a wonderful area to explore around the marina with lots of beautiful gardens and various birds. There were 3 healthy young osprey in the nest when I visited on 6 Aug. 2017 and a family of otters ran across the road and into the bushes at the edge of the marsh area. I plan to visit this nest often during nesting season.

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Re: Lower Vancouver Island Osprey Nests - 2018 Season

Post by elle » Thu May 24, 2018 6:35 pm

Royal Athletic Park In Victoria BC a couple of days ago.
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Re: Lower Vancouver Island Osprey Nests - 2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Thu May 31, 2018 9:50 pm

Osprey nest at the Ocean Sciences Building at the south end of Pat Bay yesterday. Photo were taken from the parking lot across the bay.
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Re: Lower Vancouver Island Osprey Nests - 2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:48 am

Royal Athletic Park Osprey - July 8th
One adult in the nest, in the glow of the setting sun.
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Royal Roads Osprey - July 11th
One adult on the side of the nest.
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Re: Lower Vancouver Island Osprey Nests - 2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:09 pm

I went by the Osprey nest on Marina Way in North Saanich last night. Mom was sitting on the side of the nest and I didn't see any chicks. Perhaps they were having a nap waiting for Dad to bring some dinner.
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Re: Lower Vancouver Island Osprey Nests - 2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:32 pm

I went to the osprey nest on the DND property by Royal Roads this afternoon. Mom was attempting to drag something into the nest when I arrived but it appeared to get stuck around some sticks. One chick was visible behind Mom as she was calling and calling.
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I moved up the road to the other side of the nest with much better lighting but no chicks were visible from that vantage point. A closer look made me think it is a cloth apron Mom was trying to drag into the nest :w00t:
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Post by sassyk » Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:50 pm

I went to see the Osprey nest at UVic this evening. One adult was sitting at the side of the nest. I didn't see the other adult or any activity in the nest.
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Post by sassyk » Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:52 pm

One adult Osprey was in the nest at Royal Athletic Park yesterday afternoon. It appeared to be sitting at the side of the nest, possibly letting her chicks get some fresh air.
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Post by sassyk » Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:14 pm

I visited a few nests on Sunday. The nest on Marina Way in North Saanich was busy. All 3 chicks were up looking around and preening. I drove down the road to see the herons and when I came back Mom was in the nest feeding the chicks.
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Post by sassyk » Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:21 pm

Pat Bay Osprey on Sunday, July 29th. I saw at least 2 chicks in the nest but there could be 3. When I arrived Mom was perched on their favourite branch at the end of the driveway eating a fish.
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Mom flew in to the nest and started feeding the chicks.
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Post by sassyk » Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:29 pm

Feeding at Pat Bay continued:
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Top of Mom's head is visible behind the chick on the right.
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Post by sassyk » Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:37 pm

UVic Osprey Nest, Sunday July 29th.

I saw one adult and 1 chick in the nest. I took this photo from the side on McKenzie Ave.
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I took this photo from the parking lot beside the track. The chick is visible to the right of the adult.
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Post by sassyk » Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:19 am

I visited the osprey nest at Pat Bay yesterday. One of the chicks has fledged and was perched on the branch hanging over the driveway. The other chick was in the nest. We were approached by one of the security guards who told us as of July 1st the property is no longer open to the public :( I will have to photograph the osprey from a different vantage point from now on.
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Post by sassyk » Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:05 pm

Osprey on Marine Way yesterday afternoon. One of the chicks was wingercizing as we approached the nest site but all was quiet for awhile until Dad brought in a fish.
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Dad flew to a nearby tree to dry after his fish drop.
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Post by sassyk » Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:08 pm

Chick wandering around the nest watching the 2nd chick eating the fish.
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Mom flew into the nest after Dad's fish drop and she fed the chicks.
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A wing stretch after the fish meal.
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Post by sassyk » Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:11 pm

We hadn't seen the 2nd chick until it was finished being fed by Mom. It stretched out a wing behind Mom.
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Other chick getting more active with wingercizing.
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Taking a rest.
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Post by sassyk » Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:14 pm

Mom in middle with her 2 big chicks.
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More wingercizing!
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Dad had come to the nest with another fish but didn't stay. He flew off with the fish and landed in a nearby tree to eat it while the chicks were screeping.
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Post by sassyk » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:45 pm

Pat Bay Osprey: 2 chicks on the nest Aug. 8th. Too dark for a photo :(

Royal Roads Osprey: Aug. 11th. Mom perched on top of the tower; 1 chick squawking in the nest then flew off in the wind. It circled around the area, came back to the nest, then flew off again. I saw it flying over the trees near the Island Hwy. across from Tim Horton's. I drove around to the back of the big development at Colwood Corners and saw the chick in the nest eating. Mom was still perched on the tower.
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Not a good photo from the back of the shopping centre; too many hedges & bushes in the way.
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Post by sassyk » Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:41 am

Osprey at Pat Bay on Aug. 25th.
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Post by sassyk » Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:26 pm

Osprey nest on Wain Rd. Sep. 1st. Their nest fell down earlier in the year and it looks like they have built a new one. The nest tree is quite far from the road and the photo has been cropped a lot.
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Re: Lower Vancouver Island Osprey Nests - 2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:30 pm

Marina Way Osprey - Sep. 1st.

Just as I arrived one of the youngsters flew off the nest towards the marina and it didn't come back while I was there. I'm sure there were 2 in the nest, one behind the other. They were both calling and calling but neither of the adults came to the nest.
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Post by sassyk » Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:32 pm

Royal Athletic Park Osprey - Sep. 1st.

There were no Osprey in or around the nest but one of the youngsters was perched on the light standard at the other end of the park, eating some fish. I was able to get some closeups from across the street.
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Post by sassyk » Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:34 pm

Royal Athletic Park Osprey (cont'd)
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Post by sassyk » Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:35 pm

Final 3 photos of the young Osprey at the ball park Sep. 1st.
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Re: Lower Vancouver Island Osprey Nests - 2018 Season

Post by sassyk » Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:29 pm

I spent the day today with a fellow birding friend visiting Osprey nests.

One young osprey was in the nest near Royal Roads, calling and calling. Finally an adult bought a small fish into the nest and it didn't take the young one long to devour it. It kept on calling and calling and an adult flew in a second time and brought another small fish then flew off.
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