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Thread #54386   Message #841633
Posted By: Ebbie
05-Dec-02 - 02:20 PM
Thread Name: BS: Birdwatching
Subject: RE: BS: Birdwatching
Joe Offer, could that nest belong to ospreys? In Oregon they are more common than bald eagles and they make the same kind of nest.

In Oregon I lived next to the Willamette river at a ferry site. One year when the county replaced some utility poles, they tore down the old nest then put in a pole farther from the ferry cables at the river's edge and replaced the old branches on top of the new pole. The ospreys returned.

TIA, those round little puffins are up here too. I never saw any before I came to Alaska.

The American robin (actually a thrush) is a different kind of critter here from the robin they have in Oregon. The robin here nests in the forests and visits urban areas rarely and not in large groups. I've never seen more than three at a time on our lawns. In Oregon it's a sociable bird, busy and intent on hunting the elusive worm. Here it's a cautious, not to say paranoid, bird, looking continually over its shoulder for predators. Maybe it has good reason- we have a lot of eagles, peregrine falcons and ravens.