Just a quick update for those of you who may remember my posting on the Naval Academy’s resourceful osprey couple, Opal and Oscar. (See July 18, 2012)
You may remember that the devoted couple has survived hurricanes and “cherry picker invasions.” Last summer, after the installation of a surveillance camera next to their nest on their light pole, they relocated from their grand, 2-story nest to a smaller bungalow-nest just a few light poles away, still overlooking the Severn River and Annapolis harbor.
Of course, they wintered in the south. But… they’re back!
The happy couple seems to be expecting. They’re sharing nesting duties and putting their home to rights. And, apparently, their nursery requirements meant a return to the grand, 2-story nest. This makes 12 years in residence.
And, if I’m not mistaken, their seems to be a young couple taking over the smaller, newer nest just down the way. I suspect they’re Opal and Oscar’s off-spring. I doubt that Oscar would tolerate strangers moving in and taking over the nest he and Opal built only last fall.
If the second generation remains, I’ll have to come up with names for the newly weds.
I’ll keep you posted!