Osprey Nest near Udney, Ontario: May 2020

I saw several empty osprey nests today in the area east of Lake Simcoe:

Osprey nest
Osprey nest
Osprey nest

Eventually, I came upon an occupied nest:

Osprey nest
Osprey nest
Osprey nest
Osprey nest

Here are a few osprey photos which I took on Manitoulin Island a few years ago:

Osprey
Osprey (male and female)
Osprey

Other birds that I was able to photograph:

Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Chipping Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Tree Swallows
Barn Swallows
Herring Gull
Canada Goose
Red-tailed Hawk
European Starlings
American Robin
Mallards (male)

Udney is named after a village in Scotland:

former general store
former schoolhouse
former church

Being over 100 kms north of Toronto, spring is slower to arrive here. Many of the nearby plants and wildflowers are just beginning to flower.

Red Maple (Acer rubra)
Early Saxifrage (Micranthes virginiensis)
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)
Trout-lily (Erythronium americanum)
Round-lobed Hepatica (Hepatica americana)
Round-lobed Hepatica (Hepatica americana)
Round-lobed Hepatica (Hepatica americana)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)

Nearby scenes:

snowmobile trail in winter
Lake Dalrymple
Dalrymple United Church
Canadian Shield
former church

NATURE POETRY

Hebe’s here, May is here!
The air is fresh and sunny;
And the miser-bees are busy
Hoarding golden honey!           – Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836–1907)

Miles Hearn

4 thoughts on “Osprey Nest near Udney, Ontario: May 2020

  1. MICHAEL MELADY

    Great shots of that Osprey especially in the air with full wing span.
    I saw many of these nests atop hydro poles up near Sault Ste. Marie last fall.
    Miles, you always have a few new (to me anyway) plants to feature.
    How do you ever keep all the names straight?

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  2. Lisa Volkov

    Wow–the Osprey! What a magnificent bird! Who knew that “rabbit manure” was good for anything? Thanks, Miles!

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  3. Rain Geiger

    Miles, I absolutely love you! Marilyn and I were thrilled with this post as her family cottage was just down the road from Sebright. We spent many summers driving around the roads you pictured and we always stopped to look at that osprey nest on the way there and back.

    Thank you so much for the memories!

    Rain Geiger

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