Put a Bird On It? How About an Osprey?
Neighbor John Hamilton, Azure 903, took the photos of one of our resident ospreys while it sat on the roof of Mistral recently (June 2020). Ospreys, also known as sea hawks, are raptors that live on the coasts and around bodies of water. The Willamette River in our backyard offers a good habitat for these amazing birds that feed on fish and small vertebrates. Ospreys are here in the spring and summer months before migrating south for the winter.
The ospreys can frequently be seen flying over the river looking for fish or just enjoying the air currents. Occasionally, one of them will sit on the the river side corner of the tall Centennial Mills building (the one with the water tower), watching the river and shoreline, looking for a tasty meal to bring home to the nest.
In case you didn’t know, there is an osprey nest across the river from WFP. You’ll need binoculars to locate it. First, find the Glacier Northwest silo just north of and across the river from WFP. There is usually a cargo ship in front of it. Next, locate the igloo-shaped structure to the left (north) of that. In front of the “igloo” you can see a square, scaffold-like structure. Follow that structure all the way to the top and you’ll see the nest and likely an osprey or two. Given the date of the pair’s arrival, there are probably chicks in the nest by now, but they aren’t visible.
For a closer look at an osprey nest and family of birds, check out the live camera feed of a nest on the San Francisco Bay.