Ospreys are due to return to this neck of the woods in late March. They are rarely seen in Nova Scotia during the winter. During other seasons, I’ve often seen them at Rainbow Haven Beach and at the end of the Cow Bay River near the bridge, when the Gaspereau are running.
They present a spectacular site as they hover in the air, tirelessly holding their position as they zero in on their kill. They’ll dive head first at great speed into the water to capture their prey. I’ve watched some do this over and over again, showing tremendous stamina. Unfortunately, because of the force with which they hit the water, some birds will break a wing and die in the process. Their diet consists only of fish, so it’s do or die for them.
Yesterday, I went to the entrance of MacDonald’s Beach on Caldwell Road to see if the Osprey nest was still intact. Last year I was lucky enough to see the Ospreys in the nest. Unless it’s been severely damaged, a nest will be re-used again in subsequent years. When the Ospreys return, the first order of work will be to repair the nest. Hopefully this year they’ll not have to do too much work to fix it up.