|A bit about Ospreys:
(Mostly from: "The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American
Birds" by John K. Terres)
- The Ospreys is also known by several other names: fish eagle,
fish hawk, fishing eagle and sea hawk (scientific name Pandion haliaetus).
- The Osprey is often placed by taxonomists in it own family,
- Their length varies from 21 to 24 1/2 inches and wingspan from 54 to
72 inches. (The female is larger than the male).
- Weight is about 3 or 4 pounds. (They carry fish up to 4 pounds
- The oldest known Osprey was 32 year old.
- They eat, almost exclusively, fish.
- Female lays 2 to 4 eggs -- usually 3.
- Eggs are incubated for 32 to 43 days depending on the part of the
- The young make their first flight 48 to 59 days after hatching and can
return to their nest, though awkwardly.
- The same nests can be used for decades and may weigh up to half a ton.
- Some young Ospreys return to their birth place when they're two years
- Ospreys don't breed until age three.
- Although one of the most widely distributed birds in the world, the
Osprey is not common. It is listed as "uncommon" in North American
and "uncommon during the summer months" in Utah.