osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 22 inches Wingspan: 54 inches
Large, narrow-winged hawk
Flies on flat wings with distinct kink at elbow
Wings taper to a rounded tip
Short hooked beak
Dark brown eyeline broadening behind eye
Dark brown nape, back and upperwings
Wings from below: flight feathers white barred with black, under secondary coverts white and underprimary coverts black producing rectangular black mark at wrist
White chin, throat, breast and belly
Brown tail has a number of white bands
Hovers and then plunges into water after fish
Underparts entirely white
Dark necklace of streaks on throat
White tips to dark back feathers
Unmarked white belly, wing shape, and flight style make the osprey
instantly recognizable even at a distance.
Migration Status: Short distance migrant
Breeding Habitat: Wetland-open water
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: N/A
Length of Incubation: 32-43 days
Days to Fledge: 48-59
Number of Broods: 1
Diet: Primarily fish
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May U
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November U
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley