osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.

 

IDENTIFICATION:

  • 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

  • White cap

  • 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

Adult male:

  • Underparts entirely white

Adult female:

  • Dark necklace of streaks on throat

Immature:

  • White tips to dark back feathers

Similar species:

Unmarked white belly, wing shape, and flight style make the osprey
instantly recognizable even at a distance.

 

LIFE HISTORY

Migration Status: Short distance migrant
Breeding Habitat: Wetland-open water
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: N/A
Clutch Size:3-4
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.

 

Relative abundance
     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
            numbers.
     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.

 

Seasonal Occurrence
      Sp - Spring: March, April, May
U
      Su - Summer: June, July, August
      Fall: September, October, November
U

      Winter: December, January, February

 

 

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