L: 21-24 in (53 - 61 cm)
W: 3 lbs (1.4 kg)
WS: 5.5 ft. (1.67 m)
Phhoto ©: Frank Balthis
BREEDING: Courting pair in swift pursuit
flight, soar, circle, dodge, with rapid turns and
quick swoops. Female fed entirely by the male
from pair formation through egg laying. Breeding
pair probably mates for life and returns to the same nest
area each year.
MIGRATION: south by November, and return in
NEST: Osprey usually nest in high trees in isolated
areas near lakes and rivers. LOCAL Bandon Nest:
On the north side of Hwy 101 just east of the to bridge
there is a high platform built especially for the osprey. .
Both adults help to build the large, stick-built nest.;
lined with soft grasses. Generally male seeks nest site
before arrival of female; male may start nest-building
EGG: Clutch 2-4 eggs; both adults incubate the eggs
for 5 weeks but male does less incubation than female.
FOOD: Hovers at 30' - 100' and dives primarily for
fish; occasionally preys on rodents, birds, small
vertebrates. Young are fed regurgitated food the first
10 days. Brood of 3 requires 6 lbs of fish per day.
Ospreys dive feet first for their prey, accessing only
about the top meter (3 ft) of water which restricts them
to surface-schooling fish and fish in shallows—the
latter generally most abundant and available.
L: 17-24 in (41- 61 cm).
W: 12 - 18 oz (.34 - .5 kg)
WS: 3.5-4.5 ft (1-1.3 m).
All year resident
The northern harrier (formerly known as the marsh
hawk) is a slender, white rump, medium-sized,
low-flying raptor of upland grasslands and fresh and
saltwater marsh the white rump is obvious in all
seasons and can be easily spotted by novice bird-
watchers. The female plumage is mostly brown
while the male is mostly white and gray. This hawk
can be identified in flight by its wings held in a
shallow angle, or “V” shape. It is considered one of
the most agile and acrobatic in No