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Extra Male Osprey, Grand Avenue Bridge, Del Mar, California

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Extra Male and Extra Female are still hanging out together. I even saw Extra Male land on Extra Female's back a few days ago as if to mate, but he flew off again without doing anything. Maybe he's too young. But he's still trying to make a nest. I think now that he laid the long sticks over the two crosspieces on the high voltage power pole to make a floor for the rest of the nesting material by accident. That's the nest I got the electric company to remove a few weeks ago. The current nesting material just drapes over the crosspiece or falls off entirely, which is fine with me. There is no safe place for them to nest!

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Ginni2

There are no proper locations along the coastal trails, Ardy. I hope he and his lady friend fly off this summer. There are dead trees at Lake Hodges that would make good nest sites, and I'm pretty sure there are plenty of fish in the lake.

ringleader

He's got a good bit of nesting material there. He's getting practice in nest building but not in choosing a proper location. Thanks, Ginni. Lovely photo.

Ginni2

Glad you like it, Patsy!

Fascinating story, interesting photo.

Ginni2

I met a couple of women on the trail who said they would try to get the city to put up another nesting platform across the river from the resident ospreys' platform and out of their territory. I emailed them photos, but haven't heard back. I'm torn about the idea. I don't want anything to make the resident pair uncomfortable.

bluebird42

What a beautiful graceful shot, Ginni. Sorry they can't find a spot; they're working so hard for it. Thanks.

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