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Thread #117366   Message #2598989
Posted By: Bee-dubya-ell
27-Mar-09 - 10:09 PM
Thread Name: BS: Birdwatching 2009
Subject: RE: BS: Birdwatching 2009
I live about twenty miles from the nearest substantial body of water, so I'd never expect to see an osprey (fish hawk) in my neighborhood, but one seems to have taken up residence nearby. I've seen it twice now in almost the same spot. The first time it was in an overgrown pasture, alternately hovering a few feet off the ground and then diving into the low brush, apparently attacking some prey animal. I thought it was probably a kite of some sort, but its wings were too long and narrow to match any kite species in my Peterson's Guide. The closest match to its wing profile was an osprey, but they aren't supposed to live this far from water and they're supposed to eat fish from lakes and rivers, not snakes and rodents from cow pastures. Then today, I saw it again. It was flying overhead within a half-mile of where I had seen it before and, this time, there was no mistaking it. I've seen plenty of ospreys in flight and recognized it immediately.