osprey-bird-in-flight-close-up-pandion-haliaetus_w580_h725Stock photo of an Osprey, aka Fish Hawk.  You can tell them from Bald Eagles because Ospreys are smaller and present white undersides when in flight.

This great news just in from an excited Becky Donaldson, Mentor Marsh Naturalist:

Osprey news, in case you haven’t heard: For about the past week, we’ve seen at least one osprey and sometimes two at that cell tower at the SE corner of SR 44 and 283 (Lakeshore Blvd) with nesting material in the tower that’s further NE, too. Woo-hoo! I first saw one carrying a stick last Thursday while on a field trip at the Wake Robin boardwalk. Saw one again on Friday AM on a field trip and scoped the cell phone towers Friday afternoon and saw two birds on the tower and flying around the cell towers.

I spoke with Jason Keller, Lake Co. Wildlife Officer and he says he does think that this is 1st nest (finger crossed that they actually do nest here) in Lake County.

And don’t forget about our Bald Eagle Fest, Sunday, May 5:

All are invited to celebrate the magnificent bald eagle with activities at the Mentor Marsh Nature Center at 5185 Corduroy Road on Sunday, May 5 from 12-5 p.m. Visit mini-stations to learn more about eagles and take part in hands-on and interactive activities –build a mock-eagle nest, hold a replica skull and talons in your hands, learn more about bald eagles and bird biology. Special guests include Smokey Bear and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s live animal ambassadors! No registration is required to attend open house activities at the Nature Center.

Register for one of three guided hikes to overlook the bald eagle nest from our trails at 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. This two mile hike is on a rustic and sometimes muddy trail and is not recommended for young children. Spotting scopes will be provided. Bring your own binoculars or we will also have binoculars to lend. Meet for the hike at the Mentor Marsh Nature Center before your reserved hike time. Registration for hikes is required. Space is limited for hikes, so register soon! For questions or to make a reservation for a bald eagle viewing hike, please contact the Mentor Marsh Nature Center at 440-257-0777 or or on the Mentor Marsh Facebook page.

Becky Donaldson

Mentor Marsh Naturalist

Mentor Marsh Carol H. Sweet Nature Center

5185 Corduroy Road

Mentor, Ohio 44060

(440) 257-0777 Direct


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