^^Can you spot the osprey and its nest?!^^
This morning, as we walked along the river, Elise and I had the good fortune of watching an osprey work on its nest. Elise has been really interested in nests lately, and here was a GIANT nest being built right before our very eyes! How exciting!
Pulling branches off trees, swooping down to pick sticks up off the ground, and occasionally calling out - Elise and I had a front row view of the busy osprey! Usually, when we watch birds or other wildlife, it's from a distance, so I'm not sure how much Elise is actually able to see. This time, I knew Elise was catching all the action because SHE was the one pointing out everything to ME!
A few interesting facts about osprey and their nests:
- Although osprey mate for life (20-25 years), they do not migrate together or spend the winters together. Our osprey just got back last weekend, and is waiting for its mate to arrive. Kind of romantic, right?
- Osprey nest on platforms near water- tall trees, man-made structures, light posts, etc. Our osprey pair nests on a man-made platform between the river and a baseball field - before the platform was built, they nested right on a baseball light pole!
- Osprey add new material to their nests each season.
- After osprey young have fledged, unlike other raptors, they return to their nest each night.
(Birds of Prey of the West Field Guide by Stan Tekiela)
When Elise wasn't totally mesmerized by the action, she was busy making her own nests. Of course, she offered all the best sticks to the osprey! ;)
Back at home, Elise and I filled an empty suet container with scraps of yarn I had been saving from my knitting projects...
We hung it outside in our apple tree - hopefully, a bird or two will use some of the yarn for nesting material. (Inspired by The Magic Onions post, Helping the Birds Make Beautiful Nests)
OK, now for the giveaway! Last spring, I made this felted wool nest for Elise. It has been inspiring so much play around here lately, I'd like to make another nest for one of YOU to enjoy with your little one/ones!
So, in honor of my 300th post - is that even possible?! - I am giving a felted wool nest and two wooden eggs to one lucky itty bitty love reader!
How to enter:
- Leave a comment on this post and tell me about a bird you enjoy watching and what color nest you would like (natural brown or a whimsical color - rainbow, purple, green, etc).
- "Like" itty bitty love on Facebook and tell me in the comments. If you've already "liked" itty bitty love on FB before this giveaway, tell me in the comments for two extra entries!
I'll choose the winner at random on Friday at 6 pm (MST)! Good luck!!!
Drum roll, please...
Drum roll, please...
The winner of the felted bird nest is Alexis!
Thank you to everyone who entered - I had so much fun reading about all your bird watching adventures! :)