|AN OSPREY NEST ON HWY 8 WEST OF RHINELANDER, WISCONSIN|
|TWO OSPREYS, LOWER ONE WITH A FISH IN ITS TALONS|
Saturday, 9:00 AM. 44 degrees F at the ferry dock, 46 on the back porch. Wind variable and calm with occasional light gusts. The sky is partly cloudy, the humidity a low 52%. The barometer is falling, currently at 29.77". Rain is predicted for tomorrow, then falling temperatures and snow on Monday. Next week will be much colder, but warming again with rain next weekend.
I had an opportunity to witness a rather dramatic wildlife encounter late yesterday morning. I heard crows while on the back porch, and looking up saw two ospreys (either ospreys or immature eagles, but I think the former. The wingspans of the two species are about the same, around 6') being harassed by several crows. The lower bird in the photo had a fish grasped in its talons and was being dive bombed by a crow. Both ospreys briefly landed about forty feet up in a pine tree across the street but quickly flew off again, followed by the pestering crows. I raised my camera and took a snap shot without even looking in the view finder; but close only counts in horseshoes.