Yes, Mother Goose did it, at least I’m going to believe she did. Mother Goose was gone from the osprey nest platform, but there were some brand new goslings in the pond at the base of the tower at Grass Lake. Somehow four little fluffy ducklings, looking recently hatched, may the ones that survived the plunge down to the pond and are now happily swimming around with their parents.
I checked the osprey nest at one of the local lakes last week, and it looked like there were sticks being added to it, and one of the adults was sitting in a nearby tree. Yesterday, I found both adults sitting in trees near the nest, vocalizing, and basking in the early morning sun.
Unlike other species of raptors, osprey partners are fairly similar in size and appearance. Males are slimmer with narrower wings, and fainter spotting on the breast feathers, but it’s hard to tell which is which from this distance. I am too far away, even with 400 mm of telephoto to see much detail in their feathers.