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Mound House Happenings shares the latest in ongoing projects, site improvements, scheduled programs and events, plus interesting facts and photos on our unique archaeology, history and ecology.

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October 15, 2013

Saturday, January 28, 2012

UPDATE: Osprey Watch 2012

Previously we reported on the status of our Osprey's on January 28th, 2012 (see story below). Here is an update on how they are doing:

It appears as though our resident Ospreys were not able to successfully build a nest. Brad and Angelina, as we called them, have apparently split up - leading us to believe Angelina's real name was Jennifer Aniston. We will keep you posted if things progress, but judging by the photo below, it looks like the divorce is finalized...

Brad and Jennifer's mid-century modern home is rumored to be worth $2.4 million. Neither party has been spotted at the home since the divorce and it is now up for sale well under market value.


New Residents at Mound House Property

A pair of ospreys has taken up residence on the platform pole on the south side of our waterfront and are busy building a new nest. Rumor has it the pair are expecting chicks this spring and have taken up restoring the old nest to make room for the new additions. Watch for progress as the nest is enlarged and expanded, being built of dry sticks and limbs that the osprey collect from the tide line ,or even steal from other nests!

The osprey is a raptor, and this bird of prey feeds almost exclusively on fish. Our  Mound House ospreys feed mostly on the trout, ladyfish, mullet and other smaller species that inhabit the shallows along Matanzas pass. They will hover above an unsuspecting fish lying near the surface, swooping down feet first and capturing  dinner with their powerful talons. These remarkable birds are highly adapted to their fishing way of life. The talons of the osprey are unique in that they have reversible outer toes, allowing them  to more firmly grip slippery fish from both sides. The osprey also has closable nostrils to keep out water during dives and backwards facing scales on its talons to act as barbs to help hold its prey.       

Learn more about the osprey as we track the progress of our new neighbors in the following weeks.