Osprey at Myron Lake
I made a brief stop at Myron Lake this morning. A male Osprey (no dark
necklace or breast band visible) flew from the nest located there and
returned a short time later with a small talon load of small sticks and
brush. After working it into the center of the nest, he called for a brief
moment or two.
I walked a short way down the Greenway Path and when I returned, the male was
balanced on the insulator of one of the power lines on a pole just south of
the nest. I thought it was pretty nifty that he was able to appear so stable
on a rounded perch not much larger than a baseball...although I admit to
being concerned about the voltage coursing through the wire so near his feet.
I moved closer as he called again and then after a slight pause, he reached
down and twisted something free from his talons. At first I thought it was a
piece of dry wood but it became apparent as repeated this movement that he
was eating something. It appeared rather flat and six inches
long...resembling dried jerky more than fresh fish. He had to work fairly
hard to tear small chunks off which he then gulped down. It also made his
balancing act even more impressive.
Other cuties in the area during my visit where a small flock of American
Goldfinch, several singing Song Sparrows, a couple Black-capped Chickadees, a
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and a pair of Yellow-rumped Warblers. A dozen or so
Tree Swallows were flying well above the lake.
All in all, a pretty nice close to town area for a short visit. The parking
area for Myron Lake lacks signage and may challenge those unfamiliar with the
entrance. The entrance is just east of Ackland Irrigation and Don's Drydock
Marina on Fruitvale Blvd...both of these business are east of 40th Ave. Turn
at the Ackland sign with the big red arrow and continue north across the
railroad tracks for twenty yards.
One of the fishermen on the lake reeled in a nice sized fish that put up a
spirited fight complete with numerous jumps out of the water.
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