First a couple of pictures from the 11th of July. These frist two are to illustrate the different "look" of the Female and Male Osprey at this nest. Jerry Ploughman had posted a thread yesterday where he was questioned as to which was which. After having watched this nest, and pair, for the past two years, we know them quite well. Here is Mom, notice that she is not banded and has more "brown": And here is Dad, see the band on the left leg and how much "whiter" he is: Now, you might ask how we know which is the Female and which is the Male. Well, after watching multiple mating episodes, it became pretty darned obvious, I'll leave it at that .... :wink: Lastly, notice that there are 3 chicks in the nest on the 11th of July: Jim Thiel and I went down last Saturday, the 28th. Haven't gotten back sooner mainly due to weather, it has been "less than stellar" here the past couple of weeks, and it wasn't great Saturday morning either, quite overcast and gray. Worse yet, count the chicks in the nest. Only 2 now: I like the pose, but I am not happy to see that we have lost one chick, no clue how. To make it worse, the nest across the slough appears to have failed as well, we had seen one chick a couple a month or so ago. Last year we had 3 chicks survive in the nest and 2 across the way, total of 5. Now we are down to 2, what a bummer. To make things worse, take a look at the right wing here: That is a fishing hook attached to some line, probably picked up by the adults in some of the Nesting material. And you can see how the chick is constrained by the fishing line: While the chick could move about the nest and was feeding well, we were worried about what would happen when they fledged, as I don't think it could fly out of the nest this way. Made a call, Fish and Game went out yesterday, unfortunately I could not be there to photograph them, and I am happy to say that they found the bird had disentangled itself, which is just great. This is just another example of how our "leavings" can have a very detrimental affect on the wildlife around us. I sure did not want to see another chick lost, bad enough to see that one hasn't made it already.